Karly and Loretta: The Story of a Girl, a Paddleboard and a Chicken

Sometimes it takes a creative eye, no matter how storm-weary. A stroke of luck. A sense of humor.

A chicken on a paddleboard.

NewmanPR’s video of Keys resident Karly Venezia and her year-old pet chicken Loretta on a paddleboard have gone viral.

Free-range chickens are common in Key West, but uncommon on paddleboards.

Global networks and TV stations, the Associated Press, Reuters, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” online sites and a veritable “flock” of other media outlets picked up … Read the rest

The Late Hugh Hefner Had a Connection to Florida Keys Bunnies

Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner had a soft spot for bunnies.

Hefner died at his home in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 27, at the age of 91.

Not only did Hefner adore blonde bunnies of the human kind, but also endangered bunnies found only in the lower Florida Keys.

The endangered Lower Keys marsh rabbit – the world’s smallest subspecies of marsh rabbit officially known as Sylvilagus palustris hefneri – is named after Hefner.

“The subspecies name, hefneri, is in recognition … Read the rest

‘Fred’ Is an Inspiration for Florida Keys Residents

With apologies to Joyce Kilmer: “I think that I shall never see a thing as lovely as Fred the tree …” 

A welcome sight cheered weary Florida Keys locals returning home this week after Hurricane Irma struck the islands Sept. 10. His name is “Fred.”

He’s a salt-sprayed Casuarina, known locally as an Australian pine tree. Fred is growing out of a roadbed on the historic Seven Mile Bridge, built in 1912 as part of the famed Florida Keys Over-Sea … Read the rest

Stuart Newman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Miami PRSA Chapter

Stuart Newman Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award from Miami PRSA Chapter President

The chairman of one of South Florida’s oldest public relations agencies was honored Friday, Sept. 28, with a lifetime achievement award from the Miami Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

NewmanPR agency Chairman Stuart G. Newman has been a South Florida-based public relations practitioner for more than 60 years. The PRSA Miami chapter conferred the Bill Adams Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize Newman for his leadership and Read the rest