Key West International Airport Upgrades Facilities, Gets More Flights

KEY WEST, Fla. — Key West International Airport, serving visitors traveling into the Florida Keys from 13 U.S. cities, is implementing $28 million in upgrades and adding more departure seats.

Renovations include creating a new family restroom and pet relief station, upgrades to existing restrooms, increasing U.S. Customs and Border Protection space and modernizing baggage conveyors.

Airport upgrades also include a runway length and taxiway extension to 5,075 feet long, an overflow aircraft parking ramp, reconfiguration of the fuel truck … Read the rest

What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Fall 2019

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West, with community efforts to sustain precious natural resources through the Connect & Protect initiative, continue to unveil ways to preserve the Keys’ environment and connect visitors who love the outdoors to the island chain’s unmatched beauty.

Efforts to replant and preserve coral along the Florida Reef Tract are ongoing. In addition, two new eco-stay properties, tucked off the beaten path in the Lower Keys and in the Flamingo region of the … Read the rest

The Florida Keys Embrace Summer with Sustainable Fun, New Activities

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West continue to spotlight the destination’s eco-oriented “Connect & Protect” initiative to encourage awareness of sustainable, memorable activities for visitors.

In addition, notable new offerings include two resorts in the family-oriented Middle Keys and Key West’s intriguing Sails to Rails museum.

Here’s what’s new as the Keys ease into summer:

Keys Tours

In the Lower Keys, new daily interpretive trolley tours of Bahia Honda State Park, offered by Friends of Bahia Honda … Read the rest

Updated and New Accommodations, Expanded Airlift and Fun Excursions Highlight What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West

FLORIDA KEYS — New and fully renovated properties, including the Florida Keys’ first luxury-inclusive adults-only resort, are soon to be unveiled in the island chain. New airlift into Key West International Airport also is on the horizon, with seasonal service to launch this summer from Texas. Also, United Airlines is to expand service to Key West from New Jersey this fall and from Chicago this winter.

Keys Accommodations

Curio Collection by Hilton is set to unveil Baker’s Cay Resort in … Read the rest

Accommodations and Activities Highlight What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West are experiencing a lively spring, with new accommodations properties opening around the destination — including the Keys’ first all-inclusive adults-only resort. In addition, new adventures, environmental activities, art galleries and culinary and libation offerings are available to tempt visitors. Explore the highlights here.

Keys Accommodations
In Key Largo, the adults-only Bungalows Key Largo, a 12-acre 135-unit property billing itself as “luxury inclusive,” is targeting an opening in May as the … Read the rest

Six Months After Irma, Florida Keys Tourism Rebounds

FLORIDA KEYS —Throughout the Florida Keys & Key West, nearly 80 percent of all lodging units are back online after Hurricane Irma struck six months ago Sept. 10, 2017.

In Key West and nearby Stock Island, 92 percent of all properties are open. Elsewhere in the island chain, 76 percent are open in Key Largo, 63 percent in Marathon, 53 percent in Islamorada and 48 percent between the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge and Big Coppitt Key.

“Lodging … Read the rest

State of the Florida Keys Tourism Industry After Hurricane Irma As of Feb. 26, 2018

Overview
The Florida Keys & Key West have been open to visitors since Oct. 1, 2017, just three weeks after Hurricane Irma. Today, almost 80 percent of lodging units throughout the destination are open for business. Key Largo and Key West were least impacted by the hurricane, which struck the Keys Sept. 10, 2017, as were most hotels and businesses on the bayside, or gulfside, in Islamorada and Marathon.

On the Atlantic Ocean side of the Islamorada and Marathon regions, … Read the rest

New Florida Keys Accommodations, Activities and Attractions Await Meeting Participants and Groups

In the Florida Keys & Key West it’s easy for groups to unplug. The popular 125-mile-long subtropical island chain continues to be enhanced as a destination for meetings and corporate and incentive groups. New offerings include a soon-to-open all-inclusive bungalow resort in Key Largo, increased airline options, tours and team-building adventures.

In Key West, newly launched complimentary hop-on, hop-off Duval Loop transportation provides seamless and easy car-free access. And making Keys chocolates or authentic Key lime pie, a signature dish … Read the rest

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

What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Fall 2017

October 19, 2017 – Recovery continues in the Florida Keys & Key West after Hurricane Irma’s Sept. 10 passage through the 125-mile-long island chain. The Keys reopened to visitors Oct. 1 — just three weeks after the storm.

Local officials credited the reopening to the completion of significant infrastructure repairs, restoration of utilities and necessity of resuming the tourism-driven economy that employs about 50 percent of the Keys workforce.

While Key Largo and Key West were least affected by Irma, … Read the rest