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Key West Pride 2022: Diversity, Equality and Camaraderie

The subtropical island of Key West will welcome revelers to its annual Pride celebrations June 1-5, with a jam-packed schedule that features several dozen Pride events. The festivities showcase the diversity and equality that help make the continental United States’ southernmost city a top vacation destination for LGBTQ visitors from around the world.

By |2022-05-18T18:43:12-04:00May 18, 2022|

Mark Hedden: Steward of the Florida Keys Audubon Society

Mark Hedden, executive director of the Florida Keys Audubon Society and artist-in-residence at The Studios of Key West, is perhaps the Keys’ best known “bird man.” A self-taught photographer acclaimed for his recent “South of Southernmost” exhibit, he hopes to use his creative artistry to inspire others to discover the Keys’ natural world.

By |2022-02-25T17:53:07-05:00February 23, 2022|

The Amazing Adventures of Santa Keys

Santa does things a little differently in the holiday-loving Florida Keys -- and he even brings some Keys warmth and cheer to people who can't spend the season in the subtropical island chain. Unless you're on the naughty list, you might just get a visit from jolly old Santa Keys this year!

By |2021-12-22T11:20:05-05:00December 22, 2021|

Tropical Heat to Sizzle in Key West Aug. 11-15

Tropical Heat offers five days of sizzling happenings in Key West, whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. Presented by the Key West Business Guild, the festival features intriguing events ranging from pool parties to a sunset cruise to late-night gatherings at LGBTQ bars and nightclubs.

By |2021-07-14T17:19:48-04:00July 14, 2021|

Samantha Zeher: Steward of Islamorada’s Wildlife

Captain Samantha “Sam” Zeher operates KeyZ Charters, an eco-tour operation specializing in wildlife tours out of Islamorada’s popular Robbie’s Marina. Offerings include sightseeing excursions with birdwatching and sunset viewing and Islamorada–area island trips that explore Indian Key, Lignumvitae Key and Alligator Lighthouse — each with a history dating back to the 1800s.

By |2021-09-07T11:55:51-04:00July 7, 2021|

What Does Pride Mean? Key West Locals Speak Out

As Key West prepares to celebrate its June 2-6 Pride festivities, what does Pride — or the concept of pride — mean to island residents? An acknowledgement of life's beautiful diversity, a reminder to use the past to build a better future, and joy for the Key West community’s caring nature are among the answers provided.

By |2021-05-19T17:38:25-04:00May 19, 2021|

Key West’s Aquaplex Expansion Delights Revelers

The Aquaplex (formerly known as the Aqua Bar and Nightclub), located in the heart of Key West’s LGBTQ entertainment district, has debuted a new look and enhancements. Along with the addition of an on-site Hawaiian-themed restaurant in its open-air backside bar and patio area, it now has five unique venues to delight patrons.

By |2021-02-10T23:54:55-05:00February 10, 2021|

Misha McRAE: Steward of a Rare Botanical Garden

As executive director of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, former ballet danseur Misha McRAE is preparing to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the 15-acre subtropical treasure. Described as the continental United States’ only frost-free tropical forest and botanical garden, the enchanted spot has been his passion since the late 1990s.

By |2021-09-07T18:44:04-04:00December 29, 2020|

Upper Keys State Parks Offer Wide-Open Spaces on Land and Water

Six state parks in the Upper Florida Keys offer some of the Keys’ most scenic wide-open spaces for social distancing, solitude and outdoor recreational activities like hiking, swimming, snorkeling and paddling. Acclaimed among the region's prime natural attractions, these parks are rich with Florida Keys history, upland and coastal landscapes and underwater life.

By |2020-10-21T20:01:34-04:00October 21, 2020|

Mike Goldberg: Steward of Islamorada’s Coral Reef

In his previous life, Mike Goldberg was a Bear Stearns money manager. But things change, and a year ago, he and marine biologist Kylie Smith, a Florida Wildlife Commission scientist, spearheaded the founding of I.CARE — the Keys’ only Islamorada-based reef restoration organization — partnering with Mote Marine Laboratory and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

By |2021-09-07T19:05:41-04:00August 26, 2020|
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