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2009-10-26 04:15:00

KEY WEST, Fla., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Captain Morgan, legendary purveyor of good times, is returning to Key West for Fantasy Fest with the ultimate Halloween party, along with a familiar Safe Ride solution. Celebrating its 30th year, Fantasy Fest is a 10-day extravaganza of non-stop costume competitions, masquerade balls, parties and street fairs, highlighted with the most outrageous parade in the country, the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade. On Halloween night, Captain Morgan and...

2008-08-02 12:00:42

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Aug. 2--While county staff is looking for ways to pare more dollars off the proposed property taxes for the coming year, one small agency is crossing its fingers with the hope that $68,000 will be added back into the budget. "That funding is for the counselors," says Dixie Humelsine, chairwoman of the Keys Center for Girls Board of Directors. "And the counseling is what makes this program unique." The former PACE Center for girls has been...

2008-07-28 15:00:56

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 28--Big Pine Key residents will have their own animal shelter, at least for a couple more years, after all. Keys Energy Services, the Lower Keys electric utility, owns the land on which the shelter sits, on Industrial Road. Monroe County leases it for the shelter. Last week, the County Commission voted unanimously to renew the lease, under which the county would pay the utility $1 a year each of the next two years. The Utility...

2008-07-23 12:00:57

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 23--Starting in October, it'll be easier to get out of the Keys when US Airways starts flying nonstop from Key West to Charlotte, N.C. "They tried this on an experimental basis and found it very successful," says Peter Horton, manager of Monroe County's airports. The County Commission has approved waiving landing fees at Key West International Airport for the first year of service. It's an incentive that Horton said is standard...

2008-06-30 12:00:00

By MARGARET MENGE, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 28--The month of May was not a good one at Key West International Airport. The number of people getting off arriving flights was down 16 percent when compared to May of last year, and down a stunning 26 percent for the first five months of this year compared to 2005. Since 2005, the number of passengers traveling through Key West International Airport has been dropping steadily, from a high-water mark of 618,174, to 563,947 in 2006,...

2008-06-25 15:02:44

By Ryan McCarthy, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 25--Gator Air doesn't appear to be letting a cease-and-desist letter from Monroe County, an outstanding $5,700 fuel bill to Cristal Clear Aviation and a Federal Aviation Administration investigation stand in the way of attempting to provide air service to the Keys. The startup venture's Web site, www.flygatorair.com, has been up and running for a month since being shut down shortly after Gator Air began flying to the Keys from Fort...

2008-06-24 02:29:59

By Margaret Menge, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 21--It's going to be a bigger headache to take the kids up to see Mickey this fall. Delta Air Lines announced this week it's discontinuing direct service from Key West to Orlando. The change is to go into effect at the end of summer. If you want to fly from Orlando to Key West in September, you'll have to go up to Atlanta and back down. Or you'll have to go with one of the other airlines - Continental or American Airlines - and...

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2007-09-23 21:00:00

By KEITH RIDLER KETCHUM, Idaho - Ernest Hemingway's final home in this central Idaho mountain town - with its astonishing array of the author's personal possessions - is perhaps the most enigmatic, and certainly the least visited, of the houses the Nobel Prize winner once owned. As a result, it's mostly remembered as the place where the writer killed himself in the main entryway with a shotgun in 1961. Taylor Paslay is working to change that image with research that could end up being the...

2006-08-02 01:51:12

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - At the point where U.S. soil comes closest to that of implacable foe Cuba, the historic handover of power by Cuban President Fidel Castro has been marked mainly by the click of cameras. In Key West -- at the tip of the Florida Keys and closer to Havana at just 90 miles than it is to Miami -- residents and tourists reacted to news of Cuba's political handover by snapping photos at the Southernmost Point landmark and sipping iced "cafe con...

2006-07-23 11:23:32

By Laura L. Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - A Texas commercial real estate developer won Florida's annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike competition, rocking the house at Sloppy Joe's, the writer's favorite Key West drinking hole, with new lyrics to an American country crooner's tune. Chris Storm, 55, president of Sable Realty Inc. in Amarillo, Texas, credited business acumen, his looks and a takeoff on the Johnny Cash song "Folsom Prison Blues" with his win on Saturday. "If I...


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Dry Tortugas National Park
2013-04-18 12:21:11

Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. The park consists of a small chain of coral islands, comprising 64,701 acres, but only 104 acres of land. The islands are about seventy miles from Key West, Florida and comprise the far western portion of the Florida Keys. The first European explorer to visit the area was Juan Ponce de León, who named the islands the Tortugas after catching 160 sea turtles near them. The term “dry” is used to denote the...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'