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2006-07-23 10:52:41

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...

2006-05-03 17:49:56

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Two French adventurers in an ultralight plane touched off a security scare on Wednesday when they flew across the Florida Straits from Cuba and made an unauthorized landing in Key West. Agents from the Border Patrol, Customs and the FBI rushed to the Florida Keys tourist town's airport with lights flashing when the tiny, zebra-striped two-seater touched down. Customs officials later learned the homemade plane carried French bush pilot...

2006-05-03 07:15:00

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida -- Spiraling living costs, lingering trauma from past evacuations and fear that one day million-dollar homes could be reduced to rubble or again flooded are driving people out of the vulnerable Florida Keys as another hurricane season looms. While most of Florida experiences one of the country's fastest population growths, the number of people living in the low-lying 110-mile (180-km) island chain at the southern tip of the peninsula is slowly dwindling. In...

2005-12-11 17:18:14

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Thinned ranks of tourists watched bared-bottom Santas and other adult shenanigans at Fantasy Fest, Key West's yearly street salute to Halloween delayed by 2005's hurricanes. Parade-watchers on Saturday packed downtown Key West, located at the southernmost tip of the continental United States, for the festival themed, "Freaks, Geeks and Goddesses." Topless elves tossed beads and candy as people in bottomless Santa costumes waved to...

2005-10-22 18:47:56

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Instead of fleeing, many hurricane-fatigued residents of the Florida Keys on Saturday went on an "Evacuation Pub Crawl." Instead of boarding up homes, others hammered away at "Fantasy Fest" floats. The authorities in the low-lying and vulnerable Florida Keys urged people to take Hurricane Wilma seriously as the storm, at one point the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, pounded Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and appeared likely...

2005-10-19 18:29:15

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Florida Keys residents, renowned for their nonchalance in the face of hurricanes, adopted a wait-and-see response on Wednesday as Wilma, the fiercest storm yet, seemed set to bear down on the vulnerable islands. Officials in Key West, at the southernmost tip of the United States, warned that an 11-foot (3.4 meter) storm surge could swamp the low-lying chain of islands and wash out sections of the only highway connecting the Keys to the...

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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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