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2009-07-20 15:29:53

The city of Key West, Fla., which contains a nude rooftop bar and nude pools, may finally get its first nude beach, city officials said. The city, which annually hosts the 10-day Fantasy Fest, where participants walk around in body paint instead of clothing, outlawed nudity on public beaches in 1983. But City Commissioner Bill Verge said he hopes to change that with a proposed Oct. 6 referendum that would allow residents to decide whether a slice of city-owned beach will go clothing-optional,...

2008-09-08 21:00:01

By Brian Skoloff KEY WEST, Fla. - With powerful Hurricane Ike on an uncertain course toward the Gulf of Mexico, many on these low-lying islands took a wait-and-see approach to evacuating Sunday, perhaps a harbinger of attitudes to come from Gulf Coast residents returning from an arduous evacuation and already showing signs of "hurricane fatigue." Forecasts show Ike bearing down on Cuba and skirting Key West early Tuesday on a trek to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, slowly...

2008-09-08 09:00:04

By BRIAN SKOLOFF By Brian Skoloff The Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. With powerful Hurricane Ike on an uncertain course toward the Gulf of Mexico, many on these low-lying islands took a wait-and-see approach to evacuation orders Sunday, perhaps a harbinger of the attitudes to come from Louisiana and Texas residents returned from an arduous evacuation and already showing signs of "hurricane fatigue." Forecasts show Ike crossing Cuba and skirting Key West by Tuesday on a trek to the...

2008-08-17 21:00:07

By Brian Skoloff Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. -- Residents and tourists in the Florida Keys prepared Saturday for Tropical Storm Fay, which forecasters said could strengthen to a hurricane and begin battering the island chain as soon as Monday. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency because Fay "threatens the state of Florida with a major disaster," he wrote in an executive order. Forecasters predicted Saturday evening that the sixth named storm of the 2008 season...

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...

2008-06-30 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...


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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.'