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Keeping Our Head Above Water Post Hurricane Irma

Keeping Our Head Above Water Post Hurricane Irma

Irma has come and gone with a seeming vengeance and left much to repair and rebuild in its wake. We still wake up and leave our homes to go to work, but it's not the same.  For more than a month now, we see debris piled high, downed trees and logs strewn everywhere, and workers toiling in the unforgiving sun on the side of the road for miles and miles. The Keys are not the same, but in some ways they still are. People are determined; we will make it work. First responders, the National Guard, the volunteers, all angels...

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San Pedro and the 1733 Treasure Fleet

San Pedro and the 1733 Treasure Fleet

San Pedro Church When driving down the Keys, you might notice a Catholic church on Plantation Key. The Church is just south of Plantation Key School on the bayside, MM 89.5. In the center entrance of the church you will see St. Peter, the fisherman on a boat. Saint Peter stands watching over US1, welcoming us to the parish with his Spanish given name, San Pedro. San Pedro Catholic church was first dedicated in 1955.  The Treasure Fleets The Spanish empire would collect the treasures from around the new world and they would meet up in Havana. Once all the...

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DePaula Jewelers Crafts Diamond Pendant for Coral Reef Restoration Foundation

DePaula Jewelers Crafts Diamond Pendant for Coral Reef Restoration Foundation

The Coral Reef Restoration Foundation The Coral Reef Restoration Foundation has been restoring delicate coral, educating people, and developing innovative techniques to preserve and grow this marvelous underwater ecosystem.   Coral Farming One of the techniques used to restore the valuable Florida Keys coral is to grow staghorn, boulder star, elkhorn, mountainous star, pillar and blade fire corals in offshore, pioneering Coral Tree ® nurseries. From there, after six to nine months, they are transplanted to actual reefs, tethered by a non-toxic marine epoxy. Restoring The Reef Each of the aforementioned types of coral are threatened and keystone species, which help balance the...

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Retro Vibe Delivered: The Oris Sixy-Five 65 Diver Watch

Retro Vibe Delivered: The Oris Sixy-Five 65 Diver Watch

Vintage Please The world is a changing place.  In a world where watches have become "smart" maybe it is obvious there would be a large shift to the traditional.  We live in an artisan renaissance with craft beers and farm to table food.  Why should what we wear be different?  Why care about the electronic phone that straps on your phone?  While some people may long for one of those boring squares, I clearly do not and would rather run far, far, away.  If you really think about people don't really need watches anymore in general.  Perhaps that is why...

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The Phantom of the Opera Haunts the Upper Keys

The Phantom of the Opera Haunts the Upper Keys

Michelle Zofchak has done it again. The Coral Shores High School (CSHS) drama teacher has produced and directed a show which is a delight for the ears, eyes, and hearts. Ms. Z, as she's affectionately dubbed by her students, has fifteen years of bringing quality theater to the Upper Keys. The Phantom of the Opera is her magnum opus to date, a moving story brought to life through the genius of Andrew Lloyd Weber's music and his production group The Really Useful Group and executed with passion and conviction by our own CSHS students. The Phantom is not an easy feat to accomplish by...

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