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Category: Florida Keys News

Monroe County is the southernmost county in Florida. It stretches more than 100 miles from Key Largo to Key West and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Its key population centers include Key Largo, Islamorada, Tavernier, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West.

The Florida Keys are renowned for being among the most pre-eminent fishing and diving destinations in the world. Recreation options include fishing, diving, kayaking, camping, bicycling and assorted other water and outdoor sports.

Welcome To Thompson’s Island… Sorry, I Meant Key West!

Upon return of a friends visit from Key West he asked me about Thompson’s Island to which I responded “Where’s that?”. He then replied “That’s the prior name of Key West”. Since he shares the same last name as the former island I asked “Does that make it your island now?” as in staking a claim. I actually found it quite intriguing and said “I see a future blog coming out of this!” That future is now… thanks J. Thompson! Here’s the scoop on the establishment of Thompson’s Island now called...

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10/29/2021 Fantasy Fest Masquerade March

Famed as “the locals’ parade,” the march typically draws high-spirited revelers wearing everything from elaborate masks and costumes to offbeat creations inspired by the festival theme. Begins at the Key West Cemetery at Frances Street entrance but revelers can join the mad march anywhere along the two routes. Start marching at 5:30 p.m.; all are welcome; free admission. Florida Keys

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10/27/2021 Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade

The eccentric competition is likely to include canine, feline and avian critters strutting their stuff onstage at the Key West Amphitheater. “Party animals” can compete for costume prizes and glory. You will see a magic carousel of frisky pets and playful owners, all delightfully disguised, stroll, dance and even skateboard across a stage in a fun frolic for fame and fortune! Think you and your furry, feathered or slithery friend have the perfect outfit? Four categories to enter, $25 each entry; Florida Keys

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10/28/2021 39th Annual Headdress Ball

The Key West Business Guild presents this premier gay and lesbian event of the Fantasy Fest celebration, at Key West Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. Some of the best of Key West local talent highlights the contest.  Contestants parade their Headdress creations on the amphitheater stage to vie for a first-place cash prize. Florida Keys

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Florida Key’s New Emergency Warning Sirens

Is this the Florida Keys newest tourist attraction? Maybe not, but it is one of the Florida Keys newest additions! But what is it? From out of nowhere I could see it rising above the surrounding trees, it can’t be a power pole it’s too tall. Getting out of my car and walking towards the sky-scrapping pole my neck and eyes peered upward to what appeared to be a super-sized speaker. (seen below in a super close-up photo) Using myself as a gauge (seen above), I can tell that this stands nearly 52′ tall into the Florida sky. At its base a sign reads: ‘WHEN...

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10/22/2021 – 10/31/2021 Key West Fantasy Fest

This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats. The 2021 theme is ‘All a Daze for a Holiday!’ Florida Keys

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Sharing A Beach With Sea Turtles

Ever shared a silver-sand beach with sea turtles? Well here you can… from of distance that is! Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles nest in these sands during the day instead of at night as all other sea turtles do. Look at one of the photos below, you can see that the red-colored walkway has lightened sections that from afar look non-disscript. Now look at the up close picture as a miniature turtle comes into focus. Who knows, depending on the time of year you visit, you might actually be on the beach at the same time as turtles! You can find these tiny embedded images of sea turtles just...

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