Among the Florida Keys’ dozens of shipwreck and artificial reef sites is a Lower Keys gem — the 210-foot Adolphus Busch Sr. wreck. Intentionally sunk Dec. 5, 1998, the vessel marks 25 years underwater in 2023.
Florida Keys visitors and residents can commemorate the subtropical island chain’s bicentennial with events including a sunset celebration on the Middle Keys’ Old Seven Mile Bridge, a gala sea-to-table dinner in Islamorada, a family-style waterfront picnic in Key Largo and Lower Keys festivities and fireworks highlighted by the creation of the world’s largest Key lime pie.
More than $35,000 in cash and prizes awaits anglers targeting dolphin fish in the 30th annual Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Dolphin Tournament. The contest is scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 2-4, with events headquartered at Kiki’s Sandbar, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key.
The “Florida Keys Traveler” podcast, a 30-episode series showcasing the continental United States’ southernmost island chain from the early 1800s to the present, has launched globally on more than 25 platforms.
Naturalist, guidebook author and eco-guide Bill Keogh, a 43-year Big Pine Key resident, operates Big Pine Kayak Adventures offering daily mangrove tunnel kayak tours and private motorboat excursions to the Florida Keys’ backcountry wilderness.
The Florida Keys & Key West are preparing to celebrate a bicentennial, or 200th anniversary, with heritage activities throughout Monroe County. Events commemorate the Florida Territorial Legislature’s establishment of Monroe County July 3, 1823.
Some 250 drones are to illuminate the sky above Key West’s Truman Waterfront Park Saturday, March 25, in a dazzling “fireworks” display capping the opening event of the Florida Keys’ multimonth bicentennial celebration.