July 26, 2005 |
At midnight Sunday, Billy Niles will load 300 traps made of Honduran pine onto his boat, the G&D, and just like he has done for more than half a century at the height of summer, will motor out into the waters surrounding the Florida Keys in search of lobster.
July 9, 2005 |
Hurricane Dennis slammed into Cuba with 135-mph winds Friday, killing at least 10 people, and held its course toward the United States, spurring hundreds of thousands to flee the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast. Strong winds and surf buffeted the U.S. detention camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, on the island's eastern end, washing a guard tower into the sea. Power lines and tree branches were knocked down and there was minor flooding, but no casualties were reported.
July 8, 2005 |
Officials ordered residents and tourists to leave the southern half of the Florida Keys on Thursday as Hurricane Dennis, an unusually powerful July storm, attained major-storm status as it slogged north through warm Caribbean waters.
March 4, 2005 |
Rescuers struggled Thursday to save dozens of stranded dolphins in waters off the Florida Keys, with many volunteers standing in water for hours to support the animals. About 110 of the rough-toothed dolphins arrived on sand flats near Marathon, south of Miami, on Wednesday night, said Blair Mase, regional coordinator for strandings at the National Marine Fisheries Service. About 25 swam out again to the ocean and four died.
October 31, 2004 |
WE all saw the televised images and news photos of the Florida Keys during the recent hurricanes: residents boarding up their homes, cars lined up bumper to bumper in a mandatory evacuation. Devastating storms hit the state, and many people assumed the Keys were badly damaged, as were the Florida Panhandle and the central coast. Fortunately, they weren't.
September 12, 2004 |
The picture on the TV set in the dimly lighted bar of Moose Lodge No. 1327 Saturday afternoon was distressingly, alarmingly familiar: a massive white buzz saw of wind, rain and cloud, whirling through the seas on what could be a collision course with Florida. "Not to wish anything on anybody else, but let this one go way out in the Gulf," bartender Kathy Reed said aloud.
September 10, 2004 |
As the fiercest Caribbean hurricane in a decade churned straight toward Jamaica on Thursday, authorities in storm-weary Florida ordered the complete evacuation of the Keys, where Ivan could strike next week. Spinning off winds of 150 mph, Ivan weakened to a Category 4 storm after 12 hours as a Category 5 -- the maximum hurricane intensity rating.
January 3, 2004 |
All-star football games often materialize into nothing more than quarterback showcases. The 5th CaliFlorida Bowl could have been called the "Cornerback Classic." The Florida all-stars intercepted five passes -- returning two for touchdowns -- in a 24-22 victory over California before a crowd estimated at 3,000 on Friday night at Moorpark College.
October 9, 2003 |
Mayor Jimmy Weekley, popular owner of grocery stores immortalized by singer Jimmy Buffett, has defeated a dive captain, a real estate agent, a homeless man and a woman who rescues chickens in the lively mayoral race to govern the wacky Florida Keys tourist town of Key West. "It's fun. This is the town that raised me, and it's my way of giving back," said the Democratic Weekley, 56, a native Key Wester who spent about $21,000 in campaign funds to win his third two-year mayoral term.
July 20, 2003 |
Five pilot whales that stranded themselves in the Florida Keys more than two months ago are ready to be returned to the wild, federal marine biologists have decided. The pilot whales -- four adults and one calf -- have been recovering in a natural lagoon under the 24-hour watch of volunteers since they were found in shallow water April 18. National Marine Fisheries Service officials said it would take two to three weeks to get the whales ready.