KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) – Scientists and volunteers planted 200 live coral fragments Monday in the waters off Key West’s Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, launching an effort to restore depleted reef tracts and create an educational public snorkel park. Scientists at Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory on Summerland Key “outplanted” corals in 10 to 15 feet of water about 20 feet beyond a breakwater off Fort Taylor’s beach. Striving to restore large areas of major reef-building corals, Mote is employing a revolutionary “re-skinning” technique that enables fragments of brain, star and boulder corals to fuse together rapidly to form new coral heads. “We start the corals at a very small size, but that stimulates them to grow to about the size of a golf ball in about just three or four months,” said Dr. Dave Vaughan, manager of Mote’s reef restoration program. “We then take those and we plant them as singles and in groups of five,” he said. “The array of five, in just one or two years, should grow together and form a coral head about the size of a dinner plate or a frisbee. “That would have taken 15 to 25 or more years in the wild,” Vaughan said. The project, whose goals include creating a publicly accessible coral restoration area and snorkel park, is a collaborative effort between Mote Marine Laboratory, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Keys tourism council and Florida State Parks. Project organizers are seeking recreational snorkelers and “volun-tourists” to assist with upcoming planting sessions. Vaughn said he hopes to have more than 5,000 corals planted by the end of July. The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report. Read more information at http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/06/14/coral-rehab-underway-off-key-west/
January 12, 2016 Beep Beep Zip TANG! 10:24:02. That is the monohull race record for the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club, and managed by SORC. Given NOAA’s forecast for stout northeasterlies for Wednesday afternoon’s race start, a number of boats may be taking aim at the record set in 2005 by Joe Dockery’s R/P 81 Carrera. It is safe to say that those challengers will differ from Carrera in a couple of very important ways other than design and size; they will probably finish the race with their rudders in place and they will be sailing the race without the leadership of the amazing Ken Read. Read more information at http://www.keywestrace.org/
ArtGarden 2015 April - July, 2015 Artists! Download the Artist Application HERE. Explore a unique blend of sculptured art with Mother Nature that enhances both. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artist’s art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Art displayed throughout the garden allows visitors to reignite their sense of exploration finding each treasure and appreciating the workmanship in the natural setting around it. The Key West Botanical Garden’s collection of native plants and species is the perfect venue to enjoy nature and art.
Discover a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain. Stroll the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway's home. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams. Marvel at the accomplishment of Henry Flagler, an oil tycoon whose Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad train made its first journey to Key West on Jan. 12, 1912, literally connecting the previously isolated Florida Keys with the mainland for the first time, forever changing the face of the island chain. Gaze at the fabled treasure of the galleon Atocha. Discover tomorrow's fine art treasures by Key West's well-known and unknown artists. Credits: FloridaKeysTV
Presented by Fringe Theater by Augustin Pendelton Directed by Dennis Zacek MAR 12 - 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28. SHOWTIME: 8PM 533 Eaton Street An irreverent reimagining of a real-life event, Orson's Shadow depicts the backstage collision of rampaging egos as Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Tynan court Orson Welles to direct at the newly-created National Theater in London. Directed by legend Dennis Zacek of Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, and penned by actor/director/playwright Austin Pendleton. "Effervescent...insightful examination of celebrity as unforgettable as the stars themselves." Click BLUE LINK for more Info..
Saturday April 4th 2015 11a-6p Come join the fun at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center on the Truman Waterfront, Key West for the… 6th Annual Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show Enjoy: Free Sky Rides on Keys Energy Bucket Trucks Nautical Themed Face Painting Rock Climbing, Bounce House, Bungee Game, Water Wheels Touch Tanks and Live Animals on display Scheduled Music n’ Stuff…. Kids Treasure Hunt Passport to the Ocean Game Wyland Art Auction “live” Live Music: TBA
Twenty-one cadets graduated the Firefighter II Academy, the first-ever academy sponsored by the Key West Fire Department. The ceremony was held at the Central Fire Station on North Roosevelt Blvd. "This day has been long in coming," Fire Chief David Fraga told the cadets and the large gathering of family, dignitaries and well-wishers. "From the first Richard and Nina Jo Wardlow Memorial Firefighter Scholarship to the present, it has been a combination of focus, determination and personal resolution. "This ceremony acknowledges the efforts of 21 students who made the sacrifice and who were committed to stay the course on their journey to become firefighters," he said. The Department sponsored the training in order to provide the necessary training for emergency medical technicians from CARE Ambulance to apply for positions as the City transitions from an outside provider to a complete in-house fire, rescue and ambulance service. With this certification, they will be able to take the state certification tests and apply for a position with the Key West Fire Department. "Looking back, we can say that 2014 has been a very good year," said Chief Fraga." "Not only for these students, but for the Key West Fire Department as well. We have commissioned and placed a new fireboat into service; we are in the process of moving into a new, state of the art fire station; we are well into the transition to take over the city 911 EMS ambulance service on April 1st; and we stand ready to hire 15 new firefighters by the first week in March." He acknowledged that the effort to complete this training is not just the effort of the cadets, but the members of the Department who served as instructors, [...]
Local artist Ray Rolston repaid Key West High school students’ volunteer work in a unique way — with art. Students from the Key West High School Police Explorers and NJROTC assisted the Key West artist with set up and tear down at the ART! Key West Black Friday Art Sale. Rolston did not want the hard work to go unrewarded. “I tried to tip them and they told me because they were there as volunteers representing these fine programs they could not accept,” said Rolston. “I know from talking to them these clubs are very important to them and help them stay a part of the community so I asked if they could accept donations to theirclubs for fundraising and Officer Deglys Chavarria said that was allowed. I felt that these students exemplify what is great about living in the Keys and I wanted them to know their hard work was appreciated.” Article published in THE KEY WEST CITIZEN ◆ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
At " Art Key West " the Kids from Key West High School worked with us setting up our Display, they did an excellent job, so we donated this Giclee of " the Western Dry Rocks , which will be Auctioned off, to raise money for School's The navy program
Who among us doesn’t feel a sense of romantic allure in shipwrecks? After all, these sunken, silent testaments to life interrupted offer a thrill to divers when they teem once more with new life, thanks to the inexorable ecology of marine creatures. This winter at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, visitors will be treated to a top-side viewing of this spectacle occurring at two of Florida’s shipwrecks. Covered in a patina formed by living sea creatures, photographs from the Mohawk and Vandenberg projects are collages comprised of people enacting moments from bygone eras against background images of these ships. The result is a set of stunningly real images that seem to bring the past to life. Read full article here