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RETIRED NAVY SEALS PADDLE 300 MILES FROM KEY WEST TO FORT PIERCE TO RAISE MONEY FOR VETERANS

A group of about 16 Navy SEALS may be retired from active duty, but are still serving their country and its people, having accepted a new mission as members of the nonprofit group Beyond the Teams. The team is set to paddle a six-person ocean outrigger canoe from Key West to the National Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. They’ll leave Key West on Monday, May 24 and will stop each night in places throughout the Florida Keys and South Florida, where restaurants and other venues will host meet-and-greet fundraising events. A kickoff event will take place Sunday, May 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at La Trattoria...

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AFRO ROOTS CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO ISLAMORADA

The 23rd season of the award-winning Afro Roots Fest makes a second run to the Florida Keys on May 29-30 to the Florida Keys Brewing Company. The event will feature live music on both days, with JUke and Electric Piquete on May 29 and Electric Kif and the Nag Champayons on May 30. It all begins at 6 p.m. both days. All ages are welcome and a donation of $10 will earn attendees an official festival swag item.   “It feels good to finally bring the festival back to Islamorada after a year where much of the musical programming in the Florida Keys was canceled,” said festival founder and musical...

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HOGFISH BAR & GRILL IN KEY WEST HOSTS CRAWDAD FESTIVAL

The Hogfish Bar & Grill is spicing things up on Saturday, May 15 for its first-ever Crawfish Festival, featuring the freshwater crustaceans that resemble miniature lobsters and turn bright red when cooked. Hogfish owner Bobby Mongelli is having 400 pounds of live Louisiana crawfish flown in for Saturday’s traditional crawfish boil that should start around 2 p.m. “A guy who does these things all the time, who’s from Louisiana and was the chef at House of Blues in New Orleans, approached me last year and asked if he could do a crawfish boil here at the Hogfish. I said, ‘Absolutely,’” Mongelli...

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THIS WEEKEND: 2ND ANNUAL JEFF LEONIA REEL & STEEL CLASSIC TO OPEN GROUPER/HOGFISH SEASON

The grouper and hogfish seasons both open this Saturday, May 1. Celebrate the day by joining the 2nd Annual Jeff Leonia Reel & Steel Classic, the only fishing/spearfishing tournament in the Keys. There’s a 7 a.m. start, and weigh-ins and afterparty will take place at Angler House Marina (80500 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada).  Jeff Leonia was an avid waterman and captain in the Upper Keys. His passing in Nov. 2019 left a legacy of living large and loving big that his friends and family continue to honor to this day.  Leonia’s friend and fellow captain Tony Young, of Forever Young Charters, said,...

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KEY WEST CONCERT BENEFITS MUSIC ICON BILL BLUE

The musical lineup read like a Who’s Who of the Key West music scene. Dozens of performers, producers and sound technicians shared their sound and donated their time and talent for the April 17 Bill Blue Most Exceptional Benefit Concert, which raised money to help legendary bluesman Bill Blue, who lost his voice to cancer. Performers included CW Colt, Barry Cuda, Mick Kilgos, Kim Jad? Fry, Gabriel Wright, Chris Rehm, Adrienne Z, Claire Finley, Ray West, Tony Baltimore, Tony Roberts, Dani Hoy, Joey Marchiano, Kenny Fradley, The Happy Dog, Larry Baeder, Gary Hempsey, Ericson Holt, Julianna MacDowell,...

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SCENES FROM THE 7-MILE BRIDGE RUN

Despite the heat, it was a “fast” race on April 17 for the 40th annual 7 Mile Bridge Run. Collin Wainwright of Pennsylvania, 25, finished first with a time of 37:46. Marathon’s Jonathan and Owen Pitchford, 18-year-old twin brothers, were right behind finishing in 38:03 and 40:17. Jonathan won the race in 2019 with a time of 39 minutes even. To see the complete results, visit www.athlinks.com. To see more photos of the race, or purchase copies, visit shadypalmphotography.com. BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly #tdi_1 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 { background: url(https://keysweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/bridge6-80×60.jpg)...

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THAT HIPPIE BAND ROCKS EARTH DAY IN KEY WEST

Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson saw the ravages of the 1969 Santa Barbara, California oil spill. He saw the Cuyahoga River catch fire from pollutants in downtown Cleveland. The Los Angeles smog was thick enough to obscure the iconic Hollywood sign.  So Nelson created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, when 20 million mostly young Americans took to the streets to protest for a cleaner environment. Fast forward 51 years, and more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day in 192 countries and on every continent. The planet needs more help than everyone on it still needs this magical music...

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STATE HONORS FORMER KEY WEST SHERIFF & SENATOR JOHN M. SPOTTSWOOD

Spottswood.  The surname as synonymous with Key West as Hemingway represents a legacy of leadership, innovation and community dedication, and those who capably carry the name today continue the tradition.  Today’s elder Spottswood leaders — Jack, Robert, Bill and their sister Fawnie — grew up on Caroline Street with a father who thought fervently of the future while working also to protect Key West’s people and preserve the island’s valuable past. John M. Spottswood, who fathered and raised Jack, Robert, Bill and Fawnie, with their mother, Mary, is often remembered for his eight years in the...

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PRIDE, RAFFLES & TRIBUTES: KEY WEST BUSINESS GETS BUSY

With Key West Pride approaching, the Key West Business Guild invites local artists to submit a symbol of pride in their medium of choice. All submissions will be entered in the art competition, then auctioned off, with proceeds to benefit the guild and their efforts with the LGBTQ+ community. Artwork must be completed and submitted to the guild at 808 Duval St. by Friday, May 28, to be photographed and posted for the start of Key West Pride the following week. For more information, contact Dorian at 305-731-3446 or email moc.liamg@ovenottapd. The Key West Business Guild will hold an April mixer...

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THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST OFFERS PRIVATE BOOKINGS & REGULAR GALLERY HOURS

The three galleries inside The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., will feature artists Scott Ponemone, Olga Manosalvas and Kyla Piscopink through April 29. To help keep art accessible during this challenging time, The Studios is offering a number of new ways to enjoy its exhibitions this season. In addition to regular gallery hours (noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday), The Studios is offering private tours to couples and small groups.  Kyasia and Nikea The perfect opportunity to enjoy art safely, bookings begin with a rooftop mimosa at The Studios’ historic art deco building on Eaton Street,...

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