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WHAT ARE THE ‘D’ NAMES IN THE FLORIDA KEYS?

For those who have spent time driving up and down the Keys, they have seen the green and white road signs announcing the names of the scores of islands stitched together by the asphalt and bridges used to build the Overseas Highway. Some of the islands are better known than others. Anyone with even a whiff of familiarity with the Keys recognizes names like Key West and Key Largo. Islands connected by the highway like Knights Key, Big Pine, Bahia Honda, maybe even Ramrod Key, have less familiar names. That last one, Ramrod Key, found in the area of MM 26, was named after the ship Ramrod that...

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Southernmost Skunk Ape Society reports 1929 sighting at Bat Tower

In the summer of 1977, documents indicating the presence of a large, hairy, bipedal creature with a strong odor in the Florida Keys were discovered in the attic of a Key West home. The documents reported events dating back to the 16th century. The Southernmost Skunk Ape Society was established to investigate these found documents and augment them with additional research and analysis where possible. The short-lived society ceased following the unexplained disappearance of its co-founder on October 18, 1977.  Among the items discovered were notes about Sugarloaf Key’s Bat Tower. For decades it...

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