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MOTE CELEBRATES EXPANSION IN MEETING WITH AREA LEADERS

Area leaders met with Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientists and staff to learn more about programs and progress — notably a new coral nursery expansion in Islamorada — during a gathering at Cheeca Lodge on May 14. Along with Mote’s science-based reef efforts in the Keys, the event also highlighted ocean acidification research, coral reef restoration and education programs. Michael Crosby, Mote president and CEO, said there’s vital research ongoing in the Keys by Mote’s brightest scientists and educators. In Islamorada, Mote is building a land-based coral nursery, the first of its kind in Islamorada,...

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STICKING UP FOR KEY WEST YOUTH LACROSSE

Lacrosse continues to grow in popularity among boys and girls in the island city. The Key West Youth Lacrosse League just wrapped up its spring season, and despite the challenges of a pandemic, managed to keep 150 kids on the field and engaged. The league welcomes boys and girls, ages 4 to 15, with the littlest players known as the “mini sticks,” said Anna Louchheim who, with her husband, Chris, coaches teams, sits on the board of the league and are parents of players. Girls aged 7 to 12 practiced together this season, which highlighted the coaches’ abilities (Amy Bradshaw and Britney Beerbower)...

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UPPER KEYS COMMUNITY TAKES CARE OF ENVIRONMENT, ONE PIECE AT A TIME

This community takes such pride in its environment ? working tirelessly to keep it clean, safe and sustainable for many generations to come. It’s no wonder then that Earth Week in the Upper Keys was a jam-packed community affair, with coastal cleanups, underwater lionfish hunting, turning trash into art, and so much more. Each one of us plays a part as a piece of the puzzle keeping our Keys beautiful and clean. SHERIFF’S OFFICE CLEANUPOn April 24, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Key Largo teamed up with Publix Key Largo to pick up debris around the Tradewinds Plaza. KEY...

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KEY WEST CELEBRATES CONCH REPUBLIC INDEPENDENCE

Key West wrapped a week of outlandish events to celebrate 39 years of the Conch Republic’s independence, which is summarized at conchrepublic.com: The Conch Republic was born on April 23, 1982, in response to a United States Border Patrol blockade of the Florida Keys. Since the United States insisted on treating the Keys like a foreign country, then-Mayor Dennis Wardlow “seceded” from the Union. Today we stand proudly as a community of who have a ‘Sovereign State of Mind’ and as the ‘People who seceded where others have failed.’” Events included a boat parade, an art stroll, a pool bar stroll,...

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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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Hurricanes softball regular season draws to a close

The Coral Shores girls softball team took to the diamond for the final regular season game against Ferguson High School on April 16. Ferguson’s bats powered the team to victory, 18-4. All runs from the ’Canes offense came in the fourth inning. The softball team finished the regular season with a record of 6-7. For a full gallery of pictures, visit keysweekly.com. #tdi_1 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 { background: url(https://keysweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/041621-Weekly-CSHS-Softball-vs-Ferguson-HR-dfp-1-80×60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #tdi_1 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 { background:...

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OZBUN, CARLSON NAMED MARATHON HOMECOMING ROYALTY

Cecliy Ozbun was crowned Homecoming queen. Tucker Carlson (not pictured) was named homecoming king. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly Two and a half homecoming couples walked onto the field at Marathon High School on April 2. Cecily Ozbun was crowned queen. But the king, Tucker Carlson, was absent due to quarantine. Joining Ozbun on the field were Izzy Kingsley and Patrick Daniher, and Matt Kratzert and Bella Fryza.  Due to COVID-19, only three couples participated in the delayed homecoming. The crowns and flowers were presented ahead of the Marathon High School and Coral Shores HIgh School baseball...

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CORAL SHORES PITCHING DOMINANT IN VICTORY OVER MARATHON

Coral Shores starting pitcher Tyler Rodriguez pitched five innings and recorded 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 shutout over the Marathon Dolphins at Founders Park on March 29. Rodriguez was dealing as he mowed down eight of the first 10 batters he faced through his first three innings. The Hurricanes offense jumped out in front, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first against Marathon’s Mathew Kratzert. Following the first inning, Marathon’s Kratzert settled in by not allowing another hit through his outing, picking up five strikeouts in total. Marathon added hits by Corbin Neller, Enmanuel Polanco,...

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500-MILE BIKE RIDE ENDS IN KEY WEST; RAISES MONEY FOR INTERNATIONAL KIDS

Sixty-seven bicyclists pedaled and persevered for 500 miles on a five-day mission to raise money and awareness for global youth issues. The 2021 Key West Bike Ride was the 10th annual ride.  The cyclists, each part of the nonprofit Ends of the Earth mission organization, left Fort Myers on March 20 and arrived in Key West March 24. The group spent the nights in host churches along the way. This year’s Key West Bike Ride raised money and support to help combat the trafficking of children in Romania. Although the Romanian Revolution occurred in December 1989, the effects of Communism are...

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