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Colorado ‘Conch Honker’ Follows in Dad’s Footsteps to Win Key West Contest

A Colorado man won the 52nd annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West Saturday using the same shell his father used to win the same contest in 1986.

03/01/2014

Steve Torrence, center, rolls a coconut during Coconut Bowling staged Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West, Fla.  (Coutesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Patrons Take On Bowling With Coconuts At Key West Food and Wine Festival

Bowling isn’t normally meant to be paired with gourmet food and fine wine but when the bowling balls are coconuts, all bets are off. The offbeat pairing was a feature of the Key West Food and Wine Festival that continues through Sunday.

01/25/2014

cat in jar

Keys Cat Gets In Over His Head

Animal Shelter staff had a jarring experience when they spotted a cat with it’s head stuck in a glass jar which they were later able to remove.

11/07/2013

Participants aboard a portion of more than 100 boats demonstrate against the closure of Everglades National Park waters Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, near Islamorada, Fla. About a third of the 2,380-square-mile park encompasses Florida Bay and it has been closed to Florida Keys guides and recreational fishermen since Oct. 1 due to the Washington budget impasse. Guides have lost business and are insisting that federal officials do something to let them back in. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Keys Guides Protest Everglades Park Waters Closure

Fishing guides in the Keys, upset with the government shutdown that has barred the waters of Everglades National Park, spearheaded a rally Wednesday telling federal officials to give them back their fishing grounds.

10/09/2013

Spencer Slates watches a coral head off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary releases gametes late Monday, Aug. 27, 2013, during an annual ritual called coral spawning that provides coral reefs the opportunity to reproduce. Photo by Frazier Nivens, Florida Keys News Bureau.

Keys’ Divers Witness “Sex On The Reef” Phenomenon

Divers in the Florida Keys have become subsea voyeurs of sort, witnessing a fascinating yet fragile annual reproductive phenomenon on coral reefs.

CBS4–08/27/2013

Bette Zirkelbach examines Charley, a tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital Friday, May 10, 2013, in Marathon, Fla. Charley was released in June 8, 2012, off Santa Marta, Colombia, and rescued Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 22 miles off the Florida Keys. A fisherman found the turtle floating in Sargasso weed. It is believed “Charley” traveled some 2,000 miles from its original release point. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (SOURCE: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Rescued Young Turtle Expected To Make Full Recovery

A young turtle found floating in a weed patch off the coast of the Keys is expected to make a full recovery.

05/11/2013

Dachshunds and their owners parade in Key West, Fla., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, during the Key West Dachshund Walk, an annual New Year's Eve tradition that this year attracted almost 200 of the short-legged, long-bodied canines, as well as about 30 "impostor" dogs.  (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

The Long & Short Of It: Dachshunds Strut In Annual Key West Parade

Nearly 200 dachshunds and their owners took to the streets of Key West Monday to strut their stuff in the 8th annual Key West Dachshund Walk.

CBS4–12/31/2012

Klaus Chroszielewski walks the plank during a Key West pirate festival

Ahoy! There Be Pirates In Key West!

Aye, who be that buccaneer a’walkin that plank? It be Klaus Chroszielewski, winner of the National Walk The Plank Championship Saturday in Key West.Chroszielewski won the competition dressed as King Neptune in Key West’s annual competition that attracts hundreds of costumed pirate enthusiasts to the town’s week-long annual Pirates in Paradise festival, according to Andy Newman, spokesman for Florida Keys News Bureau.

CBS4–12/04/2010