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William Lee Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman, right, leave the Monroe County Clerk of the Court's office after completing a marriage license application Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Huntsman are planning on receiving their license just after midnight Monday, Jan. 5 and getting married immediately afterwards. In July 2014, after Huntsman and Jones filed suit protesting Florida's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage, Keys Judge Luis Garcia ruled the ban was discriminatory and unconstitutional. A state appeal held up the couple's marriage plans until U.S. Judge Robert Hinkle ruled Florida clerks can issue licenses to same-sex couples beginning after midnight Monday. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Key West Men to Get Keys’ First Same-Sex Marriage License

The first same-sex marriage license in the Florida Keys will be issued soon after two Key West men, acclaimed as pioneers in Florida’s fight for same-sex marriage equality completed their paperwork Friday.

01/02/2015

Benjamin Probanza of Acapulco, Mexico, puts finishing touches on his sand sculpture "Yin-Yang," at the International Sand Art Competition Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Six accomplished sand art experts are competing in the event that is part of Art! Key West!, an islandwide cultural celebration that ends Sunday, Nov. 30. All contestants created their sculptures out of sand and water only, without using electric tools, molds or glue. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Artists Craft Sculptures At Key West Sand Art Competition

Sand sculptors took to the sand Thanksgiving weekend for the International Sand Art Competition in Key West.

11/29/2014

Bette Zirkelbach checks a Kemp's ridley sea turtle's heart rate Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. The hospital received 30 cold-stunned Kemps ridley turtles to care for after they were rescued suffering hypothermia on a Cape Cod Bay, Mass., beach. The species is endangered, according to NOAA Fisheries. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Turtles Recovering At Florida Keys Facility

Staff at a Florida Keys based Turtle hospital are take care of 30 endangered sea turtles suffering from hypothermia.

11/26/2014

Men costumed as a pregnant cheerleader square prance down Fleming Street in the Key West, Fla., during the Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Masquerade March. Thousands of participants strolled in one of the highlight events of the 10-day Fantasy Fest masking and costume festival that sends Sunday, Oct. 26. The pinnacle of the festival is the Saturday, Oct. 25, Fantasy Fest Parade scheduled to step off at 7 p.m. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Thousands Attend Masquerade March In Key West

Thousands of costumed revelers promenaded through Key West’s historic Old Town Friday during the offbeat Masquerade March that began at the city cemetery.

10/24/2014

Contestants in the Keys Fisheries Stone Crab Eating Contest  crack claws and suck down their meat to determine the winner who consumes 25 claws in the fastest time Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Marathon, Fla. About 40 percent of Florida's average 2.6-million-pound stone crab claw harvest comes from waters off the Florida Keys. It is also a renewable resource as fishermen harvest only legal-size claws and the crab is returned to the water to grow new extremities. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Stone Crab Lovers Get Crackin’ In Florida Keys

It was all about the stone crab in the Florida Keys this weekend.

10/18/2014

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Classroom Under the “Sea,” World Record Attempt to Begin Friday

An attempt to set a new world record will begin Friday morning in the Florida Keys.

10/02/2014

Skip Bradeen, center, poses with a dolphin and clients Veronica Pereira and Barron Pritt..Pereria reeled in the dolphin off Islamorada in the Florida Keys.  In September 2014, Bradeen began his 50th year in the Florida Keys charterboat business. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Keys Captain Marks 50 Years In The Sportfishing Business

A man destined to be a butcher is now celebrating his 50th year in the sportfishing business as a Florida Keys charterboat captain.

09/27/2014

A biker parks his motorcycle amid others on Duval Street in Key West, Fla., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, during the Key West Poker Run. By nightfall Saturday, Sept. 20, thousands of bikers are expected to have made the trek down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway drawing cards at stops along the island chain to complete for a chance to win a new motorcycle while raising funds for the Diabetes Research Institute. The event ends Sunday, Sept. 21. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Thousands Of Bikers Expected For Key West Poker Run

Thousands of motorcyclists from throughout America are traveling the Florida Keys Overseas Highway from mainland Florida to Key West this weekend.

09/19/2014

Kevin Kennedy, foreground, competes in the Anything That Floats Race Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Key Largo, Fla. Named Freedom of the Seas, Kennedy's entry was created from a blue plastic barrel and foam blocks for stabilization.The offbeat event in the Florida Keys challenged entrants to race in whatever they could find or build that provided buoyancy. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Amateur Boat Builders Race In ‘Anything That Floats’ Regatta

Hundreds of spectators hooped and hollered as amateur boat builders paddled and sculled their self-made racing crafts to the finish line during this weekend’s annual “Anything that Floats” regatta race in the Florida Keys.

08/17/2014

"Pine Tyme," a subadult loggerhead sea turtle fitted with a satellite tracking transmitter, crawls into the Atlantic Ocean Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, after being released on a Florida Keys beach in Marathon, Fla. Rehabilitated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital, the 80-pound female turtle is the 11th and final turtle being tracked online during the Tour de Turtles, a three-month-long "race" organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Sea Turtle Released With Satellite Transmitter For Tour De Turtles

A loggerhead sea turtle, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being struck by a boat, was fitted with a satellite tracking transmitter and released from a Florida Keys beach Friday afternoon.

08/15/2014

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