Florida Keys News Bureau

Country music aficionados pack the 200 block of Duval Street Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Key West, Fla., for the highlight event of the 20th Key West Songwriters Festival that ends Sunday, May 10, in Key West, Fla. The five-day festival features some 225 performers putting on 50 shows in different settings around the subtropical island. (Source: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Key West Songwriters Fest Ends Sunday

Scores of America’s top performing songwriters have taken the stage in casual island settings during the past five days at the 20th Key West Songwriters Festival.

05/10/2015

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, “Miley,” a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, is carried to be released off the Florida Keys at Islamorada, Fla., Saturday, May 2, 2015. The reptile was named after rescuers who found her floating in early March 2015 noticed the turtle's rear end was gyrating and named her after Miley Cyrus, whose expressive dance moves were dubbed "twerking” by the pop singer. The 120-pound turtle was treated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital for an intestinal impaction.  (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Rehabilitated Sea Turtle Named After Pop Singer Released Off Florida Keys

A rehabilitated sea turtle named after pop singer Miley Cyrus was released off the Florida Keys Saturday.

05/02/2015

Teams propel decorated beds up Duval Street during the annual Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race Saturday, April 25, 2015,  in Key West, Fla. The wacky event was a facet of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration that commemorates the Florida Keys' 1982 "secession" from the United States, prompted by the installation of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Events end Sunday, April 26. (Source: Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Key West ‘Bed Race’ Teams Blanket Historic Duval Street

Billed as “the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on,” this weekend’s Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race was a highlight of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration that ends Sunday.

04/26/2015

Female impersonators compete in the Great Conch Republic Drag Race, a facet of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Key West, Fla. The celebration, continues through April 26 and commemorates the anniversary of a 1982 mock secession from the United States following a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint and roadblock erected at the top of the Florida Keys' Overseas Highway. (Source: Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Key West ‘Drag Race’ Stars High-Heeled Female Impersonators

Drag racers don’t usually wear short pink dresses or high heels — unless they’re contestants at Key West’s Great Conch (pronounced konk) Republic Drag Race.

04/19/2015

Visitors from Ohio calling themselves the "The Infamous Ohio State Conch Marching Band," compete in the group division of the 53rd Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Judges evaluated entrants in individual and group divisions on the quality, duration, loudness and novelty of sounds they produced from fluted, pink-lined shells. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Pucker Pros Star in Key West’s Conch Shell Blowing Contest

Fans of the fluted, pink-lined conch shell displayed their pucker power Saturday afternoon during the 53rd annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West. And among those who did it best was 64-year-old Key West resident Eddie Webb.

03/07/2015

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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