Key West

Costumed as a vampire, Emerson Farris paddles his S.S. Stoker, named for "Dracula" author Bram Stoker, during the Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta Sunday, Mary 24, 2015, in Key West, Fla. (Photo by Haig Jacobs/Florida Keys News Bureau)

‘Sailors’ Pilot Plywood-And-Duct-Tape Boats In Wacky Key West Regatta

Imagine a soapbox derby race on water. Can you picture it? That’s basically what went down at a wacky Memorial Day weekend regatta in Key West on Sunday.



Ask A South Florida Expert: How To Take Better Pictures With Your Phone

Find out how you can maximize the use of your smartphone camera from professional photographer, Jan Freire.


Five 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats depart Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015, to begin a more than 90-mile race to Havana, Cuba. The Havana Challenge is believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between Key West and Cuba in more than 50 years. (Bert Budde/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

First Sanctioned Sailing Race To Cuba In 50 Years Begins

A group of American sailboat racers put up their sails in Key West and started sailing down to Cuba in the first U.S. government sanctioned sailing race between the two places after more than 50 years.


Exterior view of Castillo de San Marcos, a masonry fort completed in 1695, St. Augustine, Florida. (Photo by Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

Sea Rise Threatens Florida Coast, But No Statewide Plan

Rising sea levels are threatening St. Augustine’s centuries-old Spanish fortress and other national landmarks. So Ponce de Leon’s mythical Fountain of Youth could soon spill over into the ocean if the Atlantic engulfs the area.


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.


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.


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.


(Photo by Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Keys Could See Its First Wal-Mart In The Next Few Years

A trip down to the Keys is often accompanied with a visit to a few staples; Alabama Jacks, the Tiki Bar, Shell World and soon visitors may be able to add one more to the list–retail giant Wal-Mart.


Monroe County Sheriff's deputies arrested 37-year old Jason Vest on Wednesday, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Courtesy: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

Man Accused Of Shooting Another With A Flare Gun

A man who allegedly shot at another man using a flare gun is under arrest.


Singer Jimmy Buffett performs a free concert at the San Carlos Institute Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band put on the concert as part of a contest where fans submitted a songlist they wanted to hear and about 250 tickets were awarded on a lottery basis. The concert was also streamed online and shown on a large screen at Key West's Higgs Beach.  (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Jimmy Buffett Performs Live Concert In Key West

Hundreds of fans gathered to watch singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett at a free private concert in Key West on Wednesday.