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    Jimmy Johnson: From Football to Fishing in the Florida Keys 01:40

    Jimmy Johnson: From Football to Fishing in the Florida Keys

    by digitalisland (9/21/11) 23 views

    Former NFL and college football coach Jimmy Johnson has lived in the Florida Keys for more than 15 years. Now an analyst for "Fox NFL Sunday," Johnson's name graces Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill at Fisherman's Cove, a dining and entertainment complex, as well as a private residence club in Key Largo. But JJ's reasons for residing in the Keys go beyond business interests. Watch the video to discover why.

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    Sail Aboard Java Cat for a Key West Eco Tour 02:38

    Sail Aboard Java Cat for a Key West Eco Tour

    by digitalisland (6/29/11) 14 views

    The Florida Keys offers one of the most unique ecological systems in all of North America and Java Cat will take you into the heart of it aboard a custom built sailing Catamaran. Sail into a shallow backcountry marine sanctuary filled with many unique creatures. Kayak around uninhabited mangrove islands. Discover multitudes of tropical fish while snorkeling over a pristine sponge and coral garden. As we sail west from Key West, we glide into the aqua and emerald colored water of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Paddleboarder Completes Solo Cuba-to-Key-West Crossing 01:58

    Paddleboarder Completes Solo Cuba-to-Key-West Crossing

    by digitalisland (6/16/11) 22 views

    A South Florida lifeguard landed on a Key West beach Thursday, completing a historic paddleboard crossing of the Florida Straits from near Cuba to the island city. Cynthia Aguilar finished the 103.2-mile journey in 29 hours and 12 minutes, after beginning Wednesday morning about 14 miles off northern Cuba. She is the first solo prone paddleboarder (propelling the board with her arms) to cross the Florida Straits and, when verified, should set a record for the longest nonstop prone paddle. Her effort, along with a documentary, are to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, a non-profit that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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    Teams Navigate Minimal 'Vessels' in Sink-or-Swim Regatta 03:17

    Teams Navigate Minimal 'Vessels' in Sink-or-Swim Regatta

    by digitalisland (5/30/11) 27 views

    Minimal construction and marginal seaworthiness meant maximum hilarity Labor Day Weekend, when nearly 40 teams tried to keep plywood-and-duct-tape vessels afloat during Key West's wacky Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. Rules required each team to build a boat out of a four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood, two eight-foot two-by-fours, a roll of duct tape, a pound of fasteners and epoxy paint. As spectators cheered, team members navigated the vessels through a "sink or swim" course at Key West's Historic Seaport Sunday afternoon, trying to stay afloat the longest. Many got "that sinking feeling" soon after launching, but a few craft proved surprisingly seaworthy.

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    Coast-to-Coast Conga Line Celebrates Key West¹s Cuban Herita... 01:44

    Coast-to-Coast Conga Line Celebrates Key West¹s Cuban Herita...

    by digitalisland (5/28/11) 21 views

    In what may be the world’s only coast-to-coast conga line, revelers in Cuban attire congaed from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico to celebrate Key West’s colorful Cuban heritage. Led by the Comparsa Key West dance troupe, the conga line proceeded down the mile-long Duval Street from the ocean to the gulf Friday evening. Located just 90 miles from Cuba, Key West welcomed thousands of Cuban immigrants in the 1800s and was the site of a flourishing cigar industry. At the industry’s peak, the island boasted nearly 150 cigar factories whose workers produced 100 million hand-rolled cigars annually. The conga line and other weekend events recognize the vibrant culture and customs those immigrants brought with them. Other Key West Cuban American Heritage Festival events include a Saturday night cigar dinner recognizing Key West’s cigar-making legacy.

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    Coast-to-Coast Conga Line Celebrates Key West¹s Cuban Herita... 01:44

    Coast-to-Coast Conga Line Celebrates Key West¹s Cuban Herita...

    by digitalisland (5/28/11) 31 views

    In what may be the world’s only coast-to-coast conga line, revelers in Cuban attire congaed from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico to celebrate Key West’s colorful Cuban heritage. Led by the Comparsa Key West dance troupe, the conga line proceeded down the mile-long Duval Street from the ocean to the gulf Friday evening. Located just 90 miles from Cuba, Key West welcomed thousands of Cuban immigrants in the 1800s and was the site of a flourishing cigar industry. At the industry’s peak, the island boasted nearly 150 cigar factories whose workers produced 100 million hand-rolled cigars annually. The conga line and other weekend events recognize the vibrant culture and customs those immigrants brought with them. Other Key West Cuban American Heritage Festival events include a Saturday night cigar dinner recognizing Key West’s cigar-making legacy.

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    Divers Race on Key West Shipwreck 01:28

    Divers Race on Key West Shipwreck

    by digitalisland (5/24/11) 32 views

    A Sunday dive on the world’s second-largest ship ever sunk as an artificial reef might have have appeared like the set of a James Bond movie, but it was actually the first event of the 2011 Formula H2O-Underwater Scooter Racing season. The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg became an underwater racetrack for competitors using diver propulsion vehicles during the Vandenberg Underwater Grand Prix staged off the Florida Keys. Divers using DPVs raced around the Vandenberg’s superstructure, competing in multiple classes to achieve the fastest speeds while staying within safety parameters. Rick Iossi won the event’s expedition class and Kelly Friend of Key West won the recreation class, both racing faster than their competitors around the superstructure of the 523-foot-long former U.S. Air Force missile tracking ship that was scuttled almost two years ago seven miles south of Key West. The bottom of the Vandenberg’s hull rests on sand in approximately 150 feet of water, but the ship is so massive that its superstructure begins about 45 feet below the surface.

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    Dragon Boat Racing Hits Marathon's Sombrero Beach 01:27

    Dragon Boat Racing Hits Marathon's Sombrero Beach

    by digitalisland (5/24/11) 29 views

    Elaborate racing "dragons" are to invade Marathon's Sombrero Beach during the annual Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday, May 14. A unique direct-from-the-beach launch enables spectators to get close-up views of the sleek, 40-foot-long race boats. They can observe the boats in action as teams of 20 paddlers power them in unison along a 380-meter race course parallel to the beach — a display of strength and teamwork among men and women of all ages. Dragons represent strength and are a powerful symbol of spring rains and growth in Chinese culture. The modern dragon boat race re-enacts a legend from the fourth century B.C. in which Qu Yuan, advisor to the emperor of the Ch'u dynasty, defied his ruler by drowning himself in the Mi Lo River. In a race to save their martyr Qu Yuan from the creatures of the deep, fishermen beat drums and vigorously splashed the water with their paddles. Local recreational and traveling competitive crews racing in the event include Ohio's Dragon Dream Team, Warriors on the Water from Orlando, Fla., and the Conch Republic Navy team that features six members of the Eye of the Dragon, a visually impaired team from Vancouver, B.C. Save Our Sisters, a team of Miami breast cancer survivors who regularly participate in a countrywide dragon-race circuit, also is to return. More than 25 races are scheduled, becoming progressively more competitive during division championships. A 2,000-meter "steersman's race" is an added endurance challenge for the top six competitive teams. Shoreside attractions during the races include food, beverages, merchandise, entertainment and kids' play areas. Early team registration and a Paddler's Party are set for 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Hurricane Grille, 4650 Overseas Highway. Racing begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with an awards ceremony and Last Splash Island Party to follow at the beach. Events are open to the public. Event information and team registration: www.battleinthebay.org

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    Historic Schooner Gets Major Facelift to Stay in Key West 01:43

    Historic Schooner Gets Major Facelift to Stay in Key West

    by digitalisland (4/15/11) 27 views

    A $1.25 million restoration project has kept a historic sailing schooner in Key West, the same city it was built and launched 72 years ago. The full refurbishment of the 130-foot Western Union required more than three years and was spearheaded by a local organization formed to preserve the vessel and keep it in Key West. Launched in 1939, Western Union is a traditional American coasting schooner that served the Western Union Telegraph Company for 35 years as a cable repair ship working on lines between Key West and Cuba and throughout the Caribbean. Years later, it operated as a local tour vessel, but maintenance and renovation costs forced previous owners, Historic Tours of America, to cease the ship's operations. Fearful the ship would leave, a group of locals formed the Schooner Western Union Preservation Society and Museum and HTA agreed to donate the ship to the group as long as it was restored and remained in Key West. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Western Union is believed to be the world's only surviving sailing cable ship according to local maritime historians. Restoration efforts included replacing numerous hull, transom and deck planks and refitting all electric, plumbing, engine and steering mechanisms. The Western Union is resuming day sails, sunset cruises and charters.

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