Capt. Tony Murphy takes us on the adventure of a lifetime...saltwater fly fishing for blackfin tuna just off the coast of Key West in the Florida Keys.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Sixteen Florida Keys women have given the term naturist a new meaning: supporting community environmental efforts by posing au naturel in Florida Keys green spaces for a 2010 fundraising calendar.
Titled Women Sustaining the Earth, the calendar features models ranging from 44 to 78 years old. It was the brainchild of local environmental radio host Erika Biddle, who poses on one of its pages.
The calendar project was inspired when I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger say on the news, If the environmental movement wants more participation, the environmentalists should be more sexy, said Biddle.
Some of the calendars models are topless, some draped in fabric or foliage, and their artistically shot images are paired with statements on nature and the environment.
None of the women are model figures, like size 4 or something like that, said Biddle. They are real women in a real environment, and I think people will relate to it.
Like Biddle, the calendars four photographers donated their time to create its images of environmental and personal grace.
These are women who are at the apex of their personal power, whether theyre 40, 50, 60 or 70, said photographer and project editor Carol Tedesco, so I took it upon myself to make it my job to reveal the spirit of the women.
Miss July Rosi Ware of the Key West Garden Club posed for a back-view shot wearing a sarong skirt and long necklace.
I dont see why you cant have fun and be sexy as well as helping the environment, said Ware. As long as people dont mind looking at a 54-year-old woman with no clothes on, thats fine with me.
Calendars are $25 each, including postage and handling within the continental U.S., and can be ordered through *******www.keywestcalendargirls****
The Florida Keys have not been physically impacted by the Gulf oil spill and the fish are biting better then ever. Check out the fishing action Sunday, July 18, off Islamorada, known as the Sportfishing Capital of the World.
Underwater, aerial and land based video shot over the 2010 Memorial Day Weekend in the Florida Keys.
Billy Causey, superintendent of the southeast region for NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, discuss the Gulf oil spill and its relationship to the Florida Keys.
The National Key Deer Refuge was established in 1957 to protect and preserve Key deer and other wildlife resources in the Florida Keys. The refuge is located in the lower Florida Keys and currently consists of approximately 9,200 acres of land.
A North Carolina dentist won the overall mens division of the annual Seven Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys Saturday for the fifth time, despite his phobia of crossing bridges over water.
Jason Bodnar, 40, of Biltmore Lake posted a time of 37 minutes, 43 seconds. It was the fastest time of 1,500 participants who competed in the annual footrace over the longest bridge on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway.
I do have the phobia of bridges still, said Bodnar. But, when Im running I stay towards the middle and dont look side-to-side.
Andrew Greenridge, 45, of Coconut Creek, Fla., placed second in mens at 38:31, while Miami resident Jon Williams, 41, placed third at 38:51.
Marlene Persson, 39, ran 41:55 to place first in the overall womens division. It was the third victory for the Deerfield Beach, Fla., physical therapy technician, who said temperatures in the mid 70s and an almost 20 mph breeze from the east, southeast helped her.
Bodnars wife, Jennifer, 38, was second in womens with a time of 45:39, while Helena Bursa, 34, of Big Pine Key, Fla., ran 47:02 for third place.
The race temporarily closed the iconic Seven Mile Bridge to traffic for about two hours Saturday morning, but there were no major issues according to law enforcement officials.
The event was first staged in 1982, to celebrate the completion a federally funded construction project to build 37 modern spans to replace an aging bridges originally adapted from Henry Flaglers Overseas Railroad.
Stand-up paddling, or paddleboarding, is a perfect sport for fun, or to quietly enjoy the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys. Wether you participate in a secluded ecotour through backcountry flats or spend the day exploring the mangroves, Stand-Up paddle surfing is an environmentally friendly way to explore the waters of the Florida Keys.
The waters off Marathon's Sombrero Beach are to transform into a swift racecourse for the annual Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday, May 8. See these sleek, 40-foot-long boats launch direct from the beach to race.
Housed below the detention center, it's one of the most unusual animal farms in Florida. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Park is open on the second and fourth Sunday of each month including Easter Sunday.
Enjoy all the comforts of home in of our little piece of Paradise.
Surrounded with a tropical garden, and located in Old Town Key West, this little gem includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and living room, Cable television, Hi-Speed Internet, and central A/C.
The Original Marathon Seafood Festival takes aim at the tummy with such local delicacies as Florida lobster, stone crab claws, plump pink shrimp and special smoked fish recipes. Whet your appetite for the annual munch-a-thon March 13th - 14th.
Boasting a privileged, walk-to-everything, location right at the midpoint of Key West's most famous promenade -- historic Duval Street -- The Tropical Inn is a quiet and private secret garden compound. This exclusively-adult romantic hideaway is tucked unassumingly away, a haven of tranquility ... the ideal base for discovering the enticing treasures of Old Town.
Small enough to be personable but large enough to be private, the Tropical Inn artfully blends the intimacy of a romantic bed and breakfast with the casually understated elegance of a small hotel in the European tradition. French doors, the color of sunkissed honey and clad in antique brass burnished by time, welcome you "home".
Exceeding guests' expectations since 1984, this family owned and operated Key West Florida inn delivers personal service, harmonious elements, and attention to detail.
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Director of Photography: Steve Panariello
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The History of Diving Museum in Islamorada traces man's endeavors to explore the underwater world.
Air visitors to Key West get a taste of the island's rich artistic heritage soon after they land. Click the play button to see the collection of artistry at Key West International Airport.
Key West has gone to the dogs! Watch as 156 dachshunds and their owners parade through historic Old Town. This wiener wonderland walk is an annual family-friendly prelude to the island's New Year's festivities.
Key West, Florida
A parade of 156 dachshunds and their owners kick off New Year's Eve festivities Thursday in the Florida Keys.
Key West's Dachshund Walk provided an informal, family-friendly prelude to the frenetic revelry that took place later that night as the Florida Keys rang in the new year.
The long-bodied canines and their owners gathered in Key West's historic Old Town district for the "wiener wonderland" walk. Some dachshunds were dressed in costumes or offbeat accessories. The walking route, which includes a block of Key West's famed Duval Street, is deliberately kept brief to cater to the canine contingent's short legs.
Later on New Year's Eve, tens of thousands of human revelers throng Key West's historic district for three warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop.
Crowds rang in the New Year on Duval Street by watching a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, descend from its supports to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar. A few blocks away at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, female impersonator Sushi "dropped" in a super-sized red high heel to mark the new year's arrival. In the island city's Historic Seaport, New Year's Eve revelry salutes the Keys' seafaring heritage with the "drop" of a pirate wench from the top of the mast of a tall ship.
In addition, fireworks light up the sky in Key Largo, Islamorada and other areas of the Keys to celebrate the arrival of 2010.
Marathon's Turtle Hospital is the only licensed veterinary clinic in the world dedicated exclusively to treating sick and injured sea turtles.
Saltwater fly fishing is the ultimate Challenge. Join Capt. Tony Murphy as he takes us just off shore in Key West for some crazy saltwater fly fishing action on a wreck in the Florida Keys.