Tag Archives: Key West

Diana Nyad Nearing 5 Mile Countdown to Key West in Epic Cuba-to-Florida Swim

Diana Nyad is nearing the five mile countdown to Key West on her epic 112 statute mile swim from Cuba to Florida. If she completes the swim, she will be the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a cage, … Continue reading

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Update: Diana Nyad Ends Her Attempt to Swim Between Havanna & Key West

This morning Diana Nyad ended her fourth attempt, her third this year, to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida after being buffeted by squalls and stung by jellyfish. She had been in the water for roughly 60 hours … Continue reading

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Diana Nyad Making Fourth Attempt at Cuba to Florida Swim

Starting a day earlier than planned, Diana Nyad, 62, began her fourth attempt yesterday afternoon to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West Florida, a distance of 103 miles across open ocean.  Nyad swam 21.7 statute miles in her first 18 hours. The total … Continue reading

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Schooner Western Union Designated Florida State Flagship

The Florida Legislature has designated the schooner Western Union as the state’s official flagship. The schooner was built in 1939 and served for 35 years as as a cable vessel for the Western Union Telegraph Company, repairing and maintaining undersea … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – New York & Key West Style: Crystal Ball, Conch Shell, Pirate Wench & Drag Queen

In New York City tonight, just on the other side of the Hudson River from where I am now typing, roughly one million people gather  in Times Square to watch a crystal ball being dropped on exactly midnight to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Pirates (OK, Not Real Pirates) Drop Anchor in Key West

In my grumpier moments, I object to celebrating Disneyfied pirates, especially given that piracy is, after all, still a serious problem and not merely a quaint relic of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Then again, I can’t be grumpy all the time. … Continue reading

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The Lost Camera and the Sea Turtle

I am not making this up. In the middle of May, a gentleman, whose internet nickname is Aquahound, found a camera in an underwater housing that had washed ashore in Key West.   There were still photos and video on the memory card dating back to November of … Continue reading

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