“The Florida Keys are laid-back, delightfully kitschyâ€¦and best seen from a convertible. So throw some T-shirts and shorts in a duffel bag, fill up the gas tank, and leave plenty of time for snorkeling, walking in the footsteps of Hemingwayâ€”and of course Key lime pie. Youâ€™re on island time now.”
Nowhere is this problem about fishing laws more vexing than the Keys, where an angler could be subject to four sets of regulations â€” Atlantic federal and state waters and Gulf federal and state waters â€” on a single fishing trip. Throw in special regulations in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and Everglades and Biscayne national parks, and itâ€™s enough to make an anglerâ€™s head explode.
Offshore, most anglers continue to target sailfish with mixed success, mainly due to the warm water temperatures lately. Boats fishing near the reef edge are catching sailfish, however, they are not the only species being caught. Blackfin tuna, kingfish, wahoo and a few dolphins made a good showing this past week.Â
Key Largoâ€™s popular Stone Crab and Seafood Festival will be back again in early 2014. During the last weekend of January, Jan. 25 and 26, Rowell’s Marina, at mile marker 104.5 bayside in Key Largo, Fla., will be filled with fresh local seafood, live music, and cooking demonstrations.
The Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult and free for children age 12 and under.
Monroe County officials say they reached a deal Wednesday with the city of Marathon and state Department of Transportation on a long-term plan to fix up and maintain a portion of the old Seven Mile Bridge that would cost $66.1 million over 30 years.