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There once was a train that crossed waters to Key West

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Industrialist Henry Flagler had a dream of connecting the Florida Keys to the rest of the state by rail. With construction of the Panama Canal around the turn of the last century, Flagler saw potential in Key West as the closest U.S. deep-water port to Panama. He had hoped the city could take advantage of the increased potential for trade […]

Henry Flagler got a law passed so he could divorce his wife

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Henry Flagler put South Florida on the map. When the Standard Oil and railroad baron ran his Florida East Coast Railway south from St. Augustine to West Palm Beach and Miami, it transformed the state. In 1912, he continued tracks along the Florida Overseas Railroad, which brought rail travel to Key West — the trestles still stand alongside the newer […]

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Bored, anxious or got the blues during the global pandemic? Throughout Florida, the online community is sharing performances, events and activities designed to stimulate the mind, soothe the psyche and keep the body active. Florida Weekly offers these top picks to keep you occupied during COVID- 19. To submit items for possible future publication, email plain text or Word documents […]

New to streaming brings award-winning films, Scooby snacks and HBO Max

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When HBO Max drops May 27 as an option to stream, you may just see the whole streaming game change. Imagine it. Think of all HBO offers plus thousands of hours of the most celebrated classics from WarnerMedia and throw in the other brands under the media conglomerate’s umbrella, such as TNT, TBS and Adult Swim. Think “Game of Thrones,” […]

Beastie Boys Story, Al Capone film, just two of the fresh releases to stream this week

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With many bigger film festivals having to cancel this year, including Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW, many movie producers who had expected to take the public by storm with huge premieres — then weave into a more mainstream distribution — have had to consider alternative methods. Others have plans to release immediately. A few festivals are now screening a sampling […]

Audubon shares awwww-inspiring photos of baby birds


Pop quiz: What’s more appealing than a bird? Answer: a baby bird. Special precautions are necessary when photographing these youngsters — disturbances might hurt their chances of survival, and scared or stressed-out birds make lousy photo subjects anyway. But for those photographers who take the extra steps to be responsible and alert while attempting to capture moments of young birds, […]

From basketball to spiritual legends, there’s plenty new to streaming

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We are all asking our friends, “What are you watching?” If you are like me, you’re getting some great suggestions. But you are also likely finding that you have already watched much of what your friends have, and while it is probably impossible, you’ve caught up with everything you want to watch, screen and binge. Welcome to late April 2020, […]

Key West Art & Historical Society Museums close doors, but access to what’s inside remains open


Like the many other public community entities across the globe, in order to safeguard against COVID-19, the Key West Art and Historical Society has temporarily closed all of its museums — Custom House, Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, Tennessee Williams and Fort East Martello — until it is deemed safe by health officials to reopen. However, with schools on […]

Plein air painters celebrate the outdoors from their own backyards



As with other activities whose gatherings have been suspended, the members of various plein air groups in South Florida have temporarily found themselves practicing their art solo. Yet amid the stay-at-home order, some have found ways to leverage social media in order to maintain their communal connection even as they paint at home. Taking its name from “en plein air,” […]

Marcello Nod’s punk vision resonates on “Woe Betide You”



It’s 11:30 a.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Year of our Lord. Marcello Nod and his roommate in Cape Coral are watching coronavirus news on MSNBC when I call, the day before I start self-isolating (or was it?). I bought Marcello’s experimental punk album, “Woe Betide You,” after seeing him perform at No. 3 Craft Brews in Cape Coral in […]


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