Florida Keys

  Eighty years ago, hurricanes weren't given human names. So the storm that devastated the Upper Keys in 1935 is known simply by the day it swept across Islamorada: the Labor Day Hurricane.

Islamorada in 1935 was a small village of a few hundred people, scraping through the Depression growing Key limes and pineapples. The village was also the site of a camp for hundreds more: relief workers building a highway. Most of those workers were World War I veterans.

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Everglades National Park has released its new management plan. It’s the first update to the park rules since 1979. And while the classic image of the Everglades is sawgrass and alligators, a good portion of the park is Florida Bay, the estuary that lies between the mainland and the Florida Keys. The new rules set aside more than 100,000 acres of Florida Bay as “pole and troll” zones. Those are areas where boaters are not allowed to use motors which can cause propeller scarring of the seagrass - or prop-scarring.

When the Lime Grove subdivision in Key West was created in 1941, the legal document laying out the lots included some restrictions.

One of them says this: "No race or nationality, other than those of the Caucasian race, shall use or occupy any building or any lot." The restriction makes an exception for domestic servants.

The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed such discriminatory rules in 1948 and it has not been enforced. But it's still on the books.

The financial news service Bloomberg created a list of the 50 wealthiest small towns in America and only one is in Florida: Key West.

  Stretching just over a mile from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, Key West's Duval Street has something for everyone. It's got high-end restaurants and rowdy bars, tasteful boutiques and tacky T-shirt shops. And it's home to some of the island's iconic establishments, like Hemingway hangout Sloppy Joe's and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.

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