Nancy Klingener

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Nancy Klingener is a radio producer and writer in Key West. Since moving to South Florida in 1989, she has worked for the Miami Herald, Solares Hill newspaper and the Monroe County Public Library.

She is a Spring 2014 graduate of the Transom Story Workshop. She is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar and reviews books for the Mimai Herald. She blogs about books, bicycles, the Red Sox, and other subjects at The Bone Island Book Blog. Her work can also be found at her website.

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Keys Blog
12:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Keys Get 10-Digit Dialing, Like It Or Not

Credit Christopher / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Florida Keys like to consider themselves as a place apart from mainland South Florida. But starting this weekend, life on the island chain will be just like Miami-Dade in one way. 

Keys business and tourism leaders fought against 10-digit dialing when it was first proposed for the island chain. They said it would make it harder for visitors and customers to reach them.

The state agreed in 2005 to delay the change for as long as possible. The Keys held out for 10 years, but they’ve finally reached the end of the road for seven-digit dialing.

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Mosquito Control
2:47 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Florida Keys Hope To Add New Weapon In War Against Mosquitoes: Genetic Modification

Carrie Atwood, a domestic inspector for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, uses a flashlight to search for aedes aegypti larvae.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

In the fight against mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, domestic inspector Carrie Atwood has a few indispensable tools. She carries a dipper — essentially, a plastic cup at the end of a stick. She has a flashlight for looking into the backs of plants and pots. And she has a turkey baster.

"That's good for getting into bromeliads, which is a plant that holds water at the base of the leaf," Atwood said. "We use that to dip in there or just any other kind of tight space where the dipper won't go."

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Traffic Safety
7:13 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Keys Sheriff Protests Year-Old Crosswalk After Crash

A crosswalk sign wound up between two of the cars involved in last week's pile-up on U.S. 1 in Key Largo.
Credit Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay is protesting a year-old crosswalk on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo after a three-car pileup at the site last week.

Ramsay said the first he or any of his officers heard about the crosswalk was when it was installed a year ago by the state Department of Transportation.

"We were not advised, not informed, not asked. Our input wasn't taken by FDOT in any manner or form," Ramsay said. "We were surprised like everyone else when it showed up one day, just popped up. It was just a total surprise."

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Commercial Fishing
8:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Lobster Season Ends With Good Catch, Great Prices But Looming Challenges

George Niles, left, and Daniel Padron fix lobster traps on Stock Island. The lobster fishing season ended March 31.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The spiny lobster season ended March 31. State biologists say it looks like the total catch will be slightly lower than last year — but the seafood that came to the market fetched record-high prices.

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News
1:32 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Three Snorkelers Die On One Day In The Keys

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of three people who all died Monday in separate incidents while snorkeling in the Keys.

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay said Tuesday that having three fatalities on the water in one day was unprecedented.

Richard Gueringer, 71, of San Antonio, Texas, was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center after he lost consciousness in the water off Key West. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Deputy Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

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Arts
3:21 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Key West Reclaims Its Tennessee Williams Literary Legacy

Key West's literary heritage is overwhelmingly associated with one writer: Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner's former home is a popular museum. And every summer there's a look-alike contest where white-bearded men compete to look like Papa.

But recently, the island has turned to celebrating another 20th-century writer who made Key West his home: Tennessee Williams. 

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Sports
4:21 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Is Key West Race Week Sailing Into The Sunset?

Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth, sails to an overall IRC 1 class victory at this year's Quantum Race Week in Key West.
Credit Ken Stanek / Florida Keys News Service

Since 1987, Key West has hosted the international sail racing world each January. Quantum Race Week fills thousands of hotel rooms and provides footage that is shown all over the globe.

But the regatta's future is in question with the announcement Monday from Premiere Racing, the event's owner and organizer, that it is stepping aside.

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News
6:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Key West Cops Get Body Cams Courtesy Of Sheriff's Office

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay, left, and Key West Police Chief Donie Lee check out one of the 100 new body cameras purchased by the Sheriff's Office for the Key West Police Department.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Body cameras for the Key West Police Department. Night binoculars for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Radar units for the Florida Highway Patrol.

It was like Christmas in February at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Friday, with Sheriff Rick Ramsay in the role of Santa Claus for fellow law enforcement agencies.

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Keys Hotels
6:56 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Keys Adding Hotel Rooms To Booming Industry

Tom Whitney is the general manager of The Marker Resort, which opened last December in the Key West Historic Seaport.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The Florida Keys have been under a moratorium on new hotel rooms for decades. But the islands are seeing a flood of new properties open, mostly through renovations and conversions.

In all, about 1,000 new rooms are being added or coming back on line after being closed for renovation and rebuilding. The Keys have a total of 15,000 lodging units, which includes hotel rooms, RV spots and short-term vacation rentals.

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Culture
10:04 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Diana Nyad Returns To Key West With One-Woman Stage Show

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits, from Cuba to Key West. Now she's returned to Key West for the debut of her one-woman stage show, "Onward!"
Credit Walt Michot / Miami Herald

Diana Nyad’s most famous journey, her swim across the Florida Straits, started in Havana and ended in Key West. Her newest project – a one-woman stage show – is starting out on the island. 

The distance swimmer made international headlines when she came ashore in Key West on Labor Day 2013. It was her fifth attempt at the crossing. She was 64 years old.

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RESTORE Act
3:35 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Oil Spill Money May Help Grow Corals In The Keys

Staghorn coral like this will be grown in offshore nurseries then transplanted along the reef tract if Monroe County funds a proposed project with money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Credit Coral Kingdom Collection / NOAA

Almost five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some of the fines collected will go to help the environment in the Florida Keys. This week, the Monroe County Commission is set to decide how to spend the money. 

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Bloodline
4:59 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

New TV Series Gets Blood Racing in the Keys

"Bloodline" was filmed in and is set in the Florida Keys. It starts streaming on Netflix March 20.
Credit IMDB

South Florida got its first look this week at the latest TV show to film in the area.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Still Murder-Free, Key West Saw Crime Fall In 2014

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office provides local law enforcement for the Florida Keys outside of Key West.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

 While the Florida Keys may provide a fertile setting for crime fiction by the likes of Carl Hiaasen and James W. Hall, in reality the islands are getting safer, according to statistics from local law enforcement agencies.

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Food
7:47 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

World's Largest Key Lime Pie Travels To Its Northernmost Point

David Sloan, left, and Marky Pierson, right, put the finishing touches on the world's largest Key lime pie Thursday. The pie was served to commuters in Boston's South Station Thursday afternoon as part of a Florida Keys tourism promotion.
Credit Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

  Commuters in Boston’s South Station, coping with temperatures in the 20s and light snow, on Thursday got a taste of the Florida Keys. 

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council this week took over the station with ads and promotions for the Florida Keys. On Thursday, they provided samples of the islands’ signature dessert: Key lime pie.

And not just any Key lime pie. This is billed as “the world’s largest Key lime pie.” It’s 9 feet in diameter.

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News
4:17 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Key West Chooses Site For Homeless Shelter

After months of contentious debate, the Key West City Commission decided 4-3 that the city-owned property formerly used by Easter Seals should be the site of a new homeless shelter.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

After months of contentious debate and a 4-3 vote, the Key West city commission made a decision Tuesday night on a site for a new homeless shelter.

The site chosen was the same one recommended months ago by city staff. Last October, the commission deadlocked 3-3 on a decision to move there and told staff to explore opening a shelter at the city's transportation building on Palm Avenue.

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