| Jun 19, 2012
| 12:26 PM
An "extreme" vacation often is in the eye of the vacationer. A week in Paris might be an extreme vacation to some people. A grand tour of the paper clip distribution warehouses of central Ohio would be extreme to someone else.
But other "extremes" cannot...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 7:59 PM
The wake-up call for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office came the evening of June 22, 2010, when a deputy driving 106 mph on U.S. Highway 1 in Key Largo swerved around a slower vehicle, lost control and crashed into a parked truck.
Deputy Melissa J....
| Aug 8, 2012
| 4:44 PM
In the 1960s, the space program was hot but so was underwater exploration. Jacques Cousteau not only spread the word on ocean science, but he helped design underwater laboratories where scientists could live full-time.
More than 60 labs were set up...
| Jun 16, 2012
I'm preparing for another road trip, a journey from Central Florida to Key Largo: Alone again, naturally.
A few of my friends were worried about the unorthodox strategies I offered for coping with highway boredom in a recent column that included the idea...
| Jun 18, 2011
It's summer now, but that season is pretty much endless in the Florida Keys, where the weather — and the mindset — is tropical year-round.
From pirates to powerboats, here are the highlights of fall's events in the Keys and the Conch...
| May 21, 2011
Time somehow moves more slowly in Key West.
It all starts with the final approach.
Heading south from the congested traffic and urban sprawl of Miami, the speed limit is a leisurely 45 mph on U.S. Highway 1 from Florida City, where mainland Florida...
| May 18, 2011
| 9:54 AM
MIAMI — We've got boat rides. We've got paddlewheelers and pirate ships, air boats and catamarans. Speedboats, glass-bottom boats, schooners, yachts and purpose-built tour boats.
We've got fast rides, slow rides and hop-on, hop-off boat tours...
| Nov 1, 2011
Let's face it, Floridians, we don't do the holidays in the Sunshine State the way they do up North.
In previous Postcards installments, I've written about my family's tradition of heading out to the beach on Christmas Day for a game of touch football...
| Jun 30, 2012
Despite its enduring quirks, Key West is light-years removed from the escapist island that awaited a failed country songwriter who pulled into town a penniless nobody in the 1970s.
That was Jimmy Buffett, of course, whose Key West-inspired 1977 hit...
| May 31, 2011
| 11:56 AM
Instead of getting away from it all, go underneath it, and escape to some of the world's unique underwater restaurants and hotels.
You'll have to wear scuba gear and a bathing suit or use a boat to get to some of these undersea retreats.
| Aug 4, 2012
| 4:33 PM
A Canadian man was arrested late Thursday for exposing and fondling himself in front of two young girls as they rode a bike and a scooter around a Key Largo campground, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The girls told...