The Drifter

We asked readers to write a short story about this photo taken on the south beach of Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas. That is Fort Jefferson that you can see in the background. The only requirement was that it be 500 words or less. We were amazed at the creativity, the variety of subject […]

Once Upon a Beach

by Judy Via-Wolff Franklin was beach fishing. I’d been lost all morning in my canvas and paints. When I paint I lose all track of time. I become mesmerized in my work capturing the light and colors around me. The waters of the Keys draw my soul. That was after all why we took the […]

My Perfect Storm in the Keys

by Pat Walsh The Keys; famous for its beaches, tropical flair and sport fishing Just the mere thought brings visions of palm trees, balmy breezes and fish that you can mount on a wall. With the warm waters of the Gulf Stream just a few miles offshore, fishing in the Keys is just a boat […]

Fort Jefferson

by Michael Simpson Fort Jefferson sits perfectly aged as if still manned protecting the shores of its inhabitants and beyond. In the forefront a Sea Turtle nest sits ready for its hatchlings to make their entrance into the sea. This Island outpost serves now as a testament to its visitors of the human determination long […]

Memorable Moment

by Michael Krawciw  Fort Jefferson memorable moment:  ‘Will you marry me?’             It all began with a summer vacation in 1989 with a Key West visit and a trip to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park.  I was spending the time with my fiancé, Jamie, for a week-long vacation in Key West and […]


by James Bailey She awoke from an unconscious drift, smelled the stench of seaweed and felt grains of sand on her face.  She clung to a cushion that lay underneath her.  This floating life saver that carried her on dark waters to this beach.  Where the hell am I came her thoughts as one might […]