Featured Image: Concrete marker near the “Southernmost point in the continental United States” located in Key West, Florida, at the corner of South and Whitehead Streets. The spot is only 90 miles as-the-crow-flies from Cuba. CREDIT: Stefan Kokemüller. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license).
One of the first sights greeting passengers at the Key West International Airport is a statue of two families with children standing around a large, concrete buoy. “Ninety miles to Cuba,” reads the words etched on the centerpiece.
From that runway, tourists are closer to Havana than they are to Miami. And decades ago, residents of this southernmost outpost in Florida could fly to Cuba for lunch and be back in time for dinner.
It’s only a short flight across the Florida Straits, once crisscrossed regularly. But that hasn’t happened since 1960 and it’s uncertain whether it will happen any time soon. . . . Read Complete Report
Direct passenger flights between Key West and Cuba, suspended in 1962, will resume on Nov. 15, one of the charter companies flying the route confirmed to EFE news agency.
“We feel very emotional about being able to provide this service to the Cuban community with flights from Key West after 50 years and prevent travelers from having to travel to the Miami airport,” Isaac Valdes, sales director for Mambi Travel, told EFE. . . . Read Complete Report
Featured Image: 1853 triangulation chart of Biscayne Bay, Key West, Bahia Honda, the Cedar keys and the Dry Tortugas produced by the U.S. Coast Survey. Essentially five maps compiled onto a single sheet. Upper left map focuses on Key West, Florida, and the surrounding islands. Upper right map details Key Biscayne Bay, just south of Miami and north of Key Largo. Other maps show the Cedar keys, the Dry Tortugas and Bahia Honda. Prepared under the supervision of A. D. Bache for the 1853 Report of the Superintendant of the U.S. Coast Survey . SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain). [View full size].
KEY WEST, Florida (ABC 4 News) – Cross Marine Projects of American Fork likes to get its feet wet. The company has gained a global reputation for finding things in lakes and oceans – things that other people have lost.
Cross is perhaps on the verge of it’s biggest find to date. It’s a find that could change history and make some people very rich.
A Cross team was recently in Key West, Florida. They used the tourist Mecca to stage an exploration of sea floor about 10 miles South. Their objective: a Spanish ship that sank nearly four centuries ago. . . . Read Complete Report