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Lower Keys Aerial

A full-frame fisheye lens helps to provide a unique view of the Florida Keys' Overseas Highway as it bisects the Atlantic Ocean, left, and the Gulf of Mexico on the right in the Lower Keys near Big Pine Key, Fla. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Bahia Honda State Park 01

Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Florida Keys near Big Pine Key, Fla., offers outstanding amenities for vacationers as well as an excellent view of a historic railroad bridge fabricated by the men that built Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway. In an annual survey of American beaches, Bahia Honda  was voted the top beach by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida International University professor known as "Dr. Beach." Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Bahia Honda State Park 02

Visitors relax on floating air mattresses off Bahia Honda State Park, in the Lower Florida Keys, near Big Pine Key, Fla. Bahia Honda park offers outstanding amenities for vacationers including campsites. In an annual survey of American beaches, Bahia Honda  was voted the top beach by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida International University professor known as "Dr. Beach." Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Deer 01

A Key deer eyes her surroundings on Big Pine Key, Fla. About the size of a large dog, the deer are indigenous to the lower Florida Keys and were almost hunted to extinction prior to the establishment of the refuge in 1957. Since then, the size of the herd has increased from less than 50 to about 700 animals. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Deer 02

A Key deer searches for food in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key, Fla. About the size of a large dog, the deer are indigenous to the lower Florida Keys and were almost hunted to extinction prior to the establishment of the refuge in 1957. Since then, the size of the herd has increased from less than 50 to about 700 animals. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Lower Keys Channel

A channel bisects an area between a mangrove island and shallow water flat off Sugarloaf Key in the lower Florida Keys. The flats of the Florida Keys are renowned for light tackle fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Photo by Steve Bly/ Florida Keys News Bureau. **NO SALES**

Lower Keys Cast 01

Angler Doug Easter strips his fly line while fishing off Sugarloaf Key in the lower Florida Keys. The flats of the Florida Keys are renowned for light tackle fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Photo by Steve Bly/ Florida Keys News Bureau.   

Lower Keys Permit 01

Angler Doug Easter and his guide are ecstatic with a permit caught and released on fly tackle while fishing off Sugarloaf Key in the lower Florida Keys. The flats of the Florida Keys are renowned for light tackle fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Photo by Steve Bly/ Florida Keys News Bureau.

Lower Keys Permit 02

Angler Doug Easter shows off a nice permit before releasing it alive, while fishing off Sugarloaf Key in the lower Florida Keys. The flats of the Florida Keys are renowned for light tackle fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Photo by Steve Bly/ Florida Keys News Bureau

2015 Underwater Music Festival 01

Jeff Wright, costumed as a seahorse, rocks with a fake guitar Saturday, July 11, 2015, during the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. The annual event attracted hundreds of divers and snorkelers who listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers, featuring music programmed for the subsea listening experience as well as coral reef conservation messages. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Underwater Music Festival 02

Kaitlin Goddard, left, costumed as superhero, blows through an artist's flying fish whistle Saturday, July 11, 2015, during the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. At right is mermaid Sarah Brunner. The annual event attracted hundreds of divers and snorkelers who listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers, featuring music programmed for the subsea listening experience as well as coral reef conservation messages. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Underwater Music Festival 03

Sarah Brunner, costumed as a mermaid, pretends to play a starfish guitar Saturday, July 11, 2015, during the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. The annual event attracted hundreds of divers and snorkelers who listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers, featuring music programmed for the subsea listening experience as well as coral reef conservation messages. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Underwater Music Festival 04

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad swims during the Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 11, 2015, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. Nyad was one of hundred of participants who listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers, featuring music programmed for the subsea listening experience as well as coral reef conservation messages. In September 2013, Nyad became the first person to ever swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys without a shark cage. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Lower Keys Aerial

This aerial view shows the Lower Florida Keys, near Big Pine Key, Fla., known for their pristine environment and eco-friendly attractions. The Lower Keys are home to two national wildlife refuges, a portion of a national marine sanctuary and a state park, and are surrounded by a marine environment filled with abundant terrestrial and marine wildlife. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau.