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Key Largo Sunset

Sunset in Key Largo, Florida Keys, paints a pretty picture at the Kona Kai Resort. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Tour

Florida Keys vacationers can get a glimpse of the undersea realm of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off of Key Largo, Fla., without even getting their feet wet on the Key Largo Princess. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Fishing

A Florida Keys fishing guide positions his angler to cast for a bonefish off Key Largo, Fla. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Kayak

Kayakers paddle adjacent to mangrove islands at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Fla. Kayaking is a popular vacation activity in the Florida Keys. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Dive 01

A diver explores the coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. The reef system is the only contiguous coral barrier reef in North America. Photo by Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Dive 02

A diver explores the coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. The reef system in the Keys is the only contiguous coral barrier reef in North America. Photo by Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Bird

A Great White Heron perches on a mangrove tree at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, Fla. Open to the public, the center specializes in treating sick and injured indigenous birds in the Florida Keys. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo Christ Statue

Snorkeler Katherine Wieland examines the "Christ of the Deep" statue in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. This nine-foot-tall, 4,000 pound replica of a similar statue, located in the waters off the coast of Italy, is submerged in 25 feet of water at Key Largo Dry Rocks. Photo by Stephen Frink/Florida Keys News Bureau

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Kayakers paddle along mangroves at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Fla. The nation's first underwater preserve encompasses 70 square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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A green sea turtle swims amid the Florida Keys coral reef tract near John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Fla. America's first undersea preserve, Pennekamp is the predecessor to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that protects the entire waters of the Keys island chain. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau)

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park 02

Katherine Wieland, left, and Cody Wagner, right snorkel over the "Christ of the Deep" statue, an underwater icon for John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Named after a former Miami newspaper editor, Pennekamp is the nation's first underwater preserve and is the predecessor to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that protects the entire waters off the Keys island chain. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Stephen Frink/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Islamorada Sunrise

A Florida Keys flats guide idles away from the dock during the dawn of a new day in Islamorada, Fla. Featuring an angling diversity found in few saltwater sportfishing destinations, Islamorada is known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World." Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Islamorada Bonefish 01

As the sun sets, a Florida Keys bonefish guide, right. points his angler to a bonefish on fly tackle off Islamorada in the  Florida Keys. More than 200 International Game Fish Association saltwater world records have been set in the Florida Keys. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Islamorada Swordfish 02

A swordfish leaps on the end of a line during daylight hours while being reeled in by Vic Gaspeny  while fishing off Islamorada in the Florida Keys on the Catch 22. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Islamorada Swordfish 03

Richard Stanczyk, left, owner of Bud N' Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Fla., holds a swordfish caught during daylight hours by Vic Gaspeny, right,  while fishing off Islamorada in the Florida Keys on the Catch 22. Stanczyk and Gaspeny pioneered daytime swordfishing off the Florida Keys. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Islamorada Sailfish 01

A sailfish leaps while hooked up to an angler's line off Islamorada in the Florida Keys. A highly prized catch-and-release gamefish, sailfish is one of a myriad of saltwater species that attract visitors to the Keys on a year-round basis. The Keys features a diversity of sportfishing opportunities, ranging from deep water angling for blue marlin to flats fishing for bonefish and tarpon. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Islamorada Sailfish 02

A young boy is fascinated with a sailfish as the angler and crew members aboard the Class Action, display the fish for a photo after it was caught off Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The fish was subsequently released alive to fight again another day. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Islamorada Tarpon Feed

Visitors to Robbie's Marina in Islamorada can hand feed tarpon right off the dock. A highly prized Florida Keys gamefish, the origin of tarpon date back to prehistoric times. They are know to anglers for their aerial acrobatics. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Alligator Reef Lighthouse

First illuminated in November of 1873, Alligator Reef Lighthouse is positioned about five miles to the south of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. It was named after the USS Alligator, a small U.S. Naval schooner that grounded at the location in 1822. The screw-pile-built lighthouse was automated in 1963 and is still operational and the area around it is a popular snorkeling, diving and fishing location. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Old Seven Mile Bridge Biker

A man bikes on the Old Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, Fla. The bridge, which is only open to pedestrian traffic, is a popular biking, running and walking spot for visitors and locals. The modern Seven Mile Bridge, pictured on the left, is the longest of 42 bridges over water that help to comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, the only All-American Road in Florida. Photo by Laurence Norah/Florida Keys News Bureau

Seven Mile Bridges 01

Pigeon Key, the one-time base camp for the workers that constructed Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad is both an educational center and a visitor attraction featuring a small museum that pays homage to railroad that opened in January 1912 and ceased operations in September 1935. Flaglers' original Seven Mile Bridge bisects the island on the right, while today's modern day bridge is on the left. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Seven Mile Bridges 03

Traffic rolls on the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The span is the longest of 42 bridges over water that help to comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, the only All-American Road in Florida. The span on the right is historic and no longer used for traffic. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Turtle Hospital 01

A Turtle Hospital staffer, right, shows visitors to the center a female green sea turtle that underwent treatment for intestinal ailments. Visitors to the Florida Keys can tour the world's only state-certified veterinary hospital for sea turtles located in Marathon, Fla. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Dolphin Research Center 01

A little girl gets a chance of a lifetime, shaking the flippers of a dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key near Marathon, Fla. The center is one of several venues in the Florida Keys that provides interactive opportunities to learn about the intelligent mammals. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

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

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 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 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**

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

Smathers Beach

Aerial view of Smathers Beach in Key West, Fla. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Blue Heaven

A bicyclist, followed by his dog, pedals past the Blue Heaven restaurant in Key West, Fla. In the 1930s, author Ernest Hemingway officiated boxing matches at Blue Heaven that is situated in Key West's historic Bahama Village. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Lime Pie

A slice of Key lime pie is ready to be consumed at an eatery in Key West, Fla. The signature dessert of the Florida Keys' culinary experience is Key Lime pie. The pie filling's yellow color always proves its authenticity and its taste is an unique blend of sweetness and tartness.  Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key West Aerial 01

An aerial photo of Key West, Fla., the Southernmost City in the Continental United States and last of the islands in the Florida Keys island chain connected to the South Florida mainland by the Keys Overseas Highway. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Sunset Celebration 01

Busker Will Soto juggles on a tightrope at the sunset celebration in Key West, Fla. The sunset celebration at Mallory Square is a daily ritual for visitors to this subtropical island at the bottom of the Florida Keys island chain.  Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Sunset Celebration 02

Busker Will Soto walks a tightrope at the sunset celebration in Key West, Fla. The sunset celebration at Mallory Square is a daily ritual for visitors to this subtropical island at the bottom of the Florida Keys island chain.  Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key West Harbor

An aerial photo of the Key West, Fla., harborfront featuring the red-bricked Key West Art & History Museum at the Custom House. Key West is the Southernmost City in the Continental United States and last connected island to the Florida mainland in the Florida Keys island chain. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Southernmost Point 01

Kevin Lazarski of Dover, Wisc., photographs his wife, Dina, and sons, Jacob and Jordan, at the Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Fla. The icon is one of the most photographed landmarks in the Florida Keys and delineates the area in Key West as the southernmost point in the continental United States. Photo by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

HemingwayHomeEntrance

Visitors stroll on the entrance path of the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla., Monday, Jan. 6, 2016. A facet of the prize for the winner of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction literary contest is the opportunity to spend up to 10 days writing in the same study that Hemingway utilized when he lived and wrote at the house in the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Hemingway Home Exterior

Visitors explore the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla. Winner of both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, the legendary author lived in the Spanish colonial villa with his second wife Pauline and their two children from 1931 to December 1939. Hemingway wrote many of his best-known works in the second-story writing studio, and the grounds are still inhabited by descendants of his six-toed cat. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Photo by Laurence Norah/Florida Keys News Bureau

Fort Jefferson Beach

A colorful umbrella stands on the shore of Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys. The park’s beaches are known to be one of the best in the Florida Keys for their picturesque blue waters, coral reefs and marine and bird life. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Photo by Laurence Norah/Florida Keys News Bureau

Dry Tortugas National Park 01

Fort Jefferson, a six-sided fort situated in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Fla., 68 miles west of Key West, seen in this picture shot Thursday, July 1, 2004. Nicknamed "Gibraltor of the Gulf of Mexico," the 150-year-old fort was never fully completed and never fired upon. During the Civil War, Fort Jefferson served as a Union military prison whose most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel Mudd, convicted of complicity in Abraham Lincoln's assassination. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Fort Jefferson Interior

This photo shows the interior of Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park. The former Union military prison's most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who was imprisoned for four year after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. The isolated Gulf of Mexico fort lies 68 miles west of Key West, Fla., FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Photo by Laurence Norah/Florida Keys News Bureau