20 December 2021

Ken Nedimyer: Steward of Reef Restoration

Ken Nedimyer, an Upper Keys–based director of Reef Renewal Foundation International, is globally recognized as a father of reef restoration, creating strategies and techniques to rebuild coral reefs around the world. 
18 November 2021

Allyson Gantt: Steward of the Keys’ National Parks

Allyson Gantt inspires others to care for the Florida Keys’ two national parks and their unique environments. She’s overseeing a year of activities for Everglades National Park’s upcoming 75th anniversary of its founding Dec. 6, 1947.

26 October 2021

Jordan Budnik: Steward of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Jordan Budnik, executive director of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Tavernier, has already achieved at age 29 what she hoped to accomplish perhaps in her pre-retirement years.
21 September 2021

Harry Appel: Steward of the Keys’ Endangered Wildlife

Harry Appel co-owns Big Pine Key’s eco-friendly, boutique Deer Run on the Atlantic, the Keys’ only designated “Four-Palm” Green Lodging Property earning the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s highest designation for protecting the state’s natural resources.
26 August 2021

Jeanne Selander: Steward of the Florida Keys Sheriff’s Animal Farm

Jeanne Selander oversees the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm at the Stock Island Detention Center — believed to be the United States’ only facility of its kind on jailhouse property — and the care of 150 animals including 17-year-old Mo the Sloth.
27 July 2021

Sarah Fangman: Steward of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Sarah Fangman, superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, is a Minnesota native whose impressive career as a marine scientist has spanned the United States. She’s conducted more than 600 dives in Keys sanctuary waters, holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton master captain’s license and is certified as a submersible pilot.
17 June 2021

Samantha Zeher: Steward of Islamorada’s Wildlife

Captain Samantha “Sam” Zeher, solo captain and one of only a few Florida Keys women who are charterboat owner-operators, believes in captaining her own fate.
21 April 2021

Elena Muratori: Steward of the Upper Keys’ State Parks

This month Elena Muratori celebrates 25 years with the Florida Park Service. With two decades of working at John Pennekamp Coral Reef and Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical state parks, she’s one of the longest-serving stewards at any Florida Keys state park.
23 March 2021

Rob Oliverio: Steward of the Keys’ Backcountry

Rob Oliverio traded life as a road warrior — a corporate manager in his early 20s, launching House of Blues openings in Boston, New Orleans and Los Angeles — for life as an eco-entrepreneur and owner of Key West’s Mellow Ventures, with backcountry eco-tours, a café, nine boats and 30 employees.
22 February 2021

Kelly Grinter: Steward of Keys Wild Birds

The wild bird sanctuary at Marathon’s Crane Point Hammock Museum and Nature Center has 11 habitats, about 40 permanent residents — including Oliver the osprey and Mr. Black-Bellied Plover — and staffer Grinter, although 20 loyal volunteers such as friend Dee Dee Schmitt assist.