The ship 'Yankee Freedom,' with 150 people aboard on Sept. 2 on a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park, got a little delayed when crew and passengers spotted a loggerhead sea turtle entangled in trap line. Here, Eric Graindcourt (right) helps Turtle Hospital owner Richie Moretti free the turtle, named Freedom by the passengers.
Andrew Bulla (right), injury prevention coordinator at the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, helps promote the 'Put It Down' campaign Tuesday at Key West High School. The Health Department partnered with several agencies to raise awareness among teenage drivers about the law against texting and driving that went into Tuesday. With Bulla are (from left) Nancy Barta, Donny Barrios and Laura Estevez.
It doesn't get much better than this, a sunset sail off Hammer Point on Florida Bay near Tavernier. This is aboard the photographer's 24-foot day sailor, 'Knot in a Hurry.' By Craig Coleman
Marathon Wild Bird Center volunteer Karen Nielsen releases a juvenile white-crowned pigeon at Crane Point in Marathon. The bird was found as a fledgling on Pigeon Key, possibly having floated to the island, where the species is known to rest but not breed.
The 'HMS Argyll,' a 436-foot United Kingdom frigate launched in 1989, pulls into Key West's Outer Mole Pier on Aug. 22. The Royal Navy sailors aboard are in the Southernmost City for rest and relaxation after completing counter-narcotics operations in the Easter Pacific. They've been deployed since February.
Chief-selects from Naval Air Station Key West wash cars Aug. 18 at the Southernmost Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3911 on North Roosevelt Boulevard to raise money for their annual Khaki Ball, held after the selects are pinned. Photo by Trice Denny
Eleven-year-old Caden Sikorski from Ormond Beach, north of Daytona, shows a nice lobster he caught off Marathon on the second day of the recreational and commercial season Aug. 7. He and his family were in the gulf about 12 miles out in 15 feet of water on a 31-foot Contender. Caden says he caught it 'all by myself but my brother, sister, mom, dad and three friends were with me.'
The second annual Marathon Lionfish Tournament the weekend of July 27 resulted in 163 of the nonnative invasive fish being removed from Middle Keys waters by 21 divers who were in depths from 6 to 200 feet. Here, Carmen Powers of the Last Minute Team brings in two of the biggest fish, including a 17-incher that spit out two small reef fish at the dock. By Kristen Lievengood
Marathon Wild Bird Center volunteer Hunter McKee of Indialantic, near Melbourne, releases a recuperated brown pelican at Crane Point Hammock. McKee volunteered more than 30 hours over the summer to meet a school requirement. On his first day, he helped during surgery as Dr. Geraldine Diethelm of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital removed two treble hooks, a third fishhook, wire leader and monofilament fishing line that were embedded in the bird's stomach.
On behalf of the Lisa Taylor Courage Fund for Hospice, the Ocean Reef Community Foundation presents $6,000 to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys for their uninsured and underinsured hospice patients throughout Monroe County. At the presentation are (from left) registered nurse Mary Turick, clinical administrative assistant Diann Barber, Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Ryzoc, intake coordinator Mavi Simo, licensed practical nurse Nicole Weirback and Jennifer Harrison-Vansant, director of clinical services.
Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key kicked off its fifth annual Heroes Welcome program with a recent tribute weekend. Visitors were treated to a series of video montages around the resort's fire pit, enjoyed a concert took in a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can enjoy discounted rates and patriotic events throughout the Heroes Welcome program, which ends Nov. 26. For more information, visit www.hawkscay.com.
Timothy Davis from Signs by Renee one of two signs marking entrances to the Marathon Community Park. The signs needed some work due to weathering from rain and the sun. By Larry Kahn
Members of the Key West Police Athletic League's summer camp join forces to help illustrate a cookbook due for release this fall. Six of the kids' artwork will be featured in the book. Showing it off are (front from left) Jade Oehling, Emily Sheldon and Kelci Grooms; and (back) PAL President Officer Donny Barrios, and PAL board members Denise Richardson and Officer Deglys Chavarria.
This is is one way to get around Key West.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eric Mixon, deputies Ray Jodlowski and Larry O'Neill and reserve officer Clevenger held a recent bike safety class at the St. James Children's Center in Islamorada. They taught kids about the rules of the road, how to do hand signals and general bicycle safety.
This sign says it all for parents who have been run ragged by their kids during their summer break from school. It's at the Porch bar in Key West on Aug. 19. By Sean Kinney
Maya Totman, who runs Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue on Big Pine Key, releases this rare albino vulture, which was dropped off at the group on July 5, on July 13. It had serious neurological issues, and with time and supportive care, the obvious symptoms seemed to abate. After five weeks of rehabilitation, medications and healthy eating, she was ready to fly back to nature.