Opinion Columns

Opinion Columns

Storm-related losses can be tax-deductible

With one of the largest storms in U.S. history having hit Florida, you probably aren’t thinking about your taxes. However, give this five minutes now and it could save you thousands later because hurricane-related losses can be deductible on your tax return — if you follow the rules and provide the appropriate documentation.

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We need to better maintain our national parks

Aug. 25 marked the second century start of the National Park Service, a remarkable milestone for our nation. The Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone are awe-inspiring destinations that are symbols of who we are and where we have been. Wild landscapes, natural preserves, military sites, monuments and memorials from Pensacola to Key West epitomize the people and places in Florida.

Living

In search of a Cuban chug

Our history columnist and curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center is looking for refugees’ chugs, rafts and other makeshift vessels in the wake of Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot’s demise.

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All are welcome this week

There is a growing number of individuals classified as the “nons.” They have no religion, or better yet, they have not been offered the opportunity to understand some of the “traditions” that have become so sacred to us.

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State must keep Visit Florida, essential for business

Editor’s note: Wednesday, the state House Careers and Competition Subcommittee voted 10-5 in favor of bill PCB CCS-17-01, which would eliminate the public-private Visit Florida tourism partnership (along with the public-private Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization). Gov. Rick Scott wants to keep both.

Opinion Columns

The peak of the hurricane season - why now?

From mid-August through mid-October, the activity spikes, accounting for 78 percent of the tropical storm days, 87 percent of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), and a whopping 96 percent of the major (category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days.

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Hurricane Maria heads toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after slamming the Caribbean

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Hurricane Maria brings extreme wind, rain to Puerto Rico

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Fierce wind gusts as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico

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Miami Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh talks about Timmons, being named team captain

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Hurricane Maria causes river to flood neighborhood in Puerto Rico

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Buildings collapse in Mexico City after strong earthquake

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Hurricane Maria makes landfall

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Puerto Rico: People scramble for last minute supplies before Maria makes landfall

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Dolphins new linebacker Stephone Anthony on his trade to Dolphins

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Satellite imagery shows Hurricane Maria directly over Puerto Rico

Seventh time’s a charm for Hemingway look-alike winner

White-bearded Texan Richard Filip on Saturday won the 2017 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration that ended Sunday. The 71-year-old, a retired real estate franchise owner, triumphed over 152 other entrants in the contest’s final round.
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Seventh time’s a charm for Hemingway look-alike winner

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A windy, sunny day in Key West

Dolphins visit Key West for Naval training 1:32

Dolphins visit Key West for Naval training

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Meteor burning up over Lower Keys caught on dashcam