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August and September Events

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Islamorada / July 13 to September 06

History of Diving Museum: Free Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel Located at MM 82.9 bayside, the museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel – and up to five immediate family members including spouses or children – as part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums program. Spouses of deployed military also are eligible. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / August 07

Lobster Fest at Holiday Isle A wildly entertaining evening of fresh lobster (bring in your own catch to cook!), live entertainment, costume contest and the mechanical bull. Headliner Amber Leigh is to play at 10 p.m., with her crossover country sound mixed with rock, soul and Celtic. Hours from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Holiday Isle Tiki Bar.
Contact: 305-664-2321

Islamorada / August 18

History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series This month’s free seminar is to be themed “Breaking Ground as a Female Navy Diver.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / August 27 to August 28

Islamorada Swordfish Tournament This modified release tournament benefits the Billfish Foundation, and is the first leg of the Florida Swordfish Series. Anglers compete for valuable prizes, including a $10,000 cash payout to the overall series champion and another $5,000 to the angler with the largest fish in the series.
Contact: Richard Peeples 305-282-1006

Islamorada / September 15 to September 17

Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament Fly anglers are to pursue Islamorada bonefish, some of the largest and smartest in the world, at this all-release tournament.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428

Islamorada / September 15

History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series This month’s free seminar is to be given by Eric Smith, themed “Adventures in Underwater Exploration.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / September 25 to September 26

Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament Up to 100 anglers will be competing for snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snapper, bonefish and black drum against the backdrop of Everglades National Park.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428

4th of July Fireworks

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Lookout Lodge Resort has 2, count um 2 firworks shows that can be watched from our beach on July 4th.

9PM the Annual Rotery fireworks display from Founders Park, and at 10PM the Marker 88 Fireworks display (Next Door!)

Enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July with us at Lookout Lodge Resort.

(no personal fireworks allowed)

Florida Keys dodging threat from oil spill

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Florida Keys dodging threat from oil spill


Forecasters say the state’s delicate chain of islands is in no imminent threat from the oil gusher.

Florida Keys may escape oil spill


The risk of oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout reaching the Florida Keys and South Florida anytime soon is now so remote that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has suspended its trajectory maps for the area, effectively downgrading the region to low risk.

“It’s kind of like being taken out of the cone of uncertainty for a hurricane,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Michael Herring of Sector Key West. “We’re temporarily out, but things could change.”

On Monday, the nearest documented oil from the massive spill was about 385 miles from Key West, according to the Florida Peninsula Command Post in Miami.

And thanks in part to changes in currents, the oil still spewing from the well site does not have a clear path to the Keys, said Billy Causey, the southeast regional director of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program.

The documented oil from the spill is about 100 miles from the northern part of the massive current dubbed Eddy Franklin, after Ben Franklin, which travels in a circular clockwise motion.

In May, Franklin pinched off from the loop current, which travels through the Florida Straits south of the Dry Tortugas, south of the rest of the Florida Keys and then veers north up the Atlantic Coast when it becomes the Gulf Stream.

In fact, conditions in the Gulf change constantly, said Robert Weisberg, an oceanographer at the University of South Florida who specializes in Gulf of Mexico monitoring and has been supplying modeling data on the spill to NOAA.

In the last few days, for instance, he said there were signs that the huge eddy could be reconnecting. And two months ago, when oceanographers were warning that the slick was slipping into the loop, no one expected the loop to shed the eddy that has since become a protective barrier to oil moving south.

“It’s like predicting weather,” he said. “There are subtleties to the loop current that are not well understood and difficult to predict.”

The loop current isn’t the only vehicle that could propel oil down the coast. In recent days, westerly wind patterns have pushed the leading edge of the slick and tar balls east across Panhandle waters, he said.

The more oil pushed into the shallower waters off the continental shelf, the more that is likely to stay closer to shore and potentially affect Florida’s west coast as far south as the Keys.

There’s also the possibility that seasonal upwelling of deep cold water from the Gulf could push some of those still poorly understood underwater plumes toward the continental shelf.

While NOAA has suspended its offshore trajectory map for the spill, Sean Morton, superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, wrote in an e-mail to the area response committee that monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico will continue by air surveillance, vessel observations and satellite analysis.

So far, the extensive monitoring over the past few weeks has found no “recoverable” oil from the blowout in the loop current or the eddy.

“There have been a lot of false positives that have been reported,” NOAA’s James Jeansonne, who for weeks has been searching for oil from a Coast Guard’s C-130, said from 1,500 feet above the Gulf of Mexico.

The group has checked out several reports of possible oil, as well as anomalies that were picked up by satellite imaging. Jeansonne said cloud cover, sargassum patches and natural sheens are often misidentified as oil slicks.

He also said the Gulf is filled with oil sheens and tar balls from natural oil seeps and bunker fuels coming off ships. About 200 tar balls have been found on shorelines throughout the Keys, but none have proven to come from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

“There is a lot of anxiety because people care a lot about the Keys and its resources,” Jeansonne said. “We want people to understand what is really going on.”

Causey said he is concerned about people in the Keys initiating their own protection from oil they feel is on its way.

“We’ve already heard of people doing experiments with their own devices,” Causey said. “One man in Marathon put together an oil boom in his canal and poured a can of oil into it to see if it worked.”

Jeansonne said that with no imminent threat to the Keys, no protective measures other than beach cleanups should be taken.

“It’s like going out to war and shooting guns before the enemy is there,” he said.

Gary Davis, a retired research scientist with the National Parks Service, also said people in the Keys should be patient.

“It’s not going to hit like a tidal wave or tsunami,” he said. “It’s slow moving. And should oil arrive, it’s very unlikely it will look like anything you see on the evening news in Louisiana. It’s likely to be scattered tar balls.”

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Youtube Video of the Keys June 2010

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Whats Happening in the Florida Keys JUNE 2010

Click on the link for a short video!

July Events

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Islamorada / July 13 to July 15

Florida Keys Outfitters IGFA Inshore World Championship Tournament winners from around the world compete for one of the most prized trophies in angling. The tournament features inshore fishing for permit, tarpon, bonefish, redfish and snook.
Contact: Denise Scoble or Sandy Moret at (305) 664-5423

Islamorada / July 21

History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series This month’s free seminar is to be given by NOAA’s Ellen Prager, themed “Bringing Marine Science to the Public.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / July 25 to July 26

Islamorada Fishing Club RedGhost Stalk Anglers compete to catch redfish and bonefish, the gray ghost of the flats. Winners qualify for the IGFA Inshore Championship. The tournament is open to anglers ages 11 to 25.
Contact: Jim and Sherri Trice (305) 664-3864

Florida Keys Scenic Highway

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Over Seas Travel

The Florida Keys Scenic Highway may be the closest you’ll ever come to driving on water.
By Stacy Tillilie

It’s been called “the Highway That Goes to Sea,” “the most spectacular highway in the U.S.” and even “the Road to Paradise.” It’s the kind of road that not only gets you some place but takes you somewhere. And it’s 1 of only 31 roads in the country that’s deemed an All-American Road by the National Scenic Byways Program, sealing its reputation as a destination in itself.

It is the Florida Keys Scenic Highway, a 106.5-mile ribbon of road wrapping across 42 bridges over the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay and unfolding through some of Mother Nature’s most generous gifts: seamless stretches of calm turquoise waters and vast blue skies; patches of mangroves and palm trees bowing in the breeze; and a string of lazy little islands, or keys—some seemingly so fragile that if you blink, they might disappear with the tide. But you don’t merely look at the scenery here; you’re engulfed in it.

You could drive the scenic highway from Key Largo to Key West, which follows in the tracks of oil tycoon Henry Flagler’s ill-fated Florida East Coast Railway (defunct spans of which still stand parallel to today’s modern highway), in just a few hours. But linger for an entire day to fully experience these islands where nature remains untouched and life is laid-back. And along the way, take time to drop a line off an old fishing pier, enjoy Conch cuisine, explore little-known museums, or relax on a beach and keep watch for birds and dolphins in the distance.

Your journey begins in the Dive Capital of the World: Key Largo, home to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Mile Marker 102.5), the first undersea park in the U.S. Snorkel or take a glass-bottom boat to explore the living reef, teeming with a menagerie of coral and hundreds of species of fish. Or dive to see the nine-foot-tall bronze Christ of the Deep statue, or scuba to the Spiegel Grove artificial reef.

Continuing south from Key Largo, you’ll come upon Islamorada, the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Here, you can take a charter boat to fish for everything from mahi-mahi to tarpon to bonefish. Or stay on land to visit the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum (Mile Marker 83), showcasing the world’s largest collection of diving helmets and artifacts.

At the heart of the highway is Marathon, home to the Crane Point Museums (Mile Marker 50.5)—composed of the Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys Children’s Museum, as well as a preserved tropical hardwood hammock. Kids will especially enjoy touring the nearby Turtle Hospital (Mile Marker 48.5) and getting up close with its resident sea turtles.

Back on the highway, you’ll reach the famous Seven Mile Bridge (Mile Marker 47), one of the world’s longest bridges stretching 6.79 miles over open water. When the original bridge was completed in the early 1900s, it was called “the eighth wonder of the world.” The new bridge, completed in 1982, runs alongside its predecessor, which now serves as a fishing pier and walking trail.

Next come Bahia Honda Bridge (Mile Marker 36)—get your camera ready for the boundless vistas—and Bahia Honda State Park (Mile Marker 37), renowned as one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S. Here, you can camp, swim, fish, snorkel, hike and kayak.

Traveling the last leg of your journey is the gateway to Key West, where the highway ends at Mile Marker 0, the southernmost point in the continental U.S., just 90 miles from Cuba. Key West is where you’ll want to spend days—if not a lifetime—retracing the steps of authors, U.S. presidents and pirates; snorkeling, diving and fishing; popping in and out of shops, art galleries, and open-air restaurants and bars; and celebrating the sunset, as locals and visitors alike do at the end of every day.

You’ve come a long way. You’ve virtually driven on water. Bring a towel, and as they say, leave only bubbles.

Top 5 Little-Known Finds

While you’re exploring those places in the Keys you’ve always heard about, take time to discover these lesser-known locations you’ve likely never heard of: Long Key State Park (Mile Marker 67.5), once a luxury fishing resort, where you can still enjoy some of the area’s best bonefishing.

Grassy Key, where kids can learn about and interact with Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins and California sea lions at the Dolphin Research Center (Mile Marker 59).

Big Pine Key, home to the National Key Deer Refuge (near Mile Marker 31), the habitat of the endangered Key deer.

Looe Key (off of Big Pine Key), a reef that’s also a national marine sanctuary and regarded by those in-the-know as one of the world’s best snorkeling and scuba locations—along with being the site of the annual Underwater Music Festival.

Pigeon Key, featuring a museum exploring the history of Henry Flagler’s railroad and the lives of the workers who resided on the island (Mile Marker 45).


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June Events

Monday, May 17th, 2010
Islamorada / June 02 to June 03

Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Dolphin Tournament Just three fish are all that’s needed to capture the $25,000 winner-take-all grand prize, but the aggregate weight of the three dorado must be the highest in the tournament. Entry fee is $2,500 for this IGFA Offshore World Championship qualifying event.
Contact: Theresa Reineman at 305-664-4735

Islamorada / June 04 to June 06

Islamorada Dolphin Tournament Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this second annual event is headquartered at Whale Harbor Marina, with $15,000 in prize money and an unlimited number of anglers.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh at (305) 852-2102

Islamorada / June 07 to June 11

Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament The world’s top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of will and muscle, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Don Hawley Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation. programs.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio (305) 664-2444

Islamorada / June 15 to June 17

Women’s Fly Series – Tarpon
This invitational fly tournament is open to men and women and benefits children’s charities. The all-release, challenge requires anglers use a tournament-supplied 16-pound tippet. Scoring is based on the total number of releases, so anglers must hook, fight and release tarpon as quickly as possible — making the competition a true test of skill and endurance.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444

Islamorada / June 16

History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series This month’s free seminar is to be given by Chris Dutton, themed “Diving History in the Florida Keys.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / June 18 to June 19

6th Annual Island Grill Charity Dolphin Tournament & Fun Day Event not only benefits Baptist Hospital’s Children’s Cancer Center, anglers compete for a $5,000 grand prize for the best three dolphin caught, and a Mercedes GLK SUV for the angler that breaks the state record for dolphin. Father’s Day celebration on the beach Sunday. A perfect family event.
Contact: Rebecca May at 305-664-8400

Islamorada / June 21 to June 25

Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament This prestigious tournament, whose founders include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, pits 25 fly-rod anglers against the tenacious silver king for four straight days of fishing. Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds benefit children’s charities in the Keys.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio (305) 664-2444

Stay Review

Monday, May 17th, 2010

What a way to relax

“Peaceful and Romantic”

Lookout Lodge Resort
Truestarlight 7 contributions North Carolina
May 14, 2010 | Trip type: Couples Through a twist of fate we ended up at the Lookout Lodge and felt like we were in Paradise.

It is a small resort but immaculately clean and beautiful rooms. The dock area give you stunning views of the gulf and the sunset.

This is not an all inclusive, cater to your every need kind of resort, but it is a peaceful little paradise in the Keys.
My ratings for this hotel

Value Rooms Location Cleanliness Service Sleep QualityDate of stay April 2010
Visit was for Leisure
Traveled with With Spouse/Partner
Age group 35-49
Member since June 25, 2008
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes

Calender for April 2010

Friday, March 19th, 2010
  April 07 to April 09

Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament Anglers compete to catch the gray ghost of the flats in the legendary shallows surrounding Islamorada. This all-release tournament features trophies and prizes.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio (305) 664-2444

 April 04

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt The Easter bunny hosts this 10th annual underwater egg hunt off Key Largo to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children. Open to divers and snorkelers.
Contact: (305) 451-3020

 April 17 to April 18

Art Festival Weekend Arts and craftsmen are to share their wares during the first annual event at Island Market Place, which features everything from jewelry to spices. Enjoy art, live music, food and fun. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, located at mile marker 101. Free admission.
Contact: Robert Sperry 305-731-9558

 April 23 to May 02

“The Producers” Mel Brooks’ outrageously funny, teeny bit offensive, off the wall, and recipient of 12 Tony awards, The Producers comes to Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, mile marker 102. Show dates April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at 8 p.m. Matinees April 25, May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets available online.

 April 23 to April 30

Key Largo Independence Celebration An independence celebration presented by Upper Keys Business Group, the week-long family fun event is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Visit web site for schedule of events.
Contact: 305-394-3736

 April 10 to April 11

19th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest Music, Art, Food & Fun at Founder’s Park in Islamorada. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder’s Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key.
Contact: Chamber of Commerce 305-664-4503

 April 21

History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series This month’s free seminar is to be given by Robert Clift, themed “Preservation of Florida Bay.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737

 April 24

Earth Day at Cheeca Lodge The annual celebration features entertainment, food, environmental education booths and sand-shaping sculptures on the beach.
Contact: (305) 267-1845

 April 24

Pops In The Park – Young Musicians Concert Florida Keys Community Concert Band presents the 2010 season finale at Islamorada Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free.
Contact: (305) 853-7294

 April 30 to May 02

Florida Keys Fly Fishing School Learn fly fishing in saltwater with world class instruction in a fun and no-pressure environment. Two-day schools present a unique opportunity for beginners and experienced anglers, as well as couples. Call or visit Web site for details.
Contact: 305-664-5423

Things to do in Islamorada FEB-MAR 2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010
Islamorada / February 26 to February 27
Backcountry Fly Championship
This new fly-fishing competition is to target snook and redfish in a region of the Keys that is famous for them.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-664-2444
Food, fun and safety exhibits are to complement local artists’ booths and displays. The event is to help demonstrate the services of the Red Cross and commemorate the history of Red Cross houses and community recovery during the 1935 hurricane. Located at the Hurricane Monument, mile marker 81.6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: 305-852-9612
Islamorada / March 05 to March 06
Anglers compete to catch the finned denizens of the flats and backcountry, fishing with one lure or one fly until they lose it.
Contact: Paul Tejera
Islamorada / March 06
Layton Garden Club’s Annual Flea Market & Plant Sale
Join this small community surrounded by a 1,000 acre state park for their annual flea market and plant sale. City of Layton at City Hall, MM 68.5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission, vendors and booths will display a variety of merchandise.
Contact: Suzanne Murchie 305-664-2064
Islamorada / March 11 to March 14
Florida Keys Survivor
In this backcountry elimination draw tournament, the winner is the sole survivor.
Contact: Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood 305-393-6174
Islamorada / March 17
This month’s free seminar is to be given by Phil Newsum, themed “Commercial Diving Heroes.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737
Islamorada / March 20
This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the TIB Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1.
Contact: 305-394-2765
Islamorada / March 26 to March 28
Learn fly fishing in saltwater with world class instruction in a fun and no-pressure environment. Two-day schools present a unique opportunity for beginners and experienced anglers, as well as couples. Call or visit Web site for details.
Contact: 305-664-5423

Lookout Lodge Resort 87770 Overseas Highway Islamorada, Florida 33036 United States Phone: 305.852.9915 Toll Free: 800.870.1772 Fax: 305.852.3035