Profiles with Personality
This “Keys Voices” section was created to allow you to “meet” some personalities of the Florida Keys & Key West and learn, through their stories and comments, about their lives, work, passions and reasons for loving the island chain.
Here you’ll find profiles of charterboat captains, artists, chefs and restaurateurs, animal rescuers, musicians and writers, historians, treasure seekers and many others.
The insights of these creative, quirky, independent people offer a window into the environment and culture that make the Florida Keys unique. Each month an individual is featured in our free, e-newsletter called ‘Keys Traveler.’
Explore the profiles here, listen to their subjects’ “Keys voices” and discover the beauty, history and easygoing lifestyle of the Florida Keys.
Stay with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas in every part of the Keys………
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Bette Zirkelbach: A Positive Force to Reckon With
Bette Zirkelbach, among the guiding spirits behind Marathon’s world-renowned Turtle Hospital, has helped rehabilitate scores of sea turtles — and even accompanied one on a recent journey to Las Vegas. Click here to “meet” the savvy woman devoted to saving turtles. (Nov 2013)
Kelly Grinter: Maintaining a Safe Haven for Wild Birds
Kelly Grinter has spent 18 years at the helm of the Marathon Wild Bird Center and is now one of the Florida Keys’ most prominent wildlife rehabilitators. Click here to meet the woman whose passion is “for the birds.” (September 2012).
Marine Mammal Connection Fuels Lingenfelser’s Dedication
Two decades ago Robert Lingenfelser changed his life, inspired by an emotionally charged stint in the Keys volunteering for marine mammal rescue efforts. To meet the man whose marine mammal connection became a career, click here (November 2009).
Mandy Rodriguez: A Mellow Fellow
The guiding spirit behind Marathon’s Dolphin Research Center, Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez, calls his work with dolphins a blessing and a gift. To meet this dedicated dolphin advocate, click here (September 2009).
Laura Quinn: Providing Pelicans and Friends A Save Haven
Laura Quinn is the quintessential “bird lady,” a name she earned over the years since founding the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier. Find out how her unique facility took flight by clicking here (March 2009).
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Laura Quinn passed away at her home Sept. 18, 2010. Her legacy lives on through the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary visitor center.
Making A Dolphin Connection With Cheryl Messenger
Cheryl Messenger’s work at Dolphin Connection at Hawks Cay Resort includes nurturing and caring for pregnant dolphin, monitoring the growth of their calves via monthly ultrasounds, celebrating as they give birth and watching the calves thrive and grow. Click here to discover her “dolphin connection” (October 2008).
Richie Moretti: Sea Turtle Champion
From working on Volkswagens to rehabilitating and releasing injured sea turtles, Richie Moretti has led a diverse and challenging life. To meet the Keys’ turtle champion, click here (June 2008).
Mary Stella: Dedicated to Dolphins
Given her lifelong love of dolphins and familiarity with the Florida Keys, Mary Stella is a natural to serve as media relations coordinator at Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key in the middle Florida Keys. To “meet” this outgoing woman who delights in dolphins, click here (September 2007).
The Middle Keys
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas &Marinas
Adventurers Beneath The Sea
Stephen Frink: Immersed in Capturing the Underwater World
Every day in the water brings a new adventure and a new photo for Stephen Frink. Click here to find out why this world-renowned underwater photographer calls the Florida Keys his home and Keys waters his “office.” (January 2011).
Sally Bauer: Diving into Underwater History
Sally Bauer, co-founder of the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum, was recently inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame and is dedicated to telling the story of man’s quest to explore the undersea world. Click here to “meet” this passionate diving historian. (April 2011)
Sean Fisher— Driven by Passion and Heritage
Sean Fisher was 7 years old when his grandfather, Mel Fisher, discovered a legendary 17th-century Spanish shipwreck in Key West waters — and today, he helps guide an ongoing search for artifacts and treasures. Click here to “meet” this third-generation shipwreck seeker. (November 2010)
Amy Slate: Diving Into Her Dream
Entering her 31st year in the scuba diving business, Amy Slate has not lost an ounce of her undeniable enthusiasm for diving, ocean preservation or the Key Largo community she has called home since the 70s. To meet this dedicated diver and resort owner, click here (August 2009).
Pam Timmerman: From Key Lime Pies To Celebrity ‘Bubble Watchers’
Why would 80 Key lime pies be stashed in the freezer at a dive center? Just ask Pam Timmerman, co-owner, with her husband Tom, of Florida Keys Dive Center in Islamorada. Solve the mystery and meet Timmerman by clicking here (August 2008).
Ken Nedimyer: Staghorn Coral’s Best Friend
At the age of 13, under aquamarine water in a flurry of bubbles where the only noises were his own breathing and the pounding of his heart, Ken Nedimyer fell in love. Click here to discover why the lifelong diving enthusiast has become staghorn coral’s best friend (May 2008).
Ken Nedimyer was named a CNN Hero for his pioneering efforts to develop techniques to preserve coral reefs and motivate the public to assist in the cause. Click here to learn more about this honorable achievement. (April 2012)
Spencer Slate: Underwater With Psycho And Friends
Spencer Slate has been cultivating marine relationships for 30 year, and has developed a passion for extraordinary “friends.” Click here to learn more about his Creature Feature dives (October 2008).
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina…vacation rentals
Authors & Wordsmiths
Corcoran’s Tantalizing Tales … And Tacos For Tennessee
He peddled tacos from a three-wheeled bicycle when he first moved to Key West — and Tom Corcoran has never forgotten the irreverent, weird, magical island he discovered from that vantage point. Find out how he became Key West’s master mystery writer by clicking here (May 2009).
Lorian Hemingway: Key West Heart
The granddaughter of legendary writer and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway, author Lorian Hemingway fell in love with the Florida Keys in the late 1960s. Learn more about the director of an internationally recognized short story competition based in Key West by clicking here here (September 2009).
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