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State parks in Keys reopen, except Long Key, Bahia Honda; Faver-Dykes, Hontoon Island still closed

State parks in Keys reopen, except Long Key, Bahia Honda; Faver-Dykes, Hontoon Island still closed

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 11 — Post-hurricane status updates for Florida State Parks, State Forests, Wildlife Management Areas and the Great Florida Birding Trail. Most campgrounds are re-opening this weekend.

Route 399 through the Santa Rosa area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Some areas of Gulf Islands National Seashore reopen; Some areas of Everglades National Park remain closed

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 11. Post-storm updates for National Parks, Forests and Seashores throughout Florida.

Stone crabs from Triad Seafood, Everglades City

Stone crabs in Everglades City: Historic fishing town is recovering from hurricane

Stone crab season starts Oct. 15 and it has never been more critical for Everglades City, a small, isolated fishing village, where stone crabs are an important part of the economy. Everglades City was flooded with an 8-to-10-foot storm surge during Hurricane Irma and more than 100 homes in the town with a population just over 400 were destroyed.

Entrance to Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island

Secret Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island: Hidden treasure closing soon

The Kennedy Bunker, a Cold War fallout shelter build for JFK in 1961, will close after its Oct. 22 tours. The non-profit that has managed the facility has lost its lease with Palm Beach County after several years of conflict. The county has not determined the future of the facility. The last tours are Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Florida Keys Mile Marker Guide: Return to the Keys

Florida Keys Mile Marker Guide: Return to the Keys

Comprehensive post-Irma updates to the Florida Rambler Mile-Marker Guide include updates on scores of hotels, restaurants and attractions. New features include live radio, web cams and Facebook links for key sources of the latest information.

Monarch butterfly by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

Celebrate the Monarch butterfly migration in Florida’s Big Bend

On their 2,000-mile fall migration, thousands of monarchs stop in Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle in October and November. A top viewing site is St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, a half hour south of Tallahassee. There is a monarch festival at the refuge Saturday, Oct. 28

Kayaking behind Dock Street on Cedar Key. Photo by Kellie Parkin.

Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 21-22, 2017

Seafood festivals are common in Florida, but Cedar Key Seafood Festival is uncommonly appealing. Not only is Cedar Key historic and charming, it’s also clam capital of America.

Post-Irma: Southwest Florida beaches unharmed; some things still closed

Post-Irma: Southwest Florida beaches unharmed; some things still closed

As of Oct. 13, 2017 Despite Irma’s best efforts, Southwest Florida’s beautiful beaches and hotels are ready […]

Chipley, FL (Photo by Olin Gilbert)

Fall Camping: As the humidity breaks, get into your groove outdoors!

When the weather breaks, Floridians come out of the air conditioning and flock to campgrounds before the snowbird invasion. And yes, there really is a change in leaf color along I-10 in Florida’s Panhandle.