July 15 – 16, 2016 – MARITIME – Mel Fisher Days – Come celebrate the day in Key West, over 30 years ago, when Mel’s crews found $400 million in shipwrecked gold, silver and emeralds that had been sitting on the ocean floor for more than 300 years. Kick-off party at the Schooner Wharf Bar is on Friday, with tours of salvaging vessels, raffle, and live entertainment. Front Street block party is on Saturday, 6pm – 10pm, in front of the “Customs House”, and features live music and street fair food. For more information, visit http://www.melfisherdays.com or call 305-296-6533.
July 16, 2016 – ECOLOGY – Discovery Saturday: Be a Wildlife Hero! – Children’s nature program that will focus on the Florida Keys native deer and animal footprints. 10-11am, Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Road – end of Southard Street). Form more info, call 305-809-4750.
July 20 – 24, 2016 – HEMINGWAY – Hemingway Days & Sloppy Joe’s 36th Annual Papa Look-a-Like Contest – Over 100 Hemingway look-a-likes compete for prizes and notoriety as most resembling the famous writer, judged by previous contest winners. Sloppy Joe’s Bar – 6:30 pm – 201 Duval Street.
July 27 – 28, 2016 – FISHING – Lobster Mini-Sport Season – Two-day event draws hundreds of often frenzied recreational boaters in search of Florida lobster. Many rules apply, including: Bag limit: 6 per person per day for Monroe County. Possession limit – on the water: equal to the daily bag limit. Possession limit – off the water: equal to the daily bag limit on the first day, and double the daily bag limit on the second day. Possession limits are enforced on and off the water. Minimum size limit: must be larger than 3? carapace, measured in the water. A reminder that possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times, and night diving is prohibited in Monroe County (only during the sport season). Florida Salwater Fishing License plus lobster endorsement/stamp required. Please respect other boaters, stay away from shorelines, ecological reserves, no-take zones, and canals, use a dive flag, and do no harm to the sensitive coral and eco-system. Call Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) at 305-289-2320 for more information.