“The Florida Keys: 200 Years of Paradise," a 60-minute television program that explores the culture and history of the island chain from the early 1800s to the present, is slated to debut this spring on Public Broadcasting Service channels across the United States.
The documentary was produced for broadcast during the Keys’ bicentennial year that commemorates the Florida Legislature’s establishment of Monroe County on July 3, 1823.
Unique and compelling, the program takes viewers on a journey through the 125-mile island chain’s dramatic history through the eyes of residents who live and interpret that history every day.
Meanwhile, three special events are slated in Key West that showcase aspects of the Keys’ fascinating two-century cultural heritage.
Five private Key West gardens are to be on display for nature enthusiasts to explore Feb. 24-25 during tours presented by the Key West Garden Club. The exclusive tours give attendees a rare chance to discover examples of distinctive landscaping and plant-filled outdoor living areas central to the island’s easygoing, nature-oriented lifestyle.
Danilo Alayon is a fifth-generation “Conch” born and raised in Key West, an avid diver, self-taught artist and proud grandson of the designer of Key West’s renowned Southernmost Point monument. Alayon has embraced a unique form of artistry: he converts old, nicked and rusty scuba tanks into sustainable and luminously colorful works.
Discover the culture and heritage of the Florida Keys in a PBS documentary that commemorates the island chain’s bicentennial. For two centuries, the Keys have drawn pirates and presidents, artists, literary legends, shipwreck salvagers, visionaries, conservationists and everyday heroes. Learn their stories — and how they helped shape the continental United States’ southernmost paradise.
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