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The world’s deepest swimming pool
may not be on Key Biscayne, but
it’s been visited by a Key resident
or two since its inception. Belgium’s
Nemo 33 in Brussels took seven
years to complete and consists of
a submerged structure with flat
platforms at various depths. The
pool has 2.5 million liters of non-
chlorinated, filtered spring water
heated by solar panels. The pool’s
central circular pit descends to
108 feet, with flat-bottomed areas
at depths 16 and 32 feet. Besides
serving as a worldwide attraction,
the pool is used for scientific
research, film production and
diving instruction. To schedule a
tour, go to Nemo33.com.
The University of Miami’s RSMAS
on Virginia Key is at the forefront
of the rise of aquaculture with
its Sea Secrets series. Worldwide,
aquaculture is a $70 billion industry
that contributes almost half the
seafood consumed, yet the U.S.
produces only about three percent
of this, leading to a seafood trade
deficit of more than $8 billion per year. Dr. Daniel Benetti,
chair of the RSMAS division of marine affairs and policy
and director of the school’s aquaculture program, recently
presented a lecture on the “Blue Revolution” that showcased
his travels around the world speaking with governments
and organizations about this important economic and
environmental management topic. During his presentation,
he discussed cutting-edge technologies that are being used to
grow species such as cobia, tuna, snapper and yellowtail jacks,
and how scientists are working hard to develop methods that
are environmentally safe and sustainable. Seafood anyone?
“The whole point of
living in paradise is to
enjoy a comfortable,
— Cecil Day-Lewis
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The longest length of a man-
of-war tentacle ever found off
the waters of Key Biscayne.
Q: I’m starting to lose the passion that used to be a major
part of my 15-year marriage. Although work and charities
take up a lot of our time during the week, my husband and
I are at home together most nights and on the weekends,
but we tend to drown ourselves in our respective hobbies
instead of interacting with one another. What can I do to
bring the sparks back without making him feel inadequate
or coming across too confrontational? Are we doomed?
A: Keeping the spark in a marriage is not easy. It requires
constant dedication like anything else that’s important. I
constantly receive phone calls from couples just like you,
who begin to find interest in other areas in their life and
that’s wonderful. Hobbies, friends and community services
are important, but if you want to stay happily married and
grow old together, your relationship needs constant attention.
If both of you are spending less time together, you may slowly
grow apart. Here’s some advice to consider:
• Talk about what’s important to both of you
• Spend intimate time together regardless of disagreements
• Do things you used to do back when you were dating
• Find somehow every day to genuinely communicate
affection and appreciation toward each other
• Kiss, hold and touch in the morning and before bedtime
› Lisette N. Beraja of Beraja Counseling Center is a Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist with more than 10 years of experience working
with children, adults, couples and families. If you have a question
you’d like answered in a future edition of Key Biscayne Magazine,
email it to Lisette@Beraja.com. Due to high volume, we will not be
able to respond to all submissions. All names will be withheld to
ensure the privacy of our readers.
Everyone’s favorite dolphin
filmed several episodes of his
show at Jimbo’s in Virginia Key.
Term for when iguanas fall out of trees
at Bill Baggs when it gets too cold.
They’re not dead, just hibernating.