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Propane leak on Big Pine Key

December 15, 2017

Propane leak on Big Pine Key There were no reported injuries as of Thursday afternoon of a large propane leak at the AmeriGas location on Industrial Road, according to Monroe County...more

County delves into hurricane issues

December 14, 2017

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday continued to tackle Hurricane Irma-related issues and fielding questions and concerns from angry residents upset about the response to the Category 4...more

Resident questions board’s tree removal decisions

December 14, 2017

A Key West resident “speaking up for the trees” accused Tree Commission members of not doing proper research and rubber-stamping tree removal requests during the board meeting Tuesday...more

School housing group meets Thursday

December 14, 2017

The county school board meeting couldn’t be broadcast live on television Tuesday afternoon and evening, but was instead shown on Facebook Live, with the full video of the meeting posted...more

Fisherman arrested for knife threats

December 15, 2017

MARATHON — A 46-year-old fisherman accused of hitting a family member while holding a knife during an argument Wednesday night was arrested, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Vladimir Paredes was charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery. Third-degree felonies are punishable by a maximum...more

December 15, 2017

“To the Iguana killer coment: Please move out of the Keys. I have lived here 40 years because I want to be away from folks like you. They are creatures just like dogs and cats. They feel emotion and do not want to feel fear from humans that are set on barbaric cruel methods. Shame.[...]

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Animal control provider awarded contract increase

December 13, 2017

MARATHON — The Monroe County Commission last month approved a 167 percent increase in its contract with the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to operate the...more

Arts district gaining momentum as galleries open

December 13, 2017

ISLAMORADA — Artist Roberto “Pasta” Pantaleo, the self-described “founding father” of the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, says that one of his goals when he...more

County rejects revisions for housing project

December 13, 2017

KEY LARGO — Despite a countywide affordable housing crisis made worse by September’s Hurricane Irma, the developers of the proposed Southcliff Estates, a multi-unit housing project,...more

District ends manager search without a hire

December 13, 2017

KEY LARGO — After 10 months of searching for a new general manager, Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District commissioners last week agreed to ditch their efforts for now and take their...more

Editorials

Scout holds true to tried principles

December 9, 2017

I am writing to you in regard to a current merit badge I am completing, one of which will finalize one of the few requirements for Eagle Scout that I have left. This requirement asks me to write...more

The right to vote

December 9, 2017

The most precious element of a democracy is the right of every citizen to have his or her voice heard through the vote. Exercising this Constitutional right should be as easy, wide spread and...more

Appreciates Rip Off response team work

December 2, 2017

I am a Vietnam Army veteran, disabled since 1972 due to a traumatic brain injury. While visiting Key West in May, I was approached on Duval Street by someone passing out what looked like candy....more

Fantasy Fest makes Key West special

December 2, 2017

I have been an occasional visitor to Key West during the last several years for sightseeing, snorkeling and fishing. As a frequent traveler all over the U.S. since retirement, I can say that Key...more

Sports

Conchs maintain possession, but can’t find goal

December 15, 2017

Although the Key West boys’ soccer team dominated possession time against Westminster Christian in a District 16-2A match on Wednesday afternoon, the Conchs could not finish the scoring...more

Hurricanes rally with shutout over Florida Christian

December 15, 2017

The Coral Shores girls’ soccer team rebounded from a mercy rule loss earlier in the week with a 2-0 win over Florida Christian on Wednesday night in a District 16-2A match at the Upper Keys...more

Looking for a Win

December 15, 2017

For the fifth straight time, the Marathon High boys basketball team was able to defeat Monroe County rival Coral Shores, but Dolphins coach Kevin Freeman said it was not as easy as the past few...more

Short-handed Lady Conchs battle with Lady Warriors

December 15, 2017

Down six players to injuries and other commitments, the Key West girls’ soccer team gave it its best against Westminster Christian in a District 16-2A match on Wednesday night, but came...more