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Recovery Updates For Wednesday, Sept. 20th

September 20, 2017

— FKAA Lifts Boil Water Order For Key West (Sept. 20, 2017, 3:15 p.m.) The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has lifted the boil water order for Key West.   — FKCA Opens Hurricane...more

The Florida Keys Free Press Online Only

September 20, 2017

The Florida Keys Free Press will not publish Wednesday, Sept. 20, due to Hurricane Irma impacts. However, news coverage and photos are being posted daily to www.keysnews.com.

Monroe County Emergency Management Hurricane Irma Recovery Update Tuesday Evening

September 20, 2017

POWER Both power companies in the Keys made good progress today. The Florida Keys Electric Coop, which covers Key Largo to the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge, reports that they have restored...more

Hurricane Irma Photos

September 19, 2017

Staff and contributed photos from around the area. Updated: September 19, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.

Miami man, stopped during curfew, arrested on multiple charges

September 20, 2017

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Daily Crime and Information Report September 20, 2017 A Miami man, driving through the area of Duck Key after the 10 p.m. curfew, was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday night. Deputy Ian Douthirt was on patrol at the 61 mile marker just before 11 p.m. when he stopped a gray Toyota...more

September 6, 2017

“Everywhere they plant the coral ends up being a ‘no fishing’ zone. Beware of these ‘feel good’ projects that end up costing you more than you anticipated. But then again, they might all be ground into sand this weekend.” “Start budget cuts with the six-figure salaries, not the hard workers at the lower end. That’s...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Not all local officials happy with decision to lift Florida City roadblock

September 19, 2017

FLORIDA KEYS – Monroe County’s decision to lift the Florida City roadblock Tuesday morning imposed after Hurricane Irma was not embraced by all local leaders. Islamorada officials raised concerns...more

Islamorada’s municipal park shut down until December

September 19, 2017

ISLAMORADA – The village’s recreational crown jewel, Founders Park, will be closed until December to residents and visitors due to local impacts from Hurricane Irma. While the 48-acre bayfront...more

State, local leaders discuss housing needs

September 18, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price talked with local officials about housing needs post Hurricane Irma.

Irma’s big cost to businesses

September 15, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, scores of Upper Keys business owners are now struggling to reopen after losing power, being flooded or taking a pummeling from winds.

Editorials

Fisheries mismanagement

September 3, 2017

After spending 26 years on the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council’s snapper/grouper advisory panel (AP) — I learned a few things about fisheries mismanagement. The hogfish...more

FWC needs drones

September 3, 2017

To Sen. Anitere Flores, please use this letter to assist you in convincing your fellow legislators to provide airborne drones to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Clearly,...more

Let’s stop misstatements about ‘affordable’ housing

September 3, 2017

There are some fundamental misconceptions in the public discourse about “affordable,” “workforce” and “employee” housing. They are not the same, yet developers...more

Sigsbee Park and the affordable housing myth

September 3, 2017

And ….. Therein lies why affordable housing in Monroe County is as available as unicorns. Morons like Carlos Curbelo, who think that rents of $2,600 to $3,000 are “affordable.”...more

Sports

No power, no problem

September 7, 2017

Are you ready for a hurricane power outage? Good work. Your home is secure. The boards are up, vegetation is cut back from power lines and potential flying objects are put away, picked up or tied...more

All prep games off; Bucs at Dolphins may move

September 6, 2017

With families preparing for the worst that may happen during Hurricanes Irma, the Monroe County school district has suspended all athletic activities indefinitely as the schools are also closed...more

Fire Birds breeze into Key West, top Conchs

September 6, 2017

Rennardson Continued from page 1B Despite Monroe County School closing for an impending storm, Doral Academy from Miami still made the trip to Key West on Tuesday afternoon to play the Lady...more

Senior Spotlight: Maddie Rennardson

September 6, 2017

Q: How long have you been playing tennis? A: Since I was around 7 years old. Q: Did you ever play any other sports? A: Yeah, I played soccer until high school. Q: What was it about tennis that...more