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SPCA shelters damaged but reopen

September 23, 2017

Although both shelters suffered roof damage and light flooding, the Florida Keys SPCA offices in Key West and Marathon are back in business to help Keys pets recover from Hurricane Irma. Adoption...more

TDC wants tourists back soon

September 23, 2017

Protecting the winter tourism season and preserving the Florida Keys’ dwindling and devastated workforce are the top priorities for county tourism officials as they assemble a two-phase...more

Thousands left homeless by Irma

September 23, 2017

Housing is the number one priority for local governments, as Hurricane Irma ravaged houses, apartments and trailer parks, leaving thousands homeless. Winds and tornadoes that spun off the...more

Trials delayed, not canceled

September 23, 2017

Got an upcoming court date? It’s likely been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma as court administrators and employees are working to get legal operations back to normal up and down the...more

Curfew violators arrested on variety of charges

September 23, 2017

A Miami man driving through the area of Duck Key after the 10 p.m. curfew was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday. Deputy Ian Douthirt was on patrol at Mile Marker 61 just before 11 p.m. when he stopped a gray Toyota for being out past curfew. He identified the driver as James Winters, 36, of...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

‘Shell-shocked’ Marathon making progress

September 20, 2017

MARATHON — “Everyone’s a little shell-shocked,” Marathon Mayor Dan Zieg said Wednesday, 10 days after Hurricane Irma socked the Middle Keys city with Category 4 force winds and storm surge. “They...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.

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


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


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