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Feds move to seize $60K in drug case

October 21, 2017

Federal prosecutors are moving to seize more than $60,000 from a woman who pleaded guilty last month to distributing the powerful opiate Fentanyl in the Florida Keys. The U.S....more

Fuel truck rolls over, no immediate injuries reported

October 21, 2017

A tractor trailer truck hauling fuel overturned on U.S 1 at Mile Marker 21 on Cudjoe Key just before 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Florida Highway...more

Swift company faces fourth code violation

October 21, 2017

A limited liability company owned by prominent Key West businessman Ed Swift has been accused of illegally renting vacation property for the fourth time in three years. Key Cove Landings LLC,...more

Incentives for workforce housing rentals proposed

October 20, 2017

Key West City Commissioner Margaret Romero introduced a plan at Tuesday’s board meeting designed to encourage landlords to rent affordably through property tax breaks, but the...more

Drunken man leaves wallet at burglary scene

October 21, 2017

BIG PINE KEY — A drunken man accused of leaving his wallet inside a bulldozer used for debris removal was arrested Thursday morning, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Mark Moses, 65, of Big Pine Key, was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.  An employee for bulldozer company Unlimited Debris met with the...more

October 21, 2017

“If it’s illegal and harmful to feed wildlife like Key deer? Why is it OK to feed bums that are capable of working? Especially on an island starved for low skilled labor? They become dependent and refuse to fend for themselves just like the wildlife.” “So, let me get this straight. Approximately 400 households that...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Boat yard accused of price gouging

October 18, 2017

KEY LARGO — Catamaran Boat Yard is being investigated for alleged price gouging by local and state agencies because of complaints from customers about the costs associated with keeping...more

Church launches ‘trap ministry’ to help fishermen

October 18, 2017

LAYTON — Layton Community Baptist Church wants to help foster the livelihood of commercial fishermen who lost lobster traps during Hurricane Irma. Through its new fundraising campaign,...more

County officials say park repairs could take a year

October 18, 2017

TAVERNIER — A popular family picnicking area and long-time host site of Little League baseball, Harry Harris Park remains closed to the public after Hurricane Irma left it in smithereens...more

Fire board votes to meet property tax max

October 18, 2017

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services board approved a property tax hike, budget and Hurricane Irma overtime pay last week during the first of two public...more

Editorials

Recognizing heroics during Hurricane Irma

October 21, 2017

Recognizing heroics during Hurricane Irma Reflecting on Hurricane Irma: “Leadership and Valor were a Common Virtue.” These qualities rose up and manifested themselves via an...more

Year-round rentals show be rewarded

October 21, 2017

Year-round rentals should be rewarded Everyone agrees that more must be done to support affordable housing options in the city. Providing tax breaks to property owners who rent year-round is an...more

Hurricane brings together many people

October 14, 2017

It took a couple of killer hurricanes to bring this whole country together and for the moment, got our minds off our problem of racism. I met a beautiful black woman named Susan volunteering with...more

Recognizing Keys’ unsung heroes

October 14, 2017

Last Sunday, wanting to help with the cleanup in the Lower Keys, I drove from Islamorada to Big Pine Key not really knowing where I would find a group that needed volunteers. It did not take me...more

Sports

Defenses logging zeroes for one-sided outcomes

October 21, 2017

In week four of the Key West Youth Football League, four shutouts were recorded on Saturday at the George Mira Football Field. A clean sheet was logged in all four leagues, B, C, Mighty Mites and...more

Recovery mode cancels 2017 Redbone Trilogy in Florida Keys

October 21, 2017

The entire 2017 Robert James Sales Redbone Trilogy of fall fishing tournaments in the Keys has been canceled with the entire island chain in recovery mode ever since Hurricane Irma storm...more

Spirit of Keys Strong amplified through event

October 21, 2017

The spirit of Special Olympics was magnified during the sixth annual Standup Paddle Invitational, as roughly 60 competitors, including 30 Olympians, helped heal the community through a weekend of...more

SBI successful in Clearwater, heads for Key West Nov. 5-12

October 20, 2017

Barely three days after Hurricane Irma affected South Florida, the decision was made by Super Boat International to move forward with the Clearwater National Championship Race on Oct. 5 and, a...more