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New owner aims to keep marina vibrant

August 20, 2017

The new owners of the Gulf Seafood marina on Stock Island said they are committed to keeping an active commercial fishing fleet there, but understand the value of the property if that...more

One dead in Duck Key shooting

August 20, 2017

DUCK KEY — A Winter Springs, Florida, man accused of fatally shooting one of his tenants four times Friday night during an eviction argument was arrested, according to the Monroe County...more

State significantly reduces number of impaired waterways

August 20, 2017

The state has changed its methodology for determining the health of local canals, significantly reducing the number of impaired waterways from 311 to 40. However, Monroe County officials are...more

Suspect arrested in killing, wounding officers

August 20, 2017

KISSIMMEE — A suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Florida and the grave wounding of a sergeant was arrested in a bar several hours after the attack, authorities said Saturday....more

DNA used to nab accused SUV thief

August 20, 2017

STOCK ISLAND — A 31-year-old man accused of stealing a sport utility vehicle belonging to his girlfriend’s mother in 2016 was arrested Thursday after detectives used his DNA to identify him, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Ira Kawzinsky, 31, was charged with grand theft, burglary and criminal mischief. The...more

August 20, 2017

“The Sheriff’s Office could save $2 million by buying an existing gun range that is for sale on Big Pine Key for under $100,000. Very low lease rate. Surely $2 million could be better spent on something other than a range for local law enforcement.” “No rented bikes can be in a city rack? That’s...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Fire department hires teen for a day

August 16, 2017

KEY LARGO — It’s difficult to pick out which Key Largo firefighter was the Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient in the pictures — they were all smiling. The four firefighters on...more

Great American Eclipse: What to expect

August 16, 2017

MONROE COUNTY — The stars — or at least our local star and moon — will begin to align at 1:27 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. The moon will block most of the sun from sight, casting...more

Lands likely headed for conservation go before LPA

August 16, 2017

ISLAMORADA — The village’s Local Planning Agency was to take action earlier this week on two related ordinances that call for changes to land-use designations on 10 separate...more

No more meetings on park fees for guides

August 16, 2017

KEY LARGO — Local fishing guides showed up in large numbers at a community forum last week to voice their distaste for the new Everglades National Park entrance and boating fees being...more

Editorials

Iguanas taking over the Florida Keys

August 20, 2017

We visit the Keys for at least two weeks each year for the last 35 years. The iguanas used to be a quaint occasional sight. Today, they are ubiquitous, and obviously are wreaking havoc on the...more

New alliance formed to aid Lower Keys

August 20, 2017

The Lower Keys Alliance Inc., has been formed to give additional voice to the wishes and concerns of residents of the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, and the...more

Public safety is a weighty issue

August 13, 2017

I am writing to express concerns regarding public safety and those individuals who have sworn to uphold it. Several years ago I had opportunity to ask Police Chief Donie Lee if there was a...more

Veterans Service assistant a jewel in the community

August 13, 2017

Seeking medical services for wounds they incurred in combat has brought many veterans to the desk of Xenia Leonteva, a staff assistant for our county’s extraordinary Veterans Service...more

Sports

Powerboat P1s racing in Islamorada

August 19, 2017

The final race of the 2017 Powerboat P1 SuperStock USA Series, presented by Mercury Racing, will take place just offshore in front of the Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina from 10 a.m. to 3...more

Scorpions pull out victory in final seconds against Conchs in high-scoring affair

August 19, 2017

KEY WEST – After going down by a pair of touchdowns to open its preseason classic, the Key West High football team proved it has offensive prowess to put up points in bunches, but so did...more

Hughes, Conchs hoping for positive preview

August 18, 2017

With numerous players shifting positions, including at quarterback, Key West High School football coach Johnny Hughes said he truly does not know what to expect from the Conchs tonight when they...more

Trader, MacKenzie, Wood and Mueller win monthly scramble

August 17, 2017

During the Lower Keys Golf Association’s monthly scramble it would be the team of Michael Trader, Rick MacKenzie, Frank Wood and Barb Mueller that took tops honors with the Low-Gross...more