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School Board OKs drug tests

June 28, 2017

The school district in the coming academic year will begin drug testing high school students who participate in sports and associated performance groups, and likely will buy a 1.75-acre property...more

Tali Agler’s far-reaching impact touches many

June 28, 2017

TAVERNIER — Richard and Mindy Agler just returned from a week-long trip to Nairobi, Kenya. It’s been a long road and a bittersweet journey to their destination, the Talia Agler Girls...more

Vets work with Mote on coral restoration

June 28, 2017

Army combat veteran Sgt. Justin Lansford plunged off the back of a dive boat Tuesday and quickly descended to a small reef off Looe Key. Armed with zip ties and coral fragments, Lansford quickly...more

Wastewater board sifts through manager candidates

June 28, 2017

KEY LARGO — Almost five months after the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District board voted 3-2 not to renew its contract with former general manager Paul Christian, it initiated...more

MCSO busy writing wildlife citations

June 28, 2017

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been busy the last four days catching people committing wildlife violations.  • Deputy Matthew Cory was patrolling at Fiesta Key RV Park at 10:45 p.m. on Monday when he saw two men cleaning fish and a red cooler next to them on the ground. Inside their cooler were 17 lobster,...more

June 28, 2017

“So let me get this straight: 300 affordable housing units, whoops, wait let’s do 40 affordable housing units. Sorry, whoops again, take a check for $100,000? Have a nice day.” “People, wake up. The proposed parking garage is not about parking and convenience. It is about another way for the city to make a buck....more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

City mulls proposed affordable housing site

June 28, 2017

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council and staff were to hold a workforce housing workshop Tuesday on the use and potential development of the city-owned property at 104th Street.  The...more

Council revisits, approves lot swapping

June 28, 2017

ISLAMORADA — A proposed amendment to land development regulations allowing the village to swap donated lots for more environmentally sensitive land garnered approval among a split vote...more

Drifted mahogany tree dredges up boater fears

June 28, 2017

UPDATE: The tree was moved and relocated to a safer position Monday afternoon, according to FWC Capt. David Dipre. The new coordinates are N 25 13 424, W 80 19 650.   KEY LARGO...more

Great Depression program fueled local art projects

June 28, 2017

FLORIDA KEYS — In the 1930s, the U.S. government created a program that paid people to produce art as one of many ways to help the nation work its way out of financial disaster....more

Editorials

City should help preserve historic Cable Hut

June 18, 2017

In 2010, after soliciting proposals to lease vacant buildings on Mallory Square, the city chose Tropical Soup Company’s proposal to build a new, two-story restaurant on the site of an...more

Lawyer replies to reader’s letter

June 18, 2017

The following is in response to the letter written by Janet Sneath, which was published on June 11 in The Citizen: After reviewing Ms. Sneath’s letter from June 11, 2017, we would like to...more

Body cam footage raises concerns

June 14, 2017

As Monroe County residents and constituents, we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Office regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status,...more

Offended by lawyer’s comments on accident

June 11, 2017

When I was a medical social worker in the early 1970s, I worked with young people who had quadriplegia, some from the same type of diving accident that Mr. Barlow [had] when he [dove] into...more

Sports

Giana Ancheta Spotlight

June 26, 2017

Q: How long have you been playing your sports? A: I’ve been playing volleyball since fifth grade. I just tried swimming my junior year and then I did track my freshman and sophomore years....more

Never say never attitude lands Sullivan in first

June 25, 2017

KEY WEST — Eight is now Eric Sullivan’s lucky number. That’s how many times the Miami resident has entered the 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West. Three times he was runner-up, but...more

HEADS UP Locals focus on education, certified helmets to reduce traumas

June 24, 2017

The National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are taking gigantic steps to prevent head traumas by reducing head-to-head contact and providing state of the art...more

Senior Spotlight: Frisone

June 23, 2017

Q: How long have you been playing your sports? A: Football, I’ve been playing since seventh grade, so about five years. Track has always been on and off. I did it my sophomore year, but...more