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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

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 about potential looters from the mainland descending on the Upper Keys. Councilman Mike Forster said the removal of the roadblock was decided by county officials without[…]

Islamorada’s municipal park shut down until December

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 property at mile marker 87 sustained minimal storm damage, officials with the municipality have designated a large area inside the park as a drop-off location for[…]

State, local leaders discuss housing needs

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

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.

Housing, mooring field topics in capital talks

MARATHON —  Marathon’s city manager traveled to Tallahassee last week to seek more affordable housing permits and to extend the state’s mooring field agreement for the city marina from six months to a year.  Manager Chuck Lindsey said he spoke with department heads at both the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Department of Environmental[…]

Board approves marina’s workforce units

SUMMERLAND KEY — Aside from a few minor issues to be addressed, the Monroe County Development Review Committee recommended approval last week of a request by the owner of the Summerland Key Marina to build four one-bedroom workforce apartments inside a two-story building on the property. Along with the units, submitted plans call for 36 dry[…]

Study: Refuge cats fed mostly by humans

FLORIDA KEYS — Recently released findings from a 2013 study conducted on public lands in the Florida Keys shows that free-roaming cats eat food mostly from humans. The study, the first of its kind for the Keys, was headed by North Carolina State University researcher Michael Cove. Collectively, of the 71 unique cats found during a[…]

Fire board to work within tax cap

KEY LARGO — State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, told the Key Largo Fire-Rescue & Emergency Medical Services board that its request for her to introduce legislation next year raising the district’s “one-mill cap” is a non-starter. The district cannot tax more than $100 per $100,000 of assessed property value without first getting the rate[…]

Corps to help fund, expedite new reservoir

SOUTH FLORIDA — The quest for a billion-dollar water storage project to curb harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges and send more freshwater south into the Everglades and Florida Bay took a big step forward last week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed on Thursday in a letter addressed to the South Florida Water Management District to[…]