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Council discusses parking, environment

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council last week discussed environmental issues and determined parking citywide needs to be addressed. It also heard from a couple residents who are opposed to the plan to centralize a wastewater centrifuge system near the Coco Plum neighborhood. Regarding parking, Planning Director George Garrett said the city needs to rework[…]

Special ed know-how workshop scheduled

KEY LARGO — The Family Network on Disabilities program, Parent Education Network, is hosting a free education-decision-making workshop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Key Largo Library to provide information and networking opportunities for parents of children with any physical or mental disability.   PEN is one of three different programs under the[…]

Students return to school following summer break

FLORIDA KEYS — Elementary, middle and high school students have traded their sand and sun for tests and teachers as the 2017-18 school year commenced for Monroe County public schools on Wednesday, Aug. 16. A few other learning establishments in the Florida Keys started a day or two earlier. Another year will put students in new[…]

Ukuleles handcrafted by Big Pine resident

BIG PINE KEY — Tim Stanton isn’t exactly skilled at playing the ukulele, but he sure is at making them. Just a quick glimpse at a few of his hand-carved, four-stringed wooden instruments and one can see the detail he puts into each piece. Last week, a young boy from Atlanta visiting the Florida Keys with[…]

Great American Eclipse: What to expect

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 a shadow on Earth, leaving what experts say may be a “green halo” from the sun’s corona, or aura, which[…]

Lands likely headed for conservation go before LPA

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 properties expected to ultimately be reclassified as conservation. The Monday evening meeting took place after press time. According to paperwork, the LPA was to take into consideration amending[…]

Fire department hires teen for a day

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 duty at Station 24 on Friday, Aug. 4, responded to incoming calls, toured the district, scouted future fire hydrant locations and ate lunch together. Among the[…]

Projects highlight final budget workshop

ISLAMORADA — At its last budget workshop of the season, the village’s governing board heard from its staff on proposed revenues and expenses related to capital projects for the upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year. The new budget will go into effect Oct. 1. A voter-approved infrastructure surtax will make up the lion’s share of the revenue for[…]

No more meetings on park fees for guides

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 implemented in the near future. And if it’s up to many in that tight-knit community, it won’t be the last time they convene publicly[…]

Business owner making his mark in Key Largo

KEY LARGO — Benito Rodriguez is a true pressman. His career in the printing industry has spanned 38 years and has taken him all over the country, ultimately landing him in Key Largo as the owner of Keys Prints. Rodriguez has made a successful livelihood from his craft, raising three children. He’s run a 6-color Heidelberg[…]