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Archaeologists uncover likely Acorn wreck

KEY LARGO — Two NOAA researchers may have stumbled upon something big — or at least swam across it. It is about 163 feet long and 40 feet wide and resting on the ocean’s bottom off Key Largo.  Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary maritime archaeologist Matthew Lawrence and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary maritime heritage coordinator[…]

D.N. Higgins supervisor was third party

KEY LARGO — The actual employer of the supervisor on duty at the Long Key Road incident where three Monroe County contractors perished in a stormwater drain from noxious gases may result in another company being added to the wrongful death claim filed against D.N. Higgins by the family of Robert Wilson of Sugarloaf Key. Ernest[…]

Rains, winds unleash Key Largo ankle biters

KEY LARGO — Mosquitoes and rain go hand-in-hand — and with above average rainfalls recently, the biting bugs have come out swinging. Daily deluges have sparked the mosquitoes into action, making raindrops and welts hard to avoid. Emilio Posada, Upper Keys supervisor of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, said mosquito season has begun but[…]

Land development changes to go before council

ISLAMORADA — Proposed amendments to land development regulations involving the exchange of lots donated to the village as well as allowing detached affordable housing units in zones deemed residential are two items scheduled to go before Islamorada’s governing board for action this week. The Village Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Founders[…]

County to proceed with building demolition

BIG PINE KEY — The former county-owned home of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at mile marker 30.3 will soon be no more. Plans by Monroe County to raze the old building, which was deemed unsafe for public use last year, are moving forward starting with a request at next week’s Monroe County Commission meeting in[…]

Workshop uses Islamorada as platform for floating roads, homes

ISLAMORADA — Residents likely won’t see floating roads and homes in the Florida Keys anytime soon, but at a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact workshop held last fall to brainstorm possible responses to sea level rise, those ideas were floated for a Lower Matecumbe Key of the future. At the four-day Resilient Redesign Workshop, scientists, planners,[…]

Bistro goes global with flavors from all over world

ISLAMORADA — Just a month into it, executive chef Nassuby Bernal seems content with the path his new restaurant is on. He purposely opened during the summer — the usual slow period in the Florida Keys — so he would have time to work out all the kinks before tourist season hits. And he’s doing just[…]

Bridge work to start in August

MARATHON —  A presentation by a Florida Department of Transportation engineer on the Old Seven Mile Bridge project opened the June 13 Marathon City Council meeting, followed by a code compliance discussion regarding switching to the use of a special magistrate that took a surprising turn when it was discovered residents’ appeals cannot come before[…]

More sprayings planned for new state lands

LOWER KEYS — An updated state management plan implemented last week will likely result in more mosquito sprayings on portions of Sugarloaf Key and a few other areas throughout the island chain. Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Executive Director Andrea Leal told the Free Press that an Arthropod Management Plan with the Florida Fish and Wildlife[…]

Wastewater district appoints new general counselor

KEY LARGO — More than four months after Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District in-house attorney Ray Giglio tendered his resignation, the board of commissioners voted last week to hire Tavernier land-use attorney Nick Mulick as his replacement. Directly after a 4-1 vote in favor of Mulick, the board asked if both incoming and outgoing counselors[…]