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Growing church seeks bigger home

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Baptist Church is growing its congregation and hopes to increase its footprint at a new location.  The church, which is located on Largo Road at mile marker 106, bayside, is seeking a minor conditional use permit from Monroe County to develop a 10,000-square-foot building on a vacant lot at[…]

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[…]

Local, state officials celebrate sewering’s completion in Keys

MARATHON — It took nearly 20 years, $1 billion and effort by the state, local government, local utilities and the island chain’s 76,000 residents, but the Florida Keys has met the state of Florida’s legislative mandate of 1999 to install central sewer systems throughout the island chain to protect the deteriorating nearshore waters. State and[…]

District home to slew of water mega-users

KEY LARGO — If a deep-pocketed homeowner wants to wash his cars in the rain, turn on all the taps in his house or run the garden hose all day, there’s little more than a high water bill and the unlikely threat of a watering day violation to stop him. The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment[…]

Group to be watchdog of six Lower Keys islands

LOWER KEYS — Residents wanting more say in the look and feel of six Lower Keys islands has prompted the recent formation of the Lower Keys Alliance, a non-profit aimed at helping better implement rules outlined under Monroe County’s Livable CommuniKeys Plan. “We’re seeing the ‘successes’ of the [county’s] Tourist Development Council,” group President Bill Hunter[…]

‘UFO Home’ owner seeks demo permit

ISLAMORADA — The aliens may soon be departing Plantation Key’s Venetian Shores neighborhood for good. Last week, the owner of the ramshackle circular home on San Remo Drive — known by many locals as the “UFO Home” due to its flying saucer-like appearance — submitted for a building demolition permit through the village. Native Construction President[…]

Bungalows Key Largo to roll out this year

KEY LARGO — Work on hotelier and Cheeca Holdings Developer Jerry Johnson’s newest Florida Keys-based resort is soon to get underway and representatives will go before the Monroe County Planning Commission this month to request a liquor license.  The high-end resort, Bungalows Key Largo, will be built at 99060 Overseas Highway where Point of View RV Resort is[…]

Guides say private park meetings paying off

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — After two private meetings in as many weeks, the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association board of directors feels that Everglades National Park’s top management may be willing to reconsider some of the new fees set to go into effect in 2018 under the park’s commercial use authorization program and entrance fee structure. This[…]

District discusses manager, budget, data

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District board has begun interviewing the five general manager candidates, taken steps to secure district data, started reviewing next year’s budget and planned operational maintenance. The last general manager candidate interview is set for Sept. 7, with a special meeting scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 12, for commissioners to[…]

Southcliff developer hopes board reviews denial

KEY LARGO — The developers of the proposed Southcliff Estates, a 28-unit housing project, remain hopeful that the Monroe County Planning Commission will reconsider its denial made in June before signing a resolution into effect during its Aug. 30 meeting.  Southcliff, which originally proposed 16 of the 28 units as workforce housing, failed to net[…]