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More money coming in for council candidates

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- Village Council candidates are counting the dollars as the general election nears, according to campaign financial documents from Sept. 1 to Oct. 3. Trying to retain Seat 1 on the...

Study shows improvement of beach water

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONROE COUNTY -- Fecal pollution in local beach water has been declining since 2000, but it's too soon to tell if newly built advanced wastewater treatment systems deserve the credit, according to a University of Miami researcher.

Village to discuss fills, wastewater

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- When the Village Council meets this week, it may be debating whether to approve the purchase or lease of the Indian Key and Tea Table fills. This 2-mile strip of state-owned land runs...

Realtors: Home sales stronger in most areas

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FLORIDA KEYS -- Buying a house on most islands in the Florida Keys is getting more expensive. And that's a good thing if you are a seller or real estate agent. The average list price of a home...

Village planning board considers alcohol sales ban

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The village is considering amending its alcohol beverage use permit regulations to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages near schools or places of worship. The Local Planning Agency discussed drafting language that would prevent new businesses from selling or serving alcohol within 300 feet of a church, school or child care facility.

Big Pine contractor wins city hall job

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MARATHON -- The Marathon City Council may have felt a little déjà-vu as it considered six bids for the city hall project, to be built at the 98th-99th street site where trailers currently...

Sewer board approves funding distribution

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District's Board of Commissioners last week unanimously approved an interlocal agreement spelling out the future distribution of funds expected to be...

Early voting on until Nov. 1

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Early voting opened Monday in Monroe County and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 1. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., voters may cast ballots for the Nov. 4 general election at these locations:...

Enjoy smooth travels -- until April 2015

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lower Keys motorists are still savoring the smooth ride and clear travel lanes along North Roosevelt Boulevard, which transportation officials deemed officially "complete" on Sept. 16. That...

Deep well deal in the works

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Residents and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority are close to reaching an agreement to construct a deep injection well at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System plant. The agreement calls for the...

City looks at $85K parking study

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City commissioners tonight will consider ordering an $85,000 study to determine whether Key West needs a two- to four-level parking garage in Old Town. Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. at Old City...

Cops bust phone theft ring

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Key West police cracked a cell phone theft ring early Sunday after revelers on lower Duval Street reported their devices stolen. Four Miami men were arrested in the bust: Yordan Hernandez, 33,...

Food truck law in the works

Key West Citizen - Monday, October 20, 2014

The two Key West food trucks city officials have unsuccessfully tried to regulate will enjoy a "grandfathered in" exemption to any new local laws overseeing the industry here, City Planner Don Craig...

Sanctuary meeting about reefs

Key West Citizen - Monday, October 20, 2014

The sinking of artificial reefs has been one of the most important, and controversial, issues facing the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is currently conducting a review of...

Felon faces life in handgun case

Key West Citizen - Monday, October 20, 2014

An 18-time convicted felon will face life in prison at sentencing after a federal jury found him guilty Wednesday of possessing a handgun. Darin Lynn James, 47, was first charged by state...