Florida Keys News

Board to mull litigation, spending

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KEY LARGO -- The fire district's board of commissioners was scheduled Monday evening to once again have a closed-door session with its attorney, Vernis & Bowling of the Florida Keys, about...

Council discusses staffing changes

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MARATHON -- Discussion about the search for a new city manager and switching to in-house legal services was expected to take center stage when the Marathon City Council met Tuesday, April 28. The...

Does Big Pine Key need an access road?

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BIG PINE KEY -- Growing aggravation over traffic on this rural island has the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce looking for a solution.

Couple fights county over home

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CUDJOE KEY -- When Katheryn and Brian Eads bought their modest home here in 2013, they had no idea of the true costs -- financial and emotional -- involved in the purchase. But the couple quickly...

State officers investigate use of PWC safety test

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MONROE COUNTY -- State wildlife officers are making sure tourists looking to fulfill their need for speed on the water slow down a bit in an effort to keep boaters safe this summer. Just as the...

Study: Keys outdrink other Fla. counties

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FLORIDA KEYS -- These islands are no stranger to alcoholic beverages and a survey released this month by the University of Washington shows locals are drinking at higher rates than our Miami neighbors, or any other Florida county for that matter.

Sewer work moving ahead

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- The village's wastewater department says it's on track to meet the state's end-of-year deadline for connecting the four islands to an advanced treatment system. "We're continuing to...

Council wants more from appointed committees

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council agreed last week that its current committee structure isn't working. Some committees have very poor attendance, while others are meeting only four times a year....

Amendment would ban some backyard gun ranges

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Florida House of Representatives passed a gun bill last Friday with an amendment that would prohibit backyard gun ranges like the one that was built and used on Big Pine Key last year. The...

Sewer issues murky as city mulls direction

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MARATHON -- Wastewater experts are willing to help Marathon with its sewage collection and treatment challenges, but it remains to be seen whether the city will let them. Currently, Severn Trent...

Public weighs in on nuclear expansion plans

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HOMESTEAD -- Concerns over sea-level rise versus more jobs and cheaper electricity highlighted the most recent discussions regarding expansion of Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point plant on...

On the night beat with Sgt. Madnick

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KEY LARGO -- Knowing one's beat makes a successful law enforcement officer. Applying the law fairly makes for successful law enforcement. Monroe County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Madnick patrols District...

District approves multimillion-dollar swap

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KEY LARGO -- The sewer district's five-commissioner board passed an interlocal agreement at its April 21 meeting that will send restricted state Mayfield Grant funds to the county in exchange for...

Rapper tied to Key Largo home

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KEY LARGO -- "Mr. 305" may have a closer connection to the Florida Keys than residents realize. Miami-born hip-hop artist Armando Christian Perez, better known for his stage name Pitbull, has ties...

CrossFit competitor eyes return to regionals

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Defeat, for some, can equal determination. That may be the case for 28-year-old competitive athlete Hannah Richards who has been prepping her mind and body for a return to the regional competition...