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Election results

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Key West Mayor Craig Cates (I) 2,677 53.13% Margaret Romero 2,200 43.66% Sloan Bashinsky 162 3.21% SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS District 1 Bobby Highsmith 7,037 56.98% Stuart Kessler...

Duval Street closure Friday

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The 600 block of Duval Street will be closed for about an hour starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday for the use of a crane. Detour signs will be in place during the...

McDonald wins mosquito control primary election

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tom McDonald overwhelmingly defeated challenger Eddie Martinez in the Republican primary for the District 5 Florida Keys Mosquito Control board seat. McDonald received 70.4 percent compared to...

Neugent wins close race

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent defeated challenger Danny Coll in Tuesday night's Republican primary. Neugent received 56.5 percent to Coll's 43.5 percent, almost the same margin he beat...

Middle Keys residents can weigh in on budget

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Monroe County School District budget process takes another step forward today when the school board meets at 5 p.m. at Marathon Middle High School. The meeting may be a short one, but it is...

Mooney, Pinder join race; Forster retained

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- Jim Mooney, who sat on the first Village Council after incorporation in 1998, will take on incumbent Ken Philipson in November for another go-round on the dais.

Council expected to appoint housing task force

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MARATHON -- A resolution creating an Affordable Housing Task Force was expected to pass Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Marathon City Council meeting. The outcome was not available at press time. City...

Sewer district proposes raises, more employees

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District could approve next year's budget at the Sept. 2 board meeting, even though they have until the end of that month to place their final...

Failing vacuum pits cost village

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- Failing vacuum pits on Plantation Key are expected to increase the cost of Islamorada's sewer project between $400,000 and $600,000, according to officials. When the pits fail, they...

Village takes amendment to voters, mulls dive ban

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- As expected, the Village Council last week voted unanimously to place a charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot. Up for approval is a ban against the construction of any facility of...

Celebrating Wilderness

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everglades National Park is planning a series of events and activities to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Events kick off once the park's main visitor season begins in November. They will include special wilderness exhibits at the visitor centers, a monthly wilderness photo contest, stargazing outings and elementary school outreach programs.

Wilderness Act has big impact on Everglades

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In 1964, as President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, he declared it to be among "the most far-reaching conservation measures that a far-sighted nation has ever coped with." Now, as the Wilderness Act turns 50 on Sept. 3, Florida Bay and the Everglades have become two of its largest beneficiaries.

Primary day arrives

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monroe County voters head to the polls today for the primary election, where the choices include Key West mayor, two circuit court judgeships and three School Board seats. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Advanced Placement scores released

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Monroe County School District on Monday released its Advanced Placement (A.P.) and American College Testing (ACT) scores, and they are a mixed bag of results. The A.P. scores reflect greater...

Raschein leads affordable housing talk

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

City Planner Don Craig on Monday couldn't come up with a single thing that is working well when it comes to providing workforce housing in the Florida Keys. "I wrote, 'Nothing,'" Craig said,...