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Marathon seal debate heated

November 15, 2018

Outgoing Mayor Michelle Coldiron’s last and incoming Councilman Luis Gonzalez’s first Marathon City Council meeting began awkwardly, at best.Coldiron wasted no time in voicing her displeasure for...more

Recount shows little change in Florida Keys

November 15, 2018

Monroe County’s one uncounted ballot will not be even close enough to change last week’s general election results in three statewide races.A Monroe County canvassing board oversaw a recount of...more

Two Miami men arrested minutes after burglary in Islamorada

November 15, 2018

Despite successfully robbing two vehicles, two Miami men didn’t get far afterwards and were ultimately arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office just six minutes after the first call from...more

Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees

November 15, 2018

MIAMI — Florida wildlife officials are reminding boaters to slow down and watch out for manatees as they begin their annual trek toward warmer water. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...more

Drunken fit leads to 3 damaged vehicles

November 16, 2018

A Key West man was arrested on Monday after he damaged his friend’s vehicle and two others with his bare hands in what seemed to be a drunken fit, according to a news release from the Key West Police Department.Mihail Gorodenco, 25, was charged with three counts of damaging property over $1,000.Around 3:30 a.m., police officers responded to the 800...more

November 16, 2018

“A city employee gets a free house intended for veterans, then sells it. Same employee builds an unpermitted addition, accumulates eight years of fines for $300K, ignores them, then has 100 percent forgiven. Break the law without consequence, then receive city support. No appreciation of the law and an expectation of special treatment runs in the family — and that of others similarly...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Councilman looks to close deadly pass

November 14, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A local councilman wants to ban his own boat from a narrow channel off Whale Harbor, along with other motorized craft.“I’m a guilty offender myself,” Village Councilman Mike Forster...more

Early morning crash fatal for pedestrian

November 14, 2018

MARATHON — An early morning traffic incident left a man dead last Friday morning after he was struck by a passing vehicle on U.S. 1.Around 6:30 a.m., a pedestrian was walking on the northbound...more

Homestead hunter lands biggest python

November 14, 2018

HOMESTEAD — One of the South Florida Water Management District’s snake hunters last week killed the largest Burmese python caught so far in the state — a 17-foot, 5-inch female weighing 120...more

Lease of reservoir land called ‘shameful’

November 14, 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA — Everglades advocates and Florida’s potential next governor this week objected to an unexpected lease extension granted to a sugar company farming the site of a future reservoir —...more

Editorials

Snowbirds gardening in Paradise

November 10, 2018

Timing is everything in so many things and gardening is no exception. Full-time residents of the Keys enjoy myriad delights of the summer – glorious blooming shrubs and bountiful quantities of...more

Mid-term season ends — What does our future hold?

November 6, 2018

Now that the mid-term election season is mercifully over, what can we expect in the coming months? Even a crystal ball probably wouldn’t tell us exactly where we go from here. The nation’s...more

Children’s Day was best Fantasy Fest event

November 3, 2018

Now that Fantasy Fest is over, I have to say the best event was Children’s Day.Bayview Park was turned into an amusement park. Local organizations had the opportunity to run a booth, operate a...more

Help conservation with your vote

November 3, 2018

With 1,000 people moving into Florida each day, it is more important now than ever to protect the state’s most significant environmentally sensitive areas by holding them in the public trust for...more

Sports

Child, Allen set to run with top seniors in state Florida

November 16, 2018

Keys senior cross country runners Aydan Child of Marathon and Key West’s Owen Allen will compete in the FACA Senior All-Star Classic on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Holloway Park in Lakeland.The Keys...more

Guyet gave up football for boxing, hooked way to state championship

November 16, 2018

At the urging of local Police Athletic League President Alfredo Vasquez Jr., PAL boxing coach Ricky Jackson entered 11-year-old newcomer Teak Guyet in the recent PAL Boxing State Championship and...more

Key West athletes branch out with future at college, beyond

November 16, 2018

Three notable Key West seniors inked their college letters-of-intent on Wednesday afternoon to play their sport at the next level.Softball player Jade Castillo signed with Tallahassee Community...more

PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Conchs pounds Patriots to start season with, 4-1, victory

November 15, 2018

What a difference a season makes.In 2017, Tom Bellingham took over the Key West High School girls soccer program as head coach and the transition was a little rocky over the course of the...more