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Florida highway officials resign after resources probe

December 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — A top official in Florida's highway agency and her deputy resigned following an investigation into whether they sent state employees to work at her home in Georgia to clean up...more

Florida mom declared incompetent for trial in girl’s death

December 12, 2018

TAMPA — A Florida woman charged with drowning her screaming 4-year-old daughter in a river has been declared incompetent to stand trial. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez on...more

Kids weren’t vaccinated in 4 measles cases in Florida

December 12, 2018

SARASOTA — The Florida Department of Health says four children who were diagnosed with measles were never vaccinated. The health agency says the children in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf...more

State House member picked to run Florida business agency

December 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is tapping state Rep. Halsey Beshears to run the Florida department that regulates businesses and professional licensing. DeSantis announced...more

Drunken driving in wrong lane leads to hit-and-run

December 12, 2018

A Homestead, Florida man was arrested on Saturday after a deputy witnessed him commit a hit-and-run on U.S. 1.Cristhian Andres Perez, 25, was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash.Around 7:48 p.m., an MCSO deputy was in the middle of an unrelated traffic stop when he saw a white SUV driving in the wrong lane near Mile Marker 106. According...more

December 12, 2018

“Great holiday parade on Saturday. Lots and lots of great entries. However, the mess and trash it created was huge. Candy, wrappers, trash all up and down Truman and Duval late into Sunday. The city should have the done a better job cleaning up.”“No reason to hire a more-experienced attorney from a more highly-rated law school (or maybe even a minority!) if you can hire the board [chairman’s]...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

‘Jingle’ social to give free beauty goodies for a cause

December 12, 2018

KEY LARGO — Cirque Salon Studios is hosting a “Jingle, Mingle & Shop” event, opening its doors to at least 15 vendors to participate.Dete Israel, who owns Salon Dete, is organizing the event...more

Council to vote on 300 housing units

December 12, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A decision to accept an allocation of 300 units for workforce-affordable housing from the state goes before the Islamorada Village Council for a first reading Thursday, Dec. 13....more

Discrimination case set for late January

December 12, 2018

MARATHON — A workplace discrimination lawsuit against the city of Marathon is set for trial during a two-week period beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the federal courthouse in Key West, according...more

District sidesteps database, discusses salinity levels

December 12, 2018

KEY LARGO — Three commissioners on the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District last week took the oath of office after being re-elected without opposition during the November election. The board...more

Editorials

Treatment unfair to all

December 6, 2018

To the editor:Key West: Come as you are!...but have “your papers” on your person at all times.In June of last year, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept detained two Spanish speaking teenagers for...more

Can the Keys turn tragedy into triumph?

December 1, 2018

Apparently, it takes is a Category 4 hurricane to get movement on an issue that’s been haunting the Florida Keys for decades.For years, there’s been a shortage of affordable places for working...more

Cheers and Jeers

December 1, 2018

Cheers: to Reef Relief for teaching more than 4,000 students this last year. They have initiated the “Skip the Straw” campaign and now have 146 businesses taking part in the initiative. They...more

Key West Chamber sends letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

December 1, 2018

To: May Ma, Director, Program Management, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Re: Florida Power and Light Application for RenewalDear Ms. Ma,The Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce would like to...more

Sports

Free entry to Hurricane boys home basketball games

December 12, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Admission for the Coral Shores High School’s boys varsity basketball game against rival Marathon High School on Dec. 14 will be free — and so will the Hurricanes’ remaining home...more

New setup pays off for ‘Canes in runaway district win

December 12, 2018

Coming off a string of three straight shutout losses in district play, Coral Shores coach Jorge Bosque expressed a need for a change in the way the Hurricanes were attacking to goal.That meant a...more

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Unbeaten in districts, Dolphins need one win to secure No. 1 seed in playoffs

December 12, 2018

One win is all the Marathon High boys basketball team needs to ensure its No. 1 district seed in the postseason after the Dolphins disposed of a pair of district rivals in convincing fashion —...more

PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Coral Shores absorbs defeat by district-leading Warriors

December 12, 2018

Going into Wednesday’s District 16-2A match against Pinecrest Prep, the Coral Shores High School girls soccer team needs to forget about its 4-0 bruising loss to Westminster Christian on Monday...more