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District zeroes in on reservoir design

February 17, 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA — The South Florida Water Management District has determined that the fate of the Everglades and estuaries further north, in part, rests on a 240,000 acre-foot reservoir...more

Height limit referendum only item on March ballot

February 17, 2018

With only one issue on the ballot, Key West voters won’t have much to mull over in the upcoming Tuesday, March 13 municipal election. Voters will decide whether to raise the height limit...more

House, Senate disagree on housing funding

February 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House of Representatives and Senate have taken very different approaches to Gov. Rick Scott’s 2018-19 budget proposal, specifically the sweeping of $92...more

Keys canal cleanup kicks into gear

February 17, 2018

Big Pine Key resident Joan Thoman on Friday sat in her lawn chair on the edge of a canal she has lived on for roughly 30 years and took cellphone video of a project that she has waited for months...more

Drug bust made during traffic stop

February 16, 2018

A Key Largo man and woman with an array of drugs were arrested after they were stopped for traveling in a sport utility vehicle with illegally tinted windows. Nicole Paddock, 23, was charged with possession of amphetamines with intent to sell, possession of opioids, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug...more

February 17, 2018

“I’m tired of living in Key West next door to nasty neighbors. I am replacing an ugly, old cement wall that came down in Hurricane Irma with a beautiful, property-enhancing, code-approved shadow-box fence using a six-generation Conch family licensed contractor. My boyfriend and I refuse to be mean to our nasty neighbor when she swears...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

House, Senate disagree on housing funding

February 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House of Representatives and Senate have taken very different approaches to Gov. Rick Scott’s 2018-19 budget proposal, specifically the sweeping of $92...more

Hurricane books author to offer historical perspective

February 14, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Hurricane Irma will almost certainly go down as one of the most impactful events in Florida Keys history. Hurricane historian Jay Barnes, who has written several books on the...more

Irma relief food, clothes, mattresses offered to Upper Keys

February 14, 2018

UPPER KEYS — The Star of the Sea Mission will be distributing fresh produce, twin- and full-sized mattresses and new clothing at its St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church distribution...more

Miss Costa: Don’t fear the fin in Big Pine

February 14, 2018

BIG PINE KEY — She’s been spending the winter mostly in the Lower Keys, but by summer, she’ll most likely be back in Cape Cod like any snowbird, except she’s a 12-foot,...more

Editorials

Passage of House Bill 33 can help save lives

February 17, 2018

Yesterday, eight people lost their lives. Eight sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were taken from their families and friends. Today, another eight were killed. Tomorrow, eight more. ...more

Service appreciation brings tears

February 17, 2018

I read the Washington Post, New York Times, very depressing, but recently my husband and I were having breakfast at Camille’s in Key West. The nice couple sitting next to us noticed the Air...more

Challenges statement in letter

February 10, 2018

A recent Letter to the Editor titled “Affordable Second Homes” stated: “Reliable information indicates that current affordable housing projects contain less than 15 percent...more

Opposes changes to land regulations

February 3, 2018

Monroe County Commissioners, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and Planning Director Mayte Santamaria are on the verge of executing a plan that will end life as we know it in our beloved island...more

Sports

One call sparked 15 years of playing and parties

February 17, 2018

It was a phone call in 2003 from a pair of Navy Corpsmen stationed in Key West, Ricardo Quiles-Rosa and Christian Kahle, to a rugby supply company in Chicago, where they were put in contact with...more

Strong second half propels Lady ‘Fins to region finals

February 17, 2018

After a slow start to the season, the Marathon High girls basketball team is peaking at the right time as the Dolphins moved onto the Region 4-4A Finals with a 52-42 victory in the semis against...more

Wilson named KWHS Athlete of the Week

February 17, 2018

Blake Wilson was named Key West High School Athlete of the Week by Athletic Director Sarah Eckert. The KWHS Athlete of the Week was chosen by Eckert for athletic achievement, sportsmanship,...more

Winter Lionfish Derby is March 31 at Key Largo’s Sharkey’s Pub

February 17, 2018

 Divers in Florida will once again sharpen their spears, ready their nets, and hone their lionfish hunting skills to compete in REEF’s 2018 Lionfish Derby Series presented by...more