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2 Pulse survivors host rally against gay ‘lifestyle’

September 16, 2019

ORLANDO — Two survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre hosted a Florida rally for people who say they have left behind homosexuality for Christianity. The Orlando Sentinel reports that...more

Janitor charged with hiding camera in girls’ locker room

September 16, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — A janitor at a Florida high school has been charged with hiding a camera in a girls' locker room. Court records show that 42-year-old Jason Brian Goff was arrested this week...more

Man gets 40 years for fake legal filings against officials

September 16, 2019

FORT MYERS — A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for filing numerous fake legal documents against public officials.Lee County court records show that 45-year-old Randal Rosado...more

Police: Minister raped 2 girls, made each other watch

September 16, 2019

MIAMI — A Miami pastor is charged with raping two young girls and forcing each to watch as he assaulted the other. The Miami Herald reports that Yunior Beltres is charged with two counts of...more

Deputies reminded of dangers of duty

September 6, 2019

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies know the dangers of the line of duty, but two recent incidents offered painful reminders.On Tuesday, a homeless Marathon man was arrested for biting a deputy who found him lying near the roadway. Later that day, a Boynton Beach, Florida woman was arrested for kicking two deputies in the groin and multiple other...more

September 16, 2019

“Call your commissioners about the proposed tax increase. Tell them it will effect how you vote; make them accountable.”“Yay, Sugarloaf and Coach Tirado! AYSO is back. Big Pine fields still recovering from Irma, but Friday night lights at the school and kids playing. Great to have the Lower Keys League back and kudos to all who made it happen.”“It’s time for the city and county to get real...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

‘Members-only’ access raises concern

September 11, 2019

FLORIDA KEYS — Concern over losing access to three popular reefs surfaced in early comments submitted on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s draft management plan. Sanctuary...more

Diesel specialists are ‘here for the boats’

September 11, 2019

KEY LARGO — Experience pays when getting a diesel-powered boat back on the water, says John Green of Certified Diesel Engine Corporation in Key Largo. “We’re here for the boats,” said Green, a...more

Group adds public comment to green space effort

September 11, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Save Our Green Space group is asking that the Monroe County Commission adopt a resolution making a vacant lot adjacent to the Key Largo Community Park part of the park and not a...more

Longtime Tavernier resident passes

September 11, 2019

TAVERNIER — Shirley Faye Albury, a longtime resident of Tavernier, died recently. She was 83.Albury was born to William and Violet Albury six months after the historic and devastating Labor Day...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

September 7, 2019

Cheers: To Hurricane Dorian for missing the Keys and most of the rest of Florida, but ...Jeers: To Hurricane Dorian for the havoc it wreaked on the Bahamas, as well as damage caused throughout...more

Sanctuary continues on path

September 7, 2019

I’ve been watching the [Florida Keys National] Marine Sanctuary since it was started. I haven’t seen any improvement in the reef, water quality or any other metric. What I have seen is an...more

Celebrate National Literacy Month

September 2, 2019

September is National Literacy Month, and while there are many questionable monthly designations, this is not one of them.There may be no better time than now to re-instill the value of reading...more

Sanctuary’s restoration plan a colossal yet critical undertaking

August 31, 2019

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary began rolling out the Restoration Blueprint document last week, which has many on edge.Residents are fearful more waters and wildlife areas would gain...more

Sports

‘Canes fall to former coach, 7-0

September 16, 2019

For five seasons Coral Shores coach Alphonso Bryant was the offensive coordinator for former Hurricane coach Ed Holly. So with Holly back at George M. Barley Field in Tavernier on Friday night,...more

Conchs finish strong, hand Buffalo first loss

September 16, 2019

It was the worst of times … As the Key West High football team trailed unbeaten The Villages Charter 21-7 at halftime. It was the best of times … As the Conchs rallied for 21 unanswered...more

Senior Spotlight: Felicia Lemard

September 16, 2019

Q: How long have you been playing your sports? A: Both just one year, I started both my junior year. Q: Did you ever play any other sports? A: I used to play soccer from elementary to...more

Cowboys’, Vikings’ Dshand out blank sheets

September 14, 2019

In the second week of Key West Youth Football League action, two shutouts were registered in the older age groups at the George Mira Football Field. In the opener on Saturday, the Blue Heaven...more