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New zone to effectively close deadly channel

December 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Boats may be able to putter through the “wheel ditch” channel off mile marker 84, but they might not come out the other side.“Those who travel through that ditch know you can’t idle...more

Private company offers ambulance to north station

December 19, 2018

KEY LARGO — Ahead of the November election, newly seated Commissioners George Mirabella and Frank Conklin proposed outfitting an ambulance truck at the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency...more

Rebuilt resort plans soft opening this week

December 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Even ardent fans of the Islander Resort, an iconic destination on Islamorada’s oceanfront, may be awed by its rebirth this week.“It’s a brand-new property, basically. Everything in...more

Search for overboard ship passenger ends

December 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Coast Guard crews have suspended their search for a cruise ship passenger who reportedly fell overboard 35 miles south of Islamorada last Friday morning, following a 32 hour search...more

Man, woman trespassed, allegedly talked break-in

December 19, 2018

A Key West man and woman were arrested on Monday for trespassing after a resident of a home heard them talking underneath her window.Troy Shane Carswell, 48, was charged with trespassing and threatening a law enforcement officer. Elaine I. Clayton, 56, was charged with trespassing.Around 1:30 a.m., Key West Police Department officers responded to Greene...more

December 19, 2018

“What’s really the difference between a ‘small home’ and a ‘mobile home?’ They’re both manufactured off-site and arrive on wheels. It seems to me that one just keeps its wheels on and the other doesn’t. Why all the hype?”“When I was in school, our county had both high school and trade school. You took your graduation requirements in the morning then went to the trade school and learned auto...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Council: Village needs some of 300 units

December 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Islamorada needs at least a portion of the 300 workforce-affordable housing allocations offered by the state, Village Council members agreed Dec. 13.The board unanimously passed the...more

Dog that mauled reporter must be removed or euthanized

December 19, 2018

KEY LARGO — Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Sharon Hamilton deemed a 3-year-old presa canario dog as dangerous and a nuisance after its unprovoked and vicious attack on Miami Herald reporter...more

Fees loom for Florida Bay guides, anglers

December 19, 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA — Anglers joining a fishing guide on a trip into Florida Bay waters of Everglades National Park need their own park pass, starting Jan. 10.The same rule applies to visitors on...more

Full-throttle joy

December 19, 2018

UPPER KEYS — About 250 motorcyclists took a turn as Santa’s elves on Saturday to help Florida Keys children who might have had a lean Christmas.“It’s so much fun to watch the kids come through as...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

December 8, 2018

Cheers: to all of the groups holding toy drives and giveaways for needy families this holiday season. Despite the wealth in the Keys, there are still far too many who are in desperate need of a...more

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

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

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Conchs using break as time to reflex on themselves following another fourth-quarter collapse

December 19, 2018

Returning home following a two-week road swing did not change things for the Key West boys basketball team as another fourth-quarter collapse during a 58-50 loss to Westlake Prep on Monday left...more

POSITIVE STEP 5K: Red noses highlight run to help fund local programs

December 18, 2018

The results were positive on Saturday for the 11th annual A Positive Step Rudolph Red Nose Run 5K as 105 runners and walkers took part in the fundraising event. Overall winner in the 5K run...more

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: ‘Canes blow lead in fourth, bow to Grace

December 18, 2018

Taking a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter, the inexperience of the Coral Shores High boys basketball team reared its ugly head Friday night as the ’Canes could not hold the lead against...more

PREP BOYS SOCCER: Conchs provide coach with first victory against Gulliver

December 18, 2018

Walking off the pitch on Saturday afternoon with Key West High School boys soccer Coach Marc Pierre after his Conchs topped Gulliver Prep, 2-0, in an all-important District 16-2A match, the coach...more