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Florida man charged in stabbing death of 3-year-old son

March 25, 2019

NICEVILLE — Florida Panhandle authorities have charged a man with domestic violence-related murder in the stabbing death of his 3-year-old son. According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's...more

Man gets 18 months for threatening calls to Congress members

March 25, 2019

OCALA — A Florida man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening several U.S. Congress members. Court records show that 36-year-old Richard Mel Phillips was sentenced...more

Poisonous toads infest suburban Florida neighborhood

March 25, 2019

PALM BEACH GARDENS — A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads. Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the infested Palm...more

Report: Prices of Keys homes hit 10-year high

March 25, 2019

MONROE COUNTY — Home prices for the Florida Keys hit a 10-year high in 2018 with an average sales price of $675,303, a new report says.The 2,100 properties sold represent a 7 percent increase...more

Drunken dispute leads to man getting Tased

March 25, 2019

A Key Largo man was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly attacked his roommate, broke an oven door and later resisted arrested a deputy trying to detain him.David Allen Boettjer, 42, was charged with threatening violence, battery, damaging property and resisting arrest without violence.Around 1:27 a.m., a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy...more

March 25, 2019

“The Cow Key Channel Bridge project may be more manageable if they eliminate the incoming light at the Triangle, and just have everyone turn right. It will be more inconvenient for the south side of the island, and the Kennedy Avenue light will need tweaking for the left turn volume, but it could be a lot better than the Triangle backup and outbound will only be disrupted for those leaving...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Board opposes closing park for events

March 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — For a village meeting on Founders Park noise, it turned out to be pretty quiet.No changes for Founders Park event rules were proposed during a March 12 special session of...more

Council declines seal, hears hospital update

March 20, 2019

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council refused last week to canonize an official seal during a second required public vote and heard a report that the community hospital fundraising campaign is...more

Creative dishes and artistic vision

March 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — The 4th Annual Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show will feature creative seafood samplings from more than 25 of the Upper Keys’ top restaurant chefs. The show runs from 11...more

District probes payroll fees

March 20, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps says finding a payroll provider at a lower cost appears doubtful.A request was made by the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

March 23, 2019

Cheers: to Mayor Teri Johnston for appointing two new members to the Tree Commission. The mayor has the power to appoint a completely new commission since the old guard does not seem to be...more

Cheers and Jeers

March 16, 2019

Cheers: to State Attorney Dennis Ward and all those involved with bringing charges against the tourist who jumped on the pelican and posted the video. As with poaching, sending a message of...more

Cheers and Jeers

March 9, 2019

Cheers: to the Long Term Recovery Group for their out-of-the box thinking to provide housing for volunteers. Their new housing units based on movable storage containers is a good one in use in...more

Polarizing topic sparks attention

March 2, 2019

The reaction to our column last weekend about the Board of County Commissioners quashing Goal 109, a county-crafted workforce housing initiative that would have allowed as much as a 50 percent...more

Sports

Openings available for Redbone tarpon event

March 23, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Openings are still available for anglers to fish the 15th annual Redbone @ Large Robert James Sales Celebrity Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, April...more

Fitzpatrick walk-off single propels Roncos’ win

March 22, 2019

Down 10 runs going into their last at bat, the Tommy Tiles FKWT Roncos scored 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh and final frame for a 28-27, walk-off win over the hot Rich’s Snappers on Friday...more

Local race still running after 20 successful years

March 22, 2019

When Lori Bosco started the Florida Keys Community College Sprint Triathlon/Biathlon 20 years ago, she never dreamed it would last this long. Nor did she believe she would be around to see it go...more

Miscues costly to Conchs at tourney

March 22, 2019

Their goal was to win the Gulf Coast Classic II or at least get into the finals, but the competition was too good for a mistake-ridden Key West High School softball team. On Wednesday in Gulf...more