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4 young Florida children missing, mother’s body found

September 17, 2019

OCALA — Authorities say four young Florida children are missing after the body of their mother was found in Georgia. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Monday that detectives were...more

BPK man arrested over gang-related Facebook threats

September 17, 2019

A 40-year-old Big Pine Key man was arrested recently for posting motorcycle gang-related threats on Facebook, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.Adam Matthew Miller was charged with...more

DeSantis’ fundraising shows cash, appointments linked

September 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Proud of his nonstop approach to leading Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis also hasn't taken much of a break from fundraising — quietly salting away almost $2.6 million in contributions...more

Marathon to finalize its 2020 budget

September 17, 2019

The Marathon City Council is on track to finalize its yearly budget, with an increase of 5.89% above last year’s tax rate, as it meets Thursday, Sept. 19, at 5:05 p.m. at Marathon City Hall.At...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 17, 2019

“Hey, Key West Cares, how about a giant yard sale? Then people could clean out their closets, contribute the stripper shoes they don’t need in the Bahamas, buyers get what they want or need and Key West Cares gets funds for supplies and flights.”“Let’s see if I have this right: The city is going to raise our property taxes. They are adding meters to Smathers Beach, and they doubled the price...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

Key West boys 10 point shy of win against Wolverines

September 17, 2019

Going into the meet on Saturday with Wellington High at The College of the Florida Keys Aquatics Center, Key West swim coach Lori Bosco knew it was going to be a challenge against the...more

Roughly 460 take on 8-mile open-water race

September 17, 2019

Some 460 U.S. and international participants competed in waters off the Florida Keys on Saturday during the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, an annual open-water challenge in the Atlantic...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