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Monroe County to repair three Big Pine Key parks

December 12, 2018

The Monroe County government has earmarked $579,000 to repair three parks damaged by Hurricane Irma on Big Pine Key. The $579,000 project will replace fencing at Watson Field Park, Big Pine...more

Florida mom declared incompetent for trial in girl’s death

December 12, 2018

TAMPA — A Florida woman charged with drowning her screaming 4-year-old daughter in a river has been declared incompetent to stand trial. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez on...more

Kids weren’t vaccinated in 4 measles cases in Florida

December 12, 2018

SARASOTA — The Florida Department of Health says four children who were diagnosed with measles were never vaccinated. The health agency says the children in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf...more

State House member picked to run Florida business agency

December 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is tapping state Rep. Halsey Beshears to run the Florida department that regulates businesses and professional licensing. DeSantis announced...more

Workplace fight leads to assault charges

December 13, 2018

A Florida City woman was arrested on Tuesday after a coworker reported she attempted to attack her with a hammer.Teresa Denise Richards, 56, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Around 7:21 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a fight...more

December 13, 2018

“The offensive Loop bus is not free to citizens of Key West who pay dearly for it in taxes. We need a referendum to decide on whether to continue it.”“Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Loop troll had a vested economic interest in there not being a loop? Sure sounds that way.”“To the person complaining about the ‘trash-strewn cesspool for the last two months’ at dog beach. Would it kill you to...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

‘Jingle’ social to give free beauty goodies for a cause

December 12, 2018

KEY LARGO — Cirque Salon Studios is hosting a “Jingle, Mingle & Shop” event, opening its doors to at least 15 vendors to participate.Dete Israel, who owns Salon Dete, is organizing the event...more

Council to vote on 300 housing units

December 12, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A decision to accept an allocation of 300 units for workforce-affordable housing from the state goes before the Islamorada Village Council for a first reading Thursday, Dec. 13....more

Discrimination case set for late January

December 12, 2018

MARATHON — A workplace discrimination lawsuit against the city of Marathon is set for trial during a two-week period beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the federal courthouse in Key West, according...more

District sidesteps database, discusses salinity levels

December 12, 2018

KEY LARGO — Three commissioners on the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District last week took the oath of office after being re-elected without opposition during the November election. The board...more

Editorials

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

Can the Keys turn tragedy into triumph?

December 1, 2018

Apparently, it takes is a Category 4 hurricane to get movement on an issue that’s been haunting the Florida Keys for decades.For years, there’s been a shortage of affordable places for working...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 GIRLS BASKETBALL: County title will be on line at home court of defending champs

December 13, 2018

Last season the Coral Shores High girls basketball team swept back onto the Monroe County scene and finished unbeaten against Keys rivals Marathon and Key West. In order to do that again this...more

PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Conchs blank Eagles, conclude 2018 vs. Knights

December 13, 2018

The first half of the season has been prosperous for the Key West High School girls soccer team, now with a 6-2 record going into their final match of the year today at Keys Gate in Homestead.On...more

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP: Silver, bronze and fourth won by Monroe County athletes at state games

December 12, 2018

Contending among 760 fellow competitors, Monroe County was represented at the Special Olympics Florida Bowling Championship by head coach Pat Hart along with five athletes, who claimed a silver,...more

PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Coral Shores absorbs defeat by district-leading Warriors

December 12, 2018

Going into Wednesday’s District 16-2A match against Pinecrest Prep, the Coral Shores High School girls soccer team needs to forget about its 4-0 bruising loss to Westminster Christian on Monday...more