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Dorian cost Florida money, even if storm skirted by state

September 18, 2019

ORLANDO — Although Hurricane Dorian skirted by Florida with hardly any damage, it still cost the Sunshine State money. In Orlando, the nation's most visited tourist destination, hotel...more

Florida Republicans elect new state House speaker

September 18, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida House Republicans have elected a 35-year-old rising star to lead their chamber over the next two years. Rep. Chris Sprowls will preside over a chamber overwhelmingly...more

Florida salesman pleads guilty to stealing $3M from clients

September 18, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE — A salesman at a Florida Porsche dealership has pleaded guilty to scamming more than 30 customers out of about $3 million by creating fake sales orders for rare cars. A U.S....more

Party in the Park set for Friday at Truman Waterfront

September 18, 2019

A variety of performances will highlight the community’s art and culture on Friday, Sept. 20, during the Party in the Park event on the quay at Truman Waterfront Park. The cultural...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 18, 2019

“The Duval Loop is a free service that operates at less than one-third capacity. Therefore it’s a failure. It hasn’t eliminated traffic in Old Town; in fact, it’s added to it.” “Dockmaster’s office and launching area are looking great. Now if somebody could figure out who owns the bikes and scooters at the other end of the bridge that would certainly help with the overall appearance.”“Only...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

A fusion of healthy foods and watersports

September 18, 2019

KEY LARGO — Browse the local art, admire the paddleboards and bite down on a California burrito at the Grati Watersports Cafe at mile marker 103, bayside. “We’re an island fusion cafe that...more

Chief turns chef for BBQ benefit

September 18, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Terry Abel, chief of the Islamorada Fire Rescue Department, knows a thing or two about smoke.Aside from his professional firefighting expertise, Abel brings a lifetime of knowledge...more

Council OKs tax rate with $450K overage

September 18, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Facing virtually no opposition, four Islamorada Village Council members unanimously approved a new tax rate of $320 per $100,000 of taxable assessed property value Sept. 11.With the...more

Discussions to encourage global thinking

September 18, 2019

KEY LARGO — Among the shelves of credible sources of information and vast knowledge, the Key Largo Library has added a thoughtful program with a valuable goal, Great Discussions.Great Discussions...more

Editorials

Park fee violates public trust

September 18, 2019

The water access fee being charged by Everglades National Park to recreationally fish Florida Bay, about a one-minute boat run from our neighborhood ramp and literally our backyard waters, is an...more

Cheers and Jeers

September 14, 2019

Cheers: To The College of the Florida Keys, which announced this week that it stood ready to accept students and those who were planning to become students at the University of the Bahamas who...more

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

Sports

Keys squads send Panthers home winless

September 17, 2019

It was a clean sweep for Keys prep volleyball teams against Foundation Christian Academy, which began the three-match set in Marathon on Thursday with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Lady...more

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

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