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Young Islamorada entrepreneurs are smoothie operators

ISLAMORADA — After a visit with Betsy the Giant Lobster, take a cooling break with an Isla-Mora-Bana or perhaps the Keys Beez Kneez at the Smoothie Keys shop in the Rain Barrel Gallery. “We really want to bring the best smoothies here to the Upper Keys,” said Matt Whitt, who[…]

Month of Saturdays celebrates Winn-Dixie makeover

KEY LARGO — Winn-Dixie will continue hosting community events to celebrate its fresh makeover. The northernmost store was the last of the grocer’s five Keys locations to be refurbished. The new liquor store at the front of the building reroutes shoppers to the northern entrance. An updated façade greets customers[…]

Sewer plant’s initial solar project complete

KEY LARGO — The final 105 solar panels have been brought online at the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District main plant, completing the district’s initial solar effort and generating about the same energy needed to power nearly 17 homes. “These panels being brought online complete the district’s Phase 1 solar[…]

Winn-Dixie’s overhaul complete in Keys

KEY LARGO – The most notable differences at the freshly remodeled Winn-Dixie at mile marker 105 is the façade and the revised entryway to the newly added liquor store. Followed by a 10-week renovation, the store is reintroducing itself to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:45 a.m.[…]

Providing health care with convenience

ISLAMORADA — Time matters in the Florida Keys so Liz Hussey, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, does not want to keep patients waiting. “I realize people’s time is important, whether it’s a local resident who needs to get to work or visitors who want to get back to their vacation,”[…]

Resort chef named tops by state association

William Ryan, executive chef of Hawks Cay Resort, was named “Chef of the Year” by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association during the organization’s recent Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala. The annual awards program recognizes hospitality industry employees in Florida who have shown exemplary leadership and service in their[…]

Flaming Buoy warmly welcomed to new Eaton Street location

Fred Isch and Scot Forste charge fair prices for excellent food. They support neighboring businesses and nonprofits, and they treat people — staff and customers — with respect and appreciation, and they’ve had a successful restaurant in Old Town for the past decade. Imagine. Self-described “Star War” nerds, the owners[…]

Islamorada retailer celebrates 20th year

ISLAMORADA — Twenty years later, Islamorada’s Latitude 25 Clothing Co. has lost none of its island charm. “Once a customer comes in, they come back as a friend,” owner Gail Schneider said this week. “We work to provide an atmosphere that provides happiness and fun.” That welcome includes dogs, who[…]

Marathon Jet Center set to soar with new hangar, offices

Marathon Jet Center, a full-service operator located at the Florida Keys Airport in Marathon, recently broke ground on a new hangar and office building, which will be designed with Conch house features. The building, with generously-sized relaxation and recreation areas and outdoor viewing decks, is expected to be completed early[…]

Dealing with people you don’t like on your team

They are everywhere. We meet people at work, in our personal lives and in every day interactions that rub us the wrong way. It’s easy if we never see them again, but what about when we have to work with them? We end up spending more time with our teammates[…]