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Sanctuary Advisory Council scheduled to meet Tuesday

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold an Advisory Council meeting at the Hyatt Place in Marathon at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The meeting is open to the public. Advisory Council members will receive updates on the status of and response to the stony coral tissue loss disease outbreak and the implications[…]

Residential parking permits available

Key West residents can purchase their new annual residential parking permit for Old Town. The purple stickers will help ensure marked residential parking spaces are reserved for residents. The new purple permits cost $10 a year. They are available at the Monroe County Tax Assessor’s office at the Harvey Government Center. Applicants will need to[…]

Choral group opens new season on Oct. 16

Keys Choral Arts recently announced the beginning of its fall and winter season. Membership sign-up, music distribution and the first rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Members and interested singers should assemble at Grace Lutheran Church, 2713 Flagler Ave. Free parking is available both in the front and rear of[…]

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day set Oct. 15

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County joins the rest of the state and nation to bring awareness of National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day with an event on Monday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Bernstein Park on Stock Island. This year’s theme is “Ending HIV is everyone’s job.” The department’s HIV/AIDS[…]

Master Gardeners to hold plant clinics

The Monroe County Master Gardeners are holding numerous plant clinics to help with plant problems or insect identification. All of the following plant clinics run from 9 a.m. to noon. In Key West, the Monday clinics will be held at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Suite 2-260 on Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19,[…]

Swimming lessons offered for children throughout Keys

For most of the year, Florida Keys residents experience some of the best weather in our nation, which means more people are getting into the water. Although playing, relaxing, and exercising in the water are enjoyable, water-related accidents can happen year-round. Every year, Florida is No. 1 in the nation in drowning deaths for children[…]

Southernmost Bee Club gets started at garden

The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden recently announced the installment of the Southernmost Bee Club. Members of the “Bee Committee” are Bernhard Rasch, a beekeeper and member of the Key West Botanical Garden Board of Directors, Abbey Weiss, who is taking part in an apprentice/master beekeeper program at the University of Florida, Taylor[…]

Rebuild Florida bus to register residents for aid

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida mobile registration bus will be in Monroe County the week of Oct. 15-20 to help register Keys residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The Rebuild Florida bus will be at the following locations on Oct. 15-20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m: •[…]

Sign up for Monroe County Special Needs Registry

Monroe County Emergency Management provides assistance to eligible persons with physical or mental disabilities who may require special assistance during mandatory evacuations and emergency sheltering. To receive this assistance, an eligible person must register in advance with Monroe County’s Special Needs Registry. For information about the registry and for the registry’s application, visit http://www.monroecountyem.com/specialneedsregistry. Eligible[…]

Hurricane re-entry stickers available

The Atlantic hurricane season is heading into its busiest part, and Monroe County residents who don’t have a re-entry windshield sticker can obtain one for their vehicles. These stickers will be needed in the event that checkpoints are required to assure safe re-entry into the Keys following a destructive storm. Those who don’t obtain a[…]