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National Key Deer Refuge seeks wildlife volunteers

The National Key Deer Refuge is seeking volunteers to assist wildlife biologists in the field in identifying, reporting and removing exotic (non-native) plants from refuge lands. Volunteers can also participate in outreach events to distribute native plants and educate people in their communities about exotics and native alternatives. Volunteers will place and retrieve game cameras,[…]

Official to hold parks, rec board meeting

Key West Commissioner Sam Kaufman will host a community meeting about a proposal to create a new City of Key West Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to promote the conservation, rehabilitation, development and best use of parks and recreation land and facilities in our community. The meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6[…]

Buying a license made easier

Buying state fishing and hunting licenses has never been easier with the new Fish-Hunt-FL application for Android, Apple and Windows smartphone devices. The interactive app gives fishermen and hunters easy access to purchasing any recreational fishing or hunting license offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Anglers and hunters can check out recent[…]

Bike helmet fitter course available

Bicycle safety is an important public health issue in the Florida Keys. A larger proportion of Monroe County’s population bikes to work than any other county in the state, and research shows that Monroe County has the highest fatality rate, the highest ER visit rate, and the third highest hospitalization rate in the state for[…]

Watch for gators, crocs

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds everyone to be careful in and around water of alligators and crocodiles, especially now, as the weather heats up. The state hosts two native crocodilians: the American alligator, found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, sometimes found in coastal areas of the Keys and in[…]

USCG, agencies rescue injured sea turtle

The United States Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued an injured sea turtle Tuesday approximately 2 miles southeast of Plantation Key. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Station Islamorada received a call at approximately 2 p.m. from the Turtle Hospital reporting an injured sea turtle. The station launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boatcrew to assist[…]

Tax abatement applications available

The Monroe County Property Appraiser is accepting applications for the Hurricane Tax Abatement. In 2018, the Florida Legislature passed F.S. 197.318 to provide tax relief to certain homeowners who had property damage during Hurricane Irma. To be eligible for reimbursement, the homesteaded property must be determined “uninhabitable;” that is, the homesteaded property could not be[…]

Swimming lessons offered by county

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[…]

Innovative housing design options sought by Monroe County

More than 4,000 homes in Monroe County were destroyed or majorly damaged by Hurricane Irma, and the county is seeking vendor proposals to design and build four different model, resilient, code-compliant prototype homes. These prototype homes will lay the foundation for affordable and resilient replacement dwellings for homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma. There are several[…]

Holiday Helpers kickoff Oct. 5

Holiday Helpers helps to make sure the children of the Florida Keys receives a special Christmas present, and this year’s kickoff will be held Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., at SideBar. The group is led by Wesley House Family Services, the Key West Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, along[…]