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MCSO participates in smartphone app Neighbors

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is committed to finding new ways to keep the community safe and part of that philosophy includes using technology where possible to stay ahead of criminals and would-be criminals. The Sheriff’s Office is participating with the smartphone app Neighbors in providing Florida Keys residents with[…]

Fishing vessels collide off Dry Tortugas. 2 injured

The Coast Guard transported two crew members of a fishing vessel to the hospital in Key West, after the boat collided with another fishing vessel approximately 35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas on Tuesday. A Coast Guard helicopter crew and the Cutter Isaac Mayo crew determined that two men from[…]

Reef Relief to hold membership meeting

The Key West-based non-profit group Reef Relief will hold its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Casa Marina Resort. Reef Relief program will include reports on its Discover Coral Reefs School Program and Coral Camp. Three main presentations[…]

Discovery Saturday focuses on mosquitoes

October’s Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center is all the buzz. Florida Keys Mosquito Control hosts the monthly program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Eco-Discovery Center. Children will get to look at mosquitoes under a microscope and learn how to prevent mosquitoes[…]

College graduates 3 law enforcement academies

The College of the Florida Keys held a graduation ceremony on Oct. 10 for three academies completed through the CFK’s Institute for Public Safety. A total of 24 cadets — 17 in a basic law enforcement academy, five in a correctional officer academy, and two in a correctional officer crossover[…]

Turtle release set for Friday morning at Sombrero Beach

Junior, a juvenile green sea turtle, will returned to the wild Friday, Oct. 18, and the public is welcomed to participate. The Marathon Turtle Hospital ambulance will arrive with Junior at Sombrero Beach in Marathon at 9:30 a.m. with release promptly at 10 a.m., according to the Turtle Hospital. Junior[…]

Sanctuary board seeks members

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting for 12 seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is accepting applications for members and alternates representing the following seats: citizen-at-large/Upper Keys (member and alternate), boating industry (member and alternate), diving/Upper Keys[…]

No yard waste in plastic bags

The City of Key West and Waste Management remind the community that yard waste in plastic bags will no longer be accepted in trash collection. Beginning later this month, yard waste in plastic will not be picked up. Whether it is a commercial landscaping company or a private citizen, use[…]

Turtle club to hold fundraiser

The Save-A-Turtle Club of the Florida Keys has started to sell tickets to its annual fundraising event. Tickets are $25 and there also will be cash bar and auction. The event will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Florida Keys Country Club, 4000 Sombrero Road. Veterinarian Doug Mader[…]

Officials, realtors discuss the extension of state building permits

Monroe County’s Assistant County deputy administrators Christine Hurley and Kevin Wilson joined building official Rick Griffin and permitting administrator Crystal Sebben at last week’s Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors “Get to Know Monroe” educational series. Hurley explained extending the state building permits through 2026 to allow time for[…]