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FWC clarifies iguana removal push

Green iguanas are an invasive species in Florida. They can cause considerable damage to infrastructure, including seawalls and sidewalks, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Iguanas, like all nonnative species, are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty laws. While they cannot be relocated, they can be[…]

Master Gardeners to hold summer, fall plant clinics

The UF/IFAS, Monroe County Master Gardener volunteers hold plant clinics to address residents’ plant, insect and gardening questions every month in Key West, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo. All of the following plant clinics run from 9 a.m. to noon. In Key West, the clinics will be held at the[…]

FWC workshops upcoming

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff will host public workshops to gather input on potential rule changes for fishing in Biscayne National Park and will return with a draft rule package at the FWC board meeting in October. Public workshops will be scheduled for the following dates and locations[…]

Fight against sargassum

In the Florida Keys, prevailing winds from the south and southeast in the summer have brought massive floating mats of sargassum onto shore and into canals with the wind and waves. Dense amounts of sargassum require a large amount of oxygen. At night, when there is no photosynthesis, it uses[…]

USCG interdicts 27 Cuban migrants

The Coast Guard interdicted 27 Cuban migrants approximately 5 miles south of Key West last week. A response boat out of Coast Guard Station Key West on July 27 interdicted an 18-foot migrant chug with 27 Cuban migrants, 22 males, four females and one child. The crew safely embarked all[…]

Mosquito Control orders 2 new H125 helicopters

Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has ordered two new H125 helicopters to boost its mosquito fighting capabilities. Part of a fleet upgrade program, the new helicopters will support aerial spraying to control the mosquito population in the Florida Keys. Florida Keys is the third Florida district to turn to Airbus[…]

Keys Marine Sanctuary Eco-Fair to be held Aug. 3

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will host a “Get Into Your Sanctuary” Eco-Fair at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center on Saturday, Aug. 3. The event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., gives the public an opportunity to learn about the sanctuary’s underwater habitats and animals, coral reef restoration efforts,[…]

Blood donations sought

OneBlood, the local blood center, is seeking people to donate blood. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent need for platelets as well as O Negative and O Positive blood types. OneBlood encourages all eligible donors to visit a donor center or Big Red Bus to ensure[…]

Request sidewalk repairs

Come across a Key West sidewalk in disrepair? Now you can let the city know where they are, so they can be repaired. The city’s IT and Engineering staff have created a web-based process to submit and track service requests. Sidewalk issues can be reported by logging on to the[…]

Report vacation rental issues

As the busy season begins to get underway in the Florida Keys, residents are reminded that Monroe County has a toll-free phone number and email address to report illegal and non-compliant vacation rentals, as well as vacation rental scams. To report issues to the Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office, call[…]