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Keys canal cleanup kicks into gear

Big Pine Key resident Joan Thoman on Friday sat in her lawn chair on the edge of a canal she has lived on for roughly 30 years and took cellphone video of a project that she has waited for months to start. Monroe County government-contracted crews kicked off an extensive and expensive post-Hurricane Irma canal[…]

House, Senate disagree on housing funding

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House of Representatives and Senate have taken very different approaches to Gov. Rick Scott’s 2018-19 budget proposal, specifically the sweeping of $92 million from the state’s affordable housing fund to plug other budgetary holes. That has become a tradition in the Florida Legislature, and Scott actually got some kudos for leaving the[…]

Height limit referendum only item on March ballot

With only one issue on the ballot, Key West voters won’t have much to mull over in the upcoming Tuesday, March 13 municipal election. Voters will decide whether to raise the height limit from 25 to 40 feet on 2.62 acres of city-owned property slated for an affordable housing development on College Road in Stock[…]

District zeroes in on reservoir design

SOUTH FLORIDA — The South Florida Water Management District has determined that the fate of the Everglades and estuaries further north, in part, rests on a 240,000 acre-foot reservoir that will be 23 feet deep and cost an estimated $1.34 billion. Stormwater treatment areas, which will filter and clean Lake Okeechobee overflow before sending the water[…]

County to discuss converting manor to shelter

The idea of converting Bayshore Manor senior assisted living facility on Stock Island into a homeless shelter will once again come before the Monroe County Commission and, again, it is being met with a lukewarm reception. The Monroe County Commission will revisit the proposal when it meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Harvey Government Center,[…]

Changes continue to emphasize affordable housing

City of Key West officials continued their recent push to address the affordable housing crisis with amendments to the city code and Land Development Regulations approved Thursday by the Planning Board. The board unanimously approved changes to the LDR’s emphasis on affordable housing over green building initiatives in future Building Permit Allocation System applications and[…]

Showdown at the Bight over charter businesses, rentals

A showdown is brewing at the Key West Bight, as city officials and members of the district’s advisory board attempt to reach a compromise over long-running term charter businesses at the marina. The marina has seen an influx of Airbnb and overnight rentals, which violate slip leases and have forced city officials to crack down[…]

Shooting trial heads to court

A man who reportedly fired multiple gunshots on a busy Key West street, striking three people, will be in court next week some 90 miles away in Plantation Key —  not at the courthouse just blocks away from where the incident occurred. At least two dozen witnesses, experts and attorneys had to make hotel accommodations[…]

School district addresses gun issue

Just a day before a mass deadly shooting in Broward County, the Monroe County School District sent a letter to Horace O’Bryant School students’ parents clarifying an incident involving a student with a gun which occurred nearly four months ago. School principal Christina McPherson sent the letter home with students on Tuesday following a local[…]

Board approves Ferry Terminal pier extension

The Key West Bight Management District Board unanimously approved an approximately $1.1 million contract to extend the Ferry Terminal pier by 80 feet to accommodate more boats at its meeting Wednesday at City Hall. The extension will allow the ferry terminal at 100 Grinnell St. to accommodate four boats at a time, up from the[…]