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Local drink honoring sister takes shot at breast cancer

KEY LARGO — A sign hanging from the crossbeam inside the Gilbert’s Resort Tiki Bar bears the number 40,469. At a glance, it’s just a number. But to countless women battling breast cancer, it’s much more. Gilbert’s donates $1 to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program[…]

Sunset of lease helps Everglades restoration

FLORIDA KEYS — Progress on restoring the Everglades and freshwater flow to Florida Bay took a substantial step forward earlier this month, advocates say. “This is a very big deal,” said Shannon Estenoz, chief operating officer of the Everglades Foundation. “Anything we can do to move obstacles out of the[…]

Residents seek binding statement on resort entry gate

ISLAMORADA — Carroll Street residents on Upper Matecumbe Key want an explicit and binding statement on the use of a controversial entrance into the Islander Resort, Islamorada Village Councilman Ken Davis says. “A lot of the neighbors are still questioning the need for that access. They want it on the[…]

Groups push to save Keys coral reef

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission board chair and Key West hotelier Robert Spottswood has made coral restoration his top priority in recent months. Spottswood has been active in seeking FWC funding for coral restoration projects and programs, which included establishing the Florida Coral Crew that was kicked off during[…]

FWC imposes new native songbird poaching rule

A new rule created by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to help protect the state’s native songbirds from illegal capture took effect Oct. 3 and includes regulations regarding the use, placement and possession of bird traps. The illegal trapping of native birds has long been a concern in[…]

Flooding holds neighborhood captive

KEY LARGO — Stillwright Point residents have been held captive in their homes for almost two months as an extremely flooded bay continues to pour seawater into their neighborhood. A trifecta of storms, king tides and sea level rise are to blame, according to local meteorologists. Most of the 215[…]

FKAA to pick executive director

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority board will select the next person to run the water and sewer utility when the board meets Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Marathon. The board will at 10:30 a.m. at the Florida Keys Mosquito Control meeting room, 503 107 St. The meeting is open to the[…]

Finance efforts vary widely in Marathon race

MARATHON — Three candidates out of six are self-financing their campaigns for Marathon City Council, using personal funds for election fees and advertising materials. The other three candidates have varying levels of community support. Mayor John Bartus financed his $300 in expenditures for campaign outreach with his own money and[…]

County breaks ground at future courthouse

ISLAMORADA — The 30-month countdown to opening the new Plantation Key Courthouse and Detention Facility started ticking Friday, Monroe County Commissioner David Rice said. “It’s been a long time coming,” Rice told a crowd gathered to mark the formal groundbreaking of the county complex at mile marker 88.8, bayside. “Thank[…]

Commission keeps Tract E as park space

KEY LARGO — Monroe County commissioners last week declined Florida Housing funding to install five three-bedroom workforce housing units along Atlantic Avenue in Port Largo. The board voted unanimously to carve out the Port Largo site from Community Block Development Grant-Disaster Recovery funding in a 4-0 vote. Mayor Sylvia Murphy[…]