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Search of home reveals drugs, $10K

A Key West man was arrested on Monday after deputies executed a search warrant on his home and found more than 12 pounds of marijuana and $10,000 in cash. Thomas John Davis, 54, was charged with three counts possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of[…]

Sunscreen ban passed, for now

The Key West City Commission appeased the masses on Tuesday night and gave unanimous, preliminary approval to a proposed citywide ban on the sale of certain sunscreen products that some say are harmful to the coral reef. But at least three lawmakers warned proponents of the ban that they may not vote in favor of[…]

State, local leaders propose legislative priorities

Maintaining local control over transient rentals and limiting annual increases for windstorm insurance rates in the Florida Keys are among the top priorities for state-elected representatives representing the chain of islands. Keys state House Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, and state Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, hosted a public meeting with Monroe County and Keys’ city[…]

Couple arrested for false advertising, unlicensed work and theft

The State Attorney’s Office has levied several charges against a Key West couple accused of falsely advertising themselves as licensed contractors and taking money for home repairs without actually completing them. Mark Morales, 54, and Julie Lynn Moore, 58, are each charged with misleading advertising, grand theft and two counts of unlicensed contracting. The charges[…]

USCG intercepted 66 migrants since Thursday

Five interdictions by the United States Coast Guard near Puerto Rico over the past five days have led to the interception of 66 migrants. According to a news release from the Coast Guard, Custom and Border Protection and Coast Guard units have been busy, with an interdiction on Thursday and Monday, and three interdictions on[…]

Man arrested for chase, rampage

A St. Louis, Missouri man was arrested on Monday after fleeing from deputies on a golf cart, locking himself in a house and then attacking both a paramedic and deputies. Parks Thornton Terry, 32, was charged with DUI, fleeing and eluding, four counts of battery on an EMT/law enforcement officer, property damage over $1,000 and[…]

Boat yard faces state environmental review

KEY LARGO — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to monitor Catamaran Boat Yard’s efforts to correct wetlands and stormwater compliance issues following a complaint-driven inspection last May. The DEP issued a warning letter in August to boat yard owner Sam Stoia and then performed an onsite visit to identify the necessary corrective actions.[…]

Venue awaiting ruling on request

KEY LARGO — The owners of Key Largo Lighthouse Beach Weddings, who went to court last week seeking a motion to halt a ruling calling for them to shutter operations later this year, still await Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koenig’s decision. A special magistrate judge previously ruled that Thurmond Street Partners, owners of[…]

Shutdown starting to hit pocketbooks

MONROE COUNTY — As the partial government shutdown entered its fourth week, many Florida Keys federal workers continued to do their jobs despite not getting paid. Staff with the U.S. Coast Guard in Monroe County largely remains on duty, although paychecks have been lacking. Last weekend, Marathon Marina welcomed Coast Guard members from the nearby[…]

Neugent eyed for water district board

SOUTH FLORIDA — Florida’s new governor wants to replace the South Florida Water Management District’s board members, and at least one Florida Keys resident seems interested in filling a seat. Former Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent was recommended by the Islamorada Village Council to fill an opening on the nine-member board that oversees the 16-county[…]