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Snake Creek Bridge work prompts late-night road closures

The Florida Department of Transportation will be closing U.S. 1 at the Snake Creek Bridge from 11:45 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, for three weeks from Sept. 8 through Sept. 30. The closures are due to sandblasting and repainting the bridge over Snake Creek at Mile Marker 86,[…]

Man with machete stands off with police

A report of sexual battery turned into a 31/2-half hour standoff with police when a man armed with a machete barricaded himself inside a Whitehead Street home Tuesday night. Michael Everette McKelva, 55, surrendered himself to police just before midnight, with multiple self-inflicted cuts. He was charged with simple battery,[…]

Key West to continue Mall on Duval; commissioners back plastic straw ban

The Mall on Duval will continue through November rather than February, and come January it will be unlawful for bars, restaurants and retailers to distribute single-use plastic straws, but it won’t be illegal to possess them. The Key West City Commission on Tuesday gave initial approval to the straw prohibition,[…]

Former county government attorney and Keys figure Jim Hendrick dies

One of the Florida Keys’ great legal minds has died. Former Monroe County Attorney Jim Hendrick, 71, died Saturday after battling cancer. Hendrick was a major influence on development in the Florida Keys, as both county attorney, private attorney and later in life a private planner for big and small[…]

Administrator gets a 4-year extension

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday granted its county administrator a four-year extension of his contract, which includes a $235,000 payout of his unused sick and vacation pay. The commission was split 3-2 on the vote, with County Mayor Sylvia Murphy and commissioner Danny Kolhage voicing opposition to such a[…]

Spraying Alert

On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will conduct an aerial larvicide mission via helicopter/airplane, weather permitting, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. The treatment area is Key West, west of the Salt Run Channel. Applications use Bti, which is a mosquito larva-specific soil bacteria. It is mixed[…]

Study: Higher seas could kill off mangroves in bay

FLORIDA KEYS — Federal scientists reached back 5,000 years to assess current sea-level rise threats to mangroves and coastlines of Florida Bay, says a new report. “A warmer climate could not only result in higher sea levels, but it could also lead to more intense droughts and storms and possibly[…]

Wedding venue with code violations awaits ruling on another appeal

KEY LARGO — Key Largo Lighthouse Beach Weddings awaits a judge’s decision on its appeal of a cease-and-desist order placed on its venue last year and is seeking a motion to stay if that decision extends past the Aug. 31 ordered date to shut down operations. The ill-zoned business filed[…]

Roadside beach reopens Friday

ISLAMORADA — Anne’s Beach comes back Aug. 23, just about 23 months since Hurricane Irma made her unwelcome arrival. Village of Islamorada officials will host the the Anne’s Beach grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday. “I’m very happy that we’re opening Anne’s Beach,” Village Council Mayor Deb[…]

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary releases management plan

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s latest draft of its proposed management plan calls for creating new protected areas at Western Dry Rocks, Carysfort and Alligator reefs and expanding other protected areas such as Sand Key Reef and the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve South.  The plan includes expanding the boundaries of the[…]