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Proposed budget cuts nonprofit funding

The directors of six local nonprofit organizations awoke Thursday morning to an email saying the funds they’d requested — and previously received — from the city of Key West’s budget were not included in the proposed 2018-2019 city budget that will be discussed line by line during budget hearings that start Monday morning. “Good morning.[…]

Marathon ROGO swap OK’d

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday gave Marathon 18 more affordable housing building allocations, but put conditions on giving another 11 allocations. The county had previously given Marathon 188 state-issued Rate of Growth Ordinance (ROGO) units in the past two years, as Marathon has depleted all of its affordable housing ROGO units it was given[…]

County commission approves hospital tax

Last-minute pleas by Middle Keys residents to place a proposed hospital tax before voters were not enough to change the minds of Monroe County Commissioners. The commission, for a second time, agreed Wednesday not to put out the tax to referendum. The commission voted to institute a new property tax, without citizens’ approval, to help[…]

Canal cleanup to start next month

Work on clearing local canals of Hurricane Irma debris will start early next month. The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday approved a contract with the Key Largo-based Adventure Environmental Inc., which will embark on an aggressive plan to have 103 canals cleared in 220 days. The contracts will be executed July 22 and work will[…]

Canal clean up restarts next month

Work on clearing local canals of Hurricane Irma debris will start early next month. The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday approved a contract with the Key Largo-based Adventure Environmental Inc., which will embark on an aggressive plan to have 103 canals cleared in 220 days. The contracts will be executed July 22 and work will[…]

Toll booth work closes Card Sound Road

Both lanes of Card Sound Road will be closed from 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, to 6 a.m. Friday, July 20, for work at the new toll facility. Motorists are advised to travel on U.S. 1 (18-Mile Stretch) during this time, according to the Key West Chamber of Commerce. Message boards will be placed at[…]

Old Town resort employees get designer uniforms

When it was time for thestaff at the Hyatt Centric Resort and Spa in Old Town to order new uniforms, they ignored the standard-issue uniform catalog and went in an entirely different direction across the street to Lilly Pulitzer. The shop and designer long known for tropical colors and floral prints partnered with Hyatt Centric[…]

Key West man dies diving near Cottrell Key

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Key West man who was diving on a hookah rig off Key West in the Gulf of Mexico near Cottrell Key on Tuesday. Jonathan Christopher Saporito, 31, was pronounced dead at Coast Guard Station Key West. According to witnesses, the group had been diving[…]

Homeless KW man arrested for stolen liquor

The Key West Police Department arrested a 49-year old Key West homeless man on Tuesday after he broke into the El Meson De Pepe restaurant and stole four liquor bottles. Around 5:50 a.m., an officer was headed to her morning briefing when she received a call about a burglary in progress at El Meson De[…]

County gives Key West additional year for KOTS

The Monroe County Commission agreed to give the city of Key West a one year extension to movethe homeless shelter off the Sheriff’s Office property on Stock Island. Last September, the County Commission gave the city a year to move KOTS (Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter) off the Sheriff’s Office headquarters and jail property because Sheriff[…]