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State orders schools to reopen

An emergency executive order from the state Monday mandated all public K-12 schools open in August, even as the coronavirus continues to spike in Florida and the Keys. Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s eight-page order allows for some flexibility, which incoming Monroe County School District Superintendent Theresa Axford said is[…]

Anti-cruise ship organizers meet with environmental group

Looking to take its message of the positive impact of limiting cruise ships in Key West to the voting public, the Key West Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships met July 6 with members of Last Stand, the environmental non-profit organization that researches quality-of-life issues impacting Key West and the Florida[…]

11th case of dengue reported in Keys

As the number of dengue fever cases continue to rise in the Upper Keys, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging residents who may show symptoms to get tested. On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County announced confirmation of its 11th dengue fever case this year, with[…]

County Commission to discuss lobster mini-season

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday, July 8, will again discuss one of the Florida Keys most controversial annual events — spiny lobster mini-season. At its monthly meeting in May, the County Commission declined to send a letter to state and federal fishery managers asking to cancel the annual two-day[…]

Turkey Point plant to use reclaimed water for towers

HOMESTEAD — Reclaimed water will be used in mechanical draft cooling towers instead of the cooling canals at Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point, according to the region’s major electricity source. The company’s change of plans has eased concerns for some critics of the original usage plan, while others say[…]

Raschein eyes regulatory seat

KEY LARGO — As state Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, concludes her final term in the Florida House of Representatives this fall under term limits, she’s filed for a seat on the Florida Public Service Commission, a five-member state board that regulates private utility and telecommunications companies in Florida. In[…]

Burmese python’s parasite outpaces snake

FLORIDA — An invasive worm parasite that preys on Burmese pythons has spread to native snakes and invaded farther north than its traditional host’s range, creating a deadly “spillover” effect, according to scientists. “R. orientalis, this worm parasite, is spreading so well, advancing northward and in areas north of the[…]

City’s proposed budget has $1.7M gap

Key West City officials expected that budget planning for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year would be tough due to revenue shortfalls caused by the coronavirus. They were right. The proposed city budget for fiscal year 2020-21, which begins Oct. 1, was released late Friday. Showing a wide swath of revenue[…]

Rise in COVID causes accounting of hospital resources

After a week of record setting days for new daily COVID-19 cases, Monroe County government officials pressed Florida Keys hospital representatives on Monday morning about the hospitals’ capacity to handle a surge in coronavirus cases. Sunday set a new record day for new cases in Monroe County, with 30 new[…]

Fentanyl found in search warrant

A 43-year-old Marathon man was arrested Thursday night after fentanyl, pills and more than $55,000 in suspected cash drug proceeds were found at his residence. Christopher Benorise Williams was charged with trafficking in an opiate derivative, possession of an opiate derivative with the intent to sell, possession of a controlled[…]