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Ceremonies mark Patriot Day today

Patriot Day is Wednesday, Sept. 11, when the individuals lost and injured in the World Trade Center attacks, as well as first responders, are remembered and honored throughout the country. Ceremonies will mark the day throughout the Florida Keys, and Monroe County Fire Rescue invites the public to visit any[…]

That sinking feeling returns to Key Largo

KEY LARGO — Knee-high saltwater rolled into a handful of bayside neighborhoods last week. King tide flooding compounded by a slow-approaching Hurricane Dorian off the coast of Florida created a major headache for some homeowners along Blackwater Sound. At least three streets in the Stillwright Point neighborhood at mile marker[…]

Taxes, fees looking up in village

ISLAMORADA — Heading into the year’s final budget hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 11, an Islamorada Village Council majority seemed ready to vote on a property tax increase of about 6 percent. In a first budget hearing Sept. 4, the council agreed 4-0 to advance a tax rate of 3.2 mills[…]

Planning phase ends for former PK trailer parks

ISLAMORADA — With removal of several mobile homes destroyed in 2017 by Hurricane Irma’s wind and surge, development pace could pick up speed at an oceanfront Plantation Key property. “It’s been fully cleaned up and we’ve been working with the state [agencies] on some issues,” said James Hoekstra, senior vice[…]

Miami man arrested on heroin charges near Mile Marker 11

A 71-year-old Miami man was arrested recently after he was found with multiple homemade pills that turned out to be 4.3 grams of pressed heroin. Luis Morejon was charged with trafficking in heroin and transporting dangerous materials in an unlawful conveyance — he had about three-fourths a gallon of gasoline[…]

Longtime Tavernier resident passes

TAVERNIER — Shirley Faye Albury, a longtime resident of Tavernier, died recently. She was 83. Albury was born to William and Violet Albury six months after the historic and devastating Labor Day hurricane of 1935. According to Upper Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson, Albury was among the first graduating class at[…]

Group adds public comment to green space effort

KEY LARGO — The Save Our Green Space group is asking that the Monroe County Commission adopt a resolution making a vacant lot adjacent to the Key Largo Community Park part of the park and not a five-unit workforce housing project. The group of local community members also wants the[…]

Art park moving forward in Marathon

Lori and Barry Gaukel have owned and operated Shady Palm Gallery at Mile Marker 48, bayside, in Marathon for four years. During that time, the couple has cared for an adjacent empty lot, which needed some TLC in their view. Now, the Gaukels want to turn the lot into an[…]

‘Members-only’ access raises concern

FLORIDA KEYS — Concern over losing access to three popular reefs surfaced in early comments submitted on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s draft management plan. Sanctuary Preservation Areas at Carysfort Reef off Key Largo, Sombrero Reef off Marathon and Sand Key off Key West have been identified as potential[…]

$1.4M allocated to support Keys events

Five advisory committees throughout the Florida Keys recently evaluated scores of funding requests from the myriad special events that fill Keys calendars — and hotel rooms — each year. The Tourist Development Council’s five District Advisory Committees, or DACs, use a portion of the hotel bed tax collected in their[…]