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Islamorada man dies in rollover

A 24-year-old Islamorada man was killed Monday morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash accident on U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 77. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at 2014 Dodge Ram 2400 was traveling southbound on U.S. 1[…]

Familiar Faces: 2 Sisters from South Korea reap what they ‘sewed

Knowledge gained in a South Korean clothing factory led to a lifetime of success at Two Sisters of the Keys sewing and alterations business on Stock Island. The well-known and deeply established business, however, is closing on Nov. 26. But it has been a long road to this point. Chong[…]

Admiral’s Cut still focus for Key West

Key West City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley wants to keep the Admiral’s Cut issue on the front burner and again called for a discussion on the topic when the City Commission meets Tuesday, Nov. 19, at City Hall. The commission meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 1300 White St. The[…]

Transportation panel speeds ahead on key issues

Countywide transportation issues and options were addressed again by the Florida Keys Transportation Coordination Committee, chaired by Commissioner David Rice, at its meeting Nov. 15. Transportation Specialist Norman Wartman of Key Largo, who had presented a range of transportation improvement ideas Oct. 11, received some feedback and shared suggestions on[…]

Superintendent search, pot policy to be considered by school board

A medical marijuana policy, approval of a teachers’ contract and an educational facilities five-year work plan are up for discussion and approval at the Tuesday, Nov. 19, Monroe County School Board meeting at Marathon High School. Also, the school board will choose a new chair. Currently, Bobby Highsmith of Key[…]

County focuses on environment, Sanctuary

The Monroe County Commission will tackle several environmental issues when it meets all day Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Key West. The commission meets all day, starting at 9 a.m., at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave. The commission will vote to start a process to ban single-use plastic straws[…]

It’s going to be noisy as US Navy tests carrier landings

Lower Keys residents should be prepared for it to be noisy in the next week, as the U.S. Navy will conduct field carrier landing practice. The training will be Saturday morning and evening, and then in the daytime and the evening on Monday and Tuesday above the area around the[…]

US Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Mallory Square

The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 33-foot pleasure craft with seven people aboard in the vicinity of Mallory Square this week. A Coast Guard Station Key West boatcrew team on Wednesday conducted the boarding of a pleasure craft and discovered the uninspected passenger was not under control[…]

Prosecutor could face suspension, disbarment

One of the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office’s top prosecutors will plead her own case next month as she is being investigated for ethics violations by the Florida Bar. Prosecutor Colleen Dunne, who has prosecuted some of the Keys’ highest-profile criminal cases in recent years, is facing suspension of her[…]

Actor Skerritt comes to island for Key West Film Festival

At 5-foot-11, Tom Skerritt is a rugged outdoorsy actor, well cast as a sheriff in CBS-TV’s “Picket Fences,” and numerous movies; as a cowboy in TV’s “High Noon,” “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.” Skerritt has appeared in more than 40 movies and 200 TV shows — among them “Top Gun” with former[…]