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HAWKs work is delayed, still on schedule

Motorists on North Roosevelt Boulevard might have noticed little to no construction on North Roosevelt Boulevard lately, after an equipment malfunction brought about a small delay on the construction of the five pedestrian-friendly “High-intensity Activated Crosswalks” (HAWKs), but a spokesman for the project said it’s still on schedule. The absence of construction workers or equipment[…]

A rough stone crab season comes to a close

No fishermen got rich this stone crab season, as a lackluster commercial year came to a close Wednesday. The season started off horribly when it came to the harvest and never fully recovered, but the price remained high throughout the year. A persistent red tide in the Gulf of Mexico crippled production from the Florida[…]

Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85

LOS ANGELES — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85. Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles care facility, according to Howard[…]

Several hurt in BUI crash by Fleming Key

A Key West man was arrested for boating under the influence on Friday after he allegedly struck a channel marker near Fleming Key, with several people injured in the process. Kevin Scott Lancaster, 50, was charged with two counts of BUI and one count of BUI with property damage or personal injury. The U.S. Coast[…]

Tree bill concern grows while awaiting approval

Tree removal, which has been a controversial subject in the Florida Keys, will soon be a lot easier if Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill that would lift local government restrictions on tree trimming and removal. The state Senate and House of Representatives passed H.B. 1159 that states a “local government may not require a[…]

Tough season ends for stone crabbers

FLORIDA KEYS — A bleak Florida stone crab season ends May 15, marred by a deadly red tide that cut into harvests for the Florida Keys’ second most valuable seafood harvest. “It’s probably going to wind up as one of the worst seasons on record,” said Gary Graves, manager of Keys Fisheries in Marathon. “Hurricanes,[…]

Sediment removal begins in select canals

MONROE COUNTY — Residents along Upper and Middle Keys canals clogged by Hurricane Irma sediment hailed the arrival of barge workers last week. “They’re making a difference already,” said Robert Moser, president of the Lower Matecumbe Beach Property Owners Association. “With every scoop that comes out of the water, I’m ecstatic.” Work is being performed[…]

Resort fire causes up to $3.2M in damage

KEY LARGO — Less than five months after the soft opening of Bungalows Key Largo, the fire that roared through the main artery of the five-star resort Sunday, May 5, will shutter operations until at least the end of the year. The fire consumed the main restaurant, the club house, spa, an adjacent tiki hut[…]

Loggerhead sea turtles returning to nest

ISLAMORADA — Trails tell the tale of the loggerhead sea turtles’ arrival in the Florida Keys. “They’re here. We believe we have a nest now,” Sandi Williams, a longtime Save-A-Turtle beach monitor, said Monday. “It’s always pretty exciting.” No one this year has reported a sighting of a female loggerhead, weighing from 200 to 350[…]

Fire district sending commissioner to conference

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services board has approved sending Commissioner George Mirabella to the Florida Association of Special Districts Annual Conference, “Wrangling Special Purpose Governments’ Biggest Issues,” scheduled June 10 in Fort Myers. Listed as the only item on a short agenda, the item was favored 2-1, the[…]