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Longtime Florida Keys graffiti vandal arrested

A Key West man once accused but found not guilty of murder in South Carolina has again found himself in trouble with the law. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives have charged Brandon Joseph Mims with 18 counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief, two felony counts of criminal mischief in a graffiti[…]

Charter school expansion hits snag

While the Monroe County School Board decided to take no action Tuesday on proposed changes to start times with the impending work on the Cow Key Channel Bridge, other items garnered much attention. Leaders of the tuition-free Ocean Studies Charter School in Tavernier went before the board to defend their[…]

Somerset Island Prep seeks funds to send students abroad

Somerset Island Prep, Key West’s charter high school, recently announced a new educational program that will provide students with an opportunity to study abroad this summer. In collaboration with The Experiment in International Living, Island Prep students will gain invaluable cultural, leadership, language and interpersonal skills that will help them[…]

Wave of costs follows FEMA hazard line

MONROE COUNTY — A new metric for measuring potential storm surge damage threatens to make more homes subject to costly repairs and rebuilds as nonconforming structures, among other pocketbook impacts, according to a local insurance watchdog group. The Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA), or projected “hazard line for wave[…]

Warning buoys installed in deadly, narrow passage

ISLAMORADA — Boaters speeding through a narrow wheel ditch off Whale Harbor Channel now have been warned. “Slow Speed/Minimum Wake” buoys were installed Feb. 10, one at each end of the hazardous passage north of mile marker 84. Fines for violating the nautical speed limit now start at $50. “This[…]

Village to try once more to curb plastics

ISLAMORADA — Odds may be long but the Islamorada Village Council likely will try again to seek authority to curb use of disposable plastics. At the council’s Feb. 13 meeting, members will be asked to renew a resolution that would allow local governments the right “to regulate the use of[…]

Slow start for sidewalk dining

When Key West City Commissioners approved new sidewalk dining regulations last month, the hope was that multiple businesses would want to participate, helping beautify Duval and surrounding streets and creating a new revenue stream for local business owners. The new licensing process started on Monday and so far, it’s getting[…]

Scientists continue fight to save sawfish

KEY LARGO — Sawfish are the world’s most threatened marine fish, with all five species classified as endangered or critically endangered. Florida used to host two of the species, but now only the smalltooth remains. The last largetooth sawfish was reported in Florida in 1943, according to Tonya Wiley, president[…]

Middle, high school winners headed to state STEM Fair Competition

Seniors at Coral Shores High School showcased a science fair project in which they explored how Australian pines affect water quality in the Florida Keys. Colton Snodgrass and Roy J. Lindback II of Islamorada, concerned about the assault on water quality in Florida Bay conducted research that showed that Casuarina[…]

Detectives apprehend GPS thief

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Miami-Dade County man on Monday following an investigation into high-end marine GPS electronics thefts. The investigation would not have been possible without the help of one local citizen and partnerships with the Broward and Palm Beach Sheriff’s Offices, according to Sheriff Rick Ramsay.[…]