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Wedding venue with code violations awaits ruling on another appeal

KEY LARGO — Key Largo Lighthouse Beach Weddings awaits a judge’s decision on its appeal of a cease-and-desist order placed on its venue last year and is seeking a motion to stay if that decision extends past the Aug. 31 ordered date to shut down operations. The ill-zoned business filed[…]

Roadside beach reopens Friday

ISLAMORADA — Anne’s Beach comes back Aug. 23, just about 23 months since Hurricane Irma made her unwelcome arrival. Village of Islamorada officials will host the the Anne’s Beach grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday. “I’m very happy that we’re opening Anne’s Beach,” Village Council Mayor Deb[…]

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary releases management plan

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s latest draft of its proposed management plan calls for creating new protected areas at Western Dry Rocks, Carysfort and Alligator reefs and expanding other protected areas such as Sand Key Reef and the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve South.  The plan includes expanding the boundaries of the[…]

District holds off selling dive rescue van

KEY LARGO — After declaring the Station 24 firetruck and Station 25 dive rescue van as surplus property last month, at least one Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District commissioner wants to further discuss that decision. The district board voted 4-1, with Commissioner Frank Conklin dissenting, that[…]

Council race gets early start in Islamorada

ISLAMORADA — More than 14 months away from the Nov. 3, 2020, election, three local residents have made an early start on campaigns for the Islamorada Village Council. The three candidates — Jenny Bell-Thomson, Larry V. Zettwoch and Frank Lavin — have declared for seats that apparently will be open[…]

Commission to face full agenda at meeting

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday will vote on two affordable housing projects and granting a four-year extension to the county administrator, as well as receiving an update from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on its new proposed management plan.  The Miami-based development firm Integra purchased the Tropic Palms, Water’s Edge[…]

City loses planning director

The City of Key West is looking for its next planning director, given Friday’s departure of former Planning Director Patrick Wright, who has held the position for nearly three years, although Wright first arrived at the department a decade ago as a college intern. Wright participated in his final city[…]

The College of the Florida Keys unveils its new name, new logo

Ocean blue and sunset orange were the colors of the day Monday, when officials at The College of the Florida Keys officially renamed the college and unveiled the new logo, which features blue waves below an orange sky and a bird rising from the water. “The bird symbolizes our students’[…]

FWC rescues 5, dog off Key Largo

State officers were able to save five people and a dog from the water Sunday, after their 14-foot vessel overturned in the water near the Dry Rocks coral reef east of Key Largo. There were no injuries reported in the incident. Around 3:28 p.m., Miami Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation[…]

Familiar Faces: Mark Hedden is the birdman of Key West

Key West resident Mark Hedden has worn many hats in his roughly 27 years in the Florida Keys. He is a word man. He is a bird man. He is a graphic artist. He is an organizer of weekly trivia contests at local bars. In recent years, Hedden has turned[…]