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Sanctuary advisors to meet Tuesday – maybe

MARATHON — With a scheduled Feb. 19 meeting focused on history, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary staff and local advisors hope recent history does not repeat itself. The Sanctuary Advisory Council is scheduled to gather at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hyatt Place in Marathon — unless the federal government shuts down for the second time[…]

Road raising at least 6 years away

ISLAMORADA — Lower Matecumbe Key residents and state transportation officials share deep concern about the precarious stretch of low-lying U.S. 1 at Sea Oats Beach. But major upgrades to raise the roadway between mile markers 74.5 and 75.5 may be nearly six years in the future, a Florida Department of Transportation delegation told a community[…]

Residents: Sand for Sea Oats Beach blowing in the wind

ISLAMORADA — A massive pile of sand delivered by Hurricane Irma could help restore the turtle-nesting ground at Sea Oats Beach. But nearly a year and a half later, said Lower Matecumbe Key Association President Mark Riley, many residents “are hot as hornets” because the sand is still there, blowing across the island. “We completely[…]

Historic house, cleaner creek for Crane Point

MARATHON — Crane Point Museum and Nature Center has procured another historic house, and it may date to the 1920s. The old house had to be removed from 11th Street Ocean because of redevelopment taking place there, so owner Brian Schmitt offered the building to Crane Point if its oversight organization, Florida Keys Land and[…]

FKAA moves sewer project along

KEY LARGO — The installation of a decentralized sewer collection and treatment system at the Cross Key/Monroe Park has recently gained traction after a Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority request to modify a federal grant to include the project was approved. In the FKAA’s most recent project update, the funding will provide 75 percent of the[…]

County shoots down worker housing incentives

The Monroe County Commission on Tuesday shot down a proposal that would have granted density bonuses and made other land regulation changes that would provide incentives to developers to build workforce housing. Goal 109 would have allowed as much as a 50 percent density increase for workforce housing projects in some areas, reduced the number[…]

Concerns exist over Alternative Ed. program’s location

A Dec. 13 police incident at Key West High School confirmed some long-held concerns and kick- started a conversation about the risks of housing the Alternative Education program for expelled students on the same main campus of Key West High School with mainstream students. Students in sixth through 12th grade who have been expelled for[…]

7-Eleven, worker housing proposed for ‘downtown’ Key Largo

KEY LARGO — Developers are proposing a convenience store and eight affordable housing units at mile marker 99.5, bayside, just beyond the southbound traffic light at Key Largo’s busy “downtown” intersection. The former 1.15-acre Largo Honda property cradled between the Salvation Army and Snook’s Bayside Restaurant would become home to a 7-Eleven with 12 fuel[…]

FAMILIAR FACES: Ernestine Curry is keeping the faith

A constant candle burns in honor of St. Jude on a shelf in Mrs. Ernestine Curry’s Thomas Street living room. “St. Jude is the patron saint of impossible causes,” said the devout Catholic and respected elder at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea who turns 91 in September and prays the rosary[…]

Man who kidnapped 68-year-old found on Summerland

In a search for a Bedford, Massachusetts man wanted for kidnapping, federal authorities recently tracked down and arrested him on Summerland Key. Julian Philip Field, 24, was arrested on a federal warrant. Federal authorities have charged him with kidnapping. Around 9:15 p.m., the FBI alerted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that they had “credible intelligence”[…]