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Ambulance contract OK’d, budget submitted

KEY LARGO — By a 4-1 vote, the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District approved a one-year contract with the Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps for emergency medical services. Commissioner Frank Conklin was the sole dissenter. He had asked the ambulance corps to guarantee a level of[…]

Keys close beaches for July 4 weekend

After another weekend where crowds ignored mask requirements and three more businesses shut down because of liquor service or overcrowding violations, Key West officials are closing the local beaches, including Monroe County-controlled Higgs Beach, starting Thursday, July 2, at 5 p.m. The cities of Marathon and Key Colony Beach are[…]

County: No plan to close the Keys

The Florida Keys may be seeing record numbers of new COVID-19 cases, but there are no immediate plans to shut down the Florida Keys to visitors or erect new checkpoints limiting entrance. As of Monday morning, the Health Department had reported a total of 236 COVID-19 cases in Monroe County.[…]

Another Keys senior facility hit with COVID

A second Florida Keys senior living facility has reported a positive coronavirus case. The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case at Key West Health and Rehabilitation center on College Road, Bob Eadie, director of the Monroe County offices of the Health Department, said Monday. The Health[…]

Man refuses mask, instead exposes himself at gift shop

A 37-year-old Miami man was arrested last week after he exposed himself at the Theater of the Sea gift shop in Islamorada, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple witnesses, including one minor, told deputies that Paul-Elie Duval entered the gift shop on Thursday, June 25, without a face[…]

Major League Baseball player Toles arrested in Key West for trespassing

At a time sports in America is on the backburner, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles found his way into the headlines — not for starring as he did in the 2016 American League Championship Series, but for being arrested for trespassing in Key West. According to the Monroe County[…]

Islamorada resident chronicles life-changing journey to Himalayas

Life-changing experiences never leave a person. They live within, and sometimes find an outlet of expression. An Islamorada woman had such an experience in the Himalaya Mountains and she wanted to share it with others to encourage them to dream and to do. “Into the Clouds: A Personal Journey” is[…]

Familiar Faces: Mark Porter leaves schools in good hands

On June 28, 2012, Mark Porter accepted the position of Monroe County School Superintendent at a school board meeting in Marathon. The date also happens to be his wedding anniversary, and he and his wife, Jane, celebrated 40 years together this past Sunday. Porter is set to retire July 31,[…]

Cases rise; mask rules tighten

Monroe County government is strengthening its mask requirements following a week of record-setting days when it comes to the daily number of new coronavirus cases being reported. The Florida Keys hit a daily record on Thursday when it had 14 new cases, bringing the total to 188 cases. On Friday,[…]

State halts on-premises alcohol consumption; tax collector’s offices closed due to virus

Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation has ordered a halt to on-premises alcohol consumption across the state, rolling back a portion of the reopening procedures from earlier this month amid rising numbers in the coronavirus pandemic. Halsey Beshears, secretary of the department, announced the ban late Friday morning: “Effective[…]