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Homestead hunter lands biggest python

HOMESTEAD — One of the South Florida Water Management District’s snake hunters last week killed the largest Burmese python caught so far in the state — a 17-foot, 5-inch female weighing 120 pounds. Homestead’s Kyle Penniston made the solo capture. It’s the third python measuring more than 17 feet captured as part of a state[…]

Early morning crash fatal for pedestrian

MARATHON — An early morning traffic incident left a man dead last Friday morning after he was struck by a passing vehicle on U.S. 1. Around 6:30 a.m., a pedestrian was walking on the northbound side of U.S. 1 near mile marker 47, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound, according to the[…]

Councilman looks to close deadly pass

ISLAMORADA — A local councilman wants to ban his own boat from a narrow channel off Whale Harbor, along with other motorized craft. “I’m a guilty offender myself,” Village Councilman Mike Forster said last week. “It’s a thrill to go through there at speed, but it’s a thrill that can turn to death.” A flats[…]

City Clerk hires mayor’s aide to fill 1 of 2 positions

The City Clerk’s office lost half its staff in the past two weeks, when two deputy clerks left the department. Vicky Walker resigned and Angela Budde, who was honored in June for 20 years of city employment, applied for and received a promotion to the city’s Planning Department after having just earned her Master Municipal[…]

Sean Brandenburg warms to life in Key West

Capt. Sean T. Brandenburg may not have known he would end up in Key West, but he certainly knew he wanted to be a police officer. Now, 16 years after joining the Key West Police Department, he’s all set to step up and take over for Donie Lee as Chief of Police in December. In[…]

NRB developers want more time

The 17-acre development known as the Key West Collection on North Roosevelt Boulevard currently includes four hotels, an outdoor event lawn, a Starbucks and a food truck, but there are still a few items to complete and the property owners are asking the city’s Planning Board to extend the development agreement that details the major[…]

Film Festival welcomes Berenger to screening of documentary

The Hollywood film industry hasn’t always been known for its commitment to historical accuracy, and plenty of directors willingly omit and embellish events, details and outcomes for the sake of their story. Oliver Stone isn’t one of those directors, and when he started work on a movie about a group of U.S. Marines in Vietnam,[…]

Camper bites off man’s fingertip

A Hialeah, Florida man was arrested on Friday after he bit off the tip of another man’s finger at Bahia Honda State Park. Aurelio Rodriguez, 54, was charged with aggravated battery. A deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the state park around 7 p.m., where the park manager informed her that a[…]

Renowned scientist designs prosthetic flippers for injured sea turtles

One of the scientists who made the prosthetic tail that made Winter the Dolphin whole again is now helping two sea turtle amputees at the Key West Aquarium. Renowned prosthetist Kevin Carroll of the Hanger Clinic has designed and created prosthetic flippers for tank mates Rocky and Lola, who both lost their right front flippers[…]

FKAA to go after federal loan program

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has been selected to participate in a federal loan program that could save the local water and sewer utility as much as $10 million in interest payments for roughly six upcoming capital projects. After a review of 62 projects nationwide, the FKAA projects are among 39 invited to apply for[…]