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SMART Ride will affect US 1 traffic

Motorists should be mindful of traffic and bicyclists this week as the 165-mile SMART Ride through the Keys starts Friday, Nov. 15. The SMART Ride (Southernmost AIDS/HIV Ride) is a bicycle ride from Miami to Key West set for this weekend. Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to take part in[…]

Woman, 50, crashes car, kicks deputy, gets arrested

A 50-year-old Key Largo woman was arrested Wednesday morning after crashing into a row of bushes, leaving the scene of the accident and then kicking a deputy after she was finally stopped, according to deputies. Kari Joyce Dodson was charged with hit and run, driving under the influence, driving under[…]

Sunscreen bills could impact cosmetic shop rules

Proposed state legislation removing local governments’ ability to ban certain types of sunscreen could also keep the City of Key West from regulating Duval Street’s most problematic businesses, cosmetic shops. As worded, the two state bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, could prohibit local governments from[…]

Search for 2 overdue boaters suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday suspended the search for two missing boaters along the southeastern coast of Florida. Rescued was Adnan J. Diaz, 31. Missing are Luis Rivas Engrova, 38, and Ylianet Ibañez, 26. The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched a total of approximately 10,064 square miles, approximately[…]

Marathon gets new mayor, passes new ordinances

Marathon incumbents were sworn in, a new mayor was named and the Marathon City Council tackled some tough issues on Tuesday. A new mayor, Steven Cook, took the oath of office and received the corresponding gavel. He will run the council meetings and represent the city at governmental and ceremonial[…]

Literary Seminar purchases former home of author Bishop

The Key West home of author Elizabeth Bishop, a former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, has been sold to the Key West Literary Seminar for $1.2 million. “Elizabeth Bishop’s development as a writer was profoundly affected by her experience in Key West,” said Arlo Haskell, executive director of the literary seminar.[…]

Fleeing motorist arrested on Little Torch Key

A Royal Palm Beach man was arrested recently after leading deputies on a chase along U.S. 1 in which he exceeded 100 mph in an attempt to flee. Brady Aaron Grissinger, 35, was charged with hit-and-run, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and possession of a pill without a prescription. Deputies[…]

College awarded $1.9M to inspire young scientists

Marine science programs have long been been backbone of the the College of the Florida Keys and the National Science Foundation has awarded the college $1.9 million to expand those studies in the science field. The National Science Foundation grant will fund programs that engage local students — elementary through[…]

Wedding venue wins on appeal

KEY LARGO — A Monroe County judge has overturned a cease-and-desist order issued against Thurmond Street Partners, thereby recognizing the company’s properties as a legally operating vacation rental enterprise that may host weddings in a residential neighborhood. The company appealed a special magistrate’s ruling calling for it to stop hosting[…]

Wastewater district expected to lower bills

KEY LARGO — Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District customers may see lower bills in the near future. Commissioners are expected to take a formal vote at their next meeting on the results of a rate study that recommends a 15 percent reduction. The results from the $30,400 rate study, which[…]