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Hello chef Huff, goodbye uncooked boxed meals

KEY LARGO — Instead of buying a bulky box stuffed with common spices and superfluously packaged foods that still need to be cooked, Upper Keys residents can now order non-processed meals by Creative Clean Meal Plans of the Keys crafted by chef Clark Huff. The meals come prepped, cooked and ready to reheat with recommended[…]

Tough season ends for stone crabbers

FLORIDA KEYS — A bleak Florida stone crab season ends May 15, marred by a deadly red tide that cut into harvests for the Florida Keys’ second most valuable seafood harvest. “It’s probably going to wind up as one of the worst seasons on record,” said Gary Graves, manager of Keys Fisheries in Marathon. “Hurricanes,[…]

Business offers custom cabinets for the home

ISLAMORADA — A kitchen or bathroom upgrade literally can light up a homeowner’s life, says interior designer Janet Wood. Custom cabinets now come with drawers that illuminate the contents, then self-close, points out Wood, a partner in John Rudolph Designs in Islamorada. “Buyers certainly can order cabinets without lights or other features,” she said. “But[…]

Brewery joins fight to save reef from deadly disease

ISLAMORADA — A quaff for coral at a May 17 event in Islamorada may help preserve the Florida Keys reef tract. “This is something that strikes home to me as a Keys native,” said Cheryl McBay, co-founder of the Florida Keys Brewing Co. “I loved being out on the water every weekend growing up, and[…]

Sediment removal begins in select canals

MONROE COUNTY — Residents along Upper and Middle Keys canals clogged by Hurricane Irma sediment hailed the arrival of barge workers last week. “They’re making a difference already,” said Robert Moser, president of the Lower Matecumbe Beach Property Owners Association. “With every scoop that comes out of the water, I’m ecstatic.” Work is being performed[…]

Resort fire causes up to $3.2M in damage

KEY LARGO — Less than five months after the soft opening of Bungalows Key Largo, the fire that roared through the main artery of the five-star resort Sunday, May 5, will shutter operations until at least the end of the year. The fire consumed the main restaurant, the club house, spa, an adjacent tiki hut[…]

Summer programs promise activities galore

FLORIDA KEYS — At the end of the month, Monroe County School District will unleash more than 8,600 students for the two-and-a-half-month summer break. With lots of fresh air and abundant natural resources, the Florida Keys offer lots of camps, in varying price ranges, to help parents keep their kids busy this summer. Here are[…]

Loggerhead sea turtles returning to nest

ISLAMORADA — Trails tell the tale of the loggerhead sea turtles’ arrival in the Florida Keys. “They’re here. We believe we have a nest now,” Sandi Williams, a longtime Save-A-Turtle beach monitor, said Monday. “It’s always pretty exciting.” No one this year has reported a sighting of a female loggerhead, weighing from 200 to 350[…]

Fire district sending commissioner to conference

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services board has approved sending Commissioner George Mirabella to the Florida Association of Special Districts Annual Conference, “Wrangling Special Purpose Governments’ Biggest Issues,” scheduled June 10 in Fort Myers. Listed as the only item on a short agenda, the item was favored 2-1, the[…]

Mother’s search for son goes on

MARATHON — Paula Murray-Lhota, the mother of a Marathon man who’s been missing for three years, still believes someone in the Florida Keys knows about her son’s disappearance and has enlisted the help of a private investigator to help find answers. A flyer recently created and circulated by Liza Catron, a lead detective with Enlighten[…]