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Committee: No powerboats in deadly wheel ditch

ISLAMORADA — A “wheel ditch” channel at Whale Harbor should be closed to powerboats, an Islamorada advisory panel recommends. “This is a 100 percent no-brainer,” Bob Mitchell, chairman of Islamorada’s Near Shore Water Regulation Citizens Advisory Committee, said last week. On April 8, Jereima “Jeri” Bustamante, a 33-year-old aide to Gov. Rick Scott, was killed[…]

Adopted rate to increase tax receipts by 14 percent

ISLAMORADA — Encountering virtually no citizen opposition, Islamorada Village Council members put the final stamp on a new budget and tax rate Sept. 12. The basic municipal property tax bill in 2018-19 for an Islamorada home with a taxable assessed value of $500,000 will be slightly less than $1,515, about 8 percent higher, if not[…]

Two plead not guilty to elder abuse

KEY LARGO — A doctor and caregiver who operated two unlicensed in-home healthcare facilities in the Upper Keys, one of which housed an 85-year-old woman who died after living in what authorities describe as abhorrent conditions, have pleaded not guilty to elder abuse. Dr. Raul Arcadio Tamayo, 67, and Amarylis Maristan, 49, each face two[…]

Dolphins deliver gear, more to Keys

ISLAMORADA — The Miami Dolphins commitment to support the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma was delivered, in part, by a box truck loaded with football gear for Monroe County’s three public high schools last week. With support from Baptist Health South Florida, the Dolphins donated equipment and gear for every player on each team. An[…]

Clothes with a focus on comfort, fashion

ISLAMORADA — Lolita’s Boutique is a women’s apparel shop on Plantation Key named after owner Soira Ramos’ Shih-Tzu pup, which, to her, is her world — along with her new storefront. Lolita’s pocket-size inventory inlcudes casual, business and evening wear in a range of sizes. The boutique carries clothing name brands for juniors and women[…]

State to step up croc removal efforts

MONROE COUNTY — American crocodiles intent on making a comfortable home in Florida Keys neighborhoods may soon face an eviction notice. “We do recognize that having a crocodile living next to people is a bad idea,” Capt. David Dipre of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said recently. “The government has taken a different[…]

Undersea lab becomes a dry-land exhibit

KEY LARGO — Other underwater habitats may have gone deeper, but none can match the longevity record of MarineLab’s subaquatic research habitat in Key Largo. “At 34 years, this is the world’s longest continuous-operating undersea habitat,” said Ginette Hughes, chief executive of the Marine Resources Development Foundation and its MarineLab. From 4 to 6 p.m.[…]

Sunset party to help with health, housing

ISLAMORADA — “Watch a harvest moon rise over the Florida Bay while assisting Monroe County residents with affordable housing and affordable healthcare,” Dr. Stanley Zuba said of the Sept. 21 Marker 88 Sunset Celebration he’s cohosting for attorney Bernadette Restivo, who is running for Fantasy Fest queen. Zuba’s support for her campaign, in turn, benefits[…]

Marathon aims for better traffic flow

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council on Sept. 11 discussed a possible traffic solution at Aviation Boulevard and U.S. 1, and supported the first-time homebuyer program with another $100,000 for the coming fiscal year. The city has long desired a solution to traffic woes at Aviation Boulevard and U.S. 1, and Monroe County Sheriff Rick[…]

Tavernier’s murder-related cases conclude

PLANTATION KEY— Two high-profile court cases slated for trial for some time recently concluded with plea agreements. An additional 15 years of prison time for selling cocaine has been added to convicted double murderer Jeremy Macauley’s already steep sentence. Macauley, 35, will serve the 15 years concurrently with his two back-to-back life sentences for the[…]