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Local drink honoring sister takes shot at breast cancer

KEY LARGO — A sign hanging from the crossbeam inside the Gilbert’s Resort Tiki Bar bears the number 40,469. At a glance, it’s just a number. But to countless women battling breast cancer, it’s much more. Gilbert’s donates $1 to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program[…]

Treat yourself to some of these Halloween events

FLORIDA KEYS — Friendly frightsters and spooky specters turn out this week as Halloween creeps ever closer with a wide rage of island activities. In addition to Halloween happenings during the ongoing Fantasy Fest in Key West, groups throughout the Middle and Upper Keys host eerie events for young and[…]

Entertainment megaplex to open in Homestead

HOMESTEAD — About a year and a half after construction began, Homestead Station, a 65,000-square-foot complex with a movie theater, bowling alley and transit center, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. The massive facility is located along Krome Avenue in downtown Homestead. The grand opening celebration, set for 4[…]

Commission keeps Tract E as park space

KEY LARGO — Monroe County commissioners last week declined Florida Housing funding to install five three-bedroom workforce housing units along Atlantic Avenue in Port Largo. The board voted unanimously to carve out the Port Largo site from Community Block Development Grant-Disaster Recovery funding in a 4-0 vote. Mayor Sylvia Murphy[…]

County breaks ground at future courthouse

ISLAMORADA — The 30-month countdown to opening the new Plantation Key Courthouse and Detention Facility started ticking Friday, Monroe County Commissioner David Rice said. “It’s been a long time coming,” Rice told a crowd gathered to mark the formal groundbreaking of the county complex at mile marker 88.8, bayside. “Thank[…]

Finance efforts vary widely in Marathon race

MARATHON — Three candidates out of six are self-financing their campaigns for Marathon City Council, using personal funds for election fees and advertising materials. The other three candidates have varying levels of community support. Mayor John Bartus financed his $300 in expenditures for campaign outreach with his own money and[…]

Residents seek binding statement on resort entry gate

ISLAMORADA — Carroll Street residents on Upper Matecumbe Key want an explicit and binding statement on the use of a controversial entrance into the Islander Resort, Islamorada Village Councilman Ken Davis says. “A lot of the neighbors are still questioning the need for that access. They want it on the[…]

Sunset of lease helps Everglades restoration

FLORIDA KEYS — Progress on restoring the Everglades and freshwater flow to Florida Bay took a substantial step forward earlier this month, advocates say. “This is a very big deal,” said Shannon Estenoz, chief operating officer of the Everglades Foundation. “Anything we can do to move obstacles out of the[…]

Flooding holds neighborhood captive

KEY LARGO — Stillwright Point residents have been held captive in their homes for almost two months as an extremely flooded bay continues to pour seawater into their neighborhood. A trifecta of storms, king tides and sea level rise are to blame, according to local meteorologists. Most of the 215[…]

Rain Barrel artist has more room for creativity

ISLAMORADA — Her first art shop at The Rain Barrel Gallery could not contain all her creative impulses, so Amy JoAn packed up and moved — a few yards away. “It’s a bigger space with more room to work, so I can show more inventory,” Amy’s Creations owner JoAn said.[…]