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Boat yard faces state environmental review

KEY LARGO — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to monitor Catamaran Boat Yard’s efforts to correct wetlands and stormwater compliance issues following a complaint-driven inspection last May. The DEP issued a warning letter in August to boat yard owner Sam Stoia and then performed an onsite visit to identify the necessary corrective actions.[…]

Cozy showcase of creativity

ISLAMORADA — Nature provides the shade for the popular Art Under the Oaks show on Plantation Key, returning for its 36th year on Saturday, Jan. 19. More than 100 vendors will offer original art, handcrafted items and specialty foods at the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. show on the grounds of San Pedro Catholic Church,[…]

Venue awaiting ruling on request

KEY LARGO — The owners of Key Largo Lighthouse Beach Weddings, who went to court last week seeking a motion to halt a ruling calling for them to shutter operations later this year, still await Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koenig’s decision. A special magistrate judge previously ruled that Thurmond Street Partners, owners of[…]

Board to decide if FPL must factor in canals

HOMESTEAD — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point should consider alternatives to its cooling canal system as a condition of renewing its operating license, which FPL wholly dismisses. The NRC staff submitted a supplemental briefing to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board acknowledging the admissibility of[…]

Hair business keeps growing

TAVERNIER — Lou Ann Buschlen never had a doubt about her career. “I started cutting hair when I was 14 years old. That was a sign,” she laughed. “It erupted in me early. I was asking people to let me cut their hair,” said the Lou Ann’s His ‘n’ Her Barber Shop owner. “I was[…]

Business district draws mixed response

ISLAMORADA — Like creative art itself, the concept for a proposed “Morada Arts Business District” in Islamorada seems to foster a wide range of interpretations. A lengthy and occasionally heated discussion at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Islamorada Village Council ended with no apparent agreement on the possible district, except to study alternatives. Residents[…]

Quaint, quirky shop has something for everyone

KEY LARGO — About a half mile away from its flagship boat sales and repair location, Markey Marine 2 has opened a retail shop that’s not entirely devoted to boating. The new arm of Markey Marine is what owners Karen and David Olmstead envisioned for a good Florida Keys shopping experience. The store has a[…]

Tavernier’s wild bird center begins monthly lecture series

KEY LARGO — With native tropical flora of the Florida Keys being impacted by a growing population and urban development, the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center has begun sponsoring a conservation lecture series, “Wings N’ Things.” The next presentation will feature guest speaker Lynn Miller, Ph.D., wildlife education director at the South Florida Wildlife[…]

Neugent eyed for water district board

SOUTH FLORIDA — Florida’s new governor wants to replace the South Florida Water Management District’s board members, and at least one Florida Keys resident seems interested in filling a seat. Former Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent was recommended by the Islamorada Village Council to fill an opening on the nine-member board that oversees the 16-county[…]

Shutdown starting to hit pocketbooks

MONROE COUNTY — As the partial government shutdown entered its fourth week, many Florida Keys federal workers continued to do their jobs despite not getting paid. Staff with the U.S. Coast Guard in Monroe County largely remains on duty, although paychecks have been lacking. Last weekend, Marathon Marina welcomed Coast Guard members from the nearby[…]