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American fare with tropical flavors, Mexican influences

ISLAMORADA — As a romantic gesture, Mexican-American chef Primitivo “Primi” Diaz opened his new restaurant, Keys Grill, on Valentine’s Day. He wasn’t planning on closing his doors weeks later for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet with support from wife Alba, daughter Eva Leonor and a small[…]

The fireworks show must go on (maybe)

[Editor’s Note: Please check the Florida Keys Free Press Facebook page for any changes or updates to the scheduled events discussed below.] FLORIDA KEYS — As America celebrates its independence, local community-based Fourth of July festivities, if not canceled, may look a little different this year amid the global pandemic.[…]

Key Largo pocket park destroying neighborhood

KEY LARGO — Residents near a neighborhood pocket park says it’s once again being overrun and left trashed by weekend crowds. The Sunset Point Park, which has bayfront access, is an abandoned 60-by-100-foot state easement between two subdivisions that was dedicated as public land and maintained by the county. In[…]

Ambulance contract OK’d, budget submitted

KEY LARGO — By a 4-1 vote, the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District approved a one-year contract with the Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps for emergency medical services. Commissioner Frank Conklin was the sole dissenter. He had asked the ambulance corps to guarantee a level of[…]

Islamorada event to spot summer trends

ISLAMORADA — Guided by the principal fashion trend, which is change, an assembly of clothing boutiques that host the Sizzling Summer Fashion Night Out are doing just that. The nine modern clothing retailers have adapted the yearly event to adhere to the CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines. In its seventh year,[…]

Village acts to manage the crowds

ISLAMORADA — The Islamorada Village Council took action last Thursday to tamp down two waterside flashpoints where daytrippers gather en masse. The council reimplemented stricter parking measures along the Fills between Upper and Lower Matecumbe keys and approved on first reading a roped-off swim area where vessels are prohibited along[…]

Drug smuggler Dickie Lynn coming home

KEY LARGO — After being locked up in federal prison for 31 years on a life sentence, former cocaine smuggler Richard “Dickie” Lynn has been granted a compassionate release and is coming home to the Upper Keys on Monday, June 29. A motion seeking Lynn’s release filed by law students[…]

Race on for 2 Fire-EMS seats

KEY LARGO — Two of the three non-partisan seats on the Key Largo Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District board will be contested this fall, while incumbent Chairman Tony Allen, who remained unopposed at the qualifying period ended June 12, will retain his seat. Each board seat carries a[…]

Nursing home says problems being fixed

PLANTATION KEY — Dirty laundry, a broken phone system and being understaffed are just some of the problems the state recently cited at Crystal Health and Rehabilitation Center, an Upper Keys nursing home that has become a hotbed for the COVID-19 illness. One of the nursing home’s owners says improvements[…]

Commission may have you covered

MONROE COUNTY — A proposed mandatory mask ordinance opposed by three county commissioners when first discussed at a special meeting earlier this month is now likely to be adopted during a formal vote Wednesday, June 17. Commissioner Craig Cates, who says visitors are refusing to voluntarily wear masks to protect[…]