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Cannon find may be part of ‘bigger story’

KEY LARGO — Even in one of the world’s most-visited dive destinations, the ocean off the Florida Keys can reveal new discoveries. “When I first saw it, I thought it couldn’t be real,” said Jen Kerr, co-owner of Sail Fish Scuba in Key Largo. “I honestly thought I was looking at a fake cannon somebody[…]

Program teaches kids to identify, resolve conflict

FLORIDA KEYS — Being in middle school can be tough, but help for both kids during this tender age, and their parents, is now available through the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter’s Stop Now and Plan program. The new SNAP program helps children ages 6 to 11 to manage their emotions by reducing stress and anxiety[…]

Homestead hunter lands biggest python

HOMESTEAD — One of the South Florida Water Management District’s snake hunters last week killed the largest Burmese python caught so far in the state — a 17-foot, 5-inch female weighing 120 pounds. Homestead’s Kyle Penniston made the solo capture. It’s the third python measuring more than 17 feet captured as part of a state[…]

Early morning crash fatal for pedestrian

MARATHON — An early morning traffic incident left a man dead last Friday morning after he was struck by a passing vehicle on U.S. 1. Around 6:30 a.m., a pedestrian was walking on the northbound side of U.S. 1 near mile marker 47, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound, according to the[…]

Lease of reservoir land called ‘shameful’

SOUTH FLORIDA — Everglades advocates and Florida’s potential next governor this week objected to an unexpected lease extension granted to a sugar company farming the site of a future reservoir — a project intended to help Florida Bay. The South Florida Water Management District’s board of directors on Nov. 8 approved an extension of up[…]

New studio combines yoga, mental health counseling

KEY LARGO — Change can be overwhelming to many and downright scary to some, according to Carrlee Pinder, a mental health counselor and yoga instructor helping those seeking relief from mental trauma and anxiety. She and fiancé Christopher Denault have aligned mental health and the practice of yoga in their communal space and are offering[…]

Councilman looks to close deadly pass

ISLAMORADA — A local councilman wants to ban his own boat from a narrow channel off Whale Harbor, along with other motorized craft. “I’m a guilty offender myself,” Village Councilman Mike Forster said last week. “It’s a thrill to go through there at speed, but it’s a thrill that can turn to death.” A flats[…]

Some bay guides mull boycott over fees

UPPER KEYS — Florida Bay may no longer be a fisherman’s paradise for several Florida Keys backcountry guides who object to pending commercial rules imposed in Everglades National Park. Many guides are unhappy with higher costs for a Commercial Use Authorization, or CUA, permit required of anyone who profits from work in the national park,[…]

Davis, Meads win Islamorada council race

ISLAMORADA — Islamorada voters on Nov. 6 insisted on keeping two-year terms for the Village Council while electing one new council member and re-electing another. Ken Davis, a retired federal law-enforcement officer, will be sworn in Nov. 29 after receiving nearly 70 percent of the vote in Islamorada’s Seat 4 municipal election. Cheryl Meads, a[…]

Conklin, Mirabella elected to Key Largo fire board

KEY LARGO — Commissioner George Mirabella beat political newcomer Nick Rodriquez to win a third term in Seat 4 on the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District board, while Frank Conklin upset incumbent Commissioner Kay Cullen for Seat 2. Both Mirabella and Conklin had previously volunteered with the fire department and will[…]