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Reservoir approval continues moving forward

SOUTH FLORIDA — Water releases from Lake Okeechobee, laden with algae now choking coastal estuaries on both sides of Florida, resumed Friday as an emergency measure to reduce chances of a devastating dike failure. Florida Bay so far seems to have been spared from the green algae blooms, often compared to guacamole, now coating the[…]

Village mulling higher taxes

ISLAMORADA — Chances of taxes going down look slim as the village takes its first step Thursday, July 19, toward setting property tax rates.  During the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Founders Park Community Center, Village Council members will be asked to establish the maximum allowable millage for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins Oct[…]

Stigler to accept plea in girlfriend’s death

TAVERNIER — Jeremy Stigler, a 45-year-old local man charged with the second-degree murder of live-in girlfriend Jade Green Dixon in late 2016, will plead guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors for his role in a bizarre domestic incident. Deputies discovered Dixon’s body in bed two days following her death after Stigler went to a local Monroe County[…]

New facility offers mental healing campus

KEY LARGO — Kinder in the Keys, a mental health treatment center focused on total body and mind recovery from depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders, has recently opened. Kinder in the Keys welcomes anyone wishing to seek change — to lead a more purposeful life with confidence, joy and direction. The facility offers residential[…]

Love is patient

KEY LARGO — Former high school classmates unfold a classic love story — nearly 60 years in the making, proving that love is patient. At last, the happy couple will wed this weekend. CJ Berwick entered her junior year at Walter Johnson High School in Maryland a month after the school year started in 1959[…]

Company proposing free electric mini-bus rides

ISLAMORADA — A transportation company plans to pitch its free ride service aboard electric mini-buses to Village Council members at their Thursday, July 19, meeting. Freebee proposes to offer rides at no cost to passengers who call for service using an online app. The village would be asked to pick up half the company’s local[…]

Is FDOT pedestrian bridge out of step?

ISLAMORADA — Plans for a walkway bridge over U.S. 1 troubled a number of Islamorada residents July 10. “We thought it was going to be a temporary bridge, so I am disappointed,” said Maria Perez, leaving the Founders Park meeting with the Florida Department of Transportation staff. “I understand they’re trying to do something for the[…]

Rod builder also now working as yacht broker

TAVERNIER — Florida Keys fishing guide and custom-rod builder Randy Towe has his sights set on a new horizon as a yacht broker. “After 40 years in the fishing business, it’s a new venture,” Towe said last week. Pelagic Walkaround Yachts has opened an office at the same Tavernier commercial building where he builds his[…]

Below surface, women divers make advances

UPPER KEYS — Women who explore the underwater world can plunge into several Upper Keys events this month. Women Dive Day, launched by the PADI dive-certification agency in 2015, offers aquatic expeditions in Key Largo and a special Saturday, July 21, “Diving Divas” presentation at the History of Diving Museum, mile marker 83, bayside, followed[…]

Barracuda bites snorkeler

KEY LARGO — A Georgia man is recovering after being bitten by a barracuda while snorkeling in the waters off John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Saturday, July 7. The U.S. Coast Guard Islamorada Station’s SPC-33 transferred crewman onto the vessel Dolphin to assist with medical attention and escorted the boat back to the[…]