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Architect for PKS on school board agenda

MARATHON — The Monroe County School Board was to discuss plans for a Plantation Key School as well as the district’s five-year plan Tuesday, Sept. 29. The meeting took place after press time.  Among the action items was a recommendation to approve a contract with Miami-based Zyscovich Architects to design[…]

Refuge: No planned burns this week

Free Press Staff BIG PINE KEY — Federal wildlife officials announced Monday that a series of prescribed burns scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 3, in the National Key Deer Refuge, have been postponed indefinitely. End-of-fiscal-year travel restrictions on National Park Service personnel that the refuge uses as[…]

PK courthouse, jail to receive overhaul

ISLAMORADA — A roughly 6-acre site that houses the Plantation Key Government Center and a handful of other buildings near mile marker 88.7 are slated to undergo close to $30 million in renovations, according to numbers provided by Doug Sposito, project management director for county Public Works. “It’s a lot larger[…]

Fishermen's foundation president retires

MARATHON — Marv Schindler, who has just officially retired as president of Fishermen’s Community Hospital Foundation Board in Marathon, is a man of action. He’s a founding member of the foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the hospital, and has also been a 25-plus-year member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees.[…]

Python event expansion causes pushback

SOUTH FLORIDA — A plan to allow a state-sponsored python hunt inside Everglades National Park is being labeled a bad precedent and a “misguided publicity stunt” by some environmentalists. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., said ENP Superintendent Pedro Ramos has overstepped his authority by agreeing to[…]

County eyes other potential campus sites

KEY LARGO — Before last week’s county commission meeting, the Florida Keys Community College’s top choice for relocating and expanding its Upper Keys satellite campus was a vacant parcel adjacent to the Key Largo Community Park.  That, though, seems to no longer be the front-runner of possible future sites.  While all[…]

Former mayor gets a year in prison

KEY WEST — Former Islamorada mayor Michael Reckwerdt was sentenced to a year and a day in federal jail Monday, Sept. 21, following his guilty plea to felony tax fraud in June.  Reckwerdt, 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to impede or impair the Internal Revenue Service, a charge which carries[…]

Special hearing in gun case

BIG PINE KEY — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to make sure a former Monroe County administrator and a former federal courthouse security officer accused of selling guns to felons from their Big Pine Key gun shop want to keep their respective lawyers in light of a possible conflict of[…]

Mosquito control looks at 10 percent tax increase

MARATHON — The Florida Keys Mosquito Control board was to vote on a 10.3 percent property tax increase Monday, Sept. 14, in Marathon. The meeting took place after press time. In July, the bug board set a tentative property tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 that[…]

Questions without answers

The spin artists at Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority have convinced some of the public media that because the lawsuit was settled over unresponsive and apparently falsified data provided in answer to public records requests, that “there’s nothing to see here, folks.” That is not the case. There is plenty to[…]