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Weisberger pleads not guilty

PLANTATION KEY — In his arraignment last week, Daniel Weisberger pleaded not guilty to allegedly stabbing his 14-year-old brother, Pascal Weisberger, to death and stabbing and holding his father, Ari Poholek, captive in their home last month. Weisberger, 17, absconded to a nearby field for several hours after the May[…]

Revamped summer camps accepting children

UPPER KEYS — As Monroe County reopens the economy and eases COVID-19-related restrictions, many parents are heading back to work only to worry over if they can safely send their already restless children to summer camps. Although camps are going to look different this year with smaller groups spread out[…]

Stillwright Point faces steep price to fight flooding

KEY LARGO — Residents of Stillwright Point met virtually with county officials last week to discuss flood mitigation options after king tide flooding and rising sea levels encroached upon neighborhood streets and residents’ lives for about 91 days last year, from September until December. When the flood finally receded, the[…]

Pro-Trump flotillas embark on Flag Day

FLORIDA KEYS — Boat for Trump Parades along the Florida Keys coastline are scheduled June 14 to honor both Flag Day and President Donald Trump as he celebrates his 74th birthday. Pro-Trump flotillas are a way for members of the Republican Party to show their support for Trump as he[…]

Wary travelers may opt for camping, RVs

FLORIDA KEYS — Camping and RV road trips are the likely options for a third of all vacationers beyond the COVID-19-induced shutdown, according to industry analysts. Camping allows travelers to spend their time in nature while socially distancing themselves, according to Saskia Boogman, an external content manager with Kampgrounds of[…]

Islamorada to get first coral nursery

ISLAMORADA — Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and Bud N’ Mary’s Marina will partner to create Islamorada’s first coral nursery. The announcement was made Monday on World Oceans Day by Michael Crosby, president and CEO of Mote. The partnership follows NOAA’s “Mission: Iconic Reefs” initiative, which has targeted seven important[…]

FWC takes harder look at strange disorder crippling Florida’s felines

FLORIDA — At least eight panthers and bobcats have been confirmed with a mystifying neurological disorder with the potential to cripple the state’s wildcat populations. Two panthers and six bobcats have been documented with feline leukomyelopathy, or FLM, in Collier, Charlotte, Pasco and Alachua counties by the Florida Fish and[…]

Contract for fire/EMS services nearly final

KEY LARGO — “Innocuous” changes in the annual contract under negotiation since November between the Key Largo Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District and the Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps are all that remain to be resolved. Attorneys for both the district and the ambulance corps have sent the[…]

Wildfire claims a bit of family history

MONROE COUNTY — The Moon Fish wildfire that ravaged nearly 26,000 acres of pine and cypress forests and sawgrass prairies along Loop Road claimed a piece of family history in the form of a small camp. The mainland Monroe fire burned just south of U.S. 41, about a mile away[…]

Navigating Keys waters still perilous

MONROE COUNTY — Between where topaz clear waters fuse to the sapphire horizon lies peril. The nearshore waters of the Florida Keys once again lead the state with the highest number of accidents and injuries, according to the newly released 2019 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission annual recreational boating[…]