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New bait shop offers more than just minnows

TAVERNIER — Through a wide grin, Eddy Cabrera likened the bait fish he keeps in his live wells to owning a dog. He feeds them twice a day and provides plenty of water. The roiling tanks at Angler Eddy’s Live Bait & Tackle shop are more like a science lab.[…]

No wrongdoing found in bidding process

KEY LARGO — Anonymous complaints lodged against a Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District commissioner for allegedly meddling in the bidding process were deemed to be unfounded after a Monroe County State Attorney’s Office investigation. The complaint was centered around the board’s selection of Above All Garage[…]

New commissioner takes oath

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District last week welcomed its newest commissioner, moved along with current construction projects while further plans more capital improvements and addresses odor complaints. Nicolas Rodriguez was sworn in as the newest Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District commission ahead of the last meeting.[…]

Marathon council candidates lining up

MARATHON — Two familiar faces and two new are among those pre-filing for the three open seats in the Marathon City Council election this November. The top two vote-getters will be elected. Experience and fresh ideas are two factors that could differentiate the candidates. John Bartus, currently the mayor, and[…]

Sea turtle nesting at peak; 1 casualty

ISLAMORADA — With the peak of sea turtle nesting at hand, about a dozen nests have been spotted along Lower Matecumbe Key’s ocean side. “There are 11 nests with a new one this morning,” Sandi Williams, a Save-A-Turtle beach monitor, said July 5. “It’s really picking up. They’re coming in[…]

State urges homeowners to kill iguanas

FLORIDA KEYS — Iguanas have joined lionfish and pythons as a public enemy to be eradicated from the Florida Keys. The large reptiles native to South America now are classified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as an invasive species that poses an environmental and health menace. The[…]

Neverland comes to Marathon stage

MARATHON — Fifty-four brave kids are rehearsing lines for the ethereal stage performance of “Peter Pan JR.” this weekend as part of the Marathon Community Theatre Children’s Summer Theatre Program. The scene of “I’m Flying” has commanded a lot of set details and has taken a lot of creative thinking,[…]

Islamorada: Fills plan off to good start

ISLAMORADA — Calm prevailed at the Indian Key Fill area on July 4 and 5, the first two days of a newly imposed management plan. “There has been nothing but good news so far,” Councilman Ken Davis said Friday afternoon. “Things seem to be going extremely well at this point.”[…]

Special events planned for Women’s Dive Day

UPPER KEYS — Women go scuba diving every day, but the upcoming PADI Women’s Dive Day celebration makes a trip to the Florida Keys reef even more special for many. “To me, it’s the camaraderie — a union of like-minded souls,” said Jen Kerr, owner of the Sail Fish Scuba[…]

Build a ‘reef’ under your dock

FLORIDA — Nature took thousands of years to build the Florida Keys reef. It takes David Wolff about 10 minutes to install a Mini Reef under a dock. “There are probably between 75 to 100 Mini Reefs in the Florida Keys right now, and we’ll be down soon with about[…]