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Catch a glimpse of red orbs and star nurseries

KEY LARGO — During winter, Mars dominates the night sky. “To the naked eye, it will be a tiny red dot,” said Mike Hughes, host of the monthly Astronomy Night at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. But Hughes hopes to offer attendees a closer look at the red planet through his telescope. The park’s[…]

FPL in fight over tax cut

HOMESTEAD — Florida Power & Light customers are petitioning the Florida Public Service Commission for a rate reduction after the electric utility received a $736.8 million windfall from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The PSC is a five-member panel that aims to ensure safe, efficient and reliable utilities are offered at a[…]

Village-run business district proposed

ISLAMORADA — A discussion of a large “arts and business district” overseen by municipal officials leads the Thursday, Jan. 10, agenda of the Islamorada Village Council. As outlined by village staff, the “Morada Arts Business District” eventually could establish “a recognized, delineated and marketable downtown business district that encompasses an area on Upper Matecumbe Key[…]

Game night to benefit animals

KEY LARGO — The Upper Keys Humane Society is hosting “Extreme Adult Game Night” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Key Largo Lions Club, 5 Homestead Ave. Scheduled social and interactive games will be played simultaneously throughout the evening. Players are asked to dress comfortably. A charitable donation of $15 per[…]

New café serves coffee, kava, pastries

BIG PINE KEY — The 7 Mile Café & Kava Bar is a green and sustainably sourced café that offers barista-style coffee drinks, gluten-free and CBD-oil-infused pastries and kava tea, a traditional ceremonial Polynesian drink, according to owner Ricky Barr. “It relaxes you,” Barr said of kava tea. “It’s been around for more than 600[…]

Art exhibit gives nod to famous Floridians

ISLAMORADA — The Florida Keys, often accused of having an oversized share of head cases, get even more Friday, Jan. 11, in Islamorada. Savannah, Ga., artist Peter Roberts stages his first-ever Florida show of his cutouts of undersized heads in “Headcases-FL!,” a pop-culture exhibit at the Studio Sesh Arts in Islamorada’s Morada Way Arts and[…]

‘Peak week’ almost back to normal

MONROE COUNTY — Snarled-up traffic along U.S. 1 between Christmas and New Year’s Day, while frustrating for travelers, was good news for local merchants. The consensus of Florida Keys business leaders is that the peak busy week bookended by the holidays was booming, especially when compared to the year before when the islands were still[…]

DeSantis focuses on Glades

SOUTH FLORIDA — Florida’s new governor promised a new focus on Everglades restoration before his Tuesday inauguration. “We will put Everglades restoration into high gear and make it the reality that Floridians have been promised for three decades,” Ron DeSantis said in a Jan. 4 statement. That would be welcome news for Florida Bay advocates[…]

New park fees in limbo

SOUTH FLORIDA — A plan to impose new entrance fees at Everglades National Park, including waters of Florida Bay, is stranded on the sandbar of a federal government shutdown that dragged on into this week. Before the closure, National Park Service administrators targeted Thursday, Jan. 10, for the launch of a new Everglades National Park[…]

Blizzards (the kind served in a cup) return to Tavernier

TAVERNIER — The only blizzard likely to strike the Upper Keys this winter will be the Blizzard frozen treats coming from the newly reopened Dairy Queen in Tavernier. After more than a year of work, the Dairy Queen in the U.S. 1 median at mile marker 92.6 opened its doors to customers last weekend for[…]