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Student tapped for West Point

KEY LARGO — Anna Carucci, a Coral Shores High School senior, expects to spend her graduation summer getting run ragged and constantly berated. She can’t wait. “My dad told me about West Point when I was in eighth grade. Since then, I’ve always been set on a military or law enforcement career,” she said. Carucci,[…]

Petty covers a lot of miles for charity

KEY LARGO — Retired NASCAR race car driver Kyle Petty set out on his Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra Wednesday morning along with 250 other bikers from Childress, Texas, to cross more than 400 miles of asphalt to Shreveport-Bossier City, La. The full-day trip is only a jot in Petty’s entire journey, which is to end[…]

Input taken on nuclear plant extension

HOMESTEAD — Comments from last week’s public input meetings concerning Florida Power & Light’s request to continue operating its nuclear-powered generators until 2050 are being considered by the overseeing governing agency, the U.S. Nuclear Reactor Commission. The meetings were required as part of FPL’s Subsequent License Renewal for Turkey Point Units 3 & 4, which[…]

Dredging delayed due to permitting

ISLAMORADA — Dredging barges stood ready to begin work to remove Hurricane Irma sediment from a clogged Lower Matecumbe Key canal last week, but were idled by the lack of a federal permit. “It’s a shame. The equipment is here. I can see it from my window,” Robert Moser, president of the Lower Matecumbe Beach[…]

Village may drop free ride service

ISLAMORADA — A transportation firm that offers free rides on Upper Matecumbe Key may lose its subsidy from the village. Freebee launched its Upper Matecumbe service in late November after the Islamorada Village Council approved a transportation grant of up to $80,000 to jump-start the Freebee operation for six months. The contract expires at the[…]

State money flows to water projects

SOUTH FLORIDA — Water projects being closely watched by Florida Keys conservationists were funded for about $400 million in Florida’s $91.1 billion state budget passed May 4. The projects provide $360 million for Everglades restoration, which includes the new Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and $40 million for work to send more fresh water under the[…]

Council updated on dangerous turn, deadly waterway

ISLAMORADA — A permanent fixture may replace an array of traffic cones across from Founders Park on Plantation Key that mark a right-turn-only lane onto U.S. 1. “I think its a great thing and pretty smart, too,” Vice Mayor Mike Forster said at the Islamorada Village Council’s April 25 meeting. Allowing vehicles to turn left[…]

Sewer board tasked with filling seat

KEY LARGO — Commissioners on the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District Board will have about two months to fill Commissioner Steve Gibbs seat after he vacates it later this month. If the board seat isn’t filled within the 60-day limit set by legislation, then the governor will appoint someone to serve the remainder of Gibbs’[…]

Villagers not happy with bridge options

ISLAMORADA — State engineers rolled out four sets of designs for potential replacement of the drawbridge at Snake Creek on April 24 but found few supporters among village residents. “‘This would affect our neighborhood, big time. I’m not happy with any of the options,” said Debbie Craig, a resident of the nearby Venetian Shores subdivision[…]

No firm ground yet for proposed village landscaping rules

ISLAMORADA — A plan to strengthen landscaping rules in Islamorada did not take root April 25. The Islamorada Village Council tabled new proposals in a 14-page update to land-development regulations that include more specific requirements on native plants and landscaping placement. “I just don’t agree with a lot of these changes,” Councilwoman Cheryl Meads said.[…]