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Village wants district sewer rate study

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District general manager will work with the Islamorada village manager to look at reducing flow rates for Islamorada residents. The financial consultant who calculated the 15% reduction for Key Largo customers also reviewed the flow rate charges for Islamorada and determined that[…]

Teen flourishes after life-saving brain surgery

KEY LARGO — Trying new things and improving herself overall are among the dozen resolutions Sasha Gadea has set for herself in 2020. She picked that number as part of a Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight to welcome the new year. Those goals will be a small[…]

Guides want tarpon grounds to remain open

LONG KEY — Long Key residents concerned about a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary proposal to establish a large no-take zone from shoreline to deep reef got support from Lower Keys fishing guides. “Long Key is possibly the most ‘historically rich’ place in the Florida Keys for tarpon guides and[…]

Village to be asked about artificial reef interest

ISLAMORADA — The man who spearheaded the sinking of the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg off Key West wants to know if Islamorada would be interested in a new shipwreck reef. “It would be a major ship, probably military,” said Joe Weatherby. “Hopefully something with a little history.” Weatherby plans[…]

Square dancing keeps foothold in Keys

LONG KEY — As an original member of the Long Key Squares, Dee Parker has been doing the do-si-do every winter for more than 40 years. “I came to the Keys in 1982 and started with the Long Key Squares and have been here since,” Parker said. “That makes me[…]

New owner freshens up Sundowners complex

KEY LARGO — It was the gleaming view of the Florida Bay that attracted Tricia Johnson to purchasing Sundowners. To her, great food is only made better by the views, and everyone loves watching the sunset. “We have the best view of the sunset here,” she said. “And everyone wants[…]

MMC property for sale and safe for now

KEY LARGO — The commercial Tarpon Basin property at mile marker 102 that used to be a safe haven for stranded dolphins is on the market, but the rescue group that has owned and used the property for years hopes to keep it. Marine Mammal Conservancy is a nonprofit organization[…]

Hunting spot located off 18-Mile Stretch

SOUTH DADE — Stalkers of invasive species in the Python Bowl 2020 can pursue their quarry in a large tract of the Southern Glades, lying just up U.S. 1 from Key Largo. This year’s Florida Python Challenge, themed to coincide with NFL Super Bowl activities this month, starts at 10[…]

Regaining lost homes, lodging among 2020 priorities

BIG PINE KEY — While the diminutive Key deer population remains stable and federally protected for now, the area’s focus in the new year remains on long-term rebuild efforts from 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Repairs have been planned for roadways, parks and lodging that was lost in the storm. “I would[…]

Television show host offers fishing seminar in Islamorada

UPPER KEYS — The host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” needs no prompting to head south to the Florida Keys. “It’s just a remarkable place to fish. On average, I’m probably down in the Keys from 10 to a dozen times a year,” Poveromo said. “I grew up[…]