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A grounded adventurer pens ‘Into the Clouds’

ISLAMORADA — Some experiences never leave a person. They live within, and sometimes find an outlet of expression. An Islamorada woman had a life-changing experience in the Himalaya Mountains and she wanted to share it with others to encourage them to dream and to do. “Into the Clouds: A Personal[…]

Dive shops hope summer bump buoys business

KEY LARGO — Summer’s warm ocean waters traditionally deliver a reliable and welcome bump in tourism before the peak of hurricane season as throngs of scuba divers and snorkelers descend on the Upper Keys. But the COVID-19 crisis has created uncertainty about what to expect this year. Some local dive[…]

Neighborhood boxes share love of books

FLORIDA KEYS — Take what book you want and leave what you like. It’s a handmade wooden box that works as a neighborly honor system for paperbacks and heavy tomes alike. That’s the simple idea behind the Little Free Library (LFL) movement to promote literacy through sharing books. The first[…]

June 1 reopening leaves some behind

FLORIDA KEYS — As the Florida Keys prepare to open the checkpoints and lodges Monday to allow visitors to return, dozens of small businesses will remain shuttered, while others eagerly await a return to solvency after falling victim to the novel coronavirus shutdown. In the Upper Keys, a sports pub[…]

Majeska resigns from sewer board to run for county seat

KEY LARGO — Robby Majeska has announced his resignation from the local sewer board in order to run for the Monroe County Commission Seat 5 in November. “I had to resign 10 days before I qualified as a candidate,” Majeska said about adhering to the “resign-to-run” state statute. He will[…]

Keys nonprofit spares foxes from fur farm

KEY LARGO — Marred by slight imperfections, red foxes “Libby” and “Louie” were recently deemed unwanted by a Midwest fur farmer. To save them from certain death, longtime animal advocate Nicole Navarro stepped in to rescue the pair as part of her Key Largo-based nonprofit, Pawsitive Beginnings. Red foxes, despite[…]

Huge fire burns mainland Monroe

MONROE COUNTY — The winds shifted south days after the “Moon Fish” wildfire broke out, wafting smoke over the Florida Keys, perhaps the only hint locally of the enormous blaze that has threatened the northernmost portion of mainland Monroe County. That same fire that ignited on May 7 has burned[…]

Marathon councilman files 2nd ethics complaint

MARATHON — A second state ethics complaint has been filed against Marathon City Councilman Mark Senmartin by fellow Councilman Dan Zieg, this time regarding taxpayer funds used for a trip to New York City for the Marathon High School drama club, of which Senmartin’s son is a member. Marathon City[…]

Scientists learning from death of staghorn outplants

KEY LARGO — Nursery-bred staghorn corals off the Upper Keys have about a 10% chance of surviving past seven years, according to a newly published scientific paper. Outplanting nursery-raised coral is one of the more recent strategies for preserving coral reef ecosystems, according to biologists. The study’s findings may prompt[…]

Raschein endorses Islamorada councilman

KEY LARGO — Among the three Republicans competing for the Florida House of Representatives District 120 seat, incumbent Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, is endorsing Islamorada councilman Jim Mooney. Raschein, who is term-limited after serving her fourth term, worked alongside Mooney, who served as mayor of Islamorada in 2017 during[…]