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Village gets short-term control of Fills

ISLAMORADA — The first major test of new use limits at the Indian Key Fill area arrives with the Fourth of July. Parking for vehicles and boat trailers will be strictly regulated on the Tea Table Key and Lignumvitae Key fills. Village staff will manage parking for vehicles and boat[…]

An All American Blast

FLORIDA KEYS — Fourth of July celebrations throughout the Florida Keys arrive with a bang Thursday but a long-running Lower Keys holiday fest just can’t wait. The Rotary Club of Big Pine and the Lower Keys starts ramping up the nation’s birthday party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at[…]

Demolition at future college campus begins

KEY LARGO — Demolition of the former 13,000-square-foot Shell World and its auxiliary buildings at 106040 Overseas Highway has begun to make way for the new College of the Florida Keys’ Upper Keys campus. The shed toward the back of the building was taken down last Friday. “We are in[…]

DRC: Store plans exceed traffic limits

KEY LARGO — Plans for a 7-Eleven gas station/convenience store and eight affordable housing units at mile marker 99.5, bayside, have Monroe County Development Review Committee officials concerned about traffic jams. The DRC listed 13 recommended actions for code compliance for the project’s slated site just beyond the southbound traffic[…]

Free transportation service to grow, not go

ISLAMORADA — If all goes as planned, the Freebee transportation service soon will bridge the gap between islands. Acquiring two electric-powered buses capable of crossing U.S. 1 bridges will allow the service to expand its trips to Islamorada’s four major islands. Freebee managing partner Jason Spiegel said June 27 the[…]

Neptune Project prepares teens for diving careers

KEY LARGO — Scuba diving provided Daniel Blezio with a viable career change in his life, an employment opportunity he says is not only worldwide, but also one he’d like to share with teenagers at the threshold of the real world. Blezio, owner of Neptune Scuba Ventures, is offering free[…]

Rowell’s plans show splash pad, dog park

KEY LARGO — The proposed layout for Rowell’s Waterfront Park, composited from public input, was well-received during an informal workshop last week, but left residents asking two major questions: how will Rowell’s avoid the same destructive fate as the Indian Key Fill area, and when will the work begin? “How[…]

Everglades boater ed. course mandatory Aug. 1

FLORIDA KEYS — A boater-education permit becomes mandatory in August for recreational vessels entering Florida Bay waters within Everglades National Park. It takes about 45 minutes to complete the online education course to obtain the permit, which is free and lasts a lifetime. Beginning Aug. 1, operators of motorized boats[…]

Keys girls blaze trail through BSA transition

PLANTATION KEY — This week Scouts BSA Troop 914G will be shooting rifles and shotguns, practicing archery, riding horses, zip lining and hiking at Camp Lanoche in Ocala National Forest. The “G” signifies that it’s an all-girl troop with six trailblazing young ladies leading the way in an organization that[…]

Floating cabins treading murky water with state

KEY LARGO — The clock is ticking for the floating barrel cabins offering an ultimate “glamping” vacation along Lake Surprise to be gone. The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the owners to remove the “unauthorized floating vessels from state-owned submerged lands” earlier this year to come into compliance with[…]