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Green space initiative calls for action on park plans

KEY LARGO — Save Our Green Space, a grass-roots, community-based group, is urging Monroe County commissioners to decline state Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding for workforce housing construction. About 150 Port Largo residents met last week to rally behind the Save Our Green Space initiative. Collectively, the group will[…]

Splash pad on wish list for now

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council discussed building a splash pad or water park for city residents during its last meeting, but with no federal reimbursement funds pouring in to offset the debt created by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the concept is an idea for another time. Councilman Mark[…]

Dive shop offers more than memories

KEY LARGO — Divers and snorkelers who head to the Florida Keys reef with Sail Fish Scuba come back with more than memories. “We have guides for every six people and we take underwater photos of our customers,” said Jen Kerr, who owns the dive shop with husband Chris. “We’re[…]

Sanctuary proposes more protected areas

FLORIDA KEYS — More waters and wildlife areas would gain new protection under proposals in the draft update of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary management plan, and activities in popular but sensitive spots could be curtailed. In three of four alternative scenarios outlined in the sanctuary’s Restoration Blueprint document,[…]

Fertilizer, plastic straw use up for discussion

ISLAMORADA — Proposed rules on protecting nearshore waters, in the form of suggested fertilizer restrictions and discussion of a plastic-straw ban, go before the Islamorada Village Council at its Aug. 29 meeting. Scaling back use of fertilizers that may wind up in Islamorada waters was endorsed by the village’s Landscape[…]

Study: Higher seas could kill off mangroves in bay

FLORIDA KEYS — Federal scientists reached back 5,000 years to assess current sea-level rise threats to mangroves and coastlines of Florida Bay, says a new report. “A warmer climate could not only result in higher sea levels, but it could also lead to more intense droughts and storms and possibly[…]

Keys Computer shop wants to be your backup

KEY LARGO — “Click here. We need bitcoin. We are watching you.” These are phrases used by malicious computer viruses to unload infectious malware in your computer. These email or clickbait attempts are generic and aimed to scare you, and they work, according to Mickey Keats, a Keys Computer repair[…]

Council race gets early start in Islamorada

ISLAMORADA — More than 14 months away from the Nov. 3, 2020, election, three local residents have made an early start on campaigns for the Islamorada Village Council. The three candidates — Jenny Bell-Thomson, Larry V. Zettwoch and Frank Lavin — have declared for seats that apparently will be open[…]

Players get a kick out of competition

ISLAMORADA — Winning assuredly is not the only thing when the ball rolls out for the start of the Founders Park Adult Co-ed Kickball League in September. In fact, it’s barely a thing at all. “It’s silly, goofy recreation,” said Anne Onsgard, who is organizing Islamorada’s 10th annual kickball league[…]

Roadside beach reopens Friday

ISLAMORADA — Anne’s Beach comes back Aug. 23, just about 23 months since Hurricane Irma made her unwelcome arrival. Village of Islamorada officials will host the the Anne’s Beach grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday. “I’m very happy that we’re opening Anne’s Beach,” Village Council Mayor Deb[…]