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Senior facilities may combine

Promising talks have resumed between Key West and Monroe County housing officials about the possibility of combining Poinciana Gardens and Bayshore Manor, the two senior living facilities located in the city. No decision has been made yet by county officials on whether they will accept the Key West Housing Authority’s[…]

Islamorada officials eye mini-season cancellation

The Islamorada Village Council agreed Wednesday during a special call meeting to submit letters to county and state officials requesting the cancellation of this month’s lobster mini-season in response to the coronavirus epidemic. The two-day sport season allows recreational divers and snorkelers with proper state licenses to harvest up to[…]

Worker housing projects move forward

Several important affordable housing projects in the Lower Keys are moving forward despite the coronavirus creating a downturn in the local, state and national economy. Late last month, the developers of the Quarry Apartments at the old Toppino concrete company property on Rockland Key broke ground on its latest project[…]

Switlik’s Unke to take over as principal at Sugarloaf

Current Stanley Switlik principal Brett Unke has been chosen as Sugarloaf School’s next principal, according to Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter. Unke will take over for current principal Harry Russell, who moves to the district’s Executive Director for Personnel Support and Instructional Leadership role beginning 2020-2021 school year. “Mr.[…]

Keys sets record, adds one death

The Florida Keys had 26 new COVID-19 cases as of Thursday and one new death. The 26 new cases is the largest daily increase since the epidemic reached Monroe County, and it brings the total as of Thursday to 296, according to the Florida Department of Health. The death total[…]

Pence, DeSantis meet; Florida hits 10,000 daily virus cases

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time Thursday, an unwanted milestone eclipsed hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis met in Tampa to discuss the state’s response to the disease. The new record of 10,109 cases is partly[…]

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Ethan Levering, Key West

Name: Ethan Levering Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 180 pounds GPA: 3.3 Parents names: Jennifer and Rodger Levering Siblings names: Zachary Levering Sports you plan of playing in your senior season: A: Basketball Q: At what age did you start playing basketball? A: Since I was 12 years old. Q: Did you[…]

Use caution during holiday

Florida Keys officials are asking area businesses, which includes the entire tourism industry, to ensure customers comply with health directives to help reduce the spread of coronavirus throughout the community during the Fourth of July weekend. The three primary directives include mandatory facial coverings to be worn in business establishments[…]

Today in Keys History: July 3

1823: Monroe County, the sixth county in Florida, was established by an act of the territorial legislature and signed by Gov. William P. Duval. 1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: The baby woke me at 3:30 and I did not get to sleep again. At 4 went out and[…]

Officer suspended after video shows him hitting woman

MIAMI — A Miami-Dade police officer has been relieved of duty after an incident caught on body cam showed him hitting a woman who was yelling at him at Miami International Airport. In the video, which was posted on Twitter by South Florida filmmaker Billy Corbin, shows a Miami-Dade police[…]