‘Tis better to give, than receive

‘Tis better to give, than receive

Toys for Tots & Holiday Helpers collecting gifts for kids Every year, thousands of deserving children throughout Monroe County benefit from the charitable work of two leading organizations who work tirelessly to ensure that every boy and girl makes it onto Santa’s Nice List. “A lot of the list comes off the school’s free and […]

Thanks for democracy

Thanks for democracy

This Tuesday Monroe County voters will settle several long-running debates when polling locations close at 7 p.m. These contests will be the culmination of years of preparation for some, and months of hard work for most. For many of those on the ballot, their candidacy began long ago when they first moved to Monroe County, […]

Commercial fisheries fighting for fairness

Commercial fisheries fighting for fairness

Annual meeting is about safety and rights Members of the Southeastern Fisheries Association gathered in Key Largo last week to discuss legislative changes, industry regulations and how to protect their harvesting rights. “The recreational side is a lot more powerful than us,” said SFA Executive Director Bob Jones. “They get about 73 percent of all […]

Good Girl Juice & Café opens in Village Square

Good Girl Juice & Café opens in Village Square

The purples isles are a little juicier There is a new member of the Village Square entrepreneurial enclave who is tasked with pressing organic fruits and vegetables into healthy, cleansing juices. Vanessa Plascencia, a Coral Shores graduate, opened Good Girl Juice & Café last Friday to great fanfare. “I was juicing from 7 a.m. to […]

Steve Cook announces candidacy for Marathon City Council

Steve Cook announces candidacy for Marathon City Council

Marathon resident and businessman Steve Cook is running for Marathon City Council. “There is a lot of good happening in town right now,” Cook said. “I want to help strike a balance between the tourism industry and our community. We need to figure out how to make ‘us’ and ‘them’ into ’we.’” Since moving to […]

Keys receive $3 million for wastewater

Keys receive $3 million for wastewater

Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo awarded Army Corps grant This past Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would provide $3 million in funding towards the Florida Keys Water Quality Improvement Program (FKWQIP). This announcement comes less than two months after Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) signed a bi-partisan letter addressed to Assistant Secretary Darcy, urging […]

Meet the Arrietas

Meet the Arrietas

Key West High School freshman Aaron Arrieta does a pretty good job impersonating his step-mom’s morning sickness. As he should. The blended, seven-member family has an intimate bond that comes from sharing a 650 square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. Yet the reserved, burgeoning artist appears un-phased by the cramped living conditions as evidenced this past spring when […]

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