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Sara Matthis

Sara Matthis
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Sara Matthis thinks community journalism is important, but not serious; likes weird and wonderful children (she has two); and occasionally tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister.

Permit fees go down, food truck hours go up

On March 27, the Marathon City Council rolled up its sleeves and went to work. The issue of permit fees, raised last month to...
Coral Head Music Fest

Music Fest Money

Some are almost done, others are in the middle, but some haven’t begun home repairs after Hurricane Irma. Terri Metter is one of the...
Becky Herrin

MCSO’s Becky Herrin to retire

Becky Herrin said she always knew she would pursue a degree in journalism. When pressed for reasons, she stated simply “Oh, it was about...

HOUSING: What’s available as Keys rebuild

Hurricane Irma claimed about 1,000 mobile homes, the Keys’ previous answer to affordable housing. Many single-family, ground level homes weren’t spared either. With those...

Legislative wrap: Good news for the Keys

Earlier this week, the 2018 Florida legislative session came to an end. The legislature approved an $88.7 billion budget that includes many initiatives for...

BUILDING PERMIT ISSUES – Delays prompt changes

Municipal building departments are struggling to keep up with the volume of work following Hurricane Irma. In the Village of Islamorada, the numbers are...
Tito Puente, Jr at Marathon Seafoof Fest

Seafood Festival: Mambo in Marathon

I don’t think there’s been news this big in Marathon since the announcement that the Old Seven Mile Bridge would be restored*. But Tito...
lionfish

Locals talk about traps to stop the lionfish invasion

“We always defer to formal regulations. Our utmost priority is to take as good a care of the ocean’s ecosystem that we can. As...
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Breaking ground: Seafood Fest musician defies boundaries

Ricky Valido, 25, is essentially an Everglades Cowboy. His experience with the raw outdoors comes from the west of his Hialeah home. And he...

Rule that would legalize nightly vacation rentals in Keys moves through...

UPDATE: House Bill 773, authored by Rep. Mike La Rosa of Osceola County, passed the Government Accountability Committee on Feb. 22 by a very...