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Baptist, Fishermen’s Hospital explore the possibilities

Baptist, Fishermen’s Hospital explore the possibilities

Baptist Health South Florida and Fishermen’s Community Hospital have signed a letter of intent to explore a potential affiliation between the two organizations and are now working toward a definitive agreement expected to be formalized sometime in 2017. Fishermen’s Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Chapman says the letter begins a period of due diligence that will […]

SECOND TOKE IS THE CHARM?

SECOND TOKE IS THE CHARM?

Legalization of medical marijuana back on the ballot   In 2014, Amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana failed although it garnered 58 percent of the vote but fell short of the 60 percent needed to become law. Revamped and rewritten, Amendment 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot will allow qualified physicians and caregivers to certify patients and […]

Key Colony Beach to hire city administrator

Key Colony Beach to hire city administrator

Puto and Schraffenberger are early applicants By Sara Mathis & Jason Koler On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the tiny city of City of Key Colony Beach is taking a giant step: hiring their first dedicated city administrator at a special call meeting. Currently, there are only two candidates vying for the job — former Marathon City […]

Marathon: RV resort, affordable housing for mid-town

Marathon: RV resort, affordable housing for mid-town

Developer submits plan to the city The Housing Trust Group has proposed a plan for the long-shuttered Crystal Cove Resort in Marathon. Located between 47th and 50th Streets on the Gulfside, the plan is to develop 28 RV parking spaces on the water complete with a pool and clubhouse, 46 affordable housing units, and 7,700 […]

Cry for help: Everglades Update

Cry for help: Everglades Update

County, Islamorada pass resolutions asking for federal and state for Everglades Restoration On July 21, Monroe County passed it’s Everglades Restoration resolution, a plea to move as quickly as possible to increase water flow to the Florida Bay which is experiencing hyper-salinity. Those conditions have lead to a 50,000-acre seagrass die off and experts warn […]

Domestic Abuse Shelter struggles to rebuild

Domestic Abuse Shelter struggles to rebuild

When the Domestic Abuse Shelter’s certification to operate a shelter was temporarily suspended in May by the state Department of Children and Families, The Lodge stepped in and took over. The Lodge is a state-certified domestic abuse shelter that operates in Miami-Dade County, one of 42 certified by the state. It continues to operate the […]

Seagrass die off due to hyper salinity

Seagrass die off due to hyper salinity

Officials say conservation projects need to move faster By Gabriel Sanchez It started last summer during the drought and was only exacerbated by the continued blockage of freshwater flowing southward through the Everglades. A large section of seagrass (between 30,000 and 50,0000 acres affected) has died off in the Florida Bay, and things could be […]

Going after the fourth penny

Going after the fourth penny

TDC and Monroe County argue advertising vs. affordable housing Can one be guilty of doing their job too well? That’s what the Tourist Development Council and the Lodging Association were asking officials at Tuesday’s TDC meeting in Key West. The question has been lingering since a February meeting in Marathon, when the Monroe County Workforce […]

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