Lower Keys News

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 […]

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 […]

A conversation with Dr. Aydin Atilla, ER Director at LKMC

A conversation with Dr. Aydin Atilla, ER Director at LKMC

Key West doctor defends health care at Lower Keys Medical Last month, at a contentious district hospital board meeting, Dr. Aydin Atilla, medical director of the Lower Keys Medical Center Emergency Room, was thrust into the spotlight and challenged on the care being provided in the ER. At the meeting, a handful of individuals asserted […]

Walmart to get second story?

Walmart to get second story?

Developer wants to build 200 apartments above the retail store  Owen Trepanier, a planning consultant for the proposed Rockland Key shopping center, said the developer is set to propose building a second floor on the retail building to accommodate about 200 apartments. “I’m working on the changes to the development agreement right now,” he said. […]

#News: Toy drive for needy kids coming to an end

#News: Toy drive for needy kids coming to an end

This is the second year that the major players have banded together to make sure that every needy kid in the Florida Keys will receive one special Christmas present. Wesley House, the Key West Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Salvation Army coordinate the donations and distribution, but they do it with the […]

#See: ‘Nutcracker Key West’ Transforms Classic Ballet into Subtropical Fantasy

#See: ‘Nutcracker Key West’ Transforms Classic Ballet into Subtropical Fantasy

Holiday-loving audiences can immerse themselves in the heritage and underwater beauty of the Florida Keys while viewing a classic seasonal ballet during “Nutcracker Key West,” set to begin a seven-show run Saturday, Dec. 13, in the island city. The unique production blends the traditional storyline of “The Nutcracker” with quintessential Florida Keys elements, transforming the […]

#News: 5 hard facts about the Rockland Key development

#News: 5 hard facts about the Rockland Key development

The past Friday, Monroe County Growth Management received a site plan for a development on Rockland Key for a proposed commercial retail complex. Once reviewed by planning staff, the agreement will go before Development Review Committee and Planning Commission for recommendations before heading to the Board of County Commissioners for approval or denial. “If approved […]

#News: Annual “SMART Ride” may cause traffic slow downs

#News: Annual “SMART Ride” may cause traffic slow downs

The Annual “SMART Ride” bicycle fundraising event will be taking place this coming weekend. Approximately 450 bike riders will travel southbound from Miami to Key West beginning on November 14th at 6:30 a.m. They will travel as far as Hawk’s Cay the first day. They will then travel on November 15th from Hawk’s Cay to […]

#News: Marathon breaks ground on ‘Port of Entry’

#News: Marathon breaks ground on ‘Port of Entry’

Monroe County Commissioner David Rice presided over the “ground breaking” at Marathon Airport’s new Port of Entry offices. Although the silver and gold sledgehammers were purely ceremonial, all the dignitaries that helped make the project a reality spoke of the real work involved in getting the project this far. “We’ve been talking about this for […]

#News: City nixes parking garage study

#News: City nixes parking garage study

City officials had the discussion about spending $85,000 for a study by Calvin, Giordano & Associates Inc. to see if the city needs a parking garage, how big it should be and where it should be in Old Town. Currently, the city is looking at three locations — 908 Caroline St., 609 Greene St. and 616 […]

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