Monroe County 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

News of Turkey Point leak rocks Keys

News of Turkey Point leak rocks Keys

Drinking water is safe for now; experts worry about Biscayne Bay Wednesday’s news of radiation contamination emanating from the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant leaking into Biscayne Bay alarmed Florida Keys citizens on every level. First, the Keys drinking water comes from the same neighborhood as the plant. Second, the affect to the fishery — […]

Raschein files bill that would generate $250m for the Keys

Raschein files bill that would generate $250m for the Keys

Florida Representative Holly Raschein has filed legislation to create the Florida Keys Stewardship Act. House Bill 447 seeks to invest $25 million per year for 10 years into the Florida Keys’ most significant environmental needs including water projects and land acquisition. “We need a framework to move forward with our water policy, wastewater policy, canal […]

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