Monroe County News

Officials say screwworm gone

Officials say screwworm gone

 I don’t expect to see another case.” —    Dr. John B. Welch, USDA Officials will continue to treat disease for 120 more days In an abundance of caution, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced Thursday that a team of federal, state and local partners will continue to release sterilized flies for two more life […]

Uber: Waiting for a ride

Uber: Waiting for a ride

Is local gridlock costing us? The Keys are congested, and unlike the common cold, it is not going away. Undeniably, Keys’ residents and tourists are fed up with the seasonal influx of cars, the bumper-to-bumper traffic and high cost of taxis. Public sentiment is growing for a solution to the transportation infrastructure and crying out […]

New Trauma Star Air Ambulance approved

New Trauma Star Air Ambulance approved

COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES PURCHASE OF THIRD HELICOPTER FOR LIFE-SAVING TRAUMA STAR AIR AMBULANCE PROGRAM The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved purchasing a third Sikorsky helicopter for its life-saving, Trauma Star air ambulance program with funding from the infrastructure sales tax fund. The County began looking into a third helicopter for the Trauma Star […]

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 […]

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