Monroe County News

County launches vessel turn-in program

County launches vessel turn-in program

Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will accept applications through Aug. 18 for its new Vessel Turn-in Program (VTIP). The federally funded pilot program is for vessel owners who cannot afford to properly dispose of end-of-life boats that are anchored in Florida Keys waters. The VTIP […]

BRAZEN THIEVERY

BRAZEN THIEVERY

What happens to the confiscated lobster? If it is found in the possession of a commercial fisherman who has followed proper handling, it is sold to a fish house and the money is held in escrow pending the outcome of the trial. If it’s been in the hands of amateur lobsters, who most likely don’t […]

Schools, tourism get boost

Schools, tourism get boost

Special session for our state senator While new to Keys voters, Sen. Anitere Flores is not new to Tallahassee. She first spent six years in the House in Tallahassee, elected in 2004, before putting in another six years in the Senate. When district lines were redrawn in 2015, she became the Keys’ representative of District […]

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 […]

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