Monroe County News

Undersheriff quietly assumes new role in office 


Undersheriff quietly assumes new role in office 


Monroe County Undersheriff Bill Cameron slipped quietly into the No. 2 spot with little fanfare at the end of January. Most recently the elected Sheriff in Charlotte County, he was set to retire when he got a call from newly elected Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “He asked me if I wanted to be the Undersheriff and […]

Marathon High earns high ranking. Middle Keys school recognized for hard course work, hard tests.

Marathon High earns high ranking. Middle Keys school recognized for hard course work, hard tests.

All three Keys high schools were ranked in the recent Washington Post’s challenge report. Created by journalist Jay Matthews, the paper ranks the schools according to the difficulty of the classes offered divided by the number of graduating students. In the Florida rankings, Marathon High School was No. 53, Coral Shores was No. 101 and […]

Sheriff celebrates superior officers

Sheriff celebrates superior officers

Recently, the Monroe County Sheriff’s office held a special award ceremony honoring five officers who’s work in the last year has gone above and beyond the call of duty and service. Those officers honored are Deputy Sheriff Linda Mixon, Detention Deputy Victor Arguello, Support Officer Jo Socha, Reserve Officer Robert Smith, and Explorer/Cadet Amberlyn Casas. The […]

Roosevelt seawall construction starts

Roosevelt seawall construction starts

Key West—More than 120,000 square feet of sheet pile is being delivered to the North Roosevelt Boulevard construction site for the first step in rebuilding of the waterway promenade. American Empire Builders from Miami is installing 1.7 linear miles of sheet pile over the next four months.  “The work involves the use of a large […]

Giving Back Tour – Car caravan hits the Keys

Giving Back Tour – Car caravan hits the Keys

Car enthusiasts rolling in Scions and Smart Cars motored through Monroe County recently to raise funds and awareness for restoration of historical 7 Mile Bridge. The “Trouble in Paradise” Give Back Tour event, sponsored by Lumber Liquidators, is the brainchild of Growlworks’ Chief Conversation Officer Michael Kennedy to provide a vehicle for passionate people to […]

Cities consider ‘optional’ tax break but state proposed homestead exemption for seniors already in the Keys

Cities consider ‘optional’ tax break but state proposed homestead exemption for seniors already in the Keys

On the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot there were four questions put to the voters regarding property taxes. Two were constitutional amendments approved by the majority and automatically became state law. Those exempted veterans injured in combat and widows of first responders or veterans. The last property tax exemption for low-income seniors, although approved by the […]

The Wacky Sports Challenge!

The Wacky Sports Challenge!

The Wacky Sports Challenge staged at Coconut Cove Resort in Islamorada last weekend was a complete blast. Eleven teams took part in the challenge to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. Organizer Fran Glick said she hoped this third annual afternoon of nuttiness would raise about $6,000 for the cause. “They have a walk […]

Boating Skills and Seamanship program graduation.

Boating Skills and Seamanship program graduation.

The USCG Flotilla 13-2 in Marathon recent graduated another class of students who passed the Boating Skills and Seamanship program. They are, seated from left, Katie Davis, Jan Burns, Maggie Lawson, Ben Ryder, Jeff Ryder; standing Janie Gallagher, Jim Gallagher, Steve Cook, Tim O’Connell, Don Weston, Doug Hill, Sean Carthy, Tim Lawson, Brian Fullerton and Tom […]

Infrastructure Investments; Marathon eyes sewer finish line

Infrastructure Investments; Marathon eyes sewer finish line

It’s done. The construction of Marathon’s wastewater and stormwater project is largely complete. The sewage treatment plants for areas 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Little Venice are finished and roughly 67 percent of property owners are hooked up to the system. The only thing left to tally is the bill. The entire project cost […]

Co-existing with the crocodile

Co-existing with the crocodile

Just recently, officials removed an 11-foot crocodile from Key Largo. And last week, Marathon resident Jim Tashijan called The Weekly to report seeing two different crocodiles in the Sombrero Beach neighborhood over a period of three days between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2. “One was about six feet long and another looked a little smaller, […]