Monroe County News

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 […]

New airport director arrives in Marathon

New airport director arrives in Marathon

Thomas “T.J.” Henderson has a bachelors degree in aviation management from Auburn University and a masters in business administration from Pepperdine. Plus, he has 11 years of experience as an airports operations director at two airports — Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport in Texas and John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Henderson, 34, is […]

#News: Country club development gets working capital

#News: Country club development gets working capital

Florida Keys Country Club, formerly Sombrero Beach Country Club, has a backer. Index Investment Group has formed a partnership with Peter Rosasco and Bob Leef to enhance the property with $60 million worth of upgrades — including a redesigned golf course, a 110 hotel rooms, 15 villas and a new marina. When the improvements are […]

#News: Citizens, Realtors attend vacation rental workshop

#News: Citizens, Realtors attend vacation rental workshop

Vacation rentals are becoming a contentious issue in Marathon. The crowd at the Marathon Fire House station filled the seats for the Wednesday workshop with the Marathon City Council. Many of the spectators were disgruntled that it will be difficult to make meaningful changes to Marathon’s ordinance without running afoul of the state. Currently, Marathon’s […]

#News: Marathon pays $2.35 million to settle lawsuit

#News: Marathon pays $2.35 million to settle lawsuit

The City of Marathon has agreed to pay Globetec $2.35 million over a lawsuit filed in 2012 relating to the city’s early efforts to sewer. In addition, co-defendant Weiler Engineering and the Wieler’s city liaison, Edward Castle, will pay $650,000. The agreement was made in October and approved without discussion on the consent agenda at […]

#News: Florida Keys’ Key Lime Pie Truck Rolls Through Canada Region

#News: Florida Keys’ Key Lime Pie Truck Rolls Through Canada Region

More than 3,000 slices of Key lime pie were sampled by Canadians as the Florida Keys Key Lime Food Truck wrapped up a five-day trek on the streets of Toronto and Hamilton Friday (Nov. 29) afternoon. The promotion was funded by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. During the week, temperatures averaged in the 30s […]

#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 […]

#VOTE: Election Results Are In!

#VOTE: Election Results Are In!

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS Carlos Curbelo (REP)     51.5% Joe Garcia (DEM)           48.5% GOVERNOR  Rick Scott (REP) 49% Charlie Crist (DEM) 47% ATTORNEY GENERAL Pam Bondi (REP)             52.23% George Sheldon (DEM)  44.63% Bill Wohlsifer (LPF)       3.13% CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Jeff Atwater (REP)       […]

#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: Monroe County may process yard waste differently

#News: Monroe County may process yard waste differently

Monroe County recently put a proposal together for yard waste processing and two companies — Waste Management and Energy 3 — came back with bids and radically different methods for recycling the organic waste. The county currently pays $85.20/ton to Waste Management to haul the yardwaste to a facility in Broward County, but the contract […]