Monroe County News

#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 […]

Bull’s reveals plan for Marathon makeover – Seeks to improve U.S.1 corridor with a variety of projects

Bull’s reveals plan for Marathon makeover – Seeks to improve U.S.1 corridor with a variety of projects

Marathon Vice Mayor Chris Bull has been putting the finishing touches on a initative to improve the city’s “main street” look. “The city has been focused on infrastructure like stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, and rightfully so,” Bull said. “But the time has come to invest in our ‘living brochure’ — our U.S.1 corridor.” Dubbed the […]

Locals honor who and what makes this city great

Locals honor who and what makes this city great

***See the Winners Here*** The Best of Marathon awards banquet was a sell out affair at the Key Colony Beach City Hall last weekend. One hundred and fifty citizens took their seats at the tables and many more were crowded around tall cocktail tables for the event that celebrates what’s best about Marathon. All of […]

DNA testing to start on Key Deer – Study will determine quantity and quality of biodiversity

DNA testing to start on Key Deer – Study will determine quantity and quality of biodiversity

By Alex Press The status of the Key Deer will forever be endangered but scientists are doing their best to save the species from what possibly may come. Fish and Wildlife Ecologist Phillip Hughes explained continued threats for the animals. “In the big picture the Key Deer have continued to have a history of losing […]

Unke named as principal at Stanley Switlik Elementary – School Kindergarteners that knew him as AP are now 5th graders

He’s coming back. The Monroe County School Board is expected to approve Brett Unke as the new principal for Stanley Switlik Elementary at tonight’s workshop and meeting in Key West. In his recommendation, Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter wrote, “Following two rounds of interviews, [he] was identified as the best qualified candidate for the position.” […]

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 […]