Monroe County News

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, […]

Florida Keys to host Wounded Warriors

Florida Keys to host Wounded Warriors

Soldier ride departs Miami next Thursday bound for Key West Last month, television and radio stations flooded the air with stories of surprise reunions amongst military families just in time for the holidays. For those not welcoming home a child, parent or spouse from overseas, residents and visitors of the Florida Keys will have the […]

Keys Coalition moves forward with mission

Keys Coalition moves forward with mission

Plans underway for Jan. rally in Key West To a not-so-packed room at Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center in Key West on Monday, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Carey of Glad Tidings Church relayed an adage instilled by his Bahamian grandmother. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Carey addressed the Keys Coalition […]

Taking a journey others cannot

Taking a journey others cannot

Pair aims to raise awareness Mary Wittman knew that she had to do something more than just give money to a cause that was near to her heart. She enlisted her friend, Gerry Kimmell, to commit to walking the length of the Florida Keys to help raise money, but more importantly, awareness, of the thriving […]

FKAA building dedicated to Mary Rice

FKAA building dedicated to Mary Rice

first female board member served 14 years by Jason Koler photo courtesy: Colleen Tagle/FKAA Florida Governor Layton Chiles made history in 1995 when he appointed Mary Rice to the Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority Board as the first female director. She would be reappointed in 2001 by Jeb Bush and would also serve until 2009 including […]

Murder, Mistletoe & Mayhem

Murder, Mistletoe & Mayhem

Serge is back by Jason Koler Tim Dorsey’s newest novel is a testament to the festive, peppermint-laced fables of any timeless holiday classic – only this tale revolves around two social deviants with a propensity for violence and narcotics. When Elves Attack opens on Thanksgiving with Serge A. Storms and his sidekick Coleman speeding down […]

Water quality improvements continue

Water quality improvements continue

Sanctuary Advisory Council gets behind FWC pilot program Since June, the county’s Marine Resources Director Rich Jones has spoken to countless stakeholders about the nearly quarter million dollars of county funding spent to remove derelict vessels from nearshore waters last year. On Tuesday, during the monthly meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory […]