Monroe County News

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 […]

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 […]