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Marathon: RV resort, affordable housing for mid-town

Marathon: RV resort, affordable housing for mid-town

Developer submits plan to the city The Housing Trust Group has proposed a plan for the long-shuttered Crystal Cove Resort in Marathon. Located between 47th and 50th Streets on the Gulfside, the plan is to develop 28 RV parking spaces on the water complete with a pool and clubhouse, 46 affordable housing units, and 7,700 […]

Cry for help: Everglades Update

Cry for help: Everglades Update

County, Islamorada pass resolutions asking for federal and state for Everglades Restoration On July 21, Monroe County passed it’s Everglades Restoration resolution, a plea to move as quickly as possible to increase water flow to the Florida Bay which is experiencing hyper-salinity. Those conditions have lead to a 50,000-acre seagrass die off and experts warn […]

Domestic Abuse Shelter struggles to rebuild

Domestic Abuse Shelter struggles to rebuild

When the Domestic Abuse Shelter’s certification to operate a shelter was temporarily suspended in May by the state Department of Children and Families, The Lodge stepped in and took over. The Lodge is a state-certified domestic abuse shelter that operates in Miami-Dade County, one of 42 certified by the state. It continues to operate the […]

Seagrass die off due to hyper salinity

Seagrass die off due to hyper salinity

Officials say conservation projects need to move faster By Gabriel Sanchez It started last summer during the drought and was only exacerbated by the continued blockage of freshwater flowing southward through the Everglades. A large section of seagrass (between 30,000 and 50,0000 acres affected) has died off in the Florida Bay, and things could be […]

Going after the fourth penny

Going after the fourth penny

TDC and Monroe County argue advertising vs. affordable housing Can one be guilty of doing their job too well? That’s what the Tourist Development Council and the Lodging Association were asking officials at Tuesday’s TDC meeting in Key West. The question has been lingering since a February meeting in Marathon, when the Monroe County Workforce […]

Between the Navy and a seawall

Between the Navy and a seawall

City ponders future of Truman Annex Harbor  It was difficult to determine whether it was Key West City Commissioner Richard Payne or revolutionary activist Thomas Paine at Old City Hall this past Tuesday evening. The former Key West judge passionately lambasted the Navy over rights to the Truman Annex Harbor — even receiving outward cheers […]

Steve Cook announces candidacy for Marathon City Council

Steve Cook announces candidacy for Marathon City Council

Marathon resident and businessman Steve Cook is running for Marathon City Council. “There is a lot of good happening in town right now,” Cook said. “I want to help strike a balance between the tourism industry and our community. We need to figure out how to make ‘us’ and ‘them’ into ’we.’” Since moving to […]

Teens host town hall meeting

Teens host town hall meeting

Wanted: teen center, transportation About 50 people, students and involved community members, came together to discuss ideas for the future of Key West’s teenagers at Key West High School’s library last Wednesday. Hosted by Keys To Be The Change and Department of Juvenile Justice, a committee of students and involved adults, including State Attorney Catherine […]

Marathon Council reprimands Planning Commissioner over advertisement

Marathon Council reprimands Planning Commissioner over advertisement

Marathon Mayor Mark Senmartin called on Councilwoman Michelle Coldiron to remove Planning Commissioner Lott Pansky on Tuesday. Pansky paid for a full-page advertisement published in the Marathon Weekly on April 8 in support of Coldiron’s plan to pass a resolution that would not allow for any “new” hotel development until current projects are completed. The […]