Upper Keys News

SECOND TOKE IS THE CHARM?

SECOND TOKE IS THE CHARM?

Legalization of medical marijuana back on the ballot   In 2014, Amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana failed although it garnered 58 percent of the vote but fell short of the 60 percent needed to become law. Revamped and rewritten, Amendment 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot will allow qualified physicians and caregivers to certify patients and […]

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 […]

#News: Toy drive for needy kids coming to an end

#News: Toy drive for needy kids coming to an end

This is the second year that the major players have banded together to make sure that every needy kid in the Florida Keys will receive one special Christmas present. Wesley House, the Key West Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Salvation Army coordinate the donations and distribution, but they do it with the […]

#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 […]

#DayTripping: Jacobs Aquatic Center & Key Largo Park

#DayTripping: Jacobs Aquatic Center & Key Largo Park

Known to Upper Keys residents simply as the “Pirate Pool,” Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo Park (MM 99.5) was founded in 1998 by Barbara Jacobs. While the facility was still in its early planning stages, project managers weren’t having much luck finding public or private funding. It wasn’t until a fateful day in 1998 […]

#Events: The Count

#Events: The Count

By Wendy Toner Among the many seminars, guided tours and other activities during the annual Florida Keys Birding Wildlife Festival that runs through Sunday, Sept. 28, is one particularly important event — the count. A festival presenter and director of Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Rafael Galvez and his team of volunteers set up their “watch” each […]

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 […]

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