Monroe County

No hurricane shelters will open in Florida Keys

No hurricane shelters will open in Florida Keys

The City of Marathon and Monroe County have declared a state of local emergency The City of Marathon has activated its Emergency Operations Center at City Hall. Monroe County has also activated its Emergency Operations Center in the Marathon Government Building. Both are being staffed during regular business hours and will move to 24-coverage as […]

County launches vessel turn-in program

County launches vessel turn-in program

Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will accept applications through Aug. 18 for its new Vessel Turn-in Program (VTIP). The federally funded pilot program is for vessel owners who cannot afford to properly dispose of end-of-life boats that are anchored in Florida Keys waters. The VTIP […]

Fishermen & The Fish House

Fishermen & The Fish House

An examination of the management plan for county-owned commercial waterfront Monroe County is one step closer to acquiring the 8-acre parcel known as Gulf Seafood on Stock Island. At its most recent meeting, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners approved a broad-stroke management plan, one of the requirements of the state’s Stan Mayfield Working Waterfront […]

February is “Know Your Fisherman” month

February is “Know Your Fisherman” month

Who caught it?   Fresh yellowtail or frozen tilapia? Key West Pink or farm raised shrimp from China? It can be easier, and cheaper, for restaurants to bait and switch (forgive the pun) a seafood dinner. Menus up and down the Keys tout local cuisine with marketing words such as “local” or “fresh” next to […]

Key Colony Beach to hire city administrator

Key Colony Beach to hire city administrator

Puto and Schraffenberger are early applicants By Sara Mathis & Jason Koler On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the tiny city of City of Key Colony Beach is taking a giant step: hiring their first dedicated city administrator at a special call meeting. Currently, there are only two candidates vying for the job — former Marathon City […]

The Studios of Key West sets shows

The Studios of Key West sets shows

Loving the new location and upcoming schedule The Studios of Key West was founded about eight years ago. In that short time, it has already outgrown its original location in the old Armory building, and is set to stage its first full season in the spacious, and completely renovated, art deco building at the corner […]

Citizen scientists needed to help monitor canal water quality

Citizen scientists needed to help monitor canal water quality

On Monday, Aug. 17, Shelly Kruege will be teaching citizen “scientists” how to test canal water quality in Key Largo. The Florida Keys Water Watch program is based on a 22-year old similar program testing stream water n Georgia. So far, there are 20 sites in the Keys spanning from Key West to Islamorada. Already, […]

Ramsay launches campaign – Former mayor to run again

Ramsay launches campaign – Former mayor to run again

After a year of retirement, former Mayor Dick Ramsay, 74, has announced his candidacy for Marathon City Council. He was previously elected in 2008 (17.9 percent of the vote), 2010 (26 percent of the vote) and 2012 (27 percent of the vote). “In the last couple of months, I’ve been overwhelmed with public support asking […]

Kevin Madok declares candidacy for Clerk of Court

Kevin Madok declares candidacy for Clerk of Court

Kevin Madok announced today that he has filed as a candidate for the office occupied by Amy Heavilin. The election is in 2016. “I’m running to restore competence and accountability to the Clerk’s Office,” said Madok. Currently, Madok serves Monroe County as Senior Director of Strategic Planning. Prior to Heavilin’s arrival, Madok worked for eight […]

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