Monroe County

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 […]

Clean water – County embarks on canal restoration

Clean water – County embarks on canal restoration

In the 1970s, there were few regulations in the Keys when developers began dredging canals — first to create waterfront lots, and second to provide fill to build upon those same lots. Unfortunately, such tampering with the natural environment created long-term water quality problems in the Florida Keys. Organic material such as seagrass gets trapped […]

New airport director arrives in Marathon

New airport director arrives in Marathon

Thomas “T.J.” Henderson has a bachelors degree in aviation management from Auburn University and a masters in business administration from Pepperdine. Plus, he has 11 years of experience as an airports operations director at two airports — Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport in Texas and John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Henderson, 34, is […]

#News: Sailors breeze into Key West

#News: Sailors breeze into Key West

Sailing fans can watch leading yacht racing teams from around the world compete for titles in Quantum Key West Race Week 2015, one of the most prestigious regattas on the international sailing circuit, Sunday through Friday, Jan. 18-23. Boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet are to compete in the waters off America’s […]

#News: Same sex,same rights

#News: Same sex,same rights

“It has been very difficult. Like eating a bowl spaghetti with a knife, the process has been messy and not satisfying until today,” is how attorney Bernadette Restivo described the case in which she represented Key West’s Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones against the state of Florida to allow same-sex marriage. Local Judge Luis […]

#See: Key West is center stage for neo-burlesque movement

#See: Key West is center stage for neo-burlesque movement

Neo-burlesque movement front woman Christa Hunt started Key West Burlesque eight years ago after moving to the Southernmost City from New York City, where she developed a passion for the art form. In the beginning, she and her team had trouble finding a place to perform burlesque. Now, Key West Burlesque is one of three […]

#Seen Around Town: Circuit Judge Timothy J. Koenig is sworn in

#Seen Around Town: Circuit Judge Timothy J. Koenig is sworn in

The investiture of Timothy J. Koenig as Circuit Judge took place Dec. 12 and more than 100 people made their way across town to fill the county courthouse. So many, in fact, that some were ushered into another room to view the swearing in on closed-circuit television. Movers and shakers in town made remarks about […]

#VOTE: Election Results Are In!

#VOTE: Election Results Are In!

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS Carlos Curbelo (REP)     51.5% Joe Garcia (DEM)           48.5% GOVERNOR  Rick Scott (REP) 49% Charlie Crist (DEM) 47% ATTORNEY GENERAL Pam Bondi (REP)             52.23% George Sheldon (DEM)  44.63% Bill Wohlsifer (LPF)       3.13% CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Jeff Atwater (REP)       […]

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