Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez is a Marathon native, Navy veteran, and struggling musician. He’s living proof that great things … are short and have good hair (including facial). Sixty percent of the time, he makes 90 percent of the deadlines.

‘Let the Voters Decide’ – Council term limits on November ballot

Islamorada’s village council voted 4-1 to add a referendum vote onto November’s ballot, allowing residents to decide if council members will serve four-year staggered terms starting in 2020. Before the council voted, Islamorada resident John Hernandez urged them to reconsider. Hernandez argued that two-year terms encourage more individuals to run for...

Reigning Champ

Stephanie Harper started in the local brewing scene eight years ago with a small home brew system and a big dream. Eight years later and she’s the genius behind Islamorada Beer Company’s most recognizable craft brews and an award-winning distiller. Islamorada Distillery’s barrel-aged rum and dark barrel-aged rums have...

AT RISK – Lower Matecumbe especially vulnerable this hurricane season

Following Hurricane Irma, Department of Transportation workers, Monroe County Public Works and fire rescue crews scrambled to inspect and clear all the bridges and roadways along US-1.  Repairs were made to sections of the highway that were washed out by the storm near mile marker 74. But since then, permanent...

The Littlest Lazcos

Miracles happen every day, but some miracles are years in the making. Key Largo’s David and Lindsey Lazcos had been trying to start a family for three years. The couple had looked into in vitro fertilization and even started down the adoption route when something miraculous happened: Lindsey got...

Local rescues 5 children from capsized boat

A Key Largo man responded quickly to save the lives of 5 children who capsized their vessel in the Florida Bay on June 6. At around noon, John Baxter and his wife were outside having lunch at their Key Largo bayside home when his wife suddenly asked, ‘Is that a...

50 SHADES OF PINK

Hooray, it’s a partay! On Saturday, June 9 Sea Grapes Wine Bar & Bistro is hosting its first ever rosé wine tasting party from 5 to 7 p.m. at Village Square. In line with the theme, guests are highly encouraged to wear pink and white. More than 50 different rosé...

In Case of Mini-Emergency

Upper Keys residents have a new health care option the next time they slip, fall, and bump their head. Advanced Urgent Care is opening its office in the Keys in Key Largo and its leading doctor and founder, Bruce Boros, said the prices can be nearly one-sixth the cost...

5 Steps to Saving your Ride

The damage to vehicles caused by a hurricane can arrive in many forms. However, there are ways to protect and even save your vehicle from total loss. Follow these five simple checks and preventive measures, and your ride may not end up in the scrap heap after all. Prevention Pre-planning is...

School’s Out for Sommer

After 34 years of teaching pre-kindergarten, Island Christian School’s longest-tenured teacher, Vonnie Sommer, has retired. Throughout her time teaching 3- and 4-year-olds at the school, Sommer educated more than 500 kids. She’s been a mainstay at the school for so long that some of her former students have returned...

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

On Thursday, May 24, eight Island Christian School seniors will receive their diplomas, flip their tassels, and begin the next chapter of their young lives. In honor of their accomplishments the Keys Weekly has highlighted the graduating seniors. Good luck, class of 2018! JESUS LOPEZ A member of the football team’s...

Leader of the Pack

Roberto Alonso was introduced to the Keys in the 1970s, when he would visit to fish the Bahia Honda Bridge and spend weekends in Tavernier while growing up in Hialeah. Alonso and his family had fled from Cuba to South Florida in 1960 as political exiles of the Castro...

BBQ 101 – Newcomer dishes out grilled goodness the traditional way

Keys foodies have long argued that “good” barbecue is hard to find along the island chain. Upper Keys residents won’t have to travel too far now, thanks to Mike Porcari, owner of Mike’s BBQ 101 food truck.  The up-and-coming pit master arrived in Key Largo earlier this year with more...