Katie Atkins

Katie Atkins is a western New York native who, when not working, can probably be found on the beach with her nose in a book. Sweets are her weakness (10 fillings this year), along with pizza and her adopted senior cat, Buddy.

Thanksgiving guide – Where to volunteer, or find a turkey dinner

Throughout the island chain, charitable and religious organizations will open their doors before and on Thanksgiving, providing several opportunities to celebrate the holiday or volunteer. In Marathon, join St. Columba...

That’s amore – Under new ownership, Driftwood Pizza soaring to new levels

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore, and Marathon is in love with Driftwood Pizza, Pasta and Subs. The shop at MM 53 oceanside...

$1.6 Billion Okeechobee Reservoir Takes Huge Step Forward

Everglades restoration activists are lauding the recent 99-1 passage of legislation with provisions for a billion-dollar reservoir near Lake Okeechobee.  It pushes the $1.6 billion project closer to reality, after...

GOAL 109: The Two Year Plan to Solve Workforce Housing in the Keys

It has taken a village – or multiple people from several villages – to raise a plan for Monroe County’s workforce housing crisis. County commissioners won’t discuss it until the...

Village Council Candidates Open Up at Forum

Islamorada residents are just as passionate about Upper Keys issues as the five candidates vying to represent them in two seats on the village council.   The Islamorada Chamber of...

Antibiotics for the reef – BOCC hears coral disease treatment update

It’s a common antibiotic for treating bronchitis and other bacterial infections in humans, and now scientists are experimenting with amoxicillin to see if it can treat stony coral tissue...