PLANNING DIRECTOR: ISLAMORADA’S LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS ‘CUMBERSOME’ & ‘COMPLICATED’

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Cumbersome and complicated: Those were the words Planning Director Dan Gulizio provided to the Islamorada dais regarding the village’s current land development regulations.  Gulizio, who’s been with the...

BOY LOSES PART OF LEG AFTER SHARK BITE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

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A 10-year-old visitor to the Keys underwent surgery to amputate a portion of his leg after being bitten by a shark at Looe Key Reef on Aug....

BOAT RAMP & BEACH PARKING FEES COMING SOON FOR MARATHON VISITORS

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Usage fees and parking fees for non-residents at Marathon’s public boat ramps and Sombrero Beach are about to become a reality … most likely. A push from councilwoman...

SCHOOL BOARD SETS LOWEST TAX RATE SINCE 2008

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Ten percent of 300 is greater than 20% of 100. The same middle-school math lesson applies to property taxes in the Florida Keys, where soaring property values yield...

COURT OPINION REVOKES 600 AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALLOCATIONS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

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A stunning court opinion in an ongoing appeal of 1,300 Keys housing units may send shockwaves through the affordable housing landscape in the Keys. But the severity...

ISLAMORADA BUDGET SEES MORE REVENUES & SPENDING

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Soaring property values, rising costs and vacant staff positions were among the items Islamorada council members confronted during their first budget workshop on Aug. 8.  Inside the Founders...

MEL FISHER DAYS COMMEMORATES 1622 SINKING OF ATOCHA & KEY WEST TREASURE HUNTERS

This year’s Mel Fisher Days celebration, Sept. 2-6, commemorates the 400th anniversary of the sinking of the Atocha and other ships in the 1622 Fleet. Multiple venues...

KEY WEST BECOMES OFFICIAL COAST GUARD CITY

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“This is a big deal.”  That’s what Ron Demes, who coordinated Key West’s recent designation as a Coast Guard City, told city and military officials who helped plan...

123 HAITIAN MIGRANTS LAND IN MARATHON, FLORIDA

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On Aug. 8, the Florida Keys experienced its second large migrant landing in less than three days, as a large sailboat carrying a total of 123 Haitian...

LANDLORDS INCREASING MONTHLY TENANTS’ RENTS IN ISLAMORADA MUST GIVE 60-DAY NOTICE, PER NEW ORDINANCE

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Landlords who raise a monthly tenant’s rent by more than 5% must give more notice time, per an ordinance Islamorada council members approved on Aug. 4.  In June,...