GOVERNOR DESANTIS SIGNS TAX HOLIDAY LEGISLATION

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In recent weeks, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a number of bills approved by the House and Senate. Among the signings causing a stir are a bill revoking...

BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE CAUSES STRESS FOR KEYS FAMILIES

Tomoe Ventura's year-old grandson Kairo has a milk protein allergy. Recently, the frustrated Marathon grandmother found herself scrambling to find baby formula.  "We didn't have it in Marathon...

6 MIGRANT GROUPS INTERCEPTED IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

A small wooden boat containing a large sail washed ashore in Islamorada on May 2. Onboard the homemade vessel was a group of Cuban migrants who sailed...

GOVERNOR APPOINTS JIM SCHOLL TO COUNTY COMMISSION

“I’ve always said I don’t run for office; I run from office,” the Florida Keys’ newest county commissioner told the Keys Weekly on May 2.  Jim Scholl, former...

KEYS MARINE SANCTUARY’S UPDATED RESTORATION BLUEPRINT COULD RELEASE IN JUNE

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary resources are under threat and facing continued deterioration. With threats of hurricanes and a stony coral tissue loss disease also came a...

HEALTH ADVISORIES LIFTED AS BEACH BACTERIA COUNTS DROP

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High levels of bacteria found in nearshore waters off several Keys beaches during water quality tests throughout the month of March have significantly subsided, according to new...

KEYS OBTAIN $13 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER, FLOODING & HOUSING

U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez recently announced the securing of $13.9 million in federal funds for three projects in Monroe County. Of the projects, water improvement in Key West...

LIBRARIES OF TOMORROW: COUNTY OFFICIALS DISCUSS FUTURE PROJECTS

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A state-of-the-art Marathon library is spurring discussion on what the other county libraries could be in the Florida Keys.  As Kimberly Matthews, senior director of strategic planning and...

$112 BILLION STATE BUDGET LEAVES OUT AHEC FUNDING

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Legislative session in Tallahassee concluded on March 14 with passage of a $112.1-billion budget — $10.4 billion more than last year’s spending plan. With a 105-3 vote, the...

HOUSING CRISIS, PART 3: WHERE DO THE FLORIDA KEYS GO FROM HERE?

Housing is the largest single challenge facing Florida Keys residents and has been for decades. With scarce buildable land, strict height restrictions, sky-high property values, second homes...