Keys representatives visit D.C. for funding

Islamorada and Marathon representatives, as well as Key Largo wastewater officials, flew to the nation’s capital last week to speak to senators, representatives and the Army Corps...

Canal dredging: 2 down, 8 to go

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) extended the deadline for a grant to remove sediment lodged in Keys Canals by...

How local schools are facing the surge of national violence

On May 7, another surge of school violence splashed across national headlines: one dead, eight wounded in a Colorado charter school shooting. Not just any school …...

Bills linger as end of session approaches

Legislative session in Tallahassee comes to a close May 3, and bills in the House and Senate are learning their fate. Here are a few notable bills...

Meads ready to tackle water issues

This month, Cheryl Meads will travel to the South Florida Water Management District headquarters in West Palm Beach for the next governing board workshop on water quality...

Rate Hike Likely – Wind insurance rates to rise unless legislation passes

Monroe county homeowners’ insurance rates have increased over 220% in the last 10 years. They’re likely to go up another 10% this year. The good news? The state...

State policy seems to be moving away from ‘home rule’

By Sara Matthis and Jim McCarthy Home rule is the ability of local governments — think the City of Key West or Monroe County — to tailor laws...

New lease on life for Pigeon Key Foundation

The item was hardly finished being read into the record before the Monroe County Board of Commissioners agreed to extend the lease to the Pigeon Key Foundation...

Key West goes (weed) green with first dispensary

Legalization of medical marijuana was voted into Florida law on Nov. 8, 2016, and the changes have happened fast. Since then, 116 dispensaries have opened statewide, all...

Governor makes first official visit to the Keys

On Gov. Ron DeSantis’ first official visit to the Keys on April 16, local officials had the opportunity to share their concerns with him in Marathon —...