Yes, Amendment 4 is Valid – Convicted felons are now able to vote

As of Jan. 8, 2019, Florida’s Amendment 4 went into effect, restoring voting rights to potentially 1.2 million to 1.4 million Florida residents with a criminal history....

Florida Keys react to DeSantis’ water plans

Capt. Xavier Figueredo is very pleased with Florida’s new governor, straight out of the gate. “Gov. Ron DeSantis hit the ground with both feet running,” said Figueredo, a...

DMP in the House – Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell checks in from the Hill

On January 3, Florida’s 26th district new representative Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was sworn into the House of Representatives and began serving her constituents immediately. At the official...

Agencies partner to get residents back in their homes

In mid-November, the American Red Cross redoubled its efforts in the Florida Keys post-Irma by sending out teams to canvass neighborhoods looking for affected residents. Seven weeks...

Prepare for Heavy Traffic! Weekend Traffic Forecast

There are multiple events taking place up and down the island chain this weekend that the Sheriff’s Office expects will impact traffic. All motorists from Key Largo...

Major Deal: Berkshire Hathaway Purchases ACRE in Marathon & Lower Keys

On New Year’s Eve, the final papers were signed to transfer ownership of Christie’s American Caribbean Real Estate offices in Marathon and the Lower Keys to Berkshire...

Immigration gets attention

The Peter Brown case, which we reported on last week, has put the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in...

Key West Considers Sunscreen Ban

In June, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a trailblazing bill that will ban sunscreens containing chemicals, including oxybenzone, that have been proven harmful to coral reefs. Dr....

ICE in the Tropics: The Story Behind the Peter Brown Case

This week, the ACLU—along with the ACLU of Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP—filed a lawsuit against the Monroe County Sheriff’s...

Marathon Mayor Michelle Coldiron is New Monroe County Commissioner

Hurricane Irma changed the landscape of Monroe County’s District 2 — in physical ways and political themes. Much of the district’s residents in unincorporated Monroe County, hardest...