1ST  POLITICAL FORUM GETS FEISTY IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

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Florida Keys candidates in nine political races fielded questions on July 18 from four local panelists at Hometown’s first election forum. The lively audience included Democrats, Republicans,...

CROOKED PALM DISTILLERY DEVELOPMENT AGENDA ITEM PUSHED BACK TO A SPECIAL MEETING

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A major conditional use request to develop the former BB&T bank building to a distillery and tasting room on Plantation Key was tabled during the Sept....

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

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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...

ISLAMORADA VOTERS SELECT 3 INCUMBENTS & 2 NEWCOMERS TO THE COUNCIL

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Islamorada voters elected three male incumbents and two female newcomers to the village council on Election Night. The new dais will take their seats during a Dec....

$1,000 PAY INCREASE FOR ISLAMORADA COUNCIL AMONG THE AGENDA ITEMS

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An ordinance to place a proposed pay increase for council members before the voters in November and a feasibility study to revamp bus stops within Islamorada are...

MORE REVENUE & SPENDING WITHIN ISLAMORADA BUDGET

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Raises for staff and law enforcement, as well as a new derelict vessel removal program and a strategic plan, are among the items accounting for increased spending...

PAY RAISES FOR ISLAMORADA EMPLOYEES INCLUDED IN APPROVED BUDGET

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Islamorada Village Council unanimously voted 4-0 on a $47-million spending plan and a millage rate of 3.00 at a final budget hearing on Sept. 19 at Founders...

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...

PINDER, GREGG, ROSENTHAL, JOLIN & MAHONEY ELECTED TO ISLAMORADA COUNCIL

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Islamorada voters elected three male incumbents and two female newcomers to the village council on Election Night. The new dais will take their seats during a Dec....

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,...