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Jim Mooney: State Rep. Jim Mooney enters his second term in office. JIM MOONEY’S OFFICE/Contributed

State Rep. Jim Mooney’s fiancée, Charity Rebl, is on a long path to recovery after she was involved in a serious crash in Islamorada last week.

Rebl, a local real estate agent, remains hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She’s being treated for a number of broken bones after a tractor-trailer collided with her vehicle in Islamorada.

Mooney, who was in Tallahassee for legislative session, left the capital in order to be by his fiancée’s side. Rebl was being treated in the intensive care unit since arriving at the hospital. Mooney said she left the ICU on April 17.

Despite being away, Mooney continues to manage several bills he’s sponsoring, including legislation related to fees in lieu of security deposits that’s supposed to be heard before the House on April 20 (today). Mooney said his colleague, state Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera, of Miami-Dade County, is helping to take on some of his bills appearing before legislators this week.

“We cover each other when things come up,” Mooney said regarding the camaraderie among his fellow representatives in the House.

Lee Young, Mooney’s legislative aide, said the hours, the stress and the time Mooney puts in to ensure his family and constituents “are both getting 100% from him is amazing.”

Mooney’s departure from the state capital came as the House was considering Senate Bill 300 on a 6-week abortion ban. Legislation passed through the chamber by a 70-40 vote and was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis the next day. Mooney, who couldn’t vote as he was away, said he wasn’t in favor of such a move.

“I struggled to get to 15 weeks. I did so much research,” Mooney said, adding that the state legislature has important issues, such as property insurance, to consider before the session concludes next month.

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.