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Category: Monroe County News

COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERS IN 2 DEPT, PLUS POSITIVE PANDEMIC NEWS

Wednesday’s BOCC meeting ground to a good-natured halt during an emotional presentation for the retirement of long-time Fire Rescue Chief James “Jim” Callahan. At the gathering, he received two plaques, many tributes and a tongue-in-cheek roast or two. Callahan’s retirement and the appointment of his successor took place during the May 19 meeting of the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners. Callahan retired after 15 years with the county, and a video detailed his accomplishments: for example, after a devastating fire on Conch Key when he first started, he instituted...

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DEMAND FOR VACCINE IS DROPPING IN THE KEYS

Two. That’s the new number of COVID-19 cases reported by the state Department of Health in Monroe County on May 18. And as the county’s cases fall, so does the demand for the vaccine. At the moment, about 40,000 Keys residents — 54% — have at least one dose. And 40% of residents have the complete series. And an astounding 90% of Keys residents who are 65 or older have been vaccinated.  Naturally, with so many vaccinated, the demand for the shots continues to dwindle. Starting next month in June, it’s highly unlikely health agencies will continue to offer the mass-vaccination, no-appointment-necessary...

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BREAKING NEWS: LOCAL TEEN ARRESTED FOR HAVING GUN ON SCHOOL BUS

Key West Police Department reported the following about an incident that occurred Wednesday morning: On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Key West Police received information about a teen who had a gun in his waistband when he boarded the school bus on Cudjoe Key Wednesday morning. When the bus arrived at Key West High School, the student got off the bus and walked off campus. The teen attends Somerset Island Prep, a charter high school less than a block from Key West High School. (The same school bus is used by students attending both schools.) The teen skipped school on Wednesday and was found by police...

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BREAKING NEWS: SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATING RACISM ALLEGATIONS

School district officials acted quickly on Friday to investigate allegations of racism at Sugarloaf School.  “We have zero tolerance for bullying and harassment in our schools,” Superintendent Theresa Axford told the Keys Weekly at 6 p.m. Friday after confirming that an investigation is underway. She added that the school district “will cooperate with law enforcement to solve this.”  Jwanna Powell, the mother of two Black students at the school — one in middle school and one in elementary — told school officials and the Keys Weekly about the two incidents after she had spoken with her daughter...

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KEYS SCHOOL BOARD QUESTIONS AFFORDABILITY OF EMPLOYEE HOUSING

School officials are still planning to build 20 units of employee housing next to Sugarloaf School, but pumped the brakes during an April 27 update, demanding more information from the project’s for-profit developers, Gorman & Co. School board members liked the appearance of the apartment complex, but questioned the  affordability. A one-bedroom unit would cost $1,700 to $2,100 per month, Two-bedroom units would cost $2,000 to $2500 and three-bedroom units would cost $2,400 to $2,900 per month, based on the employee’s salary and how it compares to the AMI, or area median income, which...

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COUNTY UPDATING PLAN FOR FIXING CANALS

Monroe County is seeking public comment on its plan for managing the quality of canals in the Keys. But time is running out. At the April 21 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Monroe County’s Chief Resilience Officer Rhonda Haag presented a canal management master plan, which will have to be approved and brought to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. The BOCC will accept public comment on this project through May 12. The county is formalizing the selection and ranking criteria as required in its canal work plan. This will be provided in the county’s annual progress report to...

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Keys get funding; Key West cruise ship vote overturned

Legislative session in Tallahassee yielded millions of dollars for vital programs and projects in the Florida Keys. It also saw insertion of language to overturn a Key West vote that sought to limit cruise ships coming and going there.  First-year state Rep. Jim Mooney said while he wanted more funding for the College of the Florida Keys, a $20 million appropriation for the Florida Keys Stewardship Act passed through the legislature in a victory for the island chain. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ budget recommendation included the full funding amount after a $10 million cut last year due to the pandemic.  Mooney,...

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COMMISSIONER DELVES INTO LIBRARY PAYROLL

What began as a request for the Key Largo Library payroll from last year — when the COVID-19 pandemic began — quickly morphed into a bigger question for County Commissioner Mike Forster on compensation within the library system.  Discussion brought forth by Forster lasted more than an hour during the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners’ April 21 meeting in Marathon. Forster said he received pre- and post-COVID payroll for the library and was “taken aback by the dollar figure,” and not at ground level staff for the five libraries, but at the administrative and support staff level. “I...

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OXITEC TO BEGIN FLORIDA KEYS MOSQUITO EXPERIMENT THIS WEEK

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and Oxitec Ltd. on April 23 released an advisory outlining some of the plans for its Florida Keys pilot project:  Project managers anticipate that during the last week of April and first week of May, release boxes, non-release boxes and netted quality control boxes will be placed in six locations: two on Cudjoe Key, one on Ramrod Key and three on Vaca Key.  “Throughout all release locations fewer than 12,000 mosquitoes are expected to emerge each week for approximately 12 weeks. Untreated comparison sites will be monitored with mosquito traps...

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TALLAHASSEE ROUNDUP: LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS FRIDAY

A 60-day legislative session in Tallahassee is nearing the end. While some bills related to election administration and social media are making progress, other pieces of legislation are stalling — not to mention a $100 billion budget that still must be approved. Session is set to end Friday, April 30, as legislators work to get their bills to the finish line.  SENATE BILL 90 — ELECTION ADMINISTRATION Passing through the Senate via a 23-17 vote on April 26, the bill sponsored by Dennis Baxley, who represents Sumter, Lake and Marion counties, puts tighter regulations on vote-by-mail ballots. The...

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