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MHS PERFORMS ‘GREASE’ THIS WEEKEND

“Grease” was a play before it was a blockbuster movie. In fact, at the time that it closed its run on Broadway in 1980, it had racked up more than 3,000 performances since its start in 1971. The play has different songs, and the school version of the play is very G-rated when compared to the original production. Marathon High School’s drama club will perform “Grease” this weekend — Friday and Saturday, April 9-10 with a 7 p.m. curtain, and on Sunday, April 11 with a 2 p.m. curtain. “It took me a while to appreciate the differences between the movie and the play,” said director Carrollyn Cox,...

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NO GMO RELEASES — YET. TRIAL WILL START IN SIX LOCATIONS.

The Keys Weekly Newspapers checked in with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) to ask for an update on the Oxitec mosquito trial set to begin soon.  According to the agency, the boxes of genetically modified mosquito eggs have yet to be installed. In late February, the Keys Weekly reported on FKMCD’s plan to use 15 sites between MM 10 and MM 93. Now, the rollout will begin with six locations, the agency said in an April 5 email.  Previously, the FKMCD has said it will not release the specific physical location of the trial sites. “Since most will be situated on private property...

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ALL MONROE COUNTY STUDENTS MAY GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL

Monroe County officials are mulling a special summer school session that would be open to all students as a way to regroup after a historic and challenging pandemic year. The details should be finalized by the end of April. “We’d like to give students an opportunity to re-engage in school and enjoy themselves — a range of offerings to tickle their imaginations and interests. Our kids have had a difficult time during COVID,” school superintendent Theresa Axford told Keys Weekly. “Typically, summer school is geared toward recovery and remediation,” said Amber Archer Acevedo, coordinator of community...

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Southernmost Skunk Ape Society reports 1929 sighting at Bat Tower

In the summer of 1977, documents indicating the presence of a large, hairy, bipedal creature with a strong odor in the Florida Keys were discovered in the attic of a Key West home. The documents reported events dating back to the 16th century. The Southernmost Skunk Ape Society was established to investigate these found documents and augment them with additional research and analysis where possible. The short-lived society ceased following the unexplained disappearance of its co-founder on October 18, 1977.  Among the items discovered were notes about Sugarloaf Key’s Bat Tower. For decades it...

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THE NEED FOR SPEED: MARATHON HS STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP TO FLY

On March 29, 16-year-old Molly Prince received the first check for her EAA Chapter 1241 youth flying scholarship at Marathon Airport. For the Keys Weekly photo opp, she wore mirrored aviator sunglasses while flight instructor Sol Bradman handed her a check and gave a thumbs-up, in true Top Gun style. All we needed was Maverick and Ice Man in flight suits to saunter on by, and the scene would have been perfect. But it’s perfect enough for Prince. “I feel really blessed,” Prince told Keys Weekly. “It’s really cool. Especially being one of the few women in the field.” The Experimental Aircraft...

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LIBRARIES ECSTATIC TO REOPEN TO IN-PERSON VISITS

The Monroe County Public Library System began reopening to in-person visits on a staggered schedule starting the week of March 22, with Key West and Big Pine Key being first. Their schedule is Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s been really nice to have patrons back in the building,” said Key West Branch manager Michael Nelson. “One of the patrons said, ‘It’s great to be home again’ since it’s part of their daily routine.”  Islamorada library technician Susan McKee lines up fairy-house kits for children to take home in anticipation of reopening to in-person visits on Tuesday,...

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BARGES BYPASS BRIDGES: BUSINESS FINDS A WAY ON DUCK KEY

There’s a popular meme (internet joke) with a man holding up a finger to his forehead, a knowing Mona Lisa smile on his face. It reads, “Modern problems require modern solutions.” That’s exactly what’s happening on Duck Key, just north of Marathon. In October 2020, the bridges were closed to heavy traffic (work trucks, garbage trucks, etc.) by emergency order. Currently bridge traffic is limited to four tons (Harbour Drive and Seaview bridges) or 10 tons (Bimini Drive Bridge) due to fears for their structural integrity. That’s a big obstacle for homeowners and contractors who seek to buy, sell,...

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LOWER, MIDDLE KEYS SEE MOST GROWTH OF 2021 AS BED TAXES BOUNCE BACK

One of the best measures of tourism and the Keys’ economy is our so-called “bed tax.” The most recent report reveals an astonishing snapshot of how different areas of the Keys are faring.  In January, the most recent report available, Key West’s bed tax collection is way down, while the Lower Keys and Marathon are way up, especially the Lower Keys. Key Largo and Islamorada, meanwhile, are holding steady. That’s a complete turnaround from what normally happens. Key West’s district, DAC I, usually rakes in the most money, followed in descending order by Marathon DAC III, Key Largo DAC V, Lower...

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