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LOBSTER MINI-SEASON: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHEN & WHERE One of the most challenging parts of lobster mini-season is understanding its boundaries — both geographically and time-wise. There’s a difference between lobster hunting in Layton (never!) and in Key Colony Beach. As a general rule, don’t hunt for lobsters in canals … unless you are doing so in front of personal property, but only as far as the centerline of the canal. Also, don’t hunt for lobsters along shoreline, unless you are more than 100 feet away in open water. Keep reading:  During the July two-day sport season, and regular lobster season (Aug. 6 –...

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#SOSCUBA FLOTILLA STOPS IN KEY WEST, THEN HEADS FOR CUBAN COAST

Bearing #SOSCUBA signs and flying Cuban and American flags, a flotilla of seven boats from Miami stopped for fuel in Key West Friday afternoon, then departed for international waters offshore of Havana, Cuba. The effort was said to be planned to “safely show support for the Cuban people.” Boats from Miami bearing #SOSCUBA signs refuel Friday at Key West’s Conch Harbor Marina before departing for international waters offshore of Havana, Cuba to show support for the Cuban people. ‘LOBSTER’ LEE STARLING/Contributed Although the U.S. Coast Guard did not sanction the event, officers were closely...

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BRIAN KELLY OF FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RECORDS 1ST SOLO ALBUM IN KEY WEST

A half became whole this summer. Country music superstar Brian “BK” Kelley, “the Florida half” of top-selling country duo Florida Georgia Line, released his first solo album, “Sunshine State of Mind,” in which he vows to be a “Florida boy forever.” Three or four of the songs were recorded in Key West at Jimmy Buffett’s Shrimp Boat Sound studio along Key West Harbor.  Kelley and friends had a big time while “working” in Key West: fishing, writing songs, drinking, recording songs, fishing, drinking. And there are plenty of recognizable Keys references in the songs, including Hemingway, Key...

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LOCAL POLITICS: 4 CANDIDATES DECLARED FOR MARATHON CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

Up until last week, it didn’t look like it was going to be much of a horse race. Only incumbent Mayor Luis Gonzalez and newcomer Lynny Del Gazio (nee Thompson)  had declared their candidacy for a seat on the Marathon City Council for the November election. Then, late last week, Trevor Wofsey and Greg Coldiron filed papers with the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections, too.  Marathon Council elections are at-large, meaning that regardless of the number of candidates, the top vote getters are elected to two open seats in November.   Coldiron said he’s running because he...

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BIG PINE KEY WELCOMES NEW ASIAN MARKET

By Anthony Guntert Toward the west end of Big Pine Key, nestled in the middle of a small strip of shops, lies an unassuming store that subverts all possible expectations. Tindahan (the Filipino word for “store”), is bursting at the seams with a colorful and surprising offering of products from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Owners Lhanli “LanLan” and Manuel “Manny” Perez are kind and warm with an obvious passion for what they do.  “We want to make our store efficient for someone who’s working a full day,” said Manny. “They don’t want to go to a restaurant and pay 20, 30dollars for a meal. I...

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BREAKING NEWS: KEY WEST OFFICIALS CALL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ‘BULLIES’ DURING BUDGET TALKS ABOUT ASSISTED-LIVING FACILITY

Key West officials had harsh words for their Monroe County counterparts during the city’s budget workshop Thursday, when talk turned to a potential new partnership in Poinciana Gardens assisted-living facility. Monroe County plans to close the 16-bed Bayshore Manor senior living facility on Stock Island and move the 11 current residents to Poinciana Gardens on Duck Avenue in Key West. That closure will save the county $1.2 million per year and will free up the Bayshore property for other county uses. The Key West Housing Authority no longer can afford to operate Poinciana Gardens and has asked...

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ISLAMORADA PLANNING DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Islamorada’s planning department is seeking a new director following the recent resignation of Ty Harris. Having served as the head of planning since fall September 2018, Harris’ resignation on July 18 comes just less than 20 days into Greg Oravec’s time as new village manager.  “In the short time I worked with Ty, I found him to be very intelligent and customer-oriented,” Oravec said in a statement to the Keys Weekly on July 21. “We appreciate his service to the village and our citizens and wish him the best moving forward.” Senior planner Hank Flores has stepped in as acting planning director...

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EDUCATION: KEY LARGO CHARTER SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL

Construction of a second-story, middle-school wing at Key Largo’s Ocean Studies Charter School is moving quickly in anticipation for completion later this year.  Students attending the NOAA-recognized Ocean Guardian School entered classrooms at a new facility at MM 100, bayside, last year. Before that, Ocean Studies operated out of a facility in Tavernier.  Fast forward to late May. Students waved goodbye to their teachers as they prepared for summer break and camp season. By June 1, CBT construction crews were at the school beginning work on the school’s second story for students...

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ISLAMORADA TRAFFIC SOLUTION? VILLAGE MULLS MULTI-MILLION PARK-N-RIDE

Traffic and parking concerns in Islamorada prompted village council members’ consideration of a potential property on Upper Matecumbe Key.  Concerns were expressed during a recent council meeting, however, over where the money would come from for property located at 81981 Overseas Highway. The dais is set to gather on Wednesday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. for a special meeting to discuss whether to put in an offer before a looming deadline. At a previous meeting in April, council members directed staff to investigate the property that has a suggested price tag of $2.15 million. It’s listed...

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$5.4 M NEEDED FOR FLOODED KEY LARGO NEIGHBORHOOD – HOUSE & SENATE TO VOTE

In September 2020, Carlos Gimenez was running for Congress when he visited the flooded Twin Lakes neighborhood in Key Largo with his wife, Lourdes, at the invitation of neighborhood resident and activist Stephanie Russo. Afterward, his staff had to wash the saltwater from their cars. “We saw for ourselves what they are subject to,” Gimenez, who a few weeks later won election to the U.S. House, told Keys Weekly. “I can see where the homeowners are being affected, and we need to take care of it. I’m happy it made this first step. It’s good news.” Monroe County’s $5.4 million community project...

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