MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKING ON SECURING TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES WERE DESTROYED OR SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA Monroe County Emergency Management has been working with federal, state and the Keys municipalities since Hurricane Irma struck to secure temporary housing for residents whose homes were either destroyed or damaged to the point they are uninhabitable and do not have insurance.
Miami man, stopped during curfew, arrested on multiple charges A Miami man, driving through the area of Duck Key after the 10 p.m. curfew, was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday night. Deputy Ian Douthirt was on patrol at the 61 mile marker just before 11 p.m. when he stopped a gray Toyota for being out past curfew. He identified the driver as 36 year old James Winters of Miami. Winters told the deputy he had gotten a job on Cudjoe Key and was driving back to Miami. He was unable to [continue reading…]
Growing public health and environmental dangers, such as those in Texas resulting from Harvey, are exactly what EPA deals with daily and what the agency is in the midst of dealing with right now. But these critical EPA programs that address public health threats are under unprecedented assault. The Trump administration proposes a massive 30% cut to the agency, a budget reduction greater than any other department or agency, and one that would return its real budget to mid-1970s levels. Political leaders in Washington and [continue reading…]
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is moving on several fronts in its efforts to protect the citizens of Monroe County from further windstorm rate increases proposed by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens). On August 23 several FIRM Board members, business leaders, and Monroe County residents testified at the annual rate hearing conducted by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). All opposed the latest Citizens proposed rate increase for Monroe County. OIR will render a decision by late September. To view the hearing you [continue reading…]
Hometown! — Key West’s and Monroe County’s voting community’s signature resource for candidate and election information is sponsoring a Workshop for those running, or considering a run for elected office in 2018. The Workshop is set for September 16, starting at 8:30 am at the Marriott Beachside. Hometown especially urges all first time candidates to attend. The Workshop offers a full schedule of campaign topics, including deciding to run, campaign plans, budget and fundraising, messaging, speeches & debates, marketing and election rules and paperwork. Speakers [continue reading…]
Findings of Illegality and Waste Fail to Spark Bureau of Reclamation Reform Washington, DC — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation misappropriated millions to improperly subsidize irrigators to the detriment of the environment, according to findings of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) transmitted to President Trump this month. The action validates charges leveled by Reclamation whistleblowers represented by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The two Reclamation whistleblowers, Todd Pederson and Keith Schultz, documented that their agency illegally gave $32 million to irrigators in [continue reading…]
Woman arrested for leaving baby in car A Key Largo woman was arrested Sunday evening for leaving a baby in a vehicle while she went grocery shopping. The one year old child was left sleeping in the running vehicle for 36 minutes while 30 year old Yanese Tejada went into Publix in Key Largo. She told Deputy Ignacio Molina she left the motor running and the air conditioning on. She said she didn’t want to wake the child, who was sleeping in a car seat. She said [continue reading…]
NORTH KEY LARGO – Ken “Cowboy” Murray got a lot of hugs, handshakes, well-wishes and gifts Thursday morning as he collected tolls for the last time at Monroe County’s Card Sound Bridge Tollbooth. At midnight, the manned tollbooth will close for good. Construction will soon begin on an All Electronic Tolling System. The new system will not accept cash – only SunPass® or drivers will get a bill in the mail through TOLL-BY-PLATE. The new system is scheduled to begin operation March 9, 2018. During the expected 189 [continue reading…]
Passco Companies, a privately-held California based real estate company that specializes in the investment, acquisition, development and management of commercial properties throughout the U.S., has acquired Ocean Walk Apartments, a 297-unit multifamily community in the Monroe County of Key West, Florida for $101.5 million, the largest single-asset transaction in the firm’s history.
Key West City Commissioner Sam Kaufman, District 2, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the Poinciana Elementary School cafeteria to discuss the need for more field space in Key West for youth sports. The status and proposals concerning Little Hamaca Park/Hawks Missile Site will be a topic for community members to address as well. Members of the City of Key West staff and leaders of various youth sports organizations are expected to attend. A Facebook event has been created.
Trump rolling back safeguards affecting water, air and pesticides EPA’s Scott Pruitt is rolling back a rule that limits how much toxic waste power plants can release into water, threatening drinking water supplies with chromium, lead, and mercury contamination. New documents show that Scott Pruitt’s EPA obeyed industry requests to reverse a proposed ban on a pesticide linked to autism and ADHD. Citing “unnecessary regulatory burdens,” the Trump EPA is delaying action on lead contamination in drinking water like that which threatened Chicago in 2015. The Trump Administration is planning rolling back greenhouse gas [continue reading…]
State of Risk: Florida, a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), catalogues far-reaching and grave threats to air, water and land, and to the people and economy of Florida if President Trump’s proposed 30 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget is enacted this fall. Such cuts would move the agency funding radically backward to its lowest level since the mid-1970s. The report provides an extensive overview of the EPA’s footprint in Florida and examines how the proposed cutback plans threaten public health as well as [continue reading…]
MONROE COUNTY TO SURVEY LOWER KEYS NEIGHBORHOODS THAT REPEATEDLY FLOOD TO EXPLORE MITIGATION SOLUTIONS AND EARN FLOOD INSURANCE DISCOUNTS Beginning this week, Monroe County staff and their contractors will survey Lower Keys neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. The County has completed surveying Upper Keys neighborhoods. This “Repetitive Loss Area Analysis” is part of an ongoing effort to obtain greater discounts for most of the 15,000 flood insurance policy holders in unincorporated Monroe County through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System [continue reading…]
Want to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking? Why not park your car and leave it, then hop on the free Duval Loop! Key West Transit will launch the much-awaited free bus service to the downtown corridor on Thursday, August 31st for the Labor Day weekend. This free hop-on hop-off bus service runs from the City’s Park and Ride on Grinnell Street, along Caroline Street, up the length of Whitehead, then returns down the length of Simonton to Fleming. Funded by last year’s one-dollar increase [continue reading…]
The Autism Society of the Keys (ASK) invites you to join us for free workshops in Key West, Tavernier and Marathon. The upcoming Key West meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 2713 Flagler Avenue. The next Tavernier meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 156 Pueblo Street near mile marker 90. Workshops are designed to inform participants of resources available to your child and family and [continue reading…]
Never miss your waste collection day again! Key West has launched its new “My schedule” tool and “What goes where” search tool. Visit Key West’s website KeyWestRecycles.com to stay connected about waste and recycling collection programs. In the web app, you’ll find the garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection schedule specific to your house address. You can sign up to receive notifications to remind you of your collection day, so you’ll never forget again! Visit our website KeyWestRecycles.com and search your home address in our “My Schedule” tool. You [continue reading…]
Our beloved Martha Anne Caroline Verge du Pont (Muffin) passed away peacefully in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, surrounded by her children. She was born in Long Beach California to Martha Anne Caroline Verge (Bready) and William Earnest Verge. Her father was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, veteran of WWII and had along career in the Navy, reaching the rank of Rear Admiral. Consequently, Muffin was a self-described “Navy Brat” who moved frequently, as military families do. She spent some of [continue reading…]