Dec 222017
This is a Really Big Deal.

It’s now or never. We have less than 10 days left to reach our goal of collecting one million signatures to make sure the Voter Restoration Amendment is on the November 2018 ballot. Download, print and sign the Voter Restoration Amendment petition. Just last week, we heard of and read stories about the thousands of returning citizens in Alabama who voted for the first time after having their voting rights restored. Having the ability to vote allows returning citizens to become full members of their [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Last Stand’s 30th Annual Meeting on January 16, 2018 Features Dr. Patrick Rice

Please plan to join Last Stand at the 2018 annual meeting as we celebrate successes of the past year and look forward to the coming year’s challenges. The meeting begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday January 16th at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street with a short business session and highlights of 2017. The featured speaker, Dr. Patrick Rice, Dean of Business & Marine Science at Florida Keys Community College will present an overview of the science and technology degree programs at the college. Admission is free [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Raise Hope & Foster Dreams

Wesley House Family Services is actively seeking nurturing families interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. Please contact Megan for more Information about our upcoming Foster Parent class stating January 10, 2018 in Key West. Foster Family Class Starting January 10, 2018 Wesley House Family Services 1304 Truman Ave Key West To RSVP please Contact: Megan Burgess, Foster Care Licensing Coordinator at 305.809.5020 Or by email at

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Elf Day at the Shelter

On Tuesday December 19th, the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League hosted an “Elf Day” at the homeless shelter on Stock Island. Deputy Executive Director Elicia Pintabona partnered with Hervé Thomas of the Monroe County Firefighters Benevolent Association to wrap donated toys that were collected for Operation Irma Big Pine Key Santa Claus. The idea originated from the Irma Big Pine Key Facebook page which was created on September 10th of this year by Monroe County Firefighter Hervé Thomas. This page was created strictly for hurricane and recovery efforts related to Big Pine Key and [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #248, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 222017
American Airlines to Begin New Non-Stop Service Between Key West and Dallas-Fort Worth in June

On June 9, 2018, American Airlines plans to start non-stop service between Key West International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The new service was announced at today’s Monroe County Tourist Development Council meeting in Key West. The commercial service will start with seasonal flights on Saturdays only from June until the end of August using an E175 aircraft that seats 76 passengers, with the potential of service after that timeframe. “We are thrilled that American will be adding this route in 2018,” said Donald DeGraw, [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Monroe Students Receive Big Cash Awards From Monroe Computes

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Prize checks from <Monroe /> COMPUTE$ are being received by 24 Monroe County students this week. The first students completed their industry certifications in Computer Science in the 2017-2018 school year; two students completed Microsoft Office certifications, one completed Adobe Illustrator, and 21 earned IC3 certifications. Prizes ranged from $50 to $500, with Coral Shores senior, Tyler Arnold, getting $500 for achieving first place ranking in the county for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Katrina Nikiforova, a Marathan 9th grader, runner-up in [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #248, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 222017
Winners of the 1st Annual I Love Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade

December 14, 2017 Stock Island Marina Village threw a party for the dockers, staff and participants of the Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade catered by DeLuna’s Bar & Grill. The Boat Parade winners were announced: Honorable mention: Kayak Kings of Key West “Santa’s Sleigh”; Our top finishers got a handsome trophy made by Koz’s Green World Gallery. 3rd place: Lost Reef Adventures “DreamCat” 2nd place: Sunset Sail Key West “When and If” & “Free Spirit”; 1st place: Calico Jack Ventures “Calico Jack” who won a [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #248, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 152017
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Burglary Suspect [surv. video]

Sheriff’s Detective Rosary Ponce is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the suspect in a vehicle burglary which took place in Marathon Tuesday night. Deputies working night shift spotted a man riding his bike with no lights near 47th Street at 1:30 a.m. They attempted to stop him, but he dropped the bike and fled on foot. He left behind a sweatshirt. In the pockets of the sweatshirt deputies found a camera, company gas card, keys and a vehicle registration which came back to a Ford truck belonging to Keys [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
Monroe County Emergency Management to Host A Series of Public Meetings Regarding Hurricane Irma

Monroe County Emergency Management will be hosting a series of six public meetings at the start of 2018 regarding Hurricane Irma. These meetings are designed to hear from you, the community. We want your feedback in what went right and what went wrong before, during and after Hurricane Irma. We also want to hear from you about what can be done better for future storms. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is the schedule: Monday, Jan. 8: Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017

Monroe County’s oldest Trauma Star – of its three-helicopter ambulance fleet – was en route to Coral Shores High School for a trauma transport when it caught fire during landing at about 7 a.m. Friday. There were no injuries. The patient on board was transported by ground ambulance to nearby Mariners Hospital, which is about a mile away. The patient was air lifted from there by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and transported to a mainland hospital. The fire caused substantial damage to the 35-year-old aircraft, which had just [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #247, News 4 Responses »
Dec 152017
Pruitt Refuses to Reveal His Climate Science

His Lawyers Call Lawsuit for Studies Discounting Human Role “a Trap”     Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to even search for, let alone produce, records Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a “primary contributor” to climate change, according to legal filings in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  U.S. Justice Department lawyers representing EPA contend the PEER suit is “a trap” and would require “an endless [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
Highlights from this Week's Monroe County Board of County Commissioners Meeting in Key Largo

KEY LARGO, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo for their last monthly meeting of 2017. Here are some of the highlights: Approved Post-Irma Workforce Housing Plan: The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve a post-Irma workforce housing plan that requests funding and support from the State of Florida. The goal is to secure land, funding and regulatory incentives to develop 300 to 400 new units of affordable and workforce housing for [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
Longest Night Homeless Memorial Service

Key West Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Sam Kaufman proclaimed Dec. 21st National Homeless Persons Memorial Day during the December City Commission meeting. For the past 18 years, the community has gathered to remember those men, women and children who have died homeless in Monroe County with this proclamation designating the longest night of the year in their honor. At 3 p.m. on December 21st, the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and Monroe County social services will coordinate a prayer service at the Key West [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #247, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 152017
Monroe County Debris Removal Update

MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE DEBRIS CONTRACTOR BEGINS FINAL PASS ON DUCK KEY AND CONTINUES TO AGGRESSIVELY COLLECT ON COUNTY ROADS BETWEEN MM 16 and 40 MONROE COUNTY, FL – Today, Monroe County’s hurricane debris contractor DRC Environmental Services began the final pass for Duck Key, Conch Key and the City of Layton. Crews are staring on Duck Key and moving to the other areas. The delay in the final pass in these areas was due to the difficulty of securing a nearby temporary debris management site. The [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »