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Two bodies removed from water in Upper Keys

Law enforcement continues to investigate the discovery of the bodies of two unidentified males in the water last week by good Samaritans, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamorada around 1:30 Friday, Aug. 12, regarding the discovery, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said in a news release. The bodies were found floating about a mile and a half apart about...

Key Largo Triathlon set for weekend

Upper Keys traffic will be impacted early Sunday, Aug. 21, because of the Key Largo Triathlon. One northbound lane on U.S. 1 from Mile Marker 102.5 (the entrance to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park) to Mile Marker 105 will be coned off for cyclists’ use. The other northbound lane will remain open for vehicular traffic. This will occur from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Motorists should plan ahead and give themselves extra travel time. The City Bikes Key Largo Triathlon features an Olympic and sprint distance triathlon and duathlon, as well as an Olympic distance aquabike race. For information, visit http://www.gameonraceevents.com.
KEY LARGO, FL
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70 Pounds of Cocaine Found Floating Near Florida Keys

A large bale of cocaine weighing 70 pounds was found floating near the Florida Keys, authorities said. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamorada Tuesday afternoon after the cocaine was found at sea. The cocaine was wrapped in plastic and had small...
MONROE COUNTY, FL
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THIS WEEKEND: GRAND OPENING SET FOR MARATHON’S ROTARY PARK

The city of Marathon will hold a grand opening of the Marathon Rotary Park playground on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Marathon families are encouraged to attend the festivities to include a ribbon cutting, drinks, cake and more. The new playground was built by hundreds of local volunteers and...
MARATHON, FL
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PLANNING DIRECTOR: ISLAMORADA’S LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS ‘CUMBERSOME’ & ‘COMPLICATED’

Cumbersome and complicated: Those were the words Planning Director Dan Gulizio provided to the Islamorada dais regarding the village’s current land development regulations. Gulizio, who’s been with the village for eight months, provided an in-depth presentation regarding Islamorada’s land use policy during an Aug. 15 special meeting inside Founders Park Community Center. Similar to his presentation in June on the building permit allocation system, Gulizio revisited demographic statistics in the state, county and village. He noted there are 1,102 people per square mile in the village, compared to 406 people per square mile in the state.
ISLAMORADA, FL
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Mote Aquarium welcomes coral nursery in Key Largo

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is celebrating the opening of their second satellite coral nursery at Reefhouse Resort & Marina in Key Largo. Reefhouse Resort was selected for a number of reasons, including both environmental quality and the ability to connect with both the...
SARASOTA, FL

Community meeting set on grocery store request

A property owner seeking to build a 64,000-square-foot grocery and liquor store at the old Cemex plant in Tavernier has scheduled a mandatory community meeting for 5:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, Mile Marker 102.1, bayside. The application submitted by property owner Cemex/Singletary Concrete Products Inc. is asking the Monroe County Commission to adopt an ordinance amending the county’s land use district zoning map to create a special commercial overlay that would allow up to 70,000 square...
MONROE COUNTY, FL
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3 KEY COLONY BEACH COUNCIL CANDIDATES VYING FOR 2 OPEN SEATS – 2022 DECISION GUIDE

The Key Colony Beach City Commission race will leave out just one candidate, as three have qualified to vie for the two open seats on the commission. Incumbent Secretary-Treasurer John DeNeale commissioner Beth Ramsay-Vickrey will seek re-election along with current code enforcement board member Freddie Foster. The four-year term carries an annual salary of $13,604.13 ($16,735 if any eventually become mayor). We asked each candidate four questions to answer in 100 words or less. Selected responses are below, along with full answers at keysweekly.com.
KEY COLONY BEACH, FL
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Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in Florida

Swimming with dolphins should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. These fantastic creatures are brilliant and amusing. Individuals who are stressed or anxious benefit from their nearness. After spending a few hours with these marvelous aquatic mammals, both adults and children will feel connected to nature nature...
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AUG. 23 PRIMARY WILL ELECT NEXT COUNTY COMMISSIONER FOR DISTRICT 5 – 2022 DECISION GUIDE

Two Republicans are vying for the Monroe County Commission’s District 5 seat representing Tavernier through Ocean Reef. Holly Merrill Raschein, who was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill the seat after the death of then-commissioner Mike Forster, squares off against Key Largo resident Jose Peixoto, who’s previously ran for Congress, Florida House and county commission. The winner of the Aug. 23 primary will go on to take the commission seat.
MONROE COUNTY, FL
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Small Craft Advisory: Jarrett Bay 32

Special delivery: Sign up for the free Marlin email newsletter. Subscribe to Marlin magazine for $29 for 1 year and receive 2 bonus digital issues. Versatility is one of the strong suits for most outboard-powered sport-fishers, and was a key point for Dave Marston, owner of Miss Alison, the 32-foot Jarrett Bay he named for his wife. Built in 2013 for retired professional golfer Curtis Strange, it was exactly what Marston was looking for when he opted to sell his 35-foot Cabo four seasons ago.
ISLAMORADA, FL
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SPORTS WRAP, AUG. 18: PREVIEWING THE FALL FOOTBALL SEASON

All three Monroe County high schools have been putting in the work this month in anticipation of the fall football season. Preseason competition begins on Thursday, Aug. 18, with the regular season set to kick off the following week. Marathon and Coral Shores have opted to play as independent schools, enabling them to match up with schools of similar size and talent without traveling halfway up the state. The teams will face one another in October at Coral Shores. Key West has been reclassified as a 2S school, which denotes a suburban division, creating a challenge in scheduling. Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach schools are classified as metro schools, making any team within a five-hour drive of the Conchs’ home a non-district game. Despite changes in divisions, coaches and playstyle, one thing remains rock solid here in the Keys: We love our football teams!
MONROE COUNTY, FL
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FLIXBUS ADDS MORE STOPS IN BIG PINE KEY & KEY LARGO

FlixBus, North America’s fastest-growing intercity bus service, is adding new service to its growing Florida network and boosting its existing lines with the addition of intercity bus service to Big Pine Key and Key Largo with service kicking off on Thursday, Aug. 11. FlixBus’ line allows passengers to travel...
KEY LARGO, FL
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In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame,two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.-- John Adams.

Hurricanes focused on learning about each other

Coral Park finished last season 5-4. That’s about the extent Coral Shores coach Ed Holly, who is back with the Hurricane program after a six-year hiatus, is aware of the Rams, who are coming to town on Friday, Aug. 19, to George M. Barley Jr. Field in Tavernier for the Kickoff Classic at 7 p.m. “We talk all the time about paying attention to us and not worrying about the other team, but this week we really know nothing about this other team, and it’s...
TAVERNIER, FL
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9 CANDIDATES QUALIFY FOR MARATHON CITY COUNCIL RACE

The end of the official qualifying period on Aug. 9 for the 2022 Marathon City Council race found a total of nine candidates ready to compete for four open council seats in the Nov. 8 general election. In an effort to provide greater familiarity and communication between these candidates and our readers, the Marathon Weekly sent each prospective council member a series of questions concerning their backgrounds and stances on pressing city issues. The Marathon Weekly will continue to print each candidate’s responses in a Q&A series leading up to the election. The answers are printed exactly as submitted by candidates, with responses limited to 100 words.
MARATHON, FL
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MEET THE PRIMARY CANDIDATES DURING AN UPCOMING SOCIAL IN THE UPPER KEYS

On Aug. 17, residents of the Upper Keys have a unique opportunity to meet and greet candidates up for election in the primary races. The Upper Keys Business & Professional Women (BPW) is hosting the event, which will take place at the Rooftop Sandbar at Whale Harbor, Islamorada on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Welcome remarks and brief introductions of candidates will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., after which informal networking continues.
ISLAMORADA, FL
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