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Friday 06/08/2018
Alberto May Have Affected Some Turtle Nests

As sea-turtle nesting season reaches its peak, the number of reptiles laying eggs on Florida beaches continues to trend upward. But officials say Subtropical Storm Alberto washed away some nests and flooded others across the state this week, which makes it unlikely any of those eggs will survive.

Posted: June 08, 2018
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Push Continues for Drilling Off the Florida Coast

Proponents of drilling for oil and natural gas haven’t given up on tapping areas closer to Florida’s shoreline despite repeated assurances those waters will be exempt from a White House plan to expand exploration.

Posted: June 08, 2018
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Friday 05/04/2018
All-Electronic Tolling System for Card Sound Road Opens in June; Sun Pass Promotion until May 9

   The new All-Electronic Tolling System is being installed on Card Sound Road and will be operational in June 2018. It replaces the cash-only tollbooth that was removed last year.

Posted: May 04, 2018
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Friday 04/13/2018
Croc Spotted in Key Largo

Upper Keys Deputy Jose Hernandez snapped the attached photos of this crocodile at the Largo and Vaca roads area near Mile Marker 106 about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Posted: April 13, 2018
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Governor’s Spokesperson Killed in Islamorada Boating Accident

   Jereima “Jeri” Bustamante, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott who was going to work on his U.S. Senate campaign, died Sunday when a boat in which she was riding crashed into mangrove trees in the Florida Keys.

Posted: April 13, 2018
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Tuesday 04/03/2018
Scott Signs Measure Targeting Invasive Species

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill aimed at reducing the number of pythons and other invasive species that cause damage in parts of the state, including the Everglades.

Posted: April 03, 2018
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Monday 04/02/2018
Marine related thefts are on the rise; keep your property safe

The Upper Keys have seen a recent increase in outboard boat engine thefts. Thieves are targeting all sizes and makes, but mostly Yamaha and in one case, a Mercury. Fenced-in lots have not been a deterrent in some cases as criminals are cutting their way onto private property. In each case, steering cables, fuel lines and wiring harnesses are cleanly severed.

Posted: April 02, 2018
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Saturday 03/31/2018
Help nesting sea turtles by keeping beaches dark and free of obstacles at night

Keeping beaches dark at night and free of obstacles will help sea turtles during their nesting season, which begins in Florida on March 1 and lasts through the end of October.

Posted: March 31, 2018
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Thursday 03/29/2018
Homestead Man charged in Dairy Queen armed robbery

One of two men who robbed the Tavernier Dairy Queen at gunpoint on the night of Aug. 23 arrested in Miami-Dade County is now in jail in Monroe County.

Posted: March 29, 2018
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Police Shooting Closes Down the Stretch

A Miami-Dade police officer who was responding to a traffic accident south of Florida City on the 'stretch" at US1/MM 114 was involved in an incident resulting in shots fired by the officer this afternoon, according to police reports.

Updated: March 29, 2018 - 2:40 pm
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Friday 03/23/2018
Scott Signs Bill on Power Transmission Lines

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill dealing with the approval of electric transmission lines, an issue that stemmed from a legal battle between Florida Power & Light and local governments in Miami-Dade County.

Posted: March 23, 2018
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Friday 03/09/2018
Man arrested and woman airlifted in motorcycle crash

A 29-year-old Homestead man was arrested and his girlfriend was airlifted early Sunday morning after both fled from Sheriff’s Office deputies in the Upper Keys.

Posted: March 09, 2018
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School Safety Plan Narrowly Passes Senate

After two weeks of emotionally charged testimony and raw debate, the Florida Senate on Monday narrowly approved a sweeping measure addressing

Posted: March 09, 2018
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Friday 02/23/2018
Key Largo traffic stop brings drug and gun charges

A 60-year-old Hobe Sound man was arrested Monday for possessing multiple pills without a prescription as well as two handguns while illegally possessing the pills, among other charges.

Posted: February 23, 2018
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Saturday 02/17/2018
State Helps Monroe County Cleanup

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is putting up $6 million to help complete cleanup of marine debris from Hurricane Irma in Monroe County. Gov. Rick Scott this week announced a deal between the department, working with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Monroe County to assist in recovery from the September hurricane.

Posted: February 17, 2018
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Friday 02/16/2018
Sentencing for men who tried to steal Key deer

State sentences were given for the two co-defendants involved in an endangered Key Deer arrest back in July of 2017.

Posted: February 16, 2018
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Friday 02/09/2018
Habitat Party to Raise Funds for Affordable Housing

Citing the need, now more than ever, for affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys is holding its 16th annual cocktail party fundraiser on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Posted: February 09, 2018
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Thursday 01/18/2018
Homestead Men Caught Burglarizing Tavernier Condo

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Posted: January 18, 2018
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Friday 01/05/2018
Caravan of Canoes Cares for the Keys

   With the winds of Hurricane Irma gone, residents of the Middle Keys feel they have been forgotten with little or no help from the government of Monroe County.    

Posted: January 05, 2018
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Thursday 01/04/2018
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Burglary Suspect

 Sheriff’s Detective Lance Hernandez is asking for the public’s help identifying a burglary suspect whose image was captured on surveillance cameras at a Key Largo business.

Posted: January 04, 2018
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