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Thursday 08/09/2018
Key Largo Man Arrested for Child Abuse

A 36-year-old Key Largo man was arrested Monday afternoon for beating a child.

Posted: August 09, 2018
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Rowell’s Waterfront Park to temporarily close for hurricane cleanup

Due to hurricane cleanup operations in canals throughout Monroe County, contractors will use temporary staging sites for debris collection across Monroe County, including Rowell’s Waterfront Park in the Upper Keys. This will require the park to close in mid-August (sometime after August 12). County Officials expect operations to continue 7-8 months.

Posted: August 09, 2018
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Friday 07/27/2018
Sheriff’s Office seeks help in identifying suspects

Upper Keys Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the three people seen in the attached picture.

Updated: August 02, 2018 - 5:47 pm
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Friday 07/13/2018
Summer “Passport” Series

The Palace Gardens, Homestead’s award-

Posted: July 13, 2018
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Enterprise Florida Plans Trade Mission to Africa

Enterprise Florida, Inc. is planning a fall export sales mission to Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The public-private business recruitment agency has opened registration for the Nov. 2-9 trip that will target fields including agricultural machinery, aircraft parts, construction, medical equipment, energy, and waste-water management. Estimated travel costs for the excursion include $1,290 for round-trip airfare from New York to Nairobi and $160 to $195 a night for hotels, depending upon the location. For an additional $2,400, Enterprise Florida is also setting up “pre-screened one-on-one ‘Gold Key’ meetings” with local African companies.

Posted: July 13, 2018
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Impersonating a Police Officer Lands Homestead Teen in Jail

A 19-year-old Homestead man was arrested Saturday night for pretending to be a law enforcement officer while driving in the Upper Keys.

Posted: July 13, 2018
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Rescued at Sea

Sheriff’s Office Middle Keys Capt. Don Hiller and his friends rescued three Cuban migrants who were clinging to a make-shift floatation device Saturday afternoon more than 40 miles off the coast of the Lower Keys.

Updated: July 14, 2018 - 9:48 am
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Friday 07/06/2018
Homestead Man Arrested for Battery

A 48-year-old Homestead man was charged with battery by strangulation, stalking and robbery in a domestic incident on Sunday afternoon. Jorge Diaz was also charged with larceny and property damage.

Posted: July 06, 2018
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Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo Reopens in Time for Summer

Rowell’s Waterfront Park – at mile marker 104.5 on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo – reopened Tuesday morning, in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

Updated: July 06, 2018 - 9:38 am
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Thursday 07/05/2018
Pennecamp Family Celebrates at Key Largo’s Pennecamp Park

In 1951, John Pennekamp, a longtime conservationist and member of the newly created Board of State Parks and Historic Memorials, addressed the Florida Legislature. The title and main topic of that speech was "playgrounds for all the people." His dedication and service to the state park system led Florida Governor Leroy Collins to name John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo in his honor.

Posted: July 05, 2018
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Monroe County Launches New Emergency Management Website and Alert!Monroe

Since Hurricane Irma, Monroe County has made some improvements for emergency public information in time for the 2018 tropical storm season.

Posted: July 05, 2018
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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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