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    Keys judge denies motion to lift stay on same-sex marriage

    Wedding bells will not ring Tuesday for gay Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones. Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, who last week overturned Florida’s 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban and ordered the two men be allowed to wed, on Monday denied their request...

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    Big celebration of life planned for Conch Republic's Anderson

    The Conch Republic is one of those things that make the Florida Keys unique. We're quirky and fun, and the Conch Republic -- the Florida Keys' alter-ego -- is rooted in this chain of islands' history of thumbing its nose at the mainland and its policies, which are decidedly uptight by Key West standards...

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    Keys county clerk already ramping up for same-sex marriage license requests

    In the hours after a Keys judge threw out Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, gay couples from all over the state inundated the Monroe County Clerk's Office with calls about when they could tie the knot.

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    With same-sex marriage appeal pending, Keys businesses not yet ready to market area as gay-friendly wedding destination

    Keys businesses aren't quite ready to start marketing the islands as a destination for same-sex marriages, but they are closely watching for the results of a lawsuit filed by two Key West bartenders denied a married license in April. Thursday, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Luis Garcia ruled...

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    Grand jury starts hearing case on Monday of man's death following Key West traffic stop

    A Monroe County grand jury will be presented information Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in its quest to determine if a crime occurred or Key West Police Department policies were violated in the death of a Michigan man following a traffic stop. Charles Eimers, 61, of Birch Run, Mich., died at Lower...


    Two Middle Keys marinas burglarized

    At least two Middle Keys marinas have been victimized by thefts of GPS devices and other electronics since July 8. On July 8, four boats were reported burglarized overnight at the Driftwood Marina on Coco Plum Drive. Between Thursday night and Friday morning, six more boats were burglarized at ...

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    County tow rules to tighten, copying Islamorada regulations

    It's time to get tough on the predatory towing of vehicles, Monroe County Commission members decided Wednesday. "We have to put a stop to it. This is no way to treat our tourists," County Mayor Sylvia Murphy said. Commissioner Heather Carruthers cited personal experience in backing the push for...

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    With new development, county yet again looks at housing for workers

    The economic rebound and corresponding demand for employees in the Florida Keys hospitality industry has revived workforce-housing concerns, Monroe County commissioners said Wednesday. "There is a shortage of affordable housing, rental or ownership. It's very hard to find places to rent in Monroe...

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    Developer revives plan for new hotel in Marathon

    Six years after he called investing in the property one of his worst business decisions, South Florida real estate mogul R. Donahue Peebles appears set to finally move forward with a hotel redevelopment at the former Ramada site near mile marker 54 in Marathon. Doing business as Key Colony Bay ...

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    Stand Up for Animals gets $45,000, case now largely over

    A lengthy lawsuit between Monroe County and a past animal-services provider for the Middle Keys has come to a close but the county isn't dropping its legal battle with a Key West accountant. Wednesday, the County Commission unanimously agreed -- with some members reluctant to do so -- to pay Linda...

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