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    Human remains found in sunken vessel believed to belong to Noah Cullen, the missing Key Largo diver

    Several miles off the coast of Key Largo, in dark and cold water more than 300 feet below the surface, two volunteer technical divers made the dangerous descent to a sunken sailboat in search of its missing captain, 24-year-old Noah Cullen.

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    County Commission: Free sewage pumpouts for boaters need to end

    Free sewage pumpouts provided to anchored boats helped protect Florida Keys waters but the average cost in 2013 for each pumpout came in higher than predicted for the program's first year. By the end 2013, the number of boats receiving pumpouts financed by Monroe County had increased to target ...

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    In Marathon, voters to decide term lengths and limits

    In addition to choosing three City Council members this coming election, voters in Marathon will decide whether to extend the length of council members' terms and change how term limits are applied. Currently, council terms are for two years and council members are term-limited out after three ...


    Possible Biscayne National Park plans get public review Wednesday

    Proposals that could limit or ban fishing on reef areas of Biscayne National Park near the Florida Keys will be on the table at area workshops this week. "Anybody who cares about fishing, recreational or commercial, in the Upper Keys should attend one of these meetings," said Bill Kelly, executive...


    Police now say man's fatal stabbing of himself could have been accidental

    A knife wound that killed a Miami man on the lam in the Keys might not have been intentionally self-inflicted as was originally reported, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Friday. Roy Blanco, 33, died at Lower Keys Medical Center after Sheriff's Office deputies and agents from U.S. Customs...

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    Property tax increasing in Marathon

    The city of Marathon's budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year is all but set, waiting for final approval at the next City Council meeting, set for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Center. The proposed fiscal year 2014-15 property tax rate is 2.3297, or $2.379 per $1,000 of assessed property value...


    Pantsless woman busted for drunk driving

    A Stock Island woman who took a police officer on a slow-paced chase before being arrested on a drunk-driving charge Wednesday was found behind the wheel without pants or shorts on. Lauren Laird, 25, refused to put on her shorts even when told to, but was finally clothed by a female Monroe County...


    Lawmakers come together seeking $1.9 billion for Everglades restoration

    Eleven federal lawmakers from Florida said Thursday that Everglades restoration needs $1.9 billion to move forward on critical projects. Legislation with support from both Republicans and Democrats would authorize the money for the Central Everglades Planning Project, which comprises an array of...

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    Mosquito Control Board finalizes 2014-15 budget

    The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board on Wednesday gave final approval to Mosquito Control's 2014-15 fiscal year budget. The property tax rate for the year starting Oct. 1 is .48, the same as the current fiscal year. The owner of a $300,000 home will pay $144. The Mosquito Control District has...


    Keys jobless rate among lowest in the state

    Gov. Rick Scott focused Friday on private-sector growth with the release of Florida's latest jobless numbers, which ticked up in August from 6.2 percent to 6.3 percent. Scott has made jobs one of the bedrock issues of his re-election campaign against former Gov. Charlie Crist. "In the month of...

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