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    Key West Zombie Ride Oct. 19, 2014

    Thousands of bicycle-riding zombies made their way through the streets of Key West Sunday as part of the Zombie Ride. It started five years ago with just a few riders but is now one of the largest participatory events in the Southernmost City.

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    Key West takes initial step to regulate medical marijuana

    The Key West Planning Board on Tuesday approved a 180-day moratorium on establishing medical marijuana treatment centers within the city. Amendment 2 to the state Constitution, which would legalize medical marijuana statewide, is on the Nov. 4 ballot. Language in the amendment says the state Department...

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    Marathon council votes to regulate gun ranges in effort to nix private home ranges

    The Marathon City Council is looking to deter backyard gun ranges within city limits with a "sport shooting and training range" ordinance, which had its first reading at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Mayor Dick Ramsay initiated it, citing a gun range installed earlier this year in Big Pine Key...

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    Allowing greater building height limit goes to Key West voters

    Key West residents will be allowed to have taller buildings if voters pass a Nov. 4 referendum asking if property owners should be allowed to raise their buildings a maximum of four feet above Federal Emergency Management Agency flood levels. The referendum would allow buildings to exceed current...


    Voters asked to extend half-cent sales tax for schools

    Monroe County voters have the option Nov. 4 of extending the School District's half-cent sales tax to provide almost $16 million annually to the district over the next decade. The tax, in place since 1996, passed with almost 72 percent of the vote the last time it was put up to referendum in 2004...

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    Settlement likely over Lower Keys sewer injection well

    A resolution calling for a deepwater injection well, estimated to cost around $7 million, was dropped from the Monroe County Commission's agenda Friday in expectation of a settlement. A citizens' group called Dig Deep Cudjoe in July filed a formal petition opposing renewal of state environmental...

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    Key West manager Scholl up for renewal Tuesday

    The Key West City Commission will consider a two-year extension for interim City Manager Jim Scholl when the board meets Tuesday. Scholl, who had served as city manager from 2007 through 2012, was hired on a one-year interim basis, replacing then-City Manager Bob Vitas, this past July. Vitas and...

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    School District, Sherwin-Williams settle paint dispute

    The Monroe County School District will receive $50,000 after accepting a settlement with paint company Sherwin-Williams at a School Board workshop in Tavernier Tuesday. According to an October 2011 lawsuit filed against Sherwin-Williams and now defunct Coral Colors Inc., Coral Colors was hired ...

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    Marathon council abandons two city roads

    The Marathon City Council on Tuesday voted to abandon one city-owned road and part of another. They're at 2980 Dolphin Drive and Ocean Drive on Crawl Key. The Dolphin Drive abandonment was requested by Thomas Hirchak, who argued the city owns a portion of his driveway. The Crawl Key abandonment...

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    Falcon Contractors gets contract to build Marathon city hall

    Construction of a new city hall is expected to start by the end of the year after the Marathon City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve a $4.29 million bid from Big Pine Key-based Pedro Falcon Contractors. Plans call for a 150-seat, 3,456-square-foot meeting hall, about 9,700 square...

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