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Posted on: March 4, 2019

APPLICATION AND RENEWAL PERIOD FOR HURRICANE PLACARD REENTRY PROGRAM RUNS THROUGH MAY 1

IRMA - Headed Home Keys Strong picture

The application period for Monroe County Emergency Management’s 2019 Business Placard Reentry Program runs through May 1, 2019. NEW applicants can apply at www.monroecountyem.com/placardprogram. Businesses approved for the 2018 hurricane...

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

MONROE COUNTY FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDICS ARE RECOGNIZED AT FLORIDA KEYS EMS AWARD CEREMONY

Firefighter/paramedics receive awards at luncheon

Florida Keys Emergency Medical Service (EMS) paramedics and firefighters were recognized at the annual Florida Keys EMS Awards that took place April 2 at Florida Keys Country Club in Marathon. Monroe County Firefighter/Paramedics of the Year include Andre...
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Posted on: March 11, 2019

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE PARTICIPATES IN 38 STORY 'FIGHT FOR AIR' CLIMB

Monroe County Fire rescue at Fight For Air climb

Fourteen Monroe County Fire Rescue firefighters, two Trauma Star flight nurses, and five family members participated in the Fight For Air Climb Saturday in Miami. They climbed 38 stories in bunker gear and air packs to raise money for the American Lung As...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

MONROE COUNTY NOW HAS LEASH LAW FOR ANIMALS IN PUBLIC PLACES

Dog being walked with a leash

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners amended the Monroe County Code to require animals in public places to be on a leash.

“Effective voice command” is no longer an acceptable means of control for an animal in a public place s...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 19, 2019

STAIRWELL AT REYNOLDS STREET PIER AT HIGGS BEACH IN KEY WEST IS FULLY REPAIRED

Higgs Beach Pier Repairs

Monroe County Project Management completed the concrete foundation repair to a damaged set of stairs at Reynolds Street Pier at Higgs Beach today. The stairs were damaged due to wave action during a winter storm. There was no damage to the second set of s...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 17, 2019

MONROE COUNTY ENCOURAGES LOCAL PROPOSALS FOR EMERGENCY STANDBY SERVICES

Request For Proposals Logo

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved requesting proposals from companies and vendors to provide a variety of emergency services in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. Monroe County Emergency Management and the Monroe Co...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 16, 2019

GOVERNOR DESANTIS VISITS MONROE COUNTY OFFICIALS TO TALK HURRICANE RECOVERY AND WATER QUALITY

Governor Ron DeSantis Visits Monroe County

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to Monroe County and local municipality government officials on Tuesday about a range of topics, from hurricane recovery to canal restoration. Alongside him at Coast Guard Station Marathon was Lieut. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, De...

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

MONROE COUNTY REPAYS $2.1 MILLION TO KEY LARGO WASTEWATER TREATMENT DISTRICT TO BENEFIT TAXPAYERS

Ceremonial check presented the Key Largo Wastewater District

Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with $2.125 million. It is the fourth installment payment in a multi-year Interlocal Agreement regarding the distribut...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 15, 2019

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS: SALE OF SURPLUS NETWORKING EQUIPMENT

Surplus Sale Monroe County Logo

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Thursday, May 16 at 3 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following:

SALE OF SURPLUS NETWORKING EQUIPMENT, MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA 

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

NEW FEDERAL COURT DECISION WILL HELP “BLUE WATER” VIETNAM NAVY VETERANS WITH BENEFITS

Key West Vietnam Veterans Wall

The Monroe County Veterans Affairs Department is reaching out to Vietnam Navy veterans to inform them of a recent federal court decision that could lead to collecting previously denied benefits related to Agent Orange exposure.

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

MONROE COUNTY SUES DRUG AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES FOR COSTS OF DEALING WITH OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Bottle of prescription pills

On April 3, 2019, a group of law firms led by Morgan & Morgan filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida in Miami against opioid manufacturers and distributors on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

MONROE COUNTY EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATE IN FIFTH ANNUAL GREEN COMMUTE CHALLENGE

Dina Gambuzza rides her bicycle to work for Green Commute Challenge

Monroe County employees participated in the fifth annual Green Commute Challenge led by the City of Key West. The challenge takes a percentage of carbon dioxide saved from the participants who walked, rode their bikes, took public transportation, or carpo...

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Posted on: April 9, 2019

MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE LAUNCHES NEW ‘FLICKR’ WEBSITE FOR COUNTY PHOTOS

Flickr website screenshot

Monroe County’s Public Information Office launched a new “Flickr” website for public and media use of Monroe County government-related photographs at www.flickr.com/photos/monroecountybocc.

The site has more than 800 images, with new pictures being added w...

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Posted on: April 8, 2019

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS UPDATE AT HALFWAY MARK OF 2019 FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Legislative Affairs gives update to Florida House

The 2019 Florida legislative session reached the halfway mark last week with the Senate and House both passing their respective budgets.

Monroe County’s appropriation requests in both budgets include funding for the Florida Keys Stewardship Act, ...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2019

MONROE COUNTY FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDICS ARE RECOGNIZED AT FLORIDA KEYS EMS AWARD CEREMONY

Firefighter/paramedics receive awards at luncheon

Florida Keys Emergency Medical Service (EMS) paramedics and firefighters were recognized at the annual Florida Keys EMS Awards that took place Tuesday at Florida Keys Country Club in Marathon. Monroe County Firefighter/Paramedics of the Year include Andre...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2019

BIG COPPITT KEY BOAT RAMP TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DOCK

Big Coppitt Boat Ramp before construction picture

Monroe County Project Management will begin boat ramp repairs and construction of a new pier at the County-owned Big Coppitt Key boat ramp, located on Barcelona Avenue at Gulf View Park. The ramp will be closed Monday, April 8 through the end of July.

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

GUARDIAN AD LITEM: APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH - UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

Logo for pinwheels for prevention

By Alexsa Leto, Guardian ad Litem Director for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, serving Monroe County

To prevent child abuse, we must understand it. That's why you'll soon see blue pinwheels and other signs that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The be...

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Posted on: March 28, 2019

FIRST PHASE OF DRAINAGE AND PARKING PROJECT NEAR COMPLETION AT EAST MARTELLO TOWER

Photo of drainage project at East Martello Tower

The first phase of the drainage and parking project is near completion. It is part of a $1 million renovation at East Martello Tower in Key West.

The parking area near the west end of the fort was installed to retain stormwater onsite by combining sloped d...

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Posted on: March 23, 2019

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK AT WEST END OF 7 MILE BRIDGE REOPENS WITH LIMITED ACCESS

Veterans Park reopens after Hurricane Irma

After suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the oceanside Veterans Memorial Park at the west end of the 7 Mile Bridge reopened Saturday, March 23 with limited access.

The parking lot and beach are open to the public. The permanent bathroo...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 21, 2019

MONROE COUNTY OFFICIALS ATTEND FLORIDA KEYS DAY IN TALLAHASSEE

Florida Keys officials at Florida Keys Day in Tallahassee

Monroe County Commissioners, senior staff, officials from Florida Keys municipalities and local business owners were in the state capital Tuesday for the 10th annual Florida Keys Day. In addition to meeting with legislators, Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Mur...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADOPT 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN AT THE MARCH BOCC MEETING

Strategic Plan circle image

At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners monthly meeting Thursday, the Commission adopted the 2020 Monroe County Strategic Plan. This five-year Plan guides priorities and direction of County services through the annual budget process.

The updated...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2019

MONROE COUNTY LONG TERM RECOVERY GROUP CELEBRATES OPENING OF VOLUNTEER VILLAGE

Long Term Recovery Group photo

The Monroe County Long Term Recovery Group opened its mobile Volunteer Village on Tuesday on Big Pine Key. The village, set up on County-owned land, is a creative solution to temporarily house volunteers who come to the Florida Keys to help with Hurricane...

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

APPLICATION AND RENEWAL PERIOD FOR HURRICANE PLACARD REENTRY PROGRAM RUNS THROUGH MAY 1

IRMA - Headed Home Keys Strong picture

The application period for Monroe County Emergency Management’s 2019 Business Placard Reentry Program runs through May 1, 2019. NEW applicants can apply at www.monroecountyem.com/placardprogram. Businesses approved for the 2018 hurricane...

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

FIRST PITCH OF THE UPPER KEYS LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON THROWN BY MONROE COUNTY’S GLASSMER

Robert Glassmer throws first pitch at Harry Harris Park

Robert Glassmer, Monroe County Administrator of Buildings, Parks and Beaches in the Upper Keys, was honored to be invited to the mound to throw the first pitch of the season. He helped spearhead the effort to get the ball fields ready in time for the litt...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2019

10 CANALS APPROVED FOR NRCS GRANT-FUNDED SEDIMENT REMOVAL ON BIG PINE KEY, MARATHON AND ISLAMORADA

Debris removed from canal 475 Geiger Key

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) approved 10 canals in Monroe County for sediment removal caused by Hurricane Irma.

The County submitted 34 canals to NRCS for funding for sediment removal eligi...

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

BOCC TAKES MEASURES TO ADDRESS UPCOMING RELEASE OF FEMA’S DRAFT FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS

Photo of floodplain map

KEY WEST, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners took measures Wednesday to address the upcoming release of FEMA’s draft Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which are expected in April. This is followed by the publication of preliminary maps, likely ...

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Posted on: February 18, 2019

KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES NEW DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM CHICAGO AND PHILADELPHIA

First Philly flight arrives at Key West International Airport

Key West International Airport (EYW) celebrated two new nonstop services through American Airlines from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on Saturday. The first arriving passengers received a...

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Posted on: February 8, 2019

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO REVISITS CANAL 242 TO SEE PROGRESS OF MONROE COUNTY-LED MARINE DEBRIS PROGRAM

Senator Marco Rubio revisits canal 242

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio revisited Canal 242 with Monroe County, City of Marathon and Village of Islamorada officials on Friday to see for himself the result of a $49.2 million grant to remove Hurricane Irma marine debris from Florida Keys canals. This wa...

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