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Posted on: October 19, 2020

OFFICIALS URGE CONTINUATION OF PROTECTIVE MEASURES

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With growing COVID-19 numbers in Monroe County, health department and county officials are urging residents to not let their guard down when it comes to wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. There have been 201 cases in the past 14 days wit...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

STAN WEBB THANKED FOR HIS 30 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

Stan Webb is presented his Years of Service pin in front of airport and airport fire rescue vehicle

Stan Webb was thanked recently for his 30 years of dedicated service to Monroe County Fire Rescue and to the community. 

“Stan pays attention to details and with his institutional knowledge, he is a huge asset to Monroe County,&rdquo...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR CARES NONPROFIT GRANT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM NOW OPEN

CARES Act Nonprofit graphic with a small wooden house and coins stacked up

The application period for the Monroe County CARES Nonprofit Grant Assistance Program, approved by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners for COVID-19-impacted 501c3 organizations, is now open. 

To be deemed an eligible organization, the ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

COUNTY WILL CONTINUE ROADS VULNERABILITY STUDY TO PREPARE FOR SEA-LEVEL RISE

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In a special workshop, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) learned that 49 percent of the roadways in unincorporated Monroe County are subject to sea-level rise by the year 2045. The preliminary cost estimate to elevate these roads is $...
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Posted on: November 17, 2020

TINY HOME PILOT PROJECT: COUNTY HOSTING THREE ‘TINY HOME’ OPEN HOUSES IN KEY LARGO

The back of the tiny home, painted light blue with gravel driveway and new trees

The public is welcome to view Monroe County’s first model code-compliant tiny home at one of three planned open houses. The house is located at 41 Judy Place, Key Largo. 

 The house will be open from noon to 3 p.m. on 

  • Saturday, N...
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Posted on: November 17, 2020

LIBRARIAN TERESA VALDEZ NAMED MONROE COUNTY EMPLOYEE OF THE THIRD QUARTER

Teresa Valdez holds up her favorite book in front of a bookcase

Teresa Valdez, assistant branch manager and librarian at the Big Pine Key branch of the Monroe County Library System, was named Monroe County’s 2020 Employee of the Third Quarter for continuing to provide outstanding service to the citizens of Monroe Coun...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

MONROE COUNTY AUTOMATES THE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, TESTS DURING T.S. ETA

Roman Gastesi stands in water on the road in Key Largo looking at the flooding

Monroe County was able to utilize a new preliminary damage inspection software application following Tropical Storm Eta in the Key Largo area. The preliminary damage assessment process is performed by Monroe County inspectors who inspect structures and es...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

RAILING UPGRADES COMPLETE ON REYNOLDS STREET PIER AT HIGGS BEACH IN KEY WEST

Reynolds Street Pier overlooking the ocean at sunset with new railings

Monroe County Project Management completed an upgrade of the railings at Reynolds Street Pier at Higgs Beach. The railings were replaced per a grant Monroe County received to repair the pier and make the pier ADA compliant. The initial design included a c...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

BALLFIELDS AT HARRY HARRIS & KEY LARGO COMMUNITY PARK WILL GET NEW SOD & FIELD REFURBISHMENT

Baseball field from low perspective behind homebase

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners agreed to an expedited process to refurbish and re-sod the ballfields at Harry Harris Park, MM 92.6, in Tavernier. The intention is to start the process as soon as possible to coincide with the completion of...

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Posted on: October 15, 2020

MAYOR PRO TEM MICHELLE COLDIRON EARNS ADVANCED COUNTY COMMISSIONER DESIGNATION

Coldiron with her designation plaque in her office at a desk

The Florida Association of Counties’ Institute for County Government presented Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Coldiron with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program after becoming a Certi...

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Posted on: October 15, 2020

DUCK KEY BRIDGE UPDATES: Bimini Bridge Affects Harbour, Plantation, and Yacht Club Islands

Duck Key Bridge map showing where the three bridges are located

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors have advised that three interior island Duck Key bridges are deteriorating faster than anticipated. Based on the results, FDOT has issued the following weight restrictions: Bimini Bridge has a 9-t...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

MONROE COUNTY’S GASTESI AND HAAG PRESENT VIRTUALLY AT ANNUAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Roman Gastesi sits at his desk with climate change notes and talking on his computer

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi and Chief Resilience Officer Rhonda Haag presented at Tuesday’s 12th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Compact Climate Leadership Summit that was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. The summit is a...

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

TEMPORARY KING TIDE FLOOD CONTROL BARRIERS TESTED IN KEY LARGO’S TWIN LAKES AREA

Dry streets at cross section with orange flood barrier in background

Monroe County is testing a temporary flood control barrier in the Twin Lakes community in Key Largo to help alleviate recent king tide road flooding. As one of the County’s pilot road elevation projects not yet constructed, this interim measure will provi...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

MONROE COUNTY DISTRIBUTES $1 MILLION IN CARES ACT FUNDING TO 259 SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

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Monroe County has released all $1 million allocated by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners for CARES Act Small Business Grant Program funding to 259 small local businesses that were affected by COVID-19. Businesses received grants based on com...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

REGISTER NOW FOR FREE MOBILE VESSEL PUMP-OUT SERVICES EXPANDED TO UPPER KEYS ANCHORAGES

On The Hook boat in the water with an anchorage of boats in the foreground

Monroe County has contracted with On The Hook Marine Services to begin temporary mobile vessel pump-out services starting Oct. 1 in the following anchorages:

Services will be provided temporarily while Monroe County continues to seek a new vendor to provid...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

MONROE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADOPT FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET

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The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met virtually to adopt the fiscal year (FY) 2021 $460,311,267 budget. The budget is 2.6 percent lower than last year’s budget and includes a certified aggregate millage rate of 3.3435, which is les...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

MONROE COUNTY REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS THAT STORMS ARE NOT AN EXCUSE TO CLEAR VEGETATION

Monroe County cuts down damaged trees at Big Pine Key Community Park after Hurricane Irma

A storm or hurricane is not an excuse to clear vegetation, especially native vegetation, like mangroves or gumbo limbo, from your property. Sometimes it is necessary to remove vegetative debris but there are limits as to what can be cleared. Hurricane Irm...

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