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Posted on: May 21, 2019

MONROE COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS WILL HONOR FALLEN SOLDIERS ON MEMORIAL DAY

Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony 2018

Monroe County Veterans Affairs will co-host a Memorial Day ceremony with Key Largo VFW Post 10211 on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Murray Nelson Government Center auditorium in Key Largo.

The ceremony is open to the public. The service will include the ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

UPDATE: MONROE COUNTY’S ‘LESS THAN FEE’ PROGRAM FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO OWN A HOME AND ADJACENT LOT

house and adjacent vacant lot W

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) launched a “Less Than Fee” Program in October 2018 for people who own a home and the adjacent lot in unincorporated Monroe County.

More than 175 homeowners have applied for the prog...

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

ILLEGAL DUMPING IN MONROE COUNTY IS A GROWING PROBLEM PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS

Right of Way Illegal Dumping

It is illegal and can be a felony to dump household appliances, construction materials, boats, trailers, RVs, and vegetative debris on County-owned vacant land and County rights-of-way and streets.

This fiscal year, there has been an increase of 2...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

MONROE COUNTY-LED HURRICANE IRMA SEDIMENT REMOVAL PROJECT UNDERWAY

Marine sediment removal project in Marathon

The first of the 10-canal Hurricane Irma sediment removal projects in the Florida Keys are underway. Tavernier-based Adventure Environmental, Inc. began the sediment removal project in three Marathon canals. The two Islamorada canal projects are anticipat...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

MONROE COUNTY BOCC DISCUSS DRAFT FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUDGET AT PUBLIC WORKSHOP

Budget workshop at Harvey Government Center

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met today to view and discuss a draft proposal of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at a public workshop held at Harvey Government Center in Key West.

Monroe County Director of Budget and Finance Tina Boan presente...

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Posted on: May 7, 2019

STATE LEGISLATURE FUNDS $750,000 FOR MONROE COUNTY’S FREE VESSEL PUMP OUT PROGRAM

PumpOut USA at a sailboat in Key West Harbor

The Florida State Legislature approved a $750,000 appropriation for Monroe County’s vessel pump out program on Saturday in the State’s final budget. The pump out program, funded by the State and the County, has been free to Florida Key...

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

COMMISSIONER HEATHER CARRUTHERS URGES RESIDENTS TO BUY FLOOD INSURANCE BEFORE FEMA MAPS CHANGE

Heather Carruthers presents NFIP at Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers traveled throughout the Florida Keys since January to spread awareness about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and its impact on Monroe County’s 31,000 policyholders.

Carruthers presented a ...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES VESSEL BILL THAT INCLUDES STUDY ON IMPACTS OF LONG-TERM STORAGE OF BOATS

Derelict vessel

The Florida State Legislature passed a bill today that directs the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to conduct a study on the impacts to local communities of boats stored long-term on Florida waters outside of public mooring fields....

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Posted on: April 30, 2019

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS INVITED TO COMPLETE A POST-HURRICANE IRMA SURVEY TO GUIDE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Closed for Redevelopment sign in Marathon, Florida

Monroe County, in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and the Lower Keys, invite all business owners and former business owners to complete a short survey. The survey results will identify additional actions to su...

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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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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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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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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 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.

The opinion in Procopio vs. ...

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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 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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Posted on: April 2, 2019

FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDICS 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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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: 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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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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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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