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Posted on: June 20, 2019

COMMISSIONER CARRUTHERS RECOGNIZED AS A FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES PRESIDENTIAL ADVOCATE

Carruthers address Florida Association of Counties in 2018

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers was recognized by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) as a Presidential Advocate for her work during the 2019 Legislative Session. Carruthers received the designation during an awards ceremony held at th...

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Posted on: June 15, 2019

FEMA OBLIGATES MORE THAN $14.4 MILLION TO MONROE COUNTY FOR HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS REMOVAL

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The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded more than $14.4 million for Hurricane Irma debris removal to Monroe County this week. In two separate transactions, FEMA obligated $5,911,779.12 and $8,506,848.94 milli...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

BUILDING DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES NEW PERMIT, CONTRACTOR, AND CODE SEARCH INTERFACE

MCeSearch website screenshot

The Monroe County Building Department introduced MCeSearch, a new program that allows the public to review status and information on permits, search local licensed contractors, see code compliance cases, and review property information for unincorporated ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

MONROE COUNTY HOSTS HURRICANE IRMA BUSINESS RECOVERY WORKSHOP TO IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL ACTIONS

Business Recovery Workshop workgroup

Monroe County, in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and the Lower Keys, invited business owners and community members to help identify additional actions needed to support the recovery of businesses and economic...

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

COUNTY APPROVES STEWARDSHIP FUNDING TO CLEAR PLUGGED CANALS OF IRMA MARINE DEBRIS

A canal is cleaned in Key Largo as part of the project.

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $242,000 of Department of Environmental Protection Stewardship Grant funding for removal of Hurricane Irma marine debris from five plugged canals in unincorporated Monroe County...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

UPDATE: MONROE COUNTY’S ‘LESS THAN FEE’ PROGRAM FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO WITH HOME/ADJACENT LOT

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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 program. To date, the Co...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 9, 2019

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

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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 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 21, 2019

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

Special Strategic Planning Workshop

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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