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Florida man says woman hosed him down for fishing in water she owns

VERO BEACH, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A fight over where a Florida man can fish is going viral after the man, Jose Ortiz of Melbourne, claimed that the pier's owner sprayed him with a hose because she also owns the water near the pier.

FOX35ORLANDO.COM - 2019-03-21 21:22:00

Toxic toads threaten pets in south Florida

Heavy rainfall in south Florida is causing an invasion of toxic toads known as cane toads. They breed in standing water and a new batch is expected to hatch in about three weeks.

TODAY.COM - 2019-03-21 15:30:12

Monroe County: Our top challenge is the lack of affordable housing for Keys workers

Monroe County adopted its strategic plan for the next five years with an emphasis on providing more housing that is affordable for the workforce that sustains the island chain’s tourism-based economy.

MIAMI HERALD - 2019-03-22 00:55:00

Florida motorcyclist killed after popping a wheelie

A Florida motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night when he popped a wheelie on a public road and was struck by a car that apparently couldn’t see him because his headlight was pointed in the air.

FOX NEWS - 2019-03-21 18:13:01

Phil Collins plans to show Central Florida he's 'Still Not Dead Yet' in September

Former Genesis drummer turned unlikely pop icon Phil Collins has announced dates for his "Still Not Dead Yet, Live!" greatest hits tour set to kick off in late September, and something will definitely be in the air for Central Florida fans. His sole Florida date is in nearby Tampa.

ORLANDOWEEKLY.COM - 2019-03-21 17:39:00

Council declines seal, hears hospital update

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council refused last week to canonize an official seal during a second required public vote and heard a report that the community hospital fundraising campaign is progressing apace.

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS - 2019-03-20 04:26:40

Neo-Nazi Allegedly Kidnapped, Raped Black Woman At Gunpoint in Florida

A 37-year-old Florida man with known ties to a neo-Nazi organization allegedly kidnapped a black woman and raped her. Joshua Edwards, a member of the Aryan Nation, was arrested on Tuesday, in Escambia County, Florida, on charges of armed carjacking, kidnapping and sexual battery, according to the po

NEWSWEEK - 2019-03-21 13:26:00

Baptist Health Hospital demolition completed this week

The final walls will come down on Friday, March 15 at Fishermen’s Community Hospital. The Baptist Health South Florida facility was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017, and the crumbling edifice is being removed to make way for a state-of-the-art hospital. The groundbreaking is set for December 2019


Smoking medical pot is no longer illegal in Florida. But how soon can patients buy it?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law this week repealing a ban on smoking medical marijuana, but it could be weeks or months before smokable cannabis products hit the shelves in dispensaries across the state.

TAMPA BAY TIMES - 2019-03-21 05:00:00

Keys to have say on Lake O levels

MARATHON — More water from Lake Okeechobee will reach Florida Bay and the Florida Keys, eventually. Work to improve freshwater flow through the Everglades ecosystem, including construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir and the new bridges on Tamiami Trail, will change the way that fe


Marathon High baseball team begins season

After winning their first two games, the Marathon varsity baseball team lost to Doctor’s Charter School at home on March 8. Coming into this season, the Dolphins are without eight of last year’s starters. “We knew we would be a young team this year,” said Coach Luis Leal. “All we can do is play hard

KEYSWEEKLY.COM - 2019-03-21 11:45:44

Resort manager arrested after heated altercation

A simmering dock dispute at a closed Islamorada motel and marina boiled over into a felony arrest March 13, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported.Smugglers Cove Resort manager and caretaker Richard Van Der Dijs, 53, was arrested after two dock tenants told deputies that Van Der Dijs drove...

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS - 2019-03-21 04:43:44

Big Pine Key man dies in car accident

A Big Pine Key man was found deceased on Sunday after his car apparently fell on top of him while he was working on it.According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Amer Izzo Nayif Yasin was found by his roommate underneath his 2013 Hyundai Genesis around 5:24 p.m. The roommate...


LONG-TERM RECOVERY – New funding sources opening up

Businesses are still facing challenges 17 months after Hurricane Irma, and governments are still waiting for FEMA funds. Unincorporated Monroe County looks to receive $70 million. Adding Islamorada, Key Colony, Marathon and Key West, that figure jumps to more than $150 million.


Board opposes closing park for events

ISLAMORADA — For a village meeting on Founders Park noise, it turned out to be pretty quiet. No changes for Founders Park event rules were proposed during a March 12 special session of Islamorada’s Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee.

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS - 2019-03-20 04:26:40

Creative dishes and artistic vision

ISLAMORADA — The 4th Annual Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show will feature creative seafood samplings from more than 25 of the Upper Keys’ top restaurant chefs. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, on the Old Highway and the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, mile marker 81.

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS - 2019-03-20 04:26:40

Deputies: Man killed when car he was working on falls on him

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Florida man was killed when the car he was working on fell on top of him. Monroe County Sheriff's spokesman Adam Linhardt said in an email that Amer Izzo Yasin was found by his roommate on Sunday afternoon outside their home in Big Pine Key.


Social services center gets boot from neighborhood

ISLAMORADA — A Monroe County social services center found no sanctuary at a former church on Plantation Key. Islamorada Village Council members told county officials March 14 that a Pearl Avenue building surrounded by residences was not a suitable location for a temporary Upper Keys Community Suppor

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS - 2019-03-20 04:26:40

Taylor Swift’s stalker wanted in Upper Keys

PLANTATION KEY — Pop and country superstar Taylor Swift’s alleged stalker faces new charges in the Florida Keys after missing a scheduled court date here. Monroe County Judge Sharon Hamilton last week issued an arrest warrant for Roger Cesar Alvarado Cisneros, 23, of Homestead, who was arrested the

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS - 2019-03-20 04:26:40

Locals, visitors devour the seafood

With more than 20,000 attendees, the Marathon Seafood Festival is the premier event for great seafood, entertainment and fun in the Middle Keys. Sponsored by the Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Marathon Chapter of the Organized Fishermen of Florida, the two days of food and entertainment conclu