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Posted on: October 12, 2021

SPECIAL BOCC TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 3

TRansportation Master PLan

Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron is calling a Special Board of County Commissioners Transportation Master Plan meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marathon Government Center. The commissioners will review and prioritize potenti...

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Posted on: October 8, 2021

HIGGS BEACH IN KEY WEST UNDERGOING SHORELINE RESTORATION, BEACH ACCESS WILL BE LIMITED

Seagull sitting on Reynold's Street Pier overlooking Higgs Beach with people sitting on the beach

Monroe County’s Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach Park in Key West is undergoing about 570 feet of shoreline restoration expected to begin on Monday, Oct. 11. The project will renourish sand above and below the mean high water line, reestablish s...

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Posted on: October 1, 2021

RESIDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MONROE COUNTY VOLUNTARY HOME BUYOUT PROGRAM

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The State of Florida allocated $15 million to Monroe County through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Voluntary Home Buyout Program. The voluntary program was created to encourage risk reduction through the purchase of resi...

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Posted on: September 29, 2021

FEMA’S FLOOD RISK RATING 2.0 WILL AFFECT MOST FLORIDA KEYS NFIP POLICYHOLDERS

Little red Monopoly houses in a puddle of water

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is implementing and fundamentally changing how it will rate a property’s flood insurance risk and prices with its Flood Risk Rating 2.0 methodology. The new methodology will affect all new National ...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

HOLLY RASCHEIN SWORN IN TO FILL DISTRICT 5 'MIKE FORSTER' COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT

Raschein is sworn in with son standing beside her in front of a County seal with flags

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Holly Raschein of Tavernier to fill the District 5 Board of County Commissioners seat. The seat was held by Commissioner Mike Forster, who passed away earlier this month. She was sworn in Sept. 28 by Deputy Clerk Jennifer Belz ...

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

MONROE COUNTY TO EXPERIENCE SEASONAL KING TIDES THROUGH DECEMBER, TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Monroe County crew place large orange barriers, Tiger Dams, along a Key Largo street.

Monroe County will experience seasonal high king tides through December. King tides are unusually high tides that occur several times a year, usually in the fall, that can cause coastal tidal flooding, especially in low-lying areas. Monroe County is monit...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

THOSE IN COUNTY BUILDINGS MUST WEAR FACIAL COVERINGS IF UNABLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE

Written: Press Release on whiteboard

Concerned with the current surge in COVID-19 cases, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners voted to require people to wear facial coverings inside all county buildings under their control. These buildings include, but are not limited to, county g...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

RICHARD SANDS OF FACILITIES MAINTENANCE NAMED MONROE COUNTY EMPLOYEE OF THE SECOND QUARTER

Richard Sands poses against a wall wearing a public works shirt

Richard Sands, a maintenance worker for Facilities Maintenance – Parks & Beaches, was selected for Monroe County's Second Quarter Employee Service Award for his noteworthy performance above and beyond his job expectations. Sands ste...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

COMMISSIONER MIKE FORSTER: MAYOR MICHELLE COLDIRON EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES

Mike Forster Headshot

The Monroe County commissioners were informed that Commissioner Mike Forster passed early Monday from complications of COVID-19. Forster’s pastor, Tony Hammon, confirmed the sad news on Facebook.

A statement from Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron:

“It i...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

2020 CENSUS DATA DUE TO COUNTY IN SEPTEMBER, REDISTRICTING MAY FOLLOW

BOCC District Breakdown - Color Coded as mentioned in text.

Monroe County received the preliminary 2020 U.S. Census Bureau population count for Monroe County. The 2020 Census data puts Monroe County's population at 82,847 as of April 1, 2020 – an increase of 9,757 more people than were reported ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

BIG PINE KEY SWIMMING HOLE AND NATURE CENTER UNDER CONSTRUCTION; MAYOR COLDIRON TOURS PROPERTY

County Mayor and staff look over plans at the swimming hole site

The Big Pine Key Swimming Hole and Nature Center at the Lower Keys Scenic Viewing Area, an extension of the Overseas Heritage Trail, is under construction with an estimated completion date in summer 2022. The area will have 17 parking spaces, bike racks, ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2021

VETERANS AFFAIRS TO REOPEN MARATHON SATELLITE OFFICE ON 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH

Cathy Crane and Dawn Crane look at a computer screen. A tv shows a picture of the VA staff.

Monroe County Veterans Affairs will reopen the Marathon satellite office on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library Marathon Branch, 3490 Overseas Highway, Marathon. The first one is on Aug. 11.

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

MONROE COUNTY SELECTS JOHN ALLEN AS NEW DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND BEACHES

Headshot of John Allen, Monroe County Director of Parks and Beaches

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners welcomed John Allen from the City of Tampa as the new Monroe County Parks and Beaches director at the July 22 special meeting in Key West.

Allen is leaving his current management position that oversees 27 com...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

REMINDER: STORMS ARE NOT AN EXCUSE TO CLEAR VEGETATION FROM YOUR PROPERTY

Hurricane Irma Vegetation Clearing[15]

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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Posted on: June 16, 2021

MONROE COUNTY ANNOUNCES MARINA PUMP-OUT OUTFITTING PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL MARINA OWNERS

Pump-Out Logo from CVA with boat and pump-out graphic

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved the Marina Pump-Out Outfitting Program (MPOOP) at today’s regularly scheduled meeting to reduce pollutant discharges from liveaboard vessels by expanding the number and use of sewage pump-out facili...

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

PARKING FINES ON COUNTY ROADS INCREASE TO $200 TO DETER ILLEGAL PARKING

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To deter illegal parking in Monroe County, especially near parks and beaches, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) increased the parking fines on county roads from $20 to $200. The fines are a noncriminal civil penalty. The increase take...

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