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Posted on: June 16, 2021

INTERESTED ATTORNEYS MAY APPLY FOR VACANT COUNTY JUDGE SEAT DUE TO JUDGE RUTH BECKER’S RETIREMENT

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Governor DeSantis convened the 16th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission on June 15 to recommend nominees for his consideration to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Monroe County Judge Ruth Becker. She has served in the seat since 1990. Inte...

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO SPONSOR FOUR FIREWORK DISPLAYS THROUGHOUT THE FLORIDA KEYS

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The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved using Key West International Airport enterprise revenue funds to sponsor Independence Day celebrations and fireworks displays throughout the Florida Keys. 

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

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

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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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Posted on: June 7, 2021

COUNTY TO HOST 3 VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETINGS RE: EXAMPLE ADAPTATION ACTION AREA MAPS & POLICIES

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Monroe County will host three virtual public meetings regarding Example Adaptation Action Area Maps and Example Comprehensive Plan Policies on June 22-24.  This work is part of a Resilience Planning Grant received by the Florida Department of Env...

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Posted on: June 3, 2021

GOV. DESANTIS SIGNS FY22 BUDGET THAT INCLUDES RECORD STEWARDSHIP FUNDING FOR MONROE COUNTY

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On June 3, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Fiscal Year 2022 State budget that includes record Florida Keys Stewardship Act funding benefiting Monroe County. The County received the full appropriation of $20 million in Stewardship Act funding and $5 milli...

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

MONROE COUNTY BOCC DISCUSS UPDATES TO THE 2020-2025 STRATEGIC PLAN

Strategic Planner Kimberly Matthews leads a round table workshop with the commissioners

During a special workshop Tuesday at the Marathon Government Center, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed issues of community concern and County priorities to provide direction to County staff for the Monroe County Strategic Pl...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

LISSET BAUTISTA OF SOCIAL SERVICES NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE FIRST QUARTER

Lisset Bautista holds up her Employee of the Quarter award

Lisset Bautista, Lead Case Manager for Social Services, was selected for Monroe County's First Quarter Employee Service Award for her continual demonstration of Monroe County values in being an example of selflessness and taking pride in her work...

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

COMMISSIONERS DISCUSS MONROE COUNTY'S STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP UP

Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson with the Tallahassee lobbying team standing behind her.

Monroe County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson presented the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) a legislative session wrap-up discussion with the County’s lobbying team. The Florida State legislative session concluded F...

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

COUNTY MOVES TO RESTRUCTURE LAND AUTHORITY, DISCUSSES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION

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The Monroe County Land Authority (MCLA) is a separately managed public body governed by the same members of the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  The MCLA acquires land for conservation purposes to protect the natural environme...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

MONROE COUNTY AND MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE CUT RIBBON FOR CUDJOE KEY FIRE STATION 11

Commissioners and MCFR clip the red ribbon in front of station 11.

Monroe County and Monroe County Fire Rescue held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 17 to open the new Cudjoe Key Fire Station 11. The 3,708 square feet building has a 4,299 square feet garage bay and is rated for category five hurricanes with 200 mph wind ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

SPECIAL SEA-LEVEL RISE/CLIMATE CHANGE/ROADS ELEVATIONS MEETING TO BE HELD JUNE 21

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Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron has called a Special Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sea-Level Rise/Climate Change/Roads Elevation Meeting to be held on Monday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at the Marathon Government Center. The public may attend in per...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

BUILDING DEPARTMENT TO OPEN SATELLITE PERMITTING OFFICE ON BIG PINE KEY

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Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron and the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners authorized hiring a customer service representative to open a satellite permitting intake and issuance office on Big Pine Key. The goal is to open the satellite offi...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

COMMISSIONERS ENCOURAGE VACCINATIONS AND PERSONAL CHOICE OF FACIAL COVERINGS

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In the transitional period following Governor DeSantis’ recent executive order 21-102, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners rescinded the local facial covering ordinance in place to protect Monroe County citizens from COVID-19. At the...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

FLOOD PRONE HOMEOWNERS INVITED TO LEARN ABOUT FEMA’S MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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Is your home below the required base flood elevation and at risk of flooding, or has it flooded in the past, and you’ve filed a flood insurance claim with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)? If so, you may be interested in grant funding to elevat...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

ROAD AND DRAINAGE PROJECT ON 1ST STREET AND BERTHA STREET IN KEY WEST CONTINUES THRU 2022

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Monroe County’s 1st Street and Bertha Street Roadway and Drainage Improvement Project in Key West is scheduled in phases through July 2022. The work will consist of reconstruction and resurfacing the two roads, installing a new stormwater collec...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

FLOOD POLICYHOLDERS IN UNINCORP COUNTY WILL SEE ADDITIONAL CRS DISCOUNTS IN 2022

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Due to Monroe County’s efforts over the past five years in the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS), most of the nearly 14,400 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in unincorporated Monroe County are expected to receive new a...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

MONROE COUNTY TO IMPROVE PERMITTING PROCESS WITH ONLINE SERVICE

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COVID-19 brought to light how important it is to provide better customer service and the need to introduce online permitting, plan review, and inspections. The current permitting is handled by outdated software and County staff is evaluating a new system,...

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