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Stone crab season opens Sunday — but will the hurricane affect the haul?

Stone crab season opens Sunday — but will the hurricane affect the haul?

Fishermen, restaurateurs and consumers await Oct. 15 to learn whether this year’s haul of stone crab claws will be hurt by Hurricane Irma’s trashing of the middle Florida Keys....
No phone or Wi-Fi? No problem. He used ham radio, Morse code to communicate after Irma

No phone or Wi-Fi? No problem. He used ham radio, Morse code to communicate after Irma

The Keys man sent out about 80 messages over the airwaves in the days following Hurricane Irma’s destruction....
Irma challenges Keys’ trailer lifestyle

Irma challenges Keys’ trailer lifestyle

Mobile homes and recreational vehicles didn’t survive the storm’s 130 mph winds and storm surge...
In the Keys, workers already struggled to find affordable housing. Then Irma hit.

In the Keys, workers already struggled to find affordable housing. Then Irma hit.

In one of the most expensive regions of the state, the storm damaged an already small stock of homes for low-wage workers....
After Irma, Florida needs to wake up to climate change realities

After Irma, Florida needs to wake up to climate change realities

The impact of our warming planet will likely lead to even stricter zoning and building codes to account for the rising sea levels visible in places like South Beach — even on days...
Organizations pitch in for post-Hurricane Irma relief

Organizations pitch in for post-Hurricane Irma relief

You can make a difference and help out your fellow South Floridians with hurricane relief through these donation efforts....
Justice in paradise: Criminal court returns to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma

Justice in paradise: Criminal court returns to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma

About 20 low-level offenders got their freedom on Wednesday as lawyers held their first bona fide court hearing in Monroe County since the storm....
The Keys will officially reopen to tourists Sunday, nearly 3 weeks ahead of schedule

The Keys will officially reopen to tourists Sunday, nearly 3 weeks ahead of schedule

The Florida Keys will officially welcome back visitors as early as Sunday, nearly a full three weeks ahead of its original schedule, in an effort to pump money back into its vital...
In the Florida Keys, riding out the storm may not have been the best choice. But it was enlightening.

In the Florida Keys, riding out the storm may not have been the best choice. But it was enlightening.

After much dithering, Keynoter newspaper editor Larry Kahn resolved to bunk down at a shelter in his hometown of Marathon for Hurricane Irma. The experience was weird and...
Find better ways to get residents out of Miami-Dade, and then back in

Find better ways to get residents out of Miami-Dade, and then back in

Suffice it to say, there now are even more people who live in the Florida Keys who most likely will not follow future evacuation orders....
Hurricane Irma-related deaths up to 14 in Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma-related deaths up to 14 in Florida Keys

Three people in Key West died in a storm-related death of Hurricane Irma, the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office said. That brings the total number of Irma deaths in the...
After Irma, inmate is hurt leaping from van and teen is arrested for having flashlight

After Irma, inmate is hurt leaping from van and teen is arrested for having flashlight

Though the roadblocks to the Florida Keys were mostly gone by Tuesday morning, it hasn’t stopped those affected by the storm from getting into trouble....
Keys could look like a campground as RVs replace damaged homes during rebuilding

Keys could look like a campground as RVs replace damaged homes during rebuilding

Monroe County on Tuesday told residents with damaged homes they could park recreational vehicles on their driveways for up to 180 days if they obtain permits and follow other...
You can now re-enter the Florida Keys. But there’s a catch.

You can now re-enter the Florida Keys. But there’s a catch.

There will no longer be a checkpoint in Florida City to get to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irmas. But not all neighborhoods will be open to the public....
Florida Keys court may soon be back in session — if inmates return from storm exile

Florida Keys court may soon be back in session — if inmates return from storm exile

Before Hurricane Irma hit the island chain, 466 inmates were evacuated to jails in Palm Beach County. Police hope to have them back by week’s end....
The bars are opening up again, as Key West tries to get back to normal

The bars are opening up again, as Key West tries to get back to normal

A week since Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys, a number of the famous Duval Street bars in Key West including the Green Parrot, 801 Bourbon Bar, Gilleran’s Bar, The...
'Don't feel sorry for me': Home damaged by Irma, Jimmy Johnson skips Fox's pregame show

'Don't feel sorry for me': Home damaged by Irma, Jimmy Johnson skips Fox's pregame show

Jimmy Johnson didn't appear on Fox's "NFL Sunday" because he's working on his Florida Keys home, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma....
'It's not the storm — it's the aftermath': In Irma's wake, searching for normal in the Florida Keys

'It's not the storm — it's the aftermath': In Irma's wake, searching for normal in the Florida Keys

Days after Irma dumped wrack and wreckage on the Florida Keys, its residents are deep into the blisteringly hot wait for food, electricity and water....
Over 1.5M Irma-weary Floridians still without power as crews work 'around the clock'

Over 1.5M Irma-weary Floridians still without power as crews work 'around the clock'

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, over 1.5 million customers still have no power in the sweltering September heat. As of 4 p.m. today, more than 1.5...
Keys homes, battered but standing, may be a model for reducing damage in Florida

Keys homes, battered but standing, may be a model for reducing damage in Florida

Authorities are assessing the scope of damage in the islands, but many newer homes fared well despite the punishing winds and storm surge of Hurricane Irma....
Blocked from home after Irma, Florida Keys residents vow not to evacuate next time

Blocked from home after Irma, Florida Keys residents vow not to evacuate next time

Florida Keys residents are furious that Monroe County officials still aren’t letting them go home — and aren’t providing dates on when that will change....
SeaWorld takes in refugees from Hurricane Irma

SeaWorld takes in refugees from Hurricane Irma

SeaWorld said Friday evening that five Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins relocated before the storm to its Orlando facility from the Dolphin Connection marine-life conservation program...
Tensions flare at checkpoint as Florida Keys residents pine to go home

Tensions flare at checkpoint as Florida Keys residents pine to go home

Police set up a checkpoint in Islamorada while emergency teams do damage surveys of the Middle and Lower Keys before allowing residents in....
Paradise has seen better days. The Florida Keys are battered, if not entirely bowed

Paradise has seen better days. The Florida Keys are battered, if not entirely bowed

Now that Irma's devastating run through the Florida Keys is over, residents return to check the destructive storm's effects on their property....
6 dead in Florida nursing home in wake of Irma

6 dead in Florida nursing home in wake of Irma

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related....
90 percent of homes in Florida Keys damaged by Hurricane Irma: FEMA

90 percent of homes in Florida Keys damaged by Hurricane Irma: FEMA

Residents of the Florida Keys are returning to a much different landscape than the one they left last week. Three days after Hurricane Irma rumbled through the region, residents...
FEMA: 25% of Florida Keys homes destroyed

FEMA: 25% of Florida Keys homes destroyed

The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remained largely a question mark...
Irma, at least in Miami-Dade and Broward, wasn’t even a hurricane. But the gusts sure were

Irma, at least in Miami-Dade and Broward, wasn’t even a hurricane. But the gusts sure were

Preliminary numbers from the National Weather Service in Miami show the storm’s damage in Miami-Dade was from sustained tropical storm winds and gusts that reached hurricane level....
With no word from Keys after Irma, worried relatives turn to social media

With no word from Keys after Irma, worried relatives turn to social media

Many are frustrated because cell phone and internet communications have been cut off on the island chain after Hurricane Irma....
Can’t get back home to the Keys? Here’s the only shelter that will take you in

Can’t get back home to the Keys? Here’s the only shelter that will take you in

With the entrance to the Keys being blocked off after Hurricane Irma, officials say Monroe County residents can find refuge at one Miami-Dade shelter....
Devastated Florida Keys impose dusk-to-dawn curfew after Irma

Devastated Florida Keys impose dusk-to-dawn curfew after Irma

Monroe County’s sheriff declared an indefinite overnight curfew in the Florida Keys after devastating Hurricane Irma blocked roads and destroyed homes....
Fears mount in Florida Keys over damage, possible deaths from Hurricane Irma

Fears mount in Florida Keys over damage, possible deaths from Hurricane Irma

The Category 4 hurricane appears to have spared Key West the worst damage, but Monroe County emergency managers warn of a looming ‘humanitarian crisis.’...
Too soon to know how bad Irma hit Keys, state emergency chief says

Too soon to know how bad Irma hit Keys, state emergency chief says

Based on traffic reports from the Florida Highway Patrol and other estimates from county officials, Martin County Emergency Operations officials estimate that about 10,000 people...
As Irma looms, many Florida hospitals turn off the lights

As Irma looms, many Florida hospitals turn off the lights

With Hurricane Irma taking direct aim at Florida, the state's hospitals have been clearing out patients for days....
Hurricane Irma: Florida closes all schools, universities; Disney open; airports closing

Hurricane Irma: Florida closes all schools, universities; Disney open; airports closing

Hurricane Irma: Florida closes all schools, universities; Disney open; airports closing...
Florida braces for Hurricane Irma amid dire warnings

Florida braces for Hurricane Irma amid dire warnings

Florida residents picked store shelves clean and long lines formed at gas pumps Wednesday...
‘Everyone’s freaking out.’ Florida Keys evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma

‘Everyone’s freaking out.’ Florida Keys evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma bears down on the Florida Keys, spooked residents are packing up their belongings and heading north to escape the Category 5 storm. It’s a test case for what...
Even intrepid Florida Keys residents ready to evacuate ahead of Irma

Even intrepid Florida Keys residents ready to evacuate ahead of Irma

Throughout Florida, officials and residents are making preparations, but forecasts indicate the Keys could take the country's first blow from Hurricane Irma....
Trump’s anti-climate change crusade doesn’t worry the Florida Keys

Trump’s anti-climate change crusade doesn’t worry the Florida Keys

Donald Trump's assault on climate change could directly affect the Florida Keys, where most of the islands are just a few feet above sea level. But the Keys voted for Trump in 2016...
Overturned dump truck shuts down southbound traffic on 18 Mile Stretch into the Florida Keys for two hours

Overturned dump truck shuts down southbound traffic on 18 Mile Stretch into the Florida Keys for two hours

The driver of the 2006 International, Silvio Colon-Benevides, 55, lost control of the vehicle around 12:45 p.m. at mile marker 111 after one of his tires blew out, the Florida...
Adult male arrested after mother says he kicked her 5-year-old — repeatedly

Adult male arrested after mother says he kicked her 5-year-old — repeatedly

Key Largo’s Marvin Price was arrested Sunday on an aggravated child abuse charge. A boy’s mother told deputies she came outside her home to find Price kicking her 5-year-old son....
3 workers who died in a toxic manhole ‘needlessly lost their lives,’ feds say

3 workers who died in a toxic manhole ‘needlessly lost their lives,’ feds say

Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites Michigan underground utility company with 10 violations totaling $119K in fines relating to deadly Jan. 16 incident in Key...
Court date set for men accused of illegally taking hundreds of lobsters from the Keys

Court date set for men accused of illegally taking hundreds of lobsters from the Keys

The arraignment date for the men is set for July 20 at 9 a.m. Assistant State Attorney John Byrne says more felony charges could be pending....
Eat, drink and be merry in Islamorada's arts district

Eat, drink and be merry in Islamorada's arts district

With its embrace of the off-beat, the Florida Keys have always appealed to artists, and Islamorada is home to many....
Carlos Curbelo wants to be a Republican leader on climate change — if he can keep his seat

Carlos Curbelo wants to be a Republican leader on climate change — if he can keep his seat

Carlos Curbelo is a critic of Donald Trump’s views on climate change, but the moderate Republican has a tough job convincing conservatives of its importance....
Me want cocaine? Drugs found inside Cookie Monster doll

Me want cocaine? Drugs found inside Cookie Monster doll

(AP) — A stash of cocaine hidden inside a Cookie Monster doll has landed a Florida man in jail on a drug charge. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said in a news release...