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18 Jan: Two new virus-carrying tropical mosquitoes discovered in South Florida

South Florida’s Zika-spreading, dengue-transmitting mosquito population just got a little more crowded. Two new tropical mosquitoes capable of carrying viruses dangerous to humans have been discovered in Homestead and Florida City by University of Florida researchers. The mosquitoes — native to Central and South America and the Greater Antilles — likely arrived on plants, spread…

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02 Jan: Winter in Miami feeling a lot like summer in Miami

The hottest two years on record for Miami may end with one final bang: one of the toastiest Decembers on record. On Sunday, Miami set a new record for the warmest December day ever. Monday shattered another record, with the highest high at 86 degrees. With less than two weeks to go, it’s too soon…

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07 Aug: 8-Foot Alligator Captured on Key Biscayne

(NBC 6, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) On Thurday, August 5th, an 8-foot alligator was caught Thursday night after it was spotted in a parking lot in South Florida. A security guard at a water treatment facility in Key Biscayne called 911 after spotting the large gator. “About 8:53 p.m., I saw a big alligator just appear right…

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14 Jun: Court to Impose Fine for Styrofoam in Parks

County leaders want to ban Styrofoam from Miami-Dade parks through passage of an ordinance. Such ordinances have already been passed in other areas such as Key Biscayne. The reason: the polystyrene used to make Styrofoam harms wildlife, clogs drains, and creates large amounts of litter. In addition marine animals, fish and birds often mistake the…

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19 May: King Tides Flush Human Waste Into Bay

Human waste was found to be included in the discharge of tidal floodwater and water discharged from Miami Beach’s new pumps during the king tides of 2014 and 2015. The study found live fecal bacteria in the floodwater and pump discharge well above state limits. In one case, levels were more than 600 times the…

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30 Mar: Miami Reneges on Promise to Open Park After Boat Show

Part of the City of Miami’s sales pitch to hold the Miami International Boat Show on Virginia Key was that during much of the year much of the 15-acre site would be converted into a park. They inserted language into the agreement with the boat show to spend $24 million to cover a portion of…

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29 Mar: Local Mayors Address Clean Municipal Energy

As national presidential candidates debate about the reality of climate change, local mayors are taking action. At a recent meeting, mayors from Key Biscayne, Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, Cutler Bay, and Palmetto Bay with a Miami-Dade Commissioner met to adopt the Sierra Club’s 100 percent clean municipal energy goal. The goal is a signed commitment…

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12 Jan: Boat Show Receives Final Permit For Holding Event on Virginia Key

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a 5-year permit allowing construction to build the housing for the Miami Boat Show on Virginia Key. The construction includes hundreds of floating docks and 1000 pilings in the Marine Stadium basin. The floating docks will cover a 268,000 square foot grid. The permit represents the last of…

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01 Dec: Croc attacks dog on Key Biscayne Golf Course

A dog owner was walking his pit bull terrier off it’s leash near the ninth hole of the Crandon Park Golf course. The dog began chasing birds into a pond when a 5 to 7 foot crocodile caught and ate the dog, the croc was not killed by authorities. There are signs posted in the…

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17 Nov: Miami-Dade County Commissioners to Consider Boat Show Permit

On Tuesday, 17 November, Miami-Dade commissioners will consider an environmental permit to host a marine trade show on Virginia Key. County regulators have recommended that commissioners grant a permit requested by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The permit is for installation and break-down of an 830-slip docking facility in the Marine Stadium Basin, will be…

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07 Oct: Key Biscayne & Miami Close to Resolving Marine Stadium Issue

For $12.5 million, the Village of Key Biscayne can purchase a say in how a new outdoor park on Virginia Key can operate. The proposed settlement would have Key Biscayne and Miami jointly operate the park next to the Miami Marine Stadium through a semi-independent park conservancy. The proposed agreement also splits the $37.5 million…

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01 Jun: Hurricane Preparation Tips

The Source for the information is the Florida Department of Emergency Management, National Hurricane Center. Much of what is provided is well known by long-term residents of the Key. However, there are many new residents of the Key who have not yet experienced any type of tropical event and this information is offered for their…

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22 May: Connect with Nature | Art Project Winners!

The Connect with Nature Art Contest has come to an end, and we have our winners! Utilizing the teaching model, “See, Build, Move, Sketch” developed by the Nature Explore team, the Citizen Scientist Project offered participants the chance to explore and examine various items found in our local natural environment. Engaging children and adults to…