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Market Share: Fest makes millions

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The powers that be behind the annual Fantasy Fest adult-themed bash told city leaders Tuesday they are open to suggestions on marketing the event as a creative party rather than a nudity fest. "Anything you want us to do," said Linda O'Brien, the founder and CEO of Market Share, the company that has produced the event since 1990.

Session begins as lawmakers get back to work

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The state legislative session kicked off Tuesday and one of the bills local government officials are tracking would eliminate a government agency that has kept development in check in the state since the 1960s.

Island 'I do's'

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gay men and women for centuries have hosted, toasted, celebrated, coordinated and catered fairy-tale weddings that forever joined straight men and women in the bonds of marriage, even as their own love of another man or woman was disregarded by the state of Florida, which prohibited same-sex marriage until earlier this year.
Citizen's Voice

"Who was the county commissioner that said that by repairing the sewer and the water lines on North Roosevelt, they wouldn't have to tear it up for at least five yrs? Wrong! Didn't even last one year, but I don't think anyone is really surprised."

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MARATHON -- Two men accused of having 46 undersized, wrung lobster tails on a commercial fishing boat were arrested Sunday by state wildlife officers, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
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Guns could come to Keys college sites

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FLORIDA KEYS -- Florida Keys Community College President Jonathan Gueverra has joined other state educators by coming out against a legislative measure to allow guns in college campus facilities. Some state Republican leaders say the Florida Legislature should change existing law to allow students with concealed carry licenses to bring firearms on college campuses.

Bully netting hours, season under threat

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

KEY LARGO -- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials held the final of three workshops in the Florida Keys last Thursday to discuss possible limitations on bully netting of lobsters due, they say, to concerns voiced by representatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Fisheries.

City OKs increase in vacation rental fees

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MARATHON -- Owners of vacation rentals in Marathon, which number slightly more than 500, will pay an average of 71 cents a day more per rental due to a rise in licensing and inspection fees. At...
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