Monroe

LGBT Rights
5:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case

William Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman, right, are plaintiffs in the lawsuit and are seeking to marry in Florida. They are both bartenders in Key West and have been together for 11 years.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

In 2008, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. In recent months, gay couples wishing to marry have challenged that provision in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Today on Plantation Key, a Monroe Circuit judge heard arguments in a case brought by two Key West men. Aaron Huntsman and William Jones have been together for 11 years and had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. But Huntsman said they want to make it official.

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If I Were Mayor
3:23 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas

Credit Courtesy of Craig Cates

Our final If I Were Mayor interview was with Key West Mayor Craig Cates.

Mayor Cates is a 4th generation Key West resident and has been the mayor of Key West since 2009. Though he got his second term with 70 percent of the vote, in 2013 he garnered only 54 percent, a difference he attributes to his approval of a controversial dredging study and his support for a 24/7 homeless shelter

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Deal To Save The Keys' Old Seven-Mile Bridge Is Nearly Sealed

Various ideas to rehabilitate Old Seven have been discussed over the last several years but none have worked out.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

A long-awaited deal to fund repairs and upkeep for a historic bridge in the Middle Keys may be close to sealed.

The future of the Old Seven Mile Bridge looked bleak as salt water and storms eroded it toward a critical point where the state would be forced to shut down the last 2.2 miles of the bridge that remains open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Bogart Film Festival
8:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Play it Again, Steve - Humphrey Bogart's Son Launches 1st Annual Bogart Film Festival

Humphrery Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. The 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival runs May 2 -5 in Key Largo.

Naples resident Stephen Bogart is the son of film legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and will be hosting the 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in, quite appropriately, Key Largo May 2 - 5.  Caroline Breder-Watts sat down with Stephen to discuss the festival and his iconic parents.  To learn more, visit bogartfilmfestival.com.

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Voting Rights
12:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Supreme Court To Reconsider Minority Protection In Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will take another look at a law protecting minority voting rights.
Credit Rick Stone

The Supreme Court says its going to review whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Section 5 requires that certain states and counties receive federal pre-clearance of laws that could potentially impact minority voting rights.

The Hill reports

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Florida Keys History
2:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Take A Tour Of Pigeon Key

Riet Steinmetz is working to preserve both the Old Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key.
Arianna Prothero

Earlier this week we brought to you a story about a community organization trying to restore the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

Part of that story touched on Pigeon Key, where the work camp for the men who built the Old Seven Mile Bridge lived 100 years ago.  The entire island is now a museum.

Take a tour of historic Pigeon Key with Riet Steinmetz through these photos above. 

Final Voter Registration Numbers Out Next Week
6:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Absentee Ballots In High Demand In Palm Beach County

The general election is November 6.
Rusty Brick Flickr/Creative Commons

Voter registration ended on Tuesday, and elections supervisors are busy preparing for next month’s vote.

They say thousands of registrations have come in just this month, and the final numbers will come in next week once the state is done certifying all of the voter registration forms that came in at the deadline.

Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer says he’s expecting a big increase.

“Even before we get the final numbers in, we’re still ahead of 2008," said Sawyer.

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