Important News and Updates

August 20, 2019  

There has been a little confusion for some Monroe County property owners who recently received a notice in regards to the Solid Waste Assessment (garbage collection and haul out) commencing October 1, 2019. Many people received the letter yesterday in the mail. This is not a "new assessment," it is a notice required by F.S.197.3632, that there is going to be an increase over last year’s Solid Waste Assessment. The increase is $8, not $402. Last year all property owners paid $394, this year property owners will be paying $402, hence the $8 increase and need for a notice. The County apologizes for any confusion the “Notice of Hearing to Impose and Provide for Collection of Solid Waste Assessments.” If this does not address your concerns, contact the office of Monroe County Solid Waste Management at 305-295-4323 or 305-292-4536.

August 6, 2019

Regular Lobster Season runs from August 6, 2019 thru March 31, 2020. When you do head out on the water to get some "bugs", be extra safe and don't forget your dive flag! Attached are the regulations for recreational lobster harvesting from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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New Leash Regulation for Pets

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Please be aware of the new leash regulation for pets!

There is now a new regulation for pet owners. "Effective Voice Command" is no longer an acceptable means of control for an animal in a public place since this method has failed in several situations, resulting in actual or potential injury to the unleashed animal, other animals or people. The regulation now requires a physically capable person to be in control of an animal by means of a leash, or for the animal to be enclosed by a secure fence or other means of confinement. This does not apply to cats. The County's animal control contractors throughout the Keys approved the changes to the ordinance. The law applies county-wide and within municipalities, if there is no conflict with an existing municipalities ordinance.

Per Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce (LKCC) newsletter May 15, 2019