2012 Economic Yearbook
Healthy visitor and tourism spending numbers are expected this year, buoyed in part by hotel and marina renovations and a zip line attraction planned at Crane Point Museum and Nature Center in Marathon. An expected port of entry designation at Florida Keys Marathon Airport will allow more private jets to enter the U.S. there, rather than in Key West or Miami. The state has given permission for 100 additional hotel units in Marathon — an exception to state-imposed limits under the Rate of Growth Ordinance — which the city must now allocate to existing and new properties. In Key West, debate continues about whether to widen the ship channel to allow bigger cruise ships. Fishermen will find out this year whether 2010's Deepwater Horizon spill affected lobster larvae in the Keys. But the biggest issue in the Keys this year may be state-mandated but still unfunded central wastewater treatment throughout the lower keys, which municipalities are reluctant to pay for.
|Monroe Population: 74,376
Population Growth Rate (2008-12): 0.56%
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|Per Capita Income: $65,651|