Gwen Filosa covers Key West and the Lower Florida Keys for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald and lives in Key West. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Indiana University.
Monroe County will stop issuing new building permits in 2023 because Florida placed the Keys under a restricted development classification in the 1970s. This means thousands won’t be able to develop their land.