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Key West is back in business — or getting there

September 19, 2017

“Protected by God – and a gun.” The message is spray-painted on the plywood that covers the windows of a still-closed business on Key West’s Duval Street. But at Schooner Wharf Bar, two Conch...more

Recovery Updates For Tuesday, Sept. 19th

September 19, 2017

— Key West Drinking Water Could Be On Tomorrow (Sept. 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.) Drinkable tap water could be available in Key West as soon as Wednesday depending on test results, according to...more

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September 19, 2017

Taken today at 11am, City Electric continues it’s effort to restore power to Key West neighborhoods. This photo shows the repairs occurring on Northside Drive behind the Searstown shopping...more

Trap fishermen industry suffers record loses from Irma

September 19, 2017

Conch Key commercial fisherman Gary Nichols scoured the Atlantic Ocean for seven hours on Monday and only found 15 of his 5,000 spiny lobster traps. Fellow Conch Key fishermen Jeff Kramer was...more

State Attorney’s Office reviewing suspicious death

September 19, 2017

Florida Keys prosecutors are reviewing a possible stabbing death that occurred at the Key West Steamplant condominiums hours before Hurricane Irma slammed into Monroe County, but they remained mum Tuesday on the details as they are awaiting the medical examiner’s report and other evidence to review. Assistant State Attorney Val Winter said that a male...more

September 6, 2017

“Everywhere they plant the coral ends up being a ‘no fishing’ zone. Beware of these ‘feel good’ projects that end up costing you more than you anticipated. But then again, they might all be ground into sand this weekend.” “Start budget cuts with the six-figure salaries, not the hard workers at the lower end. That’s...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

State, local leaders discuss housing needs

September 18, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price talked with local officials about housing needs post Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Keys Free Press Online Only

September 13, 2017

The Florida Keys Free Press will not publish Wednesday, September 13 due to Hurricane Irma impacts. However, news coverage and photos are being posted daily to www.keysnews.com. To share your...more

Board approves marina’s workforce units

September 6, 2017

SUMMERLAND KEY — Aside from a few minor issues to be addressed, the Monroe County Development Review Committee recommended approval last week of a request by the owner of the...more

Corps to help fund, expedite new reservoir

September 6, 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA — The quest for a billion-dollar water storage project to curb harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges and send more freshwater south into the Everglades and Florida Bay took...more

Editorials

Fisheries mismanagement

September 3, 2017

After spending 26 years on the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council’s snapper/grouper advisory panel (AP) — I learned a few things about fisheries mismanagement. The hogfish...more

FWC needs drones

September 3, 2017

To Sen. Anitere Flores, please use this letter to assist you in convincing your fellow legislators to provide airborne drones to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Clearly,...more

Let’s stop misstatements about ‘affordable’ housing

September 3, 2017

There are some fundamental misconceptions in the public discourse about “affordable,” “workforce” and “employee” housing. They are not the same, yet developers...more

Sigsbee Park and the affordable housing myth

September 3, 2017

And ….. Therein lies why affordable housing in Monroe County is as available as unicorns. Morons like Carlos Curbelo, who think that rents of $2,600 to $3,000 are “affordable.”...more

Sports

No power, no problem

September 7, 2017

Are you ready for a hurricane power outage? Good work. Your home is secure. The boards are up, vegetation is cut back from power lines and potential flying objects are put away, picked up or tied...more

All prep games off; Bucs at Dolphins may move

September 6, 2017

With families preparing for the worst that may happen during Hurricanes Irma, the Monroe County school district has suspended all athletic activities indefinitely as the schools are also closed...more

Fire Birds breeze into Key West, top Conchs

September 6, 2017

Rennardson Continued from page 1B Despite Monroe County School closing for an impending storm, Doral Academy from Miami still made the trip to Key West on Tuesday afternoon to play the Lady...more

Senior Spotlight: Maddie Rennardson

September 6, 2017

Q: How long have you been playing tennis? A: Since I was around 7 years old. Q: Did you ever play any other sports? A: Yeah, I played soccer until high school. Q: What was it about tennis that...more