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Investigation leads to soccer coach’s dismissal

December 16, 2017

The girls’ soccer team at Key West High School is off to a rough start under a new coach this season, following the departure of longtime varsity coach Scott Paul, who remains a teacher in...more

Jury convicts man of brutal Tavernier rape

December 16, 2017

PLANTATION KEY — A jury of six deliberated less than two hours Thursday to find Johnny Lee Hayes, 55, guilty of felony sexual battery resulting in serious bodily injury, kidnapping,...more

Navy rescues two men in separate incidents

December 16, 2017

Naval Air Station Key West Search and Rescue (SAR) crews were busy this week in two separate rescues. The names of the two rescued men and their status weren’t available Friday.  The...more

Night lane closures begin Dec. 18

December 16, 2017

Starting Monday, Dec. 18, intermittent single lane closures will take place on Card Sound Road, on the north side of Card Sound Bridge, while construction crews perform work on the new All...more

Woman arrested for child neglect

December 16, 2017

MARATHON — A woman accused of telling a 6-year-old girl to sit in a chair to guard a parking spot at a housing complex while she went grocery shopping was arrested Thursday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Elda Yanet Solis, 47, of Marathon, was charged with felony child neglect.  The incident took place...more

December 16, 2017

“The Keys must have a comprehensive plan going forward so that we do not turn into concrete islands. We must have spaces for ecology and people. Otherwise what’s the point of living here? I love the views and nature.” “Wow. Reading that string of guys that robbed banks. SHAL and the TDC should get together...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Animal control provider awarded contract increase

December 13, 2017

MARATHON — The Monroe County Commission last month approved a 167 percent increase in its contract with the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to operate the...more

Arts district gaining momentum as galleries open

December 13, 2017

ISLAMORADA — Artist Roberto “Pasta” Pantaleo, the self-described “founding father” of the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, says that one of his goals when he...more

County rejects revisions for housing project

December 13, 2017

KEY LARGO — Despite a countywide affordable housing crisis made worse by September’s Hurricane Irma, the developers of the proposed Southcliff Estates, a multi-unit housing project,...more

District ends manager search without a hire

December 13, 2017

KEY LARGO — After 10 months of searching for a new general manager, Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District commissioners last week agreed to ditch their efforts for now and take their...more

Editorials

Scout holds true to tried principles

December 9, 2017

I am writing to you in regard to a current merit badge I am completing, one of which will finalize one of the few requirements for Eagle Scout that I have left. This requirement asks me to write...more

The right to vote

December 9, 2017

The most precious element of a democracy is the right of every citizen to have his or her voice heard through the vote. Exercising this Constitutional right should be as easy, wide spread and...more

Appreciates Rip Off response team work

December 2, 2017

I am a Vietnam Army veteran, disabled since 1972 due to a traumatic brain injury. While visiting Key West in May, I was approached on Duval Street by someone passing out what looked like candy....more

Fantasy Fest makes Key West special

December 2, 2017

I have been an occasional visitor to Key West during the last several years for sightseeing, snorkeling and fishing. As a frequent traveler all over the U.S. since retirement, I can say that Key...more

Sports

Car accident on US 1 cancels ‘Fins’matches

December 16, 2017

The Marathon High boys and girls soccer teams were all set to take on Riviera Prep on Thursday afternoon at home, but an accident on Long Key derailed the Dolphins chances of playing a match....more

Dolphins sweep with Davis named top coach, Qualls and Bidonne top players

December 16, 2017

The turnaround season for the Marathon High football team did not go unnoticed as the Dolphins swept the South Florida Conference Independent Division end of season awards with Paul Davis...more

Season closes out today with two remaining games

December 16, 2017

The finals games of the Key West Youth Football League will be contested today at the George Mira Football Field. At Noon, the Key Largo Hurricanes will make the final trip down US 1 to play the...more

Season winding down with final matches this weekend

December 16, 2017

The extended Key West Youth Soccer season is coming to a close with the final matches to be played on Saturday, Dec. 23. The boys’ 10-and-Under division ends its season Saturday, while the...more