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Man nabbed in underage sex sting faces life

November 18, 2017

A 49-year-old convicted sex offender in Key West accused of meeting with a man at a Stock Island gas station parking lot he thought was providing an 11-year-old boy for sex in October is facing...more

Man sentenced in rifle case

November 17, 2017

A judge sentenced a 45-year-old Key West felon to nearly four years in federal prison this week for possessing an AR-15-style rifle.  Nelson Atwood Sawyer pleaded guilty in September to...more

Motorcycle deputies hurt in incident

November 17, 2017

One Monroe County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy was airlifted and another was taken to a Keys hospital Thursday morning after a pallet flew off a truck and struck them on U.S. 1,...more

Swift fined $10K for illegal rentals

November 17, 2017

Prominent Key West businessman Ed Swift was fined $10,250 by the Key West Code Compliance Department Wednesday for illegally renting vacation property. Key Cove Landings LLC, which lists Swift as...more

Two arrested with drugs in traffic stop

November 18, 2017

SUMMERLAND KEY — Two mainland men were arrested on drug charges after one ran from a deputy during a traffic stop Thursday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Pedro Gabriel Ayala, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, was charged with resisting arrest, cocaine possession, marijuana possession, driving without a license and failure to...more

November 18, 2017

“So the city makes money on the Bight — isn’t that the point of being a landlord? I’m sure the tenants are also making money or they wouldn’t stay in business in that coveted location. Those are our dollars, too, in the Bight Fund unless you think 100 percent of your revenue comes from tourists....more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Accused killer rejects courtroom offer

November 15, 2017

PLANTATION KEY — Prosecutors offered a plea deal in court to accused murderer Jeremy Macauley, 34, last Thursday afternoon after three days of building a case that he shot a Tavernier...more

Asian fusion eatery strives to be a ‘star’

November 15, 2017

TAVERNIER — On Friday afternoon, staffers at J-Dao, an Asian fusion restaurant tucked away in the Tavernier Towne Shopping Center, were hustling with last minute details in time for their...more

Ayala helped lead Lady Canes’ rebuild

November 15, 2017

ISLAMORADA — In what had to be considered a rebuilding year for the Coral Shores High School volleyball team, during which the Lady Canes had only four upperclassmen on the roster, senior...more

Dolphin-assisted therapy nonprofit plans fundraiser

November 15, 2017

KEY LARGO — Island Dolphin Care, a dolphin-assisted therapy facility that has worked with children with a range of developmental disabilities since 1997, and more recently veterans, is...more

Editorials

Cudjoe burning is illogical

November 17, 2017

For weeks, when the wind blows from the north, smoke and ash from the burning of yard waste on Blimp Road inundates the southern part of Cudjoe Key.  Numerous residents have complained about...more

The politics of fracking the Everglades

November 17, 2017

I’m glad to see that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in South Florida to share his vision for Everglades restoration.  Although the proposed Lake Okeechobee reservoir project would...more

Hoping Big Pine Key area gets cleaned up soon

November 11, 2017

Right on, Key West Citizen editorial of Nov. 4! “We have to wonder if a Commissioner or Senior County staff member lived among the …[debris] strewn … more would be done by now...more

Hurricane Irma cleanup efforts need to continue

November 11, 2017

I am still working on cleanup from Hurricane Irma. I have received no help, although some neighbors have offered. But they have their own cleanup issues and jobs to go to, so it is unfair to want...more

Sports

Key West Fishing Tournament moves start date to Jan.1

November 18, 2017

For more than half a century, the Key West Fishing Tournament has celebrated the rich variety of species found in Florida Keys waters while providing a sportfishing challenge for enthusiasts....more

Lady ‘Canes gain needed experience in preseason

November 18, 2017

It was not an easy draw for the Coral Shores High girls basketball team during Palmer Trinity’s preseason tournament as the Lady ’Canes ended up playing two of the top teams in the...more

Lady ‘Canes shut out by Golden Tornadoes

November 18, 2017

Injuries and illness took its toll on the Coral Shores High girls soccer team on Thursday afternoon as visiting Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart ran away to an 8-0 mercy-rule...more

Selection of Homecoming queen highlights full slate of games

November 18, 2017

Only three Key West Youth Football League home games were played last Saturday at the George Mira Football Field and all three ended in shutouts which are becoming the norm. This Saturday, five...more