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Spraying Alert

On Monday, June 26, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will conduct an aerial larvicide mission via helicopter, weather permitting, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. The treatment area is Key West, west of Salt Run Channel. Applications use Bti, which is a mosquito larva-specific soil bacteria. It is mixed with water and applied as a mist[…]

School Board tackles weighty agenda

County education officials will have a full plate in front of them when they meet Tuesday in Key West to tackle an agenda that includes a student drug testing policy and the $3.15 million purchase of a property on Stock Island. The district would use the 1.75-acre property to house its bus fleet and transportation[…]

Lawyer donates $3,000 drone to emergency responders

Key West emergency responders are set to join the technological front lines as a private attorney is gifting the city with a $3,000 drone.  Attorney Stuart Grossman said he will donate a new DJI Phantom 4 drone to the city tonight that he hopes will make residents safer and keep Southernmost City first responders in lockstep[…]

District to boost mosquito trial on Stock Island

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is increasing the number of lab-reared mosquitoes it is releasing as part of a trial on Stock Island.  The district is conducting a trial release of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes treated with the bacteria wolbachia to see if it is successful in eradicating that species of mosquito in the Lower[…]

Big Pine Key Publix draws closer

A plan to bring a Publix grocery store to Big Pine Key is moving forward and the developers will publicly discuss the project on Tuesday. Monroe County government planning staff, acting as the Development Review Committee, will meet with the developers’ representatives on Tuesday in Marathon. Key West attorney Bart Smith, on behalf of the[…]

Two airlifted in separate crashes on U.S. 1

Two people were airlifted in separate crashes on U.S. 1. A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy was airlifted to a Miami hospital Friday night after another car drifted into his lane and struck his squad car head-on, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Deputy Mario E. Benedetti, 31, of Marathon, was driving his Sheriff’s Office[…]

Monroe County firefighter arrested after bar fight

RAMROD KEY — A Monroe County Fire Rescue fighter accused of attacking a man after he reportedly refused to give him a cigarette was arrested Friday night, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  Dustin Curt Hunt, 41, was charged with misdemeanor battery.  Deputies responded to the Looe Key Tiki Bar, 27340 Overseas Highway, at 9 p.m. to[…]

Local shooting case sends ripples statewide

A Key West shooting case could become the legal benchmark for similar cases for all of Florida in the future.  The legal maneuvering and pretrial legal proceedings involving 34-year-old Derek Michael David charged with shooting several people last year in Old Town are likely to reverberate among Florida courts statewide as it has drawn lengthy attention of the Attorney[…]

Emerging Sculpture Trail adds culture to the Keys

Two of the eight giant artistic exhibits along the emerging Florida Keys Sculpture Trail have been permanently installed as a prestigious public art project. The remaining six sculptures will be added this season to complete the trail that will stretch from Key West to Islamorada. The sculptures were created by artists at the Art Students League[…]

Arraignment set in AR-15 rifle case

A Key West man, who was convicted in 2012 for shooting an AR-style rifle on Truman Avenue, was again arrested on June 11 with an AR-15 rifle, a Glock handgun and 200 rounds of ammunition, knee and elbow pads, a tactical vest, $1,900 in cash hidden in a guitar case and a military-style backpack and will[…]