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Powerboat team breaks record

KEY WEST — It was not the exact day that the Lucas Oil Ocean Cup team expected when they departed from Mallory Square on Thursday morning, but in the end the Silverhook powerboat would break a pair of world records as the fastest ever to race from Key West to Havana, doing so in 1[…]

Planning board approves two businesses

Two new franchise establishments are coming to town following approval from the Key West Planning Board on Thursday at City Hall. While the Sonic Drive-In planned for 2312 to 2318 N. Roosevelt Blvd. (the former site of Banner Tire and the Blue Flamingo Cafe) received unanimous approval and no public objections, the proposed Wet Willies[…]

Lawyers spar over records in DUI case

A state prosecutor called out a defense attorney for oversharing information about a DUI manslaughter case with the press during a court hearing Thursday over phone and medical records.  Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne asked chief circuit Judge Mark Jones to order Evan Hoffman, attorney for Lacy Marie Morris, 31, not to talk about the medical[…]

Fall term starts at Florida Keys Community College

Moms hung clothes and dads hefted TVs as new and returning college students met their roommates and moved into the dorms this week at Florida Keys Community College. Today marks the official start of the fall semester, though most classes won’t meet until Monday, said Katie Norland, marketing manager at FKCC, who added that as[…]

Citizen moves production

Cooke Communications Florida, LLC, which publishes The Key West Citizen and Florida Keys Free Press, announced that all printing and inserting functions will be outsourced to Miami Herald Media Company beginning Sept. 18. Publisher Paul A. Clarin said the newspapers will be printed at The Herald’s state-of-the-art production facility in Doral. “Our current production facility[…]

One hurt in boat crash off Islamorada

One man was injured when a 21-foot center console crashed into the mangroves off Islamorada Tuesday night, according to the Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard was notified about 9 p.m. that the crash occurred off of Tavernier Creek Marina.  There were four people on board and the injured man was ejected in the crash, according[…]

Nursing home to remain open despite bankruptcy

The only nursing home in the Lower Keys, and its corporate owner, Senior Care Group, recently filed for bankruptcy, but local and corporate officials emphasize that the filing is a way to restructure the company’s debt to continue providing care for residents. In a recent letter to nursing home residents and their families, Rick Brown,[…]

County agrees to build $2M gun range

The Monroe County Commission agreed Wednesday to help fund an indoor gun range for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The range would also be used by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Rick Ramsay did not have an exact cost for the facility, which will be placed on county-owned land in Marathon, but[…]

Bike share wars in the Keys

The proposed bike-share program shot down by the Key West City Commission Tuesday was a ruse that the city never intended to implement, according to one of the three operators who submitted a bid. “From the beginning of this process it’s been not transparent, convoluted and felt underhanded,” Instabike owner and Social Bicycles Local Operations[…]

Students return to school following summer break

FLORIDA KEYS — Elementary, middle and high school students have traded their sand and sun for tests and teachers as the 2017-18 school year commenced for Monroe County public schools on Wednesday, Aug. 16. A few other learning establishments in the Florida Keys started a day or two earlier. Another year will put students in new[…]