Florida Keys News

County OKs events at facilities

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Monroe County Commission has agreed to allow political parties to continue to hold events at government buildings, despite at least one commissioner objecting to the practice.

Police: Teacher fired for texts to student

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A 39-year-old teacher at the Key West Collegiate Academy charter school was fired Friday after inappropriate texts from and photos of her were found on an 18-year-old male student's cellphone, according to Key West police. Former English teacher Deidre Combs declined to comment on the allegations when reached Monday.

Ballroom blitz

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Dancing with the Stars" collided with suave Sunday-best at Gerald Adams Elementary School as fifth -grade students demonstrated their ballroom dancing skills in front of their parents and teachers on Friday. The cafeteria was packed with parents directing a myriad of mobile devices to capture their child's turns around the dance floor.

Program sheds 'fresh' light on ocean's vast, rich bounty

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

It was love at first sight, or bite, since Valentine's Day, when Key West's Dock to Dish community fishery program started "hooking up" the island with its resident fishermen and the freshest fish to...

Not a firearm, not a toy

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

The .177-caliber pellet air rifle that led to the death of 14-year old Jonathan Wells last week is common in Key West, typically used for ridding lawns of local pests. The rifles are not known for...

Bug board to finalize test contract

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

Opponents of a test release of genetically modified mosquitoes on Key Haven have ramped up their efforts and called on people to call the Monroe County Tourist Development Council to voice their...

Local student leaders work with Nobel Prize winner

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

Key West High School was well-represented at the recent PeaceJam in Tallahassee, a youth leadership event that allowed 22 local high school students to meet and work with a Nobel Prize winner while...

A message from the heart

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

Some mysteries of the heart can never be solved. This one can. The dozens of large red heart signs appearing outside businesses, residences and local organizations during the past few months began...

Sheriff: No bias in drug arrests

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay is outraged at a comment made by Trish Gibson, the chief assistant public defender, at a forum held April 13 in Key West. Gibson stated that local law enforcement...

Large herds graze, gawk, gallop at Cow Key Bridge Run

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 19, 2015

In a scene that Judy Garland could only explain as "cows, cows, and cows, oh my," the second running of the Cow Key Bridge Run drew more than 1,000 participants Saturday to the overpass that attaches...

Sanctuary review piques mayor's interest

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 19, 2015

Growing concerns about the tweaking of Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary rules has Key West Mayor Craig Cates calling for a Key West specific seat on the Sanctuary Advisory Council. Cates' request will...

Agreement reached between protesters, beauty shop

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 18, 2015

A 19-day sidewalk protest of a Duval Street cosmetics shop by two Key West residents will end as both sides have reached an agreement, according to a statement released Friday by the protestors....

County wants to protect fishing industry

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Monroe County commissioners want to protect the Keys' commercial fishing industry by tightening regulations that govern waterfront development. Current land-use rules require developers of...

Island grieves for boy

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 18, 2015

In Key West, where baseball is a way of life, the city honors its fallen players by marking the local diamonds -- base by base -- with initials and jersey numbers, out of respect and as a way to...

State eases lobster dive regulations

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Things are about to get easier for commercial lobster divers looking to expand or sell their business. New Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rules set to go into effect July 1 will...