Florida Keys News

County's nonprofit funding up to $1.9M

Key West Citizen - Sunday, May 24, 2015

Monroe County will supply nonprofits with $1.9 million in the next fiscal year, a 10 percent increase over last year. The increase is long overdue, said County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy, who has...

Sailing the rough seas of friendship

Key West Citizen - Sunday, May 24, 2015

I have never covered war and I was not in Berlin, Germany when the wall came down. But I can now say that I was in Havana, Cuba when a wall between our two countries started to crumble. I watched an...

Getting to Cuba is getting easier, but ...

Key West Citizen - Sunday, May 24, 2015

Change isn’t always easy, but is often good, sometimes great. And while a small number of Americans have always traveled to Cuba, the process is becoming easier these days for all...

Basilica School holds Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude

Key West Citizen - Sunday, May 24, 2015

A troop of tricycles trekked through the parking lot of The Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea on Friday morning as the school raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research...

Shelter hopes adoption event will help breed goodwill for pit bulls

Key West Citizen - Sunday, May 24, 2015

A slew of tennis balls were thrown, a cacophony of barks were heard, and no one went home with a dry face Saturday as the Safe Harbor Animal Rescue held their Adopt A Bull event.  The...

Lobster price argued in casita case

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 23, 2015

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys are sparing over the price of spiny lobsters in a legal row that has delayed the case of three Lower Keys brothers accused of illegally harvesting them....

Travel website works with city

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 23, 2015

The travel website Airbnb has agreed to stop posting advertisements for illegal transient rentals in Key West, the city’s code enforcement director said Friday. “They...

America's Tall Ship arrives in Key West

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 23, 2015

The decks of the 295-foot Coast Guard Cutter Eagle were a flurry of activity after arriving at Mallory Square Friday as more than 150 Coast Guard Academy cadets prepared the...

Coast Guard arrests stowaways on barge bound for Tampa

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two men from the Dominican Republic were arrested by the Coast Guard in Key West earlier this month after stowing away on a barge bound for Tampa, according to federal court...

Historic sailing ship docking here today

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 22, 2015

One of the most iconic and historic ships in the military is arriving today at Mallory Square and it’ll be hard to miss.  The 295-foot Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is the largest tall...

Teen accused of molesting child

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 22, 2015

An 18-year-old Cudjoe Key man accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Johnathan Richmond Roberts faces one...

City shirks recent trend by giving $5K to new nonprofit

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 22, 2015

After debating whether public money should ever go to a nonprofit in Key West, city commissioners went ahead and approved giving $5,000 to the nonprofit “Keys to Be the Change” this week.

Local Cubans share thoughts on new relations

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s no secret that Cuban influence is prominent in Florida, and particularly in Key West.  According to 2013 statistics from the website city-data.com, Cubans are the most...

Havana Challenge sailors return

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 22, 2015

As one fleet of Key West boats returned from Cuba this week, another American fleet will soon be arriving in that country. The Havana Challenge, which featured a Hobie Cat race across the Florida...

County looks to remove coroner

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Medical examiner Dr. Thomas Beaver’s time is up, county commissioners said Wednesday, directing staff to file a formal complaint with the state after hearing a local funeral director say he...