Florida Keys News

Madok to face Saunders in Clerk race

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Republican primary for Monroe County Clerk of Court went to accountant Kevin Madok, who beat the incumbent, Amy Heavilin.  Madok will now face Democrat Ron Saunders in the Nov. 8 general election.

Hamilton is new Upper Keys judge

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Florida Keys voters choose the Monroe County director of judicial case management Sharon Hamilton as the new Upper Keys county judge Tuesday night.  “I’m speechless,” Hamilton...

Conn defeats Davidson for school board

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Incumbent Ed Davidson was defeated in his attempt at another term on the Monroe County School Board by newcomer Mindy Conn in Tuesday’s primary election. Conn received 59 percent of the votes cast, with Davidson receiving 41 percent in the District 3 race.

Murphy retains commission seat

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy will retain her seat on the commission, as she overwhelmingly beat opponent Robby Majeska on Tuesday. Murphy, 80, took 62 percent, or 9,281 votes to...

Batty keeps Utility Board seat; Root, Schreck in runoff

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Peter Batty will remain Utility Board Group 2 representative, while the Group 3 seat is headed for a runoff in the general election. Group 3 incumbent Tim Root was the leading vote earner, but came...

Challengers selected for state, federal races

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Democrats have selected Daniel Horton as their nominee for state House Representative to represent the Florida Keys and south Miami-Dade County, and Joe Garcia for that relatively same area for...

ROAD TO HISTORY

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Barring a major upset in the November election, Craig Cates will join Charles “Sonny” McCoy as the only mayor’s in Key West history elected to five straight terms. Cates defeated challengers Randy Becker and Ed “Krane” Karsch with 62.5 percent of the vote Tuesday and will face write-in candidate Sloan Bashinsky in the general election.

Wood, Pinder advance in mosquito control races

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board candidates Janet Wood and Brandon Pinder moved on to the Nov. 8 general election. Pinder won the Republican nomination for the mosquito control district...

Village selects new manager after split votes

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ISLAMORADA — Islamorada has a new top administrator, but the decision on the replacement didn’t come easily.

Council talks ethics, licensing, Sombrero Beach

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MARATHON —  A discussion led by Mayor Mark Senmartin to consider an ethics policy for council members gained no traction at last week’s city council meeting.  Senmartin sought...

A kind act lifts spirits of local musician

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

KEY LARGO — Nicholas Petrandis has had a tough time in the past year. In July 2015, the 27-year-old musician hit a telephone pole going 55 mph in his Toyota pickup after falling asleep at the wheel. He nearly died, and he had to spend months in recovery.

County considering tax for canal restoration

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MONROE COUNTY — County officials have begun to research the implementation of a stormwater tax that could be used to fund canal restoration projects in the unincorporated areas of the Florida Keys.

Another resort in works for Key Largo

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

KEY LARGO — Another resort development could be heading toward Key Largo. And Monroe County, so far, is OK with that, provided certain conditions are met.

Historic hotel could serve as affordable housing

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TAVERNIER — The storied Tavernier Hotel at mile marker 91.8, around since the early 1930s when it was used as a movie theater, has closed its doors for good to overnight visitors. But the owner of the pink-and-green building hopes to revamp it into something the Florida Keys seems to be in desperate need of — affordable housing.

Trial begins in fatal hit-and-run crash case

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The trial of an 89-year-old man accused of killing a retired NFL player in a 2014 hit-and-run crash began Monday.  Former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Christopher Edward Dyko, 48, of...