Florida Keys News

Gay couple takes case to Supreme Court

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A gay Key West couple suing the state of Florida over their right to marry is asking an appellate court to send their case directly to the state Supreme Court.

Golf club hosts a mayoral candidate forum without a mayor

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The mayor's absence at a mayoral candidate forum held Tuesday at the Key West Golf Club became an issue itself during the event. "Where's the mayor?" a woman asked from a seat inside the clubhouse...

School board adopts budget

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Monroe County School Bboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt the fiscal year 2014 budget after a somewhat heated discussion over the document, and the place of the half-cent sales tax in the...

16 gallons of blood

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

There are committed blood donors, and then there's Raymond Peters. The 87-year-old Key West resident has donated 16 gallons of blood over the course of 128 visits to blood banks in six states....

Spraying in Key West on Thursday

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Mosquito Control District will continue aerial larviciding missions over the western portion of Key West from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday using Bti, which is a mosquito larva-specific bacteria. It...

Gun range opening, homemade one closing

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BIG PINE KEY -- The co-owner of an indoor gun range opening on Big Pine Key expects his new venture to put an end to a controversial homemade range in a local neighborhood. "The county...

Key Largo fire department proposes level spending next year

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Fire-EMS District board has set a tentative 2014-15 property tax rate at $100 per $100,000 of assessed value, the maximum allowed without a referendum. The move last week...

Webcam captures hatching

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BIG PINE KEY -- A live-streaming webcam positioned on a local beach has recorded the hatching of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles. The webcam, with recorded video at...

Pedestrian crosswalk to get a second look

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

KEY LARGO -- A meeting between state road officials and local law enforcement has prompted a second look at a controversial crosswalk.The newly-installed crosswalk at mile marker 99.7 alerts drivers of pedestrians using the pathway with flashing yellow lights on each side of the divided highway and in the median.

Public to have access to golf course, courts

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MARATHON -- Redevelopment at the Sombrero Country Club received its second vote of confidence from the Marathon City Council July 22, after ownership agreed to keep the golf course and tennis courts...

Village tries to remove saltwater from sewage

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- Village wastewater officials say they're working diligently to reduce saltwater intrusion into the pipeline that carries sewage between Islamorada and the wastewater treatment plant in Key Largo."I believe we're starting to trend downward," Tom Brzezinski, the village's lead wastewater engineering consultant told the Village Council last Thursday.

Voluntary recycling on the rise in village

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The village and waste hauler Advanced Disposal Solutions have made significant recycling strides since Advanced's new contract began on Jan. 1. The improvements have come on the heels...

New GM brings computer skills to playhouse

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MARATHON -- A new era began at Marathon Community Theatre early this month with the hiring of Mark Jainchell as general business manager. Mark Jainchell says he wants to turn the playhouse lights...

Landmark lighthouse taken down

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- A wrecking crew hired by the owners of the Whale Harbor complex tore down the stone lighthouse that fronted the Upper Matecumbe Key property last Wednesday, eliciting surprise and...

RV rallies are about making friends

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Bruce Vincent doesn't mind traveling far and wide to see his friends. In fact, that's been the 77-year-old Alabama native's favorite pastime during his 30 years as a recreational...