Florida Keys News

Airbnb tax deal rejected for lack of transparency

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 30, 2017

The internet transient rental booking site Airbnb wants the Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office to accept a $360,000 settlement to cover taxes for 2016. However, county officials are not...

Business owner claims harassment by city officials

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 30, 2017

The owner of a fledgling Key West business says he has been the subject of harassment and collusion by city officials and members of the Key West Police Department while trying to open a scooter...

Drug test policy draws mixed reviews

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Athletic coaches and band leaders in Monroe County schools are reluctant to publicly comment on the proposed reprisal of a drug-testing program for Florida Keys high school students, but School Board...

Vendor questions changes at airport

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 30, 2017

A vendor whose lease was not renewed recently at Key West International Airport is cleaning out his gift shop this weekend while lamenting changes at the airport that he says are taking money out of...

City wins judgment against former manager

Key West Citizen - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones on Friday found in favor of the city of Key West by granting the city a summary judgment in a case brought by former Assistant City Manager David...

Accused rapist facing child porn charges

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 46-year-old liveaboard accused of raping a woman while on a boat in Key West Harbor in March was hit with 45 counts of possessing child pornography Friday.  Jeffrey Ray Sundwall, who...

Felon pleads guilty to firearm possession charges

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Key West ex-convict with a lengthy arrest history facing four decades in federal prison on cocaine and firearm-related charges pleaded guilty Thursday in Miami as a part of plea agreement with...

Conch Republic festivities may affect traffic

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 35th Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a weeklong event marking the “secession” of Key West, ends Saturday, April 29. Numerous events are scheduled in Old Town. Watch for...

Suarez files appeal; gets public defender

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 26-year-old Stock Island man sentenced to life in prison last week for attempting to blow up a backpack bomb on a Key West beach formally filed his appeal this week, but he won’t have his...

State bills keep pump-out in control of agencies

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 29, 2017

The state House of Representatives and Senate have approved legislation that will allow local Florida Keys government agencies to continue requiring vessels to prove that they are properly pumping...

Dog bite trial begins in Key West

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 28, 2017

The trial of a man facing state prison time who prosecutors allege shoved a woman and punched her husband after his unleashed pit bull bit the woman last year began Thursday.  Sean Conrad...

Cudjoe deep well faces final inspection

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 28, 2017

A deep injection sewer well on Cudjoe Key could be online as early as the middle of next month, as state officials will give its final inspection next week. Department of Environmental Protection...

Development board OKs Sonic restaurant

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 28, 2017

By the end of the year, Key West residents will be able to enjoy burgers and chili dogs from the comfort of their cars with the debut of a Sonic Drive-in restaurant on North Roosevelt Boulevard. A...

Rift between blogger, woman generates two libel suits

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 28, 2017

The rift between Key West blogger Sloan Bashinsky and an Alabama woman led to two libel lawsuits against Keys media entities that were heard this week by Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koenig. Leeds,...

Navy mammal program brings dolphins to Key West

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Puanani the bottlenose dolphin played with a small stick she found during her adventure to Key West. The playful dolphin pushed the stick around her small pen at the Outer Mole Pier before finally tucking the little keepsake underneath her flipper.