Florida Keys News

Three arrested in Upper Keys smuggling case

Key West Citizen - Saturday, March 25, 2017

Federal law enforcement agents surveilling a boat in Tavernier arrested one U.S. citizen and two Jamaican men and also found Haitian and Bahamian migrants aboard, including two juveniles.  U.S....

Liveaboard accused of raping woman pleads not guilty

Key West Citizen - Saturday, March 25, 2017

The 46-year-old liveaboard accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on a boat in Key West Harbor pleaded not guilty this week.  Jeffrey Ray Sundwall, who reportedly operates a water taxi...

Another lawsuit over Stock Island rentals

Key West Citizen - Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Stock Island property owner intends to sue the Monroe County government and the head of its planning department for the right to transiently rent her condo off Maloney Avenue. Carolyn Sulzmann...

School district suspends suspected bank thief

Key West Citizen - Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nearly $20,000 goes missing from a Key West bank. Within two weeks, three bank employees have quit, but only one is facing felony grand theft charges. Kunia Rodrigues, 31, was arrested March 15 in...

Senior housing takes shape on Duck Avenue

Key West Citizen - Saturday, March 25, 2017

The hulking new structure could come as a surprise to anyone who doesn’t frequent Duck Avenue. But anyone who has been following and supporting the construction of Key West’s senior...

Hospital board adds 2 members

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 24, 2017

Lower Keys residents now have two additional voices on the board of their local hospital. The governing board of Lower Keys Medical Center on Thursday voted to appoint retired accountant and...

Government declaring end to screwworm infestation

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 24, 2017

Government agencies will hold a public meeting Saturday to discuss wrapping up efforts to eradicate the New World Screwworm and to explain ongoing monitoring of Key deer. Representatives with Monroe...

Explosion sends two to hospital

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 24, 2017

An explosion Thursday morning at a welding shop in Marathon sent two men to a Miami hospital. The men were welding or working on an aluminum fuel tank shortly before 10:30 a.m. at Vern’s...

Too many cars; too few solutions

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 24, 2017

A meeting of the minds Thursday at City Hall concluded traffic problems at the entrance to Key West are complicated and there’s no easy fix to the congestion. The meeting was organized by Key...

Former bank employee faces grand theft charge

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 24, 2017

A vault filled with cash apparently proved too tempting for one former Key West bank employee. Kunia Ja-Kay Rodrigues, 31, was arrested last week in Miami after county Judge Peary Fowler signed a...

County targets floating signs

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Monroe County Attorney Bob Shillinger has drafted an ordinance that would prohibit floating billboards like the two that have popped up off the Florida Keys in recent months. A draft of the...

RV trailer crashes into mangroves

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 23, 2017

The hitch that attached a trailer to a recreational vehicle broke Wednesday morning on U.S. 1 near Bay Point, sending the trailer careening off the highway, down an embankment and into some...

Accused rapist due in court

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 23, 2017

The 46-year-old liveaboard accused of choking a woman unconscious, gagging her mouth, raping her, forcing her to smoke crack cocaine and threatening to kill her if she resisted while on a boat...

Rule presents challenges for property owners

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 23, 2017

An amendment to the Lawful Unit Determination ordinance could make it more challenging for property owners to get their units recognized if applications are submitted after May 2. Lawful Unit...

Cleaning the Keys

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Marquesas Keys are getting cleaned up thanks to a multi-agency effort to remove 32 abandoned and derelict vessels from one of the most pristine marine sanctuaries in the United States. The...