Florida Keys News

Banana Bay faces makeover

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The 75-unit Banana Bay resort will undergo a full renovation but its owners have abandoned plans for a mixed-use complex approved by the city in 2010. “The owners are now proposing to...

Tourists rescued in rentalboat fire

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two tourists were rescued Saturday by a good Samaritan in Card Sound after their rental boat caught fire, state and federal officials said.  The names and ages of the father and son were not...

Higgs Beach nourishment project takes shape

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Efforts to give Higgs Beach Park in Key West a multimillion dollar facelift will kick into high gear next month. The Monroe County government will apply for a $1.5 million state grant for...

City cites Duval St. drummer for noise

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A street musician who plays a full drum kit at night on Duval Street owes the city $250 for breaking the local noise barrier in March. Michael Dicken, who has a valid city permit to perform on...

Tom Sweets always comes to the rescue

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The scene is a familiar one in Key West neighborhoods: A handful of residents stand in the middle of the street, wringing their hands and waving off approaching traffic. At the center of the huddle,...

Police Blotters

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

• Police shocked a 20-year-old man with a Taser and arrested him at 7 p.m. Friday after he reportedly broke a window at Wendy’s, 3336 N. Roosevelt Blvd. • A 50-year-old homeless...

Summer program feeds children

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

For many students, the summer months provide an escape from the bell-to-bell grind of books and homework. It allows them time to go to the beach, shoot hoops in the driveway and enjoy their mass...

City survey costs exceed $17,000

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

The city’s recent survey will cost $17,025, according to the latest report, since an additional $2,800 is needed to pay for a presentation of the findings.  A representative from the National Research Center will provide an analysis of the results for the city commission at a special workshop set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Olympic sailor

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

MIAMI - Search efforts for a missing Olympic sailor, Trevor Moore, in Biscayne Bay, Florida, were suspended Saturday evening at sunset. The Coast Guard and partner agencies covered more than 510...

Charity preserves Hemingway's work in Cuba

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

Hundreds of Key West visitors flock daily to the former Whitehead Street residence of author Ernest Hemingway. With cameras and smartphones poised, and the tour translated into nine languages, the...

Proposal stresses need for study

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another proposed windstorm insurance rate increase for Florida Keys and coastal South Florida property owners is adding more urgency to completion of a local study to better determine if rates are...

Sewage plant delay not affecting homes

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

A delay in opening the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment plant has not kept people from moving into their recently constructed homes, Monroe County officials said. Applicants have been required...

Caring for elders

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Katherine Brown turned 100 years old the other day, surrounded by flowers and balloons delivered to her home in Key West. She celebrated the milestone inside the same New Town house that she and her...

Tropical Fruit Fiesta takes center stage on Big Pine Key

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Typically a quiet, tranquil orchard of tropical trees and passing key deer, Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key had a more festive scene Saturday morning as it played host to the Tropical Fruit...

Lobster divers get bonus

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

State fishery managers have agreed to allow divers to harvest an extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day lobster mini-season next month if they catch at least 10 lionfish per day. The...