Florida Keys News

Black Friday in Key West not so big

Key West Citizen - Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday sale signs beckon shoppers from storefront windows on Duval Street. In the 600 block, Montage gift shop offered a buy-two-get-one-free deal on their wooden Key West signs, while La...

City attorney Smith wants 4 more years

Key West Citizen - Friday, November 28, 2014

The city of Key West's top lawyer is asking commissioners for four more years and permission to take on teaching or mediation work while earning the highest salary at City Hall. Shawn Smith, the...

FWC: 50% fishing and hunting license sale

Key West Citizen - Friday, November 28, 2014

For the first time, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials are offering a 50 percent sale this holiday season on what they are calling the gift that keeps giving. Gov....

Marina residents host Keys-style Thanksgiving

Key West Citizen - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cindy Jones smiled broadly when she described today's Thanksgiving potluck at Stock Island Marina Village with those four familiar words: Only in Key West. "First we had to find out whose boats...

30 Cape Cod turtles get helping hand

Key West Citizen - Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Marathon Turtle Hospital turned into a full-blown triage center as 30 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley turtles were airlifted after showing shock-like symptoms. Hospital staffers worked feverishly...

Give thanks; save water

Key West Citizen - Thursday, November 27, 2014

During the holiday season, water is typically used at every step of the big meal -- from defrosting to cooking to cleaning up after the feast. The amount of water used indoors can escalate with the...

When Italians meet turkey it becomes gluttonous

Key West Citizen - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us, and I haven't yet summoned the nerve to tell Uncle Mario and Aunt Carolyn, who host it, that I may not arrive until a quarter past noon. That'll make me more than...

Turkey Turnabout brings food, fun, family

Key West Citizen - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving is here and Mike Simmons is feeling a little uneasy. "This is my first Thanksgiving away from home," Simmons said. "I'm happy to be here, just that it's a bit weird being away from...

Rotary program saves smiles

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A six-year-old girl in Key West needs $10,000 worth of dental work, and a nine-year-old boy stopped smiling two years ago when kids at school started making fun of two discolored teeth. In addition...

Locals to remember Eimers

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alex Symington doesn't mind carving out time from his Thanksgiving holiday to attend a candlelight vigil in honor of Charles Eimers, the Michigan man who died days after clashing with Key West police. After all, Symington said, for the Eimers family, the holidays will remain the time a loved one died far from home.

Mayor: Rebid new City Hall contract

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

City commissioners could save the taxpayers big bucks by scrapping their recent vote to award a $15 million contract and put the job out to bid again, Mayor Craig Cates said Tuesday. "We can only afford so much," Cates said. "At the end of the day we got sticker shock."

Bully net comeback raises concerns

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bully net fishing for spiny lobster is the oldest method of harvesting the popular crustacean, dominating the industry until the now-familiar lobster traps were first introduced in the 1940s.

Non-profit's founder awarded at annual fundraiser

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Deena Hoagland, founder of Island Dolphin Care, was recognized for her longstanding work with dolphins, special needs children and wounded veterans at her organization's annual...

Local couple dies in highway accident

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

LONG KEY -- A Long Key couple died Thursday, Nov. 20, in a vehicle accident near Ocala in Marion County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Ken Cohan, 53, and wife Jayana, 63, were driving...

Thanksgiving outreach is a community effort

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UPPER KEYS -- For more than a decade and a half, the needy and elderly have been treated to Thanksgiving dinners courtesy of an outreach program through Island Community Church. "We take meals from Key Largo to Marathon," said Pastor Tony Hammon. "At any time, it can vary between 100 and 500 meals."