Florida Keys News

1 caught in home invasion

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement captured one of two suspects in a violent home invasion in Key Largo last week, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report. Brandon Rettich, 37,...

The grand city hall tour

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

Step right up. Come on in. That's what architect Bert Bender, City Commissioner Teri Johnston and assorted city staff members said Sunday afternoon, welcoming about 40 locals to tour the grounds of...

County gives amnesty on fine fees

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin has dedicated one week in March to help people start this year with a clean slate by granting amnesty to those with outstanding fines. Heavilin wants to help those...

O'Neil files for city commission seat

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

Robert "Skip" O'Neil II, a retired engineer who hails from a famous Chicago construction family that built that city's Navy Pier, has filed paperwork to run for the Key West City Commissioner,...

Hit-and-run crashes spike

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

The number of hit-and-run crashes spiked last year statewide, and the Florida Keys had similar, though lower, increases. Included in those figures were several high-profile fatal crashes in Monroe...

Millions may be directed to the Keys

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

Money, guns and taxes are three issues facing the Florida Keys as state legislators kick off their annual legislative session Tuesday. Monroe County and Keys municipalities still need money to...

Promise finally kept

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

By all accounts, Albert Kee was an easily approachable soul. He was happy to chat with any stranger or friend as he sold Conch shells by the seashore in Key West, just as his...

City to revisit Sanctuary issue

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

City commissioners Tuesday plan to revisit an anti-Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary push started by a group of charter boat fishermen and the local chamber of commerce. At issue is preventing the...

Suspects sought in home invasion

Key West Citizen - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Two hooded gunmen threatened to kill a homeowner, bound him and shocked him with a Taser during a violent home invasion robbery early Thursday morning, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office...

FKAA employee jailed after near crash

Key West Citizen - Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority employee was arrested Wednesday after police said he nearly crashed into a squad car while drunk behind the wheel. Robert Bethel, 33, drove his sports utility...

Sheriff doles out top-end gear

Key West Citizen - Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than $160,000 worth of high-end camera, radar and life-saving equipment filled the Monroe County Sheriff's Office community room Friday as Sheriff Rick Ramsay gave gear to other law enforcement...

Cutter Knight Island decommissioned

Key West Citizen - Saturday, February 28, 2015

In the nine months Chief Warrant Officer Steven Hanson has taken command of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island, the crew has logged more than 1,600 hours of underway time and made the trip to Cuba...

Power outage in Key West

Key West Citizen - Friday, February 27, 2015

KEY WEST: A broken insulator near the intersection of Olivia and Whitehead streets was blamed for a 15 minute power outage affecting 2,000 Old Town homes around 1:41 p.m. Thursday. Insulators are...

Family, friends grieve loss of child

Key West Citizen - Friday, February 27, 2015

Key West and Lower Keys residents are mourning the loss of one of the community's littlest and most gentle souls. Matthew "M.J." Elswick Jr. died shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday. The 2-year-old boy...

City proposes $14.50 EMS rate

Key West Citizen - Friday, February 27, 2015

The City of Key West is a month away from moving emergency medical services in-house via the fire department and still needs to decide what to charge. "We have a time frame here," said City Commissioner Tony Yaniz. "By April 1, we must be on the horse."