Florida Keys News

Gambling parlor arrest

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 17, 2014

The owner of a gambling parlor that was raided as part of a statewide sting on illegal gaming locations was arrested two days later. Robert Kofler, 52, owner of The Lucky Duck Sweepstakes, 5800...

Being in the crosshairs of censorship

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It can all start with "The Lorax." For years, the Dr. Seuss children's book has landed on lists of banned books, or it has been challenged as too offensive for public viewing.

Porter to union: It's not over

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's not over. That was the message from the office of Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter after an impasse hearing between the school district and its employees' union, and recommendations made...

Idaho aquarium fined $10K for illegal fish trafficking

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Idaho aquarium must pay a criminal fine of $10,000 for conspiring to harvest, transport and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks captured in 2012 without permits, a federal judge ruled...

Judge steps down from murder case

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The judge who presided over the March murder trial of Peter Hedvall disqualified himself from the sentencing portion of the case after defense attorneys accused him of showing bias. Circuit Judge...

Fishermen seek review of diver impacts

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association on Tuesday called on marine sanctuary leaders to look more closely at the impacts of scuba divers and snorkelers when creating new...

Good vibrations

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some "boy and his dog" stories never get old. Take Key Wester Rusty Appleby and his canine friend Hooper, for instance. At 67, Appleby has been retired from full-time work for several years, but...

Silver Airways takes Southwest's place

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Silver Airways plans to pick up at least one of the three routes that departing Southwest Airways will be leaving behind. Silver Airways has been operating out of Key West since May 2011, offering...

Ex-title agent's payback issues still under scrutiny

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PLANTATION KEY -- A former Key Largo title agent who pleaded no contest in January to misappropriating nearly $400,000 from a 2008 apartment building refinancing was scheduled to appear in the...

Water reuse on tap

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KEY LARGO -- After determining it can't use promised state grant money to pay down debt, the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District is considering using the funds for a $8.5 million water...

Crane Point zipline proposal pulled

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MARATHON -- Crane Point Museum and Nature Center has withdrawn its plans for a zipline canopy tour, which proved too difficult to implement in an expedient manner. According to Loretta Geotis,...

Group petitions to get building size limit on ballot

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- A group of Islamorada residents are hoping voters will have their say in November on whether to change the village charter to prohibit the future approval of commercial buildings larger...

County shuts down Card Sound boater access

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KEY LARGO -- A hot spot public access area on Card Sound Road used mainly by Miami-Dade County visitors is among four areas that were permanently closed last week by Monroe County officials. Card...

More to get grinder pump help

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council last week made a preliminary decision to include duplexes and small apartment buildings of two to four units among the private properties for which it will pay for...

Bird hospital planning to fly south

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TAVERNIER -- Monroe County Commissioners are expected Wednesday to dole out $265,000 in county tourism dollars to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center to help with the relocation of its hospital. County Mayor Sylvia Murphy, who said she sees no reason the money shouldn't be approved, hasn't heard any opposition.