Florida Keys News

Coalition holds rallies against sex trafficking

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Keys Coalition, the organization formed four years ago to fight sex trafficking in the Keys, is holding three awareness rallies in Marathon, the Lower Keys and Key West this weekend. The Lower Keys...

State coast remains drill free for 5 more years

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Florida's coastline has received a reprieve from oil and gas drilling. President Barack Obama's administration announced Tuesday a proposal that would keep the waters off Florida's coast free from...

Invasive termite wreaks havoc

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Iguanas may be the most visible invasive species in the Florida Keys, but bug experts and pest control workers are warning of a less visible threat capable of much more damage -- the Asian...

Kessler removed without vote

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stuart Kessler was removed from his volunteer spot on the school district's independent Audit and Finance Committee without any school board vote Tuesday. Instead, the school board member who appointed him -- Andy Griffiths -- announced he was taking back his selection as board policy allows.

Going, going....

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Demolition of the former city hall and fire station at the corner of Angela and Simonton streets continued Tuesday, as crews from Charley Toppino & Sons used an excavator to punch through the...

Boston gets balmy look at Keys

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The timing of this week's snowstorm in Boston and the rest of the Northeast worked out perfectly for Florida Keys tourism officials -- if not for northern commuters. As of Monday, Boston's South...

Hunting for the homeless

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

David and Jacqueline Martin carry their belongings with them on wheels: Twin grown-up tricycles they say a woman from Ohio bought for them. "Our condo," David said Tuesday afternoon, pointing at the trikes. "We're not homeless. We're houseless."

Gov. Scott pledges $5 billion for 'Glades

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed appropriating $5 billion for Everglades restoration projects in the next 20 years as part of his 2015-'16 fiscal year budget he called "Keep Florida Working." If passed by the state Legislature, $150 million would be funneled to the Everglades projects this year.

Councilwoman attacked outside Islamorada home

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- A Tennessee man wearing just a sweater and underwear attacked a village councilwoman outside her home early Sunday, according to police reports. At about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 25,...

State plans to upgrade Indian Key Fill ramp

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council declared support last week for the state wildlife agency's plan to upgrade the Indian Key fill boat ramp. The project will be funded by money from a U.S. Fish and...

Could permit threaten Keysdrinking water?

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SOUTH FLORIDA -- Florida Power & Light's plan to fix problems with its Turkey Point nuclear plant's cooling canals by drawing more water from the Biscayne Aquifer, which also provides drinking water to the Florida Keys, has local officials keeping a watchful eye.

Forbidden fruit hands woman felony charge

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PLANTATION KEY -- A local woman who collected fallen fruit in her neighbor's yard has also picked up a felony charge. Penelope Indell, 52, told the Free Press she had previously introduced herself...

Fire district may modify vehicles

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KEY LARGO -- The five-commissioner fire-EMS district board this week was to discuss spending roughly $50,000 on modifying four response vehicles at two of its stations to better suit them for the...

Attorney issues, re-plat back before city council

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARATHON -- The Marathon City Council was expected again to tackle the proposed Sombrero Beach land re-platting and likely accept the resignation of its legal firm at its meeting Jan. 27. The meeting...

Daytime bridge openings may drop

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- Plans are underway for fewer openings of the Snake Creek drawbridge, at least on a temporary basis, in order to alleviate traffic backups.