Florida Keys News

The tiger is back on the prowl

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The refurbishment of the iconic tiger that stood guard in front of Glynn R. Archer Elementary School for three decades has finally been completed, and the sculpture should be on its way to Horace O'Bryant school within a month.

Banker who faked death in Key West sentenced

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A former Georgia bank executive, who vanished after being last seen in Key West in 2012 prior to his arrest during a traffic stop the following year, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison...

Village purchases parking spotsfor art district, delays fill talks

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council last week agreed to move forward on adding between 16 and 18 parking spaces in the area of Morada Way Art District.

Fire district continues next phase of hydrant installation

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District continues to move forward with its second phase of fire hydrant installations in the area. The phase, which consists...

Council sets sights on gun range land use law

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MARATHON -- The final reading of the Marathon City Council's gun range ordinance was to be heard Tuesday, Oct. 28. The outcome of the meeting was not known at press time. The council approved the...

Nonprofit combines scuba, mission work

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Most people wouldn't know where to start if you asked them to find a relationship between scuba diving gear and Jesus, but that couldn't be farther from the truth when it comes to...

No worries yet over potential loss of land

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BIG PINE KEY -- This island's name befits its status as the largest land mass in the Lower Keys. But if climate forecasters are correct, rising seas could turn Big Pine Key into two smaller islands in 50 years or less.

Department fires back at district's injunction request

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department's request was granted Monday for the continuance of a temporary injunction hearing sought by the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency...

Sewer district cuts contract short with PR firm

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KEY LARGO -- After three months, the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District has ended its contract with Hibiscus Marketing, a Key Largo-based public relations firm. The move, which was to be...

Keys-based Netflix series, 'Bloodline,' to premiere in March

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UPPER KEYS -- Netflix released the name and teaser trailer Thursday for its new Florida Keys-based original series, "Bloodline," whose 13 episodes will be released in March 2015. Filming of the...

Council forum: Growth versus preservation

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The tension between preserving small-town appeal and growing the local economy, which village leaders have experienced since incorporation, was evident at last Wednesday's forum of...

Coffee, tacos coming soon to New Town

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A spiced chai drink from Starbucks may not go hand in hand with a spicy chalupa from Taco Bell, but both will be available on North Roosevelt Boulevard next year. Local real estate brokers on...

Two arrested for public sex act

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KEY WEST -- Two men engaging in a sex act on Du Pont Lane in Old Town were arrested Friday night, according to a police incident report. Both men -- ages 54 and 37 -- face charges of misdemeanor...

Man charged in coral case under Lacey Act

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Federal investigators say a Hernando County aquarium wildlife harvester was collecting and selling live coral taken from Florida Keys waters to nonlicensed buyers, according to court records....

Bank robber sues police

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A convicted bank robber from a 2012 case says Key West police officers twice ordered him to strip naked during their investigation while laughing and jeering at his body. In a lawsuit filed against...