Florida Keys News

Man arrested in dog torture case

Key West Citizen - Saturday, September 20, 2014

A 36-year-old Key Largo man accused of taping a dog's mouth and nose shut and beating it with a metal pipe before dumping it on the side of the road in a garbage bag was arrested Friday by Monroe...

TDC spreads $1.6M among events

Key West Citizen - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Like a debutante's dance card, the Florida Keys' 2015 events calendar is filling rapidly with festivals celebrating everything from seafood and songwriters to food, film and fantasies. Though...

More details emerge in boat ramp death

Key West Citizen - Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office shed more light Friday on the death of a Miami man Tuesday near the Shark Key boat ramp. Roy Ruz Blanco, 33, and his mother were found by the sheriff's office...

Overseas Liquor case goes federal

Key West Citizen - Saturday, September 20, 2014

The questions of who can sell alcohol to the public, and where it can be sold, are at the center of a federal lawsuit recently served on the city of Marathon by prior owners of Overseas Lounge and...

Rumbling into the city

Key West Citizen - Friday, September 19, 2014

At 70 mph on a motorcycle, raindrops may as well be rocks. That was the sentiment of retired brothers Rob and Lou Johnson, who roared into Key West late Thursday afternoon astride their prized...

Clock ticking on homeless solution

Key West Citizen - Friday, September 19, 2014

The city commission will decide once and for all Oct. 7 whether the old Easter Seals lot on College Road is the best location for the overnight homeless shelter.

Mosquito Control holds the line on taxes

Key West Citizen - Friday, September 19, 2014

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control board will not raise property taxes in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, despite coming out of an expensive rainy season and buying an $800,000 piece of property...

Pilots: Drones could spell danger

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 18, 2014

When Glenn Cullingford, the chief pilot for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, imagines an unmanned aerial system -- commonly called a drone -- going awry in the sky, he sees the potential for a lethal crash.

Take Stock program receives award for excellence

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County for the second year running has been presented with a coveted excellence award for its outstanding mentor services and college success coach services. The award is a feather in the cap for the scholarship program, which operates statewide but has been particularly successful in Monroe County.

County moves toward smoke free

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Monroe County Commission moved forward Wednesday on its plan to prohibit employees from using tobacco products. The commission approved contracts with New Truman Medical Center and Key West...

If you can make it there ...

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's going to be Key lime meets the Big Apple this fall when Key West High School senior Andy Matroci screens his short film, "A Skate Life," at the prestigious All-American High School Film Festival...

Feds bring new charges against Cay Clubs execs

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Federal investigators have filed a new superseding indictment against executives of the defunct Cay Clubs development company alleging they ran a $300 million Ponzi scheme. The defendants in the...

City taxes rising 5 percent

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

City taxpayers will pay 5 percent more in property taxes in the coming year, commissioners decided Tuesday night while they tapped five days worth of savings reserved for emergencies. The tax hike will work out to an additional $4.79 per month on a home worth $428,000, assistant city manager Sarah Spurlock said.

Ex-cop settles for $287K

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Without comment, city commissioners Tuesday night approved paying a former police officer $287,500 to end his 6-year-old "whistleblower" lawsuit that the city attorney said he most likely cannot win...

Chamber presents trade show

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Key West Chamber of Commerce has been putting consumers in front of companies and initiating introductions for more than a quarter of a century at its annual Showcase of Key West...