Florida Keys News

Officials hosting hospital meeting

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 28, 2016

People are talking — and talking, and talking, about the community’s only hospital. A citizen’s watchdog group called the Committee to Rescue Our Hospital, which formed in June to...

Officers' jobs sometimes a matter of life and death

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 28, 2016

As rain subsided around 9 a.m. Wednesday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Jimmy Johnson and Jason Richards pulled their 38-foot Impact boat away from the dock at Sunset Marina on the first day of lobster mini season.

Two killed on US 1

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Ramrod Key mother and daughter were killed in a 5:21 p.m. crash on U.S. 1 Monday evening that closed the highway for nearly three hours, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Taking flight

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Key West Wildlife Center has seen a surge in rescued white crowned pigeons, but the increase could be because there are more nesting on Key West proper instead of just on the offshore islands. The center on White Street is currently rehabilitating 10 hatchlings and juvenile white crowned pigeons.

Police: Man attacked with tree branch

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A 69-year-old homeless man was arrested Monday after he hit another homeless man in the head with a tree branch, according to Key West police.  Calvin Alexander Jackson was charged with felony...

HARC OKs amphitheater design

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The future amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park was approved by the Historic Architectural Review Commission 6-1 during its meeting Tuesday night. Board member Lori Thompson was the lone dissenting vote.

Vehicle crash sends three to area hospitals

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Traffic was halted on U.S. 1 for nearly three hours Tuesday evening due to two accidents, one at MM 97 and one at MM 29.5.  Both accidents occurred late in the afternoon, with the crash in the...

Denny's serves up drinks, Ladies Night

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

KEY LARGO — A restaurant with a full bar, pool table, live entertainment and Ladies Night might not be unusual, particularly in the Florida Keys. But when it’s a Denny’s,...

Publix proposed again for Big Pine Key

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BIG PINE KEY — The longstanding flea market on Big Pine Key may soon be replaced by a supermarket. The property owners, according to paperwork filed with Monroe County, are once again trying to overhaul the area at 30250 Overseas Highway to make way for a roughly 48,000-square-foot Publix grocery store.

Paramedic wins state award as an educator

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MARATHON — Capt. Joe Forcine of Marathon Fire Rescue was just named paramedic educator of the year for the state of Florida, but his colleagues have known about his capability in the field for...

One killed in U.S. 1 crashes

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a Key Largo man caused a three-vehicle crash Friday near Mile Marker 98 that killed an 80-year-old motorist and sent his wife to a Miami hospital, one of several...

Shark and croc spotted at Fort Zach

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beach-goers could not exit the water at the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park quickly enough on Friday, as a large hammerhead shark attacked a large tarpon just feet from the beach and two tourists.

Fire Chief Mike Davila is right where he belongs

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

There are no more qualifiers before his title. Mike Davila is not interim chief, acting chief or division chief, though he has been all three. It became official on June 1: Davila is Key West’s fire chief, and it’s a job he loves, though not necessarily one he ever thought he’d have when he was a kid in Key West.

Candidate forum highlights issues

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Uber car service, single member voting districts, a greater use of solar power and whether to release genetically modified mosquitoes were hotly debated issues at Monday ‘s candidate forum in...

Proposals target low-income housing

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A stronger emphasis on low-income units highlights the proposed changes to the Affordable Housing Ordinance released Monday. The planning department released the proposal in advance of the...