Florida Keys News

Trial begins over 96 flat-screen televisions

Key West Citizen - Thursday, February 23, 2017

A jury will decide the fate this week of a 50-year-old Maryland man accused of taking nearly $67,000 from a Key West developer over 96 flat-screen televisions that prosecutors allege he never...

Crash investigation remains open

Key West Citizen - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Key West police said Wednesday they are continuing to investigate the fatal crash that occurred at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night at the intersection of North Roosevelt Boulevard and Palm...

Visit Florida program stays alive for now -- barely

Key West Citizen - Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Not dead yet.” A statewide marketing agency that was targeted for elimination received a stay of execution, but not a full pardon this week. A House budget committee on Tuesday...

City approves SOS lease for kitchen

Key West Citizen - Thursday, February 23, 2017

After more than two hours of speakers, discussion, arguments and two fire alarms, the Key West City Commission approved a 10-year contract with Star of the Sea Outreach Mission for the use of the...

Waterfront park to get more input

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For the final decisions at Truman Waterfront Park, maybe three boards are better than one. The Truman Waterfront Advisory Board recommended a joint workshop with the Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee and the Key West City Commission to discuss the remaining major elements of the park during its meeting Tuesday.

No charges filed in deadly accident

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

No charges have been filed against the driver of a van that collided head-on with a scooter Saturday night on North Roosevelt Boulevard, killing Toby McRae, 45, of Key West. Key West Police spokeswoman Alyson Crean stated that no charges were filed against Jeff Tomita in the accident and police are not investigating. 

Acclaimed authors speaking tonight

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Noted authors Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt will discuss their new books, as well as fiction, art, sex and science, at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 22, at Books & Books at The Studios of Key West. The event is free and open to the public.

Mosquito Control picks Stock Island for test release

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has chosen south Stock Island as the site for a test release of lab-reared mosquitoes that could be used to battle its wild counterparts. Mosquito district and representatives of the private company MosquitoMate plan to tour Stock Island today to choose a specific site on the small island, district spokeswoman Beth Ranson said.

Three students arrested in robbery

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Three Key West High School students, including a standout varsity football player, accused of a violent home invasion robbery and beating that involved a military-style assault rifle over the weekend...

Boy's fishing brings family to Keys

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LITTLE TORCH KEY — Eleven-year-old Tristan Hill is truly hooked on fishing. The young boy will sneak in a few minutes with his rod and reel almost every day before school, after football practice and maybe when he should be doing his homework. He caught his first fish in Alaska at age 2, and from there, his love for angling exploded. 

Director: No prisoners at Key Largo facility

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KEY LARGO — No jail or holding cells will be housed behind the barbed-wire fencing at the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations offices at the entrance to Key Largo Trailer Village, according to the facility’s director and the building’s owner.

Marathon mulls mayor selection alternatives

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council last week discussed at length possible changes to the mayor and vice mayor selection process, and also weighed in on the community pool, Monroe County Tourist Development Council funds and code compliance options.

Credit card fraud suspects could face nearly 30 years

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MARATHON — A Hialeah couple indicted on federal credit card fraud charges will face nearly 30 years in prison if they are convicted, according to court records. 

Margo Ellis still teaching - and learning - lessons​

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Like most teachers, Margo Ellis knows — better than most students, even — how many school days remain until the blessed release of summertime. “Seventy — work days, that is. But who’s counting?” Ellis said with a wry smile Monday, enjoying the Presidents’ Day holiday from her New Town home.

FWC dive team finds sunken boat

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's new dive team scored a win last week when members found a rental boat that sank in January, while training with side-scan radar in the Upper...