Florida Keys News

Flood bill to protect second homes

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Florida Keys Congressman Carlos Curbelo and fellow U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy introduced a flood insurance bill that would provide economic relief to an important and large segment of the Keys and...

Promech Air also owns Key West company

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

The company that owned and operated the airplane that crashed into a cliff in Alaska killing nine people also owns Key West Seaplane Adventures. Promech Air is a charter plane company based in...

Car wash at VFW to raise money for fire survivors

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

A car wash will be held today at the VFW Post 3911 on North Roosevelt Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit Courtney and Jacob Shores, who lost their mother Robin Ferrer and siblings...

Deputy fired after probe

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

The checkered career of a sheriff’s deputy officially ended Friday when Sheriff Rick Ramsay fired Deputy Edgar Pineiro for his “repeated disregard of our policy and procedures and the...

Vibrio infections extremely rare, not 'flesh-eating,' state officials say

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

Vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium that lives in warm saltwater, has killed two and sickened six others in Florida so far in 2015, the Florida Department of Health said.  But it’s not a...

ON THE LOOKOUT: State seeks public input on secretive critters

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

State fishery managers are asking for the public’s help in obtaining information on some of the Florida Keys’ most clandestine creatures. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking residents and visitors in the Florida Keys to keep an eye out for native reptiles and amphibians. 

Fishing officials signal bag limit approval

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

State fishery managers lowered a proposed commercial bag limit for barracuda to coincide with the request of Florida Keys anglers, who have raised concerns about the increase in harvest of one of the reef’s top predators.

Coast Guard repatriates 55 to Cuba

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

Fifty-five Cuban migrants aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. were repatriated Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. The repatriation was the result of five separate migrant interdictions...

Policeman cleared in Taser case

Key West Citizen - Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Key West police officer did nothing wrong when he used a stun gun to stop Matthew Murphy from fighting on Duval Street in 2011, the Citizen Review Board decided this week, as a federal lawsuit over...

Monroe County third-graders see improvements on STAR

Key West Citizen - Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Monroe County School District saw a significant drop in third grade students scoring in the lowest quintile on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests this year. Only 12.7 percent of...

Officer arrested following domestic dispute

Key West Citizen - Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Key West police officer was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of domestic battery and is currently on administrative leave, according to police spokesperson Alyson Crean. Officer Nicholas Galbo,...

US, Cuba teaming up on turtle protection efforts

Key West Citizen - Thursday, June 25, 2015

The crew of the Marathon Turtle Hospital has just returned from a trip to Cuba where it began forming a tighter bond with its foreign counterparts in order to better protect endangered sea turtles.

Survey: Keys customers keep coming back

Key West Citizen - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Visitors to Key West and the Florida Keys are paying top dollar for hotel rooms, but are willing to pay even more, according to survey results presented Wednesday during a Key West Chamber of...

Free HIV, hepatitis testing offered this week

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Health officials announced free testing for both HIV and hepatitis C at different sites in Key West this week.  “As a public health agency, we definitely want people to protect...

Scott cuts Keys funding with vetoes

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Florida Keys were not immune from the $500 million in state budget items vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott when he signed the state budget into law Tuesday. Among the cuts were $154,000 that both the state Senate and House of Representatives agreed to set aside for renovations to the historic William Weech American Legion Post 168 in Bahama Village.