Florida Keys News

Sanctuary leaders reassigned

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 21, 2017

The top three people at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have been reassigned. The changes come after the National Ocean Service concluded its investigation into a complaint into hostile...

Man pleads guilty in fraud case

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 21, 2017

A Hialeah man accused in May of using multiple fraudulent credit cards in a store to purchase high-end merchandise pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Miami as part of a plea agreement with...

Father, son cited for Goliath, black grouper take

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 21, 2017

A visiting spear fishermen could not wait for the state to possibly open the Goliath grouper fishery.  Alberto Eugenio Garza Santos, 53, of Mexico, was not only cited with taking the state...

Naked man wants his clothes back

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 21, 2017

Sometimes honesty is the best policy.  A 30-year-old Tampa man posted a Craiglist ad on April 15 headlined, “My name is Andrew and I lost my stuff.” Seems mundane...

Duval Loop free bus to debut soon

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 21, 2017

The Duval Loop downtown circulator bus will debut at the end of May or early June, according to Key West City staff. The 16-stop free bus designed to eliminate cars and ease congestion in the heart...

Conviction in child sex sting case

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 20, 2017

It took a Key West jury roughly 90 minutes to return a guilty verdict Tuesday in the trial of a 42-year-old plumber accused of meeting with undercover police for the purpose of having sex with a...

Some Bahama Village parking spots could be lost for pedestrian sidewalk

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Approximately 15 parking spots in the crowded Bahama Village neighborhood could be eliminated in an effort to provide better pedestrian access to Truman Waterfront Park, according to city...

Uber legislation heads to governor

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 20, 2017

A bill that will open the door for ride-sharing services such as Uber to operate in Key West is headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott, following Florida Senate approval by a 36-1 vote. House Bill...

Abused horse finds new home

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Anyone who meets Trigger today would not believe the shape the horse was in when taken from his owner in November 2016 after a 700-mile trek from South Carolina to Miami.  The horse was...

Elderly couple's housing situation goes from bad to worse

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Railroad tracks no longer bisect Key West, but if they did, Stadium Apartments would be considered “the other side of the tracks.” The Duck Avenue apartments, which were built in 1945,...

Lab-reared mosquitoes released in fight against tropical diseases

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For the first time in Florida Keys Mosquito Control District history, inspectors were telling people Tuesday not to swat the pesky little bugs. The first release of lab-reared mosquitoes in Florida occurred on Stock Island on Tuesday, with 20,000 little soldiers being put into battle.

Program rewards captains for outreach

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A program to reward local charter boat captains for educating their clients and practicing responsible fishing will be in place next year.  On Tuesday, the Florida Keys National Marine...

Would-be bomber sentenced to life

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez listened Tuesday to a defense attorney describe why a 26-year-old Stock Island client with loyalties to the Islamic State who tried to blow up a backpack bomb on a Key West beach should not be sentenced to life. But Martinez appeared undeterred in his summation of the facts of the case and ultimately his decision.

Keys officials spend day with legislators in Tallahassee

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roughly 100 Florida Keys elected, community and business leaders converged on the state capital Tuesday to lobby lawmakers on bills that will directly benefit the chain of islands. For the past...

3 vie for bike share program

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The latest cog in the city’s Car-Free Key West campaign is underway, with applications submitted by three companies to operate a bike share program on city streets.