Florida Keys News

Sanctuary declines seat request

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council shot down a proposal Tuesday by Key West Mayor Craig Cates for a Key West specific seat on the board shortly after a coral scientist told the group a third of the reef line must be closed to any human activity if it is to be saved.

Bug board delays vote on contract

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The bug board postponed voting on a contract Tuesday with a company wanting to do a test release of genetically modified mosquitoes on Key Haven, because it is still awaiting data from federal regulators.

Mallory Square restaurant back on the table

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joe Walsh has opened a number of restaurants in Key West over the years, but he's never had a five-year wait to move from square one in the city's development process.

City to close part of Truman Avenue for funeral traffic

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

At least 1,300 people are expected to attend today's funeral for 14-year-old Jonathan Wells, city staff said Tuesday while announcing traffic plans for Old Town. The city will close several blocks...

Council to review village manager

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- When the council meets Thursday, April 23, it will give Village Manager Maria Aguilar her evaluation for the year. It will be her first since taking over the town's top administative...

Puto to step down; manager search begins

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MARATHON -- City Manager Mike Puto announced last week he intends to step down as manager Dec. 31, or sooner if the City Council finds a replacement. His statement was brief and came at the urging...

District to mull fund swap, code compliance

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

KEY LARGO -- The sewer district's five-commissioner board was set Tuesday, April 21, to revisit and take action on an interlocal agreement with the county regarding fund swapping. Staff was also...

Dive captain's attorney claims jurisdictional issues

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PLANTATION KEY -- The attorney for a local dive captain says a federal judge overstepped his authority by allowing agents to seize three boats whose ownership is being disputed in state court. Eric...

Trooper citations still being tossed

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UPPER KEYS -- County Magistrate Joe Albury continues to dismiss traffic citations issued by two troopers at the request of the Florida Highway Patrol. The FHP, though, isn't telling Albury or...

Campus-carry bill holstered for now

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FLORIDA KEYS -- A bill that would allow students to carry firearms on college campuses effectively died last week when a Florida Senate committee declined to review it. The news was welcomed by...

Funding failure could nix Netflix series

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UPPER KEYS -- The future of the Netflix series "Bloodline," at least its filming in the Florida Keys, may rest with the Florida Legislature. A bill that would renew tax credit incentives the state offers to lure lucrative television and film projects to Florida is still in committee as legislators argue over its merit.

Raschein's workforce bill won't be put to a vote

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- An anti-discrimination bill sponsored by state Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, will not go before the Florida Legislature for a vote. The bill, dubbed Florida Competitive Workforce...

Billionaire puts Islamorada home on market

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- One of the richest men in America is bidding goodbye to the Florida Keys. Paul Tudor Jones II, a billionaire hedge fund manager, has listed his Upper Matecumbe Key estate for $14.5...

Python hunt set for January

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SOUTH FLORIDA -- A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission event that lured thousands of hunters from all walks of life searching for a chance at a unique hunt-and-kill opportunity is set...

Costume maker stays a stitch above the rest

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- Don't call Marcia Kreitman a seamstress. The longtime Upper Keys resident has been feverishly at work behind one of a handful of her sewing machines for almost 30 years producing theater costumes in South Florida. But, she said, her work is much different than that of an everyday clothier.