Florida Keys News

New manager prepares to take seat

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ISLAMORADA — Village residents will see a fresh face around town come next week. Seth Lawless, hired last month as the new village manager, is expected to take take the helm Monday, Oct....

Mothers oppose mosquito spraying times

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UPPER KEYS — A group of concerned mothers are outraged that the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is conducting aerial spraying during school commuting times, potentially increasing the exposure of their children to the insecticide Dibrom and one of its possibly harmful ingredients, Naled.

Lower Keys boat captain eyeing survival

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SUGARLOAF KEY — Paul Wachter could be a millionaire. Confidentiality agreements prohibit the Lower Keys marine mechanic, captain, musician and father from saying too much about how long he lasted as a contestant on the current season of the hit CBS reality show, “Survivor.”

Threats fly at sewer board meeting

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

KEY LARGO — The most recent operations report for the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District touted that no odor complaints were received during August, but that didn’t stop other complaints from wafting around the room at the district’s Sept. 20 board meeting.

U.S. labor department investigates fire staff

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

KEY LARGO — The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the payroll practices of emergency responder staff, the attorney for the Key Largo Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District announced during a Sept. 19 board meeting.

Weekend body count increases

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Coast Guard, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and state wildlife officers continued to investigate Monday whether bodies found off Islamorada, Ramrod Key and near Little Palm Island were migrants who all came from the same chug that capsized Wednesday at sea. 

City to shine light on street lamp illumination issue

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

To make sure the Caroline Street is cast in the right light, city officials will experiment with the brightness levels of pedestrian street lamps this week. Neighborhood residents and businesses...

Police: Murder on Peacon Lane

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Key West police detectives have finished the on-scene investigation at 312 Peacon Lane and classified the death as a homicide Monday based on the location of the gunshot wound and other factors, according to a press release. 

Opponents challenge each other at forum

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Candidates for several local and state offices squared off publicly Monday night In Key West for first time since the primary elections and the gloves came off several times as the candidates tried to take their opponents to the canvas.

Wendy Tucker was here in the heyday

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wendy Tucker was there. 

School Board members to consider land swap proposal

Key West Citizen - Monday, September 26, 2016

School officials will discuss switching and swapping properties in Key West during its meeting Tuesday in Marathon. The board meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Marathon High School Media Center. Board...

Post office addressing postal woes

Key West Citizen - Monday, September 26, 2016

“Come in, get it out, get it going.” That’s the mantra of newly hired Key West Postmaster Larry Cowan. The former Kansas resident has big plans for the southernmost postal service,...

Keys boat captain eyeing survival

Key West Citizen - Monday, September 26, 2016

Paul Wachter could be a millionaire. Confidentiality agreements prohibit the Keys marine mechanic, captain, rock star and father from saying too much about how long he lasted as a contestant on the...

Hometown PAC forum scheduled for tonight

Key West Citizen - Monday, September 26, 2016

The Florida Keys-based Hometown PAC will hold the first of its two final candidate forums before the Nov. 8 general election tonight in Key West. The first question and answer forum is about six...

No (fowl) play suspected in chicken deaths

Key West Citizen - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Despite recent reports, the sky is not falling. The Key West chicken population is doing just fine. Recent botulism cases at Bayview Park and the Overseas Market parking lot have caused a reduction...