Florida Keys News

Apache Star sets unofficial record from Florida to Cuba

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 2, 2015

History was made Saturday in Havana, Cuba as two men set the new world record for the fastest crossing between Florida and the Caribbean island nation. Offshore performance boater Mark McManus and...

Coast Guard crews searching for missing diver

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 2, 2015

MIAMI — Coast Guard officials in Miami say that are searching for a diver reported missing off the coast of Cudjoe Key. Coast Guard Key West issued an urgent information broadcast requesting...

Board scores schools' leader average

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

According to the results of the recent review of Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter, school board members apparently consider him to be proficient but not distinguished, based on the...

Foundation aims to restore butterfly habitat with milkweed

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

The monarch butterfly has taught generations of American schoolchildren the intricacies of metamorphosis, migration, cocoons and caterpillars. With wings the color of fall, monarchs are the most...

Lodging study gives insight into Florida Keys' tourism

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hotel room rates in the Florida Keys have increased every month for the past 64 months. That’s more than five years of constantly increasing hotel revenues, Jessica Bennett, market research...

Prosecutors: Man sent nude videos after arrest

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Monroe County public works employee accused of threatening to release nude videos of his girlfriend is now accused of doing just that after he was released from jail, according to court...

Death row inmate dies before execution

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

A 69-year-old man sentenced to die for the 1991 stabbing death of Dortha Cribbs in Summerland Key avoided the death penalty Wednesday — by dying of natural causes before the state...

District announces expansion for Compute$

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

After completing the program’s first year, <\Monroe /> Compute$ has been extended and expanded for the 2015-2016 school year. Initially planned as a one-year program for Monroe...

Estate attorney accused of embezzlement

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

A well-known Marathon estate lawyer is accused of operating an illegal embezzlement scheme that siphoned money from rightful heirs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.  California...

Police respond to death

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 1, 2015

Emergency crews and police responded Friday night after a death was reported on the 1400 block of Sunset Drive in midtown Key West, said Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean.  Foul play was...

Big Pine Key pot grower sentenced

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 31, 2015

A Cudjoe Key man accused of growing more than 130 marijuana plants in trailers on Big Pine Key was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a year of house arrest that will include drug court followed by...

Wildlife officials report calm mini-season

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 31, 2015

As an uneventful lobster mini-season came to a close, commercial lobster fishermen remained optimistic about the start of the regular season on Aug. 6. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

Supervisor: Suspect talked about guns, police

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 31, 2015

The Stock Island man accused of planning to detonate a bomb at a Key West beach spoke often about guns, his issues with law enforcement over speeding tickets and had direct access to secure areas at...

Assisted suicide suspect kills self

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 31, 2015

A man accused of assisting in a suicide earlier this year took his own life in front of a sheriff’s deputy at Boca Chica Beach early Thursday, police said. Terrence Haynes, 61, shot himself...

B-1s blast into Boca Chica Field

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 31, 2015

The men and women of the 7th Bomb Wing prefer to do their jobs quietly, Air Force Lt. Col. Nick Yates said Wednesday on the tarmac at Boca Chica Field, oddly surrounded by a slew of curious military...