Florida Keys News

Seeking balance for bipolar disorder

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

UPPER KEYS -- Things started to fall apart for Jay Kasprisin in 2007. He was involved in four Upper Keys businesses that were failing: real estate, vacation rentals, boat sales and a cleaning...

State plan for conserving 60 species ready for public input

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released a draft plan to conserve 60 fish and wildlife species, including the Florida burrowing owl, roseate spoonbill,...

Larger-than-life legacy lives on

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tennessee Williams, one of American's most prolific playwrights for the middle part of the 20th century, would have turned 104 this month. The nonprofit Tennessee Williams Legacy Foundation...

Winter sailing races in question

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An annual sailing race has lost some of the wind from its sails. The future of the annual January sailboat races in Key West could be in question, as the current organizers of the event are...

Fantasy Fest on the hot seat

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This year's Fantasy Fest theme is "All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show." But city commissioners today will likely hear a much tamer presentation about the adult-themed week-long party, which has...

Fishermen cited for fillet and release

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Officers cited two spearfishermen Saturday after they were caught with the fillets of two state highly protected species -- Goliath grouper and tarpon -- and a portable gas deep fryer under the...

Second fatal crash on U.S. 1

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A fatal head-on collision Saturday was the second deadly crash on U.S. 1 in three days, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. David P. Theisen, 35, of Homestead, was killed when a 2000 Dodge...

1 caught in home invasion

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement captured one of two suspects in a violent home invasion in Key Largo last week, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report. Brandon Rettich, 37,...

The grand city hall tour

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

Step right up. Come on in. That's what architect Bert Bender, City Commissioner Teri Johnston and assorted city staff members said Sunday afternoon, welcoming about 40 locals to tour the grounds of...

County gives amnesty on fine fees

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin has dedicated one week in March to help people start this year with a clean slate by granting amnesty to those with outstanding fines. Heavilin wants to help those...

O'Neil files for city commission seat

Key West Citizen - Monday, March 2, 2015

Robert "Skip" O'Neil II, a retired engineer who hails from a famous Chicago construction family that built that city's Navy Pier, has filed paperwork to run for the Key West City Commissioner,...

Hit-and-run crashes spike

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

The number of hit-and-run crashes spiked last year statewide, and the Florida Keys had similar, though lower, increases. Included in those figures were several high-profile fatal crashes in Monroe...

Millions may be directed to the Keys

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

Money, guns and taxes are three issues facing the Florida Keys as state legislators kick off their annual legislative session Tuesday. Monroe County and Keys municipalities still need money to...

Promise finally kept

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

By all accounts, Albert Kee was an easily approachable soul. He was happy to chat with any stranger or friend as he sold Conch shells by the seashore in Key West, just as his...

City to revisit Sanctuary issue

Key West Citizen - Sunday, March 1, 2015

City commissioners Tuesday plan to revisit an anti-Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary push started by a group of charter boat fishermen and the local chamber of commerce. At issue is preventing the...