Florida Keys News

Exercises pick up as Carrier Air Wing 8 roars into town

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The busy winter season over Boca Chica Field is kicking into high gear this week.  Nearly 1,000 sailors and at least seven squadrons are in town as Naval Air Station Key West hosts Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia-based Carrier Air Wing 8, said NAS Key West spokeswoman Trice Denny. 

Keys water bill moves ahead

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A state bill that could bring $20 million a year to the Florida Keys for water quality and land acquisition programs for the next 10 years cleared one of its first major hurdles on Tuesday.

Missing day care funds: $21,731

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MARATHON — Superintendent Mark Porter on Tuesday reported the exact amount of day care payments that went missing from Horace O’Bryant School’s program in 2014 as $21,731.51. “This is a bottom-line figure,” Porter said. “It had been my hope the figure would have been reduced but it is not.”

Margalli files for state attorney

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Key West defense attorney Julio Margalli announced Tuesday his intention to run for the office of State Attorney as a Republican in November in opposition to current incumbent, Democrat Catherine...

County makes $1M payment to Key Largo wastewater board

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy on Tuesday presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with a $1 million check, the first installment in a 10-year interlocal agreement regarding...

Student earns volunteerism award

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sydney Hamilton, 17, of Key West, was one of two teenagers selected Tuesday as top youth volunteers in the state by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The other winner was Kayla...

KL chamber planning fall trip to Cuba

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a trip to Cuba this fall that is open to chamber members and others who would like to learn more about the island nation’s business climate. Nineteen spaces are available. 

No Name takings case returns to court

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NO NAME KEY — A trial was to begin Monday to decide how much Monroe County and Florida will have to pay a family who has successfully sued both governments for essentially taking their land in a case that dates back 26 years.

Superintendent reflects on first year at park

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA — A significant seagrass die-off that wreaked havoc on parts of the Florida Bay, completion of a general management plan and a visit from President Obama were just a few of...

Single for Valentine's Day?

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FLORIDA KEYS — Singles who are bummed that they don’t have a date yet for Valentine’s Day and think that the dating scene here stinks, take heart: at least you didn’t have the date that Robin Mansfield had last year.

Political novice won't face Shaw

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ISLAMORADA — Lower Matecumbe Key resident Larry Zettwoch looked to face a 20-year incumbent after he prefiled candidate paperwork last week to run for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board.  But current District 4 Commissioner Bill Shaw has chosen not to seek re-election, according to a statement provided last Friday to the Free Press.

Upper Keys' largest solar array now operational at pet hospital

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

KEY LARGO — Island Hammock Pet Hospital recently installed the largest array of solar panels in the Upper Keys — and second largest in the Florida Keys —  on its roof to power operations.

Archaeologists survey Keys sites

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TAVERNIER — Strangers are staying in Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson’s house, and he couldn’t be more pleased. “Bob Carr, the archaeologist, called me because he wanted me to find a place for his crew to stay,” Wilkinson explained. “And with ‘Bloodline’ going on, their crew has the rentals all taken up.”

District discusses construction, post office

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

KEY LARGO — With the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District’s construction phase coming to an end, the five commissioners discussed the future of the $400,000-a-year Weiler Engineering consulting contract at the Feb. 2 board meeting. The board also wrestled with the United States Postal Service’s long overdue assessment bill.

Council to hold workshop on town improvements

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ISLAMORADA — A community workshop aimed at generating ideas, both from the Village Council as well as local residents and business owners, on how to better enhance Islamorada is being held Thursday evening.