Florida Keys News

Key West could become sanctuary city

Key West Citizen - Thursday, December 8, 2016

Could Key West soon become a sanctuary city? During citizen comments on a resolution reaffirming Key West’s One Human Family philosophy at Tuesday’s city commission meeting, board member...

City will reinstitute recordings of meetings

Key West Citizen - Thursday, December 8, 2016

The policy of recording all city board meetings will be reinstituted following a discussion at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. Key West Commissioner Margaret Romero questioned the recent...

MARC is moving Christmas trees

Key West Citizen - Thursday, December 8, 2016

The temperature may not feel like winter, but the scene and scent inside the MARC Christmas Tree Sale is always merry and bright — and filled with the scent of Fraser fir trees. For more than...

Student scientists test hypotheses, draw conclusions

Key West Citizen - Thursday, December 8, 2016

So much for baking-soda-and-vinegar volcanoes. Today’s high school science fair projects, like their young creators, have advanced far beyond homemade lava. Even the term “Science...

Fly Navy building tented for termites

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Naval Air Station Key West is fighting a new enemy — termites.  “I’ve served on aircraft carriers, led a strike fighter squadron and been on the front lines of warfighting,” said NAS Key West commanding officer Capt. Bobby Baker. “Let’s just say fighting termites is a new mission set for me.”

County leaders stumble on affordable housing

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Monroe County commissioners struggled Tuesday to move forward with any new meaningful policies to promote more affordable housing, because of a lack of land and new state-issued building allocations. The commission met Tuesday to discuss moving forward on 33 recommendations from its Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

City reaffirms 'One Human Family'

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The City of Key West remains One Human Family.

Marine sanctuary workplace investigation continues

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An inquiry into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s top two staff members continues after roughly six months of review, but it could be wrapped up next month. Sanctuary officials...

First Cuban migrants land in Florida since Castro's death

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MIAMI — Thirteen Cuban migrants who arrived early Tuesday in the Florida Keys aboard a homemade boat are the first to land on U.S. soil since Fidel Castro died, U.S. authorities said, adding...

Refuge preserving organs from dead deer

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BIG PINE KEY — As a backup plan to prevent species extinction, a federal agency has started harvesting reproductive organs from dead Key deer. The animals, only found in the Lower Keys, suffered a heavy blow to their population over the last few months from the flesh-eating New World screwworm.

CEO replaced at Fishermen's

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MARATHON — Fishermen’s Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Hal Leftwich resigned from his position last week after five years on the job. His decision to leave comes on the heels of the facility announcing a likely merger with Baptist Health South Florida in 2017.

Market demolition proposed for January

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

KEY LARGO — A permit to build a McDonald’s on the Dollar Tree and Island Market Place property has just moved one step closer to being approved by Monroe County. If all goes as planned, the property owner would like construction of the fast-food restaurant to begin in January.

Childcare worker charged with leaving child in van

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

KEY LARGO — A worker at a childcare facility accused of leaving a 4-year-old child in a van for 48 minutes was arrested last Friday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Kyle Lynch, 26, of Key Largo, was charged with unlawful desertion of a child. 

Tavernier teacher wins state award

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TAVERNIER — Martha Louizeaux, a teacher at Ocean Studies Charter School in Tavernier, has won a 2016 Florida Charter School Champion Award from the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  The award was one of 16 presented at the recent Florida Charter School Conference in Daytona Beach.

Bird center works to fix violations

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TAVERNIER — Volunteers and contractors gathered Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center to begin correcting violations cited by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.