Florida Keys News

Marathon moving forward with permitting requests

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MARATHON -- Six resolutions, staff reports and a few discussion items made for what looked to be a light agenda for the Marathon City Council meeting Tuesday, March 24. The meeting took place after...

TDRs, affordable housing on agenda

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council plans to discuss the prohibition of transferring development rights from dry lots to wet lots among other items at its meeting Thursday, March 26. The meeting...

Village mulls easing storage rules for vacant lots

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- Restrictions against using vacant commercial lots for storage may soon be lifted in the village if the Local Planning Agency moves forward with a suggestion from a council...

Judge dismisses No Name case

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NO NAME KEY -- A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against Monroe County brought by two families that had successfully sought to bring commercial power to No Name Key. The state...

Long-term future of pumpout program remains uncertain

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KEY LARGO -- The county commission gave the OK on a new two-year agreement with the contractor tasked with providing a free Keys-wide mobile vessel sewage disposal service for liveaboards at its most...

Shelters differ on euthanasia consultation

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FLORIDA KEYS -- At the Middle and Lower Keys county animal shelters, all decisions to euthanize ill animals are made in consultation with a veterinarian. At the Upper Keys shelter, that process is rarely used, according to the shelter's president.

Cellular tower still in works

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KEY LARGO -- Construction of a 130-foot cellphone tower near mile marker 95 continues to sit in the permitting stage nine months after the county's planning commission initially gave the go-ahead on...

Highway patrol tosses 20 tickets

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

UPPER KEYS -- Recent traffic citations written by two Florida Highway Patrol troopers have been tossed out of court at the request of that agency, but why remains a mystery. An FHP trooper went to...

'Long Walk' finds a home

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KEY LARGO -- A non-profit aimed at aiding military personnel and veterans in the Upper Keys with the everyday struggles of life secured its first place of residence last month. Ron Zaleski, a U.S....

Sewer district beefs up security at plant

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KEY LARGO -- A heavily vandalized vehicle coupled with excessive amounts of traffic flow in-and-out of the district's main wastewater plant prompted the board of commissioners to give the go-ahead...

Lead contractor walks off KLOR job

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KEY LARGO -- The general contractor for a 285-unit oceanside condominium community walked off the job earlier this month after years of work, according to an agent for the property association.

Stickers backing cops on city cars

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The majority of Key West's Citizen Review Board showed strong support for "Back the Blue" pro-police bumper stickers being placed on city-owned cars and trucks. Joe Pais, a former city...

Hospital won't release medical records

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The city's Citizen Review Board has launched a legal fight to obtain medical records from a Key West hospital as part of its investigation into the Matthew Murphy Taser case. Murphy, then 27, was...

Bug board delays release plan vote

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The bug board postponed voting Monday on an agreement with a private company to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven, but not because roughly a dozen Florida Keys residents spoke...

Deadly day on the water in the Florida Keys

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

At least three people died Monday as five serious water-related emergencies were reported from Key Largo to the Dry Tortugas to the Gulf of Mexico by law enforcement and the Coast Guard. Specifics...