Florida Keys News

Underwater duo resurfaces with record

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The teaching tag team of Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, educators at Roane State Community College, resurfaced on Monday after a 73-day stint in Jules' Undersea Lodge teaching an ocean-centric...

Tropical tribute to the season

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 15, 2014

It was the year of cooler temperatures and technical difficulties as spectators stood four to five deep along the wooden docks at Schooner Wharf, 202 William St., to catch a glimpse of decked out boats parading in the bay for the judges Saturday night.

Rave reviews for city attorney

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 15, 2014

Key West's top attorney collected unanimous praise from the seven members of the city commission in his annual job review. Shawn Smith, whose year included helping oust Bob Vitas from the city...

Utility tests new power pole design

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 15, 2014

Residents may begin noticing changes in power poles going up as Keys Energy Services is experimenting with newer metal columns. The utility recently began a $117,026 two-year pilot program to...

Chief: We need retraining on strip searches

Key West Citizen - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two Key West police detectives need remedial training in the department's policies concerning strip searches and evidence handling, Police Chief Donie Lee concluded Oct. 22. The case at hand, an...

Marathon means business

Key West Citizen - Sunday, December 14, 2014

With a host of new hotel rooms and boat slips on the horizon, Marathon is making room for more visitors, more special events and more wedding parties. These days, Marathon means business. "It's a...

3 projects vie for $1.1M of spill funds

Key West Citizen - Sunday, December 14, 2014

One coral reef and two canal restoration projects are the front runners in the quest to receive $1.1 million in federal funding coming from fines from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The...

New Sugarloaf Key fire station discussed

Key West Citizen - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Talks are under way to replace the 40-year-old Sugarloaf Key Volunteer Fire Department station as engineers told county leaders the building likely will need to come down in three to seven years....

City takes first vote on sightseeing tours

Key West Citizen - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Key West's sightseeing tour franchise agreements could require companies to install tracking devices on tourist-carrying vehicles, avoid residential side streets and speed up. City commissioners...

Commission OKs permit discount

Key West Citizen - Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Monroe County Commission has agreed to give some homeowners and contractors a 35 percent discount on building permit fees. The contractors and homeowners must have applied for the permits prior...

Fantasy Fest candidate arrested

Key West Citizen - Saturday, December 13, 2014

A candidate for king of this year's Fantasy Fest and an organizer of a group working to improve the event is facing marijuana charges and is under investigation for running an illegal gambling...

Man jailed for tattooing underage girl

Key West Citizen - Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Big Coppitt man illegally tattooed a 16-year-old girl without her parent's permission and without holding a valid state license, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report. Benjamin...

County asks for more funding

Key West Citizen - Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Monroe County Commission agreed this week to go after a bigger chunk of state grant money designated for water-quality and land-conservation projects. State Rep. Holly Raschein plans to sponsor...

Former Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault

Key West Citizen - Saturday, December 13, 2014

A former Coast Guard boatswain's mate accused of sexual assault will face a court martial in Key West this spring, officials said this week. Petty Officer 3rd Class Edwin Angulo, 26, is accused of...