Florida Keys News

Qualifying heats up as deadline draws near

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

With the qualifying period for elected office ending at noon on Friday, there has been a flurry of activity in the past several days. Three candidates have jumped into two separate Florida Keys Mosquito Control board races and one candidate has entered into the Key West Utility Board race.

Photographer makes run for Keys Energy Services board

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A local photographer wants to bring a “new voice and perspective” to the Keys Energy Services board. Vidal, who said he legally changed his name to one word, announced Tuesday that he is...

City accepts seawall grant funding

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Key West City Commission voted 4-2 to accept a $150,000 grant for funding repairs on 325 linear feet of the Truman Annex seawall during its meeting Tuesday night at Old City Hall. Commissioners Richard Payne and Billy Wardlow dissented on the vote for the grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force, which was postponed at the last commission meeting.

Rift lingers over control

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KEY LARGO — At last week’s wastewater district meeting, one commissioner’s effort to strike another’s agenda item exposed an ongoing rift within the board centering on a...

Restoration begins on historic Marathon house

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MARATHON — The walls surrounding the front entry of Adderley House have holes big enough to reach a hand through. In fact, a sign next to the door asks that visitors please refrain from touching the fragile construction. It seems like a stiff wind could blow the building over. 

State: Bay recovery still years away

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA — Improvements to freshwater-starved Florida Bay, where roughly 22,000 acres of seagrass died last summer, may take five to 10 years, according to South Florida Water Management District Director John Mitnik.

Bug board to vote on allowing referendum

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board will vote Wednesday on two items that could delay or kill the public’s chance to vote on a test release of genetically modified male mosquitoes...

Designs for Truman Waterfront Park amphitheater unveiled

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The public was given a first look at designs for the Truman Waterfront Park amphitheater at the park’s advisory board meeting Monday night. The total project is estimated at $4 million and...

Dennis Beaver has his own stories to share

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dennis Beaver forgets to talk about himself.  As co-creator and curator of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, Beaver is more comfortable sharing details of the Key West playwright’s...

Ground-breaking set for August on senior living center

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 20, 2016

The Poinciana Gardens Senior Living Center will open its doors to Key West senior citizens in the spring of 2018, according to Monroe County Housing Authority Executive Director Manuel...

Retail center project heads to court

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 20, 2016

A trial will begin next month that could determine if the biggest proposed retail center in the Florida Keys, which includes a Walmart and possibly 312 affordable housing units, will be constructed...

More details on small plane crash at airport

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 20, 2016

A small plane crashed while attempting to take off Saturday afternoon from Key West International Airport. According to Florida Highway Patrol Officer Kathleen McKinney, the accident happened at...

Seawall repairs on city agenda again

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 20, 2016

The Key West City Commission will have another chance to accept a $150,000 grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force to help fund a joint effort to repair 325 linear feet of the Truman...