Florida Keys News

Pilot takes flight to save at-risk animals

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BIG PINE KEY — Each year 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized in the U.S., according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A local pilot though, through a South Carolina-based non-profit, is carrying out his part with other do-gooders to slowly decrease those numbers.

Thomas steps aside as fire district chair

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

KEY LARGO — Key Largo Fire-Emergency Medical Services District Board Chairman Bob Thomas vacated his honorary position, at least for the next couple of months, following a diagnosis of...

County, district still on track with swap

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

KEY LARGO — The Florida Keys found out last week that it will not be the recipient of $50 million in state-funded sewer project monies.  It’s the first time in three years the...

FWC talks panthers, OKs bear season

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FLORIDA — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week postponed a draft proposal to ease the state’s role in protecting the federally endangered Florida panther. The...

Ecolodge makes pitch, still faces hurdles

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ISLAMORADA — The effort to build a hotel complex to be marketed to environmentally friendly visitors is back on track, according to its design team. To appease village staff and council...

Former CS student becomes professional MMA fighter

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UPPER KEYS — A former Coral Shores High School student is taking mixed martial arts to the next level. Every morning Joseph Billingsley, 27, hits the mats with the hopes of becoming an...

Banana Bay faces makeover

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The 75-unit Banana Bay resort will undergo a full renovation but its owners have abandoned plans for a mixed-use complex approved by the city in 2010. “The owners are now proposing to...

Tourists rescued in rental boat fire

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two tourists were rescued Saturday by a good Samaritan in Card Sound after their rental boat caught fire, state and federal officials said.  The names and ages of the father and son were not available Monday, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard reported neither was injured.

Higgs Beach nourishment project takes shape

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Efforts to give Higgs Beach Park in Key West a multimillion dollar facelift will kick into high gear next month. The Monroe County government will apply for a $1.5 million state grant for...

City cites Duval St. drummer for noise

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A street musician who plays a full drum kit at night on Duval Street owes the city $250 for breaking the local noise barrier in March. Michael Dicken, who has a valid city permit to perform on...

Tom Sweets always comes to the rescue

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The scene is a familiar one in Key West neighborhoods: A handful of residents stand in the middle of the street, wringing their hands and waving off approaching traffic. At the center of the huddle,...

Summer program feeds children

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

For many students, the summer months provide an escape from the bell-to-bell grind of books and homework. It allows them time to go to the beach, shoot hoops in the driveway and enjoy their mass...

City survey costs exceed $17,000

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

The city’s recent survey will cost $17,025, according to the latest report, since an additional $2,800 is needed to pay for a presentation of the findings.  A representative from the National Research Center will provide an analysis of the results for the city commission at a special workshop set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Olympic sailor

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

MIAMI - Search efforts for a missing Olympic sailor, Trevor Moore, in Biscayne Bay, Florida, were suspended Saturday evening at sunset. The Coast Guard and partner agencies covered more than 510...

Charity preserves Hemingway's work in Cuba

Key West Citizen - Monday, June 29, 2015

Hundreds of Key West visitors flock daily to the former Whitehead Street residence of author Ernest Hemingway. With cameras and smartphones poised, and the tour translated into nine languages, the...