Florida Keys News

Keys family charged in take case

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three brothers who live in the Lower Keys have been indicted for harvesting spiny lobsters from illegal habitat called casitas, catching more than their daily commercial bag limit and falsifying...

No deal yet in union talks

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 25, 2014

The Monroe County School District and the union representing its employees will meet from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the 10th and final collaborative bargaining session scheduled to negotiate this...

Primary election is Tuesday

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 25, 2014

Polls will open to voters at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the primary election and close at 7 p.m. The countywide ballot includes three nonpartisan School Board races while the Key West ballot features the...

Panel to discuss 'solutions' to jailing

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 25, 2014

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay doesn't have a solution for Key West's homeless population, but he is an expert when it comes to the daily problems that locking up the homeless...

Frisky business at the reefs

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 25, 2014

Coral colonies off the Florida Keys seemed to be especially frisky this year. The coral spawn this month exceeded the expectations of researchers and conservation groups, officials said. Brain...

Keeping digital tabs on deputies

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tracking use-of-force incidents with Monroe County Sheriff's deputies has entered the 21st century. Whenever a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy pulls out a Taser, unholsters his or...

Chamber gives 'extra credit' to teachers

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Like a careful financial planner evaluating returns on investments, the Key West Chamber of Commerce has been investing in the island's future -- its children and the teachers who will help turn them...

City tracks hands-on contact by hand

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Key West police keep track of officers' "response to resistance" incidents by hand. After all, the department says, the incidents number fewer than 50 each year, and the current...

Reef Relief offers helping hand at jetty

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Keyswide nonprofit has offered the city of Key West a hand in cleaning up the putrid stew of rotting seaweed and other washed-up debris at the Smathers Beach jetty. The jetty, located at the...

Corals feeling the heat

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 24, 2014

The recent calm days on the ocean might be good for diving and boating, but they are beginning to take their toll on the coral reef. Many corals off the Florida Keys have begun to show signs of...

Early voting ends today

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 23, 2014

More than 12 percent of Monroe County voters have already cast their ballots for Tuesday's primary election using early voting and absentee ballots, the Florida Keys' top election official said Friday.Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin said her office had collected 5,030 absentee ballots and seen 1,330 early voters at the five locations across Monroe County.

Slaton still in the race

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Circuit Judge Tegan Slaton is currently hospitalized on the mainland, but he remains in his judicial race, his friend and campaign manager said this week. Key West attorney Robert Cintron...

Keys man indicted on child porn

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Keys man faces up to 100 years in prison after a federal grand jury indicted him on suspicion of receiving and possessing child pornography, according to court records. Ion Becker -- his age and...

Longtime 'street cop' battles cancer

Key West Citizen - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chicago native and longtime Key West police Sgt. Eric Biskup can normally be found working the night shift along the 200 block of Duval Street. Lower Duval Street workers know what that entails:...