Florida Keys News

Breaking ground to preserve history

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Local leaders Tuesday celebrated the start of the interior construction of a new city hall at the old Glynn Archer School. Demolition of the inside walls is complete and Burke Construction recently began rebuilding the 92-year-old school at 1302 White St.

Passed-out driver jailed for drugs in purse

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Key Largo woman was jailed after she was found passed out behind the wheel of her running car Monday on Sugarloaf Key with a purse filled with illegal drugs, the sheriff's office said. When...

Driver gets 10 years for deadly crash

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Miami man charged with manslaughter in a fiery head-on crash in Islamorada that killed a woman was sentenced to a decade in prison Tuesday. Didier Kichner Miles, 26, pleaded guilty to DUI...

Sewer lawsuits moving forward

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As one lawsuit dealing with central sewers in the Lower Keys is winding down, two more are ramping up.

Cay Clubs lawyer moves to delay sentencing

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A lawyer for a former Cay Clubs executive who pleaded guilty in federal court in December wants his defendant's sentencing continued so he can spend spring break with his family. Jordan Lewin, the...

Entrepreneur pursuing catamaran travel to Cuba

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

MARATHON -- Affordable travel to Cuba may soon be available if a Fort Lauderdale man can start a catamaran service this fall. Brian Hall, owner of CubaKat, is trying to start a ferry service from a...

Tanked crusader helps control lionfish population

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

ISLAMORADA -- A highly adaptive non-native ocean species with no known natural predators has been haunting much of the nearshore waters of the Florida Keys over the past six years.

District lays out plan for Florida Keys Day

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

KEY LARGO -- The sewer district's five-commissioner board last week discussed plans for participating in the annual Florida Keys Day event in Tallahassee. The day-long affair, slated for March 31,...

Council to talk sea level rise, wastewater

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

ISLAMORADA -- It's a light agenda for the Village Council when they meet Thursday, Feb. 26, at Founders Park Community Center. Among the items up for discussion include sea level rise and...

Village seeks public input on future of fills

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

ISLAMORADA -- The village will hold a public input workshop on Indian Key and Tea Table Fill upgrades from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Founders Park Community Center, mile marker 87,...

County hoping to sidestep land dispute

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

KEY LARGO -- A likely legal conflict between local business owners and the Florida Department of Transportation over ownership of a strip of land is something the county was hoping to steer clear of as the matter was addressed during last week's commission meeting.

City to support suicide awareness effort

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

MARATHON -- Suicide prevention awareness is getting a boost thanks to the Leadership Monroe County Class of XXIII and the city of Marathon. Marathon produces a magnet that is sent to residents and...

Novelist Kinder finds home in Key Largo

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

To meet Chuck Kinder, one would figure him more of a hillbilly than a published author. And that's just fine by him. In fact, he once described his writing style as "oracular in nature and pure...

Old department rejects 401(k) plan

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

KEY LARGO -- The prolonged battle over land ownership between the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District and its ex-contractor continues to drag on after a recent proposal...

Study: Low death rate for Big Pine residents

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

BIG PINE KEY -- At least by one measurement, the 3,900 residents of Big Pine, No Name and Bahia Honda keys have among the best health outcomes in Monroe County. The 2015 Community Health...