Florida Keys News

Pair accused of armed robbery in beating

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An argument between ex-roommates about who owned what turned into an armed robbery Monday night that included a woman being hit in the head with a baseball bat, the sheriff's office...

Hotel raided for copper pipes

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two hotels along Roosevelt Boulevard were reportedly raided by thieves helping themselves to building supplies, according to incident reports. Police investigated two reported crimes Monday....

County to finalize tax increase by 2.7%

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Monroe County Commission on Thursday will finalize its upcoming fiscal year budget, including a proposed 2.7 percent increase in property taxes. The commission met Wednesday in Key Largo and...

Governor taps Tim Koenig for judge

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott selected the immediate past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and current Keys representative for the Florida Bar Board of Governors to the job left vacant by retired circuit Judge David Audlin.

Former Key West man, daughter found dead

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A former Key West man and his 4-year-old daughter were found dead at separate locations Monday morning -- he in the Caloosahatchee River and she at an apartment just a few miles away, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Detectives identified the man as Key West High School alumni John Ernest Medina, 34, and the girl as his daughter, Sophie.

Projects close roads

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FKAA will be repairing asphalt patches requiring street closures from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at 1st Street between Harris and Seidenberg avenues. Also, Eisenhower Drive will be closed from Palm...

10th site plan before council

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The latest design for a mile marker 83.2 Publix goes before the Village Council on Thursday, Sept. 11, for a vote. The Islamorada Planning Department is recommending approval of what...

Staffing, budget decided at meeting

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District was expected to vote on adding two additional positions to its staff at a cost of about $112,000 at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9. Results...

Bridge work set for No Name Key

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NO NAME KEY -- Monroe County will soon begin repair work on No Name Key Bridge. The Monroe County Commission on Aug. 20 agreed to pay $643,612 toward the project, while the Florida Department of...

Fire district mulls slight tax hike

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Key Largo Fire-EMS District officials are reviewing a 2014-15 budget that would increase property taxes by about 3 percent. The district held its first budget hearing Monday, Sept. 8....

Equity firm could own a third of local lodging

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- If The Carlyle Group follows through with plans to acquire the Postcard Inn and La Siesta Resort in the coming days or weeks, the Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm will own 31 percent of the lodging units in Islamorada.

Refuge managers expect tegu invasion

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTH KEY LARGO -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials expect to be on the frontlines of the battle to keep the invasive tegu lizard from securing a foothold in the Florida Keys.

City set to make housing group appointments

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MARATHON -- Council appointments to the new Affordable Housing Task Force were to take place at the Marathon City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, which occurred after press time. Potential...

Challenge coming after road ruling

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PLANTATION KEY -- Despite losses at the circuit and appeals courts, Venetian Shores resident Jim Bellizzi hasn't given up in his fight against the village to have the roads of Venetian Shores...

Layton now mulling 21 percent tax hike

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LAYTON -- This tiny Middle Keys town is now contemplating a tax increase of 21 percent. At a budget hearing last Thursday, Sept. 4, the Layton City Council approved a tentative tax rate of $233...