Florida Keys News

Proposal stresses need for study

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another proposed windstorm insurance rate increase for Florida Keys and coastal South Florida property owners is adding more urgency to completion of a local study to better determine if rates are...

Sewage plant delay not affecting homes

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

A delay in opening the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment plant has not kept people from moving into their recently constructed homes, Monroe County officials said. Applicants have been required...

Caring for elders

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Katherine Brown turned 100 years old the other day, surrounded by flowers and balloons delivered to her home in Key West. She celebrated the milestone inside the same New Town house that she and her...

Tropical Fruit Fiesta takes center stage on Big Pine Key

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Typically a quiet, tranquil orchard of tropical trees and passing key deer, Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key had a more festive scene Saturday morning as it played host to the Tropical Fruit...

Lobster divers get bonus

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

State fishery managers have agreed to allow divers to harvest an extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day lobster mini-season next month if they catch at least 10 lionfish per day. The...

Landmark ruling

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

In a sweeping decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide and holding valid prior unions, the U.S. Supreme Court Friday ruled 5-4 that gays and lesbians have an inherent right to...

Flood bill to protect second homes

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Florida Keys Congressman Carlos Curbelo and fellow U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy introduced a flood insurance bill that would provide economic relief to an important and large segment of the Keys and...

Promech Air also owns Key West company

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

The company that owned and operated the airplane that crashed into a cliff in Alaska killing nine people also owns Key West Seaplane Adventures. Promech Air is a charter plane company based in...

Car wash at VFW to raise money for fire survivors

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

A car wash will be held today at the VFW Post 3911 on North Roosevelt Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit Courtney and Jacob Shores, who lost their mother Robin Ferrer and siblings...

Deputy fired after probe

Key West Citizen - Saturday, June 27, 2015

The checkered career of a sheriff’s deputy officially ended Friday when Sheriff Rick Ramsay fired Deputy Edgar Pineiro for his “repeated disregard of our policy and procedures and the...

Vibrio infections extremely rare, not 'flesh-eating,' state officials say

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

Vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium that lives in warm saltwater, has killed two and sickened six others in Florida so far in 2015, the Florida Department of Health said.  But it’s not a...

ON THE LOOKOUT: State seeks public input on secretive critters

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

State fishery managers are asking for the public’s help in obtaining information on some of the Florida Keys’ most clandestine creatures. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking residents and visitors in the Florida Keys to keep an eye out for native reptiles and amphibians. 

Fishing officials signal bag limit approval

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

State fishery managers lowered a proposed commercial bag limit for barracuda to coincide with the request of Florida Keys anglers, who have raised concerns about the increase in harvest of one of the reef’s top predators.

Coast Guard repatriates 55 to Cuba

Key West Citizen - Friday, June 26, 2015

Fifty-five Cuban migrants aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. were repatriated Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. The repatriation was the result of five separate migrant interdictions...