Florida Keys News

Campus-carry bill holstered for now

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FLORIDA KEYS -- A bill that would allow students to carry firearms on college campuses effectively died last week when a Florida Senate committee declined to review it. The news was welcomed by...

Funding failure could nix Netflix series

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UPPER KEYS -- The future of the Netflix series "Bloodline," at least its filming in the Florida Keys, may rest with the Florida Legislature. A bill that would renew tax credit incentives the state offers to lure lucrative television and film projects to Florida is still in committee as legislators argue over its merit.

Raschein's workforce bill won't be put to a vote

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- An anti-discrimination bill sponsored by state Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, will not go before the Florida Legislature for a vote. The bill, dubbed Florida Competitive Workforce...

Billionaire puts Islamorada home on market

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- One of the richest men in America is bidding goodbye to the Florida Keys. Paul Tudor Jones II, a billionaire hedge fund manager, has listed his Upper Matecumbe Key estate for $14.5...

Python hunt set for January

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SOUTH FLORIDA -- A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission event that lured thousands of hunters from all walks of life searching for a chance at a unique hunt-and-kill opportunity is set...

Costume maker stays a stitch above the rest

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- Don't call Marcia Kreitman a seamstress. The longtime Upper Keys resident has been feverishly at work behind one of a handful of her sewing machines for almost 30 years producing theater costumes in South Florida. But, she said, her work is much different than that of an everyday clothier.

County OKs events at facilities

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Monroe County Commission has agreed to allow political parties to continue to hold events at government buildings, despite at least one commissioner objecting to the practice.

Police: Teacher fired for texts to student

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A 39-year-old teacher at the Key West Collegiate Academy charter school was fired Friday after inappropriate texts from and photos of her were found on an 18-year-old male student's cellphone, according to Key West police. Former English teacher Deidre Combs declined to comment on the allegations when reached Monday.

Ballroom blitz

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Dancing with the Stars" collided with suave Sunday-best at Gerald Adams Elementary School as fifth -grade students demonstrated their ballroom dancing skills in front of their parents and teachers on Friday. The cafeteria was packed with parents directing a myriad of mobile devices to capture their child's turns around the dance floor.

Program sheds 'fresh' light on ocean's vast, rich bounty

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

It was love at first sight, or bite, since Valentine's Day, when Key West's Dock to Dish community fishery program started "hooking up" the island with its resident fishermen and the freshest fish to...

Not a firearm, not a toy

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

The .177-caliber pellet air rifle that led to the death of 14-year old Jonathan Wells last week is common in Key West, typically used for ridding lawns of local pests. The rifles are not known for...

Bug board to finalize test contract

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

Opponents of a test release of genetically modified mosquitoes on Key Haven have ramped up their efforts and called on people to call the Monroe County Tourist Development Council to voice their...

Local student leaders work with Nobel Prize winner

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

Key West High School was well-represented at the recent PeaceJam in Tallahassee, a youth leadership event that allowed 22 local high school students to meet and work with a Nobel Prize winner while...

A message from the heart

Key West Citizen - Monday, April 20, 2015

Some mysteries of the heart can never be solved. This one can. The dozens of large red heart signs appearing outside businesses, residences and local organizations during the past few months began...