Florida Keys News

'Bloodline' return possible, but uncertain

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA — The region has reaped roughly $95.4 million over the past two years from incremental spending related to the Netflix-based “Bloodline” drama series that films mostly in the Upper Keys, according to Florida Keys and Key West Film and Entertainment Commission liaison Rita Troxel. 

NASA booster is seeing stars

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MARATHON — Elizabeth Moore can pinpoint the moment when her passion for the stars began. One evening, when she was a 4-year-old in Alabama, her mother took her outside to look at the night...

Two-job minimum

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FLORIDA KEYS — After a typical eight-hour shift at his state-contracted heavy-machinery operations job, Upper Keys resident Chris Richert comes home and tries to grab a few minutes to hang out with his son. 

FWC to take input on mutton fishery

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FLORIDA KEYS — Changes could be coming to one of the region's most popular fisheries. 

Councilman: 'Serious flaw' holds back affordable housing

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ISLAMORADA — Restrictions that prevent owners of affordable housing units from netting a profit on their resale, or from renting them to tenants at the going rate, are “serious flaws” hindering their construction, according to Councilman Jim Mooney.

High salinity drives crocs from old nesting ground

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA — High salinity levels at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point plant’s cooling canals on the edge of Biscayne Bay caused the American crocodile population nesting numbers to significantly dwindle over the past season, according to University of Florida biologist Frank Mazzotti who has been studying the species since the 1970s.

Concern arises about sales tax proposal

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

KEY LARGO — At the Jan. 25 meeting of the Key Largo fire district, the topic of the possible county-wide penny sales tax for emergency services was broached for the first time. The general feeling was one of caution and concern.

'New Age' reverend boasts holistic healing

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BIG PINE KEY — Longtime resident Marney Brown spent the majority of her teenage years as a junior American Red Cross volunteer at the Beth Abraham Health Services facility in her hometown of Bronx, N.Y., where she worked mostly with patients who had incurable diseases. 

Two airlifted in crash

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A motorcycle crash on U.S. 1 Sunday sent two to a Miami hospital via helicopter and clogged traffic during the annual Key Largo seafood festival, according to the Florida Highway...

Only 1 bank bids on Peary Court

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Only one bank has shown interest in the city’s proposed $55 million Peary Court deal, which voters must approve March 15 in order to move forward.  Centennial Bank was the sole respondent...

FAMILIAR FACES: Cliff Sawyer was born for music

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On the day Cliff Sawyer was born, 69 years ago in a back bedroom in his family’s Old Town home, a local band — the Welters Cornet Band — was playing on the street corner outside the window.

County staff proposes to raise building heights for flood mitigation

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The most recent proposal to increase allowed building heights in unincorporated Monroe County does not include allowing it for affordable housing at this time, only flood mitigation. Monroe County...

Stovall exhibit opens Thursday with reception at The Studios of Key West

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Studios of Key West will have the works of master printmaker Lou Stovall on the display this month. A reception will be held Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Stovall has spent a lifetime...

Housing plan lacking, leader says

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Key West needs to do far more to create affordable housing than it has planned, City Commissioner Sam Kaufman said Monday, after a two-hour presentation by the city’s consultants on proposed...