Florida Keys News

Navy cleaning old military sites

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 22, 2016

The U.S. Navy and private consulting firms have completed the removal of metal-laden soil from the last two slivers of land on the Truman Waterfront and are awaiting state approval as the...

Bug board to raise taxes 45 percent

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 22, 2016

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board approved a 45 percent increase in property taxes for the upcoming fiscal year in order to pay for a new building on Big Coppitt Key. The district...

Road closures, congestion expected Saturday

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 22, 2016

Portions of Greene and Duval streets are scheduled to be closed Saturday during the observance of the annual Hemingway Days and Caribbean Street Fair festivities in Key West. Greene Street will be closed from Duval to Ann streets from 11 a.m to midnight Saturday, as events are scheduled for between noon and 11 p.m.

Interim hospital CEO vows to listen

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 22, 2016

The interim hospital chief has spent his first three days in Key West listening — and he’s hearing more than he expected about Lower Keys Medical Center. Stephen Pennington, a vice...

Planning board approves another housing project

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 22, 2016

For the second time in less than a month, a privately run affordable housing development was given the green light to proceed, but not without controversy. The Key West Planning Board unanimously...

Old school demolished for next generation

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heavy machinery in recent weeks has reduced the halls of learning at Plantation Key School to piles of rebar and dusty rubble. But Upper Keys residents have few regrets about the welcome and...

Killer gets life without parole

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Judge Wayne Miller sentenced convicted killer Tod Helfrich on Wednesday to mandatory life prison without the possibility of parole and a second term of life without parole given his violent criminal...

See free Summer Stage production

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 21, 2016

In a move mirroring New York City’s free public theatre offerings in Central Park, Key West’s TheatreXP will be offering free performances of their powerhouse Summer Stage production of...

County OKs Florida Bay resolution

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 21, 2016

The heated debate about what Everglades restoration projects should be the priority and be funded in order to most benefit Florida Bay resurfaced Wednesday at the Monroe County Commission...

County to purchase Stock Island waterfront property

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Monroe County Commission moved forward on a plan that helps protect the lucrative spiny lobster fishery, while at the same time, could be a revenue generator for the county. The commission...

Feds: 32 kilos in Key Largo arrest

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A federal complaint filed against a Miami man has shed more light on the drug sting on the water that drew multiple law enforcement agencies to Key Largo last week.  A Drug Enforcement...

79 Cubans flock to Keys since Sunday

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Seventy-nine Cuban migrants have reached the Florida Keys since Sunday as 50 landed on Lower Sugarloaf Key in separate incidents between Monday night and Tuesday morning.   Monroe County Fire...

Gulf Seafood on county's agenda today

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Monroe County Commission will take the first significant step today in purchasing the former Gulf Seafood commercial working waterfront on Stock Island.

Sold! Peary Court is officially affordable housing

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Peary Court is off the market. The $60 million sale closed Monday afternoon, when Hollywood, Florida-based developer Jeff Cornfeld agreed to buy the 24-acre townhome neighborhood that was originally...

City shuffles staff

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The City of Key West is eliminating one of two assistant city manager positions following the departure of Sarah Spurlock. Spurlock is moving to Fort Lauderdale to be with her family and the position will be filled by staff reorganization, according to City Manager Jim Scholl.