Florida Keys News

NOAA researchers dive slave ship wreck

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MARATHON — A group of federal maritime archaeologists are trying to uncover more details of a sunken slave ship near Delta Shoals off Sombrero Reef. Locals name the area The Ivory Wreck, which is located a few hundred yards away from the lighthouse. The name stems from ivory tusks discovered on the wreck site in the late 1940s.

Sugarloaf students get to research sharks

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BIG PINE KEY — Students encountering sharks has been a tagline for cheesy horror flicks over the years. But it became a reality recently when Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp and...

Study: Pythons like saltwater habitats, too

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SOUTH FLORIDA — A study published last month by the U.S. Geological Survey found that while Burmese pythons inhabit the freshwater marshes of Everglades National Park —...

Planning a trip to Cuba? What you need to know

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recent thawing relations between Cuba and the U.S. has spawned a sailboat race, fishing tournament and overall interest in travel to the southern nation, but getting there still requires some legal...

Corps never OK'd document bearing its logo

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LOWER KEYS — A purported U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document, prepared by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and used by Monroe County in applications related to the Cudjoe Regional...

Curbelo proposes Cuban immigration reforms

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Congressman Carlos Curbelo is considering drafting legislation that would change federal immigration policies that entice Cubans to make the crossing to Florida and entitles them to social...

Hemingway's grandsonto partake in tournament

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Famed writer Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, Patrick Hemingway, has never caught a marlin but that may soon change. “Not yet, but we’ll see,” Hemingway said,...

Mohawk crewman accused of lewd act with girl, 15

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A 20-year-old crew member of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Sunday.

A long way to freedom

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To receive permanent residency in the United States, it’s not enough for Cuban migrants to survive the illegal 90-mile journey by sea. To win freedom, they have to reach land under the...

Familiar Faces: An ongoing series that looks at the people who make up our island community

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You’ve seen her. In flowing floral dresses long and loose enough to let her pedal her gaily painted bike through Old Town, Jean Thornton is always on her way – to a lunch...

Going to Cuba? What you need to know

Key West Citizen - Monday, May 18, 2015

Recent thawing relations between Cuba and the U.S. has spawned a sailboat race, fishing tournament and overall interest in travel to the southern nation, but getting there still requires some legal wrangling, federal officials said. 

Conch debuts at Cannes Film Festival

Key West Citizen - Monday, May 18, 2015

Quincy Perkins, the 34-year-old Key West filmmaker, raves about the new post-apocalyptic “Mad Max: Fury Road” reboot starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. 

City leaders divided over paying for Cuba ferry

Key West Citizen - Monday, May 18, 2015

Key West’s elected leaders would welcome a ferry service to Havana with open arms, but they remain divided over who should pick up the check.  “The City of Key...

County to address sewer upgrades

Key West Citizen - Monday, May 18, 2015

Sewer system upgrades are one of the last major infrastructure work that needs to be completed in the Florida Keys and the chain of islands is under a strict state mandate to have projects in place...

Clerk gets rave reviews yet again

Key West Citizen - Sunday, May 17, 2015

As Key West's city clerk, Cheri Smith reports to seven bosses known collectively as the city commission. Once again, that team of bosses delivered glowing job evaluations for Smith's yearly review....