Florida Keys News

Attorney's contract, commercial rules on tap

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to discuss its attorney's contract, among a multitude of other items. Roget Bryan was hired as the council's first in-house attorney...

Virus claims Lower Keys dolphin

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BIG PINE KEY -- A deadly virus striking marine mammals along the Atlantic seaboard reached the Florida Keys early last month. Researchers found a bottlenose dolphin washed up on a beach at Bahia...

District fires final shot before court hearing

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Another chapter in the ongoing feud between the fire district and its former provider, the Key Largo Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department, will soon be written as both entities head to court this week to battle it out over disputed property and monetary funds.

Price tags put on sea level responses

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UPPER KEYS -- The third, and final, installment of county workshops delving into the issue of sea level rise in the Upper Keys concluded on Dec. 9 in Key Largo and Dec. 11 in Islamorada with...

District discusses plant takeover, relocation

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The takeover of a dilapidated wastewater treatment plant in Manatee Bay Marina near the northern county line could be in the local sewer district's future after the issue was brought to...

Raschein assignments

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, will serve on four Florida House of Representatives committees and subcommittees during the 2015 legislative session. Speaker of the House...

First vote on edited version

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The city is trying to "micro-manage" the local sightseeing industry with its list of proposed restrictions and requirements, a founder of Key West's Historic Tours of America said Monday. Grounding...

Lobster poacher gets more probation

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A federal judge extended the probation Monday of a former commercial lobster fisherman who was banned from fishing and served more than two years in federal prison in the largest poaching case in...

Long prison terms for Socas

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two of the three Soca family members arrested in a large Stock Island cocaine trafficking case were sentenced to lengthy jail time Monday in federal court with Soca Jr. to serve more than two...

Lawyers ask judge to sanction police

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Eight Key West police officers lied under oath and intentionally spoiled evidence about what happened during the Thanksgiving 2013 arrest of Charles Eimers, who died six days later, according to the...

Costly review needed for closed bridges

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

State and Coast Guard officials are calling for an expensive comprehensive review of six Florida Keys bridges, and there is no identified funding source for the work. In the past two years, the...

Pre-Chanukah Wonderland

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Chabad Jewish Center, 906 Trinity Drive, held a Chanukah experience for youngsters and their families Sunday morning, complete with toy dreidels, coloring and crafts, potato latkes and jelly...

Underwater duo resurfaces with record

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The teaching tag team of Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, educators at Roane State Community College, resurfaced on Monday after a 73-day stint in Jules' Undersea Lodge teaching an ocean-centric...

Tropical tribute to the season

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 15, 2014

It was the year of cooler temperatures and technical difficulties as spectators stood four to five deep along the wooden docks at Schooner Wharf, 202 William St., to catch a glimpse of decked out boats parading in the bay for the judges Saturday night.

Rave reviews for city attorney

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 15, 2014

Key West's top attorney collected unanimous praise from the seven members of the city commission in his annual job review. Shawn Smith, whose year included helping oust Bob Vitas from the city...