Florida Keys News

Good vibrations

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some "boy and his dog" stories never get old. Take Key Wester Rusty Appleby and his canine friend Hooper, for instance. At 67, Appleby has been retired from full-time work for several years, but...

Silver Airways takes Southwest's place

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Silver Airways plans to pick up at least one of the three routes that departing Southwest Airways will be leaving behind. Silver Airways has been operating out of Key West since May 2011, offering...

Ex-title agent's payback issues still under scrutiny

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PLANTATION KEY -- A former Key Largo title agent who pleaded no contest in January to misappropriating nearly $400,000 from a 2008 apartment building refinancing was scheduled to appear in the...

Water reuse on tap

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KEY LARGO -- After determining it can't use promised state grant money to pay down debt, the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District is considering using the funds for a $8.5 million water...

Crane Point zipline proposal pulled

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MARATHON -- Crane Point Museum and Nature Center has withdrawn its plans for a zipline canopy tour, which proved too difficult to implement in an expedient manner. According to Loretta Geotis,...

Group petitions to get building size limit on ballot

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- A group of Islamorada residents are hoping voters will have their say in November on whether to change the village charter to prohibit the future approval of commercial buildings larger...

County shuts down Card Sound boater access

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KEY LARGO -- A hot spot public access area on Card Sound Road used mainly by Miami-Dade County visitors is among four areas that were permanently closed last week by Monroe County officials. Card...

More to get grinder pump help

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council last week made a preliminary decision to include duplexes and small apartment buildings of two to four units among the private properties for which it will pay for...

Bird hospital planning to fly south

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TAVERNIER -- Monroe County Commissioners are expected Wednesday to dole out $265,000 in county tourism dollars to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center to help with the relocation of its hospital. County Mayor Sylvia Murphy, who said she sees no reason the money shouldn't be approved, hasn't heard any opposition.

Habitat homeunwelcomedby neighbors

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PLANTATION KEY -- The Village Council said no to Habitat for Humanity last week, but in the process staved off a certain backlash from residents of the Plantation Lake Estates neighborhood. At issue was a request to build an affordable home on a lot on the edge of the gated community that sits directly across the Overseas Highway from Founders Park.

Bullard: Bills make statement

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

With just two weeks left in this year's session of the Florida Legislature, all but four of the 31 bills that Sen. Dwight Bullard has introduced are nearly certain not to pass. Still Bullard, a...

WetNet home to local workforce

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- More than a decade after village officials first targeted the old WetNet tennis club property at mile marker 81.5 as an affordable housing site, that vision has been realized. The...

Maritime artist's 'dazzling' design

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Key West maritime artist David Harrison Wright chuckles at the notion that he's a "one percenter," but in a very real sense he is. That's because, according to a county ordinance, at least one...

Doctor wants to build marina in New Town

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

City planners recommend the approval of a Key West doctor's plans to build a marina with 79 slips behind his property at 2407 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Dr. Richard Walker owns 4.6 acres that include bay...

Film chronicles gay rights

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Attorney and activist Rafael Penalver vividly remembers the first and only recorded snowfall in Miami so far -- Jan. 19, 1977. "I remember the flakes in my hand," Penalver said Monday, laughing at...