Florida Keys News

Fawn to be ambassador for species

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

LOWER KEYS -- Key deer are a signature species of the Florida Keys. The subspecies of the white-tailed deer has made Big Pine and No Name keys must-stops for tourists and locals alike. However, the...

Wastewater board approves staffing increases

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

KEY LARGO -- Newly appointed Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District General Manager Paul Christian is one of two district employees with a new salary in the fiscal year starting in October, according to numbers he provided to the Free Press.

County planning better access at swimming hole

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

BIG PINE KEY -- The Monroe County Commission is expected Wednesday, Sept. 17, to decide whether to spend a $100,000 grant on improving public access to the Big Pine Key Swimming Hole. The money...

Grinder pump vote delayed

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

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council last week postponed a vote on whether to award the sewer construction firm Layne with a contract to monitor, maintain and, when necessary, replace grinder pumps at...

Study: Village mostly safe from rising seas

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

ISLAMORADA -- Many of the village's public facilities are situated high enough to be relatively safe from the projected sea level rise over the next 50 years. But things are different on low-lying...

Latest Publix incarnation gets approval

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

ISLAMORADA -- Replicating its decision on a different site plan in December, the Village Council last Thursday once again approved the latest incarnation of a mile marker 83.1 Publix.

Marathon appoints housing task force

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

MARATHON -- Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent was among the eight residents appointed to the Marathon Affordable Housing Task Force during last week's City Council meeting. Also appointed...

Study: Warming imperils birds

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

Climate change will jeopardize 314 North American bird species by 2080, according to a report released by the National Audubon Society last week. The authors of the Audubon Birds & Climate...

Paddleboarder raising money for Peruvian students

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

KEY LARGO -- Literacy rates aren't high in small towns outside Puno, Peru, near Lake Titicaca. Educators struggle just to teach basic curriculum, rarely touching on environmental issues. A Key...

Shelter: Records to be released

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Florida Keys Children's Shelter will release employee records this week regarding a former mentor facing criminal charges after he allegedly drove two runaway girls to the mainland, where they claimed they were used as prostitutes, officials said Monday.

Back to work for Restore Act committee

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A committee tasked with making recommendations on nearly $1.2 million in federal grants for environmental and capital improvement projects in the Florida Keys will reconvene later this month, after being on hiatus since November 2013. The local committee will meet Sept. 26 at the Marathon Government Center.

Chief ponders 'body cameras'

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Police Chief Donie Lee recently tried on a pair of eyeglasses valued at more than $600. But Lee wasn't in the market for a new pair of shades. Instead, Key West's top cop was testing the Taser...

Invasion of the tegus?

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials expect to be on the frontlines of the battle to keep the invasive tegu lizard from securing a foothold in the Florida Keys.

Revised city budget has 6.7% hike in taxes

Key West Citizen - Monday, September 15, 2014

City commissioners meet Tuesday night for one final budget hearing to decide whether to tap some of the funding stashed away in the case of the worst-case emergency scenario, or make taxpayers foot the $3.5 million increased tab for operating expenses.

Here today ... gone tomorrow

Key West Citizen - Monday, September 15, 2014

Sept. 9 was the 50th anniversary of The Beatles visit to Key West. The following story is excerpted from Citizen reporter Terry Schmida's book "True Crime Stories of Key West and the...