Florida Keys News

County opens new park facility in Key Largo

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 28, 2016

Monroe County will open its doors today (Saturday) to its latest waterfront park, Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo. The aging marina and 8 acres of surrounding land at Mile Marker 104 had...

Tree removal plans changed

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nature lovers rejoice, as far fewer than the proposed 155 trees will be removed from Fort Zachary Taylor State Park to make way for the new entrance. After adjustments to the plan, more than 60 of...

Officials: Coral patch heavily damaged by boat

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 27, 2016

State and federal wildlife agencies are investigating a swath of coral damaged by a large boat or yacht that ran aground just south of Man Key recently.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife...

Boat thief receives13 years

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 27, 2016

A Hialeah man convicted for his role in a large marine burglary scheme in the Florida Keys was sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday in Plantation Key.  Roberto Morales Diaz, 38, was...

Holiday weekend promises ceremonies, celebrations

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day weekend is a time of remembrance and celebration across the country. Locally there will be plenty of both, with ceremonies scheduled to remember fallen soldiers and a high number of...

FKAA faces issues over bidding

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 27, 2016

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority board rejected a bid for construction of a new facility in Marathon and declined to rebid the project because of a fear of being sued by one bidding company for...

Report: Execs stole thousands

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 27, 2016

Two top executives for the Rural Health Network of Monroe County were arrested Thursday amid allegations they each stole tens of thousands of dollars from the nonprofit, according to the Monroe...

Board approves Sunset Marina development

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 27, 2016

Only three members of the seven person Key West Planning Board were on hand for Thursday’s meeting, but those in attendance voted unanimously in favor of a proposed 68-unit rental property on...

Woman asks sheriff to re-open rape case

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are re-examining a woman’s claim that she was raped by the same man arrested Monday night in a brutal sexual assault that occurred in Tavernier...

Spraying Alert

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has scheduled aerial larvicide missions Friday in Key West, west of First Street, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., and Big Pine Key, from 10 a.m. to noon. The...

Savings lead county to drop consumer trash rates

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Monroe County residents will see a reduction in their trash bills starting in October partially because of the county government's recent partnership with the waste-to-energy company Energy3. More...

SUIT: LET CUBANS STAY

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 26, 2016

The 21 Cuban migrants who climbed the American Shoal Light just south of Sugarloaf Key on Friday currently being held in a Coast Guard cutter at sea should be allowed to stay in the U.S., according...

Proposal: Alcohol, tobacco fees to help fund services

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Voters will decide in November whether the Monroe County government should move forward on adding an additional tax on tobacco and alcohol to help fund social service programs.

Board hears support for drug testing

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

While one School Board member would rather “take their word for it” if a high school student says they aren’t using drugs, all three principals of Monroe County high schools and more than 200 parents are asking the board to reinstate a random drug-testing policy for in-season high school athletes.

Arrest made in brutal rape case

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The use of DNA evidence helped detectives nab a Florida Keys man Monday night wanted in a brutally violent rape in March in Tavernier, Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.  Johnny Lee Hayes,...