Florida Keys News

Lopez leads history tour via bicycle

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 27, 2015

The city will launch its own Tour de Bahama Village on Saturday morning, led by Commissioner Clayton Lopez. At 9 a.m., Lopez plans to lead a bicycle tour of the streets where he grew up. At an...

Mentor program a hit with high school students

Key West Citizen - Friday, March 27, 2015

One of the most nerve-wracking moments of a young person's life is the first day of high school. The upperclassmen look like skyscrapers, they drive their own cars, they speak smoothly with the...

FKAA approves deep well plan

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority board requested Wednesday that the Monroe County Commission fund a roughly $6 million deep injection well for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Fire department to take over ambulances April 1

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 26, 2015

With all staff, supplies and sirens in place, the Key West Fire Department is ready to start saving lives. The department will assume control of the city's ambulance services at 7 a.m. Wednesday,...

Gun range bill killed

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 26, 2015

A state bill that would restrict the locations of homemade, backyard gun ranges, like one that was erected in Big Pine Key last year, was shot down in a legislative committee on Tuesday afternoon.

Kids learn tricks of trade from veteran performers

Key West Citizen - Thursday, March 26, 2015

When it comes to spinning plates and juggling soccer balls inside, children are typically reprimanded for such behavior. The tables were turned Wednesday, inside Key West United Methodist Church...

No more 'dungeon'

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The city fire department's new station, part of a $6.3 million project at 616 Simonton St., is christened in stone as the "Old Town Key West Firehouse." But to local firefighters it's just Station...

County targets building rules

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monroe County planners took their first step Tuesday toward possibly altering one of the most controversial land-use policies, building height restrictions. The county is looking at allowing a...

Cay Clubs executive sentenced to 5 years

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A former Cay Clubs executive who had faced as much as 30 years behind bars was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Former American Airlines...

Importers get prison for wildlife violations

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The operator of a large Miami-based marine life export business and a general manager at the same business were sentenced to prison Tuesday for falsifying documents to cover up delivery of live rock...

Officials identify snorkeling victims

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The sheriff's office Tuesday identified two men in their 70s who died snorkeling in Key West the day before and released details about a third water death in Key Largo. Richard Gueringer, 71, of...

Raw sewage complaint prompts water tests

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MARATHON -- Complaints from a part-time resident about raw sewage in the water near Father and Son Marina in Marathon has prompted a series of visits by the city's utilities manager. Liz Jeffrey,...

Marathon moving forward with permitting requests

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MARATHON -- Six resolutions, staff reports and a few discussion items made for what looked to be a light agenda for the Marathon City Council meeting Tuesday, March 24. The meeting took place after...

TDRs, affordable housing on agenda

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council plans to discuss the prohibition of transferring development rights from dry lots to wet lots among other items at its meeting Thursday, March 26. The meeting...

Village mulls easing storage rules for vacant lots

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- Restrictions against using vacant commercial lots for storage may soon be lifted in the village if the Local Planning Agency moves forward with a suggestion from a council...