Florida Keys News

Man dies after being pulled from canal

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — A 68-year-old Key Largo dive captain was pulled from a canal late Monday, Aug. 24, and was later pronounced dead at Mariners Hospital, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

Planning board approves resort's affordable housing

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — The Monroe County Planning Commission last week unanimously approved a request to build a 24-unit affordable housing project at mile marker 97.8, oceanside. The Playa Largo...

District to take action on senior position, budget

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — The sewer district’s five-commissioner board was slated Sept. 1 to vote on filling a vacant, top senior position as well as the new fiscal year’s budget. The...

Labor Day service Monday

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ISLAMORADA — The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold its annual Labor Day service at the Florida Keys Memorial at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, in memory of the civilians and veterans who...

Man convicted of rape

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — A Homestead man accused of kidnapping a mainland woman, bringing her to the Upper Keys and raping her was convicted Thursday, Aug. 27. Following a four-day trial, a six-person jury...

Dive boat ownership dispute goes to mediation

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PLANTATION KEY — Whether or not local captain Spencer Slate will get his dive boats back may be determined during a mediation hearing next week.  Federal marshals seized three dive boats...

Miami tourists hurt in collapse file lawsuit

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Two Miami tourists who were injured when a staircase collapsed at an Old Town hotel have filed a lawsuit against the business in state court.  Jendry Castell, 28, and Maria Arrellano, 23, both...

County commission to discuss comp plan changes

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Monroe County Commission meets Wednesday to review the state Department of Economic Opportunity’s response to the latest changes to the rules and regulations that guide all development...

Mayor seeks all of Glynn Archer School

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mayor Craig Cates wants the school board to consider handing over the rest of Glynn Archer School, in a plan he says will provide the Boys & Girls Club with a permanent home at Bayview...

FAMILIAR FACES: Clint Bullard is Key West's 'Barefoot Cowboy'

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Clint Bullard explains his career decision by pointing out when you’re born in Texas with a name like Clint Bullard, you have two choices: bull rider or country music singer. After 3.2 seconds on an angry bull in college, Bullard picked up his guitar and rarely leaves home without it.

Former city official opposed to new law on marijuana

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 31, 2015

City leaders appear ready Tuesday to approve a new law designed to ease the penalty for small-scale marijuana possession, but one former Key West official isn’t happy about it. “Please...

Keys face soaking from Erika as Fred forms

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 31, 2015

Downgraded from a tropical storm to a trough of low pressure, Erika was still expected to bring plenty of rain to the Florida Keys and the Sunshine State today, according to...

Lobster season starts with record harvest, low prices

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 31, 2015

The harvest of spiny lobster off the Florida Keys has never been better, but the price fishermen are being paid is down significantly so far because the Asian market has yet to take off this...

Biting sea turtle to stay

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 31, 2015

Federal fishery managers will not move a loggerhead sea turtle that has bitten three people in and near a canal on Conch Key, but they do plan to post warning signs in the area. Most recently, a...

Retrial likely in Cay Clubs case

Key West Citizen - Sunday, August 30, 2015

The government appears poised to retry the former Cay Clubs president on charges of bank fraud as his attorneys are angling to have him released from custody, citing the government’s failure to...