Florida Keys News

City kills own housing plan

Key West Citizen - Friday, January 23, 2015

After unanimously bringing forth a plan to create affordable workforce housing at Poinciana Plaza, city commissioners ended up killing the measure this week."Unbelievable," Commissioner Teri Johnston said, as she watched her colleagues vote against the proposal, which could have put 30 units of new affordable housing in New Town. "Unbelievable."

Powerboat lawsuit settled

Key West Citizen - Friday, January 23, 2015

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed during the 2011 Key West World Championship powerboat races was settled Tuesday as the trial was under way, said an attorney representing...

Man beats wife, fires at deputies

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

More than 30 bullets were exchanged in three different gunfights between deputies and a fleeing suspect accused of "beating his wife to a pulp with the butt of a shotgun." Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay described the incident Wednesday morning as a "chaotic scene from the wild, wild west."

City leaders: Back local fishing over feds

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

City commissioners Wednesday directed Key West's top lawyer to compose a resolution backing local fishing charter owners in their fight against increasing federal oversight of the protected waters...

Education foundation honors donors, staff

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Monroe County Education Foundation held its annual donors' forum Wednesday in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on Stock Island. "Our theme this year is 'Celebrate Excellence,' said Steven...

City hall still stands -- for now

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The former city hall building on Angela Street still stands, despite state environmental permits that allowed demolition to begin Wednesday. City engineer Terry Justice said he's on standby,...

Demolished boat 'barn' changes skyline

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

New arrivals to the Florida Keys and novice navigators who have long used the giant boat "barn" at Oceanside Marina to guide their vessels into Stock Island will have to pay closer attention these...

County blocks powerboat group's TDC funding

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Monroe County Commission shot down a request from the Florida Powerboat Club for $10,000 in Tourist Development Council (TDC) funding to market a Columbus Day weekend regatta off Key Largo....

Paving, curbs close streets

Key West Citizen - Thursday, January 22, 2015

KEY WEST: Milling and paving will close 5th Street today. If you use Patterson, Fogarty, Harris, Seidenberg or Staples avenues as an alternative route, you will not be able to cross...

Chamber to fight sanctuary powers

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Expanding the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hurt the fishing and diving industry and not necessarily protect the region's natural resources, according to the Key West Chamber of Commerce.

Continuing with Jewish tradition

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Having spent four decades as chairman of his synagogue's cemetery committee, 91-year-old Jack Einhorn doesn't mind stating the obvious. "I know where all the bodies are buried," Einhorn said, standing on Frances Street outside the plot of the city's cemetery that belongs to Congregation B'nai Zion.

Sewer system fight heads back to court

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A group fighting the implementation of the Florida Keys' last major central sewer project will plead their case before a judge Thursday as to why the project should be halted.

$60-million golf course renovations set to go

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Plans for a $60-million renovation of the Florida Keys Country Club, formerly known as Sombrero Country Club, at Mile Marker 50, were finalized Monday. Plans include a makeover of the 18-hole...

Inspirational dinner honors community angels

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Honoring those who have contributed to their Key West community while inspiring the youth who will be future contributors were the dual goals of the Martin Luther King Dinner held Saturday...

Canal restoration, drainage improvement on county agenda

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

KEY LARGO -- A budgeted $1.3 million water quality improvement demonstration project focused on restoring one Key Largo canal and a roughly half-million-dollar drainage improvement project near mile...