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Florida Senate panel delays vote on school safety bill

March 21, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida Senate committee has postponed consideration of broad school safety bill that would make some teachers eligible to carry weapons in the classroom. Senate...more

Hope spawns in Florida Keys’ battle with coral disease

March 21, 2019

Scientists caring for corals rescued from the Florida Keys reef have reported a baby boom of sorts. The encouraging news comes from The Florida Aquarium’s Apollo Beach Conservation Campus,...more

Push to ban Florida sanctuary cities advances amid warning

March 21, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A proposal that requires local law enforcement agencies to support federal authorities on immigration matters was approved by a Florida House committee Wednesday, while a...more

Resort manager arrested after heated altercation

March 21, 2019

A simmering dock dispute at a closed Islamorada motel and marina boiled over into a felony arrest March 13, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported.Smugglers Cove Resort manager and caretaker...more

Man sentenced to prison for burglary after Irma

March 21, 2019

A Key West man was sentenced to a little over one year in state prison after he pleaded no contest to burglarizing a store days after Hurricane Irma struck the Keys.Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Deondra Medley, 46, to 13 months prison on charges of burglary of a structure during a declared State of Emergency and felony petit...more

March 21, 2019

“Look at Admiral’s Cut like the southern border wall; it separates us from them. The reluctant few that you refer to are the locals who paid for the park and expected to have a place virtually free of tourists; very few of those in downtown Key West. As for the many that you were keeping on the other side, the reluctance is born of experience: they’ve already trashed Duval Street. Let them...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Board opposes closing park for events

March 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — For a village meeting on Founders Park noise, it turned out to be pretty quiet.No changes for Founders Park event rules were proposed during a March 12 special session of...more

Council declines seal, hears hospital update

March 20, 2019

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council refused last week to canonize an official seal during a second required public vote and heard a report that the community hospital fundraising campaign is...more

Creative dishes and artistic vision

March 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — The 4th Annual Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show will feature creative seafood samplings from more than 25 of the Upper Keys’ top restaurant chefs. The show runs from 11...more

District probes payroll fees

March 20, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps says finding a payroll provider at a lower cost appears doubtful.A request was made by the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical...more


Cheers and Jeers

March 9, 2019

Cheers: to the Long Term Recovery Group for their out-of-the box thinking to provide housing for volunteers. Their new housing units based on movable storage containers is a good one in use in...more

Cheers and Jeers: March 2

March 2, 2019

Cheers: to the City of Key West for fixing some of the third world streets throughout the City. Please keep the momentum going. Jeers: to all those whining about the inconvenience of having those...more

Polarizing topic sparks attention

March 2, 2019

The reaction to our column last weekend about the Board of County Commissioners quashing Goal 109, a county-crafted workforce housing initiative that would have allowed as much as a 50 percent...more

Friends of the Lower Keys take exception to Goal 109 column

March 1, 2019

The publisher of The Citizen has called News of the Near Future — a publication from Friends of the Lower Keys (FOLKs) — an “extreme, irresponsible” step. That’s incorrect. FOLKs described a...more


Conchs rally for two wins on day No. 2

March 21, 2019

After a 0-2 start on Monday in the Gulf Coast Classic II in Gulf Coast, Alabama, the Key West High School softball team came back on Tuesday with a pair of much-needed wins. After the two...more

Lightning get by Wahoo for 14-and-Under win

March 21, 2019

Before the Southernmost Hockey Club took two weeks off for spring break, the 14-and-Under age group took their final match downw to the waning moments. The Check Electric Lightning skated to a...more

PREP SOFTBALL: Miscues result in pair of defeats for Key West in Alabama

March 20, 2019

Opening day of the Gulf Coast Classic II softball tournament did not go well for the Key West High School softball team. Playing for the second year in the highly competitive event in Gulf...more

Players gear up for 8th annual Wooden Bat event

March 19, 2019

Spring has sprung and it is time for the eighth annual Wooden Bat Adult Baseball Tournament. The Tommy Lapp’s All Stars and Tony Mendez Key West Conchs will take to the diamond at newly...more