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Housing project proposed on Flagler

May 21, 2018

Plans are in the works for an eight-unit residential project behind the Dion’s gas station at 3228 Flagler Ave. in Key West. Virginia-based Uphoff Investments plans to demolish an existing...more

Mosquito Control to open Lower Keys facility

May 21, 2018

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will begin operating out of its new facility on Big Coppitt Key this week. The district will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $2.7 million...more

School Board tackles more drug policies

May 21, 2018

Now that the School Board has spent months discussing random drug tests for student-athletes, cheerleaders and band performers, board members want to tackle the topic of drug possession or...more

Take Stock graduates record number of scholars

May 21, 2018

Take Stock in Children awarded 61 students full tuition scholarships to Florida colleges and universities Saturday, the highest number of graduates in a single year since the program’s first...more

Coke, church don’t mix for Homestead man

May 22, 2018

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Homestead man after he sold cocaine to an informant twice through a proxy dealer.  On March 27 and April 3, Harold Glenn Reece, 31, set up a deal between Kenneth Lucious White, 27, and an MCSO confidential informant. In both instances, the informant purchased $100 worth of cocaine through...more

May 22, 2018

“I’m so sick of people blaming a hurricane that happened nine months ago for tourism being down. Take a hard look in the mirror. This island looks shabby, Duval Street hasn’t been improved in 10 years, code enforcement doesn’t exist. Big resorts here are charging a fortune, yet haven’t remodeled rooms in years. The city...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Elder abuse suspect on lam finally caught

May 16, 2018

KEY LARGO — Amarylis Maristan, a caregiver who has been wanted by the police since last June after a multi-agency investigation implicated her in elder abuse cases at two unlicensed...more

Fishing regulations for sharks could include Keys bridges

May 16, 2018

FLORIDA — Images of protected sharks reeled ashore to be used as photo props by a gaggle of grinning fishermen irked board members of Florida’s top conservation agency. A...more

Gessel withdraws from state rep contest

May 16, 2018

KEY LARGO — Real estate attorney Pat Gessel has withdrawn her candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives District 120 seat held by incumbent Republican Holly Raschein....more

Pioneering photographer, 90, still passionate about reef

May 16, 2018

KEY LARGO — In his seven decades diving the Florida Keys, renowned underwater photographer Jerry Greenberg has seen the coral reef in its glory, and in peril. Greenberg, a member of the...more

Editorials

Key West’s tree issue continues to grow

May 17, 2018

An epiphany? Conversion? Divine guidance? Whatever it is, Mayor Cates, we will take it with gratitude on behalf of the tree canopy of Key West.  The Citizen has chronicled with dismay the...more

Key West, City of Arts

May 12, 2018

Some years ago the people voted their will and established that Key West,”City of Arts,” would provide its residents and visitors alike with a welcoming city full of culture and art....more

Remembering a man and a time …

May 12, 2018

I attended a memorial recently and was sublimely struck by the history in the room. Many in attendance were from the post-hippie wave of the mid-1970’s so fictional facts and factual...more

Supports Ponciana as official tree

May 12, 2018

There was a meeting of the Tree Commission this week. It was suggested to make the Royal Poinciana the official tree of Key West. I want to set the record straight to this commission. There was...more

Sports

Poinciana wraps up first place with strong tug-of-war finish

May 21, 2018

Six Keys schools competed in the exciting 45th annual 5th Grade Track and Field Meet on Saturday morning at the Key West High Back Yard. Poinciana School took first overall with 57 points,...more

Fifty-pound winner for Steel Leader in Mother’s Day Dolphin tournament

May 19, 2018

Team Steel Leader is at it again. This time, Bobby Taylor from Dublin, Ohio, landed a 50-pound bull dolphin to take first place, by far, in Habitat for Humanity’s Mother’s Day Dolphin...more

Guerrero and Coffin combined to set example for Hurricanes

May 19, 2018

Throughout years of guiding volleyball, baseball, softball and basketball teams, first-year Coral Shores boys tennis coach Jim Enright stated that this season with the Hurricanes was one of the...more

Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament in Islamorada

May 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Women who love the sport of saltwater fly-fishing in the shallow waters of Islamorada and Florida Bay are naturally attracted to the rich history of the Ladies Tarpon Fly...more