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85 arrested in human trafficking sting

June 25, 2019

TAMPA — Authorities in Florida say they've arrested 85 people in a months-long, human trafficking sting. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister...more

Judicial nominations chair quits, claims governor meddling

June 25, 2019

MELBOURNE — The chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission that recommends judges in two Florida counties quit over what he claims was interference by Gov. Ron DeSantis' office. Florida...more

Virgin Trains breaks ground on South Florida to Orlando leg

June 25, 2019

ORLANDO — Officials are breaking ground on a new phase of a private train line that will connect South Florida to central Florida.A groundbreaking ceremony was being held Monday for the...more

Wildfire burns in Florida Everglades near Alligator Alley

June 25, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE — Some Florida commuters were experiencing a smoky ride home as firefighters were monitoring a 17,000-acre (6,900-hectare) fire near Interstate 75 through Alligator Alley....more

Man charged with aggravated battery

June 25, 2019

A Palm Beach Gardens man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly threw a glass beer bottle into an adult entertainment club after being kicked out.Andrew Jacob Arce, 29, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, throwing a missile into a building and resisting an officer without violence.Around 1:45 a.m., Key West Police Department...more

June 25, 2019

“While I applaud the extended hours of Mall on Duval, if it does not expand blocks as well, it will be doomed to failure. It is not fair to the businesses on lower and upper Duval that only three blocks benefit.”“You misunderstood my comment on Monroe County pay. I am aware directors and department heads make enough that they don’t go anywhere; that was the point. Everyone complaining that...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Afro Roots touring gig ends next weekend

June 19, 2019

KEY LARGO — The northernmost island boasts a culturally diverse population and will soon serve as a cultural melting pot as host of the 21st Annual Afro Roots Fest. The event, taking place...more

Councilman: Village losing money on Fill

June 19, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Trash and environmental damage at the Indian Key Fill area stand out as major issues for the village of Islamorada, but safety and costs also will be raised in a Friday meeting with...more

Eco-lodge developer fined for habitat destruction

June 19, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Owners of an Upper Matecumbe Key property envisioned as an environmentally friendly “eco-lodge” admitted guilt June 11 to illegal filling in protected wetlands. Bonefish Holdings...more

Filling vacancy hastened by wastewater board

June 19, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District is seeking a new commissioner to fill the non-partisan seat vacated May 21 by Steve Gibbs. Gibbs, who was reelected to a second four-year...more

Editorials

Little sign truck not the problem

June 22, 2019

I have, on several occasions, read with amusement comments in the Citizens Voice about a small six-wheel truck quietly driving around town innocuously delivering colorful messages to whomever...more

Memo to Monroe County Commission: Consider the implications

June 22, 2019

There has been considerable discussion in the past two weeks regarding the Monroe County Commission’s next steps after the findings of a salary study by Evergreen Solutions Inc. reported that...more

The real danger of hurricanes

June 22, 2019

Your recent editorial does the population of the Florida Keys a terrible disservice. Instead of alerting us to the very real danger of hurricane evacuation in the face of a rapidly intensifying...more

Take responsibility for Indian Key Fill, please

June 15, 2019

Anyone making the trek from the Middle and Lower Keys to the mainland understands how treacherous certain parts of U.S. 1 can be, even on a good day. Add in the never-ending stream of...more

Sports

PREP WRESTLING: Biondoletti not resting in summer months

June 25, 2019

When most high school athletes are taking the summer off to relax and have fun hanging with their friends, there are some who are working hard to get a lot better in the sports they love. One of...more

Key West 14U, Crushers take second at home

June 22, 2019

The Key West 14-and-under and 10-and-under Crushers took second place last weekend at the GSA Key West Classic (Father’s Day Weekend) baseball tournament. Both of the second-place squads made...more

PREP BASEBALL: Desire led Roney, Carn from backups to important pieces for Conchs

June 22, 2019

Entering the season there were a lot of unknowns about the makeup of the Key West High baseball team’s lineup, most importantly, who was going to be the starting battery this season with the...more

Conch Town captures first, KW 14U brings home second

June 21, 2019

A trio of Key West youth softball teams fared well last weekend in the Boca Father’s Day Classic at Boca Raton. The Key West Softball Academy Conch Town 12-and-Under team took first place in...more