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Neighborhood boxes share love of books

May 27, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — Take what book you want and leave what you like. It’s a handmade wooden box that works as a neighborly honor system for paperbacks and heavy tomes alike. That’s the simple idea...more

Dry Tortugas starts reopening

May 27, 2020

The National Park Service has increased recreational access to Dry Tortugas National Park. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Dry Tortugas National Park reopened access to the outdoor areas on...more

June 1 reopening leaves some behind

May 27, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — As the Florida Keys prepare to open the checkpoints and lodges Monday to allow visitors to return, dozens of small businesses will remain shuttered, while others eagerly await a...more

KEYS defers late fees

May 27, 2020

Keys Energy Services will continue waiving late fees through June 30. Beginning July 1, late fees will resume for customers who have not paid their past due balance or signed up for a payment...more

News

Chicken kicker booted into jail

May 27, 2020

A 43-year-old Marathon man was arrested Monday for kicking a chicken. Nicholas Kevin Chew was charged with animal cruelty, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Joel Slough...more

DeSantis sends Jamaican- and Cuban-American to Supreme Court

May 27, 2020

MIAMI — Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed two Floridians from minority communities to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday: a Palm Beach County circuit judge who immigrated from Jamaica and a former...more

Veteran charged with taking guns to VA clinic in Florida

May 27, 2020

PENSACOLA — A U.S. Navy veteran has been indicted on federal charges of bringing a rifle and a handgun to a Florida veterans clinic with the intent to commit a crime. A federal grand jury in...more

Florida revenues fall by nearly $900 million amid pandemic

May 27, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida might have lost nearly $900 million in tax revenues in April — far more than state officials anticipated — as the coronavirus pandemic siphoned away tourist...more

Citizen's Voice

Dry Tortugas starts reopening

May 27, 2020

The National Park Service has increased recreational access to Dry Tortugas National Park. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Dry Tortugas National Park reopened access to the outdoor areas on...more

KEYS defers late fees

May 27, 2020

Keys Energy Services will continue waiving late fees through June 30. Beginning July 1, late fees will resume for customers who have not paid their past due balance or signed up for a payment...more

Mosquito control aerial mission Thursday

May 27, 2020

On Thursday, May 27, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will conduct an aerial larvicide mission via helicopter, weather permitting, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. The treatment area is Key...more

United Way offers online directory

May 26, 2020

United Way of Collier and the Florida Keys has created a comprehensive online listing of COVID-19 Monroe County resources, including food pantries and other critical services, changes to...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

June 1 reopening leaves some behind

May 27, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — As the Florida Keys prepare to open the checkpoints and lodges Monday to allow visitors to return, dozens of small businesses will remain shuttered, while others eagerly await a...more

Majeska resigns from sewer board to run for county seat

May 27, 2020

KEY LARGO — Robby Majeska has announced his resignation from the local sewer board in order to run for the Monroe County Commission Seat 5 in November.“I had to resign 10 days before I qualified...more

Keys nonprofit spares foxes from fur farm

May 20, 2020

KEY LARGO — Marred by slight imperfections, red foxes “Libby” and “Louie” were recently deemed unwanted by a Midwest fur farmer. To save them from certain death, longtime animal advocate Nicole...more

Huge fire burns mainland Monroe

May 20, 2020

MONROE COUNTY — The winds shifted south days after the “Moon Fish” wildfire broke out, wafting smoke over the Florida Keys, perhaps the only hint locally of the enormous blaze that has threatened...more

Editorials

Key West as ‘Animal Farm’?

May 20, 2020

The cruise tourist haters invoke the One Human Family slogan to paint themselves as advocates for all people. However, like the corrupt ruling class in George Orwell’s classic, “Animal Farm,”...more

Picking up the pieces

May 20, 2020

I understand that people want and need to get back to work just as I do. We all want things to be normal again. I have read with curiosity about the protests for an unbridled opening of our...more

Vote for safety

May 20, 2020

Recent surveys show that Key West citizens are concerned about the biggest cruise ships with the worst health, safety and environmental violations. The Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships was...more

When fear meets desperation, we must all weigh choices

May 16, 2020

Suddenly, it feels like we are approaching an inevitable crossroads in the Florida Keys. It’s as if we’re a volcano about to erupt. When the dust settles, our landscape could be changed...more

Sports

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN?: Conchs moving on but will always ponder potential outcome of season

May 23, 2020

What could have been?That will be a question that is never answered but often pondered by Key West High baseball fans and players, as the 2020 version of the Conchs seemed primed to snap a...more

Walters signs to play baseball at Santa Fe

May 22, 2020

Graduating from the University of Florida is just part of being a Walters, as Michaela, Rachel and Sean, all of whom graduated from Coral Shores, went on to become Gators. So while, the...more

Hurricanes end with bang to give seniors some closure

May 22, 2020

Stepping onto the diamond March 13, the Coral Shores High baseball team knew it would be the final game they played for at least the next 11 days as it did not have a Spring Break trip planned...more

Achievements for ‘Fins in shortened season set team up for future

May 20, 2020

It may have only been 12 games, but in that span before the shutdown due to the coronavirus, Marathon High baseball coach Joey Gonzalez is confident the numerous accomplishments his program...more