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Coast Guard medevacs woman, 66

March 19, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 66-year-old woman on Sunday after she injured her back when she fell onboard a research vessel at sea.According to the Coast Guard, Sector Key West watchstanders...more

Florida governor signs smokable medical pot bill into law

March 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's ban on the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients ended Monday when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill repealing it. The Republican governor's...more

Florida woman falls from car, killed by hit-and-run driver

March 19, 2019

MIAMI — A 23-year-old Florida woman fell from the rear passenger window of a car she was riding in and was run over and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro...more

House panel backs giving Florida access to foreign drugs

March 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians could gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other foreign countries under legislation approved by a state House committee Monday amid concern it could...more

Missing chain links couple to charges of grand theft

March 19, 2019

The man who was arrested after a fight at the Looe Key Tiki Bar and Grill is pressing charges against the man he fought, as well as his ex-girlfriend, after they allegedly stole his gold chain necklace and attempted to pawn it.Matthew Michael Derr, 44, of Ramrod Key, and Suzelle Sunue Jimenez, 32, of Little Torch Key, were both arrested on charges of...more

March 19, 2019

“I live near Harris School and don’t understand why the city is harassing the owner. The city sold it for a pittance. Now at least it provides daily, weekly and monthly parking for vehicles that would be illegally parking on the street.”“Went to Tarpon Belly yesterday with family and friends for daughter’s 15th birthday. On way home passed a pelican that did not move, checked the bird out and...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Atomic board grants hearing on cooling canals

March 13, 2019

SOUTH FLORIDA — An independent panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted environmental groups a hearing on Florida Power & Light’s subsequent license renewal request to...more

Chief files safety compliance plans

March 13, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department has filed required compliance paperwork with the Division of State Fire Marshal addressing safety deficiencies.The safety lapses were...more

Council to deal with local road concerns

March 13, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Road issues in local neighborhoods and potential changes to land-development regulations fill the March 14 meeting agenda of the Islamorada Village Council.Village Manager Seth...more

Double trouble with sewer line snarls traffic

March 13, 2019

UPPER KEYS — Back-to-back breaks in a wastewater pipe running through Tavernier clogged northbound U.S. 1 traffic for about 30 straight hours last week. Contractors working with the village of...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


Three-game nights the norm to avert mid-summer playoffs

March 19, 2019

It was a full night of action on the second week of the Key West Coed Softball League play with three games on the schedule. In past seasons, the league contested just two games each Tuesday...more

Yellow Jackets sting ‘Canes, Conchs during spring break trip

March 19, 2019

The first year was so nice, the St. Augustine High School boys lacrosse team made a repeat trip to the Keys this week, first to play Coral Shores on Friday at the Tavernier campus and then Key...more

Lady Conchs post 4th district win

March 18, 2019

It was a first-round sweep of District 32 opponents for the Key West High School girls lacrosse team with a 20-0 shutout win over Gulliver Prep Friday night at The Back Yard. Earlier in the...more

Players enter spring break with much-improved skills

March 18, 2019

The level of play has risen significantly in the Key West Girls Softball Recreational League over the first four weeks of the season. Two games were decided by walk-off hits and no-hitters are...more