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Bus driver fired after woman fatally injured while exiting

June 26, 2019

MAYPORT — Officials say they've fired a Florida bus driver after a woman was fatally injured while getting off the bus. The Florida Times-Union reports that the Jacksonville Transportation...more

Florida Everglades wildfire almost doubles in size in a day

June 26, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE — A wildfire in the Florida Everglades has almost doubled in size in the past day. The Florida Forest Service on Tuesday tweeted that the blaze had grown to 31,500 acres and is...more

Gov. DeSantis signs bill to create agricultural hemp program

June 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida will establish an agricultural hemp program under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday. It is hailed as a way to help...more

Toddler found wandering busy Florida roadway alone

June 26, 2019

OAK HILL — When a postal carrier and motorist found a 2-year-old boy in a soiled diaper wandering a busy central Florida road alone, they called law enforcement, and a deputy knew where to look...more

Man arrested with stolen firearm, pot

June 26, 2019

A U.S. 1 traffic stop led to the arrest of a Merritt Island, Florida man on Friday after deputies discovered a stolen firearm and marijuana inside the vehicle.Michael Christopher Ennis, 42, was charged with grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana, two counts possession of marijuana without a prescription and possession of paraphernalia.Around...more

June 26, 2019

“Ever notice that people who work hard never talk about how hard they work, but people who don’t work hard always talk about how hard they work? Puts a lot of these Citizens’ Voice comments in perspective.”“Since the city gave the most valuable vacant land on the island to the Weather Station, you would think the least they could do is maintain the landscaping. It is a dump and a disgrace...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Approval of sanctuary update could take 2 years

June 26, 2019

MARATHON — A planned August release of a “blueprint” for revised management of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary likely marks just the first step in what could be a years-long...more

Coral plague among most devastating reef diseases

June 26, 2019

FLORIDA KEYS — Even a battering by Hurricane Irma did not threaten the Florida Keys coral reef like the ongoing menace of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, a marine scientist says.The disease...more

Council may approve vacation rental request despite opposition

June 26, 2019

ISLAMORADA — A Palm Beach company seeking commercial zoning changes at an oceanfront complex at mile marker 82.8 could receive final approval at the June 27 meeting of the Islamorada Village...more

FDOT proposes leasing Fills to village

June 26, 2019

ISLAMORADA — To resolve some of the Indian Key Fill problems, a top Florida Department of Transportation executive told local elected officials June 21 the agency “would consider leasing the land...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

COED SOFTBALL: Four-way tie atop league standing with just two weeks to play

June 25, 2019

Five total games are all that remain in the Key West Coed Softball regular season, three tonight and two next week, but at this point of the season there is still a lot to be determined as after...more

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