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Reservoir approval continues moving forward

July 18, 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA — Water releases from Lake Okeechobee, laden with algae now choking coastal estuaries on both sides of Florida, resumed Friday as an emergency measure to reduce chances of a...more

Rod builder also now working as yacht broker

July 18, 2018

TAVERNIER — Florida Keys fishing guide and custom-rod builder Randy Towe has his sights set on a new horizon as a yacht broker. “After 40 years in the fishing business, it’s a...more

Stigler to accept plea in girlfriend’s death

July 18, 2018

TAVERNIER — Jeremy Stigler, a 45-year-old local man charged with the second-degree murder of live-in girlfriend Jade Green Dixon in late 2016, will plead guilty as part of a deal with...more

Village mulling higher taxes

July 18, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Chances of taxes going down look slim as the village takes its first step Thursday, July 19, toward setting property tax rates.  During the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at...more

Yacht is reported stolen in Tavernier

July 17, 2018

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the theft of a 52-foot, cream-colored, 1987 Jefferson motor yacht. The yacht was taken sometime between noon, July 12 and 10 a.m. on July 13, from Tavernier, oceanside. The yacht had been anchored just off-shore. Anyone with any information about the theft can contact Lt. Nancy Alvarez with...more

July 18, 2018

“What part of no new taxes don’t our county officials understand? Not for the hospital, not for affordable housing or to buy properties. We are overtaxed now. More taxes make our housing unaffordable!” “Getting rid of plastic bags and bottles is a great idea, and the city should consider installing water fountains around town as well.”...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Company proposing free electric mini-bus rides

July 18, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A transportation company plans to pitch its free ride service aboard electric mini-buses to Village Council members at their Thursday, July 19, meeting. Freebee proposes to...more

Is FDOT pedestrian bridge out of step?

July 18, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Plans for a walkway bridge over U.S. 1 troubled a number of Islamorada residents July 10. “We thought it was going to be a temporary bridge, so I am disappointed,”...more

Love is patient

July 18, 2018

KEY LARGO — Former high school classmates unfold a classic love story — nearly 60 years in the making, proving that love is patient. At last, the happy couple will wed this weekend....more

New facility offers mental healing campus

July 18, 2018

KEY LARGO — Kinder in the Keys, a mental health treatment center focused on total body and mind recovery from depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating...more

Editorials

Appreciates paper’s local coverage

July 7, 2018

I just wanted to send this note in support of your position on maintaining local information sources based upon first-hand observation and interaction with fellow citizens on this island. I first...more

Cheers and Jeers: July 7

July 7, 2018

Cheers: to Monroe County Schools for earning an “A” grade this year, despite facing numerous challenges following Hurricane Irma. The teachers, staff, students and administration...more

City of Key West not like it used to be

July 7, 2018

We have been coming to Key West at least once a year for 26 years and have a treasure trove of memories and stories.  I read in a recent edition of The Citizen that the City Commission vote...more

Thank you Key West, for the hospitality

July 7, 2018

My husband and I recently had a fabulous time in Key West. We did everything tourists are suppose to do. We ate, had tours, bought souvenirs and rode the informative trolley. We were having a...more

Sports

Camp provides tools necessary for growth

July 14, 2018

The second annual Whatever It Takes to Succeed youth basketball camp will return to the Lower Keys on Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 19, at the Key West High School Bobby Menendez...more

Stewart, Woods each have double/double in week two

July 12, 2018

After two weeks of action at the Sugarloaf Gym and on the Bill Butler Floor of the Bobby Menendez Gym, Tune Squad and AAU teams are tied for first in the Adult Summer Basketball League standings....more

Chris Hall triples, doubles in four-hit night

July 11, 2018

Although they did not play last week in the Key West Men’s Softball League, Murray Marine stayed anchored in first place with 10 wins and two losses. One game behind is 5 Brothers, with a...more

UWF coach helping next generation of college players

July 11, 2018

Key West has always been about family for University of West Florida women’s soccer coach Joe Bartlinski. He first made the trip to the Conch Republic as a 10-year-old during a visit with...more