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Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

July 17, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators...more

Police officer driving patrol car despite restricted license

July 17, 2019

MELBOURNE — A Florida police officer is still driving a patrol car on duty despite having a restricted driver's license. Melbourne Police say Officer Audrey Poole had bloodshot eyes, smelled...more

Police: Worker loading ATMs with cash pocketed $100K instead

July 17, 2019

SANTA ROSA BEACH — State authorities say a Florida worker in charge of loading cash into ATMs stole more than $100,000 from the machines instead. Florida Department of Law officials say...more

Tractor digs up remains of missing Florida teen

July 17, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — The remains of a Florida teen who had been missing for one year have been found. Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say the skeletal remains of 18-year-old Corbin Johnson were...more

2 men arrested after altercation at resort

July 17, 2019

Two South Florida men were arrested Sunday during an altercation at a Key Largo resort, with one man allegedly refusing to listen to an officer and the other allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine.Yanser Robaina, 40, of Homestead, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, damaging property over $1,000, resisting an officer with...more

July 17, 2019

“Too bad the city didn’t post a job notice for the city manager’s position. I would do the job for $100,000 and no car allowance. The taxpayers would save $83,000 plus each year and, since I have Humana, I don’t need benefits. But a nice retirement plan at full salary after three years would be nice after putting up with the commissioners and everything else. Of course, eight weeks’ vacation...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

A much-needed shelter after the storm

July 17, 2019

FLORIDA KEYS — If Stacey, Ann, Kristy and Diane were standing in a lineup, at least one of them has reported being a victim of sexual or physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner....more

Council to mull tax hike; housing, resort projects

July 17, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Overall real-estate property value in Islamorada gained $32.9 million over the past fiscal year, putting the new value at more than $3.714 billion.That new figure from the Monroe...more

Fire district mulling tax cap increase

July 17, 2019

KEY LARGO — The local fire and emergency medical services commission has informally decided to make the “big ask” on next year’s election ballot for voters to raise the current cap on property...more

Former CFO files suit against Ocean Reef

July 17, 2019

NORTH KEY LARGO — A former vice president and chief financial officer of Ocean Reef Community Association is suing the company and former manager David Ritz, alleging retaliation for her efforts...more


County’s real problem isn’t just salary study

July 13, 2019

After spending $123,000, does Monroe County’s salary study address the real problem?This study confirms county employees like where they work. Employees say benefits are “very competitive with...more

Use Stock Island property for workforce housing

July 13, 2019

The Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce urges the Monroe County School District Board to consider the prospect of utilizing the property on 5th Street and 3rd Avenue in Stock Island as a...more

Preserve the Florida Keys

July 6, 2019

Our state and county governments, in concert with a steady stream of avaricious developers and twisted administrative overseers, have reached a regrettable agreement that will deliver a deathblow...more

The Key West Citizen

July 6, 2019

I have personally been involved or seen several salary studies while serving on the City Commission or employed with Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and City Electric System.I made a public...more


Six teams head to league playoffs set for Saturday

July 17, 2019

Last season’s champs Conch Town won three games last week to include a victory over previously unbeaten 5 Brothers in Key West Men’s Softball League action, but they are still two and a half...more

WINNING SET: Local tennis pros assume programs at 1800 Atlantic

July 16, 2019

Local tennis pros Michelle “Missy” Jeffrey and Paul McNulty have formed a new alliance and assumed the tennis programs at the 1800 Atlantic Courts. The duo, with around 60 years of teaching...more

Three teams advance to finals next Tuesday

July 16, 2019

Playoffs for the Key West Coed Softball League got a little weird on Tuesday night at the Pepe Hernandez Softball Field. Going into the quarterfinals, four teams were tied with an 8-4 record...more

‘Goldie’ graced the lives of everyone he encountered

July 15, 2019

On Saturday afternoon at the Key West High School Auditorium, a favorite son, Wayne Goldstein was memorialized by family and friends. Goldstein passed away earlier this month. Though he left...more