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Planning Board OKs new apartments

September 20, 2018

The Key West Planning Board on Tuesday gave its unanimous stamp of approval to a plan to build 47 new apartments at the corner of Bertha and Dennis streets, where A.H. of Monroe County, formerly...more

Popeye’s to replace Burger King on boulevard

September 20, 2018

It’s official — and it’s “Louisiana fast....”Key West’s former Burger King location will become a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen fast food restaurant.A company called Sun Holdings, Inc. signed a...more

School days: Florida candidates differ widely on education

September 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Clashing on everything from private school vouchers to education spending, Florida’s two main contenders for governor have laid out vastly different promises when it comes to the...more

Teen accused of threatening school says he was joking

September 20, 2018

PEMBROKE PINES — Florida police say a teen overheard at school saying he left his gun in his car has been arrested and now claims it was a joke. Pembroke Pines police say the 17-year-old is...more

Stock Island man arrested for sexual battery

September 20, 2018

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Stock Island man on Saturday for sexual battery after the victim reported he forcibly had sex with her.Oscar Danilo Acevedo, 49, was charged with sexual battery.Deputies responded to the Lower Keys Medical Center and met with the victim, who was being treated for a medical condition, as well as the sexual...more

September 20, 2018

“Two tables with 16 bikers each; polite, generous tipper and professionals. I haven’t seen any criminal gangs. Just people having a good time.”“New Orleans’ French Quarter has beatings, muggings and gunfire nightly, too. Bouncers wear body armor. Let’s get us some of that, too, while we copy other places. Only thing NOLA does better than Key West is the amount of government-level corruption...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Clothes with a focus on comfort, fashion

September 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Lolita’s Boutique is a women’s apparel shop on Plantation Key named after owner Soira Ramos’ Shih-Tzu pup, which, to her, is her world — along with her new storefront.Lolita’s...more

Committee: No powerboats in deadly wheel ditch

September 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A “wheel ditch” channel at Whale Harbor should be closed to powerboats, an Islamorada advisory panel recommends. “This is a 100 percent no-brainer,” Bob Mitchell, chairman of...more

Dolphins deliver gear, more to Keys

September 19, 2018

ISLAMORADA — The Miami Dolphins commitment to support the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma was delivered, in part, by a box truck loaded with football gear for Monroe County’s three public high...more

Homecoming was a year in works

September 19, 2018

TAVERNIER — A year to the day that her longtime residence was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, SueEllen Bennett’s new home arrived on Sept. 10.“It’s just the way it worked out,” Bennett said. “I hope...more

Editorials

Change can be tough, but we welcome it

September 8, 2018

Several years back a former newspaper colleague shared an expression with me I’d never heard before — “Change or Die.” We were discussing how the media industry was changing, since the digital...more

Cheers and Jeers

September 8, 2018

Cheers: to the Trophia Foundation for its atest plantings of Poinciana trees. Not only did the organization donate $50,000 after Hurricane Irma for replanting canopy trees that were lost in the...more

Spread Key West tolerance

September 1, 2018

It was 1979 and I find myself standing in the checkout lane at Fausto’s with a cart full of food for a five-day fishing trip to the Tortugas. Clearly visible are two whole chickens, several...more

Support tax scholarship program

September 1, 2018

The 2018 Florida legislative session passed and signed into law a new House bill (HB) that allows any tenant who pays a rental or licensee fee that is subject to a business rent tax to make a...more

Sports

Lady ‘Fins surface in calmer waters with shutout victory

September 20, 2018

The Marathon High School volleyball team got the relief it needed with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-20, 25-4) win over FHSAA Independent Palm Glades on Tuesday afternoon at the Middle Keys campus. Last...more

Lady Conchs falter in crucial district match with Warriors

September 20, 2018

A four-game win streak came to an end on Tuesday afternoon for the Key West High School volleyball team. Class 5A and District 16-5A powerhouse Westminster Christian rolled into town and shut...more

Bucs must wait to return home, up next Doral

September 19, 2018

Coming off a rousing home debut, the Horace O’Bryant Middle School football team now must wait a few more weeks before stirring up its home port once again as today’s expected opponent,...more

Coleman leads pack in semiannual event

September 19, 2018

Local PE teacher Mark “Coach Iron” Coleman did it again in the Florida Keys Community College Sprint Triathlon.Coleman, 43, raced to a time of 54:40 to take first overall on Sunday morning in the...more