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Area woman reportedly livestreams suicide

March 22, 2019

A Cudjoe Key woman reportedly live streamed her own suicide on Facebook Wednesday night, according to initial reports.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released pending...more

Florida Senate budget brings Hurricane Michael aid to $1.8B

March 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — State taxpayer money for Hurricane Michael relief in Florida's hard-hit Panhandle would top $1.8 billion under a budget plan outlined Thursday by Senate Republican leaders. Senate...more

Gift card texting scam is reported

March 22, 2019

A new, but familiar, phone scam — this time coming in the form of a text — was recently reported by a Cudjoe Key resident, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.A woman on Cudjoe Key...more

Miami man arrested for posing as contractor in Keys

March 22, 2019

Yet another person posing as a licensed contractor in the Florida Keys has been arrested, this time after allegedly scamming a victim out of $2,000 by accepting payment for a job that was never...more

Construction worker attacks co-worker

March 22, 2019

A Marathon man was arrested on Monday after he allegedly attacked his coworker with a bubble level tool at their worksite.Jose Miguel Perez Espinosa, 49, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Around 5:15 p.m., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 500 block of Corte De Luna in Marathon after the victim reported the...more

March 21, 2019

“Look at Admiral’s Cut like the southern border wall; it separates us from them. The reluctant few that you refer to are the locals who paid for the park and expected to have a place virtually free of tourists; very few of those in downtown Key West. As for the many that you were keeping on the other side, the reluctance is born of experience: they’ve already trashed Duval Street. Let them...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Board opposes closing park for events

March 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — For a village meeting on Founders Park noise, it turned out to be pretty quiet.No changes for Founders Park event rules were proposed during a March 12 special session of...more

Council declines seal, hears hospital update

March 20, 2019

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council refused last week to canonize an official seal during a second required public vote and heard a report that the community hospital fundraising campaign is...more

Creative dishes and artistic vision

March 20, 2019

ISLAMORADA — The 4th Annual Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show will feature creative seafood samplings from more than 25 of the Upper Keys’ top restaurant chefs. The show runs from 11...more

District probes payroll fees

March 20, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps says finding a payroll provider at a lower cost appears doubtful.A request was made by the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical...more

Editorials

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

Sports

Local race still running after 20 successful years

March 22, 2019

When Lori Bosco started the Florida Keys Community College Sprint Triathlon/Biathlon 20 years ago, she never dreamed it would last this long. Nor did she believe she would be around to see it go...more

Miscues costly to Conchs at tourney

March 22, 2019

Their goal was to win the Gulf Coast Classic II or at least get into the finals, but the competition was too good for a mistake-ridden Key West High School softball team. On Wednesday in Gulf...more

Jolly’s racks up pair of wins for edge in league standings

March 21, 2019

With three runs in the top of the sixth and final frame, Paradise knotted the game at 20, but Charlie Mac’s scored three in the bottom of six to claim the victory in recent Key West Men’s...more

Lightning get by Wahoo for 14-and-Under win

March 21, 2019

Before the Southernmost Hockey Club took two weeks off for spring break, the 14-and-Under age group took their final match downw to the waning moments. The Check Electric Lightning skated to a...more