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In Mexico Beach after Michael, some coming home find no home

October 19, 2018

MEXICO BEACH — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives...more

Local races getting pricey with election day looming

October 19, 2018

Election day is Nov. 6 and campaign spending is approaching its zenith, blanketing the air waves and dominating print media as candidates try to get voters’ attention before ballots are cast....more

Whistle-blower trial ends in mixed verdict

October 19, 2018

A six-person jury on Wednesday afternoon ruled that the Monroe County School Board did coerce the retirement of former school district finance director Kathy Reitzel, but did not take the action...more

State attorney reviews elections complaint

October 18, 2018

Monroe County Commission candidate Michelle Coldiron pulled an advertisement this week featuring an endorsement of her by fellow Marathon City Councilman Daniel Zieg after a complaint was filed...more

Bartender arrested for using lost credit card

October 19, 2018

A Key West woman was arrested on Tuesday after a Key West Police Department officer determined that she stole a lost purse and used a credit card to purchase clothes online.Courtney Leigh Wilson, 32, was charged with theft of a lost credit card, two counts of petit theft, illegal use of a credit card and two counts of fraud.On Oct. 6, the victim...more

October 19, 2018

“No, the city should not abandon an alley and give it to the neighbors who have encroached. Who in the world determined the footpath is ‘no longer necessary’? There’s only a few walking alleys left in the historic district. Open it up and let people walk it.”“Key West needs to approach the iguanas the same way the Galapagos Islands approached the goats: total extermination. In 15 years, three...more

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Key Largo Library offering inside story

October 17, 2018

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Public Library’s story as an epicenter of the community is a good one. Among its periodicals, new books section and kids’ corner, there’s education, culture and...more

Program trains tomorrow’s scuba pros

October 17, 2018

FLORIDA KEYS — Since the dawn of the prestigious Our World-Underwater scholarship program, many of those budding marine professionals spent significant time below the waves in the Florida...more

Seat 4 candidates promise new ideas

October 17, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Both candidates seeking to follow Islamorada Village Council veteran Chris Sante intend to bring new ideas to the municipal governing board. Eric Carlson and Ken Davis are making...more

Seat 4 candidates’ views differ on board’s role

October 17, 2018

KEY LARGO — Commissioner George Mirabella is seeking reelection for a third term to Seat 4 on the Key Largo Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District board. He’s being contested by...more


Cheers and Jeers

October 13, 2018

Cheers: to the five Fantasy Fest King and Queen candidates. Running a campaign is time consuming and a bit exhausting, but the end result is well worth it, as the various events raise much needed...more

The Keys are still recovering

October 12, 2018

Keys residents revel in our laid-back lifestyle, the beautiful subtropical weather and the community that cares. We take pride in embellishing the stories of the quirkiness of our neighborhoods,...more

Admit it: For a moment, Michael concerned you

October 10, 2018

The expression ‘gun-shy’ appears to have originated around 1884 and was coined for the way sporting dogs reacted to gunfire. Today, it extends beyond the literal to describe a person’s reluctance...more

Cheers and Jeers

October 6, 2018

Jeers: to all, including Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, who had a hand in writing the convoluted constitutional amendments that citizens are tasked with voting on in the November...more


Bucs complete quest with win in regular-season finale

October 19, 2018

For the eighth-graders who have been a part of the Horace O’Bryant football team since its inception, Wednesday’s 18-0 victory against Belen Jesuit in the regular-season finale was the completion...more

Conchs begin tough stretch in comfortable confines with FHSAA playoffs on the line

October 19, 2018

While the road woes continue to haunt the Key West High football team this season, things do not get easier at home this week, where the Conchs have won 12 straight regular-season games, when the...more

Dolphins get another shot at Falcons in district volleyball finale

October 18, 2018

Going into the FHSAA District 8-4A Championship on Thursday against Palmer Trinity, Marathon High School volleyball coach Kevin Freeman took a passage from Major League Baseball great Yogi Berra...more

Volleyball season ends for ‘Canes; Conchs fancy role reversal

October 18, 2018

One Keys team moved on, the other was sent home on Tuesday in the District 16-5A semifinals. Key West, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the district championship with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-17)...more