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Plane crashes near Dry Tortugas

April 24, 2019

A private aircraft crashed near the Dry Tortugas on Tuesday, but everyone on board made it out of the aircraft safely without injuries. Around 11:59 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a...more

Bill making texting when driving main offense passes House

April 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under legislation passed by the Florida House. The vote was 104-9 Tuesday for the...more

Ex-police chief, openly gay woman elected Tampa’s new mayor

April 24, 2019

TAMPA — In a historic election Tampa voters elected by a wide margin a former police chief and openly-gay woman to be their mayor. According to the Tampa Bay Times , 59-year-old Jane Castor...more

Florida Senate OKs bill for firefighter cancer benefits

April 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Cancer would be treated like an on-the-job injury for Florida firefighters and they'd receive a new package of benefits under a bill the Senate unanimously passed Tuesday. The...more

Marathon man pulls knife in altercation

April 24, 2019

A Marathon man was arrested on Sunday after he reportedly pulled out a pocket knife while trying to fight another man he passed on the street.Daniel Christopher Gomez, 28, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.Around 10:22 p.m., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at the Tom Thumb Food...more

April 24, 2019

“Why can’t walkers stay over to their right and make things so much easier for everyone?”“To the gentleman who made light and jokes about Bertha Street, I would like to bring forward how bad this cowpath has become. I’m not mad and you did bring a smile to my face, however, we all need to call, email and continue to complain to our county representative. Our next step should be to inundate...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Keys join global survey of nature

April 24, 2019

UPPER KEYS — Local students can discover the ecosystem around them, and maybe discover a new species, in a “BioBlitz” new to the Upper Keys. Florida International University staff is helping...more

State mulls reducing sea trout bag limit

April 24, 2019

FLORIDA — Although recent catches of spotted sea trout have been strong, Florida Keys fishing guides report, the state may act to trim the Keys recreational bag limit by one fish. Florida Fish...more

Ukulele enthusiasts are a plucky sort

April 24, 2019

KEY LARGO — The ukulele group that Sharon Hutkowski has formed is bigger and better than she ever thought it would be. “I should have called it the Florida Keys Northernmost Ukulele...more

A bridge too far?

April 24, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Changes would be welcome at Snake Creek Bridge, Islamorada officials say, but costs and complications of replacing the Florida Keys last remaining drawbridge could be steep.“My...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

April 20, 2019

Cheers: To Key West High School junior Taurean “TK” Perkins, who was recently selected to represent Monroe County schools as a Sunshine State Scholar. He will travel to a think-tank conference in...more

Foundation thanks volunteers

April 20, 2019

In honor of National Volunteer Month, Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, a non-profit organization, would like to thank our more than 40 volunteers who dedicate their time to serve as...more

Home rule is necessary for the future of Monroe County

April 20, 2019

Just a few short weeks ago, Keys elected and business leaders were relishing in their March 19 visit to the state capital for Florida Keys Day, an event that included making Gov. Rick DeSantis an...more

When is enough enough?

April 20, 2019

The Florida Keys exceeded any reasonable definition of carrying capacity years ago. Our reefs are all but dead — kept alive on life support (coral restoration) — the once crystal clear blue...more

Sports

Fast-paced race set for Thursday

April 24, 2019

It is time to lace up the running shoes for the seventh annual Duval Street Mile.Scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday, April 25, it is an official event of the Conch Republic Independence...more

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL: A spike in medals as local club squads take home more hardware

April 24, 2019

The Southernmost Volleyball Club added a pair of medals to their trophy case in a recent two-day tournament at the Palm Beach Volleyfest in Broward Convention Center. The 12-and-Under squad...more

Next coming of Lady Conchs finish with unblemished record

April 23, 2019

Only seven times did the Key West High junior varsity softball team have the opportunity to show off during a game the skills they were honing in practice, but the Lady Conchs made the most of...more

KEY WEST COED SOFTBALL LEAGUE: Losers become winners after 6 weeks of action

April 23, 2019

The cellar-dweller teams from last season are atop the Key West Coed Softball League standings, each with a win last week at Pepe Hernandez Field. Topping the charts is playoff finalist...more