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Coast Guard suspends search for overboard cruise ship passenger

December 17, 2018

Coast Guard crews have suspended their search for a cruise ship passenger who reportedly fell overboard on Friday, following a 32-hour search that covered 2,086 square miles.Thomas McElhany, 26,...more

No bomb found after threat to Key Largo business

December 15, 2018

A rash of bomb threats issued to businesses on Thursday, many of which were in South Florida, made its way to two Upper Keys businesses as well.According to a press release from the Monroe County...more

Search called for overboard cruise ship passenger

December 15, 2018

A search for a man who reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Victory cruise ship on Friday is underway.According to a press release from the Coast Guard, staff on the Carnival Victory...more

State says Goliath grouper issue on hold for three years

December 15, 2018

State fishery managers agreed this week to continue to work on stock assessments for Goliath groupers and not bring back the issue of reopening the fishery for at least three years.The Florida...more

Woman arrested on warrant for multiple drug offenses

December 17, 2018

A Rockland Key woman wanted on a warrant for multiple drug offenses was arrested on Wednesday after a deputy spotted her vehicle on the side of the road.Erica Cherie Palomino, 25, was charged with giving a false ID to law enforcement. She was arrested on a warrant for possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of MDMA with intent to sell,...more

December 17, 2018

“What doesn’t the city understand about the concept ‘if you build it, they will come?’ The bike racks on the left side of Fleming between Duval and Fausto’s have been replaced with (drum roll) parking places complete with the placement of a parking payment box conveniently located on the corner of Havana street. How motivated is the city to encourage bike ridership?”“My Uber driver never...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

‘Jingle’ social to give free beauty goodies for a cause

December 12, 2018

KEY LARGO — Cirque Salon Studios is hosting a “Jingle, Mingle & Shop” event, opening its doors to at least 15 vendors to participate.Dete Israel, who owns Salon Dete, is organizing the event...more

Council to vote on 300 housing units

December 12, 2018

ISLAMORADA — A decision to accept an allocation of 300 units for workforce-affordable housing from the state goes before the Islamorada Village Council for a first reading Thursday, Dec. 13....more

Discrimination case set for late January

December 12, 2018

MARATHON — A workplace discrimination lawsuit against the city of Marathon is set for trial during a two-week period beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the federal courthouse in Key West, according...more

District sidesteps database, discusses salinity levels

December 12, 2018

KEY LARGO — Three commissioners on the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District last week took the oath of office after being re-elected without opposition during the November election. The board...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

December 8, 2018

Cheers: to all of the groups holding toy drives and giveaways for needy families this holiday season. Despite the wealth in the Keys, there are still far too many who are in desperate need of a...more

Treatment unfair to all

December 6, 2018

To the editor:Key West: Come as you are!...but have “your papers” on your person at all times.In June of last year, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept detained two Spanish speaking teenagers for...more

Cheers and Jeers

December 1, 2018

Cheers: to Reef Relief for teaching more than 4,000 students this last year. They have initiated the “Skip the Straw” campaign and now have 146 businesses taking part in the initiative. They...more

Key West Chamber sends letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

December 1, 2018

To: May Ma, Director, Program Management, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Re: Florida Power and Light Application for RenewalDear Ms. Ma,The Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce would like to...more

Sports

Conchs get much-needed experience close at home

December 17, 2018

The focus was not necessarily on winning its home opening tri-meet for the Key West High wrestling team — although it was an added bonus topping Coral Shores 54-24 and South Miami by a point...more

Dolphins tie Canes in friendly Keys rivalry

December 17, 2018

With five minutes left in the friendly between Monroe County rivals Marathon and the Coral Shores high school boys soccer teams, the Dolphins scored late to knot the match 1-1, which how it ended...more

Lady Canes drop Dolphins in non-conference outing

December 17, 2018

A pair of first-half free kicks put the Coral Shores High School girls soccer team on the winning track with a 5-1 victory over host Marathon on Friday night.Freshman Carlie Stanley was enthused...more

THE CITIZEN’S PREP FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Marchetti grew up with championship aspirations

December 15, 2018

Swimming is more than a family affair for Coral Shores sophomore Zoe Marchetti — it is a way of life.Her parents, Sue and Tony Marchetti, swam competitively in college and now assist Olympic...more