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AIPP approves public art plan for new SPCA building

February 22, 2018

After a lengthy discussion over what constitutes public art, Key West’s art advisory board approved a public art plan for the new Florida Keys SPCA building on College Road at a special...more

Coin thief charged with murder

February 22, 2018

A rescue at sea turned coin caper has resulted in murder charges following a joint investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Bureau of Investigations. Lewis Bennett, 41, a dual citizen of...more

Key West High School students seek change and safety

February 22, 2018

A student-led demonstration Wednesday at Key West High School lasted exactly 17 minutes — honoring the 17 lives that were lost one week prior during the deadliest school shooting in Florida...more

New Trauma Star to cost $3M

February 22, 2018

The Monroe County Commission agreed Wednesday to spend $3 million on replacing a Trauma Star air ambulance that caught fire in December. The Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the Trauma Star...more

Drug bust made during traffic stop

February 16, 2018

A Key Largo man and woman with an array of drugs were arrested after they were stopped for traveling in a sport utility vehicle with illegally tinted windows. Nicole Paddock, 23, was charged with possession of amphetamines with intent to sell, possession of opioids, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug...more

February 23, 2018

“The 2018 Florida Legislature session ends March 9th. Legislators say they are listening to our concerns, but it is clear that they will not take action before they adjourn until NEXT year. Call Gov. Scott, Rep. Raschein, Sen. Flores and demand a Special Session of the Legislature before THIS school year is over. Legislators must...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Arson suspected in Card Sound fires

February 21, 2018

MIAMI-DADE — The Florida Forest Service and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue battled a handful of different fires around Card Sound Road and the 18-Mile Stretch last week that officials suspect were...more

City mulls adding shade to bus stops

February 21, 2018

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council last week directed staff to bring back suggestions for providing shade at Marathon’s two main bus stops. Mayor Dan Zieg led a discussion about...more

Council to support Oxitec mosquito plan

February 21, 2018

MARATHON — The Marathon City Council has agreed to support Oxitec’s plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys as a way to help eradicate mosquito-borne...more

Fire board weighs merger of departments

February 21, 2018

KEY LARGO — A Key Largo fire board commissioner stirred up an emotional debate during last week’s meeting when he proposed looking into cutting costs by merging the Key Largo...more

Editorials

Parkland: Violence carousel has gone around again

February 17, 2018

Parkland: Violence carousel has gone around again This time the violence involves Florida’s high school kids.  Parkland, Florida, kids are dead.  Teachers are...more

Passage of House Bill 33 can help save lives

February 17, 2018

Yesterday, eight people lost their lives. Eight sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were taken from their families and friends. Today, another eight were killed. Tomorrow, eight more. ...more

Service appreciation brings tears

February 17, 2018

I read the Washington Post, New York Times, very depressing, but recently my husband and I were having breakfast at Camille’s in Key West. The nice couple sitting next to us noticed the Air...more

Challenges statement in letter

February 10, 2018

A recent Letter to the Editor titled “Affordable Second Homes” stated: “Reliable information indicates that current affordable housing projects contain less than 15 percent...more

Sports

Lady ‘Fins pick up second mercy-rule win of season mercy-rule win to open season

February 23, 2018

Cecily Ozbun did not give up any hits in her first start for the Marathon High softball team, while her teammates combined to collect 11 hits which was more than enough to blow past District 8-4A...more

MEN’S OVER-39 SOFTBALL Roncos rallies for late victory; Presley’s 3 HRs cannot save Jaibas

February 23, 2018

Roncos rally for late victory; Presley 3 HR still not enough

PREP BASEBALL: POMPANO BEACH AT KEY WEST, 7:30 p.m. Early Indications Conchs to be tested by top pitching

February 23, 2018

  Many of the nationally ranked high school baseball teams come from the state of Florida and the Key West High team will get to see one of those squads this weekend when the defending 5A...more

PREP BOYS LACROSSE: KEY WEST 19, FLORIDA CHRISTIAN 1 Conchs begins campaign for district three-peat

February 23, 2018

It was not the game the Key West High School boys’ lacrosse team needed to open the season, but it was a way to get all the players on the field in its 19-1 win over District 32-1A opponent...more