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Snorkeler dies after incident

August 17, 2018

A Panama City, Florida man died following a snorkeling incident on Wednesday after being airlifted to the Lower Keys Medical Center. A couple found the man, identified as Michael Ray Stephens,...more

Restaurant had permission to scrap housing

August 16, 2018

The Sonic Drive-In construction site was a beehive of activity Wednesday morning, with dozens of workers preparing the site for its projected September opening. But none of them were working on...more

School workers hear pep talk from Hollywood producer

August 16, 2018

Every school district employee spent Monday at Marathon High School for a district-wide welcome, a keynote address from Academy Award-winning producer of “Titanic” Jon Landau and mental health...more

Security marks Parkland students’ return

August 16, 2018

PARKLAND — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday returned to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman...more

Beer bottle bandit

August 17, 2018

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Big Pine Key man on Wednesday after he robbed an acquaintance last week. Jason William Ricketts, 33, was charged with battery and robbery with a weapon. According to the report, deputies initially responded to a report of a robbery on Aug. 11 around 9:13 p.m. in Big Pine...more

August 17, 2018

“The Sonic on North Roosevelt Boulevard: Exhibit A on why all of the city’s ‘work’ on the affordable housing problem is complete BS.” “Once again the city permitting department screws up. Permit a job for a drive in eatery with two work force housing units, have a hurricane, listen to the the whine of the...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Council trashes plastic straw ban

August 15, 2018

ISLAMORADA — The straw that broke a pending village ordinance turned out to be the straw. An environmentally minded law to ban the distribution of plastic straws that could wind up in Florida...more

Court demand has village in a pickle

August 15, 2018

ISLAMORADA — The village’s one pickleball court may not be enough, a park adviser told Village Council members Aug. 9. “It’s an extremely rising sport for fitness groups of all ages,” said...more

Neighbors irked by canal debris coming to park

August 15, 2018

KEY LARGO — After reopening to the public almost 10 months after Hurricane Irma struck, Rowell’s Waterfront Park is to be used as a temporary staging site for canal debris starting this month....more

New studio offers creativity through motion

August 15, 2018

MARATHON — Keys Dance Academy is now enrolling future ballerinas and tap dancers at its new studio in Marathon. With three full-time instructors, Keys Dance Academy will offer ballet, tap, jazz,...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

August 11, 2018

Cheers: to all of the candidates interviewed this week by members of the Citizen editorial board. We appreciate everyone’s time and willingness to be questioned to ensure that voters are informed...more

Homeless shelter situation continues to bewilder us

August 11, 2018

Monroe County has been faced with many tough decisions in the past year as we all strive to move beyond the impacts of Hurricane Irma. We’ve seen it evident across a variety of subjects, from the...more

Why people eat when they’re not hungry

August 9, 2018

“Eating healthy is easy.” That’s what a client that weighed more than 350 pounds told me. “My problem isn’t what I’m supposed to eat. My problem is the food I eat when I’m NOT hungry.” That...more

Objections to proposed use of power plant facility

August 7, 2018

I am writing on behalf of Key West Art & Historical Society (the “Society”) to inform you [Key West mayor and city commissioners] of concerns expressed, and a recommendation adopted, by vote...more

Sports

Hurricanes get first look at rebuilding challenge ahead

August 17, 2018

Of the 44 players on the Coral Shores High football roster last season, 28 were seniors, leaving a huge void to fill for head coach Alphonso Bryant and the Hurricanes’ coaching staff, who will...more

Coaches to get view of where they are, what needs work

August 16, 2018

The first of the Monroe County prep fall sports begins Thursday afternoon — a day after the kids reported to school — with the annual Preseason Volleyball Tournament at Marathon High School. Key...more

Conchs to get tested by Chiefs in preseason kickoff classic

August 16, 2018

Pop quiz time — just two days into school — for the Key West High football team as, after an offseason of intense camps and workout programs, the Conchs will be put to the test tonight at 7 p.m....more

Baste conquers the world’s longest canoe race on a paddleboard

August 14, 2018

Imagine a 1,000-mile downstream event, in one of the most remote locations on the planet, with an approximate three-to-four day wait to be rescued and no other outside communications permitted...more