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Correction

February 24, 2020

Due to a production error, the Florida Keys Bridal special section did not appear in the weekend edition of The Citizen, It will appear in the Feb. 29-March 1 edition.

Florida lawmakers still have much to do in final three weeks

February 24, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature has three weeks left to finish its business after dragging its feet for the first six weeks of the annual 60-day session. So far only one major issue that...more

Florida man accused of raping woman lured with job prospect

February 24, 2020

ORMOND BEACH — A Florida man is accused of dragging a woman unconscious to his car and raping her after luring her to a restaurant with a higher-paying job opportunity. Jason Minton, 43,...more

Officials: Florida man negligently fires gun, kills roommate

February 24, 2020

KISSIMMEE — A Florida man shot and killed his roommate while improperly handling a gun in their apartment, officials said. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Anthonny Mendez, 23, shot...more

Citizen's Voice

Citizens’ Voice: Feb. 22

February 22, 2020

“Mall on Duval flop; Duval Loop success!”“I often shake my head in disgust when the city, county, state has problems with ‘in-house’ services either not making a profit or not at least breaking...more

Citizens’ Voice: Feb. 21

February 21, 2020

“I live in Key Haven and yes, the Navy jet noise is irritating at times. But, Boca Chica NAS has been here since the ‘40s. Military bases are built in the middle of nowhere for a reason. Are they...more

Citizens’ Voice: Feb. 20

February 20, 2020

“It is encouraging to see so many comments and the Citizen editorial about banning Carnival Cruise Lines from our port. In fact, given the coronavirus, which is breeding on these leviathans, they...more

Citizens’ Voice: Feb. 19

February 19, 2020

“The headline ‘Artists Sought for Dumpster program’ caught my eye. Sentence the ‘Graffiti Artist’ to paint them as the city prescribes.”“The programming of the new parking machines won’t let you...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Beachfront home has become ‘hell’

February 19, 2020

ISLAMORADA — A recurring party problem on and along the shoreline of Lower Matecumbe Key’s White Marlin Beach “has metastasized and just gotten worse,” a resident told Islamorada Village Council...more

Contract extensions drag on as direct hire talks lag

February 19, 2020

KEY LARGO — The local fire and EMS district’s new contract with its service providers continues to inch along with month-to-month extensions of the old agreement, while discussions about hiring...more

Corps hashing out freshwater delivery plan

February 19, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — An elaborate infrastructure system intended to put more fresh water into the southern Everglades and Florida Bay needs an operating plan. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in...more

Law enforcement on fishery managers’ radar

February 19, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — Florida fishery managers plan to “address the need for additional law enforcement” in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary during a Feb. 19 meeting in Tallahassee.The Florida...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

February 15, 2020

Jeers: To Brandon Joseph Mims, the accused Key West graffiti vandal who was long sought after by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Mims is known for spray-painting the name “Cyne” all over the...more

Cruise ship dumping big contributor to the Florida Keys’ water woes

February 15, 2020

It’s happened once again. Carnival Cruise line, who frequents our port in Key West with regularity, has been fined $20 million, plus probation, for illegally dumping environmentally damaging oil...more

Concerns over HB 587

February 8, 2020

Referencing Florida House Bill 587, Extending Required Hurricane Evacuation Time From 24 hours to 30 hours; I’m troubled by an article in The Key West Citizen entitled: “Bill could lead to Keys...more

Traffic study update needed

February 8, 2020

I hear good things about the new Intergovernmental Transportation Committee led by County Commissioner David Rice. I hope the committee’s review of the U.S. 1 Arterial Traffic Time and Delay...more

Sports

Conchs open season with sweep of Cougars

February 24, 2020

Ask senior Dane Black and he’ll tell you this year is the year the Key West High baseball team ends its 14-year state title drought. “I feel overall we have a very well-rounded team,” said...more

Dolphins off to strong start

February 24, 2020

After a year of rebuilding, the Marathon High baseball team announced to the rest of the state it was back to a high level of competition as the Dolphins opened the 2020 campaign with a pair of...more

Lady Conchs run away with opening weekend wins

February 24, 2020

A total of 12 innings were played by the Key West High softball team during the opening weekend of action to the 2020 campaign.The Lady Conchs would score in 10 of those at-bats to being the year...more

Dominant performances highlight second week at Sterling Complex

February 22, 2020

In just two weeks of Key West Little Conchs Baseball League action at the Clayton Sterling Baseball Complex, there have been some overwhelming pitching performances and plenty of long balls to...more