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New gym takes shape at Basilica School

May 24, 2018

The new gym and cafeteria at The Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea will have been worth the two-year wait when it opens next month — in time for summer day camps at the historic...more

Pedestrian in Conch Train crash identified

May 24, 2018

The 60-year-old man that was hit by a Conch Train has been identified, following the release Wednesday of the traffic crash report.  Kurt A. McCord, of Key West, suffered serious injuries on...more

Schools to launch Text Tips program

May 24, 2018

The school district on Wednesday announced a countywide launch of a school safety program designed to identify troubling student behaviors before a concern becomes a crisis, a crime, or...more

Weather station radar out

May 24, 2018

With just a week before the official start of Hurricane season and a tropical system developing in the Gulf of Mexico, the radar remains down at the Key West Weather Station as of Wednesday. The...more

Teens get stoned for ‘dirty fishing’

May 25, 2018

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Islamorada man after a video surfaced showing him throwing rocks at three teenagers.  On Tuesday, MCSO deputies responded to a reported battery at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, where he met the complainants, who were 18, 17 and 15. According to the report, the three were fishing on...more

May 25, 2018

“The seemingly endless news reports of cosmetics shop rip-offs on Duval Street can not be good for Key West’s reputation. It seems to be getting worse and worse, and the victims’ stories are always so very sad. How do these con people sleep at night? Can’t we do better at stopping this? I’m already scared...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Hardwood hammock home to nature preserve

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Sunlight filters through the leaves of a towering gumbo limbo tree on a walk down the path through Green Turtle Hammock Nature Preserve, a route that winds past a classic...more

Megaplex is linchpin of South Dade revitalization

May 23, 2018

HOMESTEAD — Construction began last week on a new 70,000-square-foot Homestead Station, a complex that will feature movie theaters and a bowling alley, shopping and dining, and a transit...more

Memorial service an Islamorada tradition

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — The Florida Keys on Memorial Day do not forget those who died while defending the nation, nor those veterans who perished while working to link the islands. At 9 a.m. Monday,...more

Publix likely to be discussion topic at Thursday meeting

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — By the time Village Council members meet Thursday, they may have an idea how the newly opened Publix market will affect U.S. 1 traffic. That also could be a source of...more

Editorials

Please accept ROGOs

May 24, 2018

Dear Governor Scott and fellow elected FL Keys officials, Representing more than 570 businesses in the Middle and FL Keys, the Marathon Chamber Board of Directors understands the economic...more

The death of the reef

May 24, 2018

Imagine being able to transport yourself back in time to the year 1851 and diving the reefs of the Florida Keys — giant stands of elkhorn and staghorn corals, crystal clear water and...more

Cheers and jeers

May 19, 2018

Jeers: to the Public Service Commission for their outrageous and possibly illegal denial of two Monroe County Commissioners right to speak during the public comment portion of a rate hike hearing...more

Key West’s tree issue continues to grow

May 17, 2018

An epiphany? Conversion? Divine guidance? Whatever it is, Mayor Cates, we will take it with gratitude on behalf of the tree canopy of Key West.  The Citizen has chronicled with dismay the...more

Sports

Welzien completes 100th 12.5-mile circumference of the island

May 25, 2018

More than 100 times Bill Welzien has stepped into the waters off Smathers Beach, looking to complete the rigorous 12.5-mile swim around Key West. There have been times he finished the swim in a...more

SOUTHERNMOST HOCKEY CLUB Season comes to close with championships, superlatives

May 24, 2018

It was championship weekend for the Southernmost Hockey Club with playoffs deciding league winners in three age divisions. Individual players were also recognized in the closing ceremony...more

Love, unity highlight Games for Keys Special Olympians

May 23, 2018

It was an exciting weekend for Monroe County Special Olympic athletes. More than 50 athletes, partners, coaches and chaperones made the trip to the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando to compete...more

Rainy days, rainy nights result in postponements

May 23, 2018

Once again, inclement weather forced the postponement of games last week in the Key West Men’s Softball League. Just two of the six scheduled games were played. Charlie Mac’s...more