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Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

February 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Legislators have just three...more

Plant tour reveals structural concerns

February 19, 2018

As the City of Key West awaits a proclamation on the safety of the former Keys Energy Diesel Plant by Chief Building Official Ron Wampler, city engineers toured the facility to provide a glimpse...more

School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting

February 19, 2018

The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing...more

Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

February 19, 2018

PARKLAND — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly...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 17, 2018

“I’m tired of living in Key West next door to nasty neighbors. I am replacing an ugly, old cement wall that came down in Hurricane Irma with a beautiful, property-enhancing, code-approved shadow-box fence using a six-generation Conch family licensed contractor. My boyfriend and I refuse to be mean to our nasty neighbor when she swears...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

House, Senate disagree on housing funding

February 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House of Representatives and Senate have taken very different approaches to Gov. Rick Scott’s 2018-19 budget proposal, specifically the sweeping of $92...more

Hurricane books author to offer historical perspective

February 14, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Hurricane Irma will almost certainly go down as one of the most impactful events in Florida Keys history. Hurricane historian Jay Barnes, who has written several books on the...more

Irma relief food, clothes, mattresses offered to Upper Keys

February 14, 2018

UPPER KEYS — The Star of the Sea Mission will be distributing fresh produce, twin- and full-sized mattresses and new clothing at its St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church distribution...more

Miss Costa: Don’t fear the fin in Big Pine

February 14, 2018

BIG PINE KEY — She’s been spending the winter mostly in the Lower Keys, but by summer, she’ll most likely be back in Cape Cod like any snowbird, except she’s a 12-foot,...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

Opposes changes to land regulations

February 3, 2018

Monroe County Commissioners, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and Planning Director Mayte Santamaria are on the verge of executing a plan that will end life as we know it in our beloved island...more


Conchs lose in title tilt ; still moving on

February 19, 2018

A 13-point deficit at the end of the first quarter and 19-point differential at halftime was too much for the Key West High boys basketball team to overcome in the District 16-5A finals as...more

Conchs open season with sweep, 11-5, 11-0

February 19, 2018

Taking advantage of a lack of pitching in the season-opening series, the Key West High baseball team nearly started the year with a pair of mercy-rule victories, 11-5 and 11-0, as the Countryside...more

Dolphins make good on third try

February 19, 2018

The third time was the charm for the Marathon High boys basketball team as, after being bounced from the postseason earlier than expected the last two seasons, the Dolphins claimed the District...more

Lady Conchs take pair on the road

February 19, 2018

What was originally scheduled as preseason games for the Key West High softball team, ended up counting as regular season matches on Saturday at the campus of Chaminade-Madonna College...more