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Prosecutor officially suspended

The Florida Supreme Court has approved a one-year suspension for former Monroe County prosecutor Colleen Dunne. Dunne, a top prosecutor with the Monroe County State Attorney’s office for more than a decade, will start serving her suspension 30 days from Thursday, when the State Supreme Court approved a “consent judgment”[…]

Health center moves ahead in Bahama Village

A proposal to put a health center in the old Frederick Douglass High School is moving ahead, despite an emotional plea to construct a museum in one of the last remaining buildings that made up the original, segregated school in Bahama Village. Key West City officials have been talking with[…]

County to vote on 280-unit worker housing project

The Monroe County Commission will soon vote on the largest affordable housing projects in Florida Keys in 50 years. The commission will vote on a series of land-use changes and a development agreement for the 280-unit Wreckers Cay project on Stock Island. The commission will vote on a half dozen[…]

Marathon seeks to address medical marijuana, food trucks

Marathon City Council members discussed medical marijuana at their council meeting this week, as the city does not have a policy for its employees who are prescribed it. Councilman Mark Senmartin argued for such a policy, as the city needs to be in a position of protection, he said. “We[…]

Kohl files to run for Ward seat — again

Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward has drawn a second challenger for his seat, and it’s a familiar opponent. Former State Attorney Mark Kohl, who Ward defeated in 2008, has filed paperwork with the State Division of Elections to run for the top prosecutor seat. Kohl and Ward are both[…]

City gets look at new KOTS plan

The Key West City Commission received its first look Wednesday at plans for a renovated homeless shelter on Stock Island, but still needs to find the money to fund its construction. City Engineering Director Steve McAlearney presented a draft design of a new Keys Overnight Shelter that stays in its[…]

Stranded baby dolphin reunited with pod

A group of local residents helped a disoriented baby dolphin be reunited with its mother and the rest of the pod Tuesday after it stranded on a beach in Marathon. The dolphin calf beached itself Tuesday afternoon on Stirrup Key and was discovered by a group of residents who attempted[…]

Panhandle zone under fire

Abusive panhandling in a legal, designated zone next to Mallory Square has convinced Key West City officials to shut down the area to the homeless. Several area business owners and Mallory Square Sunset Celebration performers lined up to complain to Key West City Commissioners at their first quarterly public workshop[…]

Marathon Council targets mayoral procedure, ‘big homes’

Marathon’s City Council abolished its mayoral succession plan Jan. 14 and will use the legal services of the Vernis and Bowling law firm while it conducts a search for an in-house attorney. Dale Coburn of that firm attended Tuesday’s meeting of the council, which also passed a procedure for approving[…]

Graham KW visit prompts protest

Evangelist Franklin Graham will be in Key West on Thursday night, but his recent anti-gay comments have him getting less than a warm welcome by some Key West residents, who have organized a protest of his event at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. Graham is scheduled to preach at the amphitheater[…]