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Source of computer virus still a mystery

As information technology staffers work overtime to rebuild the computer system inside Key West City Hall, the investigation into the source of a virus that crashed the entire system is still ongoing. City officials are being tight-lipped about the virus. Manager Greg Veliz said Thursday that forensics investigators and “law[…]

Extremely active storm season keeps concerns high

It has been a busy week at the National Hurricane Center with at one point as many as seven raging storms on the radar. As of Friday afternoon, that number is down to six. “This is an extreme number [of storms] to have out there at one time,” said Andy[…]

Commission candidate comes under fire

Monroe County Commission candidate Eddie Martinez wants voters to trust him to oversee millions of dollars a year in taxpayer money, but two lawsuits recently filed against him raise questions about his ability to manage his own money. Martinez, a Republican, faces Democrat incumbent Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers in[…]

Important message to our readers

Starting next week, The Key West Citizen is proud to announce a significant upgrade to our keysnews.com website. Keeping our readers aware and informed of all local news remains our highest priority. To that end, we will be unveiling a cleaner, fresher, more user-friendly keysnews.com. As a digital subscriber, once[…]

Stock Island an arrested after standoff with police

Authorities arrested a 34-year-old Stock Island man on Wednesday after a two-hour standoff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police Department. “I want to thank the fine men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and the Key West Police Department for their hard work and dedication in[…]

Key West offers new mask rules, renames pavilion rename

Key West City Commissioners have revised a new mask ordinance, loosening current requirements and granting an exception to the local wedding industry. But they stayed firm on penalties for businesses that repeatedly violate the order. Commissioners, at their Wednesday meeting, walked back one current mask requirement that had drawn protests[…]

County approves budget and discusses sea level rise projects

The Monroe County Commission on set its property tax rate and adopted its budgets for fiscal year starting Oct. 1, but the budgets won’t include one sea level rise one project that some Key Largo residents requested. But the commission on Wednesday discussed forming special taxing districts within neighborhoods to[…]

Python found in Key West yard

Monroe County Animal Control and Key West Police officers removed a python from a home on Thomas Street on Wednesday. The roughly 3-foot ball python was discovered by residents as it was hiding underneath some decking and a pool pump equipment. The snake was not the larger Burmese python, which[…]

Islamorada to approve canal improvement, lobbyist contracts

A couple of village improvement plans, budget and finance-related reports and annual contracts are up for discussion Thursday by the village council, which is down one member following the sudden death of Vice Mayor Ken Davis last week. Among the reports to be heard on Sept. 17, the day the[…]

Florida Keys DAR chapters promote Constitution Week

The Florida Keys Daughters of the American Revolution will participate in the nationwide Bells Across America celebration on Thursday, Sept. 17, to recognize the significance of the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of America. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Key West, at 4 p.m. bells will ring 13 times[…]