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Navy Marine Mammal Program trains in Key West

The whistles and chatter-like calls of bottlenose dolphins filled Naval Air Station Key West’s Truman Harbor on Friday, as the U.S. Navy conducted training with some of most unique military operatives in the world. The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program, a component of the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, is a San Diego-based operation that[…]

Florida Keys prepare for new federal flood insurance maps

Local government agencies and one grassroots property insurance watchdog group has begun to brace and prepare for new federal flood insurance maps that could make property insurance even more expensive in the Florida Keys. Property insurance rates, both flood and windstorm, are one of the biggest issues facing the Florida Keys, as both wind and[…]

Cow Key Bridge project meeting to be held Tuesday

State transportation representatives will hold a public meeting Tuesday night in Key West to discuss what their agency is doing to mitigate traffic impacts and shorten the time frame of the Cow Key Channel Bridge renovation project. The $4.7 million rehabilitation project, scheduled to begin in April 2020, will cause traffic issues because the number[…]

Citizen announces management change

The Key West Citizen Publisher Richard Tamborrino has announced that Editor Kay Harris has resigned her position at the newspaper. Tamborrino said he is conducting a nationwide search for a new editor. “We hope to be making an announcement within the next couple of weeks.” Harris has been at the helm of the Citizen newsroom[…]

ANIMATED LIVES

Mike Peters has the world’s oldest dog. The Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist and comic strip creator has shared his life with the same sarcastic pooch and bespectacled goose for 35 years. That’s 245 dog years, and Grimmy (rhymes with Jimmy) is still as smart-mouthed and politically insightful as ever, appearing daily in about 500 newspapers[…]

Miami man arrested for posing as contractor in Keys

Yet another person posing as a licensed contractor in the Florida Keys has been arrested, this time after allegedly scamming a victim out of $2,000 by accepting payment for a job that was never completed. Yosvani Valdes, 36, of Miami, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of engaging in unlicensed contracting and grand theft. According[…]

HAWK construction begins on boulevard

The Florida Department of Transportation has begun construction of five pedestrian-friendly “High-intensity Activated Crosswalks” (HAWKs) at various locations on North Roosevelt Boulevard, and the project is expected to be completed in approximately six months. The $1.6 million project is building crosswalks near the 24 North Hotel, the Capital Bank, the Key Plaza Shopping Center, an[…]

Gift card texting scam is reported

A new, but familiar, phone scam — this time coming in the form of a text — was recently reported by a Cudjoe Key resident, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. A woman on Cudjoe Key said she received a text message from someone falsely claiming to be Father Jets Medina of St. Peter[…]

County OKs $7M library contract

The Monroe County Commission approved a $7 million contract to finally replace the aging Marathon library, despite one construction company filing a lawsuit challenging the ranking process and requesting the commission postpone approval. The commission voted unanimously Thursday to award a lucrative contract to Pedro Falcon Construction to build a new library to replace the[…]

City delays amphitheater pick

Key West’s elected officials weren’t willing to select a management company for the city’s amphitheater until they could question the city employees who evaluated the two proposals and recommended that the city pursue negotiations with Rams Head Promotions over We’ve Got the Keys/AAG Live. City commissioners voted unanimously at Wednesday evening’s meeting to postpone the[…]