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School board talks lawsuits behind closed doors

The two hottest topics on the School Board’s Tuesday agenda — the school district’s disputes with former finance director Kathy Reitzel and with Florida Keys Community College — won’t be discussed publicly, but rather behind closed doors in a private session, where board members, their attorney and the superintendent discuss ongoing and potential litigation. Members[…]

Planning denies developer request

The Key West Planning Board brushed off a developer’s pleas for transient Building Permit Allocation System units to be included in this year’s allocation, opting instead to issue 46 market rate and five affordable units in the year five cycle. The board awarded 36 market rate units to a planned 46-unit housing development at Stadium[…]

Key West OKs $2M from FEMA, more on way

The Key West City Commission held a brief meeting Wednesday in order to streamline the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement process from Hurricane Irma. The board unanimously approved a resolution accepting approximately $2 million in reimbursement funds from the first round of submissions and allowing for future reimbursements to be accepted by City Manager Jim[…]

Irma-related burglar gets 31/2-year sentence

A man convicted of burglarizing a home while Key West was under a state of emergency for Hurricane Irma will spend three and a half years in state prison, according to the State Attorney’s office. Maurice Matticx, 41, admitted to felony charges of burglary and grand theft stemming from a Sept. 14 incident when a[…]

County, trust unite for housing

The Monroe County Commission agreed Thursday to partner with the Florida Keys Community Trust to build four new rental homes for workers on Big Pine Key and discussed converting some of its state-issued building allocations from market rate to affordable. The commission gave conditional approval to buy the four lots currently owned by the land[…]

Clarification

According to Key West City spokesperson Alyson Crean, the Key West Police Department did meet with and had continuing discussions with the U.S. Secret Service in preparation for President Donald Trump’s visit. 

Boat strike causes Comcast outage

Comcast Internet and cable service was down for hours Thursday night after a boat struck a fiber optic cable in the Lower Keys.  A boat in the channel between Missouri and Ohio keys at Mile Marker 39 struck the cable shortly after 5 p.m., according to Comcast spokeswoman Mindy Kramer. The line was repaired and[…]

President attends briefing at JIATF

President Donald J. Trump paused briefly in the doorway of Air Force One and waved before descending the stairs just before noon on Thursday, when he arrived at Naval Air Station Key West and became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the island city in 56 years. The behemoth plane, emblazoned with “United States[…]

Despite numerous protests, president awed by crowd

Despite a large number of protesters among the onlookers that lined the presidential motorcade, President Donald Trump stated “he’d never seen anything like that,” regarding the crowd size. “It really was inspirational,” he said, adding that “even the media” would have to admit that it was, according to a White House press corps report.  Even[…]

County Commission reviews hurricane policies

The Monroe County Commission agreed Thursday to move forward with plans to augment its hurricane re-entry policies, after county staff cited numerous problems with people returning and communication issues following Hurricane Irma. The commission discussed numerous issues related to safety and re-entry policies in the wake of one of the worst hurricanes to strike the[…]