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Vandenberg again becomes art gallery

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the sinking of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke will premier the third series of his famed “The Sinking World” collection on the ship on Friday, May 24. The exhibit is titled “Plastic Ocean” and features 24 pieces of art urging the world to remove[…]

Traffic delays this weekend

The annual KEYS100 Ultramarathon from Key Largo to Key West will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, and motorists should expect some delays in traffic. For both days, the start time is approximately 5:45 a.m. and the end time approximately 3:30 p.m. The race historically has not heavily impacted traffic on U.S. 1, as[…]

Sheriff, schools address safety issues

Monroe County students, teachers, parents and principals are calculating grades and counting down the last 10 school days of the year. But a frustrated Sheriff Rick Ramsay is still waiting for school district administrators to act on multiple school safety measures the sheriff’s office recommended during their required threat assessments at each school campus. “I[…]

Prominent business owner faces harassment lawsuit

Islamorada businessman Mike Forster is being sued for sexual harassment by a former employee of his restaurant, alleging Forster made unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate comments to her while at work. Former Mangrove Mike’s Cafe server Melissa Kozak filed a lawsuit in federal court against Forster , who is also an Islamorada councilman, the restaurant[…]

Artificial reef created by Vandenberg sinking thrives after 10 years

The USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg has served as a dive spot, art exhibit, underwater laboratory, military training facility and economic engine since it was scuttled roughly six miles off Key West 10 years ago this month. “I see all the good that it has done and I think the community has seen it, too,”[…]

Tortugas seaplane wreckage recovery delayed

While efforts to recover the wreckage of the seaplane that sank near Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas are still underway, staff at the Dry Tortugas National Park are having to wait patiently for an appropriate window of weather before the plane can be lifted off the sea floor. The seaplane has been sitting on[…]

May honors foster parents, who step up to protect

Child abuse and neglect exist behind closed doors, under long sleeves, inside a syringe and at the bottom of a vodka or pill bottle. But a team of trained professionals and compassionate community members work feverishly, and at all hours of the day and night, to protect the kids of the Florida Keys and place[…]

County tackles illegal dumping

People illegally dumping garbage and household appliances, construction materials, boats, trailers, RVs and vegetative debris on Monroe County-owned vacant land and rights-of-way and streets has become a growing problem in the Florida Keys. The county is reminding residents and others people that illegal dumping can be a felony. This fiscal year, there has been an[…]

Former student’s pretrial release revoked, ‘Stand Your Ground’ into play

The former Key West High School student who allegedly wielded a knife against another student on the campus in March was taken from the courthouse to jail again on Wednesday after a Monroe County judge revoked the pre-trial release he’d been granted because of a new charge in an unrelated case. Meanwhile, the former student’s[…]

Schools OK camera access

It took months longer than local law enforcement officials would have liked, but the Monroe County School District on Tuesday finally agreed to give the Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police access to security camera footage at all county schools. The agreement came just days after The Citizen submitted public record requests to the school[…]