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Undercover operation leads to crack cocaine bust

A three-month investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of a Florida City man on Thursday for selling crack cocaine in Marathon. Kevens Baret, 31, was charged with four counts of selling cocaine, four counts of using a two-way communication device to commit a felony, one count possession of cocaine and[…]

Key West’s Duval Loop bus service adds stops, increases access

The Parker family — Jen and Trent and their sons, Wade, 4, and Owen, 2, waited patiently Thursday morning at the corner of Simonton and Catherine streets for the brightly painted bus bearing the now-familiar “Duval Loop” logo that would take them to the “splash park” at Truman Waterfront. “We’ve been here since Sunday, renting a house[…]

Florida Keys get $1.5M from NOAA for coral reef restoration projects

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded more than $1.5 million toward Florida Keys coral reef restoration projects, at a time when a disease is decimating the coral reef tract in the Keys. The Florida Keys reef is a major tourist attraction and key engine for the economy, as the reef hosts millions of visitors a year[…]

Two Miami men arrested minutes after burglary in Islamorada

Despite successfully robbing two vehicles, two Miami men didn’t get far afterwards and were ultimately arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office just six minutes after the first call from the victims. Alfredo Lopez Somarriba, 28, and Yoandy Mora Perez, 34, were both charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of cocaine, two counts of[…]

Recount shows little change in Florida Keys

Monroe County’s one uncounted ballot will not be even close enough to change last week’s general election results in three statewide races. A Monroe County canvassing board oversaw a recount of the Florida Keys roughly 36,000 cast ballots. The recount was called for in Florida’s federal Senate race between incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and[…]

Marathon seal debate heated

Outgoing Mayor Michelle Coldiron’s last and incoming Councilman Luis Gonzalez’s first Marathon City Council meeting began awkwardly, at best. Coldiron wasted no time in voicing her displeasure for Councilman Mark Senmartin’s resolution requesting that city staff draft an ordinance adopting the city logo as the city’s official seal. This would make it difficult, if not[…]

Correction

A photo caption for the Today in Keys History column in Wednesday’s edition of The Citizen should have stated the individuals in the photo were, from right, Karl Thompson, shown cutting the ribbon to open the Monroe County Library, Mary Hill Russell and Monroe County Mayor Gerald Saunders.

Commission OKs Heritage Tree plan

The protectors of Key West trees on Tuesday evening gave quick and unanimous approval to the establishment of a new Heritage Tree program to recognize locally significant trees in the city. The new program now needs approval from the city’s Planning Board, City Commission and finally, the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Karen DeMaria, the[…]

Bahia Honda friends to hold fundraisers

In an effort to continue its recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Bahia Honda State Park is hosting several fundraisers in the near future. The nonprofit corporation, Friends of Bahia Honda State Park, is organizing a “Paint Night” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 10, both starting at 5:30 p.m. The November event will have[…]

Two fatalities on U.S. 1 over the weekend

This weekend saw two fatal traffic incidents on U.S. 1, with one man struck and killed after exiting his vehicle and a woman being killed after suffering a medical episode while driving. Cudjoe Key resident Quintin Clyde Weeks, 58, died on Friday and 59-year-old Karen McKenna of Sebring, Florida died on Sunday. On Friday, Weeks[…]