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Inmate arrested on check fraud

A 25-year-old Rockland Key man currently in jail on felony assault charges stemming from a stabbing last November has been rearrested on fraud and grand theft charges stemming from a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigation into checks stolen from Lower Keys mailboxes and later forged. Keenan Michael James was already[…]


• A story that ran in the Tuesday, April 7, edition of The Citizen, regarding new Key West restrictions on essential store employees and customers should have stated customers are required to wear face coverings such as masks in stores where 10 or more people congregate but not gloves. •[…]

City imposes new restrictions

New protective orders have been issued by Key West City officials for local companies still open for business, including requiring masks and gloves to be worn by both employees and customers at places where 10 or more people congregate. In addition, beginning at midnight April 7, all open essential businesses[…]

Bogus re-entry stickers halted

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is beginning to report fake hurricane resident re-entry stickers on cars trying to sneak through the two checkpoints coming into the Florida Keys. Local government leaders set up checkpoints on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 more than two weeks to slow the spread of[…]

Familiar Face: Dr. Sawyer deeply rooted in Key West

Born and raised in Key West, Dr. Christina Sawyer has returned to live out her goal of “being a doctor for the community.” “I loved growing up here, loved the small community, knowing everybody, growing up on the water,” she said, reminiscing about her upbringing. She recalled being out on[…]

ICE ends Sheriff’s Office detainee contract

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has ended a 23-year contract with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that generated more than $2 million a year for Monroe County. The sides could not agree on transportation issues that have been under discussion for the past several months, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.[…]

Following virus delays, city to hold virtual meeting

After a five-week delay caused by the coronavirus, the Key West City Commission will hold a virtual public meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 7, starting at 5 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 77 and AT&T Channel 99. It can also be streamed on the city’s website, https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov,[…]

Struggles are real, great, but solutions, help abound

Part 2 of a two-part series. As the Keys community, the nation and the world struggles through the continuing threat of the coronavirus, The Citizen spoke with several of the community’s leaders in the spiritual and mental health fields. We sought their opinions on practical and positive ways to frame[…]

KW cracks down on illegal rental operator

A task force comprised of Key West Code Compliance and the Key West Police Department made the first arrest in what is an increasing effort to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. Michael McMahon, who owns three properties in Key West, was arrested and presented a notice to appear for[…]

2nd Keys coronavirus death; state totals climb

Monroe County has had its second death due to the coronavirus, as county and statewide totals continue to climb. Statewide, there have been 12,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 218 deaths, the Florida Department of Health reported Sunday. The total number of confirmed cases in the state fell for the[…]