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Key West man connects with long-lost family in Hawaii

At 74 years old, Jimmy Garcia was never overly familiar with the love of family until last month, when he met three half-siblings he hadn’t known existed — in Hawaii. “I couldn’t believe it when my daughter-in-law was doing that genealogy stuff and those at-home DNA tests came back as a match,” said Garcia, who[…]

Groups push Neugent for board

Florida Keys elected officials have started lobbying to have former Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent placed on the South Florida Water Management District board, as the governor has called for those board members’ resignations. The Islamorada Village Council recommended Neugent to fill an opening on the nine-member board that oversees the 16-county water management district.[…]

County to hold Stock Island roads project meeting

The Monroe County government will hold a public meeting Thursday night to provide construction information about a roadway improvement project covering some of Stock Island’s most traveled streets. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bernstein Park community center, 6751 Fifth St. The Monroe County Engineering Department has completed the design[…]

Business district draws mixed response

ISLAMORADA — Like creative art itself, the concept for a proposed “Morada Arts Business District” in Islamorada seems to foster a wide range of interpretations. A lengthy and occasionally heated discussion at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Islamorada Village Council ended with no apparent agreement on the possible district, except to study alternatives. Residents[…]

Board to decide if FPL must factor in canals

HOMESTEAD — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point should consider alternatives to its cooling canal system as a condition of renewing its operating license, which FPL wholly dismisses. The NRC staff submitted a supplemental briefing to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board acknowledging the admissibility of[…]

Former city manager Julio Avael dies

Former Key West City Manager Julio Avael, 75, died Saturday at his home in Winter Haven, Florida, said Harry Bethel, who served as a Key West City Commissioner during Avael’s tenure as city manager from 1996 to 2007. Following his career with the city, Avael launched Avael and Associates consulting firm. Under his management, the[…]

Power outage affects 1,300 KEYS customers

A distribution line power outage, which affected 1,300 Keys Energy Services customers in the neighborhoods surrounding Spanish Main Drive on Cudjoe Key, was triggered at 9:14 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. Downed power lines resulting from equipment failure triggered the outage, according to KEYS spokesman Julio Torrado. Power was restored to the majority of affected[…]

Picketing shuts cosmetics shop

The consumer watchdog group that’s been picketing the aggressive behavior and unscrupulous business practices of six cosmetic shops on Duval Street and Front Street scored a victory this weekend, when the ERA Ageless shop at 617 Duval St. emptied its inventory and closed. “One down, five to go,” was the sentiment among members of the[…]

FAMILIAR FACES: Gary Nichols, the family that fishes together ….

Gary Nichols’s life comes down to two things — family and fishing. The two are inextricably linked in the Nichols family. Gary and his wife, Beth, started what is now Nichols Seafood together practically in their teens and their two daughters Kelly and Katie, who grew up on the commercial boats, now do everything from[…]


A photo caption accompanying the Mile Marker feature in Friday’s edition of The Citizen listed an incorrect date for the Crooks Annual Second Line. The correct date is Sunday, Jan. 27.