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Agencies warn about mini-season violations

With lobster mini-season rapidly approaching, the State Attorney’s Office, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are reminding everyone about the rules — and the penalties for breaking them. The two-day lobster mini-season runs from 12:01 a.m. on July 24 to 11:59 p.m. on[…]

Correction

The Crime Report in Thursday’s edition of The Citizen should stated a vehicle was damaged in the parking lot of the Square Grouper restaurant in Islamorada.

Pier B will be closed from end of July to mid-August

One of Key West’s cruise ship docking locations will be closed for repairs for 20 days, starting at the end of the month and leading into mid-August. Pier B, located behind Margaritaville Resort and between the Outer Mole and Mallory Square, will be closed from July 29 to Aug. 17[…]

New Town hotel wants to add pool, amenities

The owners of a New Town hotel collection, as part of its ongoing redevelopment, want to install new outdoor amenities that include a new pool, six cabanas, restrooms, food truck trailers and a Flowrider Double surfing wave machine that would be open to hotel guests and to the public for[…]

County pot shops progressing

Monroe County commissioners agreed Wednesday to start the process to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated areas of the county, but the process to change the land-use rules before the shops could open could take at least another nine months. The commissioners had two choices Wednesday: They could have[…]

Blackfin tuna laws backed by FWC

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a new draft regulation for blackfin tuna, a popular offshore species for Florida Keys amateur and professional anglers. The FWC board will approve a final rule for the species at its October meeting. For about a year Keys fishermen and anglers across[…]

Pedestrian killed on US 1

A traffic crash on U.S. 1 led to the death of a Marathon man on Tuesday. The identity of the victim was not immediately available as of press time, pending notification of next of kin, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Around 9:06 p.m., a 2014 Jeep Wrangler was traveling southbound[…]

Commission seeks $10M in funding for housing

The Monroe County Commission agreed Wednesday to pursue roughly $10 million in grant funding to build affordable housing projects in the Upper, Lower and Middle Keys, despite a group of Key Largo residents who did not want one of the projects built in their community. The residents opposed five units[…]

City bans mobile billboards

Key West lawmakers on Tuesday evening gave unanimous final approval to a new law that prohibits mobile billboards that have been operating throughout the city in recent months in the form of trucks that feature three sides of animated advertising. But city commissioners did not discuss a possible extension to[…]

Chamber members learn active shooter response

The Key West Chamber of Commerce luncheon — typically strictly timed to end at 1 p.m. — ran 20 minutes long on Wednesday, but no one moved from their seat or glanced impatiently at their phones to check the time. The topic was compelling, and the information potentially life-saving. FBI[…]