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U.S. 1 accidents keep authorities busy

Authorities were busy Tuesday investigating two separate vehicle crashes on U.S. 1, one of which ended with a driver of a stolen SUV being killed. Claude Edward Smith, 55 of Pensacola, died in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 1 in Islamorada shortly before 3 p.m. Smith had been driving erratically[…]

Key West deputizes police to help with virus violations

Realizing that six Key West Code Compliance officers cannot regulate the expected Fourth of July weekend crowds, city officials have effectively deputized local police officers, allowing them to issue criminal code citations for violating emergency virus orders. City Manager Greg Veliz said he and police Chief Sean Brandenburg have been[…]

Coe out as director of Grace Jones Community Center

At nearly her 18th-year anniversary with Grace Jones Community Center in Marathon, director Iris Coe was asked to turn in her door keys and company credit card by the Board of Directors in a phone call, with no explanation. This left the long-time, 61-year-old Marathon resident perplexed, but a board[…]

10 hurt as boat explodes in Keys

A rented center console-style boat reportedly exploded less than a mile off Marathon on the gulfside on Tuesday, sending approximately 10 people into the water. There were no reported life-threatening injuries. Sheriff’s Office 911 Communicators were notified of the explosion at 10:24 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt[…]

Mosquito Control targets Key West for spraying on Thursday

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has scheduled an aerial adulticide mission Thursday, July 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., over Key West, west of the Salt Run Channel. The helicopter mission will be completed, weather permitting, using the insecticide Naled. It is a non-persistent insecticide that breaks down rapidly[…]

State budget cuts hit Keys

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ roughly $1 billion in budget vetoes this week has significantly impacted the Florida Keys, with the biggest hit being a $10-million cut to the annual Florida Keys Stewardship Act. However, some Keys governments and research and learning institutions survived the governor’s pen and will walk away with[…]

Sea level rise cost shocks city

There may be a way to protect Key West and Monroe County from sea level rise but the price tag could be too high to bear. That’s what Key West City Commissioners took away from a draft report from the Army Corps of Engineers issued Friday, June 26. The ACE[…]

FWC officer cleared in shooting of liveaboard

The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office has cleared FWC Capt. Dave Dipre of wrongdoing in the shooting last October of Adam Bounds on his boat in Cow Key Channel and ruled the shooting was justified. “After thoroughly reviewing all of the reports and evidence submitted to this office regarding the[…]

Good deeds through the virus crisis: Childcare heroes step up to the plate

In mid-March, activity throughout the Southernmost City came to a screeching halt. The iconic Conch train stopped in its tracks — a glaring, larger-than-life symbol of sudden change. Stay-at-home directives shuttered all non-essential businesses, emptying walkways and sending hoards of tourists packing. This time it wasn’t a hurricane threatening Key[…]

Key Largo pocket park destroying neighborhood

KEY LARGO — Residents near a neighborhood pocket park says it’s once again being overrun and left trashed by weekend crowds. The Sunset Point Park, which has bayfront access, is an abandoned 60-by-100-foot state easement between two subdivisions that was dedicated as public land and maintained by the county. In[…]