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Key West City Commission tackles parking prices, problems at meeting

Parking in Key West is getting more expensive for the metered parking spaces in city lots and on city streets with pay stations in each block. Hourly rates will be increased to $4 an hour across the board at city lots and street spaces. But city officials on Thursday minimized the increase for downtown workers[…]

FDOT unveils preliminary plans for Cow Key bridge work

Florida Department of Transportation officials gave an informal presentation Thursday evening concerning the upcoming work on the U.S. 1 Cow Key Channel bridges, affecting all inbound and outbound Key West traffic. Held at the Marriott Beachside, the poorly attended presentation consisted of boards set up around the room with renderings of the planned project and[…]

Manslaughter trial enters Day 2

The trial of the Key West woman who drove onto South Roosevelt Boulevard’s sidewalk and killed a pedestrian entered its second day, with the state calling law enforcement officers who responded to the scene for testimony. The first day of April Dawn Thomason’s trial ended with testimony from witnesses such as Ian McNab, who was[…]

Court rules disabled couple will have to sell their home

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Stock Island disabled couple to move and sell their home. In 2017, federal Judge Jose Martinez ruled that Keith and Cheri Cohen, who have been ruled disabled by the federal government, have to sell their home because they do not earn 70 percent of their[…]

County buys building, hires airport director

The Monroe County Commission voted Wednesday to buy a new building in Marathon for $750,000 to replace the hurricane-damaged state tax collector’s office. The tax collector’s office “suffered significant structural” damage and the tax collector had to move out, Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson said. There was also adjoining damage to the neighboring sheriff’s office[…]

Tropic Cinema to close for renovations

Key West’s only movie theater will close for renovations on Oct. 1. The Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St., announced on its website that it will close for “long overdue upgrades,” from Oct. 1 until around the end of the month. “We’re hoping to be able to reopen before Oct. 20,” Development Director Carla Turner told[…]

Popeye’s to replace Burger King on boulevard

It’s official — and it’s “Louisiana fast….” Key West’s former Burger King location will become a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen fast food restaurant. A company called Sun Holdings, Inc. signed a lease last week for the former Burger King on North Roosevelt Boulevard. Burger King has been closed since Hurricane Irma, but real estate broker Will[…]

Planning Board OKs new apartments

The Key West Planning Board on Tuesday gave its unanimous stamp of approval to a plan to build 47 new apartments at the corner of Bertha and Dennis streets, where A.H. of Monroe County, formerly AIDS Help, currently operates the 16-unit Marty’s Place housing complex. The plan still requires City Commission approval, but Planning Board[…]

Mosquito Control raises taxes to pay for helicopters

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board agreed Tuesday night to raise property taxes in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 to pay for two new helicopters. The board agreed to raise property taxes by about 3.4 percent above rollback, the tax rate that raises the same amount of money as the current fiscal[…]

County delays new housing units

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday held off on accepting 300 more building allocations from the state but have not abandoned the proposal. The commissioners directed staff to continue working and researching the proposal, and to meet with the state Department of Economic Opportunity, which oversees development in the Florida Keys, to further discuss problems[…]