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Recount shows little change in Florida Keys

Monroe County’s one uncounted ballot will not be even close enough to change last week’s general election results in three statewide races. A Monroe County canvassing board oversaw a recount of the Florida Keys roughly 36,000 cast ballots. The recount was called for in Florida’s federal Senate race between incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and[…]

Marathon seal debate heated

Outgoing Mayor Michelle Coldiron’s last and incoming Councilman Luis Gonzalez’s first Marathon City Council meeting began awkwardly, at best. Coldiron wasted no time in voicing her displeasure for Councilman Mark Senmartin’s resolution requesting that city staff draft an ordinance adopting the city logo as the city’s official seal. This would make it difficult, if not[…]


A photo caption for the Today in Keys History column in Wednesday’s edition of The Citizen should have stated the individuals in the photo were, from right, Karl Thompson, shown cutting the ribbon to open the Monroe County Library, Mary Hill Russell and Monroe County Mayor Gerald Saunders.

Commission OKs Heritage Tree plan

The protectors of Key West trees on Tuesday evening gave quick and unanimous approval to the establishment of a new Heritage Tree program to recognize locally significant trees in the city. The new program now needs approval from the city’s Planning Board, City Commission and finally, the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Karen DeMaria, the[…]

Bahia Honda friends to hold fundraisers

In an effort to continue its recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Bahia Honda State Park is hosting several fundraisers in the near future. The nonprofit corporation, Friends of Bahia Honda State Park, is organizing a “Paint Night” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 10, both starting at 5:30 p.m. The November event will have[…]

Two fatalities on U.S. 1 over the weekend

This weekend saw two fatal traffic incidents on U.S. 1, with one man struck and killed after exiting his vehicle and a woman being killed after suffering a medical episode while driving. Cudjoe Key resident Quintin Clyde Weeks, 58, died on Friday and 59-year-old Karen McKenna of Sebring, Florida died on Sunday. On Friday, Weeks[…]

Students create ‘port pillows’ for cancer patients

Dozens of local cancer patients will get some degree of comfort during their months of chemo infusion treatments thanks to the busy fingers of 15 second- and third-grade girls in Horace O’Bryant School’s Sewing Club. The club members meet in the school’s Media Center before class starts in the morning, and with instruction and encouragement[…]

Some bay guides mull boycott over fees

UPPER KEYS — Florida Bay may no longer be a fisherman’s paradise for several Florida Keys backcountry guides who object to pending commercial rules imposed in Everglades National Park. Many guides are unhappy with higher costs for a Commercial Use Authorization, or CUA, permit required of anyone who profits from work in the national park,[…]

Program teaches kids to identify, resolve conflict

FLORIDA KEYS — Being in middle school can be tough, but help for both kids during this tender age, and their parents, is now available through the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter’s Stop Now and Plan program. The new SNAP program helps children ages 6 to 11 to manage their emotions by reducing stress and anxiety[…]

Lease of reservoir land called ‘shameful’

SOUTH FLORIDA — Everglades advocates and Florida’s potential next governor this week objected to an unexpected lease extension granted to a sugar company farming the site of a future reservoir — a project intended to help Florida Bay. The South Florida Water Management District’s board of directors on Nov. 8 approved an extension of up[…]