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Reward offered in speared sea turtle case

Marathon Turtle Hospital founder Richie Moretti is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who speared a green sea turtle that was rescued off Key Largo on Saturday. The 150-pound green sea turtle, a federally designated protected species, was discovered[…]

KW store manager charged in $32K theft

A Key West woman faces grand theft charges after an investigation revealed more than $32,000 in deposits went missing from a Key West retail store. Vivian Tapia-Smith, 37, was charged last month with grand theft, more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, after detectives determined that the former Key West[…]

Familiar Faces: Kätchen Duncan is a lifelong ‘ ‘Loafer’

When it comes to being a local on Sugarloaf Key, Kätchen Duncan is as local as it gets. She grew up roaming the meadows and back roads behind the Sugarloaf Lodge and has not strayed too far from there as an adult. When she is not tending to her and[…]

Work on No Name Key stirs up neighbors

A development battle that’s brewing on No Name Key has brought together two unusual allies. More than five years ago, No Name Key residents Bob Reynolds and Anne Press were on two very different sides of the effort to connect the small barrier island to Keys Energy Services’ electric grid.[…]

School Board faces hefty agenda

Adopting a final millage rate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, discussing state and federal legislative priorities, and approval of the superintendent succession plan are among the items up for discussion at the Tuesday, Sept. 10, school board meeting at Key West City Hall. Legislative priorities will be presented by Superintendent[…]

Marathon to consider money matters, contracts at meeting

It’s mostly about money matters for the Marathon City Council this month as it meets to consider multiple contracts, and establish assessments on stormwater and wastewater utilities for the coming fiscal year. Other items on the Tuesday, Sept. 10, council agenda include a road abandonment on Grassy Key and the[…]

2 die in plane crash off Marathon

A small plane crashed off Marathon on Sunday morning, killing the two people on board, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. A single-engine plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Rachel Key, which is near the Marathon International Airport, said FWC Capt. Dave Dipre. The crash occurred after[…]

Small plane crashes off Marathon

A small plane crashed off Marathon this morning, possibly killing two people on board. The plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off Marathon near Rachel Key some time before 9 a.m., FWC Capt. Dave Dipre. The people involved in the crash have not yet been identified nor have authorities[…]

Snake Creek Bridge work begins Sunday

The Florida Department of Transportation will close U.S. 1 at the Snake Creek Bridge from 11:45 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, for three weeks from Sunday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 30. The closures are due to FDOT’s repairs on the drawbridge, which include sandblasting and repainting the[…]

HURRICANE IRMA TWO YEARS LATER: Keys continue to rebuild

The past two weeks of unending news coverage of Hurricane Dorian’s approach, arrival and assault hit home in the Florida Keys, where thousands of residents continue to do battle with contractors, insurance adjusters, inspectors and government officials in the wake of Hurricane Irma. It was two years ago Tuesday that[…]