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Homecoming was a year in works

TAVERNIER — A year to the day that her longtime residence was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, SueEllen Bennett’s new home arrived on Sept. 10. “It’s just the way it worked out,” Bennett said. “I hope it’s a good omen.” The two-bedroom, two-bath modular home was delivered in two sections, navigating the narrow Harry Harris subdivision[…]

Final Key West forum gets rowdy

Tensions ran high at Hometown!’s final forum Monday night with the candidates in the District 26 Congressional race exchanging blows and making personal attacks on each other. Several members of the public were chanting slogans about the national healthcare debate, and moderator Todd German at one point stopped the forum and threatened to remove some[…]

FDOT to host meeting on Cow Key Bridge construction

The Florida Department of Transportation District Six is hosting a public meeting on Thursday regarding an improvement project for the Cow Key Channel Bridge, which connects Stock Island to Key West via U.S. 1. While the improvements are being made, traffic will be down to one lane in both directions for several months. The meeting[…]

Dolphins deliver gear, more to Keys

ISLAMORADA — The Miami Dolphins commitment to support the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma was delivered, in part, by a box truck loaded with football gear for Monroe County’s three public high schools last week. With support from Baptist Health South Florida, the Dolphins donated equipment and gear for every player on each team. An[…]

Committee: No powerboats in deadly wheel ditch

ISLAMORADA — A “wheel ditch” channel at Whale Harbor should be closed to powerboats, an Islamorada advisory panel recommends. “This is a 100 percent no-brainer,” Bob Mitchell, chairman of Islamorada’s Near Shore Water Regulation Citizens Advisory Committee, said last week. On April 8, Jereima “Jeri” Bustamante, a 33-year-old aide to Gov. Rick Scott, was killed[…]

Adopted rate to increase tax receipts by 14 percent

ISLAMORADA — Encountering virtually no citizen opposition, Islamorada Village Council members put the final stamp on a new budget and tax rate Sept. 12. The basic municipal property tax bill in 2018-19 for an Islamorada home with a taxable assessed value of $500,000 will be slightly less than $1,515, about 8 percent higher, if not[…]

Abandoned boat fire to be investigated

Monroe County firefighters extinguished a blaze that broke out on a wooden 65-foot trawler that was dry docked at Robbie’s Marina on Stock Island Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze, according to Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Deputy Fire Marshal Craig Marston. Monroe County firefighters responded to the blaze within five minutes of[…]

Todd German guides local political circus

As the moderator of Key West-based Hometown!’s political forums, Todd German has worn many hats from umpire and referee to ring master. On Monday, Hometown! hosted its last candidate debate before the Nov. 6 general election. Hometown! is the only local nonprofit group in the Florida Keys dedicated solely to informing voters on local issues[…]


A story that ran in the weekend edition of The Citizen incorrectly stated what government agency was handling a collection of corals in response a disease outbreak. The particular operation last week was done by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute divers in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and under permit from the Sanctuary,[…]

Fighting friends quickly turn on officers

Officers responded to a fight on Saturday between two British tourists on a tour bus, but the men set aside their differences and attacked the officers instead. Joseph William Walker, 32, was charged with battery on an officer, damaging property over $1,000, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer with violence. Paul Edward Jeffrey Bygraves, 33,[…]