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Comments in hand, sanctuary to begin prioritizing

FLORIDA KEYS — Thousands of comments from fishing and diving interests, ocean-protection groups and Florida Keys residents reached the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary before a Jan. 31 deadline for submissions about the proposed new management plan. At 9 a.m. Feb. 18, the sanctuary’s Advisory Council will convene in Marathon[…]

Bay advocates seek park stewardship agreement

ISLAMORADA — A local environmental organization recently submitted a proposal to serve as stewards of the Green Turtle Hammock property, a park owned by the village of Islamorada. Members of Florida Bay Forever, a registered nonprofit, presented a plan to create a “Florida Bay eco-center” with “really high-caliber educational programs[…]

CORRECTION

A story that ran in the weekend edition of The Key West Citizen incorrectly stated the number of homes the Rebuild Florida program expects to have completed in the next 90 days. The state Department of Economic Opportunity could not say how many projects will be completed during that time[…]

Fruit Stand decides on St. Columba as its new home base

Something smelled rotten in Marathon, but all has been resolved. The Incredible Fruit Stand has found a new home each Saturday at St. Columba Church, 52nd Street, gulfside. The Florida Keys Land Trust board, which operates the Crane Point Museum and Hammock in Marathon, had discussions with the owners of[…]

Familiar Face: Brian Leahy is keeping police a family business

Public safety tends to run in the Leahy family, and Key West Police Department officer Brian Leahy is no exception. Leahy, who grew up in Bogota, New Jersey, had several members of his family serve in both the New York City Fire Department and Police Department. He started off as[…]

City proposes charter change

Key West City officials are planning on adding a referendum to the Aug. 26 primary election ballot that could give unlimited emergency borrowing authority to the city manager. Currently, the city manager has the authority to use the city’s reserve fund for emergency spending; however, when that fund is exhausted[…]

Marathon to consider plastic straw ban ban, streetlight repairs and land lease

The Marathon City Council will consider passing an ordinance regarding its stance on the county’s plastic straw ban, among other items, when it meets Tuesday, Feb. 11 at City Hall. The city must pass an ordinance if it wishes to be excluded from the Board of County Commissioners’ prohibition on[…]

Lower Keys agencies, schools prepare for Cow Key Bridge project

Local government agencies and the Monroe County School District have started making plans to deal with construction on the only bridge in and out of Key West, which scheduled to start in April and take roughly 18 months. The Cow Key Channel Bridge renovation project, slated to start in April,[…]

School start times, yearly calendar go before School Board Tuesday

The 2020-2021 draft school year calendar and proposed school start time changes for Key West and Lower Keys schools are action items at the Monroe County School District meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Islamorada. The school board will review both 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school year calendars and address Key[…]

Murder suspect goes before judge in separate case

A young man suspected of killing his mother in Jacksonville, and who was arrested Thursday heading into the Florida Keys, went before a judge on Friday on the murder and unrelated charges from an unprovoked assault last week on a former Key West firefighter. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested[…]