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More than $27,000 in electronics stolen from area marina

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than $27,000 worth of marine electronics after at least two boats were burglarized at the SeaHunter Marina at Manatee Bay on Thursday in Key Largo. Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the marina around 7 a.m. after a 36-foot and a 42-foot vessel[…]

Key West Ambassadors Academy continues to grow

The Key West Ambassadors Academy, which aims to connect everyday citizens with the inner workings of Key West’s local government, is now accepting applications for admission into its 32nd class. The 13-week program meets every Thursday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., where participants will do everything from meeting local department heads to taking field[…]

NASKW bids farewell to Baker, welcomes Sohaney

More than 300 people gathered at Naval Air Station Key West on Thursday to witness the dual ceremony for NAS Key West’s change of command and Capt. Bobby “Beetle” Baker’s retirement from his 26-year-long military career. Two VFC-111 “Sun Downers” fighter jets and a NAS Key West search-and-rescue helicopter flanked the stage, while a massive[…]

Homeless in storage units still a problem

An air-conditioned space, 100 square feet, with 24-hour security for $360 per month sounds like an enticing option for residentially challenged folks in Key West. But there’s a problem with this particular rental space — it’s a self-storage unit, and although it is illegal to sleep or live in such spaces, it happens with increasing[…]

County offers free swim survival classes, tips for summer

With summer quickly approaching, Monroe County officials remind residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors as safely as possible, and they’re even offering free swim lessons for younger children. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently released tips on how to enjoy the sun, water and environment of the Florida Keys, all while[…]

City honors retiring clerk Harrison, touts Royal Poinciana

Relatively quick and non-contentious, the Key West City Commission meeting Tuesday evening included honors for Sue Harrison, the retiring senior deputy city clerk. Tuesday was Harrison’s last day of work, and as such, during the commission meeting that evening, she turned over her keys and security badge to City Clerk Cheri Smith. “We often honor[…]

Early snapper closure draws ire

Another early mandated closure of yellowtail snapper commercial fishery has local commercial fishermen again calling for a reallocation of that species because the recreational fishing side has not been meeting its annual allocation every year. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will close the fishery Friday, June 7, and will reopen it Aug. 1, which[…]

Another burglary suspect arrested

A Key West man with an extensive history of burglary was arrested on Tuesday after several months of investigation into an alleged burglary ring operating throughout Florida. Christopher Eugene Valdez, 55, was arrested on burglary-related charges on an out-of-county warrant from Sarasota County. He also faces several local charges in reference to burglary cases in[…]

Addiction awareness trek ends next week

Jessie Grieb is in the home stretch, the last 100 miles of a 2,500-mile walk that’s taken Grieb through hell, high water and a dozen or so states. Grieb’s East Coast Overdose Awareness Walk started last year in Maine and will end in Key West on Friday, June 14, the fourth anniversary of her brother[…]

Village: FDOT behaving like absent landlord

ISLAMORADA — Piles of trash abandoned on the Indian Key Fill area after Memorial Day weekend sparked another burst of outrage against absent state agencies. A “Keys Wall of Shame” Facebook page of photographs was shared more than 1,000 times and drew 800-plus comments. The ire carried over into the Islamorada Village Council meeting May[…]