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Rubio tours canal, releases turtle

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday toured a recently cleaned-up Marathon canal to see for himself the result of a $49.2 million federal hurricane recovery grant, and participated in a sea turtle release with members of the Marathon Turtle Hospital. Rubio had toured the same canal in April prior to the county receiving the National[…]

Murray Marine deal falls through again

Murrary Marine marina on Stock Island is back on the market, as one deal to purchase it has fallen apart. Key West business Danny Hughes, who owns Two Friends Patio restaurant, had planned to purchase the marina off U.S. 1 for roughly $7.5 million. Hughes has pulled out of the deal, said Will Langley, the[…]

Keys Kids Jr. have ‘jolly holiday’ performing ‘Mary Poppins’

The songs may end up running through the audience members’ heads for a week (”Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down …”), but the magic of the classic show will leave a genuine smile on everyone’s face when elementary and middle-school students perform four shows of “Mary Poppins” next week, because, “It’s[…]

Police chief discusses policing challenges for Key West

Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg has patrolled all areas of Key West, at all hours of the, well, mostly the night. Brandenburg’s been policing the Southernmost City for the past 17 years, but many people never saw him due to his nocturnal status in all operational areas of the police force: As a K-9[…]

Trailer park eviction suit stays

A judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at stopping the owners of three Stock Island trailer parks from evicting some roughly several dozen people and families from their homes. This week, the new owners of the Tropic Palms, Water’s Edge and Sneed Property trailer parks asked Judge Tim Koenig to dismiss the lawsuit[…]

Jail worker arrested on drug charge

A civilian Sheriff’s Office employee who works at the Monroe County Detention Center in Key West was arrested early Thursday morning for cocaine and marijuana possession. Programs Staff Assistant Stacey Lynn Medina, 43, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and permitting an unauthorized person to drive her vehicle. Also arrested was Stephen[…]

Anti-terrorism training goes on at NAS KW

Naval Air Station Key West conducted an active shooter exercise on Tuesday as part of an ongoing annual anti-terrorism force protection exercise. Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019 (CS/SC19) is scheduled to continue through Friday, Feb. 15, with the Navy participating in a variety of scenarios designed to enhance security and “ensure seamless interoperability among the[…]

Marathon artificial reef to be discussed at city council meeting

Key West Capt. Joe Weatherby, an artificial reef maker, will ask Marathon City Council members on Tuesday night to take the plunge with him on his next proposed artificial reef project. Weatherby wants to sink an artificial reef off Marathon and will ask the city to be the permit holder on the project or at[…]

Key West passes sunscreen ban, Duval Street promenade

Key West city officials on Tuesday night passed a news-making sunscreen ban, but pushed its implementation date back a year to Jan. 1, 2021. The pedestrian-only Duval Street Promenade pilot program also passed the Key West City Commission, which marched through a weighty agenda Tuesday evening, and ultimately agreed to start their meetings at 5[…]

Key Largo crash kills 1, injures 5

An SUV carrying seven Key Largo residents crashed on U.S. 1 Tuesday, near Mile Marker 106, killing one person and leaving others with serious or minor injuries. Elliot A. Hamner, 22, died on scene. Devontae J. Cooper, 21; Corey Flanagan, 19; Markia Anderson, 22; and Britany P. Brown (age unknown) all suffered serious injuries. Alexander[…]