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City Clerk hires mayor’s aide to fill 1 of 2 positions

The City Clerk’s office lost half its staff in the past two weeks, when two deputy clerks left the department. Vicky Walker resigned and Angela Budde, who was honored in June for 20 years of city employment, applied for and received a promotion to the city’s Planning Department after having just earned her Master Municipal[…]

Sean Brandenburg warms to life in Key West

Capt. Sean T. Brandenburg may not have known he would end up in Key West, but he certainly knew he wanted to be a police officer. Now, 16 years after joining the Key West Police Department, he’s all set to step up and take over for Donie Lee as Chief of Police in December. In[…]

NRB developers want more time

The 17-acre development known as the Key West Collection on North Roosevelt Boulevard currently includes four hotels, an outdoor event lawn, a Starbucks and a food truck, but there are still a few items to complete and the property owners are asking the city’s Planning Board to extend the development agreement that details the major[…]

Film Festival welcomes Berenger to screening of documentary

The Hollywood film industry hasn’t always been known for its commitment to historical accuracy, and plenty of directors willingly omit and embellish events, details and outcomes for the sake of their story. Oliver Stone isn’t one of those directors, and when he started work on a movie about a group of U.S. Marines in Vietnam,[…]

Camper bites off man’s fingertip

A Hialeah, Florida man was arrested on Friday after he bit off the tip of another man’s finger at Bahia Honda State Park. Aurelio Rodriguez, 54, was charged with aggravated battery. A deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the state park around 7 p.m., where the park manager informed her that a[…]

Renowned scientist designs prosthetic flippers for injured sea turtles

One of the scientists who made the prosthetic tail that made Winter the Dolphin whole again is now helping two sea turtle amputees at the Key West Aquarium. Renowned prosthetist Kevin Carroll of the Hanger Clinic has designed and created prosthetic flippers for tank mates Rocky and Lola, who both lost their right front flippers[…]

FKAA to go after federal loan program

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has been selected to participate in a federal loan program that could save the local water and sewer utility as much as $10 million in interest payments for roughly six upcoming capital projects. After a review of 62 projects nationwide, the FKAA projects are among 39 invited to apply for[…]

Discussion requested use of city seal, council chambers

The Marathon City Council will vote Tuesday on adopting the city logo as its formal seal, which would make it illegal to use it in a political commercial like the one Councilman Dan Zieg was featured in on behalf of Marathon Mayor and then-Monroe County Commission candidate Michelle Coldiron. Councilman Mark Senmartin requested the item[…]

Bayview Park reveals Purple Heart memorial

In honor of both Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a crowd of more than 100 people gathered at Bayview Park on Sunday to pay their respects and give thanks to all veterans, living or departed. Marking the third Veterans Day observance since the Veterans Memorial Garden opened[…]

The first Armistice Day in Key West

While those in the United States celebrate each Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, much of the western world knows this day as “Armistice Day,” and this Sunday will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. When the Allies and Germany reached their armistice, at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day[…]