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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to all of the groups holding toy drives and giveaways for needy families this holiday season. Despite the wealth in the Keys, there are still far too many who are in desperate need of a helping hand, so thank you to the volunteers and organizations who are addressing these needs. Jeers: to the Tree[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to Reef Relief for teaching more than 4,000 students this last year. They have initiated the “Skip the Straw” campaign and now have 146 businesses taking part in the initiative. They have organized 16 cleanups along our shoreline and hauled away 152,749 pounds of debris. They are true environmental advocates for the Keys. Cheers:[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the Star of the Sea and all other groups who gave generously to help others through the Thanksgiving holiday. This community is full of wonderful people who are supportive and willing to lend a hand to those less fortunate. Thank you to all who fed those in need. Cheers: to the City of[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to Mayor Craig Cates for his 10-year tenure at the helm of the Key West city government. Cates is an ardent supporter of the community and has devoted his time to countless causes over the years. As an ambassador of the city, he represented Key West everywhere as, along with his wife, Cheryl, they[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to Key West Police Chief Donnie Lee as he begins his retirement after more than 24 years of life as a law enforcement officer in Key West. Equal cheers to Capt. Sean Brandenburg, who will succeed Lee when he steps down in December. Key West has been and continues to be in great hands[…]

Key West Citizen candidate recommendations

The members of the Citizen Editorial Board met with all of the candidates for local offices — some in August before the primary and the remainder in October — in order to make recommendations before the election. Meeting one-on-one gave us the opportunity to get to know them, ask questions and form the basis for[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the organizers of Fantasy Fest and all of the participants for a grand and glorious week of revelry. No doubt Saturday night’s parade will be fabulous. A tremendous amount of time and effort goes into this event each year and Key West always meets the challenge. Jeers: to the Florida Department of Transportation[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to all the agencies working together to combat the red tide infiltration of our Florida Keys’ waters. The Keys have been fortunate so far, but the time for us to be as concerned as our neighbors to the north is now. Levels are currently low but rising. The threat is real and we are[…]