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Closures set for Seven-Mile Bridge

The Seven-Mile Bridge, located over Moser Channel between Mile Marker 40 and Mile Marker 46.8 in Monroe County, will be closed intermittently between 11:30p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 and 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, to complete repairs safely as part of the ongoing bridge rehabilitation project. Closures are expected[…]

Dorian cost Florida money, even if storm skirted by state

ORLANDO — Although Hurricane Dorian skirted by Florida with hardly any damage, it still cost the Sunshine State money. In Orlando, the nation’s most visited tourist destination, hotel occupancy was down by almost 42 percent on the Saturday before Labor Day, compared to the same time the previous year. The[…]

Florida Republicans elect new state House speaker

TALLAHASSEE — Florida House Republicans have elected a 35-year-old rising star to lead their chamber over the next two years. Rep. Chris Sprowls will preside over a chamber overwhelmingly dominated by Republicans. The state Senate is also dominated by Republicans, and all but one of Florida’s statewide offices are occupied[…]

Florida salesman pleads guilty to stealing $3M from clients

FORT LAUDERDALE — A salesman at a Florida Porsche dealership has pleaded guilty to scamming more than 30 customers out of about $3 million by creating fake sales orders for rare cars. A U.S. Attorney’s Office statement says 45-year-old Shiraaz Sookralli pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud[…]

Party in the Park set for Friday at Truman Waterfront

A variety of performances will highlight the community’s art and culture on Friday, Sept. 20, during the Party in the Park event on the quay at Truman Waterfront Park. The cultural celebration, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., brings together many of the community’s organizations and artists[…]

Coastal cleanup set for Saturday

The City of Key West, Reef Relief, The Surfrider Foundation of the Florida Keys, and The Key West Sea Turtle Club are teaming up to provide three organized cleanups for International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 21. Reef Relief and the Surfrider Foundation of the Florida Keys will be[…]

New construction set to begin on St. Peter’s church

Monroe County dignitaries joined the congregation of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Friday to celebrate the start of construction of a new facility for the flock. During Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the original structure received 7 feet of storm surge and was destroyed, according to the county. District[…]

Keys players receive opportunity in front of 13 MLB and college scouts

With the next pick, from Key West, Florida … That has been a theme the last three years during the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, as a Conchs has been selected in each of those occasions, a trend that has not gone unnoticed by MLB scouts. However, the problem[…]

Citizens’ Voice: Sept. 19

“The Duval Loop is a free service that operates at less than one-third capacity. Therefore it’s a failure. It hasn’t eliminated traffic in Old Town; in fact, it’s added to it.” “Dockmaster’s office and launching area are looking great. Now if somebody could figure out who owns the bikes and[…]

Man convicted in Keys sex trafficking case

A federal jury on Monday convicted Jason Gatlin, 42 of Miami, on charges of sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography and witness tampering in a case stemming from the Florida Keys. Gatlin was convicted following a two-week trial in Fort Lauderdale. The victim had been trafficked in[…]