Florida Keys News

One-way trip

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Retail managers nod knowingly whenever talk of stolen and abandoned shopping carts rolls around. Shiny new shopping carts at Publix came with new warning signs in the Searstown parking lot, telling shoppers the supermarket’s carts will become inoperable if pushed past the perimeter of the parking lot.

Marathon selects Lindsey as city manager

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MARATHON — As expected, Charles Lindsey, a former Marathon-based Coast Guard official, was unanimously selected at the Aug. 25 council meeting to hold the city’s top job as...

Another Cay Clubs trial likely

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH FLORIDA — The government appears poised to retry the former Cay Clubs president on charges of bank fraud as his attorneys are angling to have him released from custody, citing the...

Wildlife officials eye weather before burn

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BIG PINE KEY — Federal wildlife officials are hoping recent thunderstorms and rain left by the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika will give them a firmer prescribed burn date in the National Key...

When turtles attack!

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MIDDLE KEYS — Federal fishery managers will not move a loggerhead sea turtle that has attacked three people in and near a canal on Conch Key, but they do plan to post warning signs in the...

Elderly dog finds home after 6-year wait

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — Six years may not seem like a long time for most people. But if you’re a 12-year-old, partially-blind and deaf dog that was abandoned by her owners in a parking lot and who spent half her life in an animal shelter, it might be.

Bike helmet-fitting class

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Contributed A free bike helmet-fitting training class will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 14, at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park visitor center, mile marker 102.5,...

Hurricane was town's defining moment

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This story originally appeared in the Florida Keys Free Press on Sept. 1, 2010, for the 75th anniversary of the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, the most powerful Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States.

Fire board settles suit with ex-provider

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — A longstanding quarrel between the local fire district and its ex-contractor, the Key Largo Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc. that ultimately turned into a lawsuit...

Man dies after being pulled from canal

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — A 68-year-old Key Largo dive captain was pulled from a canal late Monday, Aug. 24, and was later pronounced dead at Mariners Hospital, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

Planning board approves resort's affordable housing

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — The Monroe County Planning Commission last week unanimously approved a request to build a 24-unit affordable housing project at mile marker 97.8, oceanside. The Playa Largo...

District to take action on senior position, budget

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — The sewer district’s five-commissioner board was slated Sept. 1 to vote on filling a vacant, top senior position as well as the new fiscal year’s budget. The...

Labor Day service Monday

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ISLAMORADA — The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold its annual Labor Day service at the Florida Keys Memorial at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, in memory of the civilians and veterans who...

Man convicted of rape

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KEY LARGO — A Homestead man accused of kidnapping a mainland woman, bringing her to the Upper Keys and raping her was convicted Thursday, Aug. 27. Following a four-day trial, a six-person jury...

Dive boat ownership dispute goes to mediation

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PLANTATION KEY — Whether or not local captain Spencer Slate will get his dive boats back may be determined during a mediation hearing next week.  Federal marshals seized three dive boats...