Florida Keys News

'Section 8' wait list re-opens

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Housing Authority of Key West on Friday opened its wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers, three years after closing the books on new applications. Those who qualify have exactly seven days...

Judge's Wisteria Island ruling appealed

Key West Citizen - Saturday, April 25, 2015

A company that has been trying to develop Wisteria Island off Key West has appealed a federal judge's recent ruling that threw out the group's lawsuit filed to establish ownership. Last month,...

Claude Valdez, who created city's iconic flag, dies at 86

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 24, 2015

Claude Valdez, who created the city of Key West's now iconic and internationally recognized deep blue flag and who was known as "Umpire" to generations of local baseball and softball players, died...

Lending a helping hand

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 24, 2015

The community got a few extra helping hands Thursday as members of the United States Coast Guard spent time volunteering at local organizations. Ensign Tony Seleznick coordinated the service day,...

Club saves 28-year-old sailing race

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 24, 2015

One of the longest running annual sailboat races in the Florida Keys will continue as a new group has taken over organization of the 28-year-old sailing event. Quantum Key West Race Week was in...

2 face death in smugglings

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 24, 2015

Two men accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants into the United States seven years ago resulting in the death of five migrants could face the death penalty themselves at trial, according to...

Authorities: Suspected burglar nabbed fresh from shower

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Miami man was jailed Tuesday after police said he ransacked a home in New Town, swiped a laptop and fled on foot to Stock Island -- where he surprised a woman by turning up in her bathroom wearing...

Earth Day endeavor

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Florida Keys Community College students spent Earth Day cleaning up debris on and around the campus on College Road, picking up more than 700 pounds of trash Wednesday. Students began the cleanup...

Charter captain handed probation

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 23, 2015

A longtime Key West charter boat captain will serve three years probation over the illegal sale of fish to undercover state wildlife officers. Capt. William Osgood Wickers Jr., 42, of Big Coppitt...

Sailing race to Cuba gets OK

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 23, 2015

An adventure sailing trip and Hobie Cat race between Key West and Havana has been resurrected, with a group of sailors set to make the roughly 90 mile trek on May 16. The race, called the Havana...

Sanctuary declines seat request

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council shot down a proposal Tuesday by Key West Mayor Craig Cates for a Key West specific seat on the board shortly after a coral scientist told the group a third of the reef line must be closed to any human activity if it is to be saved.

Bug board delays vote on contract

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The bug board postponed voting on a contract Tuesday with a company wanting to do a test release of genetically modified mosquitoes on Key Haven, because it is still awaiting data from federal regulators.

Mallory Square restaurant back on the table

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joe Walsh has opened a number of restaurants in Key West over the years, but he's never had a five-year wait to move from square one in the city's development process.

City to close part of Truman Avenue for funeral traffic

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

At least 1,300 people are expected to attend today's funeral for 14-year-old Jonathan Wells, city staff said Tuesday while announcing traffic plans for Old Town. The city will close several blocks...

Council to review village manager

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ISLAMORADA -- When the council meets Thursday, April 23, it will give Village Manager Maria Aguilar her evaluation for the year. It will be her first since taking over the town's top administative...