Florida Keys News

Power loss caused by lightning strike

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A lightning strike shortly after noon Tuesday in the Marathon Key Electrical Substation caused a power outage affecting 29,000 KEYS customers in the Lower Keys, according to spokesman Julio Torrado....

Construction limits traffic

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Traffic will be limited from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Thursday to one inbound and one outbound lane on South Roosevelt Blvd. from the triangle to Flagler Avenue. The left lane on South...

Heading to New York to dance

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marina Perez is getting the opportunity of a lifetime -- a chance to perform on Nov. 27 during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Perez was the first of six members of the Key West High School...

Are great white sharks moving in?

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KEY LARGO -- With the recent sightings of great white sharks, many locals are wondering if the killer fish is making a home of South Florida waters. Experts aren't sure yet, though they acknowledge...

Reserves, projects fund to offset spending

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council was set to take its first formal look Tuesday, July 22, at an $11.5 million 2014-15 daily operating budget put forward by the administration of Village Manager Maria...

City gets airport, contract, budget updates

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MARATHON -- The Florida Keys Marathon Airport, a revised financial services contract with Bishop Rosasco and the proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget were among the items to be discussed by the...

Candidates for office face off in first forum

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Political signs in neighborhoods and along the highway are quickly reminding Florida Keys residents an election is upon us. Last week, candidates for local and countywide races met in...

Trying to find common ground

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KEY LARGO -- A solution may be in the works between Harriette's Restaurant and the state's road agency. Harriette Mattson and Florida Department of Transportation officials tried to find common...

Fighting water with water

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SOUTH FLORIDA -- The $13.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was conceived in 2000 as a habitat restoration and flood control project. But 14 years later, the authors of a congressionally mandated report say that climate change and sea-level rise, by threatening Florida's freshwater supply, are at least partially repurposing the entire enterprise.

Marriage case an evolution for Keys attorney

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Just 10 years ago, Bernadette Restivo was a stalwart in northwestern Ohio Republican circles.

Johnson seeks different seat

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- Bob Johnson will run for the Village Council in November against hotelier Paul Bates and real estate agent Janet Wood rather than taking on incumbent Dave Purdo and ex-state attorney...

County follows village in tow ordinance change

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UPPER KEYS -- The Monroe County Commission last week agreed to move forward on a plan to address predatory tow practices. The move came two months after Islamorada cracked down on tow companies....

County settles suit against SUFA

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MARATHON -- The Monroe County Commission voted last week to end a four-year-old lawsuit with the group that once handled animal control services for the Middle Keys, with the county offering the...

Same-sex marriage licenses on hold

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Monroe County circuit judge whose historic ruling last week declared Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional refused Monday to lift the stay on his order.

City begins budget process

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

City commissioners on Monday weighed the cost to taxpayers of bringing city workers' paychecks in line with the market's minimum pay ranges, as a recent study recommended. Key West's proposed 2015...