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Choice of rescue helicopter on agenda

Key West Citizen - Friday, October 17, 2014

Which medical helicopter -- Trauma Star or LifeNet -- is free for Monroe County residents? Think carefully -- a wrong answer will cost about $50,000. The answer is Trauma Star. Now, which...

Changing courses at Flagler corner?

Key West Citizen - Friday, October 17, 2014

Consider the recent history of 1908 Flagler Ave., where many a restaurant has opened in earnest only to find itself quickly going out of business despite the busy thoroughfare rolling past. Key...

Scholl asks for extra year on contract

Key West Citizen - Friday, October 17, 2014

City commissioners Tuesday will decide whether to tack one more year onto the single-year contract they handed to Jim Scholl on July 3 after unanimously ousting Bob Vitas from the helm of City...

Bridges, Helms square off in judge race

Key West Citizen - Friday, October 17, 2014

Circuit court judge candidates Jack Bridges, a Mosquito Control District Board member of the Upper Keys, and political newcomer Bonnie Helms of Key West are squaring off for the Nov. 4 General...

Bight rent reduction considered

Key West Citizen - Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Bight Management District Board asked the city's legal staff Wednesday to draw up some ideas on how tenants of the old seaport could request rent reductions as reimbursement in light of the...

He can't come home again

Key West Citizen - Thursday, October 16, 2014

One of Key West's most controversial writers, a man few locals have ever heard of, claims to have been barred from re-entering the country. British-born David Irving, 76, had been living in the...

G-rated ships call during X-rated party

Key West Citizen - Thursday, October 16, 2014

That's not a misprint on the city's cruise ship calendar, but there was no scheduling oversight. Disney Cruise Line officials were told six months ago that Key West would be in the throes of...

Views differ in bug board race

Key West Citizen - Thursday, October 16, 2014

The race to be the next Lower Keys mosquito control commissioner pits three people of completely different philosophies when it comes to elected office and views on mosquito control. Florida Keys...

Bug board not to challenge Navy contract

Key West Citizen - Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board decided Wednesday it will not appeal the loss of the $600,000 Navy contract, but the agency's executive director did not leave the meeting...

Bug board candidates differ on the issues

Key West Citizen - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Being elected to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Commission might not be the sexiest elected office in Monroe County, but the agency plays a critical role in maintaining public health and is...

School Board clarifies facilities rules

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The School Board on Tuesday voted to put in place a fee schedule for the use of district facilities - but just barely. District 1 member Robin Smith-Martin joined District 3's Ed Davidson in voting...

City planner gives his notice

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The city's planning director resigned Tuesday, after four years in the job and 27 years in the Florida Keys, saying he wants to return to Colorado and that he has "responsibilities to my family and my health."

Florida AG wants high court to hear gay marriage case

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined the attorneys representing a gay Key West couple suing the state for their right to marry in asking the state Supreme Court to hear the case. Bondi's office filed a request with the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami to send the case directly to the Florida Supreme Court, and bypass that appellate court.

County race pits old versus new

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The race to be the Middle Keys next Monroe County commissioner pits political newcomer Eleanor McAdams against one of the Keys' longest serving elected leaders, George Neugent. McAdams of Summerland Key is the clear underdog in the race, raising a mere $493 in campaign donations to Neugent's $26,304. This is her first run for political office.

Stone crab season kicks off

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

South Florida's favorite crustacean is back on the menu today as the 2014 stone crab season opens. Recent full moons and warm weather have some commercial stone crabbers concerned as the annual fishery officially kicks off -- but as usual, opinions vary from fisherman to fisherman.