Florida Keys News

County to meet regarding Sugarloaf radio tower

Key West Citizen - Sunday, July 26, 2015

Monroe County planning staff will hold its first public hearing Tuesday on plans to bring a nearly 200-foot radio and cell tower to Sugarloaf Key, a proposal opposed by some local residents. The...

Crowds expected for annual 'bug' hunting

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary officials are encouraging divers and snorkelers to have a low-impact lobster mini-season when they take to the waters on Wednesday and Thursday in search of...

Police body cameras online Monday

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

Key West police officers will clip wireless body cameras to the front of their uniforms starting Monday, Chief Donie Lee said Friday. “At the end of the day, these are going to show the...

Shallow well tests show no leakage, FKAA says

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tests have so far shown that nothing from the shallow wells at the Cudjoe Key sewage treatment plant is bubbling up to the surface or leaking into the ground water table, Florida Keys Aqueduct...

New Coast Guard cutter visits Key West

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

One of the Coast Guard’s newest, largest and most advanced cutters cruised into Key West Friday evening while on its way to Boston, Massachusetts.  The 418-foot National Security Cutter...

Star of the Sea adds fifth food truck to fleet

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

There’s a new Ed in town as the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission added its fifth food delivery truck to its fleet last week. An Isuzu NPR-HD truck, “Eddie” was named after SOS food...

Sex offender loses bid for new trial

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

A sailor previously found guilty by jurors of molesting a child under 12 years old lost a bid for a new trial Thursday and will spend the next 25 years in prison.  Michael Clayton Woodruff, 38,...

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis nabs 4,600 cocaine kilos, rescues turtle

Key West Citizen - Saturday, July 25, 2015

The crew of the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned Sunday to its homeport of Key West after a 65-day patrol in which crews nabbed more than 6,500 kilograms of cocaine and rescued a sea...

County proposes tax decrease

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 24, 2015

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi is proposing a 6-percent reduction in spending in the county’s upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year budget. Gastesi and County Budget Director Tina Boan will...

Search on for new undersheriff

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 24, 2015

The search is on for a new Monroe County Sheriff’s Office undersheriff as outgoing Col. Bill Cameron has retired, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said this week.  Ramsay said he plans to fill the...

Sheraton Suites on South Roosevelt sells for $94 million

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 24, 2015

The revolving door of Key West hotel ownership turned again this month, when DiamondRock Hospitality Company paid $94 million for the Sheraton Suites on South Roosevelt Boulevard. The purchase price...

No trash referendum this fall

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 24, 2015

Key West voters won’t have a ballot question about trash pickup to consider Oct. 6, after a quorum of city commissioners Thursday couldn’t move the proposed referendum to a vote. Only...

Peary Court sale won't go to voters Oct. 6

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 24, 2015

The city’s proposal to buy Peary Court for $55 million can’t go to voters Oct. 6 because staff needs more time to prepare, City Manager Jim Scholl said Thursday. “There is no...

THE CHOSEN ONE: Keys youth takes home Pokemon crown

Key West Citizen - Friday, July 24, 2015

Earlier this month, the city of Indianapolis, Indiana transformed from an industrial hub in the heart of the Midwest to a land of Pikachus, Charizards and Mewtwos as the city hosted the 2015 U.S. National Championship Pokemon tournament.

Bug board eyes tax increase

Key West Citizen - Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control board members tentatively agreed Tuesday night to do something they have not done since 2012 — raise property taxes. The bug board set a tentative property...