Florida Keys News

Doctor sues doctor for alleged battery

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Key West doctor filed suit last week against another Key West doctor, claiming the defendant battered her during an altercation at Lower Keys Medical Center, where both doctors see patients.  The incident allegedly occurred on March 19, when Dr. Michel Vandormael and Dr. Cheryl Lund were arguing over a patient’s care.

Sinking boats pose problems for county

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Monroe County government again could be faced with the expensive removal of two large sunken sailboats off the Lower Keys. One sailboat is sunk on the flats off South Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West and the other is sunk along a marked channel in Boca Chica Basin off Stock Island.

Judge upholds HARC approval for 616 Eaton St. plans

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Renovation plans at 616 Eaton St. cleared a major hurdle Monday before running into a smaller one Tuesday. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koenig upheld the approval of design and demolition plans by...

Injured attorney declared brain dead

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Doctors have begun to harvest the organs of a Key West attorney who was critically injured while on vacation in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico. Maggie Gutierrez remained on a life-support system on...

Construction to start on refuges center

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BIG PINE KEY — After passing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service environmental assessment last month, the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex will start to lay the foundation for its new visitor center on Big Pine Key next week.  According to Dan Clark, refuges complex manager, work is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Habitat still building new neighborhoods

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

LOWER KEYS — The trees in the Habitat Landing neighborhood on Big Pine Key are old enough to offer shade. The streets no longer look new and unused, and only a handful of area residents remember the storm-thrashed and crime-ridden Halcyon Trailer Park that preceded Habitat for Humanity’s first neighborhood in the Lower Keys.

Arrest warrant didn't keep judge from working

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KEY LARGO — The Miami-Dade judge accused of using a metal pipe to smash the back window of a truck parked outside her Key Largo home worked for five days in August after a warrant for her arrest was signed a month earlier, according to information provided by the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Sewer district proposes $14.5M budget

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KEY LARGO — Wastewater district staffers proposed a budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which included $7.7 million for operational expenses, over $1 million less than what is projected to be spent...

Primary to decide some races, clarify others

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MONROE COUNTY — All voters can choose a county commissioner, county judge and a school board member, and have their say on a proposed tax break for solar panels, during the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Teen mobilizes youth to clean litter

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FLORIDA KEYS — Last week, 15-year-old Izabella Hernandez was planning how to spend her remaining days before starting her sophomore year of high school. She was thinking of hitting the beach in the Keys. But the DC Comics superfan had another item on her to-do list: talking to a reporter about her non-profit organization, Help End All Litter.

Man gets 10 years for arson

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A man who set a work truck on fire while a Homestead man was inside three years ago in Marathon was sentenced to a decade in prison Monday.  Stuart James Collins, 30, formerly of North Carolina, set a work truck on fire while Jose Gonzales, then 52, was still inside the vehicle on July 12, 2013, according to prosecutors. 

Key West woman severely injured in Mexico

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Key West attorney Maggie Gutierrez was on a life-support system in a San Diego hospital Monday after being critically injured while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Gutierrez,...

Matthew Helmerich wraps up film career

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Matthew Helmerich was at White Street Pier when he realized he didn’t have to leave Key West. 

Businessmen face rental violations

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The illegal vacation rental case against prominent local businessmen will be delayed until Sept. 28, but the violations still stand, according to Key West Director of Code Compliance Jim Young.

Habitat building new neighborhoods

Key West Citizen - Monday, August 22, 2016

The trees in the Habitat Landing neighborhood on Big Pine Key are old enough to offer shade. The streets no longer look new and unused and only a handful of area residents remember the storm-thrashed...