Florida Keys News

Waste Management wins contract changes

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Waste Management does not have to guarantee a recycling rate and the company will still collect a disposal rate of $87 per ton, the Monroe County Commission decided Wednesday in a 3-2...

Crowds welcome American sailors

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Key West crew sailed into Havana Harbor on Wednesday to spread the message of friendship. Friendship has been the theme of the Havana Challenge, a five-day event in which Key West mariners came...

Key West man scratches way to $1 million lottery score

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Travel delays between Tallahassee and Miami couldn’t sink George and Amber Blanco’s spirits Wednesday — nothing could. Amber Blanco summed things up in a Facebook post...

Utility board members seek re-election

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Three incumbents on the Utility Board will seek re-election this fall: Barry Barroso, Charles Bradford and Mona Clark.  Each has filed paperwork with the city to run Oct. 6 for an...

Family gets $12 million in boat accident settlement

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A civil lawsuit filed by the family of a father and son who suffered severe head injuries when they were struck by a dive boat’s propellers has been settled with the business for $12 million, according to court documents. 

Marathon animal shelter looks to dispel pit bull myths

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

If you haven’t spent much time around pit bulls, some of the stories involving the breed may put them in a negative light. Safe Harbor Animal Rescue in Marathon wants to change that and is...

Cubans sail to victory

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The sign facing the United States Interest Section Building on the historic Malecon highway that read “Venceremos!, We Will Win!,” may have not been intended for Tuesday’s 16-foot Hobie Cat sailing races in Havana Harbor, but it foretold the outcome.

Leaders reinstate 'climate' planner

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

City commissioners Tuesday agreed to hire a bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for Key West, which tops Florida in the number of fatal crashes for those on foot or two wheels. 

Trash talk returns to commission

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 KEY LARGO — The Monroe County Commission will decide Wednesday, May 20, whether Waste Management is entitled to an additional $110,000 a year to cover trash haul-out...

NOAA researchers dive slave ship wreck

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MARATHON — A group of federal maritime archaeologists are trying to uncover more details of a sunken slave ship near Delta Shoals off Sombrero Reef. Locals name the area The Ivory Wreck, which is located a few hundred yards away from the lighthouse. The name stems from ivory tusks discovered on the wreck site in the late 1940s.

Sugarloaf students get to research sharks

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BIG PINE KEY — Students encountering sharks has been a tagline for cheesy horror flicks over the years. But it became a reality recently when Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp and...

Study: Pythons like saltwater habitats, too

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SOUTH FLORIDA — A study published last month by the U.S. Geological Survey found that while Burmese pythons inhabit the freshwater marshes of Everglades National Park —...

Planning a trip to Cuba? What you need to know

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recent thawing relations between Cuba and the U.S. has spawned a sailboat race, fishing tournament and overall interest in travel to the southern nation, but getting there still requires some legal...

Corps never OK'd document bearing its logo

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LOWER KEYS — A purported U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document, prepared by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and used by Monroe County in applications related to the Cudjoe Regional...

Curbelo proposes Cuban immigration reforms

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Congressman Carlos Curbelo is considering drafting legislation that would change federal immigration policies that entice Cubans to make the crossing to Florida and entitles them to social...