Florida Keys News

Police request help in finding woman

Key West Citizen - Friday, September 23, 2016

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a Key West woman who reportedly hasn’t been heard from since Aug. 27.  Robin Ford, 50, was...

FIRM to file suit over rate increase

Key West Citizen - Friday, September 23, 2016

The local insurance watchdog group FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) plans to file a legal challenge to an 8.9 percent windstorm insurance rate increase. Last week, the state Office of Insurance...

Commission trades barbs over homeless services

Key West Citizen - Friday, September 23, 2016

A straight forward hearing to approve the fiscal budget turned into a heated debate over city funding of homeless services Thursday at Old City Hall. At the heart of the argument were two funding...

One killed in early morning crash

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 22, 2016

A 20-year-old motorist was killed early Wednesday morning after her speeding car struck a light pole and then a palm tree on North Roosevelt Boulevard, according to Key West police.  Anya...

Hospital parent company exploring sale options

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Tennessee-based parent company that runs Lower Keys Medical Center may be up for sale. Despite talk in Nashville and beyond about Community Health Systems, “exploring a variety of options...

Navy chopper rescues Costa Rican man at sea

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Costa Rican man who reportedly had been in the water for six days was lifted from a tanker Monday night by the Navy’s rescue helicopter crew.  The man — about which the Navy and...

County Commission discusses canal projects

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monroe County commissioners provided some insight Wednesday on how they would vote on a new stormwater tax to pay for projects to improve water quality in local canals. The county has already...

City OKs $98,000 settlement over boardwalk incident

Key West Citizen - Thursday, September 22, 2016

A tourist’s fall through a boardwalk will cost the City of Key West $98,000. The City Commission approved a settlement agreement with Robert and Joan Kocher, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa stemming...

Sparse details in shooting death

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The details of what police think may have transpired Sunday night at 312 Peacon Lane remained a mystery Tuesday as detectives continued to decline any further information on the shooting death. 

Mayor to push KOTS move forward

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter may soon have a new home.Mayor Craig Cates plans to move forward with relocation plans for KOTS from its home on Monroe County Sheriff’s Office property to the former site of the Easter Seals on College Road, he said.

Officials approve nonprofit funding

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

With a 4-3 vote, the Key West City Commission approved the use of $148,000 from the BP oil spill fund to assist the Florida Keys SPCA with the construction of a new facility.The FKSPCA asked for help covering permitting and construction fees for its new $8.4 million facility on College Road after rising costs outpaced the $6.1 million the group raised for the project.

FIRM considers lawsuit over rates

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The insurance watchdog group FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) is considering filing a lawsuit to stop or postpone an 8.9 percent windstorm insurance rate hike that Citizens Insurance Corp....

Police 'Love Fund Ball' fundraiser sells out

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

About 10 years ago, former Army Ranger and paratrooper turned Key West police detective John Piskator collapsed while running on Duck Avenue during training with the department’s tactical...

Marathon family killed in plane crash

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A couple who own two resorts in the Middle Keys as well as three in Michigan and their teenage son were killed in a plane crash Saturday in Montana, according to multiple media...

Paths cross; a life is saved

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ISLAMORADA — On July 19, Karen Sunderland’s heart stopped for 20 minutes after the Plantation Key resident collapsed at her doctor’s office in Coral Gables before a routine appointment. Her life was saved thanks to early CPR administered by her doctor and a team of paramedics, as well as a set of circumstances perfectly falling into place.