Florida Keys News

Market demolition proposed for January

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

KEY LARGO — A permit to build a McDonald’s on the Dollar Tree and Island Market Place property has just moved one step closer to being approved by Monroe County. If all goes as planned, the property owner would like construction of the fast-food restaurant to begin in January.

Childcare worker charged with leaving child in van

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

KEY LARGO — A worker at a childcare facility accused of leaving a 4-year-old child in a van for 48 minutes was arrested last Friday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Kyle Lynch, 26, of Key Largo, was charged with unlawful desertion of a child. 

Tavernier teacher wins state award

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TAVERNIER — Martha Louizeaux, a teacher at Ocean Studies Charter School in Tavernier, has won a 2016 Florida Charter School Champion Award from the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  The award was one of 16 presented at the recent Florida Charter School Conference in Daytona Beach.

Bird center works to fix violations

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TAVERNIER — Volunteers and contractors gathered Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center to begin correcting violations cited by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 

Man accused of planning to ambush local deputy

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

KEY LARGO — A Florida City man with a violent criminal history was arrested last Thursday for threatening to shoot a sheriff’s department lieutenant in the head, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Johnny Nash, 47, was charged with felony threats against a law enforcement officer. 

State seeks volunteers to build woodrat nests

Florida Keys Free Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

KEY LARGO — Officials at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park are making a public call for volunteers to help build supplemental nests for the federally endangered Key Largo woodrat in an effort to boost population numbers of the species.

Gravestone blessing set

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A gravestone blessing will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at the historic Key West Cemetery. Clergy from St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Basilica will bless the gravestones of Ellen...

Navy crew rescues cruise ship passenger

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Navy’s rescue helicopter crew medevaced a cruise ship passenger Saturday night about 180 miles south of Key West in the second night rescue in roughly three months.  The unidentified...

Trice Denny saw the world and found her place

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trice Denny may have one of the most mispronounced but recognizable names — and voices — in the Lower Keys. (Her first name rhymes with peace, not nice. It’s short for Patrice.)

Lawsuit filed in murder-for-hire case

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Marathon businessman targeted in a failed murder-for-hire scheme that sent a former Coast Guard commander to federal prison for a decade has filed a civil lawsuit in state court against the man and...

Groups want city to leave Mallory Square cable hut alone

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Citizen groups want to restore and preserve a Mallory Square cable hut that could face partial demolition pending approval of a restaurant project. Plans for a 156-seat restaurant by restaurateur...

FIRM files property tax challenge

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 5, 2016

A local insurance watchdog group has formally filed its challenge to a nearly 9 percent property insurance rate increase in the Florida Keys. FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) requested that the...

City may see more low-income housing

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 5, 2016

An influx of low-income housing could be headed to Key West if proposed changes to the affordable housing guidelines are approved. One of the major changes lowers the required percentage of...

Child care worker charged with leaving child in hot van

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 5, 2016

KEY LARGO — A worker at a child care facility accused of leaving a 4-year-old child in a van for 48 minutes was arrested Friday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s...

Parking rate hike on city agenda

Key West Citizen - Monday, December 5, 2016

A $1 parking rate hike is one of three parking related ordinances up for final reading at the Key West City Commission’s sole December meeting Tuesday. If approved, the ordinances will raise...