Florida Keys News

School board considers $99K job

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The school district needs a "facilities planner" to work in the administrative office, according to one of the newest staff supervisors. That new employee would manage and track all aspects of...

Homeless memorial service honors 53

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A local nonprofit Friday will lay to rest 53 people who died in the Florida Keys without proper homes or anyone to claim their remains, let alone plan a proper funeral. "They didn't have anybody to remember them in death," said Stephanie Kaple of Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, which has been hosting the event since 1999.

Holiday Helpers

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lina Berzina got a helping hand from a special Holiday Helper. On Tuesday afternoon, the young mother couldn't contain her wide grin as she walked around a table filled with bright colored toys. What was even more special, the gifts were for her two-month-old son, Ian.

Man rescued from Cay Sal Bank

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A 39-year-old American stranded on Cay Sal Bank for six days after his dinghy went adrift was rescued after he was spotted by passing Coast Guard aircraft on routine patrol, officials said Tuesday....

A reMARCable Christmas

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A unique island Christmas tradition of nearly 30 years, the MARC "Southernmost Tree Celebration" rang out Sunday afternoon with the joyous sounds of 15 of Key West's finest musicians and vocalists....

Woman linked to recent raid arrested

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A third person linked to a Dec. 3 law enforcement raid at a Big Coppitt Key home turned herself in over the weekend to face drug charges as the Monroe County Sheriff's Office remained mum on its...

Underwater duo resurfaces with record

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The teaching tag team of Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, educators at Roane State Community College, resurfaced on Monday, Dec. 15, after a 73-day stint in Jules' Undersea Lodge...

Layton leaders excited by return of restaurant

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LAYTON -- Italian meals will once again be served to patrons in this tiny town's signature dining establishment. Aquapazza, owned by the adjacent Lime Tree Bay Resort, is expected to open early next year. The business will be a resurrection of sorts for diners in town.

Attorney's contract, commercial rules on tap

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to discuss its attorney's contract, among a multitude of other items. Roget Bryan was hired as the council's first in-house attorney...

Virus claims Lower Keys dolphin

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BIG PINE KEY -- A deadly virus striking marine mammals along the Atlantic seaboard reached the Florida Keys early last month. Researchers found a bottlenose dolphin washed up on a beach at Bahia...

District fires final shot before court hearing

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- Another chapter in the ongoing feud between the fire district and its former provider, the Key Largo Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department, will soon be written as both entities head to court this week to battle it out over disputed property and monetary funds.

Price tags put on sea level responses

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UPPER KEYS -- The third, and final, installment of county workshops delving into the issue of sea level rise in the Upper Keys concluded on Dec. 9 in Key Largo and Dec. 11 in Islamorada with...

District discusses plant takeover, relocation

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- The takeover of a dilapidated wastewater treatment plant in Manatee Bay Marina near the northern county line could be in the local sewer district's future after the issue was brought to...

Raschein assignments

Islamorada/KL Free Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KEY LARGO -- State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, will serve on four Florida House of Representatives committees and subcommittees during the 2015 legislative session. Speaker of the House...

First vote on edited version

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The city is trying to "micro-manage" the local sightseeing industry with its list of proposed restrictions and requirements, a founder of Key West's Historic Tours of America said Monday. Grounding...