Florida Keys News

Sewer funds not in budget

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 18, 2014

Budget conferences between the state Senate and House of Representatives start next week, and $50 million in sewer funding for the Florida Keys is on the line. Rep. Holly Raschein and Sen. Dwight...

Last call for 'The Top' bar

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 18, 2014

It's last call on the seventh floor of La Concha Hotel, Key West. You don't have to go home, but after Sunday you can no longer hang out at The Top bar, a longtime sunset-watching spot with a near-panoramic view. The bar is closing down to make way for a luxury spa.

City eyes bed tax funds for shelter

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 18, 2014

Attorneys for Monroe County and the city of Key West are researching the issue of whether Land Authority funds can be used for the development of a homeless shelter on Stock Island. Land Authority...

Fighter squadrons roaring into town

Key West Citizen - Friday, April 18, 2014

A slow month of March around Naval Air Station Key West will give way to a handful of squadrons roaring in and out of Boca Chica Field beginning this weekend. The slow thaw up north as spring nears typically means a downturn in squadron action out at Boca Chica Field, but this month through June will prove different.

Board votes to keep FKSPCA

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Monroe County commission unanimously agreed to stay with its current animal control services provider in Key West and the Lower Keys, the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...

Bernstein Park to get new community center

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Monroe County commission agreed Wednesday to spend an additional $1.7 million on upgrading Bernstein Park on Stock Island by placing a 5,000 square foot community center there. The commission...

Paving the way

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 17, 2014

A total of 625 tons of new asphalt will make driving along Duck Avenue a more pleasurable journey by the end of the week. Work crews Wednesday continued paving the 7,200 square yards of roadway...

New fire station opens

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy spoke bluntly Wednesday afternoon at the official unveiling of the new multimillion dollar Stock Island fire station. "The old station -- there's really no other...

Gambling parlor arrest

Key West Citizen - Thursday, April 17, 2014

The owner of a gambling parlor that was raided as part of a statewide sting on illegal gaming locations was arrested two days later. Robert Kofler, 52, owner of The Lucky Duck Sweepstakes, 5800...

Being in the crosshairs of censorship

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It can all start with "The Lorax." For years, the Dr. Seuss children's book has landed on lists of banned books, or it has been challenged as too offensive for public viewing.

Porter to union: It's not over

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's not over. That was the message from the office of Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter after an impasse hearing between the school district and its employees' union, and recommendations made...

Idaho aquarium fined $10K for illegal fish trafficking

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Idaho aquarium must pay a criminal fine of $10,000 for conspiring to harvest, transport and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks captured in 2012 without permits, a federal judge ruled...

Judge steps down from murder case

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The judge who presided over the March murder trial of Peter Hedvall disqualified himself from the sentencing portion of the case after defense attorneys accused him of showing bias. Circuit Judge...

Fishermen seek review of diver impacts

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association on Tuesday called on marine sanctuary leaders to look more closely at the impacts of scuba divers and snorkelers when creating new...

Good vibrations

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some "boy and his dog" stories never get old. Take Key Wester Rusty Appleby and his canine friend Hooper, for instance. At 67, Appleby has been retired from full-time work for several years, but...