Florida Keys News

Marijuana smugglers avoid life sentences

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

Two of three men facing life in federal prison for smuggling nearly four tons of marijuana in a go-fast boat and arrested by Coast Guard crews in June 2016 were sentenced to 59 months in federal...

Spraying Alert

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has scheduled an aerial larvicide mission on Saturday, May 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., over Key West, west of Salt Run Channel. The helicopter mission will...

Boca Chica airfield busy heading into June

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The bulk of the Navy’s Carrier Air Wing 1 is roaring in and out of Boca Chica Field and will fly into early June as part of the required air-to-air training needed for battle group...

More evidence released in fatal crash

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Lower Keys woman accused of DUI manslaughter among other charges in the fatal April scooter crash in Key West that killed one Delray Beach police officer and injured another had cocaine and...

Mosquito control board split on term limits

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board has agreed there needs to be term limits but are split on how many terms commissioners can serve. The board discussed the issue on Tuesday and the...

Sailboat races abandon ship for 2018

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The sailboats are bailing out of Key West. Organizers of Key West Race Week announced the cancellation of the 2018 regatta late Thursday, issuing a prepared statement that quickly appeared on dozens...

High school graduations upcoming

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

Commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors are set for the four high schools associated with the Monroe County School District, as well as for Take Stock in Children participants. The schedule...

FBI joins Coast Guard probe in missing woman case

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Coast Guard Investigative Service and the FBI have opened a joint investigation into the disappearance of a Delray Beach woman who went missing at sea, authorities confirmed...

Memorial Day observances honor fallen soldiers


FLORIDA KEYS — The Memorial Day holiday honors the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. The U.S. Department of Defense reports that from 1980 to 2010,...

Man to plead guilty in child porn case

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 26, 2017

A Florida Keys man accused of possessing and distributing child pornography on a laptop computer will plead guilty in federal court in Miami next month.  David Mira, 31, faces one count of...

Parking garage proposal postponed

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 26, 2017

A proposal calling for the construction of two parking garages in Old Town has been postponed again, according to Key West City Manager Jim Scholl. City Commissioner and resolution sponsor Richard...

New Mote Marine Laboratory officially opens

Key West Citizen - Friday, May 26, 2017

Summerland Key is home to a new state-of-the-art international coral research center. On Thursday, Mote Marine Laboratory officially opened the doors to the $7 million Elizabeth Moore...

Heavy traffic over holiday Weekend

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year for traffic in the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office urges motorists to plan extra time for trips and practice safe driving habits. The Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit will be out in force over the holiday weekend and also will be enforcing seatbelt laws vigorously through June 4.

Trial date set in assault rifle case

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 25, 2017

A federal judge set an August trial date in Key West for a 45-year-old man arrested last year for allegedly possessing two AR-style rifles. U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez set an Aug. 7 trial...

Legislation takes some bite out of shark-fin rules

Key West Citizen - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a watered-down bill initially proposed to stop the shark fin trade in Florida. The bill, signed Tuesday, does increase penalties for shark finning and codifies a Florida...