‘The chances of them still being alive are not good’: Coast Guard officials search for 20 at sea after migrant boat sinks
The Coast Guard is searching for 20 people at sea after a migrant boat sank near Stock Island in the Florida Keys on Wednesday. The Keys are experiencing tropical storm conditions because of Hurricane Ian.sun-sentinel.com
Hurricane Ian to cause tornado threat, tropical storm winds, flooding in Florida Keys
There was a possibility of tornadoes late Monday night and Tuesday across the Florida Keys. Hurricane Ian is forecast to emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico to affect Key West and Key Largo before causing turmoil on the western coast of Florida.
Monroe County officials declare local state of emergency, urge hurricane prep
Monroe County officials followed Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to declare a state of emergency on Friday as Tropical Depression Nine strengthened in the Caribbean and meteorologists warned it will likely hit Florida as a hurricane next week.
Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker
The Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Florida, a landmark delineating the continental United States’ southernmost spot of land, became a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the much-photographed site beside the Atlantic Ocean.
Dry Tortugas National Park: Haunted by History, Heralded for Its Marine Life
Pirates, enslaved people, and Spanish explorers shaped these seven small islands west of the Florida Keys. For most visitors, deep-diving into the past and then swimming the azure waters makes for an unforgettable trip.outsideonline.com
Sheriff: New victim of fake rideshare driver comes forward, deputies think there may be more
An additional victim of a Florida Keys man accused last week of pretending to be a rideshare driver and sexually assaulting a woman has come forward and investigators think there may be more, officials with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
RESULTS: Primary Election Results for Monroe County
Voters in Monroe County are heading to the polls Tuesday with more than a few races to watch and referendums, including a Monroe County School District operational funding question that will be on all ballots. On Key West ballots only will be referendums on replacing gender-specific references in the city charter and another about candidates’ being required to have residency in the city of Key West.
Sheriff: Fake rideshare driver exposed himself, touched woman trying to get ride home
A woman who thought she was getting a ride home from Key West from a rideshare driver was instead victimized by a man pretending to work for a rideshare company, who exposed himself and touched her, Monroe County deputies allege.
Sloppy Joe’s is celebrating 85 years on a Key West corner. This bar’s story is even older
On an island filled with famous watering holes and charming backstories, one bar stands out as a Key West classic. This year, Sloppy Joe’s Bar is celebrating 85 years of doing business in the Florida town.sun-sentinel.com
Cruise ships at center of dispute in Florida's idyllic Key West
The island-city of Key West off the southern tip of Florida invites visitors to stroll slowly, enjoy turquoise waters and take in the sunset. But according to some residents, that idyllic peace is endangered -- by lumbering, tourist-filled cruise ships.news.yahoo.com
Boat carrying Russian migrants lands in Key West, officials say
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said the migrants, many carrying luggage, arrived on a 30-foot vessel. He said there remains “some questions” about how many, if any, of the occupants “dissipated into the community” before they could be apprehended.washingtonpost.com
Oil, gas sheen spotted in water during search for couple whose plane is believed to have crashed
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says an oil and gas sheen was spotted about 9 miles north of Big Pine Key as law enforcement and Coast Guard crews search for a missing couple who was flying a small plane to the Keys.
How a bartender’s tip (or lack thereof) led to arrest in Key West buoy burning
A tourist made a big impression in a Key West bar by ordering drinks three times on New Year’s Eve without leaving a tip. That enabled the staff to easily track him down after police released webcam video showing vandals setting fire that damaged landmark Key West Buoy.sun-sentinel.com
Bartender's tip leads to arrest in Key West buoy burning
Always remember to tip your server, if you know what's good for you. A tourist made a big impression in a Key West bar by ordering drinks three times on New Year's Eve without leaving a tip. The arson caused more than $5,000 in damage to the city's landmark buoy marking the southernmost point in the United States, and sent the island's “coconut telegraph” gossip chain into high alert, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.news.yahoo.com
Famous Key West buoy burned after 2 set tree on fire
Police are searching for two people who burned a part of Key West's famous Southernmost Point buoy early New Year's Day after setting a fire near the landmark tourism icon. News outlets report two males lit a Christmas tree on fire in front of the buoy around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and the flames charred sections of the colorful, 4-ton cement monument that reads “90 miles to Cuba, Southernmost Point, Continental U.S.A.” The red, yellow, black and white marker resembles a giant marine navigational buoy.news.yahoo.com
Vandals set fire to Key West’s most famous landmark, causing ‘extensive damage’
The hunt is on for two men who defaced one of Key West’s most famous and most photographed landmarks on New Year’s Day: the giant and colorful Southernmost Point buoy. The vandals caused “extensive damage” to the buoy between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Key West police. And, the incident was caught on video. The most noticeable damage is on the front of the buoy, with charring over ...news.yahoo.com
Keys sheriff says police shouldn’t have arrested 2 deputies after a fight in Key West
Cellphone video that witnesses took of a fight between two off-duty Monroe County sheriff’s deputies and three Navy sailors last weekend shows the cops tried to show restraint until force was unavoidable, the deputies’ boss said Thursday.news.yahoo.com
There was a street fight in Key West, police said. Deputies and sailors now face charges
A Navy sailor was airlifted from Key West to a Miami hospital early Saturday morning after police said he was part of a fight on Duval Street between two off-duty sheriff’s deputies and two other sailors.news.yahoo.com
‘SMART Ride’ fundraising cyclists to pedal from Miami to Key West
Bicyclists are to pedal from Miami to Key West on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, during “The SMART Ride,” a charitable journey that has been called the largest bicycle ride in the southeastern United States. Beneficiaries include the Florida Keys’ A.H. of Monroe County. The 165-mile Miami-to-Key-West journey takes bicyclists through the entire Keys island chain along scenic Florida Keys Overseas Highway and Heritage Trail routes. Overnight housing is reserved at Hawks Cay, and participants are to resume their ride the following morning to travel some 65 miles southwest to Key West. This year’s scheduled conclusion will be at Key West High School with a private closing ceremony.communitynewspapers.com
Coast Guard: 13 Cubans rescued, others missing off Key West
The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued 13 people after their boat capsized off of Key West as Tropical Storm Elsa approached, the agency said. The nine men and four women were taken aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis on Tuesday afternoon, some 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of Key West, the agency said in a news release. The crew from the Western Carmen contacted watch standers at the Coast Guard's Sector Key West around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to report they had found four people in the water.news.yahoo.com