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  • Vanity Post--Travel Ideas for Key West

    05/31/2014 6:01:24 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 68 replies
    Wondering if any Freepers have any advice for touring Key West.
  • Russian Troops Storm Ukraine Air Force Base In Crimea, Reuters Confirms

    03/07/2014 12:26:59 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 70 replies
    ARMED MEN ENTER UKRAINIAN MILITARY POST IN CRIMEA AND TAKE CONTROL, NO SHOTS FIRED - REUTERS REPORTER ON THE SCENE UKRAINIANS AND FORCES THOUGHT TO BE RUSSIANS HOLD NEGOTIATIONS AFTER MILITARY POST TAKEN, NO ARMS SEIZED - REUTERS REPORTER * * *
  • First flight from Key West to Cuba takes off

    12/30/2013 12:07:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 2:32 PM EST
    The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana. The nine-passenger flight departed Monday morning, more than two years after U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave Key West the green light to resume flights to and from the island country. …
  • Festival porn star kicked off plane (Key West)

    10/24/2013 8:52:19 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 22 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | Thursday, October 24, 2013 | BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    Festival porn star kicked off plane But she gets to club in time for the show BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staffalinhardt@keysnews.com Adult film star Mary Carey's antics at the Miami airport Wednesday may be the climax of this year's Fantasy Fest, so to speak. Miami-Dade Police refused to allow the porn star to board a connecting flight from Miami International Airport to Key West Wednesday morning after she got drunk and had sex with another man on her flight from Los Angeles, said Key West promoter Jose Collazo, also known as Louie C. Rock. Carey only made it to Key...
  • Key West Drops Drag Queen to Start 2013

    01/01/2013 4:34:29 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | January 1, 2013
    Key West Florida rings in the New Year by dropping a drag queen, who rides down in a high heeled shoe. "Sushi," as she calls herself, has been doing this for 16 years.
  • Thefts another bump in deputy's career - SWAT sgt. was fired from Key West PD

    10/05/2012 8:06:43 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 7 replies
    Key West Citizen & Bait Wrapper ^ | October 4, 2012 | ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    A Monroe County deputy who is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation following the theft of weapons and other law enforcement equipment from his vehicle -- for the second time in three years -- was fired from the Key West Police Department 14 years ago after accumulating a personnel file full of complaints, according to city and county officials. City of Key West records indicate Monroe County sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Ken Fricke was fired from the Key West Police Department 14 years ago for a litany of complaints that included sleeping on duty, misusing city equipment and falsifying information...
  • Overnight Sleep-Over at the Police Chief’s House Turns Bad (Key West)

    07/13/2012 12:07:34 PM PDT · by Elle Bee · 38 replies
    KEY WEST the newspaper ^ | JULY 13, 2012 | Dennis Reeves Cooper
    CHIEF LEE ESCORTS AN INTOXICATED GUEST TO HIS CAR AND TELLS HIM TO DRIVE HOME. SO THE YOUNG MAN CLIMBS INTO HIS MUSTANG, STARTS THE CAR, SLAMS IT INTO REVERSE AND ACCELERATES— SMASHING INTO A NEIGHBOR’S FENCETHEN THE KID AND THE CHIEF HAVE A FIGHT IN THE FRONT YARD. WITNESS: THEY WERE TUMBLING ON THE GROUND. WHEN THE COPS SHOW UP, THEY ARREST THE YOUNG MAN It was almost 3am on Monday morning, last May 28. Police Chief Donie Lee had an overnight house guest— 22- year-old Omar Antonio Garcia Barrera. But things were not working out as they might...
  • Key West seeks to ban vehicle sleeping

    06/15/2012 3:16:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    upi ^ | June 14, 2012
    KEY WEST, Fla.-- Residents of Key West, Fla., who live in their vehicles are objecting to officials seeking to ban "lodging" in vehicles. The Key West City Commission approved the new rules June 5, but the law must still pass a second public hearing and approval before it takes effect, KeysNet.com reported Thursday. The ordinance, which was proposed by Mayor Craig Cates, states "lodging" in vehicles "constitutes a hazard to the health and safety of the residents (and) visitors to the city" and has "a significant negative impact that creates an adverse effect on tourism and the environment." Kurt Wagner,...
  • Fingerless Key West banana man loses his trees

    05/14/2012 3:47:48 PM PDT · by Elle Bee · 36 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | May 14, 2012 | JOHN DeSANTIS
    To Key West Housing Authority officials it was seen as a necessary task, the chopping down of banana trees Richard "Diver" Overman nurtured daily with his fingerless hands, outside the windows of his public housing apartment on Amelia Street. To Overman it was a massacre. "They were just nubs when I planted them," the 67-year-old retired lobster diver said. "Now I am so disappointed. That was my pastime -- the only pastime I've got. Now they took them away and I feel like nothin'." Housing Authority Director Manuel Castillo said he and his staff tried to work with Overman, but...
  • BP lawsuit will be heard in Key West ~ (all Fraudulent Claims)

    03/03/2012 5:51:32 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 8 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | March 3, 2012 | CITIZEN STAFF
    BP lawsuit will be heard in Key West CITIZEN STAFF A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be heard in Key West. More than 300 people and businesses are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit against British Petroleum. The plaintiffs are seeking a cut of the $20 billion the oil company set aside to cover damage claims related to the spill. The 328 plaintiffs in the 69-page complaint filed on Feb. 25 include many Monroe County companies, including, but not limited to: Banner Tire...
  • FIRST THROUGH TRAIN ARRIVED AT 10.43 A.M. (Key West) 100 Years Ago Today

    01/22/2012 4:25:06 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 23 replies
    They called it "Flagler's Folly," the wondrous work of concrete, steel and wood stretching 128 miles from the Florida mainland to Key West, in a place where nature never intended for a railroad to run. But exactly 100 years ago Sunday at 10:43 a.m., a 110-ton Schenectady-built locomotive, powered by steam heated by oil, rolled over the last length of track on a dusty and stark Key West, bearing the ailing man dubbed the island's savior, oil baron Henry Flagler. He was greeted by applause, cheers, band music and choirs of schoolchildren, this man whose final dream was realized by...
  • Police kill dog that allegedly bit 2 lawmen

    01/07/2012 1:22:52 PM PST · by Elle Bee · 27 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | Saturday, January 7, 2012 | ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    A dog that reportedly bit a policeman during a domestic battery investigation last year was shot dead Wednesday night by a detective during a drug raid at the same house, according to Key West police reports. Buddie, a 5-year-old pit bull terrier mix, was shot in the head by Detective Michael Chaustit, who reportedly fired one bullet from his .45-caliber service handgun while the dog's mouth was clamped down on his left hand -- requiring three stitches at Lower Keys Medical Center. A veterinarian euthanized the dog at the scene about an hour laterreports say. During a 9 p.m. raid...
  • None Dare Call it a Coincidence: Andy Stern and the White House Biodefense Program

    07/15/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Jul 10th 2010 | LaborUnionReport
    There are many who argue that President Obama has (repeatedly) broken his promise to bring transparency and openness to the White House. In literal terms, however, Obama may not have actually broken that specific promise ,.. it’s just that people may not have understood what Obama meant by transparency and openness. ..Here’s a case in point: First Dot: Several months ago, the union world was shocked when Andy Stern, the ignominious president of the Service Employees International Union abruptly “quit” as leader of the Purple Hand. Surprise and speculation swelled. Was it the Blago Trial? Is he sick?Second Dot: Then,...
  • Drill, Cuba, Drill

    09/22/2011 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: Deep-water drilling will resume in the Florida Strait when a giant, semi-submersible oil rig en route from Singapore arrives later this fall. The bad news is it will not be American. While U.S. oil and energy prices "necessarily skyrocket," as President Obama once said they would under energy policies that have imposed a de facto ban on offshore drilling, a massive Chinese-built semi-submersible oil rig is on its way from Singapore to a drilling position off northwest Cuba perhaps as little as 50 miles from Key West, Fla. The long-predicted move could come as early as November, as...
  • Perry's Lost Emails (how about Carbonite?)

    08/30/2011 9:06:13 PM PDT · by ak267 · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/30/2011 | ak267
    I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that I was astonished with the speed and completeness of response to a pair of requests I filed recently under the Texas Public Information Act, which has been a pleasant surprise in covering Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The tweet drew a quick response from several reporters and activists in Texas, who noted that the speed may have something to do with what Perry's government destroys: every email more than a week old. The office says they print out and save emails that they're required to preserve, but there's no way to check.
  • Ancient Shipwreck Points to Site of Major Roman Battle

    10/19/2010 8:17:39 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 18, 2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    The remains of a sunken warship recently found in the Mediterranean Sea may confirm the site of a major ancient battle in which Rome trounced Carthage. The year was 241 B.C. and the players were the ascending Roman republic and the declining Carthaginian Empire, which was centered on the northernmost tip of Africa. The two powers were fighting for dominance in the Mediterranean in a series of conflicts called the Punic Wars. Archaeologists think the newly discovered remnants of the warship date from the final battle of the first Punic War, which allowed Rome to expand farther into the Western...
  • Dengue Fever Outbreak

    08/06/2010 6:33:54 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 8 replies
    LiveShots ^ | August 6, 2010 | Phil Keating
    <p>"I've had kidney stones. This was worse. I never want to have it again," says Richard Branch, a Navy Lieutenant stationed in Key West. He ended up having to be hospitalized in Miami after a mosquito carrying the Dengue virus got him.</p>
  • New Documentary Corrects Some Bettie Page Myths & Key West Lore

    07/18/2010 6:46:04 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | July 18 ,2010 | JOHN L. GUERRA Citizen Staff
    Interview unravels Key West lore New documentary corrects some Bettie Page myths Bettie Page, the iconic 1950s pinup girl known around the world for her bondage photos and fetish films, moved to Key West in 1957 and married a Conch named Armon Walterson. On a dark New Year's Eve night a few months later, the world-famous vixen found God when she stopped to listen to a preacher in a White Street church that has long disappeared. Cited as a pivotal moment in the life of a woman who had a big heart but a less-than-savory past, the events of her...
  • Dengue Fever Hits Key West

    05/23/2010 3:58:48 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 57 replies · 2,256+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | John Gever
    More than two dozen cases of locally-acquired dengue fever have hit the resort town of Key West , Fla., in the past nine months, officials from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
  • Key West, Fla., man wins conch shell blowing title

    03/06/2010 2:57:47 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 346+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 6
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A sixth-generation Key West resident, who first blew a conch shell as a child, has won the island's 48th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Florida. Thirty-six-year-old Clinton Curry followed his two-toned toot Saturday with a portion of composer Aram Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance" on a single shell, earning applause from several hundred spectators. Blowing the fluted, pink-lined conch shell has been a Key West tradition since the early 1800s, when seafaring settlers used it as a signaling device.
  • South Florida jail scams turn IRS into ATM

    02/22/2010 12:03:26 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 15 replies · 839+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/21/10 | Cammy Clark
    Inmates at a South Florida jail were masters at picking Uncle Sam's pocket, filing for more than $1 million in bogus tax refunds. Now the feds are fighting back.(snip)Detainees turned the IRS into their own private ATM, filing for about $1 million in fraudulent refunds. Before the scam was uncovered, they hauled in as much as $100,000 for themselves, their friends and relatives, say past and present law-enforcement officials. It was easy money. ``I was shocked that inmates could steal from the IRS that easily and that blatantly and not be prosecuted. Even when the case was handed to them...
  • Key West Smashes Record Low By Six Degrees

    01/11/2010 3:20:54 AM PST · by jsh3180 · 24 replies · 1,583+ views
    Key West NWS ^ | 01/11/2010 | Key West NWS
    .CLIMATE... THE LOW TEMPERATURE AT KEY WEST AIRPORT HAS ALREADY DROPPED TO 42 DEGREES AS OF 5 AM. THIS SMASHES THE PREVIOUS DAILY RECORD LOW OF 48 DEGREES WHICH WAS SET IN 1970. ONLY TWO LOWER TEMPERATURES HAVE EVER BEEN RECORDED IN KEY WEST...WHICH ARE THE ALL-TIME RECORD LOWS OF 41 DEGREES ON JANUARY 13 1981 AND JANUARY 12 1886. TEMPERATURE RECORDS IN KEY WEST DATE BACK TO 1873. WITH A COUPLE OF HOURS YET TO GO BEFORE SUNRISE...THERE IS STILL A WINDOW FOR FURTHER COOLING TO OCCUR...AND WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR TEMPS VERY CLOSELY. ALSO OF NOTE IS THAT...
  • Key West Recycling ordinance is move in right direction

    12/29/2008 6:25:18 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 10 replies · 581+ views
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | December 28, 2008 | E Board
    Recycling ordinance is move in right direction In the past, the traditional "Three Rs" were reading, writing and arithmetic -- and obviously not spelling. But outside the classroom today, people are adopting another R trinity: reduce, reuse and recycle. The importance of this new mantra is becoming increasingly clear. (The school budget is over by $2.1 Million and the kids still can't pas the state FCAT exams) The Key West City Commission (Led by Mendacious McPherson RINO), at its Jan. 6 meeting, will be considering a proposed recycling ordinance. The main focus of this ordinance is to increase the percentage...
  • Fmr. Key West Mayor Captain Tony Passes Away

    11/02/2008 2:40:38 AM PST · by jsh3180 · 11 replies · 1,489+ views
    cbs4.com ^ | Nov. 1, 2008
    KEY WEST (CBS4) ― Key West residents are mourning the loss of a legendary former Key West bar owner and former mayor. Anthony "Captain Tony" Tarracino passed away Saturday afternoon, according to his wife of 38 years. He was 92 years old and had been hospitalized for about a week with a heart and lung condition. His wife and seven of his children shared stories in his hospital room shortly before his death. A viewing is planned for Friday evening in Key West, with a service scheduled for Saturday morning. A reception for family and friends at Captain Tony's Saloon...
  • Homemade Submarine Found Stuffed With $187M In Cocaine

    09/18/2008 7:19:14 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 74 replies · 3,086+ views
    local6 ^ | September 18, 2008
    KEY WEST, Fla. -- The U.S. Coast Guard discovered 7 tons of cocaine on a homemade submarine that featured sophisticated navigation equipment. Coast Guard officials said the apparent Colombian drug runners were taken by surprise on the 70-foot vessel. The sub was stuffed with $187 million worth of drugs. Four people were taken into custody in international waters. The vessel and the people aboard were on their way to Key West Thursday. The bust happened off the coast of Costa Rica after a U.S. Navy airplane spotted the sub.
  • Judge: Gay man can adopt

    09/11/2008 5:59:36 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 34 replies · 217+ views
    Key West Citizen ^ | Sept. 11, 2008 | Mandy Bolen
    A 16th circuit judge has approved the adoption of a Key West boy by one of his gay foster fathers, calling Florida's categorical ban on gay adoption "unconstitutional on its face" and deciding that adoption was in the best interest of the child. Judge David Audlin entered a 67-page order in response to the fathers' petition for adoption, which must be in one person's name if the adoptive parent is not married. The published ruling has deleted the names of the involved parties, while the original has been sealed. The order details the family life that two local businessmen have...
  • Storm-Tossed Yacht on the Move (stuck since Hurricane Wilma)

    10/06/2007 9:49:09 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 2,283+ views
    Looking like Noah's Ark after the flood, a sleek, 158-foot yacht driven aground by a hurricane lies just offshore, mired for most of the past two years in a dispute with the government over how to free it without doing too much damage to the seagrass. Through it all, the boat's owner, Peter Halmos, has stubbornly insisted on staying aboard or living close by on a cluster of houseboats so he can guard his beloved Legacy against pirates and thieves plying the calm green-and-azure waters off Key West. A Hungarian emigre who made a fortune selling theft protection to credit-card...
  • Caption this photo: Inga the Swedish Bombshell gets a tattoo in Key West

    08/23/2007 9:53:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies · 2,109+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | August 23, 2007
    Drag queen Inga the Swedish Bombshell gets a tattoo by artist Boe Mencarelli at Key West Ink.
  • Convicted on FBI Tapes @ Nudist Bar, Key West Bag Man Gets Only Probation From Retiring Judge

    06/07/2007 6:18:34 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 16 replies · 2,588+ views
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | June 7, 2007 | Citizen Staff
    Someone should check this retiring Federal Judge's freezer for a bag of cash .... Probation for three Felony Counts to an attorney guilty of conspiracy, witness tampering and obstruction of justice ???? Bribery suspects met at nudist pool bar - 02/09/2007 BY TIMOTHY O'HARA Citizen Staff KEY WEST -- Prosecutors on Thursday showed to a jury surveillance video and photographs of meetings between an indicted former county attorney and their star witness, including one at a popular clothing-optional resort's pool bar. Former County Attorney Jim Hendrick met political consultant Randy Hilliard at Atlantic Shores Resort on July 11, 2003 --...
  • US gets first free-to-air gay channel

    11/28/2006 9:16:19 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 25 replies · 1,789+ views
    Digital Spy ^ | 11/28/06 | James Welsh
    WGAY-TV, America's first free-to-air terrestrial TV station aimed at LGBT audiences, will launch in Key West, Florida at midnight on January 1, 2007. The station plans to expand nationally on cable, and will be carried on cable in Key West from launch. "Our goal is to offer a variety of free programming both online and through local cable affiliates that will appeal to the diverse gay and lesbian population," said Jason Sherwood, the station's co-founder and general manager. The channel will be available in Key West on UHF channel 41.
  • Drag performances banned at Goombay Fest

    10/20/2006 4:59:25 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 21 replies · 676+ views
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | October 20, 2006 | BECKY IANNOTTA & CHERYL SMITH
    Drag performances banned at Goombay Fest BY BECKY IANNOTTA AND CHERYL SMITHCitizen Staff KEY WEST — Goombay Festival has banned drag queens from performing on the main stage at this year's two-day event, which begins tonight. Organizers on Thursday said the shows were getting too racy for the family-oriented event that kicks off the more bawdy Fantasy Fest. A tearful Horace Billups, whose stage name is B.J. Safari, said that after a half-dozen years as emcee on the main entertainment stage, he was told he can perform as a man, but not as a woman during the festival in Bahama...
  • Gay tourists find 'welcome' signs across Florida

    08/03/2006 8:39:52 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 80 replies · 1,629+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 3 2006 | Beth Kassab
    During the annual Gay Days in Orlando earlier this summer, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau bought a billboard to entice travelers to head south. Fort Lauderdale has emerged as a hot spot for gay-friendly travel, a market so lucrative that state tourism marketer Visit Florida recently created a task force to explore how to better cater to gay travelers, who are estimated to have $641 billion in purchasing power this year. "We rolled out what we call the rainbow carpet a couple of years ago, and we've seen a lot of green success," said Nicki Grossman, president...
  • The old man and the six-toed cats: Hemingway home in dispute

    07/29/2006 9:06:18 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 56 replies · 2,004+ views
    CNN ^ | July 29, 2006 | AP
    The caretakers of Ernest Hemingway's Key West home want a federal judge to intervene in their dispute with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the six-toed cats that roam the property. More than 50 descendants of a multi-toed cat the novelist received as a gift in 1935 wander the grounds of the home, where Hemingway lived for more than 10 years. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum disputes the USDA's claim that it is an "exhibitor" of cats and needs to have a USDA Animal Welfare License, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Miami. "What...
  • Man In Woman's Clothing With Flare Gun Makes A Scene

    06/02/2006 7:51:02 AM PDT · by varyouga · 44 replies · 1,027+ views
    AP ^ | 5/30/06 | AP
    KEY WEST, Fla. -- A man wearing a purple women's bathing suit and carrying a flare gun was arrested after he told a bartender he was going to "get rid of all the dirt bags in Key West," authorities said. The bartender, who was not identified, was working in the downstairs bar of The Bull and Whistle, a popular Key West watering hole located on Duval Street. "She reported she had seen a man, later identified as Anderson, dancing in the street showing tourists his private parts, and asking people for money when they took his picture," the news release...
  • Fla. Man in Women's Bathing Suit Arrested

    05/31/2006 5:02:51 AM PDT · by decimon · 34 replies · 821+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2006 | Unknown
    KEY WEST, Fla. - A man wearing a purple women's bathing suit and carrying a flare gun was arrested after he told a bartender he was going to "get rid of all the dirt bags in Key West," authorities said. Jeffrey C. Anderson, 55, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm Monday after he brandished the flare gun, which was under a skirt he was wearing, Key West police spokeswoman Christie Phillips said. The bartender, who was not identified, was working in the downstairs bar of The Bull and Whistle, a popular Key West watering hole located on Duval Street....
  • 13-Year-Old Boat Driver Arrested for Killing of Boy Snorkeler

    05/30/2006 8:25:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 503+ views
    AP ^ | May 30, 2006
    KEY WEST, Fla. — A 13-year-old boater was arrested Monday after authorities said he hit and killed a 6-year-old snorkeler, then sped away. The 6-year-old was snorkeling off Key West with his father and a sibling next to their 22-foot motorboat when he was struck, said Lt. Steve Acton of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. An 18-foot skiff sped over the boy, then crashed into his father's vessel, causing it to sink. The driver paused momentarily before taking off, Acton said. Authorities found the skiff tied to a dock at a home and arrested the 13-year-old driver. He...
  • Job Open in Key West ~ Min $2000 per week Tax Free ~ Steal $200+K and Just Give Up Your Sick Leave

    04/14/2006 8:10:05 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 11 replies · 391+ views
    The Key West Citizen and bait Wrapper ^ | April 14, 2006 | Citizen Staff
    Suarez case tough to prosecute BY CHRIS TITTEL Citizen Staff KEY WEST - There was no evidence to send former Public Works Superintendent Gilbert Suarez to jail or force him to pay back thousands of dollars detectives suspect he stole from parking meters over a four-year period, prosecutors said Thursday. After Suarez reached a plea agreement with the State Attorney's Office, Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced him on Monday to five years probation on grand theft charges for stealing change from parking meters on May 15, 2005. Suarez, 44, also was sentenced to two years probation on drug charges...
  • USS Key West Returns From Western Pacific Deployment

    11/16/2005 4:34:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 574+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 16, 2005 | Chief Journalist (SW/AW) David Rush
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment to its homeport of Pearl Harbor Nov. 10. According to Capt. Kenneth Sault, Key West’s commanding officer, the deployment was successful thanks to his crew. “It was a long deployment, but we got a lot of good things done," he said. "We’re happy to be home.” Sault said his crew worked hard and in return got a chance to visit a few excellent ports. “We went to Australia and participated in Talisman Sabre for about a month," he...
  • Homosexual party sunk by Wilma?

    10/25/2005 8:52:20 AM PDT · by emiller · 34 replies · 1,441+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10-24-05 | unknown
    Homosexual party sunk by Wilma? Fantasy Fest had been reset for Wednesday, but 'debauchery' could be canceled -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: October 24, 2005 8:25 p.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Historic Customs House in Key West, Fla., stands behind remains of Hilton pier torn apart by Hurricane Wilma (photo: Key West Citizen) Despite the attempt to dodge the impact of Hurricane Wilma by changing the dates for the annual Fantasy Fest, the storm has deluged any hopes for the homosexual debauchery party this week, and could force a complete cancellation. "We know Fantasy Fest is on everyone's mind," City Commissioner Bill Verge...
  • Hurricane postpones another homosexual party (DU very upset)

    10/22/2005 11:46:53 AM PDT · by johnmecainrino · 42 replies · 1,609+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 21, 2005 | Joe Kovacs
    Hurricane postpones another homosexual party Theme for Florida Keys Fantasy Fest: 'Freaks, Geeks, and Goddesses' Wild costumes and plenty of exposed skin are common at the annual Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla. For the second time this year, an Atlantic hurricane is forcing the postponement of a popular homosexual event filled with "unthinkable debauchery." The annual Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla., had been slated to kick off today, but the threat of Hurricane Wilma is putting a damper on the festivities, delaying events until after the storm passes. "We've never had a hurricane interfere with Fantasy Fest, at...
  • Hurricane coverage veers off course

    09/21/2005 6:15:20 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 10 replies · 1,173+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/21/05 | Jonah Goldberg
    The press was blindsided again. As Hurricane Rita barreled toward Key West, television news executives were unprepared to deal with the lamentable divide this storm would undoubtedly reveal between gay America and straight America. You'd think the media would have learned their lesson. After Katrina, the press corps waited a full two days after the storm hit before it was able to report that one of America's poorest and blackest cities was full of poor and black people. Surely, this time around the Fourth Estate would hit the ground running with up-to-the-minute exposes on the "Other" Other America and trenchant-yet-lachrymose...
  • Need Info - Plane Crash South Florida - Keys <VANITY>

    06/18/2005 5:59:28 AM PDT · by al_again · 17 replies · 887+ views
    Pete Stoughton
    Need help - a friend of mine(student pilot) was involved in a plane crash yesterday. They crashed in the Gulf of Mexico close to key west(not the family that crashed in the swamp). I think everyone was ok but I can't find any news. Are there any South Florida freepers who have any info/links about this. Thanks in advance!
  • Duck Tours case begins ~ Key West Monopoly Trial

    05/06/2005 5:23:44 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 11 replies · 479+ views
    Duck Tours case begins BY TIMOTHY O'HARA Citizen Staff KEY WEST — A jury is being asked whether the city of Key West ran Duck Tours Seafari out of business in 1995 or the business ran out of money and failed. Opening arguments started Thursday in the case Duck Tours v. the City of Key West and the city's largest lease holder, Historic Tours of America, operators of the Old Town Trolleys and Conch Tour Trains. Duck Tours attorneys claim the company's owner, John Murphy, was an entrepreneur who received the proper business licenses, but was run out of business...
  • Feathers Flying Over Chicken Proclamation

    04/30/2005 4:10:19 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 7 replies · 283+ views
    BY TIMOTHY O'HARA Citizen Staff KEY WEST — The City Commission is set to approve a proclamation Tuesday night that would list the chicken as the "official bird of Key West." Organizers of Chicken Fest, the Market Share company, approached Mayor Jimmy Weekley with the idea and he agreed, the mayor said. "Old Town roosters woke Ernest Hemingway to his writing duties on many a groggy morn," the proclamation reads. "The beautiful Key West avian ambassadors are a delight to the island city's visitors and our residents .... Local legends Mel Fisher, Richard Heyman and Count von Cosel all had...
  • MARITIME SECURITY: THE THREAT IS REAL

    01/13/2005 12:04:33 PM PST · by ddtorque · 7 replies · 643+ views
    On New Year's Eve 2003, the Panamanian-flag tanker Pedoulas, carrying 90,000 tonnes of crude oil was ordered to anchor off the coast of Sydney, Australia, because police and security officials feared it could be attacked by terrorists in Sydney Harbor... ...police had been monitoring the movements of a group of Islamic men...believed to be targeting two sites... ...The attack on the tanker Limburg in Yemen in October 2002 showed how vulnerable tankers are to suicide attacks by small boats. ...In an interview with the Associated Press in December 2002, FBI Director Robert Mueller said "there have been any number of...
  • Key West, Suddenly Shy, Puts Pasties on Its Party

    11/01/2004 11:50:25 AM PST · by PreviouslyA-Lurker · 46 replies · 732+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2004 | Nick Madigan
    KEY WEST, Fla., Oct. 17 - As night falls on Duval Street, dazed tourists stumble from bar to bar, taking in decked-out drag queens, comely strippers and other entertainments considerably more outrageous. In the dark corners of some of Key West's gay clubs, things go on that, even here, most people do not talk about in public. It takes a lot to shock people in Key West. If you come to town, the thinking goes, you may as well forget about prudishness and propriety. And yet the southernmost city in the contiguous United States, long considered beyond the reach of...
  • H. Charley now a CAT 2 Hurricane, could hit Tampa as a CAT 3 Fri PM

    08/12/2004 6:55:26 PM PDT · by mhking · 306 replies · 8,222+ views
    The National Weather Service has just issued a Tornado Watch for most of south Florida until at least 8:00 Friday morning. Hurricane City is streaming live coverage at http://hurricanecity.com/live.ram -- their coverage includes reports from The Weather Channel, from observers on the ground, plus streamed reports from local Miami television stations.
  • Rosie O'Doughnut expresses herself on Duval Street & Kerry's Sister Does Key West

    07/18/2004 9:32:10 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 53 replies · 1,652+ views
    Rosie O'Donnell expresses herself on Duval Street BY CHRIS TITTEL Citizen Staff Writer KEY WEST — "How much damage can he do?" The haunting question has been clipped from a news magazine and plastered alongside pictures of President George W. Bush, a cutout of the color-coded homeland security advisory system and photos of a newborn baby. Out of chaos comes order, as the viewer steps back from the smear of random bits of graffiti to discover a very clear, direct and serious personal message. "He is the most divisive president we've ever had," the artist asserts, "and I think he...
  • Couples Claim Hotel Made Them Leave For Being Straight

    04/19/2004 6:23:57 AM PDT · by Puppage · 42 replies · 294+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 4/19/2004 | Puppage
    6 People Were Vacationing With Gay Couple, Tried To Stay At 'Gay' Hotel KEY WEST, Fla. -- Three couples are complaining they were tossed out of a hotel because of their sexual orientation. The three straight couples say they were booted from a hotel in Key West for not being gay. The six were vacationing with a gay couple and had reservations at a hotel. One of the gay men in the group said the manager told them, "We don't want you here." He said the group was already settled in their rooms when the manager told the straight couples...
  • We don't serve your kind

    04/17/2004 1:12:00 AM PDT · by thegreatbeast · 51 replies · 305+ views
    GlobeAndMail.com ^ | Friday, Apr. 16, 2004 | AP
    Key West, Fla. — Three heterosexual couples said they were kicked out of a hotel in Key West because of their sexual orientation. The six were vacationing with a homosexual couple and had reservations at a hotel called Big Ruby's when the three heterosexual couples were kicked out. “The manager literally said: ‘We don't want you here,”' Jim Pirih, who was vacationing with his partner and heterosexual friends, said. The group was already settled in their rooms Wednesday when the manager told them they would have to leave, citing a policy of not allowing heterosexuals on the property, Mr. Pirih...