Latest Key West News

Sunshine State considers banning sunscreen bans

Nov. 5, 2019 4:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida tourist haven Key West wants to protect coral reefs that attract divers, so it's banning sunscreens that contain chemicals that could harm them. But Florida lawmakers who think it's more important to protect humans are moving toward outlawing the Key West's sunscreen ban...

Turtle returned to ocean after recovering from spear attack

Nov. 1, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A federally protected green sea turtle was released in the Florida Keys after recovering from a spear shot into its neck. The 150-pound (68-kilogram) female, dubbed "Splinter," returned to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday at Higgs Beach in Key West. The turtle was rescued off Key Largo...

2,000-pound great white shark tracked to Gulf of Mexico

Oct. 29, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say a 15-foot-5-inch (5 meter) great white shark weighing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) has entered the Gulf of Mexico after a journey down the coast from Canada. The Naples Daily News reports that OCEARCH tracked the female shark, named Unama'ki, swimming just south...

Rabbit-eared tortoise pleases at Key West Fantasy Fest

Oct. 25, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The often-decadent Fantasy Fest is in full flair this weekend in Key West. At Wednesday evening's family friendly Pet Masquerade, entrants included costumed dogs, cats and a tortoise carrying a plush rabbit themed "The Tortoise and the Hare," drawing inspiration from the fable of the...