Latest Key West News

Ian swamps southwest Florida, trapping people in homes

Sep. 28, 2022 23:26 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., swamped southwest Florida on Wednesday, turning streets into rivers, knocking out power to 2 million people and threatening catastrophic damage further inland. A coastal sheriff's...

Officials: Search for migrants after boat sinks off Keys

Sep. 28, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Four Cuban migrants swam to shore in the Florida Keys and three others were rescued from the ocean after their boat sank Wednesday, shortly before Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida. But 20 more people might be missing, officials said. The...

Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker

Sep. 16, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — 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 on Friday when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the...

Restaurant survived pandemic, but not staffing crisis

Sep. 10, 2022 03:15 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — In the Florida Keys, businesses come and go. Customers are fickle and profit sometimes doesn’t match rent. But when a restaurant this past week announced it was closing because it can’t keep enough employees on the payroll, it quickly caught the attention...

187 Cuban migrants arrested after landing in Florida

Aug. 15, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say 187 Cuban migrants have been arrested after landing in the Florida Keys on 10 separate boats over the weekend. Chief Patrol Agent Walter Slosar of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted images of the small boats without passengers...

Coast Guard: 2 dead, 5 missing after migrant boat capsizes

Aug. 06, 2022 23:40 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two people died and five were missing after a boat believed to be carrying migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally capsized off the coast of the Florida Keys, the Coast Guard said. Eight people were rescued, the Coast Guard said in a news release...

Officials: 2 dead on first day of lobster mini-season

Jul. 28, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two people died in the Florida Keys during the first day of lobster mini-season, officials said. The annual two-day event began Wednesday. It allows people to take their legal limit of spiny lobster before the regular season, which runs Aug. 6-March 31. ...

Attorney wins Ernest Hemingway contest in Key West tradition

Jul. 24, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Some came in wool fisherman's sweaters, and other contestants had sportsmen's attire. But it was the cream-colored sweater of attorney Jon Auvil that caught the eye of judges who awarded him the title for most resembling author and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway....

Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida Keys

Jul. 21, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began in Key West Thursday, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth. This year's competition attracted 135 portly, bearded men, who are endeavoring to prove their likeness to the famed...