Key West


The Port of Key West remains closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and the Coast Guard is urging boaters to stay away.

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A group of scientists and volunteers in Key West is taking steps to revitalize local coral reefs.

A Key West prosecutor is urging lawmakers to crack down on lobster poaching. 

Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi has appealed a judge’s ruling declaring Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. She filed the appeal within hours of the ruling on Thursday. 

A Monroe County circuit judge made the ruling, which applies only to the Florida Keys.

Judge Luis Garcia agreed with a Key West couple suing for the right to get a marriage license. The men are celebrating their 11-year anniversary together and were turned down when they applied with the Monroe County clerk.

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The Florida Keys boasts a variety of flora and fauna, and tourists flock to the region to soak up the sun and enjoy the climate. The area has tried hard to protect its vanishing native wildlife in recent years, and repel the invaders who could harm the natural balance. But not all invasive species are of the ‘exotic’ variety.

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Florida is famous for its plants and animals so it stands to reason a state built on tourism would fight invasive species to keep its native populations going strong. But in Key West, birds of many feathers, flock together.

The Key West Wildlife Center is tucked behind a large group of palm trees, in a shady parking lot across from a busy beach. But it’s little corner of paradise is drastically different from the short island shrubs and hot pavement spread right out in front of it.

The Florida Cabinet has approved a statewide shelter plan in advance of the 2012 hurricane season. Ryan Benk reports officials met today in Marathon for a regular Cabinet meeting.

The plan works as a guide for shelters across the state. It includes retrofitted public facilities, existing schools, and the use of hurricane-resistant new schools. That would create a map of more than 939 thousand spaces around Florida that can be used in case of a major storm. Governor Rick Scott says residents need to remember the importance of hurricane preparedness.