Monroe County

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    November 14, 2014

    Hal Kreitman, the Haligator, Asks For Donations to Fight Legal Fees Against the FWC

    Hal Kreitman, the "Gator Whisperer," who was the subject of a New Times story last month, was recently arrested by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on "harassment of a protected species" charges. Kreitman could be facing a felony conservation charged. Kreitman received a bit of atten ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Hal Kreitman, the Haligator, Arrested for Swimming with Alligators

    Hal Kreitman, the subject of a New Times story just a few weeks back, was arrested this week in an undercover sting conducted by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers. The reports that Kreitman is facing a felony conservation charge, and he's current being held under a $25,0 ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Congressman Joe Garcia Fights for His Political Life

    On a Wednesday evening in early October, Congressman Joe Garcia strides through the empty lobby of a Key Largo community center, his black dress shoes clacking against the marble floor. Garcia is both affable and imposing. He has a large body and a broad face, with small dark eyes set above a prom ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Pam Bondi Wants Florida Supreme Court to Decide Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

    On Monday night, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion to the Third District Court of Appeal that the consolidated Pareto-Huntsman case, which deals with the topic of same-sex marriage, should be given a pass-through -- meaning it would skip the appeals court and go straight to the Flori ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Gay Marriage Question One Step Closer to the Florida Supreme Court

    In what has been a hot summer in the fight for marriage equality in the Sunshine State, the Second District Court of Appeal today asked the Florida Supreme Court (FSC) to decide whether the state's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. A clerk at the office of the Florida Supreme Court c ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Boca Rock Duo, Wolfcat, Write Pam Bondi a Song About Gay Marriage

    The Sex Pistols railed, "God save the queen/She ain't no human being." The Dead Kennedys sang, "Blow it out your ass, Ronald Reagan." And now, here comes Wolfcat, getting all up in the face of our twice-divorced, thrice-married, yet gay-marriage-denying attorney general, asking her (more tunefull ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Broward Commissioners Support Same-Sex Marriage with Resolution

    In the midst of four different judges ruling that the ban on same-sex in Florida is unconstitutional, and attorney general Pam Bondi's blowback of those rulings, Broward County Commissioners have stepped up to show their support for same-sex marriage by passing a resolution on Tuesday. Along with t ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Pam Bondi Asks to Freeze Gay Marriage Cases Until Supreme Court Decides

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to decide whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to sanction same-sex marriage. If her motion is successful, then the South Florida couples who are challenging the state's ban would not be heard in the ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Miami and Key West Same-Sex Couples File to Merge Lawsuits

    Since both their lawsuits challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the six couples in the Pareto v. Ruvin lawsuit in Miami-Dade are hoping to join forces with the couple in Monroe County, Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones, in their continued fight to bring marriage equality to Florida. ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Two-Day Lobster Mini-Season Begins at Midnight

    What will you be doing at midnight? Getting into bed -- or the ocean? If you're crazy about lobster, you just might be celebrating the start of the 2014 Florida mini-season, which takes place this Wednesday and Thursday. While most of the 50,000 registered sport-season lobster hunters will be in th ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ban is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

    Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida is unconstitutional. Back in May, six same-sex couples filed a motion asserting that Florida's marriage ban cannot stand in light of last year's U.S. Supreme Court of Miami-Dade ruling th ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    SKYY Vodka and Freedom Freedom to Marry Hosting #ToastToMarriage Party at Georgie's Alibi This Weekend

    This past week has held big news on the gay marriage front for the state of Florida. Last Thursday, Circuit Judge Luis Garcia in the Florida Keys struck down the state ban of gay marriage, stating it violated the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. He ordered the Monroe County Cl ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    National Marriage Campaign Coming to Wilton Manors This Saturday

    Despite the good news delivered by Chief Judge Luis Garcia this week, allowing gay couples like Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones to marry in Monroe County, the rest of Florida still awaits a similar day. Thanks to Skyy Vodka and, well, freedom, awareness is going to be raised for this cause ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Key West Gay Couple Who Can't Marry: "Love Is Love. That's All That Matters."

    A Monroe County judge yesterday said a Key West couple can't marry despite his ruling that Florida's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Chief Judge Luis Garcia said in an appeal by the State of Florida, "The automatic stay, currently in place, shall remain in place until completion of appellat ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Dead Short-Finned Pilot Whales Suffered From Malnutrition

    Necropsies performed on 11 dead short-finned pilot whales found in the Florida Keys on Sunday revealed the mammals suffered from malnutrition. Officials believe the 11 were part of the whale pod that stranded itself in Florida's Everglades National Park last week. According to the National Ocean ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales May Have Moved Into Deeper Waters

    Some of the short-finned pilot whales that had stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park earlier this week may have swam into deeper waters, according to the Coast Guard. About 20 or so whales of the 40 that had stranded themselves were missing on Friday morning, leading officials ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Rescue Attempts Continue For Short-Finned Pilot Whales That Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    Marine officials are scrambling to rescue the 41 short-finned pilot whales that have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park on Sunday. Experts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, took 15 boats and 31 voluntee ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales Have Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    As many as 30 to 40 short-finned pilot whales have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park. As many as ten have beached themselves, with four having already died, according to officials. The pod was first seen on Tuesday, about 30 miles from Flamingo in Monroe County.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Two-Day Mini Lobster Season Starts Today

    Ah. Lobster. How we love you so. Few foods have come to represent summer more than those giant insects of the sea. (That's what they are. Deal with it.) Unfortunately, that summertime favorite tends to predominate in cold-water areas like New England, specifically Maine. For the most part, we have ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Tampa Man Arrested After Disrupting a Flight By Being a Total Jerk

    A Tampa man was arrested after authorities say he disturbed passengers and crew on a Silver Airways flight to Key West by being a total jerk. Richard Alan Calderoni, 50, who is reportedly a managing member of GI Entertainment & Restaurant Group, was cuffed and taken into custody by deputies and U.S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Why South Florida Is Pretty Healthy and the Panhandle Is Going to Drop Dead

    The University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute released its third-annual county health rankings earlier this week, offering a huge pile of statistics on more than 3,000 U.S. counties that reveal, among other things, that fewer car crashes happen in the Northeast and teen pregnancy is high ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Derek Shaeffer Identified by Police as the Guy Who Tried to Rob a Burger King With a Sock

    ​Well, the guy police believe tried to rob a Stock Island Burger King in early November by stuffing his hand in a sock and telling people it was a gun has been arrested.The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Derek Shaeffer is its guy, and he was transferred back to Monroe County last ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Maykel Borges Was Denied More Free Beer; Cops Say He Returned With a Hatchet

    ​Let's review the last few weeks in people using sharp objects against their neighbors after not getting free things: Marathon resident Kenneshia Thurman allegedly almost stabbed a baby after not receiving free bread slices from her neighbor, and Oakland Park resident Dorothy Cooper wanted $2, no, ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Kenneth Ellis Allegedly Sniped a Kitten From His Condo Balcony

    ​Who snipes a kitten from his condo balcony?According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 68-year-old Naples resident Kenneth Ellis.MCSO Deputy Becky Herrin says someone phoned the cops around 7 p.m. Monday, saying they just saw someone shoot a kitty at the Ocean Pointe Condos in Tavernier.

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    November 8, 2011

    Kenneshia Thurman Almost Stabbed a Baby After She Was Denied Bread Slices, Cops Say

    Monroe County Sheriff's OfficeKenneshia Thurman​We've never heard a good excuse come from someone who nearly stabbed a baby, and two slices of bread sure isn't a good one.Still, that's what the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Kenneshia Thurman did last night.Some time around 7 p.m. ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Lillian Jennen's Excuse for the Alleged 6.5 Pounds of Pot in Her Car: Arthritis

    Monroe County Sheriff's OfficeThis is not arthritis medicine, according to Florida law.​As we just mentioned a couple of hours ago, medical marijuana is not yet legal in Florida.That didn't stop 56-year-old Lillian Jennen from dropping the medicinal purposes line when she was busted with 6.5 pound ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Binge Drinking and Obesity Increasing in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    sucksorrules.comAnd then there's this guy.​Residents in Broward and Palm Beach counties are drunker and fatter than before, according new statistics released by the Florida Department of Health.The Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey -- which questions around 500 people in each coun ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Tough Holiday Season for Parents of Boynton Man Found Buried in Freezer

    Stephen Febonio, in a Monroe County mug shot.​Stephen Febonio's parents may not feel like they have much to be thankful for this holiday season. Stephen's 76-year-old father, Edwin, who lives in Boynton Beach with his wife, Margaret, is a retired police detective from Peabody, Massachusetts. But i ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Florida Keys Nudie Calendar Features Ladies "Of a Certain Age"

    Erika Biddle: Putting the sizzle back into environmentalism​When German-born Erika Biddle first set foot in Key West in 1994, she looked around and thought, "This is the only city I've ever visited where I'm not the most eccentric person around. Here, I'm the normal one!" Biddle had been an active ... More >>

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    March 2, 2009

    Calypso's Seafood Grill -- Fresh and Local in Key Largo

    What the Hell Is She Crab Soup? from Miami New Times on Vimeo.One of the greatest things about livin' in South Florida is our proximity to the Florida Keys. Calypso's Seafood Grill has been standing at mile marker 99.5 in Key Largo, Monroe County, for 14 years. It's not the cheapest place down south ... More >>

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    December 18, 2006

    Pulp Person of The Year: John Kent Cooke Jr.

    Cooke Is At Right Florida Keys Community College President Bill Seeker must have really thought he was sticking it to the town's daily newspaper when he pulled all the school's advertising from its pages. He may have had dreams of finally putting the Citizen in its place, of heeling it to the will ... More >>

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    June 23, 2006

    Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Pop Stars

    The Key West Citizen's Traci Rork reports today on the bailout of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. The 26-year-old former Paris Hilton beau was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old Wisconsin tourist during a weekend of partying on the island in April. You can't get the story on the Citizen's web ... More >>

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    April 25, 2006

    Oh, About That Severed Head ...

    Photo Illustration Congratulations to Jennifer Babson for taking your run-of-the-mill "fishermen find severed human head" story and turning into a minor masterpiece. I know, I know, people find human heads in South Florida all the time -- bobbing in canals, washing up on the beach, jamming up thei ... More >>

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    September 8, 2005
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    June 28, 2001

    Lying for Kicks

    South Florida again becomes an outpost for Latin American sleaze

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    May 28, 1998
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    April 30, 1998

    Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

    With politicians in its pocket and more than a few violations under its belt, SunCruz sails into a port near you