Key West

Mark Hedden

It's the time of year when residents from the Florida Keys can catch a glimpse of thousands of Peregrine Falcons on their way to South America.

The falcons are considered the fastest animals on earth — reaching speeds up to 240 miles per hour. Spectators and professional birdwatchers from around the world will gather in the Florida Keys this weekend for the annual “Hawk Mania” event.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

An osprey that was shot with a pellet gun in Key West in August was euthanized Thursday morning after a vet exam found "necrosis complications."

The bird's wing was broken in the Aug. 21 incident at Truman Waterfront on Key West harbor.

"The bone tissue at the fracture site was dying and was likely to cause system problems," Thomas Sweets, director of the Key West Wildlife Rescue, said in a statement Thursday.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Since David Wolkowsky died Sept. 23 at the age of 99, people on the island have been talking about his life and legacy.

Miami Herald

In the early 1960s David Wolkowsky saw rundown old buildings in his hometown and envisioned a refuge and mecca for writers, artists and other visitors.

That vision put Key West on the map as a tourism and cultural destination.

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The downtown area of Key West was developed in the 1800s, before cars. Now it's a busy and successful area with lots of businesses and residents - a lot of them competing for parking on the street.

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Key West fell just short of electing a mayor Tuesday, with the top vote-getter receiving 49 percent. If she wins the runoff in November, former City Comissioner Teri Johnston would be Florida's first lesbian mayor, according to the statewide LGBTQ group Equality Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A 22-year-old employee of a floating museum off Key West has been cited with a second-degree misdemeanor in the shooting of an osprey with a pellet gun.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

State wildlife officers are investigating the shooting of an osprey Tuesday morning at a waterfront park in Key West.

Osreys - also known as fish hawks - are protected by the migratory bird act and are listed by the state as a species of special concern in Monroe County.

Executive Director of the Key West Wildlife Center Thomas Sweets said he got the call around 11:20 a.m. that there was an osprey with a broken wing that couldn't fly at Truman Waterfront.

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An iconic resident of Key West may one day be immortalized with the highest honor the Keys have to offer — an island that bears his name.

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Duval Street is Key West's main drag, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf end of the street is busy, with lots of bars and restaurants. The Ocean end is public property; it's got a pier, nine parking spots and a Dumpster for the seaweed that collects at the shoreline.

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Living in the Florida Keys is life in paradise, but it comes at a cost. 

Day-to-day life in the Keys can be a struggle despite the natural beauty of the archipelago. Still, the affordability challenges, threats from hurricanes and risk of higher seas can't dilute the Conch spirit of independence, personal resiliency and individualism. 

National Weather Service

July this year was the hottest ever recorded in Key West — where officials have been keeping weather records since 1871.

The two men responsible for stealing a gold bar from a Key West treasure museum were sentenced Monday at the federal courthouse in Key West.

Richard Johnson received five years and three months in federal prison, while Jarred Goldman was ordered to serve three years and four months.

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Victoria Burgess has long enjoyed testing herself with physical challenges. But on June 27, she did something no other women has ever done before. 

The Pompano Beach fire inspector paddleboarded the 105 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West. She overcame four-foot seas, heat, endless winds and exhaustion to complete the trip in about 27 hours.  

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Anyone who's spent any time in the Florida Keys knows the local symbol is the conch (pronounced konk) shell. The island chain is the Conch Republic. People who were born there are Conchs. It’s the Key West High School sports mascot.

So why, in front of Key West City Hall, is there a proud giant statue of … a tiger?

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