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Revisiting The Lost Soldiers of 1935 Hurricane

BY JENNY STALETOVICH  Just inside Woodlawn Cemetery off busy Eighth Street, across from an AutoNation Nissan dealership, a granite monument marks the final resting place of 79 U.S. soldiers buried in a mass grave after one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike U.S. shores. The marker, erected by a Miami American Legion Post, is…

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Sexton’s House Project at Historic Key West Cemetery

By Gwen Filosa A year after city commissioners balked at plans to build a $532,000 sexton’s house at the historic cemetery, construction is under way on a slightly scaled-down version of the original Georgian-style design. On Monday, city workers continued ripping out the concrete slab of the old sexton’s house, which was demolished last…

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Sculpture Memorialize Key West’s Late “Conch Ambassador”

Until his death in 2003, Bishop Albert Kee welcomed visitors to Key West’s Southernmost Point marker, acting as a smiling ambassador for the island while selling fluted, pink-lined conch shells beside the iconic landmark. The public can recall Kee and the “old Key West” heritage he represented Saturday, March 7, during the unveiling of a…

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Coast Guard Warns of Unsafe Florida Keys Reef Lighthouses

The Coast Guard is warning mariners to not climb historical reef lights in the Florida Keys because of deterioration and unsound structural integrity. These lights include: Alligator Reef; American Shoal Reef; Carysfort Reef; Sand Key Reef; and Sombrero Key Reef Light. While these structures are not at risk of collapsing, they are unsafe for climbing….

Historic Key West Fire Bell Echoes With Memories

After decades, cemetery landmark on display BY MANDY MILES Citizen Staff  Fire has long been a very real and devastating threat to the wooden structures that comprise Key West’s Old Town neighborhoods. Long before battery-powered smoke detectors, interior sprinkler systems and automated 911 call centers, Key Westers had their own, early version of a fire alarm…