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Aug 182017
 
Citizens Insurance Rate Hearing

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), will testify at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) rate hearing before the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) on August 23, 2017, vigorously opposing any further increases in windstorm insurance rates by Citizens for Monroe County. This is the eighth consecutive year that FIRM appeared and testified against further rate increases. In past years, no consumer organizations other than FIRM testified. The rate hearing will be held at 4:00 pm at Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus and can [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
The Lower Keys Have Gained a Voice / New Group Formed

If you live in the Lower Keys on the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf, or the Saddle Bunch Keys here’s some very good news for you: THE LOWER KEYS ALLIANCE, INC The Lower Keys Alliance, Inc., has been formed to give additional voice to the wishes and concerns of residents of the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, and the Saddle Bunch Keys. The goal of the Lower Keys Alliance is to focus on issues affecting the [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Body Worn Cameras for Key Colony Beach Police Department

The Sheriff’s Office purchased five body worn cameras for the Key Colony Beach Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office Information Systems Division also assisted with hands on training for the devices. “We are happy to help our law enforcement partners with this important piece of equipment,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Key Colony PD works closely with the Sheriff’s Office and our partnership is a benefit to both or agencies and to the public we all serve.”  

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Aug 182017
 
Sanctuary Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for 13 seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for members and alternates representing the following seats: citizen-at-large/Middle Keys, citizen-at-large/Upper Keys, conservation and environment, diving/Lower Keys, fishing/charter flats fishing guide (member only), fishing/commercial marine-tropical, and South Florida ecosystem restoration. Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Key West World Culture Dance Series Continues with Bachata

Swing your hips, slide your feet, and use your obliques in ways you’ve never used them before with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West, featuring the world-popular Dominica dance style Bachata. Part of the six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, the sensual Bachata will be taught on Monday, September 4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. Like salsa, merengue, cha cha [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Public Invited to Visit Historic Stairs from the Film "The Rose Tattoo"

Dennis Beaver, founder and curator of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave., Key West, stands on a section of stairway used in the film, “The Rose Tattoo,” salvaged from the former Glynn Archer Elementary School, now Key West City Hall. In January, Beaver, a history buff and Williams enthusiast whose personal collection of the great American playwright’s memorabilia originally launched the Key West exhibit, discovered that the stairs, site of a romantic exchange between characters Rosa and Jack, played by Marisa Pavan and Ben [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Students Experience Outer Space Adventures at Key West Art & Historical Society Mission Control ArtCamp!

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Mission Control ArtCamp!, which ran August 7-11, 2017,  challenged campers to create an atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. This interstellar adventure propelled the students to a new world and helped them understand what is necessary for human habitation. Camp activities included exploring our galaxy, creating one’s own galaxy, growing space crystals and experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. Key West [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Experts Share Ideas at Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop

If you are thinking of building a float for the 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade – and you should be! – reserve a space now for the Parade Design Workshop August 27 at The Studios of Key West. The Design Workshop puts you in a room with imaginative yet practical experts—parade and float designers who have hit the pinnacle of crowd pleasing and won awards in the past! This year’s panelists include Marky Pierson, Bob and Sue D’Antonio, Rochelle Eannarino and Sugar Kirk. Marky Pierson is [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Monroe County Fire Rescues Responds to Boat Fire and Truck Crash into a Tom Thumb

It was a busy couple of hours last night for Monroe County Fire Rescue in the Lower Keys. At 9:02 p.m. Wednesday, MCFR was dispatched to a boat fire at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Marina. When firefighters arrived, the approximately 35-foot catamaran was fully engulfed. MCFR firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key and Sugarloaf stations and Battalion Chief 1 assisted the NAS Key West Boca Chica fire department to extinguish the fire. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the putting out small [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving. The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Lane Closures Begin Sunday for Garrison Bight Bridge Repair Project

REPAIR PROJECT FOR GARRISON BIGHT BRIDGE BEGINS SUNDAY NIGHT IN KEY WEST; EXPECT LANE CLOSURES Monroe County’s repair project for the 177-foot Garrison Bight Bridge in Key West will begin Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at 9 p.m. The work to replace the joints on the bridge deck and repave a portion of Palm Avenue will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., until the project is complete. The road work is expected to take about three weeks, but the contractor has until Sept. 30. During the first phase, beginning Aug. 20, [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Refunds Available for Unused Discounted Tickets for Card Sound Bridge Toll

NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new All-Electronic Tolling System on Card Sound Road in North Key Largo will begin Sept. 1, 2017. The collection of tolls by tollbooth attendants will end at midnight, Aug. 31, 2017. Once the toll closes, unused discounted toll tickets can be returned to the point of purchase for a refund. Or unused tickets can be mailed to the Clerk of Court for a refund. The address: Clerk of the Court, P.O. Box 1980, Attn: Charlie Bradford, Key West, FL 33041. Please mail [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Erica Sunshine Lee at Hog’s Breath Saloon Erica Sunshine Lee, singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist, will appear at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, Aug. 21 – 27, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Lee has been called at the “hardest working woman in country music” and she credits her upbringing in rural Georgia for her work ethic. In 2014, the Georgia Country Music Awards named Lee “Female Artist of the Year.” Lee has four albums and toured not only in the US, but also in Australia and New Zealand. [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #232, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Pool Safety: Keep Your Eyes on the Kids

Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1–4. In an effort to help reduce drowning among Florida’s children, the Florida Keys Health StartCoalition, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, would like to encourage everyone with a pool to participate in our new drowning prevention efforts.  Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes it takes for a parent to assist another child or search for a forgotten item. Do you have all [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Get into Your Sanctuary Day

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Get into Your Sanctuary Day On Aug. 12, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts its third Get into Your Sanctuary Day to raise awareness about the value of national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation. In addition to a coastal cleanup, visitors can experience a ship-to-shore telecast with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and share photos on the sanctuary’s new story map. Uploading to the story map requires only a few simple steps. Images illustrating how people spend their [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Coast Guard Rescues Navy Pilot from Waters 20 Nautical Miles Southeast of Key West

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Resource Violation Arrests - Two Charged with Undersized Lobster Out of Season

Two Miami men were arrested Saturday for having 44 speared lobster out of season, some of which were very small. Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol when he spotted the two men just offshore of the 60 mile marker. They were in the water diving with no dive flag. As he watched, he saw them swim back to shore several times, holding spear guns, and place something in the rocks on the shore. He confronted the men, asking if they had caught anything. They said no. Deputy [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Deputies Who Fought Marina Fire Honored

On June 5th, in the early morning hours, Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol when he saw smoke billowing form the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon. He called in a fire at that location and other deputies headed his way. As he heard an explosion, he ran toward the fire, concerned about the safety of anyone who might be in the area. Other deputies arrived. At a team, they all began clearing residences in the area, moving boats moored in the vicinity of the fire [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Largest Turnout in Monroe History for the "Big Latch On"

~~~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC program, in partnership with Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and volunteers – Jessica Laino and Kimmie Matlock, participated in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.  The events took place on August 4 in Marathon and August 5 in Key West and Key Largo.  Twenty eight babies successfully latched on at the same time along with 17,790 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record.  Last year there were nine latched on babies [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Sheriff Honors Leaders

Sheriff commends service to community Sheriff Rick Ramsay recognized  leaders in two state law enforcement agencies for their service to the community and their commitment to working with the Sheriff’s Office as community partners. At an awards ceremony held Friday in Marathon, Sheriff Ramsay gave distinguished service awards to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney and Florida Fish and Wildlife Captain Dave Dipre. The two leaders have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship between their agencies and the Sheriff’s Office.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Shortly after, she also submitted a gray triggerfish to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program, becoming the first angler to qualify [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »