Jul 222016
Man Booked on February Attempted Murder

Attempted murder suspect returned to Monroe County to face charges A Big Coppitt Key man wanted for attempted murder was arrested in Miami-Dade County July 18th. He was returned to Monroe County on Wednesday to face the charges against him. 26 year old Yordan Alvarez is accused of striking the victim in the neck with a broken bottle on February 7th of this year. The incident took place at 316 Avenue D on Big Coppitt Key. The victim – 39 year old Oleimys Abal Clemente [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
Affordable Workforce Housing Regulations: Public Workshop

City of Key West Seeks Public Input on Affordable Housing Regulations as part of the City’s Land Development Regulations Update Workshop to be held July 28, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park. The City of Key West Planning and Zoning Department will host a public workshop on July 28th at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park focusing on updates to the City’s Land Development Regulations (LDR). The updates are required by State law in order to be [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #175, Issue #176, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 222016
BOCC Certifies Aggregate Millage Rate for FY 2017 Proposed Budget

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners on Monday certified an aggregate millage rate of 3.5244 – expected to be the lowest in the state of Florida – for its proposed $457 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017. This rate is 5.4% less than last year’s rate, resulting in about $60 less in property taxes for a home with a taxable property value of $300,000. This rate also is .08% below rollback (meaning the rate is generating less total revenue for the County than last [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 222016
BOCC Pursuing Stock Island Property for Working Waterfront

BOCC ACCEPTS WORKING WATERFRONT GRANT TO PURSUE PURCHASE OF “GULF SEAFOOD” ON STOCK ISLAND MARTAHON – To help preserve precious working waterfront in the Florida Keys, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved partnering with the Florida Communities Trust to purchase an 8-acre property, formerly known as “Gulf Seafood,” on Stock Island. The County earmarked $5 million in sales tax revenue more than a year ago for the property at 6021 Peninsula Avenue. At its recent meeting, the BOCC voted to accept a [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Jul 222016
Monroe County Sheriff To Sponsor Local 'National Night Out' Events Keys Wide

National Night Out – Mark your calendars and have some fun! On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Sheriff’s Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys. The goal of National Night Out [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
Crime Report

Caregiver for elderly man steals his money. A woman who cares for elderly people who need assistance was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing money from a 95 year old Tavernier man. 52 year old Nancy Bevis was previously arrested on July 2nd for two similar cases involving theft from two elderly women. In this newest case, Bevis allegedly wrote unauthorized checks and altered checks to larger amounts than they were originally written for. She allegedly stole over $2,000 from the victim before the crimes were [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
Two Day Sport Lobster Season is Next Week

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone the two day sport lobster season is coming up next week. Anyone who plans to participate catching lobster in Monroe County during the two day season on July 27th and 28th should make sure to familiarize themselves with both state law and with local ordinances in the Florida Keys. Additionally, Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone who lives here and who is visiting: marine thefts are a real problem in the Florida Keys and thieves [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
Hospital Celebrates Employee Milestones and Recognizes Outstanding Achievement

Lower Keys Medical Center recently held its annual associate recognition dinner at the Grand Key Double Tree Resort. Employees honored at the event were praised for their commitment, compassion and loyalty by Robin Lockwood, M.D., Chairman of the Board, and Michael McIvor, M.D., Chief of Staff. Forty individuals were recognized for achieving five-year milestones in service – 5 years, 10 years, all the way to 30 years of service. Collectively, the honorees have cared for patients and the Key West community for 390 years. “Words [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
Hometown Announces Change in the August 8, Agenda

Although Hometown acted in good faith in scheduling all candidates for United States Representative to appear at the August 8, Forum, the Board of Directors of Hometown! now believes that it is inappropriate to have Republican Carlos Curbelo and Jose Peixoto, NPA, participate in this forum when neither will be on the August 30 ballot. After further review, the Board has elected to strictly enforce the rules regarding Hometown’s primary forums—and even though Jose Peixoto campaigned as a Republican at the “Call for Candidates,” and [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
Ms. Wheelchair Florida to Hold Press Conference Friday

The City of Key West is hosting a press conference by Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016 at 10 a.m., July 22 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 300 Catherine St. Please join us in welcoming her! Heather Taylor is flying to major cities across Florida to highlight accessibility changes for persons with disabilities and raising awareness about Dysautonomia. “I am excited to be visiting your beautiful city as part of a national news media event called, Ms. Wheelchair Florida Takes Flight,” said Heather. When Randall [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
Early Sign-up Open for 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair, Discount for Key West Vendors

Early sign-up for the 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 has opened. Key West-based vendors get a 10 percent discount. Now thru August 8, food vendors can contact the Fantasy Fest Street Fair team at 305-296-1817 or streetfair@marketsharecompany.com for early access to vending locations for the exciting and well-attended Fantasy Fest Street Fair. Visit fantasyfest.com for applications and contact the Street Fair team for open locations and early sign-up fees. Any vendors hoping to bring a food truck [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Reduction in Election Monitors Related to the Shelby County Decision Gutting the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it will significantly reduce the number of election monitors deployed to safeguard the November General Election due to the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision in 2013 to gut a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act: “Election monitors play a critical role in protecting voting rights, especially for voters of color and others who have historically [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Crime Report

Two charged with burglary Two Stock Island women were arrested today for a burglary that took place at a Stock Island residence on March 31st. The victim lives on 2nd Terrace. He told deputies he and his wife left the house in the morning and locked the doors. When they returned that evening, they found the house in disarray and many items stolen including a large amount of jewelry, a gun, sunglasses, several purses, an Apple MacBook, an iPad, a PlayStation, an Xbox, a safe [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Unclaimed Bond Money

Sheriff releases list of unclaimed bond funds The Sheriff’s Office would like to return unclaimed bond money. Anyone who is owed such funds has until September 1st to claim them. A list of unclaimed funds is featured on the Sheriff’s Office web site, www.keysso.net. It is also posted on the Sheriff’s blog at floridakeyssheriff.blogspot.com and on their Facebook page at MCSO-Florida Keys. The money is now in the custody of Sheriff Rick Ramsay and unless it is claimed on or before September 1, 2016, the [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Campaign Kickoff

Steve K. Smith, running for reelection to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board invites the public to his campaign event on Friday July 15, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Bottle Cap on Simonton Street. Meet Steve and learn about mosquito control, Zika, and what Mosquito Control does to protect our health. Hors d’Oeuvres and cash bar provided. You are invited to Bottlecap Lounge Friday, July 15, 5-7:30PM for Steve’s CAMPAIGN KICKOFF PARTY and enjoy Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Mayor Carruthers Receives Advocacy Award from Florida Association of Counties

ORANGE COUNTY – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Monroe County Commissioner Carruthers with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the recent 2016 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County. “It has been and continues to be a gratifying experience to work with fellow Commissioners around the state on federal issues that impact all of our 67 diverse counties,” Carruthers said. “I look forward to more progress in the future, and thank FAC for this recognition.” As a Chair of the FAC Federal Committee, [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
Community Meeting for Park Renovation

Help Us Improve Your Community Park! The City of Key West is holding two community meetings to hear from residents regarding their desires for the redevelopment of Cozumel Park. The meetings will be held at the park, located at the corner of 19th Street and Donald Ave. Thursday, July 14th at 6 p.m. Thursday July 28th at 6 p.m. Community Services staff will be on hand to talk individually with members of the community, walk the park, and show the overall vision for the park’s [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Monroe County School District 2015-2016 School and District Grades Released

The Monroe County School District announces the release of the 2015-2016 preliminary school and district grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. The 2015-2016 school and district grades represent the first year where the revised school accountability system takes full effect with the inclusion of a new “learning gains” component that is designed to ensure that all students are making progress toward improved achievement as measured by the Florida Standards Assessments/Florida Statewide Assessments in English Language Arts (grades 3-10), Mathematics (grades 3-8), Science [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
United Way of the Florida Keys to “Stuff the Bus” this Summer

This summer, United Way of the Florida Keys will collect school supplies to distribute to over 8,000 Keys students. Florida Keys children need school supplies such as pencils, binders, notebooks, and backpacks as part of their studies. But some local families can’t afford these basic supplies. That’s why United Way of the Florida Keys and community partners are supporting the annual “Stuff the Bus” event, an effort that last year produced 16 pallets of school supplies for distribution to Monroe County schools throughout the Keys. [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
Volunteers Needed for Florida Keys Water Watch Program

Volunteers are needed for Florida Keys Water Watch (FKWW), an educational program developed by The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the Monroe County Extension Service. Volunteers receive free training and equipment to collect water quality data from the more than 170 miles of manmade canals throughout the island chain. Florida Keys Water Watch is designed to raise awareness of the importance of water quality, which has been adversely affected by development. Beginning in the 1950s, canals were dug out to [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
FKHSC Starts Upper and Lower Keys Playgroups Funded by United Way of the Florida Keys

  In response to parent requests, Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is excited to offer Tot Time play groups for parents, caregivers and children in both the Upper Keys and Lower Keys. Children will enjoy crafts, games, snacks, stories, music, guest speakers and more. Activities will be adaptable so any children ages 0-5 are welcome to attend with their adults. Parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to meet new friends with young children, ask questions of other parents and professionals, and spend quality time [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Drug Drop Program

Sheriff’s Office Drug Drop program: Environmentally friendly way to dispose of medications. Note: The Sheriff’s Office will not accept medications from commercial establishments. Also, we have seen a lot of items being deposited in our drug disposal bins that are trash items like empty pill bottles, superglue and nail polish. Please do not dispose of trash in this manner. The Monroe County The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone about the drug disposal program offered at all our county Sheriff’s Substations and the reasons [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
Key West Sunrise Rotary installs 2016-17 President and Board

NAS Key West Public Affairs Officer Trice Denny will lead Key West Sunrise Rotary as president for 2016-17. She succeeds Key West City Manager Jim Scholl as head of the 28-year-old civic organization. Other club officers are Sue Hyde, president-elect/secretary; Stephanie Griffiths, treasurer; Sean Morton, sergeant-at-arms; and George Wallace, parliamentarian. Board directors and committee chairs include Hal Barrett, scholarships; Tim Dahms, visual media; Brian Doe, membership; Julie Doe, administration/attendance; Ron Demes and Scott Duszynski, community service; Fred Hildebrandt, programs; Gena Parsons, publicity; Stan Rzad, international [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 082016
Sunset Marina: Liveaboards in Jeopardy and More Afforable Housing Hocus-Pocus

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. “I love the place,” says Bryan, a taxi driver, who lives on a boat at Sunset Marina on Stock Island, “I can’t believe we’re going to have to move.” Living aboard — this Key West style solution to affordable housing — is in jeopardy at the marina.  While discussing the approval of expanded development during the City Commission meeting last Wednesday, Barton Smith, the developer, revealed that liveaboards would no longer be tolerated at the docks. Smith, an attorney, is [continue reading…]

Jul 082016
Margaret Blank: Stewardship Act: Smoke and Mirrors

by Margaret Blank….. I’ve had some heartburn over the Florida Keys Stewardship Act (FKSA) for some time now.  I want to be supportive.  I want to be comfortable.  I want to like it.  But somehow I just can’t quite get there.  The more I read about it, the more uncomfortable I am.  I’ve written about it here and here and a few other places. The Act was supposed to increase the amount of money available for water quality projects and ensure a predictable flow of money for that purpose.  It did [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am News 4 Responses »
Jul 082016
Silver Airlines Proposed Key West to Havana Route Not Chosen by DOT for Initial Flights

SILVER AIRLINES PROPOSED KEY WEST TO HAVANA ROUTE WAS NOT CHOSEN BY DOT FOR INITIAL LIMITED CUBA FLIGHTS; BUT KEY WEST CHARTER SERVICE CONTINUES TO HAVANA AND AIRPORT DIRECTOR HOPEFUL FOR FUTURE COMMERCIAL ROUTES Eight airlines tentatively won government approval to schedule commercial air service between 10 cities in the United States and Havana, Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday. Silver Airlines, one of 12 airlines competing for the limited 20 permitted daily flights to Havana, proposed a route from Key West. The [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #174, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Jul 082016
Two Charged with Credit Card Skimming Devices

Two Miami men were arrested in the early morning hours after they were caught putting a credit card skimming device on a gas station pump. Sgt. Nick Whiteman was on patrol at 3 a.m. on July 3rd when he passed by the Valero gas station in Marathon and saw a car parked at the gas pumps. The station was closed, all the lights were off. He was suspicious because a number of credit card skimming devices have been found installed in gas pumps at various [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #174, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 082016
Help Family and Detectives Find Missing Man

Sheriff’s detectives are hoping to help locate a Marathon man whose family and friends say they have not seen nor heard from him since June 16th. 48 year old Paul Thomas Murray, who lives on a boat in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, told family members he was going to help a friend move a sailboat from Robbie’s Marina on Stock Island to Boot Key Harbor on June 16th. A short time after that, the sailboat he was supposed to help move, called the “Hornet” [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am News No Responses »
Jul 082016
Hometown! Reminds Voters of the First Primary Q. and A. Forum - July 25 at TSKW - the Second Primary Forum will be August 8

HOMETOWN! is pleased to announce its third event of the 2016 political season A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES ON THE AUGUST 30 BALLOT The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida MONDAY, July 25,2016, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM Hometown’s First Primary Question and Answer Forum is approximately one month before the August 30, Election and shortly before ballots will be mailed to voters. Key West and Monroe County voters will have to make important judgments regarding City Commissioner–Dist. [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #174, News, Public Notice No Responses »