Oct 242016

MARATHON – Monroe County’s newly acquired Trauma Star helicopter, a 2002 Sikorsky S-76 C+, received its final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and went into service Monday morning, Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief James Callahan said. “Fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office have been working together for more than a month to get through the FAA inspections and make sure the helicopter is up and ready to fly,” Callahan said. “Our flight crews and medical personnel are all trained and we are excited about [continue reading…]

 October 24, 2016  Posted by at 1:51 pm News No Responses »
Oct 212016
​Volunteers Sought / National Key Deer Refuge Has Initiated Treatment of Screw Worm Infested Key Deer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with wildlife veterinarians to evaluate and select treatments to prevent healthy Key deer from becoming infested by screwworm, and to treat deer in the early stages of infestation. Treatments administered to Key deer by Refuge staff and partners on Cudjoe and Sugarloaf Keys began on October 19th, and continued on Big Pine and No Name Keys as of October 20th. Doramectin, an antiparasitic in the avermectin drug family, will be administered periodically via oral dose and subcutaneous injection. This drug will [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Screwworm Scourge Spreads to Six Additional Florida Keys

Following the first announcement on Oct. 3, 2016 of the confirmation of New World screwworms in Big Pine Key, Florida, the United States Department of Agriculture and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that the screwworm has also been detected on the keys listed below, which are all west of Big Pine and No Name keys and in close proximity. Additional detections are not unexpected, as enhanced surveillance efforts are underway.

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Oct 212016
Sheriff Says Trauma Star Shows Fiscal Success

The Sheriff’s Trauma Star program has had a successful year, with money collected in the past fiscal year exceeding the costs of the program by $200,000. This number takes into consideration the money spent to fund both the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and Monroe County Fire Rescue costs of operation. “We are very happy to be able to tell taxpayers in Monroe County that Trauma Star is paying for itself and then some,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “The excess money collected, over and above our [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman charged with stolen motorcycle, fleeing police An 18 year old Homestead woman was arrested after she fled from a Sheriff’s deputy on a stolen motorcycle. Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was southbound in his marked patrol truck in Marathon at 6:10 p.m. on Friday October 14th, when the incident took place. He saw two motorcycles approach him from behind at a high rate of speed and pass him at the 50 mile marker of the highway. There were two people on each motorcycle; one of the [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016

The Everglades Foundation will take to the road on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, for a 12-day, 20-city bus tour to urge the President, Congress, and Florida’s elected leaders to move forward with the 16-year–old plan to restore the Everglades, protect Florida’s water and save Florida tourism. “The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is now 16 years old — old enough to get a drivers’ license – but we still don’t have a critical project – the EAA Reservoir,” observed Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg in announcing [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Environment, News, Water World No Responses »
Oct 212016
Keys Firm Working with FKCC Acquires National Diving Program Certification

  SWC, a local engineering, planning and environmental science firm, has created an official dive program that has received certification by the American Association of Underwater Scientists (AAUS). “This has been a long-term commitment of SWC, to develop a program that addresses diver safety during work activities that meets federal OSHA standards and addresses requirements of many federal and State agencies,” said Sandy Walters, SWC president. “We worked together with Florida Keys Community College to certify our Dive Safety Officer Shawn Martin as an AAUS [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Oct 212016
Fantasy Fest Around the Corner

Key West’s biggest party of the year is right around the corner. While you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your costume, it’s good to remember a few crucial pointers. Public nudity: is absolutely prohibited in Key West. Male and female genitalia must not be exposed. Female breasts cannot be exposed. Breasts painted with body paint will only be considered as covered when in the Fantasy Zone. Body paint cannot be applied in public; it must be applied in an enclosed area, out of the [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
FIRM to Debut New Website at FIRMKeys.org

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is pleased to announce its completely updated website (FIRMKeys.org). With a fresh look and feel, new interactive content, and enhanced navigation, the site is designed to work equally well on smartphones, tablets, and traditional computers. FIRMKey.org will be live on Monday, October 24, 2016. Users of the site’s Ask FIRM forum are able to submit questions and get answers from FIRM’s experts on windstorm and flood insurance coverage in Monroe County, and under Call to Action, track FIRM’s efforts [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #189, News No Responses »
Oct 212016
Flu Vaccines

Cooler weather and shorter days mark the transition from summer to fall and it’s also a sign that flu season is here. It is critical that all Floridians do their part to prevent getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others by getting the flu vaccine as early as possible. Flu strains change from year to year so it is important to get the flu shot this year even if you got one last year. The annual flu vaccine is safe and remains the most effective [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

Do you have expired or unwanted medications? The Key West Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA will participate in a Prescription Drug Take Back to get these prescriptions safely out of your home. On Saturday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can bring these unwanted medications to the Key West Police Department at 1604 North Roosevelt Blvd. for safe disposal. Officers will be stationed in the front lobby to accept the medications free of charge with no questions asked. This is [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Removing Derelict Vessels

Marine Deputy James Hager has been spending much of his time cleaning up the waters of the Lower Keys, marking derelict vessels for removal and cleaning up sunken dinghies and other debris in the water. Here he is tagging a sunken houseboat offshore of Shark Key this past week. Deputy Hager located the owner and issued him a notice to appear in court. Due to Deputy Hager’s diligent efforts, the owner is now removing the vessel at no expense to taxpayers. Deputy Hager has taken [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Lights On After School

Key West Mayor Craig Cates proclaimed October 20th Lights On After School Day during the City Commission meeting Tuesday. Dan Dombrowski, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Florida Keys accepted the proclamation, along with a group of non-profit care providers whose efforts seek to keep our children safe. Dombrowski invited the community to come to Bayview Park on Thursday at 4 to help celebrate the importance of after school programs. There will be food and bounce houses for a great family [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Pink Badges Against Breast Cancer

Key West Police Lt. Areaka Jewell and Officer Steve Torrence last night presented the entire City Commission and City Manager Jim Scholl with special pink badges in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Officer Torrence gave a special shout out to Historic Tours of America and Island Dental for sponsoring this awareness campaign. He also thanked all of the officers who are not only wearing the badge in support of the campaign, but have donated to the cause. All of the money raised in [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Animal Farm IS OPEN Sunday

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is open to the public this Sunday, October 23rd from 1 – 3 p.m. Please join us and visit with the animals. The farm is free of charge; donations are welcome. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm has over 150 animals, most of which were abandoned, abused or otherwise surrendered by their owners. The animals at the farm include farm animals like pigs, goats, a steer, horses, a donkey, turkeys and rabbits. The farm also has a number of [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Annual Swim Around Key West Donates $4,000 to Key West High School Cross Country Team

The 40th Annual Swim Around Key West recently donated $4,000 to the Key West High School Cross Country Team. More than 170 swimmers participated in the 12.5-mile event on June 4, 2016. A portion of their entry fees supports the donation to the Key West student runners. The historic, round-the-island event is the longest-running sporting event in the Florida Keys, founded in 1977. The 41st Annual Swim Around Key West will be held on June 28, 2017, with a start and finish at Smathers Beach. [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #189, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 142016
Federal Agency's Illegal Piggy Bank Broken Up

Auditors Find Reclamation “Wasted” Millions in Drought & Wildlife Relief Funds Washington, DC — A federal water agency misspent millions of dollars intended for fish and wildlife and drought relief in the Klamath Basin on irrigator subsidies, according to new audit report which confirms charges leveled last year by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The federal agency, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, disputes these findings and, while the payments have ended, it refuses to change its practices to prevent future abuse or to recoup [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Second man charged after fleeing from detectives A second suspect was arrested in connection with a search warrant, served on September 22nd in Tavernier. The warrant was served at 582 Beach Road in Tavernier. 37 year old Francisco Guevara was arrested at the scene on multiple drug charges. Jeremy Haigh, 40 years old of North Rock Harbor fled on foot from the residence when detectives arrived. As he fled, he threw a cigarette box toward a canal behind the house. The box landed on a boat [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
King Tides Causing Nuisance Flooding in Low-Lying Areas of Monroe County

Monroe County, FL – For the next week, nuisance coastal flooding will occur in parts of Monroe County due to “King Tides.” These tides occur each spring and fall when the locations of the Earth, moon and sun combine to produce the highest tidal effects of the year. This year, the tides are compounded by a full moon (Hunter’s Moon or Super Moon) on Sunday as well as winds, Gulf Stream current and atmospheric pressure. The tides are expected to reach their maximum predicted levels [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe Press Release Contesting Citizens Rate Increase

Residents’ Advocacy Group Formally Contests Windstorm Insurance Rate Increase as Excessive On behalf of property owners across Monroe County, Florida, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) formally petitioned Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) to request relief from its proposed 8.9% windstorm insurance rate increase. In his letter dated October 7, 2016 (available at FIRMKeys.org) FIRM President Mel Montagne asserted FIRM’s contention that the proposed increase is excessive, discriminatory, and actuarially unsound. Extensive data in support of FIRM’s assertion is included. As Florida’s property insurer of last resort, Citizens is [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Trauma Star Flew Record 471 Patients During FY 2016

MARATHON – Monroe County’s Trauma Star helicopter flew 471 patients from locations throughout the Keys to hospitals in Miami during fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30. This a record number for a fiscal year, and is 86 more patients than the previous high of 385, set in fiscal year 2015. During July, August and September, the life-saving air ambulance flew 35 trauma victims. Trauma Star, which is a joint effort of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Fire Rescue, is on track [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Romero Community Meeting - Wednesday, October 19th

What: Commissioner Romero Community Meeting When: Wednesday, October 19th Where: Marriott Beachside Hotel Time: 6:00 PM Agenda Topics: Hospital Matters Funding for Youth / Non-Profits Parking Fee Increase Waterfront Update – Amphitheater Mosquitos and Flies City Hall Vehicles for Hire  … and other topics as time allows As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. This will give attendees time to reach their chosen location for viewing the presidential debate which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT. You are [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Public Meeting on Big Pine Key Regarding Screwworm

BIG PINE KEY – Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem George Neugent is hosting a public meeting this Saturday to address the screwworm fly infestation and aggressive eradication response that is underway on Big Pine and No Name keys. A panel of federal, state and local experts will explain all you’ve ever wanted to know about screwworm flies. The panel will outline the rapid response to save the endangered Key deer population and eradicate the invasive pest before it can spread and do even more harm. [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Free Screwworm Screening for Pets

Winn-Dixie Parking Lot 251 Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 9 to 11:30 a.m. BIG PINE KEY – The Florida Keys SPCA is hosting a free screwworm screening for pets. Veterinarians Nelly Amador-Jehn and Joe Fisch with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local veterinarians Doug Mader and Gerry Diethelm will conduct the screenings. They take just a few minutes to complete. If an infestation is found, pet owners will be directed to immediately see their veterinarian for [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
School Board and Teachers' Union Reach Tentative Agreement

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2016-2018 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts. During the final negotiation session on Friday, October 7th, after fifteen previous sessions during the spring and summer months, representatives for the MCSB and the UTM reached mutually agreed upon terms and conditions for teachers and school related personnel for the 2016-2017/2017-2018 school years. Holly Hummell-Gorman, President of the UTM stated, “We are very pleased with the results of our [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
New Bus Schedule Effective Monday

Key West transit has adjusted the schedule to improve our service. The new schedule goes into effect on Monday, October 17. On that day, the Orange Route will be servicing the Senior Center on Kennedy Drive and the Blue Route on College Road will be a bit different. These changes will affect timing somewhat, so please check the new schedule. It’s available at www.kwtransit.com

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Monroe County's New Public Works Building in Upper Keys Now Open to Public

Monroe County’s new Upper Keys Public Works building that houses Facilities Maintenance and Roads & Bridges is now open to the public. The building is located at 300 Magnolia St., Key Largo, FL 33037. The hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The new fax number for the Public Works building is 305 451-1746. Facilities Maintenance is the department where you can book facilities, parks or beaches for events; notify staff about problems at any County facilities, beaches or parks; or file a complaint about [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Key West Airport Installing Safety Tinting on Glass Bridges to Protect Birds

Monroe County’s Key West International Airport is in the middle of installing SOLYX Bird Safety Film on its two glass bridges that cross over the arrivals roadway. This $25,000 project funded by the airport will help protect warblers and other birds from continuing to fly into the bridges, causing many injuries and fatalities. The Key West Wildlife Center has assisted airport staff by rescuing or recovering birds that have struck the windows. And since last Fall, airport staff has worked closely with the Key West [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
FKHSC Welcomes New Board Members

Monroe County, FL – Dr. Melanie Youschak, and Sara Phillips, RN, have joined the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. FKHSC is 1 of 32 Healthy Start Coalitions state-wide created by the Florida Legislature through the vision of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991 to improve the lives of pregnant women and their babies. Each one operates on a local level to address the needs of their communities and provide community oversight and planning to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Florida [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
6TH Annual Votes for Notes Winners!

  Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Votes for Notes benefit for Habitat for Humanity! The winners in our new JUNIOR category: 1st Place – Delaney, 2nd Place – Amelia. SOLO/DUO: 1ST Place-Dustin Sedlak, 2nd Place – Glenn Harman. BAND: 1st Place -The Shanty Hounds, 2nd Place – Bob D’Antonio and his pick-up band. The Shanty Hounds were also the winners of our One Night Wonder Prize, for bringing in the most money in one night! The musical competition to see which acts [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #188, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 142016
Exhibit Named as Key West Historic Marker

The Key West Historic Marker program recently added the Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the circa1884 bungalow at 513 Truman Avenue that houses the collection to its map as Historic Marker 91.  Detailed historic information about the house, the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, and the Historic Marker program can be accessed by phone at 305-507-0300, with input of site 91 when prompted; on line at KWHMT.org; or on foot at the Truman Avenue location. For more information, contact Dennis Beaver, Curator, at exhibit@twkw.org.  

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #188, News, Special Event No Responses »