Oct 202017
Key Deer Population Makes it Through Another Major Incident

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) completed post Irma Key deer index surveys in their core habitats on Big Pine and No Name Keys.  Driving survey work following procedures used since 1968 began immediately upon the return of refuge staff from mandatory evacuation and continued for several weeks.  “These Key deer and the natural habitat they depend on are pretty resilient.  First they made it through the New World screwworm infestation last year and now through the direct hit of a category four hurricane. [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 202017
Drunk Man Leaves Behind Wallet at Burglary Scene

A drunk man from Big Pine Key burglarized a bulldozer overnight, leaving behind his wallet which deputies used to identify and charge him. The owner of the bull dozer is a company called Unlimited Debris. A representative of that company met with Deputy Ken Fricke Thursday morning just before 9 a.m. after he discovered someone had entered and damaged the bull dozer overnight. He said he found the windshield broken as well as both the right and left hand mirrors. He told the deputy whoever had been [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 202017
Fantasy Fest Guidelines

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 public [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
United Way of the Florida Keys Provides Nearly $400,000 to Support Hurricane Irma Relief

Due to the generous contributions of friends and supporters around the nation, UWFK is currently investing $397,700 in direct aid for hurricane recovery efforts throughout Monroe County. In the weeks immediately following the storm, UWFK has distributed over $20,000 in direct aid in the form of store gift cards and cleaning supplies and tools. $52,700 in emergency “mini-grants” were also disbursed to eight local, established partner nonprofits directly serving individuals and families impacted by the storm. Additionally, $45,000 was dedicated towards hotel rooms to assist [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Private Communities with Private Roads Need to Request Hurricane Debris Removal Through A Fema-Required Process

Do you live on a private road in Monroe County? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not allow Monroe County or FDOT contractors to remove hurricane debris from private roads in the County. However, there are exceptions if a private community requests debris removal from its private roads and signs a right of entry, hold harmless and indemnification form. Only one person with signing authority from each private community should make the request. To receive the form – and for information about the process [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
New Literary Magazine, Call for Submissions

  Decimos (We Say), A literary collection of the Florida Keys is requesting submissions. Elegant Publications Company (EPCO) is excited to announce the development of a new publishing project: Decimos (We Say). This monthly literary magazine representing the work of the Florida Keys, is now accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction on our website decimos.org or directly via email at contact@decimos.org. Submissions must be 1-5 pages in a word document attachment. This collection will provide local authors and readers a fresh platform for original fiction, poetry and [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Re-Opens

Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS) announced this week it has reopened the domestic violence emergency shelter in the Lower Keys. The shelter had been closed prior to Hurricane Irma for important ADA upgrades. We’d like to thank all the vendors who helped to make the improvements to the shelter including adding a wheel chair ramp outside as well as a beautiful new wheel chair accessible bathroom and shower. The 24-hour shelter is fully staffed and ready to accept survivors of domestic abuse and their children. [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Haunted History: Robert the Doll Returns to the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

The world’s most famous and intriguing haunted doll will be taken out of his secured, glass display case at Fort East Martello Museum for another ride up the Keys to the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at MM 82 in Islamorada (on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost) for a “Haunted Halloween” presentation on Thursday, October 26th by author, ghosthunter, and paranormal researcher David L. Sloan. Doors open at 5:00pm with Sloan’s presentation starting at 6:00pm. “Who better than David Sloan to tell the story of what [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Monroe County to Host Two "Debris Free" Trick or Treat Events on Halloween

MARATHON, FL – Monroe County’s Parks and Beaches is hosting two “Debris Free” Trick or Treat events on Halloween, Oct. 31. The public is invited to both events, which run from 5 to 7 p.m. Candy will be handed out to kids big and small. The Halloween events will be at: Baypoint Park (behind Baby’s Coffee at MM 15, Saddlebunch Key) Murray Nelson Government Center’s Park (102050 Overseas Highway in Key Largo)   ~~~~~~~~~ keysrecovery.org * facebook.com/MonroeCountyFLBOCC/ *@monroecounty  

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Donated LEGOS Go to Kids

Monroe County Sheriff’s School Resource Sergeant Eric Mixon worked with Sugarloaf School Counselor Rebecca Palomino to match these LEGO sets, donated by LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, with the children who needed them most at the school. Sugarloaf School is located in one of the most damaged parts of Monroe County and the children attending the school come from families most affected by Hurricane Irma.

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Holiday Parade Applications Available

Parade season has officially begun! First Fantasy Fest, and the Veteran’s Day Parade, then it’s time to plan your float for the upcoming Key West Holiday Parade! Floats can be of any length, but must be maneuverable and no more than 15 feet wide and 12 feet high. Each entry requires monitors. A monitor’s meeting will be held in late November. Entry forms must be received by Monday, November 20th. The parade takes place on Saturday, December 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m. at the corner of White Street [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Ambassadors Academy Graduation

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 28th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-one enthusiastic citizens participated in the 14-week class. They join the more than 500 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens. During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl congratulated Class 28. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, Margaret Romero and Sam Kauffman [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
MCSD Superintendent Meeting with United Teachers Monroe Yields New Calendar Modifications

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – A meeting this week between Superintendent Mark Porter and United Teachers Monroe Representative Holly Hummell-Gorman resulted in some final adjustments to the 2017-2018 instructional calendar.  These adjustments are in accordance with the previously stated School Board priorities.  Specifically, the agreed upon modifications will not impact Fall, Winter or Spring Breaks and will not change the end of the school year or any graduation dates. The modifications to the calendar accounts for 7.5 makeup days for students. Early release days for professional development [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Irma Preliminary Damage Assessment: 675 Destroyed and 583 Major Damage

Monroe County has completed a Preliminary Damage Assessment of residential structures in unincorporated Monroe County due to Hurricane Irma. The Preliminary Damage Assessment results estimate the following: 3,884 unaffected structures; 10,009 affected structures (this can include just landscaping damage); 2,739 minor affected structures; 583 majorly affected structures; and 675 destroyed structures These preliminary damage assessments were done visually from the street. The information is provided to FEMA to help the federal agency implement FEMA Individual Assistance to the community. These figures do NOT include assessments [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Key Colony Beach Officer Injured During Traffic Stop, Fires Gun at Suspect

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident involving a Key Colony Beach police officer who discharged his firearm after having his hand caught in the door of a vehicle during a traffic stop. (There were no injuries as a result of the firearm being discharged.) The KCB Officer, Charles Griffith, was acting as a backup officer on a traffic stop conducted by Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Hernandez just before 7 a.m. at the 61 mile marker of the highway on Duck Key. Deputy Hernandez initially stopped the [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Monroe County Requirements for Putting RV or Travel Trailer Next to Your Uninhabitable Home

Due to State of Emergency of Hurricane Irma, temporary emergency housing can be utilized for temporary occupancy by residents displaced by the storm. Temporary emergency housing means recreational vehicles (RV or Travel trailer) used for temporary occupancy in response to the hurricane. Temporary emergency housing (RV or Travel Trailer) may be placed on a parcel for temporary occupancy by residents of the same parcel who have been displaced by the storm, subject to the following conditions:

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Monroe County To Host Hurricane Irma Recovery Community Meeting

Monroe County will host a community meeting to provide information and answer questions about the recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma, which struck the Florida Keys one month ago. Hurricane Irma Recovery Community Meeting Friday, Oct. 13 4 p.m. Keys Community Church, 30300 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key Monroe County Mayor George Neugent; Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson; Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley; Erin Muir, Rep. Holly Raschein aide; Kent Nelson, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Deputy Director of Utility Operations; Julie Cheon, FKAA public information officer; [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Key West Artist Rallies Relief Teams for Middle Keys

“I don’t know how long it takes to build a house, but it only took us two days to remove the shattered remains of what appeared to be an entire one that landed in Doug McLean’s front yard,” said Christie Fifer, a Key West artist and former High School teacher who has been leading an assorted team of Key West volunteers in efforts to literally excavate homes and properties from beneath mountains of hurricane debris on Big Pine Key and surrounding areas, following Hurricane Irma. [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #237, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 132017
Wildlife Officials: Now More Than Ever -- Please Don't Feed The Key Deer

First, Do No Harm: Keeping Wildlife Wild and Healthy; Public Urged Not to Feed Key Deer VERO BEACH, Fla. – The old doctors’ adage “First, do no harm” also applies to wildlife, in this case Key deer. Legitimately trying to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, well-meaning people have been providing a variety of food products (corn, dog/cat food, etc.) for Key deer and other wildlife. But feeding them could do more harm than good. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) strongly urges [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe Hosts Free Insurance Claims Forums

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), with the support of Monroe County, is hosting a series of free forums October 13-15 called “Navigating Post-Irma Insurance Claims.” Representatives from FIRM, the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Consumer Services, FEMA, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., and the Monroe County Bar Association will be on hand to explain processes and policyholder rights and responsibilities and to answer questions from the audience. Representatives from the offices of Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Senator Anitere Flores, and Representative Holly Raschein will [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
KWPD Launches New On-line Service

In a continuing effort to serve the community, the Key West Police Department is launching a new online service. The new police-to-citizens portal, or P2C allows the public to access current crime and traffic information, report incidents and stay up to date with urgent bulletins. By clicking on p2c.cityofkeywest-fl.gov, citizens can avail themselves of round the clock service from the Key West Police Department. The site lets you search for public safety incidents and arrests, submit incident reports, obtain copies of crash reports and register a [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman arrested for drunk driving after fleeing deputies A Marathon woman, driving while intoxicated, refused to stop for deputies. They had to spike her tires in order to stop her as she fled northbound on U.S. One. At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to McDonald’s restaurant in Marathon to reports of a woman driving recklessly who was possibly intoxicated. When they arrived, they saw 60 year old Janice Hastings in her 2005 Cadillac in the drive thru of the restaurant. She was blocking traffic and her [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »