Sep 232016
Detectives Looking for Missing Woman

A 50 year old woman from Key West has been reported missing by family members. Detectives say they are attempting to locate her. 50 year old Robin Ford was reported missing by her sister on September 10th. Her sister said the last anyone heard from her was on August 27th. Ford was last known to be living on Wisteria Island, in Key West Harbor. She reportedly failed to show up for a court appearance on the 30th of August. The court appearance was regarding a [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:01 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Monroe County Mayor Carruthers Testifies Before House Committee in Washington

MONROE COUNTY MAYOR HEATHER CARRUTHERS TESTIFIED BEFORE U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE REGARDING LOCAL VIEW OF FEMA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES REGULATION WASHINGTON – Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers testified Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure at a hearing for “An Examination of FEMA’s Limited Role in Land Use Development Decisions.” Carruthers testified that Monroe County and other local governments around the country already work daily to craft land use policies that comply with the Endangered Species Act. She said advancing species protection [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Monroe County Removes 16 Derelict Vessels from Public Waters Using FWC Grant

MARATHON – Over the summer, the Monroe County Office of Marine Resources has removed 16 derelict vessels – including a 50-foot cabin cruiser and a 32-foot steel sailboat – from public waters of the Florida Keys using a $99,924 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We are thankful for the FWC grant, which made it possible for Monroe County to remove these abandoned boats,” said Rich Jones, Monroe County’s Marine Resources Administrator. “This effort helps to improve recreational boating access, eliminates navigation [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman arrested for aggravated assault, DUI A Key Largo woman was arrested Thursday night for driving drunk and for attempting to hit two people with her car. Deputies responded to Hibiscus Park in Key Largo just before 10 p.m. A caller to Sheriff’s dispatchers said a woman was “trying to kill people with her vehicle.” The caller said the vehicle was an older beige colored sedan and it was “going over 100 miles per hour.” Sgt. Scott Ward was first to arrive and he spotted [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #185, News No Responses »
Sep 232016
Florida Insurance Commissioner Altmaier Denies FIRM’s Request to Delay Citizens Rate Increase

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has denied a leading consumer advocate group’s request to delay the 8.9% rate increase for 2017 windstorm property insurance for Monroe County proposed by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens). Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) requested the delay during a public hearing last month because of a wide disparity in the results of the four hurricane loss projection models approved by the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology (the Florida Commission). The four models vary from one indicating a [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
1200+ Archeologists, Museum Directors Urge Obama Administration to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Destruction of Cultural Resources

“The destruction of these sacred sites adds yet another injury to the Lakota, Dakota, and other Indigenous Peoples who bear the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and transportation.” In a new letter sent to the Obama administration, over 1,200 museum directors, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians expressed solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline. In response to a groundswell of opposition to the pipeline project both on the ground and across the country, the administration released a statement [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Five Marathons in Five Days for Young Carers

On October 31, 30 brave Brits are heading to Florida to walk four marathons and run a fifth in just five days to raise money for the award-winning UK arts charity Create. The intrepid team, all staff from London-based diner chain The Breakfast Club, will start the challenge, dubbed The Beast, in Key Largo on October 4 and finish by taking part in the Southernmost Marathon in Key West on October 8 – an incredible total of 4,030 miles walked and run for Create. Create, [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
Womankind's Chocolate Bars

Sandra Ballard, center, is flanked by Womankind medical assistants Anisleidy Caridad, left, and Dianelis Borges, right. Sandra is holding the Hershey’s chocolate bar she received for being a patient at the medical center. Executive Director Kim Romano got the idea after reading an article describing how the sense of an ending shapes memory:”If you want people to remember you fondly, it’s best to engineer things so that the last thing they remember of you is something other than paying a bill.”

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
Deputy Honored by Marlins

Deputy Josh Gordon was selected by Sheriff Rick Ramsay to be honored at the Marlins Heroes Monday event Monday night in Miami. He and his family were treated by the Marlins baseball team to VIP seats and parking and Josh was recognized during the game. Deputy Gordon was shot on duty last October attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect on Stock Island. He was saved from serious injury by his bullet proof vest. Thanks to the Marlins’ organization for their recognition of the heroes in [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
City Commission Commends U12 Boys Travel Team

Mayor Craig Cates and the entire City Commission last night proclaimed Southernmost Soccer Association U12 Boys Travel Team Day. The team won the Bronze Medal at the 2016 American Youth Soccer Organization’s National Tournament. The U12 group consisted of 24 teams traveling from as far as Hawaii, California, Michigan and Illinois. The Key West team competed in several tournaments around the state, taking first place in the Hurricane Cup, where they proudly representing the City of Key West and earned the invitation to participate in [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Thanks to Volunteers for the Hard Work Cleaning Beaches!

Thanks to volunteers for Saturday’s cleanup of National Key Deer Refuge and Key West Refuge beaches. We wanted to say thanks to the more than 60 people who volunteered their Saturday morning, September, 17th to help clean up the public (National Key Deer Refuge) portion of Long Beach on Big Pine Key as part of the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup. At 9:00 am, Long Beach was a complete mess, full of plastics and other hazards to wildlife; by 12:00 pm it was beautiful and free [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
Zonta Pier House Goes PINK! Party to Benefit Zonta's Local Mammogram Program

Zonta 24th Annual ABC Walk/Run Fundraiser to Combat Breast Cancer Again Gets A Boost From Pier House Partnership Upcoming Pier House Goes PINK! Event Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month On October 6th, the third annual Pier House Goes PINK! party and live concert on the beach will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and benefit the annual ABC Walk/Run fund which supports women in our community. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:00pm at the Pier House Resort and Spa, One Duval [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
Florida Keys Children's Group Meets to Discuss Challenges Affecting Keys Families

The Florida Keys Children’s Group will meet Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the Marathon Government Center in the BOCC Room, 2798 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The topic of this meeting is school based health and wellness programs. The Florida Keys Children’s Group, serving under the Monroe County Community Alliance, meets quarterly to facilitate communication and integration of services for children and families in Monroe County, and makes information available to other professionals that support children’s needs, as well as identifying [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
AAA: Children Under Age 13 Should Ride in the Back

SAFETY BASICS KEEP KIDS SEATED SAFE AND SECURE National Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 18-24 As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, AAA – The Auto Club Group and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation join organizations nationwide to encourage parents and caregivers to make sure their children are riding safe and secure. “This week serves as a good reminder for parents and caregivers to keep safety basics in mind when it comes to traveling with children in a vehicle,” said Amy Stracke, [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Animal Rescue Fundraiser

CoCo’s Monkey Athleisure Wear Store Hosts a Fundraiser For Animal Lovers On Friday September 30, 2016, from 5-8:00pm at CoCo’s Monkey, 209 Simonton St., will host a fundraiser with hopes to raise money for our furry friends. Funds will be donated to the prevention of cruelty to animals & to locally operated Pawadise Pet Rescue. Pawadise is bringing ADOPTABLE PUPPIES in search of forever homes. Over $2,000 in prizes will be raffled off & some items available for bid in a silent auction. Free beer [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
Free Alcohol Tests Available to Parents

Parents can request free mouth swabs to determine if their child has been drinking alcohol. As part of the No One’s House campaign to curb underage drinking, the Monroe County Coalition is offering Alco-Screen 02, a rapid, highly-sensitive saliva test strip that detects a blood alcohol level at or above .02 percent. The easy-to-use test takes only a few seconds to administer and delivers results in four minutes. When surveyed, more than half of Monroe County youth, who consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
Sigsbee National Junior Honor Society

September is Micro Plastics Awareness Month. Reef Relief is proud to report that Sigsbee Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society brought 15 students and 3 adult volunteers to clean up small plastics on Boca Chica Beach for International Coastal Cleanup Day September 17. These hard working students collected over 65lbs of marine debris off of the beach, most of which was tiny pieces of plastic. Special thanks to Sigbee Educator Roxann Fournier for coordinating with Reef Relief to make this special event such a success. [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
National Waste & Recycling Association Honors the Very Best in Recycling Innovation, Education and Partnerships

Industry Professionals from throughout The Nation Gather to Celebrate Innovators, Changemakers and Trade Advancements at the Second Annual Waste360 Recycling Summit (Austin, Texas) The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) honored innovators and leaders in recycling at the 2nd Annual Waste360 Recycling Summit in Austin, Texas. Four awards and three honorable mentions were given to companies that have made substantial contributions to American recycling through partnerships, public education, innovations in recycling equipment and innovations in recycling facilities. Winners were selected by a panel of judges [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
FKHSC Announces Car Seat Appointments in Key Largo and Marathon and Upcoming Quarterly Board Meeting

Car Seat Appointments Available in Key Largo and Marathon Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is working hard to make child safety education and supplies available to all Keys parents. Certified car seat technicians are available to help parents by checking installation on car seats already installed as well as providing new, low cost car seats for Monroe County children. Appointments are available on Wednesday, September 28, from 12:30-2 pm in Key Largo or on Wednesday, October 12, from 11:30 am-1 pm in Marathon. Appointments must [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
MCSO Accepts Alcohol Sensor Flashlights

Monroe County Coalition members present Monroe County Sheriff Office School Resource Sgt. Glenn Test with five (5) alcohol sensor flashlights and five (5) media kits for school resource officers to deter teens from using alcohol at school, dances, games and other extracurricular events. The Monroe County Coalition works together to provide alcohol and other drug prevention programs, services and strategies to reduce alcohol and other drug use to keep our teens safe. For more information on how you can get involved, call 305-849-5929.

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Mayday!! Fishing Boat Lands on Top of Rock Jetty [video]

The U.S. Coast Guard responded early Tuesday morning to a Mayday call on vhf radio sent by fishing vessel “Little Angenette.” About an hour before sunrise the “Little Angenette” missed the entrance to Key West harbor. The captain initially reported that he’d hit a channel marker and was sinking fast.

Sep 162016
New Tool for Battling Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Approved

The EPA has just released a permit for a cutting-edge technology designed to control the disease carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito. The technique, pioneered out of the University of Kentucky, under the leadership of Dr. Scott Dobson and his team, is based on an all-natural solution to mosquito control. Male mosquito eggs are infected/injected, using microscopic needles, with the Wolbachia bacterium. This cutting edge technology, is harmless to humans. When Wolbachia infected male mosquitoes mate with female that are not infected, none of the offspring hatch. [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #184, News 1 Response »
Sep 162016
Setting the Record Straight: Florida Provides Accurate and Timely Information Related to Zika

Tallahassee, Fla.—On Saturday, August 10th, the Miami Herald published “Florida’s Zika undercount hides extent of virus’ spread, experts say,” a story suggesting that Florida is not being forthcoming regarding the burden of Zika in our state. This story is misleading and the claims made in it are inaccurate. The Zika virus is new to the United States and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is working daily with our partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more about this virus [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Drivers Nabbed by Red Light Cameras Want Their Money Back

By William Patrick  /   September 12, 2016 Motorists from 65 Florida cities and counties want their money back after paying red light camera tickets that a state appeals court deemed illegal two years ago. Last week, a federal appeals court said not so fast. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, overseeing Florida, Georgia and Alabama, denied a ticket refund worth more than $200 million. But it also denied the local governments’ request to dismiss the class-action lawsuit, thereby allowing it to [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #184, News 1 Response »
Sep 162016
The Next Hometown Q. and A. Forum is Monday, September 26 at 5 pm at TSKW

HOMETOWN! is pleased to announce its Fifth Event of the 2016 political season A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES ON THE NOVEMBER 8, GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM Hometown’s First Question and Answer Forum for candidates on the November 8, General Election Ballot is approximately six weeks before the Election and shortly before ballots will be mailed to voters. Key west and Monroe County voters [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Monroe County BOCC Adopts FY Operating and Capitol Budget

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners adopted a $457 million Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 at its final budget meeting Monday at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. The adopted budget ($133 million for Capital and $324 million for Operating) will soon be available on the County website. The proposed budget is now available at: Property taxes will account for $80.1 million (18 percent) of the total budget. The budget includes an aggregate millage rate of 3.5360, which is [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Crime Report

Marathon man charged with burglary A 26 year old Marathon man was arrested for burglary early today. The victim lives in Galway Bay Trailer Park in Marathon. He told Deputy Seth Hopp he woke at 3:30 am., walked out of his bedroom and found the door to his trailer open. He then found several cabinets open in the trailer and found an open can of beer and a pair of sunglasses inside that weren’t his. That is when he called the Sheriff’s Office. As he [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Romero Community Meeting - October 19th - Please Save the Date

Please save the date so that you will be able to join me for our next community meeting. When: Wednesday, October 19th Where: Marriott Beachside Hotel Time: 6:00 PM 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. Among the topics will be Hospital Matters, Funding for Youth, and Mosquitos. I’ll send out an agenda as we get [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Monroe County’s Newly Acquired Trauma Star Helicopter to Begin Service in October

MARATHON – Monroe County’s newly acquired Trauma Star helicopter, a 2002 Sikorsky S-76 C+, arrived in Marathon last week and now is being outfitted with medical equipment. Pilots also are being trained. The goal is to have the helicopter ready for air ambulance service by early October, pending FAA approval, Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief James Callahan said. In June, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners voted to spend $2.5 million from its sale tax infrastructure fund to purchase the helicopter, which previously was [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Reef Relief's Discover Coral Reefs School Program 2016-2017

Reef Relief is gearing up to continue its Discover Coral Reefs School Program. This collaborative program between Reef Relief and the Monroe County District Schools introduces students to the value and importance of the local coral reef ecosystem and how they can become good stewards of the environment. The lessons include interactive presentations, a film, and a corresponding activity, which could include a science experiment on ocean acidification, an anatomy lesson of a coral polyp, or a coloring craft. For elementary school students, we teach our Introduction to the Coral Reef Ecosystems lesson. For the middle school students, we have additional lessons including [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
New Staff Have Jumped Abroad the Reef Relief Ship!

  Reef Relief is thrilled to announce the new staff to join the 2016-2017 team! Reef Relief is expanding our Discover Coral Reefs School Program to new schools in the Monroe Country School District, and we are launching our new Family Education Program. This means all hands on deck for our new staff! Assistant Program Director: Carly Shabo Carly began working for Reef Relief immediately after receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. After a successful initial summer in [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
HerScan is Coming to Key West

HerScan is coming to Key West, next Friday, September 23rd! Get a breast screening using ULTRASOUND. This important test is fast, affordable, and convenient and can see breast abnormalities that cannot be seen in mammography.The power of an ultrasound can increase detection from approximately 48% to 97% in dense breast. It is painless, no radiation and implant-safe. The screening only takes 15 minutes, is done in a spa like setting and no prescription is required. The screening is $195.00, which includes testing that is read [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Ford’s Push on Disability Rights Should Be a Model for Philanthropy

By Steve Bartlett and Tony Coelho……. The Ford Foundation made history last year when it announced it was focusing its grant making on equality. Now one of the nation’s wealthiest and oldest foundations is making history in a new way: It acknowledged in big, bold fashion that inclusion means focusing on disability as well as race, gender, and class. Indeed, according to the U.S. Census, people with disabilities are the poorest of the poor in America. In his annual letter, released today, Darren Walker, the [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
Bestselling Author Shares Key West Adventures  & Writing Secrets to Students

Three-Time Newberry Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Holm takes a question from Key West Montessori Charter School student Zoe Barras after a presentation that blended her personal family lore with the rich history of our island.  Holm’s latest novel “Full of Beans” and her multi-award-winning “Turtle in Paradise”  take place during the Great Depression in Key West, making them great educational tools as well as wonderful adventure reads for elementary students. The special event was organized by Books & Books and the charter school’s book fair committee [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #184, News No Responses »
Sep 162016
United Way of the Florida Keys Welcomes New AmeriCorps VISTA Member

United Way of the Florida Keys is proud to announce and welcome new AmeriCorps VISTA Rebecca Medicine Eagle. Rebecca joins UWFK with five years of experience working with AmeriCorps, through both their State and National and their “Volunteers In Service To America” (VISTA) programs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Tribal Emergency Manager as well as a Certified Conflict Resolution Manager. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross for 26 years, is a [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #184, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
6th Annual Key West Musician's Festival to Benefit Sister Season Fund

Many of the Keys best and best loved musicians will let it rip at the 6th Annual Key West Musician’s Festival, which takes the stage Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. each day. Singing Iguana Productions are presenters of the free music fest and the event is critical annual fundraiser for the local charity, Sister Season Fund, which assists locals in the entertainment and hospitality industries with rent and utilities when they are out [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #184, Music, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »