Apr 212017
 
Alleged Drug Dealer Back in Jail

An alleged drug dealer, out on bond after being arrested in October, is back in jail facing further felony charges. Benjamin Lawrence, 31, was facing three felony counts for selling crack cocaine and two other felony charges for using a communication device for drug sales. After Lawrence posted $145,000 in bail, the Key West Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit purchased crack cocaine from Lawrence during an undercover operation.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #215, News No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop A Sheriff’s detective arrested two women after a traffic stop in the city of Key West when he found them to be in possession of drugs and a gun. The detective spotted the green Kia Soul southbound on Trinity Drive just after 7 p.m. He saw the car run the stop sign and turn right on Northside Drive, then quickly accelerate. As he was following the car, he measured its speed at 50 miles per hour in [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Abused Horse Finds New Home in Key West

No one who meets Trigger today would believe the shape he was in when he was confiscated from his owner in November, 2016 after a 700 mile ride from South Carolina to Miami. The horse was emaciated, with saddle sores on his back so severe he would not let anyone near him because of the pain. He also had terrible sores in his mouth. His owner had been riding him with the bit in his mouth backwards, he said to “give him better control”. The [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
FKMCD Releases Wolbachia Mosquitoes on Stock Island

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in conjunction with MosquitoMate (www.mosquitomate.com), released 20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on Stock Island Tuesday as part of a field trial of a new control method. The field trial involves the release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a naturally-occurring bacterium called Wolbachia. When a Wolbachia-infected male mates with a wild female Aedes aegypti, the resulting eggs do not hatch. During the 12 week evaluation, a thousand male mosquitoes, which do not bite, will be released from [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Lionfish and King Mackerel Among Marine Topics Discussed by FWC

At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed exciting new lionfish removal incentive opportunities and also approved management changes to the king mackerel fishery. 2017 Lionfish Challenge FWC staff gave a report to the Commission reviewing the successes and lessons learned from the 2016 lionfish removal incentive programs and proposing the implementation of a new and exciting statewide 2017 Lionfish Challenge. More than 164,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters between May and December 2016 thanks to members [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
First Keys' Affordable Housing Development for Seniors Outside of Key West Opens!

Key Largo, FL – On April 20th a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of Monroe County’s only rent restricted, affordable housing for low-income seniors outside of Key West. Paradise Point Senior Living Community residents are 55 years of age or older. The project started leasing in January and the complex will begin a waiting list shortly. Amenities of the newly constructed complex includes: 42 one and two-bedroom apartments, a community room, fitness center, computer lab, landscaped grounds and all units have patios and [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #215, News, Special Event 3 Responses »
Apr 212017
 
FWC Updates Management Efforts as Number of Nesting Eagles Continues to Increase

The bald eagle is one of the great conservation success stories. The bald eagle was removed from state listing in 2008 and since that time, the number of nesting eagles in Florida has continued to increase. With a healthy eagle population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is updating management efforts and conservation actions. Historically, bald eagles have faced many challenges. Habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and pesticides greatly reduced eagle numbers in the United States. The Florida eagle population has soared since the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Creations Underway: a Q & A with Artist Susann D'Antonio

Creative rebels and rabble-rousers take note— Key West Art & Historical Society wants you now! The 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is ready to roll through downtown Key West from 12:00PM-1:00PM on May 6, and like any good parade, the more registrants, the merrier! The family-friendly cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes promises a kaleidoscope of kinetic conveyances that celebrate imagination, innovation, and the clever sense of satire and recycled metal sculptures of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. This year’s parade [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Date Change for Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party

Attention all Conch Republic ambassadors, dignitaries, patriots and citizens: Due to a non-hostile scheduling breach, this year’s Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm. Hosted by the Conch Republic CIA – sshhh! – who are celebrating their first decade, and the recently formed 82nd Auborne’s branch, $10 admission includes C-rations and other enticing edibles, first drink, entertainment, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and one of [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
“Let’s Tea Party” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center Splashes on Saturday April 29th with A Mermaid Flair

If learning about the island’s holistic and creative business community amid enchanting merfolk lore and delicious complimentary organic teas and lattes sounds like an afternoon made for you, The Green Pineapple Wellness Center’s this month’s “Let’s Tea Party” on 1130 Duval Street has the perfect offering. The free monthly event continues on Saturday, April 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, featuring Southernmost Mermaids Allison Delashmit and Kimberly Wallen of Southernmost Mermaid School and Kdub Designz. Wallen and Delashmit will offer a mystical afternoon mixed with mermaid [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #215, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Volunteers Needed for the I Love Stock Island Spring Clean Up on Earth Day, April 22nd

The I Love Stock Island (ILSI) Initiative will hold their Take Stock in the Rock Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 22nd from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Volunteers may check in at Monroe County Fire Rescue Station #8 – Stock Island at 5655 MacDonald Avenue for gloves, bags and assignments. ILSI is teaming up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Code Enforcement dept., Solid Waste & Public Works departments and Waste Management to help keep Stock Island a better place to live, work and play. [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Arbor Day Tree Planting Event

The City of Key West, the Trophia Butterfly Foundation, and the Monroe County Extension Service want you to come out and get your hands dirty! On Saturday, April 29th the community is urged to join us for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Bayview Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Rakes and shovels will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring gloves, hand shovels, and a great attitude! The Arbor Day tree planting will be held on the Jose Marti side of Bayview Park, [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Saturday Commercial Recycling Starts Soon!

If your business hasn’t signed up yet for weekend recycling, there’s still time. The City of Key West and Waste Management are teaming up to offer weekend commercial recycling starting on Earth Day – April 22nd. The service will be helpful for businesses that need pickups six days a week, or those whose busiest days are over the weekend. And commercial recycling accounts can save a business money. For more information, contact Key West Solid Waste Coordinator Dee Dee Green at 305-809-3776 or dgreen@cityofkeywest-fl.gov

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
KWPD Gets Thank you from Northern Neighbor

Police Chief Donie Lee welcomed Phillip Rossborough, of Kennebunk, Maine, to Key West today. The high school student was in town on vacation with his family, and had a special gift to present to the Key West Police Department. Rossborough wove Thin Blue Line wristbands for every Key West Police officer. He started making the bands after the ambush-killing of five police officers in Dallas. Nine other officers were injured in the 2016 incident. Rossborough says that attack and other unrest around the country moved [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
KWPD: Driver in Crash that Killed Delray Beach Officer Possibly Stoned

Sadly, automobile accidents are a common occurrence these days in the Southernmost City. Last Saturday’s car/scooter accident on Truman and White was tragic, leaving a Delray Beach police officer dead and a second officer seriously injured, and according to the initial police report, released on Thursday, the driver of the car may have been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #214, News 2 Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Monroe County Fire Rescue Extinguishes House Fire on Stock Island

Monroe County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a serious house fire at 424 County Road on Stock Island on Wednesday at 10:19 a.m. The house was occupied by three people at the time of the fire and all were able to get out on their own. Two persons were uninjured and one person was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center for evaluation. Firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt and Sugarloaf stations responded within 4 minutes of the call. Engine 9 of Big Coppitt supplied [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) Supports Curbelo, Crist Flood Insurance Fairness Act

Florida Congressmen Carlos Curbelo and Charlie Crist have re-introduced the Flood Insurance Fairness Act that would require the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide rate relief to Americans paying flood insurance for non-primary residences. “Across the country rental properties like those affected by this bill not only serve as primary income for many landlords, but also provide reasonably priced housing for the workforce in our coastal communities,” said Curbelo. “This bill is critical to South Florida, especially for residents of the Florida Keys that [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Trafficking Arrest

A Key West man was arrested for cocaine trafficking and possession of a large amount of marijuana after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Monroe-HIDTA task force stopped a van driven by 61 year old Paul Fraga at 2 p.m. on Atlantic Boulevard in Key West. The van had illegal window tinting on it, precipitating the stop. A strong odor of marijuana was noticeable inside the vehicle as the detectives spoke with Fraga at the driver’s side window. “We informed Fraga [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Monroe County Officials Spend Busy Week in State Capital Advocating for the Keys

Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson spent a busy few days in Tallahassee last week to advocate for legislation and appropriations important to the Florida Keys – and to participate in various meetings involving County issues. County officials attended a Cabinet Aides meeting, which is a precursor to the more formal Cabinet meeting next week that releases Monroe County’s annual Area of Critical State Concern report. The Aides also received a report about the progress [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Divine Dinner and Drag Show at La Te Da to Benefit KWPD Mounted Unit

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 40 ticket holders will experience a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, 1125 Duval Street, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show performed by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth). Ticket proceeds from the dinner, after-dinner entertainment and silent auction will benefit a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses. “The Key West City budget provides for the stable at the Truman [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Putting a Spin on it: Papio Ambassadors prepare for Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was created in honor of the Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanely Papio and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
25 Years of Leadership

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed April as Leadership Monroe County Month in honor of that program’s 25th anniversary. Leadership Monroe County is a non-profit, community leadership program that has been educating and informing County leaders since 1992. Its long-term goals are to develop strong, dedicated leaders working for a sense of community throughout Monroe County and the City of Key West. Since its creation, over 550 leaders from the county’s business community, government entities, military installations, education system, medical profession, non-profit organizations, creative arts industries, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
April is Fair Housing Month

Key West Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday proclaimed April as Fair Housing and Community Development Month. Although federal law prohibits housing discrimination, Key West takes particular pride in its acceptance of our “one human family.” The City of Key West, through its housing and community development programs administered by the Key West Housing Authority with the support of the Key West Association of Realtors, civil rights groups and community development organizations supports the Federal Fair Housing Act and the principles it embodies.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Date Change for Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party

Attention all Conch Republic ambassadors, dignitaries, patriots and citizens: Due to a non-hostile scheduling breach, this year’s Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm. Hosted by the Conch Republic CIA – sshhh! – who are celebrating their first decade, and the recently formed 82nd Auborne’s branch, $10 admission includes C-rations and other enticing edibles, first drink, entertainment, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and one of [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
New Sign Explains Significance of County's Art in Public Places Mural on Stock Island Fire Station

STOCK ISLAND, FL – Are you curious about the significance of the “Dazzle” mural that was painted on Monroe County’s Stock Island Fire Station in 2014 as part of Monroe County’s Art in Public Places program? Now there is sign that explains artist David Harrison Wright’s painting. Monroe County maintenance workers Tony Gartenmayer and Ben Sanchez recently installed the 26- by 31-inch sign upon a keystone coral pedestal. It says: “In honor of Stock Island’s maritime history, artist David Harrison Wright chose the dazzle style [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Raising of the Colors at Fort Zachary Taylor April 21 Kicks Off 35th Conch Republic Independence Celebration

The public is invited to join members of the Conch Republic Navy, the Conch Republic CIA – Sshhh! and the 82nd Auborne’s at Fort Zachary Taylor, Friday, April 21 at high noon for the official raising of the Conch Republic colors. The occasion, undertaken with due pomp and circumstance, kicks off more than a week of Conch Republic Days Celebration events commemorating that fateful day in 1982 when the republic was conceived in strife as “a sovereign state of mind” that “Seceded Where Others Failed.” [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Ambassadors Class 27 Graduates

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 27th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-four enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-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 the graduates of Class 27. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
City Clerks Celebrate 45 Year Anniversary

Mayor Craig Cates, during the April 4th City Commission meeting, recognized the 45th anniversary of the Florida Association of City Clerks. The association, formed in 1972 to develop the professional status of city clerks in Florida, has 575 members statewide. The Key West City Clerk’s office has three fully certified members of the organization, and the newest member of the office is pursuing certification as well. “The state and is proud to have one of the largest certification programs in the country,” reads the proclamation, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »