Aug 302016
 
Florida Keys Refuges Complex Ready for Prescribed Fires on Big Pine Key This Week

  With the recent rainfall on Big Pine Key, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is prepared to apply prescribed fire in three locations within the National Key Deer Refuge at the end of this week or this weekend (September 1-3, 2016).  When weather conditions are within the fire plan know as a “prescription”, crews are able to safely and effectively apply prescribed fire in the Refuge.  The interagency team is closely monitoring weather conditions at this time, preparing for the appropriate window for fire [continue reading…]

 August 30, 2016  Posted by at 6:33 pm Issue #181, News No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
An Austrian Startup Is Mapping the Ocean

Ocean Maps is making an app out of Florida’s best dive sites Ocean Maps, an Austrian startup, is the world’s first company to create 3D underwater maps and turn them into an interactive application that can be used by divers and businesses alike. This month, Ocean Maps undertook the venture of mapping the dive sites in Florida, all the way from the Keys through Miami and aims to have the maps in app format by the fall of this year. Ocean Maps originated from the [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #181, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Statement of Support for Renewable Energy Tax Abatement, Amendment 4 Ballot Initiative

To run a successful business, you must be able to control your costs. However, rising energy costs and increasing energy demands threaten a diverse array of Florida businesses and strain existing capacities to access affordable energy throughout the state. We deserve to control our energy costs and opt for plentiful, clean, renewable energy. That’s why we, the undersigned businesses, urge fellow business owners as well as all Floridians to vote yes on Amendment 4, The Florida Tax Exemptions for Renewable Energy Measure, which will appear [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #181, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Open Letter to City Commisioners: Second Solar Carport is Now Being Constructed?!

Dear Commissioners, Many of you have voiced interest about how HARC approved the carport solar arrays at Glynn Archer. The video of the meeting is “not available” on the City’s website. I have been given a copy of the HARC meeting on April 24, 2014 when the project was presented and approved, and have uploaded the latter portion of the video where the solar panel carports are mentioned. The cascade of mistakes made by staff and commission that resulted from the architects misunderstanding of the [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #181, Public Notice 12 Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Department of Health Daily Zika Update - Monroe Case

Tallahassee, Fla.—In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the department will issue a Zika virus update each week day. Updates will include a Zika case count by county and information to keep Floridians informed and prepared. There are 11 new travel related cases today, three in Miami-Dade, two in Alachua, two in Orange, one in Duval, one in Monroe, one in Osceola and one in Polk. Please visit our website to see the [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #181, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Six Officers Receive Valor Award

Chief Donie Lee last night presented six law enforcement officers with the highest honor bestowed by the Key West Police Department: the Valor Award. Key West Police Officers Alex Gaufillet, Frank Betz, Brian Leahy, Curtiss Richardson and Jessie Hammers and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy David Lariz all put their lives at risk in order to protect the community during a shooting on Duval Street. A call came in on March 21st that an armed suspect had shot three people on the street. Within minutes, officers [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #181, News 1 Response »
Aug 262016
 
Chief Presents Lifesaving Awards

This week Key West Police Chief Donie Lee presented Sgt. Jeff Williamson, Detective Stephen Mitchell, and Officers Jesse Young and Michael Chaustit the Lifesaving Award for reviving a man overcome with fumes aboard a stranded boat last week. While conducting training on August 17th, the Key West Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) heard a call come over VHF channel 16 advising there was a vessel with a male having a medical emergency. The U.S. Coast Guard was receiving limited information, but the USRT [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #181, News No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for More International Election Monitors in U.S. Presidential Election

WASHINGTON – In advance of the first presidential election in 50 years without a fully operable Voting Rights Act (VRA), an American civil rights group is urging the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to expand its election monitoring mission in the United States and to target resources to states where voter discrimination and intimidation is most likely. In a letter sent to the OSCE from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the group explains that, “A confluence of factors has [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #181, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
National Park Service Left With Centennial Hangover

Parks Stumbles into Second Century with Growing Gaps and No Coherent Game-Plan Washington, DC — When the hoopla from this week’s centennial fades, the National Park Service will find itself an institution in deepening trouble. Record visitation not only masks but also aggravates a spiral sucking our system of nation parks downward, according to indicators highlighted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Much attention is paid to the National Park Service’s (NPS) mounting maintenance backlog, now nearing $12 billion, or four times its annual [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #181, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Wesley House Family Services Events

Key Largo Lighted Bike Ride – December 10, 2016 The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key Largo for the holidays. At the Holiday Helpers Store, eligible parents walk through the store, empowered by the ability to pick free, new toys their children will want instead of just allocating non-specific toys to parents. The ride is a family event beginning with a registration at 5:30 with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 6:30pm. Families and individuals [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #181, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
March2Success: Army Program Offers Free Standardized Test Prep, Online Study Programs

  Students seeking help with preparing for college entrance exams or looking to improve math, English and science skills can do so for free with the March2Success.com online study program. In addition to test preparation materials and self-paced study programs, the site offers seven full-length free practice tests for both the SAT and ACT as well as an entire section dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coursework. March2Success, a public service provided by the U.S. Army, offers guides to walk users through the [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #181, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
KWPD Underwater Search and Recovery Team Saves Man's Life

While conducting training yesterday, the Key West Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) heard a call come over VHF channel 16 advising there was a vessel near Fort Zachary Taylor with a male having a medical emergency. The emergency was described as either a heart attack or seizure. The Coast Guard was receiving limited information as the woman on board did not know how to use a VHF and her cellphone had sporadic service. They were able to ascertain she was somewhere off the [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #180, News, Special Event 2 Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Crime Report

Miami man charged with stolen truck, boat and trailer A Miami man was arrested Thursday charged with stealing a truck then using the truck to steal a boat and trailer. The truck, a gold colored Ford F250, was stolen from Sands of the Keys, a business in Islamorada. The boat, a 2014 Sportsman with a Yamaha 150 horsepower engine on it, and the and trailer, a 2014 Venture, were stolen from a residence in the San Pedro Trailer Park in Islamorada. At 1:20 a.m., Deputy [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Aug 192016
 
Monroe County Launches New Website ZapZika.net

At its Wednesday meeting, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the Monroe County Mosquito Control District to provide County employees to supplement the District’s workforce on a temporary, as needed basis, in the event that the Zika virus becomes a problem in the county. Presently, the Florida Keys continues to have no confirmed cases of locally acquired Zika and only one confirmed travel-related case, in which the person contracted it outside of Florida. But to help keep Zika from [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
United Airlines to Offer Nonstop Service Between Chicago, New York/Newark and Key West / New Job Opportunities for Locals

  United Airlines will begin seasonal service at Key West International Airport, with flights to and from the airline’s gateway hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Beginning Dec. 16, 2016 and running through May 4, 2017, United will be the only carrier to offer daily nonstop service between the New York area and Key West. United’s Newark (EWR) is its largest hub operation in the New York City area and offers customers convenient connections throughout the Northeast and Midwest. From [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am News No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Zika Testing for Pregnant Women

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is pleased to announce an additional service that is now offered in partnership with Womankind in Key West – Zika Virus Risk Assessment and Testing for Pregnant Women. This testing is offered in response to Governor Rick Scott’s direction that all county health departments offer testing at no cost to any pregnant woman interested in getting tested for Zika. Executive Director Kim Romano, second from left, and local Health Department Administrator Bob Eadie, far right, are flanked [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Monroe County On Track to Surpass 100,000 Pounds of Recycled E-Waste

LONG KEY – At Monroe County’s Long Key Transfer Station at Mile Marker 68 last week, 28 pallets weighing 16,824 pounds were collected and transported to Miami for recycling. The contents: obsolete and broken electronics. It was the sixth load of e-waste picked up this year by family-owned Electronic Recycling Center, Inc., bringing the total to 98,219 pounds. Monroe County is on track to top last year’s collection of 99,500 pounds of e-waste. “We already are seeing a lot of flat screen TVs,” said Bill [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Florida Wildlife Federation, SCUBA and Environmental Organizations Challenge Massive Dredging Project to Save Threatened Corals

Port Everglades Project Would Repeat the Environmental Destruction Caused by PortMiami Dredging FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— A group of environmental organizations and America’s largest trade organization for recreational divers filed suit in federal court last Wednesday in Southern Florida to seek protections for coral reefs in Fort Lauderdale. The corals in and around Port Everglades are threatened by a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging and port expansion project to make way for larger, Panama-canal sized vessels. Port Everglades is about 30 miles north of the [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Aug 192016
 
NOAA Launches America’s First National Water Forecast Model

New tool hailed as a game-changer for predicting floods and informing water-related decisions NOAA and its partners have developed a new forecasting tool to simulate how water moves throughout the nation’s rivers and streams, paving the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen. Launched today and run on NOAA’s powerful new Cray XC40 supercomputer, the National Water Model uses data from more than 8,000 U.S. Geological Survey gauges to simulate conditions for 2.7 million locations in the contiguous United [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Scott's Undeclared 'Polluters' Holiday' Stains Florida

Total Pollution Fine Revenue at Historic Low; Many Violators Face No Fines at All Tallahassee — Pollution pays in Florida because violators often get off scot-free, according to a new analysis of state records by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Overall, this review shows that anti-pollution enforcement by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues on a radically downward trajectory coinciding with the tenure of Governor Rick Scott. The PEER analysis of raw enforcement data from the Florida DEP reflects a slight uptick [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Aug 192016
 
Barbarity on the Last Frontier

Many states have predator control programs targeting wolves, coyotes or bears that attack livestock. Alaska, however, has an Intensive Management (IM) program designed to kill 75% of all wolves and bears in order to increase populations of game animals – caribou and moose. IM means shooting these animals on sight and using tactics and technology that can hardly be called sporting, such as – Shooting wolves from helicopters and airplanes; Using “Judas Wolf” collaring, where state agents radio-collar a wolf who then leads their gunners [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Park Service Pours Bucket of Mush on Effigy Mounds Scandal

Final Report on Desecration of Sacred Indian Sites Offers No Reforms or Remedies Washington, DC — The National Park Service has exonerated all of its current employees from blame for the largest official mass desecration of Indian pre-historic burial sites in history, according to an agency report posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Friends of Effigy Mounds. Despite years in preparation, the slim NPS report offers no concrete steps to prevent repetition of the decade-long debacle at Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Bernstein Park to Close September 1 for Redevelopment Project

STOCK ISLAND – Monroe County’s Bernstein Park on Stock Island will close Thursday, Sept. 1, for the start of a $7.9 million redevelopment project that will elevate the fields to prevent flooding and add a 5,500-square-foot community center. Construction will take about a year, with completion slated for the summer of 2017. The park, located at 6751 Fifth St., will remain closed during the redevelopment. “We are excited to be moving forward with one of the largest park revitalization projects in Monroe County history,” said [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
City Honors Retiring FHP Cpl Dunick

Florida Highway Patrol Corporal Gary Dunick received a commendation, a standing ovation and a Key to the City at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Cpl. Dunick is retiring after nearly 40 years of dedicated service to the people of Key West and the Florida Keys Cpl. Dunick’s spent his entire career in the Keys, starting in August of 1978. The commendation noted that Cpl. Dunick “has served honorably and faithfully during his tenure with the Florida Highway Patrol. He approaches even the most difficult of situations [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #180, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
New Police Bikes

The Key West Police Department’s Bicycle Unit has updated its fleet, thanks to a federal grant. The six new iForce bicycles are specifically designed for law enforcement, and are outfitted with lights and sirens. The bikes were paid for entirely with federal grant funding. The Key West Police Department’s Bicycle Unit is an essential part of the Department’s commitment to its community policing initiative. When you see our bike officers patrolling the streets, make sure to say hello and check out their new rides.

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
New School Year Safety Tips

More than 3,000 students returned to schools in the Key West area last Wednesday. Amid the commotion of the season, it is important to always remember our number one back-to-school priority: keeping kids safe. As we start a new school year, patience is the most important thing that every motorist can bring to the table. It’s worth allowing a little more time to get around to be sure that all Key West kids are safe on their way to and from school. Here are some child [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 192016
 
Habitat for Humanity Appoints New Program Services Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys announced that Susan Kent has joined the organization as the program services coordinator. Susan has lived in the keys for 25 years and has an extensive background in both for-profit and non-profit businesses. Susan joins Habitat for Humanity as the organization prepares to begin work on a new development of 10 homes on Big Coppitt Key. Kent comments “I’m excited to start a new challenge and to be working with a team of dedicated people [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #180, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
Sheriff's Report

Man charged with sexual activity with a minor A Key Colony Beach man is in jail charged with sexual activity with a minor. 25 year old Dominic Portelli is accused of having a sexual relationship with a young girl; it allegedly started in 2015 when the victim was 15, continuing until July of this year with the victim being 16 years of age. The victim’s grandmother noticed changes in her behavior; she checked the girl’s cell phone, which is paid for and owned by the [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
FBI Miami and Key West Police Department Host Active Shooter Training

Miami – The FBI and Key West Police Department have been hosting a series of conferences this week of August 8th to address responses to active shooter scenarios. The conferences discuss best practices and lessons learned from various active shooter incident responses. Monday’s class was entitled Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events or CRASE. The course is designed to reinforce the Avoid, Deny and Defend strategy and provides information about surviving an active shooter event. The four hour course is attended by Monroe County School District officials, hospital [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
Florida's Drinking Problem - Unsafe Water

Widespread Potable Water Violations but Virtually Nonexistent Enforcement Tallahassee — More than one in eight public water systems in Florida is afflicted with pollution-related violations, many involving unsafe fecal or chemical contamination, according to official figures compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Yet despite hundreds of recent drinking water violations, Florida enforcement efforts have shrunk to almost undetectable levels. In a report entitled “Don’t Drink the Water –Collapse of Florida’s Safe Drinking Water Enforcement Program,” PEER analyzes raw numbers obtained from the Florida [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
Monroe County BOCC Supports Amendment 4 that Provides Tax Breaks for Solar Installations

On the Aug. 30th primary ballot, Florida voters will decide the fate of the bipartisan Amendment 4, which provides tax breaks for both residential and commercial property owners who install solar energy devices or other renewable energy equipment, beginning in 2018 and lasting for 20 years. These tax breaks mean the property owners would not have to pay additional property taxes on their residences or businesses when property values increase due to the addition of solar panels or other renewable energy equipment. Florida currently has [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Aug 122016
 
Keys Community Partners Go Door-to-Door to Educate on Zap Zika Campaign

Community partners of the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County engaged in a door-to-door Zika Community Outreach and Education event on Wednesday, August 10. Thirty five volunteers showed up at the Gato Building in Key West for the event from the following agencies: the Department of Health, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, the US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Naval Branch Health Clinic, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Medical Reserve Corp, Monroe County Extension Service, and Florida Keys Community College. Volunteers hung information [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
Back to School Summer Jammy Jam

The Key West Police Athletic League and the Key West Police Department are hosting a Back to School Summer Jammy Jam from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th at Nelson English Park. This free family event is a chance for kids to enjoy hot dogs and burgers, sno-cones and bounce houses. There will be free back-to-school supplies bike helmets and lights There will even be a bike raffle. And parents will appreciate the free haircuts! Come end your kids’ summer with a [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »