Feb 072016


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A Marathon man who allegedly robbed a woman after promising (but not delivering on) a little hanky-panky was arrested early today [February 7, 2016].

The Sheriff’s Department reports the victim said she met 31 year old Phernando Hill at the Brass Monkey bar. He told her his name was Todd Johnson. She said they left the bar to go to her place to have sexual relations. She said he wanted to make a stop, and asked her for $200. She said she stopped at Tropical Apartments on 41st Street, but had changed her mind about giving him the money. She said she had the money in her hand and he grabbed it from her and jumped out of the car. As he jumped out, his hat fell off and was left in the vehicle. Continue reading »

 February 7, 2016  Posted by at 4:23 pm News 2 Responses »
Feb 052016
County to Vote on Controversial Big Coppitt Rezoning on Wednesday

by Blue Paper staff……. For the second time (in three months), land developers, led by Frank Toppino and Rockland Operations, LLC, will be asking the Monroe County Commissioners on Wednesday to alter the zoning of 14 acres of vacant land on Big Coppitt Key so that they can build 213 affordable housing units. The developer’s […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:24 am Issue #152, News 1 Response »
Feb 052016
FKOC Awards Samuel J. Kaufman

The Florida Keys Outreach (FKOC) has announced long time homeless advocate Samuel J. Kaufman as the 2016 recipient of the 10th annual Edward Capt’n Kidd Humanitarian Award to be presented April 2nd, 2016 during the Friends Of FKOC’s “A Toast to FKOC” celebrating FKOC’s 25th anniversary! The celebration will be hosted by Carolyn Sullivan and […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:14 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Monroe County Democrats to Host Affordable Housing Forum

The Monroe County Democratic Party is hosting a public forum to address the affordable housing crisis in Key West. The forum is non-partisan, and will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040. The general public and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend Panelists will include local experts […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Attorney Nathan E. Eden Recognized

Nathan E. Eden Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2015 AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Florida For Client Satisfaction The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Florida’s Personal Injury Attorney Nathan E. Eden as 2015 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Explorers Spruce Up School

School Resource Officer Advisors and their Explorer Posts 904, 905 and 906 got together and spruced up the paint in the parking areas around Plantation Key School in Islamorada this past weekend. Fueled by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and power rings (also known as donuts) they all had a great time and performed a wonderful service […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #152, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 052016
Duck Key Cleanup

This past weekend, a community cleanup effort on Duck Key was responsible for the removal of 1,180 pounds of trash. Here is the dedicated group that gave their Saturday morning to the effort including many members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Duck Key Property Owner’s Association.

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #152, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 042016
MCSD Selects Janene Sawyer 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year

  Ms. Sawyer currently serves as the Senior Office Manager for the Maintenance Department working out of the Key West Maintenance office. She is a graduate of Key West High School and has worked with the District since 1990 . Janene’s office is enhanced by her dedication and keen attention to detail. Ms. Sawyer’s extensive knowledge in the […]

 February 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 022016
Possible Old Military Device Found Near Knight’s Key

  Something which appears to be an old a military device of some sort was located on Knight’s Key in Marathon today. A man called the Sheriff’s Office at 9:45 a.m. to report finding something he said looked like a “torpedo” in shallow water offshore of Knight’s Key. Sheriff’s deputies evacuated campsites around the location […]

 February 2, 2016  Posted by at 6:09 pm News, Water World No Responses »
Jan 292016
UPDATE: Two More Counterfeit Bills Passed

UPDATE January 29 4:56 pm: Two more counterfeit bills reported Two more Key Largo salons have reported receiving counterfeit $100 bills under similar circumstances, bringing the total so far to four of the fake bills passed in the Key Largo area this week. In all four cases a man fitting a similar description has entered […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #151, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
District V Community Meeting

District V Commissioner Margaret Romero is convening a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. The meeting will be held at the Casa Marina Resort on Reynolds St. Topics on the agenda include an update on the new City Hall, as well as a discussion of the upcoming referendum on the Peary Court […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:13 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Elizabeth Campbell Named Montessori Teacher of the Year!

Elizabeth Campbell, Mangrove Classroom Toddler Montessori Guide, has been nominated by her peers as teacher of the year. Elizabeth is originally from New Jersey but has called Key West her second home her whole life as a grandchild to Edward and Shirley Block. Elizabeth received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #151, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Lower Keys Alcohol Coalition Checks

On January 21, 2016, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys. Eight businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Five of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during our investigation. The clerks who sold the alcohol were issued a Notice to Appear […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:11 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 292016
Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Bill Moves One Step Closer to Passage

FLORIDA KEYS ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BILL MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO PASSAGE IN STATE LEGISLATURE The Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Bill – designed to protect and preserve the island chain and ensure it continues to be an economic driver for the state – is one step closer to passage. The Florida House budget subcommittee this week […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Some Important Information from the Supervisor of Elections

Dear Friends of Hometown, Hometown! received this email from the Supervisor of Elections–we trust that it will be helpful to all Monroe County voters: County Early Voting sites will be open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Early voting will begin Monday February 29th and ends Saturday March 12th Early Voting Sites for County Elections: Supervisor […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Explorers Learn About Traffic Stops

Cadets and Explorers throughout the county learned the ins and outs of traffic stops during their weekly training last week. The Sheriff’s Office Explorer program teaches kids about various aspects of law enforcement under the watchful and helpful eyes of Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, who act as advisors for the Lower, Middle and Upper […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Navy Security Exercise February 1-12

Force Protection Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2016 The force protection and anti-terrorism exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 (SC-CS 16) will begin Feb. 1 and last through Feb. 12. Personnel can expect an increased security posture at Naval Air Station Key West for the duration of the exercise. SC-CS 16 is a force protection exercise conducted […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Yaniz Designated Honorary Ambassador

Commissioners Billy Wardlow named former City Commissioner Tony Yaniz as an ambassador to Cuba during last week’s City Commission meeting. “For over 40 years I’ve had a dream of rebuilding the cultural and historical ties between these islands,” Yaniz said. “I am honored and humbled and also proud. This is the culmination of 45 years […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #151, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Brownfield Transformation Workshop

February 11, 2016; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Murray Nelson Government Center 102050 Overseas Highway Key Largo, FL KEY LARGO — Monroe County and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are partnering to host a workshop on Brownfield Redevelopment. A brownfield is the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of property, which may be complicated by the […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Long Time Reserve Lieutenant Bob Smith Retires

Long time Reserve Lieutenant Bob Smith was recognized for his thousands of hours of volunteer service as he retires from the ranks of Sheriff’s Office reserve force. Lt. Smith began working as a Sheriff’s Office reserve in January of 1989 and has worked continuously since then. Reserves donate their time to the office, and Bob […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter

The Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony January 15th to honor its employees of the quarter for the fourth quarter of 2015. These employees were recognized for exemplary performance above and beyond the normal course of their regular assigned duties during the time period of October 1, 2015 – December 31st, 2015. In the photo, left […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Sheriff's Medal Awarded

Sheriff Rick Ramsay awarded Deputies Josh Gordon and David Lariz with the Sheriff’s Medal for their involvement in an armed confrontation on Stock Island. Deputy Gordon was shot in the chest. The bullet was stopped by his bullet proof vest. Deputy Lariz backed up Deputy Gordon and returned fire after Deputy Gordon was hit.

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 292016
Take Stock Mentors Honored

Students and mentors were on hand last week when Mayor Craig Cates, vice Mayor Clayton Lopez and Commissioner Sam Kaufman gave a huge thank you to Take Stock in Children in light of National Mentoring Month. First established in 1995 in Monroe County, Take Stock provides at-risk and low-income students extensive support, motivation and accountability […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #151, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Impossible Dream to Sail to Cuba in Conch Republic Cup Regatta

As the U.S. and Cuba break new ground in post-Cold-War relations, the catamaran, Impossible Dream is charting new territory in promoting universal design to improve accessibility for wheel-chair users. The 58-foot sailing vessel embarks on a nine-day voyage this weekend to compete in the Conch Republic Cup from Key West to Cuba, a popular sailboat […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #151, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 292016
Dumped Tires Cleaned Up

Before and after photos of large piles of tires dumped on a dirt road off of State Road 905 in Key Largo. The cleanup effort was handled jointly by Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Kiffney, Deputy David Minor, Monroe County Public Works and Florida Keys Electric Coop. Anyone who has information about who might have dumped these […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Florida Keys Marathon International Airport Conducted Disaster Drill

THE FLORIDA KEYS MARATHON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CONDUCTED TRIENNIAL FULL-SCALE DISASTER DRILL REQUIRED BY FAA MARATHON – The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport conducted a full-scale disaster drill Thursday morning at the west end of its runway, with local, state and national agencies responding to a simulated crash of a Gulfstream 550 business jet that was […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
Crocodile Found in Swimming Pool [video]

Homeowner on Lower Matecumbe Key at the 77 mile marker of the highway called this morning around 7:30 to report finding this 8ft crocodile in his swimming pool. Sheriff’s Office and Fish and Wildlife officers worked together and the crocodile was safely removed and returned to the ocean. Thanks to Lt. David Carey for supplying […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #150, News No Responses »
Jan 222016
Illegal Profits from Polluting Florida Go Untouched

State Fines for Even Serious Hazardous Waste Violations Are Evaporating Tallahassee — Laws protecting Florida from illegal discharges of hazardous wastes have become a virtual dead letter under the Scott administration, according to a new analysis of enforcement files released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Even dangerous and repeat violations draw either […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #150, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 222016
Key West Crime Down

The Key West Police Department’s end of year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows overall crime dropped by almost 11 percent in 2015. The most dramatic drop was a reduction in robberies, which dropped by 50 percent over 2014. In 2015 there were 20 robberies, compared to the 40 reported in 2014. […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #150, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
Explorer Post Learns About Leadership

Upper Keys Explorer Post 905 learned about leadership from Retired Army Colonel James Peterson, a West Point graduate who served in Vietnam and was an instructor at the Army War College. He travels the U.S. and teaches the subject to business leaders. Topics included understanding people and how to inspire others. Left to right, Colen […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #150, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 222016
Nicole Smith Named Monroe County School District Teacher of the Year

Horace O’Bryant School Teacher selected as Monroe County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Superintendent Mark T. Porter is pleased to announce HOB teacher Nicole Smith as Monroe County’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Smith currently teaches 7th and 8th grade math at HOB School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Old Dominion […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #150, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to Hold Four Workshops in the Keys

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD FOUR WORKSHOPS TO SEEK PUBIC INPUT ON “VACANT LOT REDUCTION AND HOTEL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM” The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will hold a series of public workshops to take public comment regarding its proposed rule called the “Vacant Lot Reduction and Hotel Opportunity Program.”  The program would […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #150, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
United Way of the Florida Keys Participates in a Weekend of Service for MLK Day

United Way of the Florida Keys staff and volunteers donated their weekend to service, distributing “Stuff the Bus” school supplies to students in need and volunteering with local nonprofits in Key West and Tavernier. From January 15th-18th, United Way of the Florida Keys participated in service events throughout the Keys to celebrate the Martin Luther […]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #150, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 152016
Man Says Threatened at Gunpoint by Fellow Hotel Guest for... Talking on Phone

An Iowa man was arrested Thursday night after he pulled a gun on another man staying at the same motel according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. According to reports by Deputy Thomas Amador, both the victim and the suspect are staying at the Creekside Inn at the 90.6 mile marker of the highway. Deputies responded […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:17 am News 2 Responses »
Jan 152016
Last Stand Annual Meeting Features Photographer Mac Stone

Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, January 21st, at 6:00 pm, at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street in Key West. This year’s program features the award-winning photography of Mac Stone. Now based in Gainesville, Stone grew up in Central Florida and shares his adventures in springs and swamps, glaciers […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #149, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 152016

The Land Authority Governing Board is holding a special meeting to select a new executive director to replace Mark Rosch, who held the position for 22 years and is stepping down for quality of life reasons. Rosch will continue to work in Land Authority as a senior property acquisition specialist; and he will work closely […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am News No Responses »
Jan 152016
2015 Annual Report

The City of Key West released the 2015 Annual Report, giving the community an insight to the accomplishments of city government over the past year throughout the various departments. The report is available on the City’s web site at www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov. “I’m pleased to say that each department within the City was successful at providing essential […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #149, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge Mimics Time Constraints of Real-World Math Professions

Philadelphia, PA — For most people, time constraints are part of everyday life — in the workplace, at school, in sports, and even at home. Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an applied math competition for junior and senior high school students that requires them to use modeling to solve a realistic problem within a […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
Drug Drop Program: Environmentally Friendly Way to Dispose of Medications

Note: The Sheriff’s Office will not accept medications from commercial establishments The Monroe County The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone about the drug disposal program offered at all our county Sheriff’s Substations and the reasons why it is important to dispose of medications in the right way. The program has been an ongoing […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
Explorers Present Colors at Events

Looking sharp! The Sheriff’s Explorer Post 906 in Marathon presented the colors for the first time at the Marathon / Coral Shores varsity basketball game on December 18th at Marathon High School. The newly formed Explorer Color Guard will be performing this function at many upcoming high school events and at other events around the […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
New Online Series from Sea Delight Ocean Fund

SEA DELIGHT OCEAN FUND IS SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON ‘WOMEN IN SEAFOOD’ WITH A NEW ONLINE SERIES! MIAMI – The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc., the charity arm of Sea Delight, LLC, Miami’s purveyor of high-quality, responsibly sourced fish and seafood, announced the start of a new online series that will feature the female movers […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #149, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 152016
Agenda Available for January 20 BOCC Regular Meeting

The agenda for the January 20, 2016 Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is now available on the county website at http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/01202016-137. The meeting will be held at the Marathon Government Center (2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon), beginning at 9 a.m. Agenda items include: A proposal to explore the use of a relatively new state statute […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
Mayor Commends Key West Teachers

Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday commended four Key West teachers for their work inspiring their students. Penny Maun is a teacher with Montessori Charter School, Cory Oliver is a teacher with Key West Collegiate Academy, Allison Heinz is a teacher Gerald Adams Elementary School and Miguel Perez, a teacher with Montessori Children’s School of Key […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #149, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 152016
Captain Retires from the Sheriff's Office

Longtime employee Captain Donnie Elomina retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office last week after 30 years with the agency. At a luncheon held on Friday, friends and colleagues said goodbye to the long time Lower Keys Station Commander. Captain Elomina was hired in December of 1985 as a corrections deputy. He transferred to road […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
Celebrating 20 Years of Giving

Mayor Craig Cates and the City Commission this week celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. “Our strong and vibrant community is fortunate to have the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys here,” reads the proclamation, “serving for the past 20 years as the community resource for collective giving and […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:01 am Issue #149, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 082016

Randolph “Randy” Becker, minister to ONE ISLAND FAMILY and involved community activist, has filed as a candidate for Mayor of Key West. Randy Becker, a resident in Bahama Village for the past nine years, has served Key West as one of the original appointees on the Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee and now is a […]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am ** BREAKING NEWS **, News 1 Response »