by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), will testify at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) rate hearing before the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) on August 23, 2017, vigorously opposing any further increases in windstorm insurance rates by Citizens for Monroe County. This is the eighth consecutive year that FIRM appeared and testified against further rate increases. In past years, no consumer organizations other than FIRM testified. The rate hearing will be held at 4:00 pm at Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus and can [continue reading…]
If you live in the Lower Keys on the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf, or the Saddle Bunch Keys here’s some very good news for you: THE LOWER KEYS ALLIANCE, INC The Lower Keys Alliance, Inc., has been formed to give additional voice to the wishes and concerns of residents of the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, and the Saddle Bunch Keys. The goal of the Lower Keys Alliance is to focus on issues affecting the [continue reading…]
The Sheriff’s Office purchased five body worn cameras for the Key Colony Beach Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office Information Systems Division also assisted with hands on training for the devices. “We are happy to help our law enforcement partners with this important piece of equipment,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Key Colony PD works closely with the Sheriff’s Office and our partnership is a benefit to both or agencies and to the public we all serve.”
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for 13 seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for members and alternates representing the following seats: citizen-at-large/Middle Keys, citizen-at-large/Upper Keys, conservation and environment, diving/Lower Keys, fishing/charter flats fishing guide (member only), fishing/commercial marine-tropical, and South Florida ecosystem restoration. Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Mission Control ArtCamp!, which ran August 7-11, 2017, challenged campers to create an atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. This interstellar adventure propelled the students to a new world and helped them understand what is necessary for human habitation. Camp activities included exploring our galaxy, creating one’s own galaxy, growing space crystals and experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. Key West [continue reading…]
If you are thinking of building a float for the 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade – and you should be! – reserve a space now for the Parade Design Workshop August 27 at The Studios of Key West. The Design Workshop puts you in a room with imaginative yet practical experts—parade and float designers who have hit the pinnacle of crowd pleasing and won awards in the past! This year’s panelists include Marky Pierson, Bob and Sue D’Antonio, Rochelle Eannarino and Sugar Kirk. Marky Pierson is [continue reading…]
It was a busy couple of hours last night for Monroe County Fire Rescue in the Lower Keys. At 9:02 p.m. Wednesday, MCFR was dispatched to a boat fire at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Marina. When firefighters arrived, the approximately 35-foot catamaran was fully engulfed. MCFR firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key and Sugarloaf stations and Battalion Chief 1 assisted the NAS Key West Boca Chica fire department to extinguish the fire. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the putting out small [continue reading…]
REPAIR PROJECT FOR GARRISON BIGHT BRIDGE BEGINS SUNDAY NIGHT IN KEY WEST; EXPECT LANE CLOSURES Monroe County’s repair project for the 177-foot Garrison Bight Bridge in Key West will begin Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at 9 p.m. The work to replace the joints on the bridge deck and repave a portion of Palm Avenue will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., until the project is complete. The road work is expected to take about three weeks, but the contractor has until Sept. 30. During the first phase, beginning Aug. 20, [continue reading…]
NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new All-Electronic Tolling System on Card Sound Road in North Key Largo will begin Sept. 1, 2017. The collection of tolls by tollbooth attendants will end at midnight, Aug. 31, 2017. Once the toll closes, unused discounted toll tickets can be returned to the point of purchase for a refund. Or unused tickets can be mailed to the Clerk of Court for a refund. The address: Clerk of the Court, P.O. Box 1980, Attn: Charlie Bradford, Key West, FL 33041. Please mail [continue reading…]
Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1–4. In an effort to help reduce drowning among Florida’s children, the Florida Keys Health StartCoalition, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, would like to encourage everyone with a pool to participate in our new drowning prevention efforts. Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes it takes for a parent to assist another child or search for a forgotten item. Do you have all [continue reading…]
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Get into Your Sanctuary Day On Aug. 12, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts its third Get into Your Sanctuary Day to raise awareness about the value of national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation. In addition to a coastal cleanup, visitors can experience a ship-to-shore telecast with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and share photos on the sanctuary’s new story map. Uploading to the story map requires only a few simple steps. Images illustrating how people spend their [continue reading…]
MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot [continue reading…]
Two Miami men were arrested Saturday for having 44 speared lobster out of season, some of which were very small. Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol when he spotted the two men just offshore of the 60 mile marker. They were in the water diving with no dive flag. As he watched, he saw them swim back to shore several times, holding spear guns, and place something in the rocks on the shore. He confronted the men, asking if they had caught anything. They said no. Deputy [continue reading…]
On June 5th, in the early morning hours, Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol when he saw smoke billowing form the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon. He called in a fire at that location and other deputies headed his way. As he heard an explosion, he ran toward the fire, concerned about the safety of anyone who might be in the area. Other deputies arrived. At a team, they all began clearing residences in the area, moving boats moored in the vicinity of the fire [continue reading…]
Sheriff commends service to community Sheriff Rick Ramsay recognized leaders in two state law enforcement agencies for their service to the community and their commitment to working with the Sheriff’s Office as community partners. At an awards ceremony held Friday in Marathon, Sheriff Ramsay gave distinguished service awards to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney and Florida Fish and Wildlife Captain Dave Dipre. The two leaders have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship between their agencies and the Sheriff’s Office.
Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Shortly after, she also submitted a gray triggerfish to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program, becoming the first angler to qualify [continue reading…]
STOCK ISLAND, FL – Monroe County’s Bernstein Park on Stock Island is looking a lot more like a grassy oasis these days after nearly 3 acres of sod recently was installed. The new grass is part of the County’s $7.7-million renovation project to turn the park that was prone to flooding into a functional green space the community can enjoy for years to come. Keeping the grass green will be done by using reclaimed water from Key West Resort Utilities. The new park is scheduled to [continue reading…]
Artist Jane Rohrschneider holds a tiny model English Bulldog, one of two faux canines that inhabit an elaborate model of Tennessee Williams’ Duncan Street house, crafted by Rohrschneider and installed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue in Key West. The artist said the approximately 24 square foot model, which is 1/24 scale, took eight months to craft and represents how the home of the great American playwright looked in the 1950s. Since features of the property [continue reading…]
Al-Anon Family Groups, a support group for the friends and families of alcoholics, offers regularly scheduled meetings in Marathon. Monday nights and Friday nights meet at St. Columba Church located at 451 52ndrd Street Gulf in Marathon beginning at 6:00 p.m. A daytime meeting is held during season, October 1 through April 30, on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Marathon United Methodist Church located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families of alcoholics by giving understanding and encouragement to [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s Office prepared for the beginning of School The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force next week guarding the safety of children returning to school. “We take school related safety very seriously,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We have a no tolerance policy for people who choose to speed in school zones, and for those who illegally pass school buses. We will be out in force beginning next week in both marked and unmarked cars watching for violators.” School Resource Officers and School [continue reading…]
Monroe County Veterans Affairs is hosting a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 28, to provide up-to-date information about health care for veterans both now and in the future. The public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, 2nd Floor, in Key West, FL. Paul M. Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System, and members of his staff will provide the health care updates and answer questions.