Jun 162017
Community News: Narcotics Anonymous 25th "Recovery in Paradise" Event Was Phenomenal!

by Arida Wright……. A phenomenal event happened the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. 1,600 recovering addicts and their families gathered at Sugarloaf KOA Campground for the 25th Anniversary of the Conch Republic Area of Narcotics Anonymous Recovery In Paradise Spiritual Retreat! There has never been anything like it in the Keys, ever! Twenty five years ago, a small group of recovering addicts who were having NA meetings at the Anchors Aweigh Club house at 404 Virginia St. had a desire to unite in fellowship with [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
Families and Detectives Seek Help in Search for Missing Persons

Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are looking for several people who went missing over the past year in the Florida Keys. Families continue to hope and pray for information about Paul Murray, Albert Bosco, Robin Ford and Mike Wegrzyn. If you have any information regarding Paul Murray, Albert Bosco, or Robin Ford please contact Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh at 305-289-2351 or 2410.  If you have information regarding Mike Wegrzyn please call Marathon Detective Barios at 305-289-2430. Detectives Still Trying To Find Missing Man One Year [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
Affordable Housing: Navy Announces Movement Towards Reopening of Sigsbee Park Townhomes

On the affordable housing front: Some news came from the US Navy this week regarding the 166 units of vacant housing located on Sigsbee Island. A Request for Interest (RFI) was issued this week by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast to seek information on “how developers could open the 166 vacant townhomes located on the Sigsbee Park Annex at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West.”

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
TPS HAITI: "Know Your Rights" Forum June 23rd - Spread the Word...

A ‘Know your Rights’ informational gathering to provide information on the recent policy changes in the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians, including the six month extension will take place on Friday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave.. In order to provide accurate information from a trusted source, Mr. Peterson St. Philippe, Esq., Managing Attorney from Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami will provide updated information [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Jun 162017
FDLE Arrests Two for Criminal Activities at Sweetwater Police Department

MIAMI, Fla – On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested current Sweetwater Police Department Sergeant Reny Armando Garcia, 46, of Palmetto Bay, FL, and former Sweetwater Detective William Garcia, 42, currently incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pennington, VA., each on one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of racketeering, and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. FDLE, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the FBI, interviewed numerous victims and witnesses during the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
National Key Deer Refuge Upcoming Prepwork for Start of 2017 Prescribed Burn Season

National Key Deer Refuge helps community reduce wildfire risk through vegetation thinning and prescribed burns As the summer lightning-induced wildfire season returns, National Key Deer Refuge will be working to reduce fire fuels on Refuge natural areas on Big Pine Key, No Name Key and Cudjoe Key. These actions will help protect public and private lands from wildfires. Select vegetation will be removed mechanically by mowing and trimming using a skidsteer and hand trimming, with most vegetation thinning work being completed from June – November. [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
MCSO Crime Report

  Marathon Man Sustains Injury A Marathon man sustained a serious injury on the morning of June 4th to his neck and detectives are attempting to determine what may have happened. The incident has resulted in numerous rumors which detectives have been following up on as they are reported. So far, Detective Amanda Coleman has confirmed that 55 year old Jeffrey Knapp was last seen uninjured by employees of the Hurricane Restaurant in Marathon. He was escorted by employees from the bar at approximately 9 [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Women's March Florida Key's Statement Re-Sheriff's Lack of Policy

Women’s March Florida Keys Demands a Clear Policy from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Regarding the Questioning of Florida Keys Residents about their Immigration Status As Monroe County residents and constituents we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Department regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning.  As there is no clear policy or [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 11 Responses »
Jun 092017
Ed Russo Appointed to Planning Board

Commissioner Sam Kaufman has chosen Mr. Ed Russo as his Planning Board Appointee to serve out the remainder of former planning board member Crisity Spottswood’s term. Ms. Spottswood was appointed by former Commissioner Mark Rossi, and just recently stepped down after three years of service to the board. Commissioner Kaufman conducted a series of interviews with potential candidates and found Mr. Russo to be a great fit for the Planning Board. Mr. Russo comes with a keen understanding of the environment has an extensive and [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 092017
Monroe County Has Begun Surveying Neighborhoods that Repeatedly Flood

This week, Monroe County staff and their contractors began surveying neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. This “Repetitive Loss Area Analysis” is part of an ongoing effort to obtain greater discounts for most of the 15,000 flood insurance policy holders in unincorporated Monroe County through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards required by the National Flood Insurance Program – to protect [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Pruitt Moves to Politicize Superfund Cleanups

New Policy Enables Administrator to Bypass Staff and Dispense Favors to Industry   Washington, DC — The Trump-appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to take personal control of all major toxic cleanup operations under the Superfund program, according to an agency memo posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  This new arrangement allows him to bypass staff experts and confer one-side benefits on corporate polluters. The May 22, 2017 memo by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt directs that all decisionmaking on [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Southeastern Grocers Issues Voluntary Recall 

Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs sold in all Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más stores  JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, is issuing a voluntary recall of Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs. This product was sold in an 8-ounce package. The recall is due to undeclared allergens found in the product. This product was sold in Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and in Fresco y Más stores stores in Florida. The [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man charged with multiple drugs A Marathon man was arrested after deputies found him in possession of numerous different kinds of drugs. Deputy Matthew Cory responded to the parking lot of the Overseas Lounge at 1 a.m. after dispatchers received reports of someone passed out in a truck. When the deputy arrived, he located 37 year old Hayes Culbertson sitting in his truck, scratching off lottery tickets. He approached the truck and, as Culbertson rolled down the window to talk to Deputy Cory, the deputy [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Department of Health Hosting Upcoming Community Meetings

~ Florida Department of Health in Monroe will be presenting public health survey results for Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently completed three community health assessments involving resident input in the Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach. The department is inviting members of the community to participate in three upcoming community meetings where research specialists will be presenting the results of these assessments. These three communities were chosen as part of the department’s Community [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
New Card Sound Bridge Electronic Toll

SPEED-REDUCING ELEMENTS DESIGNED INTO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CARD SOUND BRIDGE ELECTRONIC TOLL NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new electronic toll at the Card Sound Bridge in North Key Largo will begin Aug. 1, with a scheduled completion date of Feb. 8, 2018. No tolls will be collected during this time. The last hand-collected tolls will take place July 31. At that point, unused discount tickets can be returned for a refund. The construction phase of the project will start with the demolition [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Gerald Adams Elementary Groundbreaking

GERALD ADAMS ADMINISTRATORS READY TO BREAK GROUND, AJAX BUILDING CORPORATION READY TO BEGIN THE NEW BUILD   WHO:   Gerald Adams Elementary students, staff, and administrators; Ajax Building Corporation; Harvard Jolly Architects; invited guests WHAT: Gerald Adams Elementary School students, staff and faculty are ready to break ground and start constructing a new building. Ajax Construction and Harvard Jolly Architects are working with the District to improve the learning space at Gerald Adams. WHEN: Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am WHERE:  Gerald Adams Elementary [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 092017
Doctor’s Simple Tips For Parents to Help Kids Beat the Heat During this Sizzling Summer

Parents reminded not to wait for child to says they are thirsty Summertime is here which means kids are out of school and temperatures are rising. That combination has Dr. Mayrene Hernandez reminding parents about the signs of dehydration in kids and sharing tips to keep their little ones hydrated. Dr. Hernandez, United Healthcare Group’s (www.uhc.com/) Florida Medical Director, says hydration is particularly important for children as they have higher water requirements than adults. Their cooling system isn’t fully developed. The surface area of a child [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Dump the Pump Day

Thursday, June 15th is National Dump the Pump Day and the City of Key West is urging everyone to use public transportation. This marks the 12th annual Dump the Pump Day celebration promoting energy-saving public transit. The city remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and we urge the community to do the same. If you haven’t tried the bus, give it a shot. You may find that traveling to work in air conditioned comfort may just suit your lifestyle while reducing the number of [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet June 20 in Marathon 

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council at the Hyatt Place in Marathon Florida, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.  Public comment periods are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation on the on-going management plan review process, past action, status and next steps to ensure all current and newly appointed advisory council members are informed and have the background [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
FIU Paris Agreement Experts

President Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The landmark climate accord looks to prevent further damage due to climate change by dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in 2020. The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change members. Florida International University has several experts who can speak to the implications of the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, including environmental and political aspects. For a list of FIU’s [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two men charged with spearing lobster Two men were arrested Thursday for spearing lobster illegally. Marine Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol at Fiesta Key Campground at the 70 mile marker when he spotted the two men in the water. He saw they both had spear guns and appeared to be spearing sea life. As he approached, he could see them dropping speared lobster. He asked them to get out of the water. He asked the two men for identification and their fishing licenses, which [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
Public Meeting of Nominating Committee for District 16 Medical Examiner

Thursday, June 8, 2017 10 a.m. Marathon Government Center – BOCC chambers, second floor 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL Under Florida Statute, the State Attorney of Monroe County has put together a local nominating committee to search for candidates and offer recommendations for the position of District 16 Medical Examiner. The committee has about 14 people, including representatives of County government, law enforcement, the County hospitals, the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and funeral homes. Dr. Stephen Nelson, chairman of the state’s Medical [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
N.M Medical Cannabis Provider Files Freedom of Speech Lawsuit

Federal suit filed against EXPO New Mexico officials under First and Fourteenth Amendments (Albuquerque) – New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health filed a complaint against three EXPO New Mexico officials for unconstitutional attempts to limit the company’s rights to display a cannabis educational and informative booth at the New Mexico State Fair in 2017. Because EXPO New Mexico is a government entity and the New Mexico State Fair a public forum, restricting Ultra Health’s ability to educate the public and advocate on behalf of medical cannabis [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
Top 6 Red Cross Preparedness Tips to Stay Safe this Hurricane Season

NOAA Predicting an Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season this Year Hurricane season starts today, and forecasters are predicting a 45 percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, threatening both coastal and inland residents between now and the end of November. To help families stay safe, the American Red Cross South Florida Region is issuing the top six hurricane preparedness tips should a hurricane or tropical storm head for your community. Here are the top six things you should do now to be ready [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
Officers Stops Traffic for Turtle

Key West Police officers are often called upon to rescue dogs and sometimes kittens, but this week they had a call that could only happen while protecting paradise. Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, a concerned citizen reported seeing a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs on the Bridle Path across the street from Smather’s Beach. When officers arrived, they found the gigantic animal attempting to cross the four-lane South Roosevelt Blvd. and return to the ocean. They immediately set up a perimeter – blocking traffic to ensure [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Stock Island man charged with gun possession Deputies arrested a Stock Island man Wednesday afternoon for improperly exhibiting a firearm and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sheriff’s dispatchers received reports just before 5 p.m. of a man waving a black colored revolver around at the Tom Thumb convenience store on Stock Island. Another caller reported shots fired at  a nearby trailer park on Maloney Avenue. Deputies Jenna Moeller and Freddy Rodriguez responded. The caller said the man with the gun was [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
FWC Uncovers Major Alligator Violations in Long-Term Covert Investigation

On Wednesday, May 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida’s laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. These serious charges include first-, second- and third-degree felonies. These charges are the result of a multiyear undercover operation initiated in 2015 by the FWC Division of Law Enforcement’s Investigations Section. FWC undercover [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
FDLE Recognizes National Missing Children's Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FDLE recognized National Missing Children’s Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017. “As we head into the summer months, I urge parents and caregivers to remind children about staying safe,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “I encourage you to take advantage of the online safety tools and resources available. When a child does go missing, the timely awareness of concerned citizens is often vital to law enforcement in recovering that child quickly and safely. Please sign up to be notified when there is [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations Contributes to FIRM

The Board of Directors of FIRM thanks the Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. (the Federation) for its generous donation in the amount of $1,000.00. In April, FIRM President Mel Montagne addressed the Federation at a meeting in the Key Largo Library. “FIRM especially appreciates the support of homeowners associations, because they demonstrate the community spirit behind our mission,” explained Montagne. “At FIRM we believe that the strong sense of community in Monroe County and the commitment to our common goals are [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
Deputy Wants Help Identifying Theft Suspects

Deputy Shannon Jones says she wants the public’s assistance identifying suspects in a theft case. The theft took place May 13th at a business called Cool Guys Stuff, LLC on 23rd Street in Marathon. Employees called the Sheriff’s Office after they noticed items missing from the store. Before calling, the employees reviewed video from the store’s surveillance cameras. They found two suspects who were seen taking the items from the store. The video shows a young man and a young woman walking into the store [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
Florida Voting Rights Activist to Rally in Key West

SAY YES TO SECOND CHANCES: CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE FELON VOTER RIGHTS COMES TO KEY WEST Florida Voting-Rights Activist to Speak at Coral City Elks Lodge Florida is the largest of only three states that permanently bars citizens with felony convictions from voting in all cases except with approval through the clemency process. Mr. Desmond Meade, an attorney and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, will be speaking at the Coral City Elks Lodge, 1107 Whitehead St., on Saturday, May 27, at 4 p.m. The [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
Simonton & Greene Street Parking Garage Proposals: Community Meeting

Key West City Commissioners have been receiving a significant number of e-mails from community members concerning the proposals to build parking garages in Old Town Key West. Community meeting on June 1, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the Waterfront Brewery. Hosted by Commissioner Sam Kaufman, District II. See the details on the Facebook event page. JOIN OTHER MEMBERS OF THE KEY WEST COMMUNITY TO SHARE VIEWS AND LISTEN TO OTHERS ABOUT THE PARKING GARAGE PROPOSALS. SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER: Should the City build a parking [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Warrants Issued for illegal dumping in state park / one arrest made Sgt. Joel Slough would like the public’s assistance locating two suspects in an illegal dumping case. On May 2nd just before noon, Sgt. Slough was at Curry Hammock State Park checking on a report of an illegal campsite set up on park property. He located the campsite along with its two occupants, 46 year old Tillman Erwin and 42 year old Candice Lee. They were warned they were trespassing on park property. Sgt. Slough [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »