Aug 112017
 
Resource Violation Arrests - Two Charged with Undersized Lobster Out of Season

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…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Help Us Keep Our Students Safe

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…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Monroe County Veterans Affairs Hosting Town Hall on VA Healthcare

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.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Woman Airlifted after Violent Domestic Dispute

A woman was airlifted to a Miami hospital and her boyfriend went to jail for aggravated battery after a violent domestic dispute on Cudjoe Key Saturday night. Deputies responded to a home on John Avery Lane at 6:40 p.m. to reports of an argument between 36 year old Anthony Velez and 32 year old Anelle Hernandez. The two are boyfriend and girlfriend and live with Hernandez’ parents. Hernandez’ mother called to report the two were arguing and pushing each other. She said she tried to break them up but [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Back to School Tips

More than 3,000 students will be returning to schools in the Key West area next Wednesday. Amid the adjustments of the community’s schedule, it is important to always remember the 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 [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West.    This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  For more information or to join, email: kwnowinfo@gmail.com.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
School District to Hold Stanley Switlik Elementary Construction Community Meeting

WHO:   Harvard Jolly Architect Team, Ajax Building Corporation, Executive Director of Operations and Planning Patrick Lefere, Public WHAT: Monroe County School District officials would like to meet with the public to begin to receive feedback on design plans for Stanley Switlik Elementary School. WHEN: August 17th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Stanley Switlik Elementary School                 3400 Overseas Highway                 Marathon, FL 33050                 Media Center WHY:    Officials plan to give the public an overview of the process, costs, and will take questions and feedback, to ensure the community has [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Monroe County School Board and United Teachers of Monroe Reach Tentative Agreement

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the negotiations reopener topics of compensation, benefits and evaluation for the 2017-2018 school year for Teachers and School Related Personnel (SRP). After nine interest-based bargaining sessions, representatives for MCSB and UTM reached agreement on the issues of compensation, benefits and evaluation for teachers and school related personnel for the 2017-2018 school year.  For teachers compensation adjustments are the same as those received for 2016-2017 [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Spiny Lobster Regular Recreational and Commercial Season Starts August 6

The two-day sport season last week successfully wrapped up, and lobster lovers everywhere are now getting ready for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. This economically important season generates more than $1 million through the sales of more than 200,000 spiny lobster permits annually. “Based on what we saw during the two-day mini-season last month, we look forward to successful recreational harvests as well as ample opportunities for Florida’s robust commercial fishing industry,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Seeks Volunteers

The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, seeks volunteers to provide information to visitors and assist with interactive displays. Applicants must be at least 18, have an outgoing personality, ability to pass a background check and be willing to work one or more weekly shifts of 3.5 hours. Training is provided. The application is available at the center and at floridakeys.noaa.gov/volunteer _opportunities/. Volunteer Opportunity Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040 Any interested [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Couple arrested for stalking A Big Pine Key couple was arrested on Wednesday for stalking another couple and sending them threatening text and voice mail messages. The male victim called the Sheriff’s Office on July 26th. He told Deputy Alexandra Davis he used to rent a room from 42 year old Enrique Valdes, Jr. and 35 year old Omitsu Cervantes.  He said the harassment from the couple started after he moved out at the beginning of June. He said they began asking him for more [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Back to School Immunizations

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches. Local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year. Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Horace O'Bryant to Transition to One School Start Time for the New School Year

All Horace O’Bryant School students, kindergarten through eighth grade, will begin classes at 8:40 a.m., beginning the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. School ends at 3:45 p.m. Horace O’Bryant School joins Sugarloaf, Key Largo, and Plantation Key schools, as a kindergarten through eighth grade school with a single student start time. According to HOB Principal Christina McPherson, kindergarten students may be dropped off in the cafeteria at 8:15.  First through fifth grade students may report directly to their classrooms at 8:15 and middle school students may arrive on [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Zion Explores Cap On Number Of Visitors As Other Parks Fiddle

Curbs On Park Overcrowding Mandatory But  Are A Politically Perillous Third Rail     Washington, DC — Zion National Park, one of the country’s most popular, is considering a cap on visitation in order to remedy crippling overcrowding. It is one of the very few major national parks to directly address site-specific carrying capacities, despite a nearly 40-year statutory mandate that all parks have them, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). National parks report record numbers of visitors for the third year in [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
BRACE for the Storm Workshops

The 2017 Hurricane Season has begun and the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is inviting residents to learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane by signing up for a free internet-based BRACE for the Storm Workshop scheduled for August 24.  This workshop is designed to provide information to homeowners on disaster preparedness techniques that may reduce damage to their homes from hurricanes and other disasters that threaten Floridians.  In addition, homeowners will learn how to save money on the windstorm portion of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Monroe County Pushes for Resolution Supporting Responsible National Flood Insurance Program

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers and Monroe County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson are attending the 2017 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference with a mission to get the organization to adopt a resolution that supports responsible reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. The resolution, drafted by Monroe County, calls for reauthorization that prioritizes affordability, accessibility and sustainability as part of the national platform of NACo. The organization represents more than 3,000 counties across the United States.

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
On Sex Harassment National Park Service Still Doesn't Get It

Groping Superintendent Gets Bonus and Lateral Transfer despite Raft of Violations     Washington, DC — A national park superintendent repeatedly touched a female employee against her wishes, routinely made inappropriate comments, violated a number of rules relating to safety, alcohol, and gratuities, and failed a polygraph, according to an Interior Office of Inspector General (IG) Report of Investigation posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Despite these multiple violations and a referral for criminal prosecution, the superintendent received a cash bonus and was transferred [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Interior Not Top-Heavy Enough To Relieve Field

National Park and Refuge HQ and Regional Offices Smaller Than Under Bush Washington, DC — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly said he wants to fill growing staff shortfalls in national parks and refuges by moving employees from headquarters and regional offices to “front line” field positions. But figures obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) indicate that there are not enough bodies in these agencies’ rear echelons to fill the gaps. PEER looked at staffing in the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Pruitt's Massive Wetlands Shell Game

WOTUS Repeal Cost-Benefit Study Premised on Wetlands Having Zero Value Washington, DC — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has rigged the cost-benefit study justifying the repeal of an Obama clean water protection in order to reverse the overwhelming weight of evidence that the benefits outweighed its costs, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Pruitt and his political team decided not merely to lower the value of wetlands; they decided that wetlands have no quantifiable value at all and thus there is [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Big Pine man faces drug charges A Big Pine Key man was arrested on outstanding drug related warrants Monday night. 33 year old Daniel Stokes is accused of selling illegal narcotics to an undercover operative three times, once in February and twice in May. In February, he sold cocaine; in May, he sold Oxycodone and Xanax. All the sales took place on Big Pine Key. Stokes was picked up just after 10 p.m. on Avenue G, Big Pine Key. He faces multiple counts of sale of illegal drugs and [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Monroe County BOCC Certifies Aggregate Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

For Fiscal Year 2018, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners certified the proposed aggregate millage rate to the Property Appraiser at 3.4149 at the Special Budget meeting Tuesday at the Harvey Government Center. This rate goes out on property tax bills (TRIM). This rate can go down but it cannot go up when the final budget is adopted in September. This is 3.1 percent less than last year’s aggregate millage rate. It also is 3.84 percent above the rolled-back millage rate, which is the [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Monroe County Officials Tour State's Vacant Big Pine Key Road Prison for Potential County Use

  BIG PINE KEY, FL – Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County senior management staff recently toured the vacant, state-owned Big Pine Key Road Prison to explore possible County uses for the 10-acre site. The prison opened in the 1950s and once had housed inmates who had committed violent crimes. In recent decades, the facility on Key Deer Boulevard has been a minimum-security facility, home to 60 or so inmates who worked on road crews that maintained the Overseas Highway.  In [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Vendors Wanted for 2017 Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Food and arts & crafts vendors are invited to apply to participate in the Fantasy Fest Street Fair, Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. The arts & crafts Street Fair is Friday only. Food vendors may apply for both days but Saturday vending spots are limited. Street Fair booths regularly sell out. Apply soon to get yours. On Friday, the Street Fair is an exuberant street party along Duval St. featuring a mix of the best food and artisans Key West has to offer as well as visiting vendors [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
Two Day Sport Lobster Season is Next Week

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone the two day sport lobster season is coming up next week. Anyone who plans to participate catching lobster in Monroe County during the two day season on July 26th and 27th should make sure to familiarize themselves with both state law and with local ordinances in the Florida Keys. Details and information can be found at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltw ater/recreational/lobster/ Additionally, Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone who lives here and who is visiting: marine thefts commonly happen in the [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #228, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Monroe County Medical Examiners Nominating Committee Selects Dr. Snider as First Choice

MARATHON, FL – The 16th District Medical Examiner Nominating Committee interviewed four people Wednesday at the Marathon Government Center and selected Dr. Cameron Snider as its first choice and Dr. Michael Steckbauer as its second choice. Dr. Snider currently is serving as Associate Medical Examiner in District 1, which covers Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. He has 19 years of experience in forensic pathology. Dr. Steckbauer is currently serving as Monroe County’s interim Medical Examiner. (Not selected was Dr. Zhiming Li and Dr. Ira Kanfer.)

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Islamorada woman loses money in phone scam An Islamorada woman fell for a common phone scam, losing $400 to the scammers Wednesday. The 50 year old woman received a call Wednesday afternoon from someone who said her brother had been in an accident. The caller knew her brother drove a green car, and told her she would need to pay him money to keep him from hurting her brother. He also told her not to call the police. On his instructions, she drove to Walgreens and purchased four [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Reef Relief's 30th Annual Meeting is Next Week!

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Casa Marina Resort Reef Relief’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting is next Monday, July 17th, at the Casa Marina Resort, located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This meeting’s presenters include State Representative Holly Raschein to discuss the legislature, Dr. Rivah Winter from the new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to discuss her work developing a laboratory method to increase coral resistance to bleaching events by promoting thermally tolerant symbionts, and Dr. Alex [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
City Adds New Commuter Shuttle

Beginning Monday, July 17th, Key West Transit will be adding a commuter shuttle to the Lower Keys Shuttle. This additional run will leave Marathon at 6:30 a.m. from mile marker 53.5 at the Holiday Inn Express and is scheduled to reach downtown Key West a little after 8 a.m. A new evening commuter shuttle will be leaving downtown Key West at 6 p.m., arriving in Marathon just after 8 p.m. This added run in each direction is aimed at alleviating crowding on the buses during morning and evening commutes. It [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Applications Available for 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade

As the sands of time defy gravity, applications for the newly rewound and rebooted Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade are available at www.FantasyFest.com/parade/ . If you dare, download now and enter the magical wormhole that will spit your team and float out costumed and ready to join the parade as it rounds the corner onto Duval Street to the cheers and rollicking quantum physics of Fantasy Fest 2017: Time Travel Unravels! Produced by Nadene Grossman Orr of events planning company We’ve Got the Keys, Fantasy Fest [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »