Dec 292017
Hurricane Debris Collection Resumes in Lower Keys, Duck Key, Conch Key and Layton Following Holiday Break

Hurricane debris collection resumed Wednesday on County roads in the Mile Marker 16 to 40 area in the Lower Keys after a short holiday break for the workers. County public works continues to also collect hurricane debris on private roads and take it to the nearest County right of way for collection by the debris contractor. No County roads in these areas have received a final collection pass.  If you now have debris in County rights of way or private roads, it will get picked up. Crews [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 292017
Pick Up Your Cones!

The City of Key West wants to remind residents aware that they cannot block off parts of the public right of way for private parking. Now that season is getting into full swing, City officials have received complaints that some residents are posting signs or even using cones and barricades to reserve parking spaces along the city streets. The right of way is public property, and cannot be marked with private “No Parking,” “No Trespassing,” or other signs. Nor can this area be blocked with [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Dec 292017
New Year’s Eve Shuttle

Why stress about parking and traffic to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year when you can ride the shuttle? Let Key West Transit’s Safe Ride do the driving! The shuttle begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 31st and runs continuously until 1:45 a.m. Fare is just $2 per trip on the local route and $4 per trip for the Lower Keys Shuttle. The shuttles cover Key West and Stock Island, as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle between Marathon and Key West. The downtown drop off and pickup point [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
MamaOcean Went to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Meeting

by Douglas Hattendorf……. Naja, Last week there was the bi-monthly meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the main topics were of corals dying, garbage and lobster trap debris. As it should be in me own opinion. The trap debris or whole traps in 5ft of water with 50ft of rope won’t be taken care of until June so as a prior trapper and commercial diver I couldn’t agree with that. So I said we were starting tomorrow and none disagreed. mamaOcean was representing as a [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 pm Issue #248, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 222017
Detectives Ask for Help Identifying Stolen Vehicle Suspects

Sheriff’s detectives in the Middle Keys are investigating the theft of a car from a Conch Key residence in the early morning hours Wednesday. The owner of the purple 2017 Kia Sorento said he returned home from work at 9 p.m., parking his car in his driveway on Conch Avenue. He left the car unlocked with the key fob inside. He went inside the house and went he went back outside at 1 a.m. his car was gone. He reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Office and a notice [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Monroe County Secures 25 Percent Flood Insurance Discounts for Policyholders in Unincorporated M.C.

MONROE COUNTY, FL – As of Oct. 1, 2017, residents and business owners in Unincorporated Monroe County became eligible for federal flood insurance discounts up to 25 percent. These discounts will result in more than $5.1 million in annual savings to the County’s 15,000 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders – an average of $350 per policy. The discounts are an increase from the 20 percent most policyholders experienced in 2016. All the discounts are due to the County’s active participation in the Community Rating System (CRS). This voluntary incentive program rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
EPA Urged to Close Dirty Water Public Notice Loophole

Schools, Day-Care, Nursing Homes Lack Warning on Unsafe Drinking Water Washington, DC — When schoolchildren, the infirm, and the disabled are exposed to dangerously contaminated drinking water, parents and guardians should be notified, according to a rulemaking petition filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and a coalition of groups.  The petition presses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close this public health gap. EPA’s current public notice regulations do not require public water systems or facilities like schools and nursing homes [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
PEER: "Scott's Pledge to Restore Florida Springs Was a Scam"

Tallahassee — Governor Rick Scott’s highly touted effort to clean up Florida’s prized freshwater springs from petroleum contamination turns out to be a mirage, according to an analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The overwhelming majority of  this program’s funding went to projects not affecting springs or to cleanups with the least environmental impact, leaving the more seriously polluted springs unaddressed. Florida has at least 1,000 springs – far more than any other state – representing perhaps the largest concentration of freshwater springs [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
This is a Really Big Deal.

It’s now or never. We have less than 10 days left to reach our goal of collecting one million signatures to make sure the Voter Restoration Amendment is on the November 2018 ballot. Download, print and sign the Voter Restoration Amendment petition. Just last week, we heard of and read stories about the thousands of returning citizens in Alabama who voted for the first time after having their voting rights restored. Having the ability to vote allows returning citizens to become full members of their [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Last Stand’s 30th Annual Meeting on January 16, 2018 Features Dr. Patrick Rice

Please plan to join Last Stand at the 2018 annual meeting as we celebrate successes of the past year and look forward to the coming year’s challenges. The meeting begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday January 16th at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street with a short business session and highlights of 2017. The featured speaker, Dr. Patrick Rice, Dean of Business & Marine Science at Florida Keys Community College will present an overview of the science and technology degree programs at the college. Admission is free [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Raise Hope & Foster Dreams

Wesley House Family Services is actively seeking nurturing families interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. Please contact Megan for more Information about our upcoming Foster Parent class stating January 10, 2018 in Key West. Foster Family Class Starting January 10, 2018 Wesley House Family Services 1304 Truman Ave Key West To RSVP please Contact: Megan Burgess, Foster Care Licensing Coordinator at 305.809.5020 Or by email at

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
American Airlines to Begin New Non-Stop Service Between Key West and Dallas-Fort Worth in June

On June 9, 2018, American Airlines plans to start non-stop service between Key West International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The new service was announced at today’s Monroe County Tourist Development Council meeting in Key West. The commercial service will start with seasonal flights on Saturdays only from June until the end of August using an E175 aircraft that seats 76 passengers, with the potential of service after that timeframe. “We are thrilled that American will be adding this route in 2018,” said Donald DeGraw, [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Burglary Suspect [surv. video]

Sheriff’s Detective Rosary Ponce is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the suspect in a vehicle burglary which took place in Marathon Tuesday night. Deputies working night shift spotted a man riding his bike with no lights near 47th Street at 1:30 a.m. They attempted to stop him, but he dropped the bike and fled on foot. He left behind a sweatshirt. In the pockets of the sweatshirt deputies found a camera, company gas card, keys and a vehicle registration which came back to a Ford truck belonging to Keys [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
Monroe County Emergency Management to Host A Series of Public Meetings Regarding Hurricane Irma

Monroe County Emergency Management will be hosting a series of six public meetings at the start of 2018 regarding Hurricane Irma. These meetings are designed to hear from you, the community. We want your feedback in what went right and what went wrong before, during and after Hurricane Irma. We also want to hear from you about what can be done better for future storms. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is the schedule: Monday, Jan. 8: Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
Pruitt Refuses to Reveal His Climate Science

His Lawyers Call Lawsuit for Studies Discounting Human Role “a Trap”     Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to even search for, let alone produce, records Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a “primary contributor” to climate change, according to legal filings in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  U.S. Justice Department lawyers representing EPA contend the PEER suit is “a trap” and would require “an endless [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »