Apr 212017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop A Sheriff’s detective arrested two women after a traffic stop in the city of Key West when he found them to be in possession of drugs and a gun. The detective spotted the green Kia Soul southbound on Trinity Drive just after 7 p.m. He saw the car run the stop sign and turn right on Northside Drive, then quickly accelerate. As he was following the car, he measured its speed at 50 miles per hour in [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
FKMCD Releases Wolbachia Mosquitoes on Stock Island

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in conjunction with MosquitoMate (www.mosquitomate.com), released 20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on Stock Island Tuesday as part of a field trial of a new control method. The field trial involves the release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a naturally-occurring bacterium called Wolbachia. When a Wolbachia-infected male mates with a wild female Aedes aegypti, the resulting eggs do not hatch. During the 12 week evaluation, a thousand male mosquitoes, which do not bite, will be released from [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Lionfish and King Mackerel Among Marine Topics Discussed by FWC

At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed exciting new lionfish removal incentive opportunities and also approved management changes to the king mackerel fishery. 2017 Lionfish Challenge FWC staff gave a report to the Commission reviewing the successes and lessons learned from the 2016 lionfish removal incentive programs and proposing the implementation of a new and exciting statewide 2017 Lionfish Challenge. More than 164,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters between May and December 2016 thanks to members [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
FWC Updates Management Efforts as Number of Nesting Eagles Continues to Increase

The bald eagle is one of the great conservation success stories. The bald eagle was removed from state listing in 2008 and since that time, the number of nesting eagles in Florida has continued to increase. With a healthy eagle population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is updating management efforts and conservation actions. Historically, bald eagles have faced many challenges. Habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and pesticides greatly reduced eagle numbers in the United States. The Florida eagle population has soared since the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Saturday Commercial Recycling Starts Soon!

If your business hasn’t signed up yet for weekend recycling, there’s still time. The City of Key West and Waste Management are teaming up to offer weekend commercial recycling starting on Earth Day – April 22nd. The service will be helpful for businesses that need pickups six days a week, or those whose busiest days are over the weekend. And commercial recycling accounts can save a business money. For more information, contact Key West Solid Waste Coordinator Dee Dee Green at 305-809-3776 or dgreen@cityofkeywest-fl.gov

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
KWPD Gets Thank you from Northern Neighbor

Police Chief Donie Lee welcomed Phillip Rossborough, of Kennebunk, Maine, to Key West today. The high school student was in town on vacation with his family, and had a special gift to present to the Key West Police Department. Rossborough wove Thin Blue Line wristbands for every Key West Police officer. He started making the bands after the ambush-killing of five police officers in Dallas. Nine other officers were injured in the 2016 incident. Rossborough says that attack and other unrest around the country moved [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
Monroe County Fire Rescue Extinguishes House Fire on Stock Island

Monroe County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a serious house fire at 424 County Road on Stock Island on Wednesday at 10:19 a.m. The house was occupied by three people at the time of the fire and all were able to get out on their own. Two persons were uninjured and one person was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center for evaluation. Firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt and Sugarloaf stations responded within 4 minutes of the call. Engine 9 of Big Coppitt supplied [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) Supports Curbelo, Crist Flood Insurance Fairness Act

Florida Congressmen Carlos Curbelo and Charlie Crist have re-introduced the Flood Insurance Fairness Act that would require the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide rate relief to Americans paying flood insurance for non-primary residences. “Across the country rental properties like those affected by this bill not only serve as primary income for many landlords, but also provide reasonably priced housing for the workforce in our coastal communities,” said Curbelo. “This bill is critical to South Florida, especially for residents of the Florida Keys that [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Apr 142017
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Trafficking Arrest

A Key West man was arrested for cocaine trafficking and possession of a large amount of marijuana after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Monroe-HIDTA task force stopped a van driven by 61 year old Paul Fraga at 2 p.m. on Atlantic Boulevard in Key West. The van had illegal window tinting on it, precipitating the stop. A strong odor of marijuana was noticeable inside the vehicle as the detectives spoke with Fraga at the driver’s side window. “We informed Fraga [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Apr 142017
Monroe County Officials Spend Busy Week in State Capital Advocating for the Keys

Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson spent a busy few days in Tallahassee last week to advocate for legislation and appropriations important to the Florida Keys – and to participate in various meetings involving County issues. County officials attended a Cabinet Aides meeting, which is a precursor to the more formal Cabinet meeting next week that releases Monroe County’s annual Area of Critical State Concern report. The Aides also received a report about the progress [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
25 Years of Leadership

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed April as Leadership Monroe County Month in honor of that program’s 25th anniversary. Leadership Monroe County is a non-profit, community leadership program that has been educating and informing County leaders since 1992. Its long-term goals are to develop strong, dedicated leaders working for a sense of community throughout Monroe County and the City of Key West. Since its creation, over 550 leaders from the county’s business community, government entities, military installations, education system, medical profession, non-profit organizations, creative arts industries, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
April is Fair Housing Month

Key West Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday proclaimed April as Fair Housing and Community Development Month. Although federal law prohibits housing discrimination, Key West takes particular pride in its acceptance of our “one human family.” The City of Key West, through its housing and community development programs administered by the Key West Housing Authority with the support of the Key West Association of Realtors, civil rights groups and community development organizations supports the Federal Fair Housing Act and the principles it embodies.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
FKHSC's Safety Program Assists Keys Parents

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is working hard to make child safety education and supplies available to all Keys parents, and to ensure that Keys children are all riding in appropriate car seats when passengers in a vehicle. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the Child Safety Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm, at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church (2610 Flagler Ave, Key West). Certified car seat technicians will be available to check installation on car seats already installed, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #214, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 072017
Our First Amendment Right To Assemble - ACLU Town Hall April 13th

by M.J. Taylor……. Did you know that Nelson Mandela was labeled a ‘terrorist by the US government as recently as 2008? The label was not removed until 18 years after his release from prison, 15 years after he was awarded the Nobel peace prize, and 14 years after his election as President of South Africa. An act of Congress in 2008 removed that label 5 years before his death. Nelson Mandela was not protected by our First Amendment, a Constitutional protection many US citizens take [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Column ~, Issue #213, Public Notice 1 Response »
Apr 072017
Men Wanted for Outstanding Warrants

Stock Island man wanted for stealing boat, altering ID numbers A Stock Island man is wanted on an outstanding warrant for stealing a boat from a Stock Island marina and changing the Florida ID numbers on it. The 13 foot Boston Whaler was stolen on October 7th from Hurricane Hole Marina. The boat, with two 50 hp engines on it, was on a trailer at the marina. Surveillance video of the theft shows a light blue Lincoln with a dark blue top towing the vehicle [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #213, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 072017
Sheriff's Crime Report

  Big Pine man arrested for fleeing A Big Pine Key man was arrested Thursday evening for fleeing from a traffic stop. Deputy Ryan Chlebanowski was on patrol at the 10 mile marker of the highway just before 8 p.m. when he saw a suspicious vehicle. The Dodge Caravan was parked on the side of the road, facing traffic; the driver was inside. Deputy Chlebanowski stopped his patrol car behind the van to ask the driver what he was doing there. The driver, later identified [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #213, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 072017
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: Volunteer registration and training for FKNMS Team OCEAN

With beautiful boating weather right around the corner, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting new volunteers to help us promote safe and enjoyable public use of the marine environment. We invite interested citizens to join a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers as part of our Ocean Conservation Education Action Network, known as Team OCEAN.. Team OCEAN volunteers join sanctuary staff on our boats at heavily visited reef sites throughout the Keys during peak recreational boating seasons and heavy-traffic holiday weekends. Volunteers inform [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #213, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) Offers Free Flood Mitigation Workshops throughout Monroe County

FIRM wants to help you “Keep Your Head Above Water” with a series of flood mitigation workshops. The first workshop is in Key Largo at the Murray Nelson Government Center on March 30, followed by Key West on April 6 at the Harvey Government Center, and finishing in Marathon at the Marathon Government Center on April 11.  All workshops will be held in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers from 5:30-7:30 pm. You can pre-register by calling FIRM at 305-294-3476, emailing firmkeys@gmail.com, or signing up [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Trauma Star's Two Helicopters Transport Five People in One Shift Sunday

AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE ALREADY HAS AIR LIFTED 202 PEOPLE IN 2017 On Sunday evening, Monroe County’s Trauma Star air ambulance service had the busiest day in its history. In just a four-hour period, Trauma Star responded to two vehicle accidents 53 miles apart and a stabbing, transporting five people to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. A sixth person was air lifted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Air Rescue. As of March 26, Trauma Star’s two medically equipped helicopters – which can carry [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key Largo man charged with burglary A Key Largo man was arrested last Friday, charged with burglarizing a the business he works for. 37 year old Jerry Duckworth works for All American Towing and Tires in Key Largo. On Wednesday the owner of the business called the Sheriff’s Office to report an electric drill valued at $660 missing from his business. He told Deputy Bryan Branco he had surveillance cameras on his property. He said he’d reviewed the video and it showed his employee, Duckworth, [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Sheriff’s Office Nationally Reaccredited – Receives Excellence Award

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was nationally reaccredited this past weekend at the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement conference held in Mobile, Alabama. Sheriff Rick Ramsay traveled to Mobile to accept the reaccreditation and to accept the added “Excellence Award”. Requirements for receiving the Excellence Award are arduous, requiring compliance with CALEA’s Gold Standard Assessment model, a more rigorous form of assessment that measures both compliance with accreditation requirements as well as the impact of accreditation on an agency. This gold standard model involves [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Florida Department of Health Address County Health Rankings

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and acknowledges the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool recently released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.FLHealthCHARTS.com. These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort, [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
New Silver Airline Service to Key West

Silver Airways Announces New Non-Stop West Palm Beach – Key West Service and Slashes Fares Up to 50% with No Change Fee Freedom Fares* Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Silver Airways’ has announced it will start new non-stop service between West Palm Beach and Key West on May 25, 2017, and has slashed its fares up to 50 percent with its low Freedom Fares*. In addition to substantial savings, Freedom Fares provide travelers flexibility to change their flights with no change fees. Silver’s new West Palm [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
New Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Nature Center Completes Phase One

“We are extremely excited that the first phase of our new nature center is now complete,” said Refuge Manager Daniel Clark. “However, the work is only just beginning as we continue to move forward to open our doors in the summer of 2018 pending funding. Our vision for this nature center is a community gathering place for both locals and visitors where they can learn about the many special plants and animals that can only be found in the Florida Keys. We look forward to [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Domestic Abuse Shelter Hires New Executive Director

Marathon Shores, Fla – The Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS) Board of Directors today announced the hiring of Sheryl Schwab, MS, LMHC as the agency’s new Executive Director. In making the announcement, DAS Board Chair Jennifer Powell said, “Sheryl is an experienced leader having served in several of the state’s certified domestic violence centers. Her commitment to domestic violence survivors and their children is evident in her passion for our important work.” Schwab began her career in the domestic violence services arena at Women in [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Public Meeting for Stock Island Roadway Improvement Design Project

  Monroe County Engineering Department is designing a roadway improvement project for Stock Island. A Public Outreach Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Stock Island Fire Station #8, 5655 MacDonald Avenue, Stock Island. The project limits will extend along MacDonald, Maloney and Peninsular avenues. While the project construction start date has not yet been established, this meeting is an opportunity for the public to understand the projected scope of the project and to have input [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Seven Mile Bridge Run will Impact Traffic

On Saturday, April 1st the Seven Mile Bridge Run will shut down traffic both north and south for two and a half hours at the Seven Mile Bridge. Travelers should plan to be across the bridge by 6:30 a.m. to avoid being stuck on one side or the other. Traffic flow will resume at 9 a.m., but usually takes at least an hour after that to get back to normal flow. Please plan any travel accordingly and please be patient during the traffic disruption.

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »