Nov 172017
Continued Temporary Rental Assistance

If you are a homeowner or renter getting rental assistance from FEMA and still have a need for that funding and are eligible for it, you should complete and submit an application for Continued Rental Assistance. FEMA may provide up to two months of initial rental assistance for eligible applicants. You may qualify for continued assistance if you: Demonstrate your disaster-related financial need; and Show you are developing a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. A contractor’s estimate of repairs can point [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #243, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 172017
Coast Guard, Turtle Hospital Crews Release 150-Pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle Near Key West

The Coast Guard and Turtle Hospital personnel released a rehabilitated 150-pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle to the wild off Sunset Key near Key West, Thursday morning. A Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrew and personnel from the Turtle Hospital released Drifter, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, back to the wild. Drifter was rescued from fishing line that was part of storm debris from Hurricane Irma and rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Key West.

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #243, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Understanding FEMA Verified Loss

ORLANDO, Fla. – You may be eligible for FEMA help to restore your home to a safe, sanitary and functional condition following a disaster, if you don’t have insurance coverage – or if you have received an insurance settlement that is less than the cost to make your home habitable. FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance. Assistance only provides the basic needs for a home to be habitable. Once you register for assistance, FEMA is required to verify losses to determine your eligibility for [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
A Look at Florida 60 Days after Hurricane Irma

Florida continues making efforts toward recovery from Hurricane Irma’s severe impact on the entire state – spanning 65,755 square miles from Pensacola on the west end of the Panhandle, Jacksonville on the east coast, south to Key West. Affected communities and disaster survivors are repairing and rebuilding better, stronger and safer with the help of neighbors, friends, family members, voluntary groups, faith- and community-based organizations and local, county, state and federal governments. Recovery takes the whole community. The following are highlights of the progress made [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION’S Disaster Assistance Loan Program

In the wake of hurricanes and other physical disasters, the government entity almost always front and center is the Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA ; But there is another agency that works hand-in-hand with FEMA, helping businesses, homeowners and renters with low-interest disaster loans. Many people are not aware of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the assistance SBA offers. If a business has sustained damage from Hurricane Irma – whether it is physical damage, economic damage or both, then SBA could be [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Florida Hate Crime Coalition Urges Senate Committee Chair To Hear Hate Crime Bill, Launches Online Petition

Boca Raton – The Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC) recently sent a letter to Senator Randolph Bracy, Chair of the Florida Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, urging him to agenda SB 588 for a hearing before the Committee, and it launched an online petition for Floridians to contact the Senator about the bill. SB 588 would strengthen Florida’s current hate crime statute by fixing critical gaps in the law. The letter advises Senator Bracy that “[c]ountering the hate and violence on display in Gainesville, Charlottesville, VA and other [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Health Department Releases Two Premier Health Guides Featuring Monroe County

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is happy to showcase the release of two booklets:  Monroe County Community Health Almanac and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  Both are available at  Limited hard copies are available at the Gato Building in Key West. Monroe County Community Health Almanac:  this 40-page document provides reader-friendly information about conditions that impact the health of the Florida Keys as a community and the myriad of interrelated factors that influence these conditions.  The almanac also describes the components that [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Key West Rotary Clubs Welcome District Governor

The Rotary Clubs of Key West welcomed District 6990 Governor Alan Cohn on Nov. 7 at the Bottlecap Lounge. Pictured are Assistant District Governor Jim Smith (Sunrise Rotary), Associate Assistant Governor Rachel Oropeza (The Rotary Club of Key West), Cohn, Key West Sunset Rotary President Holly Elomina, Key West Sunrise Rotary President Gena Parsons, and Albert Gonzales, president of The Rotary Club of Key West. Rotary District 6990 serves Southeast Florida, the Keys and Grand Bahama Island. Key West will host the district conference in May.

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
I Love Stock Island Information Meeting Nov. 14

The I Love Stock Island Initiative, a not for profit organization focused on making Stock Island a better place to live, work and play, is planning the 2nd Annual I Love Stock Island Festival December 8-10. An informational meeting for all interested businesses, volunteers and potential entrants in the Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 pm at Deluna’s Bar & Grill (at the Chickee Hut) at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road. For more information

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Faith-Based, Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations May Be Eligible for FEMA Disaster Grants

Faith-based organizations, in addition to other community, volunteer, and nonprofit organizations in Florida communities may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants for reimbursement of costs incurred following Hurricane Irma. As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program.  Community, volunteer, faith-based, and private nonprofit organizations conducting critical and essential services of a governmental nature with state or IRS tax-exempt status that sustained disaster damage may [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:41 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Superbugs Have a New Foe

MIAMI (Nov. 1, 2017) — The National Institutes of Health awarded FIU researchers nearly $2 million study on how targeting bacterial DNA can be used to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs. If successful, the one-of-a-kind work of Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) researchers Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh and Fenfei Leng could lead to new treatments for people infected with bacteria that don’t respond to current antibiotics. Tse-Dinh, BSI’s director, received a four-year $1.3 million grant to advance her research studying how an enzyme might be targeted to interrupt the process used by bacteria to grow – specifically, [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:39 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Public Meetings for Information About FEMA's STEP Housing Program

Monroe County is hosting three informational public meetings regarding FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. STEP is a rapid repair program which enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irma to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for this livable area of the home. The meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations: Monday, Nov. 6: Monroe County’s Marathon Government [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:38 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Crews Continue to Mitigate Pollution Threats from Vessels Displaced by Hurricane Irma

MIAMI – Cleanup efforts and removal operations of displaced vessels are progressing throughout Florida waterways seven weeks after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys. The Unified Command for the response—officially titled Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida—consists of leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Currently, 1,492 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Nearly 230 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are prioritizing [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Nov 032017
Pruitt's EPA Strategic Plan is a Cynical Joke

Plan Makes a Mockery of EPA Mission; Goals Undercut by Pruitt’s Actions   Washington, DC — Scott Pruitt’s proposed five-year plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is so bad that it is laugh-out-loud funny, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The group is asking Pruitt to withdraw the plan and come back with something that passes the straight-face test. The public comment period on Pruitt’s Draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for EPA ends today.  PEER points out that: Its [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:25 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Disaster Fraud: Filing False FEMA Claims Costly to Deserving Survivors

Those who intentionally claim false losses with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are taking money away from those who truly need assistance and stand in danger of being charged with a felony. FEMA must ensure that taxpayer dollars go only to people who incurred legitimate losses and the agency takes disbursement of necessary funds to the proper parties very seriously. Those who are caught trying to make fraudulent claims can be charged with a felony and, if convicted, face a maximum 30-year prison term [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Hotel Stays Extended Through Dec. 2 for Eligible Irma Survivors

ORLANDO, Fla. – Eligible Hurricane Irma survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has extended the checkout date from Nov. 5 to Dec. 3. Participants in the program will receive a phone call telling them whether they are eligible for the extension and what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Build Back Stronger and Safer After Irma

ORLANDO, Fla. – As you rebuild after Hurricane Irma, take steps to make your home more resilient to future disasters. The first step is to obtain any necessary permits and follow all local building codes when rebuilding or making repairs. Contact your local code officials before beginning any construction to ensure you will meet all local building requirements. There are resources available to help you build back stronger and safer after a disaster. Next to insurance, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Fema Assistance Provided/Available for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Monroe County

Monroe County has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Keys’ residents impacted by Hurricane Irma receive assistance for housing and other recovery needs. While much public attention has been focused on FEMA’s travel trailers for temporary housing, these trailers are primarily a last resort when more desirable housing options are not possible for individuals and families. Here is a fact sheet regarding assistance provided to Monroe County residents: Since Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, FEMA already has provided $44 million in [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Detectives Work to Identify Recovered Property

Sheriff’s detectives in the Lower Keys recovered a trailer full property at a wooded campsite on Big Pine Key. The trailer was found there after three men staying at the campsite were arrested for a home burglary on Shark Key October 22nd. Inside the trailer, detectives found over 150 items they believe to be stolen. So far they have identified items stolen from the Shark Key burglary, two burglaries on Sugarloaf Key, one on West Starfish Lane and one on Cobia Court; and two burglaries [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Holiday Weight Control Challenge

The holidays are just around the corner and the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is challenging Keys residents to make healthy choices through the holiday season by joining a free Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Many Americans who gain weight during the holidays never manage to lose the extra pounds. With the “Maintain, Don’t Gain!” challenge, participants are provided tips, tricks and ideas on how to keep weight under control during the holidays. The 7-week challenge runs November 13 -December 31. Anyone who signs up [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Two Months Post Irma Preschools Receive Needed Support

  IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IRMA, SAVE THE CHILDREN PROVIDES GRANT TO EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF MIAMI-DADE/MONROE TO SUPPORT IMPACTED CHILDCARE PROVIDERS Organizations will Work Together to Restore Early Learning Programs Serving Low-Income Families in the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade Area Miami, FL. – As the South Florida community continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, child care programs, a crucial support for working parents, are still struggling to re-open or operate at full capacity. Several early learning programs in the Middle Keys, hit especially hard by the [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »