Mar 242017
 
Hometown! Call for Candidates

Hometown! Key West, formerly known as Hometown PAC, is calling all members, future members, candidates, incumbents, prospective candidates and those merely testing the waters to a CALL for CANDIDATES on Monday, April 3, 2017, 5 pm at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, Key West. Attendance is free. THE 2018 local elections in Monroe County include State and U.S. Representatives, two County Commission seats, City of Key West Mayor and three Key West City Commission seats, three Monroe County School Board and two Florida Keys Mosquito Control [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #211, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Green Commute Challenge

During the week of Monday March 27th to Sunday April 2nd, employees from ten of the largest employers in the city of Key West will be earning points for reporting their green methods for travelling to and from work. The 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge sets a rivalry between the city’s largest employers because those employers can make the most difference in going green. This year’s challengers include: the City of Key West, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, Southernmost Beach Resort, Florida [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #211, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Wheels to Work

On March 14th Mayor Craig Cates partnered with Bethel AME Church, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Island Bicycles, Publix grocery stores and other community partners to bring to fruition the Wheels to Work program. Wheels to Work is a local effort made possible through partnerships by which deserving youth are matched with employment opportunities in Key West and coupled with a means of transportation in order to get to work. Mayor Cates and Dave Harris, owner of Island Bicycles were able to provide six Electra [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #211, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Monroe County BOCC Approves Policy Changes to the Tourist Development Council

After a lively two-hour discussion, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved three policy changes to the Tourist Development Council at its Wednesday monthly meeting at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center. 1. The Commission voted 4-1 to increase the municipalities’ eligibility for reimbursement to up to 100 percent for brick and mortar capital projects using tourist development (bed tax) funds. Previously, the municipalities had been eligible for up to 50 percent reimbursement. (The County, the governing board of the Tourist Development Council, [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Georgia Fugitive Arrested in Key West / Tracked Via CVS Rewards Card

Key West Police Detectives arrested a man wanted in Cobb County Georgia for an assortment of violent crimes. On March 15th, the KPWD Criminal Investigations Unit was informed by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office that Jamaal Seymour, 37, was possibly in Key West. Seymour was wanted on a number of counts, including aggravated assault with a weapon, false imprisonment, felony strangulation and possession of a firearm by a felon. A “be on the lookout” noted that Seymour should be considered armed and dangerous. Intelligence showed [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 172017
 
FKMCD to Test Wolbachia Mosquitoes in Mid-April

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in conjunction with MosquitoMate (www.mosquitomate.com), will be evaluating a new control method in the reduction and/or elimination of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are very difficult to control, can carry many diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. FKMCD is constantly looking for new ways to eliminate this mosquito and prevent these diseases from entering our island communities. The field trial of this new method will begin in mid-April and will involve the release of [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Pompano Beach man charged with burglary A Pompano Beach man is under arrest, charged with burglary. The victim, a Marathon woman, got a call from her alarm company just after 1 p.m. Tuesday that someone had opened the door to the tool room at her home on 51st Street. She drove home to see what was happening and found 57 year old Donald Ahee standing in her yard. He was putting something inside his bag. As he was leaving her property on his bike, she [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Monroe County Repays Second $1 Million Installment to Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District

MONROE COUNTY REPAYS KEY LARGO WASTEWATER TREATMENT DISTRICT SECOND $1 MILLION INSTALLMENT FROM MAYFIELD GRANT AGREEMENT KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Mayor George Neugent presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with a $1 million check, the second installment in a 10-year Interlocal Agreement regarding the distribution of $17 million in Mayfield Grant Funds for wastewater projects in the Keys. Monroe County and the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District entered into the Interlocal Agreement on May [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice 4 Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Ace the Traffic at the Miami Open with Florida 511

Download the free mobile app, visit FL511.com or follow #FL511 on Twitter TALLAHASSEE – Make it to the courts on time for every serve at the 2017 Miami Open with the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 Traveler Information System. More than 300,000 tennis fans from around the world will attend the 14-day tournament at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, beginning Monday, March 20 and ending Sunday, April 2. With only a single causeway leading to and from the island, drivers may find the [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Free Bus for St. Patrick's Day

Key West Transit encourage everyone to go green and ride the bus this St. Patrick’s Day. Public transit is free all day on March 17th, the greenest day of the year. Citywide bus routes and the Lower Keys Shuttle are free all day on March 17th to promote environmental awareness and to make St. Patrick’s Day a safe one for everyone!

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Health Department Recognizes the City of Marathon as a Healthy Weight Community Champion

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) presented the Healthy Weight Community Champion Award to the City of Marathon at Tuesday’s City Commission Meeting at Marathon City Hall. The City of Marathon was recognized as one of three local governments in Monroe County that has implemented a variety of best practice policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The other municipalities, Key West was recognized last Tuesday and the Village of Islamorada will be awarded later this month. One [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Free Certification Course for Bike Helmet Fitting

Bicycle safety is an important public health issue in the Florida Keys. A larger proportion of Monroe County’s population bikes to work than any other county in the state of Florida, and research shows that Monroe County has the highest fatality rate, the highest ER visit rate, and the 3rd highest hospitalization rate in the state for bicycle accidents with motor vehicles.* The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, is hosting two bike helmet [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Firm Appeals Office of Insurance Regulation Denial of Administrative Hearing

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is filing an appeal with the First District Court of Appeals to overturn the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) rejection of FIRM’s petition for an Administrative Hearing on excessive and unaffordable commercial and residential windstorm insurance rates in the Keys. FIRM takes the position that FIRM and the Citizens Property Insurance policy holders that it represents are entitled by state law to an administrative hearing on recent Monroe County windstorm insurance rate increases approved by the OIR. FIRM also [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:18 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Four arrested on multiple drug warrants Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit arrested four people on multiple drug related warrants Wednesday afternoon. Detectives using an undercover operative purchased cocaine and ecstasy Tuesday afternoon from three of the wanted suspects; arrested them for the drug sales and then additionally charged them all with the outstanding drug related warrants . The warrants are the result of undercover drug operations in January of this year in Key West and on Stock Island. 30 year old Robert Dunn [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:17 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Good Government starts NOW

HOMETOWN! IS YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL CANDIDATE AND ELECTION INFORMATION. “Call for Candidates” April 3, 2017 Join us as we celebrate our new 501(c)3 non-profit status with a new logo, revised news bulletin, a fresh Facebook page and kick-off to the 2017 campaign year of Good Government. Election year 2018 is on everyone’s minds and with only 470 days until the books close on running for office, state, county and local campaigns are already underway. Incumbents, candidates, or those just testing the water for a [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Boaters Moored in Restricted Waters Near Fleming Key Must Move

Naval Air Station Key West, with support of Coast Guard Sector Key West and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is reminding boaters that mooring is illegal in the restricted waters west of Fleming Key. Safety perimeters for weapons/ammunition storage facilities are published in the Federal Register and went into effect on Sept. 10, 2007. In 2009, the City of Key West placed a series of buoys to designate the safety zone made possible through a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Florida Defense Alliance [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Mosquito Control to Host Tire Amnesty Day

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in collaboration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is hosting a Tire Amnesty Day. Old tires are an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes, especially the Aedes aegypti and the Asian tiger mosquito. Disposing of them properly assists FKMCD in the control of these particular mosquitoes, which are both a nuisance and potential carrier of diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. Bring your tires to Tire Amnesty Day and Mosquito Control will dispose of them for free. [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Habitat for Humanity Community Meeting on Big Coppitt Key

Habitat for Humanity invites all interested parties to a community meeting at the Big Coppitt Fire Station on Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 pm. The meeting will serve to introduce their proposed project to build 10 new homes with affordable deed restrictions on the vacant site on US Highway 1 between Emerald Drive and Sapphire Drive. Staff members will be available to answer questions about the project and will also provide a short presentation about the Homeownership Program and the application process. For additional information, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Volunteer Board Openings

The City of Key West is seeking residents to serve on two volunteer boards. The position are appointed by the City Commission. The Civil Service Board serves as an appeal and resolution authority for the resolution of grievances brought by City associates. It also conducts testing for competitive promotional positions for police and fire. The board meets quarterly and currently has two openings. The Contractor’s Examining Board oversees complaints, licensing and examinations of professionals in the contracting field. The Commission is seeking two consumer representatives [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Key West Art Center Names New Director

Juniper Behrendt has been named Gallery Director for the Key West Art Center, effective March 10, 2017. She succeeds Anna Symington, who is leaving Key West for St. Petersburg, FL. “In Juniper, we have a talented, enthusiastic and savvy new director who will continue to move the gallery forward as an institution dedicated to exhibiting the work of local artists and to serving the arts community of Key West,” Jane Grannis, board chair, said. “We are confident that, under Juniper’s leadership, the gallery will be [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Synopsis of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting & Questionnaire Responses

Dear Community Members, I apologize for the delay in putting together and getting out to you the synopsis of our community meeting held on February 6th. I have previously tried to have the synopsis out to you within two weeks. I hope you will be understanding of the delay. I spent many hours in research and data preparation, as well as question preparation, for two major recent items – the amphitheater item and the use of a City Hall property for $1.00 per year as [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 5 Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Sanctuary Cities and Immigrant Rights to Headline ACLU Town Hall/Forum in March

The Florida Keys Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of will hold a town hall forum, “Key West: Sanctuary City? A Conversation about Immigrant Rights,” on March 9 from 7 – 9 PM at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave, Key West. The forum is free and open to the public. Panelists are: FIU Professor Erik Camayd-Freixas; Key West Immigration Attorney Wayne Dapser, Jonathan Fried, executive director of We-Count! ; and Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida. Former Columbia [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Man Found Dead on Lower Matecumbe Key

A man reported missing from Winter Garden, Florida was found dead in a wooded area of Lower Matecumbe Key Monday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office received a call from Winter Garden Police regarding missing person Eric Russel Noyes, 53 years of age. They said they had information from a cell phone ping that Noyes was on Lower Matecumbe Key. They had information he might be staying in a wooded area near the Safari Lounge and Caloosa Cove Marina. Just south of that area, Deputy Ralph Williams [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Former FHP Trooper Arrested

Former FHP Trooper, Dentist and Body Shop Owner Charged Alleged Hit and Run with Serious Injury, False Police Report and Insurance Fraud Lead to Arrests MIAMI DADE, Fla. – As a result of a joint investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami Beach Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department and Florida’s Division of Insurance Fraud. Former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper David Casillas, automobile body shop owner Ariel Perera, and Miami Beach dentist Jesus Enrique Del Valle have been charged with [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 032017
 
Transit Job Fair

Don’t miss the bus! Learn what it takes to become a City of Key West bus driver and earn a starting wage of $15.39 per hour. The City of Key West is holding a two job fairs to recruit drivers for our transit system. There are full time and part time positions available and training for qualified applicants. The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, March 8th and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 11th at the Transit [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 032017
 
Yellowstone Plots Bandwith Explosion

New Towers and Major Facility Expansion Violate Laws and Park Service Policies Washington, DC — Yellowstone National Park is pressing ahead with a massive commercial cellular expansion that breaks key laws and agency rules. Today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) asked the National Park Service (NPS) to review these violations, discipline the responsible officials, and take steps to ensure future compliance. The multi-part project entails a more than a fifty-fold increase in bandwidth, bathing the park and much of its remote backcountry with 4G [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Conservation Groups and Citizens Tell Congress: ‘We Stand Together for Birds’

As Congress and the Administration consider major policy changes affecting birds and public lands, hundreds of conservation groups, birdwatching clubs, and wildlife rehabilitators, along with tens of thousands of individual citizens, have endorsed a Together for Birds petition asking lawmakers to continue advancing bird conservation. The petition and endorsements were delivered to Trump administration officials and congressional leaders today. “The American people love birds, and the current administration and 115th Congress have an opportunity to make a real difference to reverse current population declines, restore [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
FIRM Meets With Senator Anitere Flores

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) President Mel Montagne and Treasurer Joe Walsh met with Florida State Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores on Monday, February 27, to lay plans for suspending the excessive and unaffordable windstorm rate increases levied by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) on Monroe County. In addition to Senate Pro Tem, Senator Flores is Chair of the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee. As such, she is in a unique position to address the needs of Monroe County. Monroe County Government is [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

New York man found in the water, dead Sheriff’s detectives and the Medical Examiner say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a 68 year old New York man, found in the water at an Islamorada resort early today. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Smuggler’s Cove Resort at the 85.5 mile marker of the highway at 3:30 a.m. to do a welfare check on 58 year old Dennis O’Rourke. O’Rourke was in the Keys visiting from Hicksville, New York. The [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
McKee Artists Fund Grants Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2017 Anne McKee Artists Fund grants. Grant monies are generated by the Fund’s annual fine art auction which was held on February 10th with the donating artists receiving 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work and the McKee Fund receiving the remainder to go toward grants to Florida Keys artists. The McKee Fund awards grants each year in amounts of up to $2,000 to assist with project-based endeavors by individual visual, performance, and literary [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
Sheriff Honors Employees of the Year

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office held its Employee of the Year award ceremony in Marathon. The five award winners are from all areas of the Sheriff’s Office – law enforcement, corrections, support, reserves and the explorer program. “The people chosen to be Employees of the Year are the best of the best – they have proven themselves to be outstanding employees, as well as outstanding contributors to the community they serve,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. The Employees of the Year are chosen from all of [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
Officer Keohane Receives Chief's Commendation

During an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort on Tuesday, Key West Police Chief Donie Lee commended Office Kuniko Keohane for expertise in an emergency. On November 2nd, Officer Keohane responded to a medical emergency involving a 16 month old child having a seizure. With the EMTs on scene, Officer Keohane’s long career in the medical field dovetailed with their expertise and together they ensured that the child cared for. “Officer Keohane’s continuous dedication to the community, her experience and professionalism are an invaluable [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
KWPD Civilian Employee of the Year

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee, in an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort yesterday, named dispatcher Kristi Chaustit as the Civilian Employee of the Year 2016. Chaustit came to the Key West Police Department in 2010 and serves an invaluable role as a Telecommunicator II. “As a supervisor, she consistently sets a standard of professionalism consistent with the core values of the Department,” said Lee. “Her calm, compassionate and professional demeanor have aided the community during their most difficult times, whether she is [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »