Feb 242017
 
Revoredo Named Officer of the Year

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee, in an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort yesterday, named Officer Nicholas Revoredo as the Officer of the Year 2016. Officer Revoredo first came to the Key West Police Department in 2005 as a department-sponsored cadet in the academy. Upon graduation, he was sworn in and began as a road patrol officer. He has also served as a mounted patrol officer and is currently a member of the Marine Unit. He is the point person for our port [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
Three Receive Chief's Commendation

During an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort on Tuesday, Key West Police Chief Donie Lee commended three officers whose patience and professionalism may have averted a violent situation. On January 31st Officers Katie Hansell, Julio Gomez and Michael Malgrat were called to assist twice at DePoo Hospital. Hospital staff was struggling with a patient who was refusing medications, and the situation looked like the patient might act out violently. “These officers were able to establish a rapport with the patient which allowed a [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer Boating Skills and Seamanship Class March 4th and 11th

The U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla 13-1 two-day Boating Skills and Seamanship Class will be offered on Saturday, March 4th and Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 Quay Rd, Key West. Upon successful completion of the course students will be awarded a certificate which meets the licensing requirements for the State of Florida Boating Education ID card. Instructors include Captain Kathy, Captain Sean and other local Auxiliary members. Before Florida Keys boaters take to the waters, know [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key Largo woman charged with fraud A Key Largo woman was arrested after she was caught stealing and using another woman’s credit card information. The suspect, 39 year old Michele Moser, works at a Key Largo restaurant that takes on line orders. The victim told Deputy Dave Campbell she placed an order at that restaurant and soon after, someone used her credit card to order pizza for delivery. She contacted the pizza restaurant and was given the address where the pizza was delivered. It was [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Key West Crime Drops

Crime in Key West has been dropping continuously over the past few years, and it dropped by 18 percent in 2016. The Key West Police Department’s end of year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows an overall drop in both violent and non-violent crime. The most dramatic drop was a 37 percent decrease in violent crime over the previous year. Non-violent crime dropped by 15.5 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Federal Employee Free Speech Tied in Knots

Ethical Quagmires Line Narrow Path of Federal Workers’ Ability to Speak Out Washington, DC — Federal employees concerned about Trump White House actions face legal constraints on their freedom to protest, according to ethics warnings posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Some restrictions are clear but others are subject to interpretation. The biggest limitation is that government workers have no – as in zero – First Amendment free speech rights when acting in their official role. That is because the government owns [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Adoption by Shepherd Care Seeks Families and Sponsors for Colombian Orphans

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Adoption by Shepherd Care, an adoption services provider with over 30 years of experience helping birth parents, adoptive parents, and children in need domestically and internationally, is gearing up for its annual summer hosting program for Colombian orphans. This summer’s hosting program will take place from June 28 – July 12 and includes nearly a dozen children from Colombia between the ages of 10 and 14. With each year that passes the chances of finding a permanent home in a loving family [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Monroe County MCTV Channel 76 on Comcast Now Broadcasts Digital

Monroe County’s Information Technology department has converted MCTV Channel 76 on Comcast to digital broadcasting. This is one of the first steps in the planned transition to full HD digital. With this conversion, MCTV on Comcast has much higher quality and more consistent video – and clearer audio, too. The improvement in audio and video will continue as MCTV fine-tunes the conversion. The improvement also is in all parts of the broadcast, from the rebroadcast of existing content and public service announcements to live broadcasts. [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Habitat for Humanity Schedules Homebuyer Program Meetings

Habitat for Humanity has scheduled community meetings to share information about their Homeownership Program. Community members are invited to attend to get information about the new homes Habitat is building on Big Coppitt in 2017,  find out what is needed to qualify to purchase a Habitat Home, and learn about the Homeowner Selection Process.  Application packages will be available. Meetings are scheduled as follows: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30 PM at Bethel AME Church, 223 Truman Ave., Key West; Saturday, February 25th, 10:00 AM at Unity [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Art Teacher Danielle Gould Commended

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Basilica School of Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea art teacher Danielle Gould for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. The commendation notes that she inspires students to be better citizens and to become the decision makers of the future. “Her continued support in her classroom motivates her students to be involved and participate in afterschool projects like the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest,” reads the commendation. “The environment in Key West [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Mayor Commends Zeman

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Montessori Children’s School art teacher Sally Zeman for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Her student Finn Hickey entered the City’s Recycled Robot Art Contest in November, and his entry was one of the winners. The commendation notes that Ms. Zeman, through efforts like the art contest, “motivates her students to be involved and participate in afterschool projects like the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest.” They learn about the key link between [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Mayor Commends Poinciana Art Teacher

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Poinciana Elementary School art teacher Elizabeth Liz for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Her student, Amiah Marston, participated in the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest in November and was one of the winners. Ms. Liz’s dedication inspired Marston and her classmates to take part if the afterschool project. Ms. Liz’s continued support in her classroom motivates her students to be involved and participate in important lessons about our limited resources and [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key West man charged with burglary A Key West man was arrested Thursday night, charged with burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s house. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 10:45 p.m. to report her ex-boyfriend was outside her house, pounding on the doors and windows trying to get in. She said she’d locked herself inside with her kids because she was afraid of him. When Deputies Alexandra Davis and Denise Dery arrived at the house on Sugarloaf Boulevard, they found a silver colored truck parked outside; the [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
KWPD Crime Report

Stock Island man arrested for burglary A Stock Island man was arrested and charged with breaking into a Sugarloaf Key residence and stealing jewelry. Deputy Freddy Rodriguez responded to a home on Flying Fish Lane, Sugarloaf Key on February 2nd to a report of a burglary. The residents of the home left around 11 a.m. and returned home at 3 p.m. to find someone had broken in. Approximately $6,000 worth of jewelry was taken from inside. It appears the suspect broke in through a window [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Crime Rate Down Again in 2016

Preliminary numbers compiled by the Sheriff’s Office show a continuing decrease in crime of 15.6% for 2016 in Monroe County. These numbers are being reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE compiles all such statistics for the state of Florida each year. This decrease is for all areas of Monroe County excluding the city of Key West. The Key West Police Department submits their own similar report to FDLE. The Sheriff’s Office saw burglary go down by 12.4%; larceny crimes, which include theft, [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
United Way of The Florida Keys Offers Free Tax Preparation

  Marathon, FL – United Way of the Florida Keys is offering FREE tax preparation for families with limited incomes who live in Monroe County. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is designed to assist qualified taxpayers with completion of their annual tax returns and to ensure that limited income families receive every available benefit. Tax preparers are IRS-certified and prepared to complete simple tax returns. Returns will include Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credits and Dependent Care Credit. There is absolutely [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Driver of the 4th Quarter

Key West Transit has named Edward Garcia the Driver of the Quarter for the final quarter of 2016. Garcia has been driving the city routes as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle. He’s been with the City for one year. “Edward has already proven to be a valuable and dependable employee to the City,” said Transit Director Norman Whitaker. “Edward is well liked by the passengers and his co-workers.”

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
The Everglades Foundation Applauds Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation & Conservation for Voting Favorably on SB 10

Palmetto Bay, Fla. – The Everglades Foundation (The Foundation) today applauded the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation for voting favorably on Senate Bill 10, sponsored by State Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island). SB 10 would expedite a critical Everglades restoration project to reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and send water south into the Everglades and Florida Bay. “On behalf of The Foundation, I applaud the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation for voting favorably [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Compost Available

Composted horse manure is available this Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. until at the pink PAL gym near the entrance to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The horses have been busy filling the City’s manure composting bins, and we have a load that’s fully cooked and garden ready. Bring a container and, if you’re so included, a donation and leave with locally produced compost. It can be mixed straight in with your garden veggies or added to your landscaping.

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Monroe County Advocacy Group, FiRM, Petitions to Avert Windstorm Insurance Rate Increase

In an effort to avert the 8.9% increase in windstorm insurance rates scheduled to take effect across Monroe County Florida on Wednesday, FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe, a non-profit advocacy group for property owners in Monroe County) petitioned (on Tuesday) for the assignment of an independent Administrative Law Judge to conduct a formal administrative hearing on the issues raised by FIRM concerning the rate increase. The petition requests a delay in implementing the increase until the petition is heard.

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #204, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Romero Community Meeting, Monday February 6th

Please join me for our upcoming community meeting. What: Commissioner Romero Community Meeting When: Monday, February 6 Where: Marriott Beachside Hotel Time: 6:00 PM Agenda Topics: Amphitheater Truman Waterfront Green space, children’s activities, mounted patrol Community Kitchen At new City Hall Sanctuary City Designation South Roosevelt Blvd 2 or 4 lanes Downtown Parking Garages Hospital and Medical Helicopter Update Vehicles for Hire – Uber / Lyft  … and other topics as time allows As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #204, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key Largo man arrested for fleeing from deputies A Key Largo man is in jail after fleeing from Sheriff’s deputies in his vehicle to avoid an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Scott Ward was on patrol and noticed a black Dodge Charger, running, parked at a business that has been closed for several months at the 102.2 mile marker. He stopped to see what the vehicle was doing there. The driver was identified by his driver’s license [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #204, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Zonta Key West Heart Health Initiative Offering Free Comprehensive Blood Screenings

Launched in 2012, the Zonta Club of Key West is again sponsoring its annual Heart Health Initiative to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Because prevention and early detection are paramount, Zonta has again partnered with Womankind to provide free comprehensive blood screenings to women in the lower Keys community regardless of income or insurance status. [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #204, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Thirty Female Deer at National Key Deer Refuge Fitted with Radio Collars that Will Help Track Them as Refuge Gears Up for Fawning Season

NATIONAL KEY DEER REFUGE, Fla. — Thirty adult female Key deer are now able to “pop” their collars…radio collars, that is. Over a three-day period that started Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, specially-trained Key deer researchers from Texas A&M University and veterinarians and biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured and placed electronic tracking collars on Key deer at Big Pine and No Name Keys. These are small, lightweight flexible vinyl collars, specially made for Key deer. These collars allow the Service to more [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #203, News, Public Notice 6 Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man arrested for gun threats on Big Coppitt Key A 21 year old Big Coppitt Key man was arrested this morning for making threats with a gun. Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call at 7:45 a.m. of a man waving a gun in the vicinity of Barcelona Drive on Big Coppitt Key. Detectives David Cruz and Spencer Curry were in the area and responded. The suspect was reported to be wearing a gold sweater and a belt with a Chrome belt buckle. They found Douby Ernest [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #203, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 272017
 
MCSO Vehicle Auction Scheduled

The Sheriff’s Office will be auctioning off 21 surplus vehicles, one surplus traffic sign trailer and a surplus outboard motor in February. Anyone interested in participating in the auction can find a list of the items to be auctioned on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.keysso.net. Bidding instructions and forms are also available on the website, or can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters building at 5525 College Road on Stock Island. Anyone with questions can contact Fleet Manager Johnnie Young at 305-293-7477 or [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #203, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Jan 262017
 
Free Zonta Journey to Success Career Advancement Workshop

Key West Zonta Club Again Presents “Journey To Success” Workshop Provides Business Skills to Help Women Begin and Advance In Careers The Zonta Club of Key West again presents “Journey to Success” a workshop designed for women and high school students searching for employment or currently working in Key West and the Lower Keys who are ready to enhance their career skills. It will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street in [continue reading…]

 January 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #203, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
FWF Continues to Push Legislature to Do the Will of the People

The Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) and its allies continue the legal battle to ensure that our state government uses the funding from the Water and Land Legacy Amendment, approved by 75% of voters in 2014 (Amendment 1), as the voters directed: to acquire and restore our remaining natural areas. On January 10, 2017, the Federation filed its Amended Complaint against the Florida Legislature, Florida Senate and House leaders and state agencies, specifically, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Samaritans Save Children

Three Key West children were saved from drowning Saturday by quick-thinking Good Samaritans. Rev. Daniel John Anspach had just come home to his West Isle apartment when he noticed three kids at the pool. From his second floor balcony, he observed them jump into the pool’s deep end. He watched for a few seconds and realized they did not surface. His nearby neighbor Diana Reshetko Rosa and her father Anatoly Reshetko also saw the incident, and all three heroes bolted to the children’s rescue. Anspach [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Monroe County Takes Steps to Address Sea Level Rise on Road Projects

Monroe County took several steps Wednesday to create a framework for dealing with County roads that need to be adapted to sea-level rise. This continues the small County’s leadership in addressing climate change adaptation at the local level. At its January monthly meeting, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners first adopted the final report of the “Monroe County Tidal Flooding Pilot Roads Project” for the Twin Lakes community in Key Largo and the Sands community on Big Pine Key. The BOCC also approved moving [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
FKMCD Swears In New Commissioners

Florida Keys Mosquito Control District swore in three commissioners prior to its January 17, 2017, Board Meeting in Marathon, Florida. Commissioners Brandon Pinder, Stanley Zuba, MD, and Jill Cranney-Gage were officially sworn in for their new four-year terms by the Honorable Ruth Becker. Commissioner Cranney-Gage represents District 1 (Portion of Key West through Key Haven). Commissioner Pinder represents District 3 (Portion of Key West). Commissioner Zuba represents District 4 (Marathon – except for Gulf side up to 64th street – up to Plantation Key). ~~~~~~~~ [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Romero Community Meeting - Monday, February 6th

Please hold your calendar open for our upcoming community meeting. The meeting will again be held at the Marriott Beachside starting at 6 PM. As with our prior community meetings, my expectation is that it will last about 1 hour. I will send out an agenda approximately 10 days prior to the meeting. If you would like a particular topic addressed, please send me back a note. As always, this meeting is open to the community, not just the voters of District 5. Please feel [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Naked Wanted Woman Arrested for Hitting Deputy A woman wanted on an outstanding warrant answered her door with no clothes on when deputies went there to serve the warrant. She then attacked the deputies and threatened to kill them. 53 year old Kim Larman of Silver Springs Drive in Key Largo was wanted for contempt of court reference a violation of an injunction for stalking. Sgt. Scott Ward and Deputy Christopher Kilmurray knocked on her door at 9 p.m. Wednesday. She answered the door completely [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Paid Police Sponsorships Available

The Key West Police Department is looking for motivated candidates who want to become police officers. The police department is looking to sponsor several academy recruits in the upcoming session of the Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice. These sponsorships are a rare opportunity to be hired by the Key West Police Department and earn a salary while working toward becoming a sworn officer. In addition, these academy recruits will not have to worry about tuition, uniforms, fees, [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
Last Stand Annual Meeting Features Author Cynthia Barnett

Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street in Key West. This year’s program features award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett on the human relationship with weather and climate, and what that history has to tell us about adapting to future climate change. Ms. Barnett is the author of three books on water, including her latest, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, longlisted for the National Book Award, [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »