May 262017
 
FDLE Recognizes National Missing Children's Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FDLE recognized National Missing Children’s Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017. “As we head into the summer months, I urge parents and caregivers to remind children about staying safe,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “I encourage you to take advantage of the online safety tools and resources available. When a child does go missing, the timely awareness of concerned citizens is often vital to law enforcement in recovering that child quickly and safely. Please sign up to be notified when there is [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
 
Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations Contributes to FIRM

The Board of Directors of FIRM thanks the Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. (the Federation) for its generous donation in the amount of $1,000.00. In April, FIRM President Mel Montagne addressed the Federation at a meeting in the Key Largo Library. “FIRM especially appreciates the support of homeowners associations, because they demonstrate the community spirit behind our mission,” explained Montagne. “At FIRM we believe that the strong sense of community in Monroe County and the commitment to our common goals are [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Deputy Wants Help Identifying Theft Suspects

Deputy Shannon Jones says she wants the public’s assistance identifying suspects in a theft case. The theft took place May 13th at a business called Cool Guys Stuff, LLC on 23rd Street in Marathon. Employees called the Sheriff’s Office after they noticed items missing from the store. Before calling, the employees reviewed video from the store’s surveillance cameras. They found two suspects who were seen taking the items from the store. The video shows a young man and a young woman walking into the store [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Florida Voting Rights Activist to Rally in Key West

SAY YES TO SECOND CHANCES: CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE FELON VOTER RIGHTS COMES TO KEY WEST Florida Voting-Rights Activist to Speak at Coral City Elks Lodge Florida is the largest of only three states that permanently bars citizens with felony convictions from voting in all cases except with approval through the clemency process. Mr. Desmond Meade, an attorney and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, will be speaking at the Coral City Elks Lodge, 1107 Whitehead St., on Saturday, May 27, at 4 p.m. The [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Simonton & Greene Street Parking Garage Proposals: Community Meeting

Key West City Commissioners have been receiving a significant number of e-mails from community members concerning the proposals to build parking garages in Old Town Key West. Community meeting on June 1, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the Waterfront Brewery. Hosted by Commissioner Sam Kaufman, District II. See the details on the Facebook event page. JOIN OTHER MEMBERS OF THE KEY WEST COMMUNITY TO SHARE VIEWS AND LISTEN TO OTHERS ABOUT THE PARKING GARAGE PROPOSALS. SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER: Should the City build a parking [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Warrants Issued for illegal dumping in state park / one arrest made Sgt. Joel Slough would like the public’s assistance locating two suspects in an illegal dumping case. On May 2nd just before noon, Sgt. Slough was at Curry Hammock State Park checking on a report of an illegal campsite set up on park property. He located the campsite along with its two occupants, 46 year old Tillman Erwin and 42 year old Candice Lee. They were warned they were trespassing on park property. Sgt. Slough [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Highlights from Monroe County's BOCC May 2017 Meeting

MONROE COUNTY BOCC APPROVES STEPS TO MORE AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE VACATION RENTAL ORDINANCE, A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR GULF SEAFOOD PROPERTY AND TERMINATION OF ENERGY 3 YARD WASTE CONTRACT The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners held its monthly meeting Wednesday at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. Here are some highlights: Commission takes several steps to more aggressively enforce the County’s vacation rental ordinance. The Commission directed County staff to begin filing complaints with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation against real estate [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Adding Canopy to Naval Properties

A recent study by the City of Key West with a grant made possible by the U.S. Forest Service and the Florida Division of Forestry identified government facilities within the city of Key West as having only 19 percent tree canopy coverage. The island overall has almost twice as much shady space. Now the City and civilian volunteers are helping the Navy raise the bar by planting trees on Navy property.

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Environment, Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Safe Boating Week

Key West Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday proclaimed the coming week Safe Boating Week. The Key West Sail and Power Squadron is kicking off Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The proclamation was accepted by Squadron Commander Dick Shewe and Executive Officer Drew Dzykewicz. According to Dzykewicz, Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be on hand to discuss hurricane preparedness. The community, he said, is invited to learn about safe boating and to enjoy vessel [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 122017
 
Monroe County BOCC Presented with Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

MARATHON, FL – At Monroe County’s first public budget meeting for Fiscal Year 2018 on Wednesday, the Board of County Commissioners was presented with a very preliminary proposed budget that funds the rising costs to maintain the County’s upgraded community parks and facilities, and day-to-day operations – and also provides enhanced County services and more resources to stop illegal vacation rentals. The proposed budget, which would levy $87.9 million in ad valorem (property) taxes, is only a modest increase over last year – about $16 [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #218, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 122017
 
Single-Engine Aircraft MIshap Causes Runway Closure at Marathon Airport

MARATHON, FL – A single-engine aircraft’s nose gear collapsed at 1:10 p.m. Thursday while landing on runway 7 at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport. Two people, pilot, Steven Toffler, 53, and passenger Diane Toffler, 49, were aboard the Cirrus SR22 with tail number N941CS. Both people were uninjured, according to Marathon Airport director T. J. Henderson. Crews took only 50 minutes to clear the runway and reopen it. During this time, four international arrivals circled the airport, waiting to land.

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #218, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 122017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman charged with aggravated child abuse A 43 year old Key Largo woman was arrested Friday, charged with aggravated child abuse. The four year old female victim showed up at her Upper Keys school with injuries on both her arms. She told school officials 43 year old Melodie Starr had caused the marks to her arms “because she had been bad”. The marks were highly visible red diagonal marks and bruises up and down her right arm and on the back of the girl’s left [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #218, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 122017
 
Firm Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors Positions

The Board of Directors of Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is now accepting nominations of individuals interested in serving on their Board of Directors. FIRM, a grassroots organization formed in February 2006 is composed of homeowners and residents united to fight against excessive, discriminatory and unaffordable residential, condominium and commercial property insurance rates. Additional information on FIRM membership and activities can be found at www.firmkeys.org. This is a very dynamic Board with active committees such as legislative, communications, and fundraising. Responsibilities include monthly Board [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #218, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Good News! Federal Flood Insurance Will Cost Less

FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUM DISCOUNTS INCREASE TO 25 PERCENT FOR MOST POLICYHOLDERS IN UNINCORPORATED MONROE COUNTY ON OCT. 1, 2017 Due to Monroe County’s efforts this past year in the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS), most of the nearly 15,000 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders in unincorporated Monroe County are expected to receive new premium discounts of 25 percent, beginning Oct. 1, 2017. These new premium discounts will save policyholders in unincorporated Monroe County about $4.6 million a year – an average of $293 per [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Firm Files a Motion for Stay of Citizens Rate Increases Pending Appellate Review

On April 21 Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) filed a motion with the First District Court of Appeal to stay windstorm insurance rate increases for Monroe County pending appellate review of the increases. “This motion states that since FIRM filed a timely Petition seeking a formal administrative proceeding on January 31, 2017, that petition renders the OIR’s approval of the February 1, 2017 Citizens Property Insurance rate increase to be non-final,” explained FIRM President Mel Montagne. It is FIRM’s position that rate increases without [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Man Wanted for Tagging Rampage

Key West Police have obtained a warrant for a Miami man who went on a tagging rampage in the Keys last weekend. Sunrise resident Tyler Edward Forgatsch, 23, is suspected for spray painting graffiti on several Old Town buildings on April 29th. A couple out walking downtown on April 29th noticed the smell of spray paint in the air. As they came around the corner of Front and Whitehead streets, they saw a man spray painting a wall. The witness quickly took a picture of [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested

The Key West Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit has arrested a suspected drug dealer who was operating on the 1000 block of Emma Street. Due to numerous complaints in the area, the detectives, with the assistance of the Monroe County Sheriff Office, conducted an undercover operation in the area. The undercover officer made contact with a subject identified as Samuel Farley on the 1000 block of Emma St. near Truman Ave. and purchased crack cocaine from Farley. As the undercover officer walked away, detectives who [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Miami men charged with illegal dumping Two men from Miami were caught in the act of dumping trash on the side of the road on Big Pine Key Friday. An alert citizen called the Sheriff’s Office to report seeing the men dumping trash from a trailer onto the side of the road on Chapman Lane, Big Pine Key at 12:15 p.m. Deputies Ken Fricke and Jon Riggs arrived in time to see the dumping taking place. They required the two men to pick the trash [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Mosquito Control Receives Zika Funding

Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [FKMCD] received additional funding this week from the Florida Department of Health to assist in Aedes aegypti control efforts. “Initially the District was not included in the Zika funding,” stated Andrea Leal, FKMCD Executive Director. “However, based on Zika risk factors in Monroe County, we have now received funding to be proactive with aegypti control as we approach mosquito season.” The Florida Department of Health will reimburse FKMCD up to $145,724 for Aedes aegypti control measures through June of 2017. Reimbursable [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 052017
 
Letter Carrier Food Drive Day

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed May 13th as Letter Carrier Food Drive Day to remind the community to support this important annual drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers sponsors the nationwide food drive and the local branch uses it to make a major impact on the supply of food in food pantries in Key West. Postal carriers are urging the community to help feed those in need by – on that Saturday – leaving non-perishable food items by their mailboxes for the local letter [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #217, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Petit Theft at Marathon Publix / Detectives Need Help Identifying Young Couple

Deborah Johnson and Vincent Torres responded to Publix grocery store in Marathon Tuesday afternoon. The manager wanted to report a theft of groceries the day before. The manager produced a surveillance photo of a couple who came into Publix in Marathon at 6:45 p.m. on Monday. They had an empty shopping cart, as if shopping. They Walked around the store and filled a Publix plastic shopping bag with items. They also put items into the cart.

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #216, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Apr 282017
 
Dan Ayers-Price, KWAHS Director of Retail Operations Selected as New President of the Florida Chapter of the Museum Store Association

Shopping with the President—Dan Ayers-Price, Key West Art & Historical Society Director of Retail Operations, has been selected as the new President of the Florida Chapter of the Museum Store Association, which also covers all of South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Ayers-Price replaces outgoing President Terry Aulisio of the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida. The Society’s three museum stores—at the Custom House Museum, Fort East Martello, and the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters— have seen a dramatic increase in sales and community presence [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #216, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Turtle Nesting Season

It’s time again for one of the more spectacular natural events in the Keys — turtle nesting season. The City of Key West wants to remind residents and visitors to keep the lights out near the beaches so that turtles can lay their eggs in peace and the hatchlings can find their way safely to the water. Hatchlings naturally run toward light, so we’re asking that anyone living near the beach turn off the outdoor lighting and close your shades or curtains and if at [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #216, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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 »