Jul 282017
 
Interior Not Top-Heavy Enough To Relieve Field

National Park and Refuge HQ and Regional Offices Smaller Than Under Bush Washington, DC — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly said he wants to fill growing staff shortfalls in national parks and refuges by moving employees from headquarters and regional offices to “front line” field positions. But figures obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) indicate that there are not enough bodies in these agencies’ rear echelons to fill the gaps. PEER looked at staffing in the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Pruitt's Massive Wetlands Shell Game

WOTUS Repeal Cost-Benefit Study Premised on Wetlands Having Zero Value Washington, DC — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has rigged the cost-benefit study justifying the repeal of an Obama clean water protection in order to reverse the overwhelming weight of evidence that the benefits outweighed its costs, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Pruitt and his political team decided not merely to lower the value of wetlands; they decided that wetlands have no quantifiable value at all and thus there is [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Big Pine man faces drug charges A Big Pine Key man was arrested on outstanding drug related warrants Monday night. 33 year old Daniel Stokes is accused of selling illegal narcotics to an undercover operative three times, once in February and twice in May. In February, he sold cocaine; in May, he sold Oxycodone and Xanax. All the sales took place on Big Pine Key. Stokes was picked up just after 10 p.m. on Avenue G, Big Pine Key. He faces multiple counts of sale of illegal drugs and [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Monroe County BOCC Certifies Aggregate Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

For Fiscal Year 2018, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners certified the proposed aggregate millage rate to the Property Appraiser at 3.4149 at the Special Budget meeting Tuesday at the Harvey Government Center. This rate goes out on property tax bills (TRIM). This rate can go down but it cannot go up when the final budget is adopted in September. This is 3.1 percent less than last year’s aggregate millage rate. It also is 3.84 percent above the rolled-back millage rate, which is the [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Monroe County Officials Tour State's Vacant Big Pine Key Road Prison for Potential County Use

  BIG PINE KEY, FL – Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County senior management staff recently toured the vacant, state-owned Big Pine Key Road Prison to explore possible County uses for the 10-acre site. The prison opened in the 1950s and once had housed inmates who had committed violent crimes. In recent decades, the facility on Key Deer Boulevard has been a minimum-security facility, home to 60 or so inmates who worked on road crews that maintained the Overseas Highway.  In [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Vendors Wanted for 2017 Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Food and arts & crafts vendors are invited to apply to participate in the Fantasy Fest Street Fair, Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. The arts & crafts Street Fair is Friday only. Food vendors may apply for both days but Saturday vending spots are limited. Street Fair booths regularly sell out. Apply soon to get yours. On Friday, the Street Fair is an exuberant street party along Duval St. featuring a mix of the best food and artisans Key West has to offer as well as visiting vendors [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
Two Day Sport Lobster Season is Next Week

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone the two day sport lobster season is coming up next week. Anyone who plans to participate catching lobster in Monroe County during the two day season on July 26th and 27th should make sure to familiarize themselves with both state law and with local ordinances in the Florida Keys. Details and information can be found at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltw ater/recreational/lobster/ Additionally, Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone who lives here and who is visiting: marine thefts commonly happen in the [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #228, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Monroe County Medical Examiners Nominating Committee Selects Dr. Snider as First Choice

MARATHON, FL – The 16th District Medical Examiner Nominating Committee interviewed four people Wednesday at the Marathon Government Center and selected Dr. Cameron Snider as its first choice and Dr. Michael Steckbauer as its second choice. Dr. Snider currently is serving as Associate Medical Examiner in District 1, which covers Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. He has 19 years of experience in forensic pathology. Dr. Steckbauer is currently serving as Monroe County’s interim Medical Examiner. (Not selected was Dr. Zhiming Li and Dr. Ira Kanfer.)

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Islamorada woman loses money in phone scam An Islamorada woman fell for a common phone scam, losing $400 to the scammers Wednesday. The 50 year old woman received a call Wednesday afternoon from someone who said her brother had been in an accident. The caller knew her brother drove a green car, and told her she would need to pay him money to keep him from hurting her brother. He also told her not to call the police. On his instructions, she drove to Walgreens and purchased four [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Reef Relief's 30th Annual Meeting is Next Week!

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Casa Marina Resort Reef Relief’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting is next Monday, July 17th, at the Casa Marina Resort, located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This meeting’s presenters include State Representative Holly Raschein to discuss the legislature, Dr. Rivah Winter from the new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to discuss her work developing a laboratory method to increase coral resistance to bleaching events by promoting thermally tolerant symbionts, and Dr. Alex [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
City Adds New Commuter Shuttle

Beginning Monday, July 17th, Key West Transit will be adding a commuter shuttle to the Lower Keys Shuttle. This additional run will leave Marathon at 6:30 a.m. from mile marker 53.5 at the Holiday Inn Express and is scheduled to reach downtown Key West a little after 8 a.m. A new evening commuter shuttle will be leaving downtown Key West at 6 p.m., arriving in Marathon just after 8 p.m. This added run in each direction is aimed at alleviating crowding on the buses during morning and evening commutes. It [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Applications Available for 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade

As the sands of time defy gravity, applications for the newly rewound and rebooted Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade are available at www.FantasyFest.com/parade/ . If you dare, download now and enter the magical wormhole that will spit your team and float out costumed and ready to join the parade as it rounds the corner onto Duval Street to the cheers and rollicking quantum physics of Fantasy Fest 2017: Time Travel Unravels! Produced by Nadene Grossman Orr of events planning company We’ve Got the Keys, Fantasy Fest [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West.   This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  For more information or to join, email: kwnowinfo@gmail.com.

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Free Vessel Turn-In Pilot Program Launches in Monroe County with Public Meetings

FREE VESSEL TURN-IN PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN MONROE COUNTY FOR END-OF-LIFE BOATS WITH PRESENTATIONS AT THREE PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS Tuesday, July 18: Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19: Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20: Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 6 p.m. MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has developed a pilot Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) for the Florida Keys.  The VTIP [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach Request for Sensitive Voter Data

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 100 groups, today sent a letter to state elections officials, including 51 Secretaries of State and 13 election administrators, applauding those who have resisted Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent request for sensitive voter information, and urging those who have not yet responded to protect voters’ rights by rejecting the request. “This letter is a clear example of the intense resolve of the civil rights coalition [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
City Commends Exemplary Deed

The Key West City Commission on Tuesday commended Zachary Robert Brown for “seeing something and saying something.” On June 10th, Brown overheard and incident between two men and one of the men mentioned an assault weapon that he was carrying. Brown immediately reported what he’d heard to a nearby police officer. Within minutes, the armed man was pulled over on his scooter carrying a guitar case and backpack. Inside the guitar case and the backpack, police discovered an AR style rifle and a .9 mm Glock pistol. [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Woman Arrested for Weapon Threats

A Marathon woman is in jail, accused of threatening an 18 year old girl with what turned out to be a pellet gun. The incident took place just before 1 p.m. Wednesday between neighbors who live on Copa De Oro in Marathon. The victim told Deputy Michelle Swilley she was playing music outside as she did yard work. She said she took a break to lay in a hammock under her house. She said she looked next door and saw her neighbor, 46 year old Marie Resnick, staring [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Stock Island man charged with burglary A Stock Island man was arrested late Friday, June 30, charged with burglarizing a home on Azalea Street in the Key Haven neighborhood of Stock Island. The victims called the Sheriff’s Office just before 11 p.m. They told dispatchers they were out of town, but had seen someone in their house on their video surveillance system. They said no one had permission to be in their house while they were gone. Deputies Jenna Moeller, Anthony Lopez and Vince Pacifico arrived to investigate. [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Know Your Status – Get Tested for HIV

As part of National HIV Testing Day, Peggy Ward-Grant, HIV Prevention and Training Consultant for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, speaks with a client before getting tested for HIV at last Saturday’s event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Pool in Key West.   Clients can know their status quickly as the testing process, which involves a finger prick, only takes 15 minutes and is offered at no cost.  Walk-in hours are Mondays and Wednesdays at the Gato Building in Key West from 9am [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Man Arrested for Robbery with a Knife

A Stock Island man was arrested on Thursday, June 30, charged with threatening the clerk at a convenience store with a knife, demanding she give him money. The clerk told deputy Wendy Negron she was working at the Stock Island Chevron convenience store Wednesday night just before midnight when a man walked in. He walked up the counter, pulled out a filet knife and demanded she give him money. The clerk refused. He demanded the money again and she refused, telling him if he was [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two charged with undersized lobster out of season Two men were caught with undersized, out of season lobster Monday night by a Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol. Deputy Matthew Cory was patrolling at Fiesta Key RV Park at 10:45 p.m. when he saw two men cleaning fish and a red cooler next to them on the ground. He approached and saw they were cleaning Grunts. He asked if he could check the cooler and received permission to do so. Inside the cooler were 17 undersized [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Monroe County Marine Resources Office Replaces Channel and Informational Markers

Monroe County Office of Marine Resources has replaced 42 channel markers and 14 regulatory and informational markers throughout the public waters of the Florida Keys.  This project was funded in part through a $93,705 grant awarded to Monroe County by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). Replacement of these waterway markers improves boater safety by increasing marker visibility, better understanding of waterway regulations by boaters, promotion of boating access and protection of shallow-water resources such as seagrass and [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Reminder: Deputies Patrolling for Resource Violations

Sheriff’s deputies on patrol over the weekend caught several people from the Miami area committing resource violations. At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Mark Martin was on foot patrol at the south end of the Long Key Bridge. He saw a group of people walking off the bridge carrying a cooler and fishing equipment. He approached them and asked if they had any fish in the cooler. Inside the cooler he found two undersized Mutton Snapper. 40 year old Geovanis Corujo of Cutler Bay said he [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Fourth of July and Weekend Before the Holiday Expected to be Busy

With all kinds of special events planned for the Fourth of July holiday county-wide, the Sheriff’s Office expects traffic to be very heavy throughout the Florida Keys starting on Friday and continuing through Wednesday, July 5th. The Sheriff’s Office will have extra officers on the water and on the highway in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe. If you plan to drive anywhere in or out of the county, make sure you plan extra time for your trip. There are a number of [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
Two People Arrested, Two Separate Incidents of Violence, Same Victim

A Summerland Key man was beaten by his ex-girlfriend, then cut with a knife by his roommate all over a complicated domestic dispute between four people in the early morning hours Thursday [June 22, 2017] at a home on Summerland Key. Deputies responded twice to a home on Airport Drive North. The first call, shortly after midnight, was a woman who was beating a man “to death”.

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »