Dec 222017
 
Last Stand’s 30th Annual Meeting on January 16, 2018 Features Dr. Patrick Rice

Please plan to join Last Stand at the 2018 annual meeting as we celebrate successes of the past year and look forward to the coming year’s challenges. The meeting begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday January 16th at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street with a short business session and highlights of 2017. The featured speaker, Dr. Patrick Rice, Dean of Business & Marine Science at Florida Keys Community College will present an overview of the science and technology degree programs at the college. Admission is free [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Raise Hope & Foster Dreams

Wesley House Family Services is actively seeking nurturing families interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. Please contact Megan for more Information about our upcoming Foster Parent class stating January 10, 2018 in Key West. Foster Family Class Starting January 10, 2018 Wesley House Family Services 1304 Truman Ave Key West To RSVP please Contact: Megan Burgess, Foster Care Licensing Coordinator at 305.809.5020 Or by email at megan.burgess@wesleyhouse.org

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
American Airlines to Begin New Non-Stop Service Between Key West and Dallas-Fort Worth in June

On June 9, 2018, American Airlines plans to start non-stop service between Key West International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The new service was announced at today’s Monroe County Tourist Development Council meeting in Key West. The commercial service will start with seasonal flights on Saturdays only from June until the end of August using an E175 aircraft that seats 76 passengers, with the potential of service after that timeframe. “We are thrilled that American will be adding this route in 2018,” said Donald DeGraw, [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Burglary Suspect [surv. video]

Sheriff’s Detective Rosary Ponce is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the suspect in a vehicle burglary which took place in Marathon Tuesday night. Deputies working night shift spotted a man riding his bike with no lights near 47th Street at 1:30 a.m. They attempted to stop him, but he dropped the bike and fled on foot. He left behind a sweatshirt. In the pockets of the sweatshirt deputies found a camera, company gas card, keys and a vehicle registration which came back to a Ford truck belonging to Keys [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
 
Monroe County Emergency Management to Host A Series of Public Meetings Regarding Hurricane Irma

Monroe County Emergency Management will be hosting a series of six public meetings at the start of 2018 regarding Hurricane Irma. These meetings are designed to hear from you, the community. We want your feedback in what went right and what went wrong before, during and after Hurricane Irma. We also want to hear from you about what can be done better for future storms. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is the schedule: Monday, Jan. 8: Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Pruitt Refuses to Reveal His Climate Science

His Lawyers Call Lawsuit for Studies Discounting Human Role “a Trap”     Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to even search for, let alone produce, records Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a “primary contributor” to climate change, according to legal filings in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  U.S. Justice Department lawyers representing EPA contend the PEER suit is “a trap” and would require “an endless [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
 
Highlights from this Week's Monroe County Board of County Commissioners Meeting in Key Largo

KEY LARGO, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo for their last monthly meeting of 2017. Here are some of the highlights: Approved Post-Irma Workforce Housing Plan: The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve a post-Irma workforce housing plan that requests funding and support from the State of Florida. The goal is to secure land, funding and regulatory incentives to develop 300 to 400 new units of affordable and workforce housing for [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Monroe County Debris Removal Update

MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE DEBRIS CONTRACTOR BEGINS FINAL PASS ON DUCK KEY AND CONTINUES TO AGGRESSIVELY COLLECT ON COUNTY ROADS BETWEEN MM 16 and 40 MONROE COUNTY, FL – Today, Monroe County’s hurricane debris contractor DRC Environmental Services began the final pass for Duck Key, Conch Key and the City of Layton. Crews are staring on Duck Key and moving to the other areas. The delay in the final pass in these areas was due to the difficulty of securing a nearby temporary debris management site. The [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
 
Elevating Your Home: What You Need to Know and Do

If you are a Florida homeowner rebuilding after Hurricane Irma you may have to elevate your home to meet community floodplain management regulations. Communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) require all homes being substantially improved, or homes that have sustained substantial damage, to be built or elevated to or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Substantial Improvement is a term used by NFIP and refers to the reconstruction or improvement of a structure that has been substantially damaged. Substantial damage is also a term [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Those Receiving FEMA housing Assistance Must Show Long-Term Housing Plan Progress

If you are a Hurricane Irma survivor who has been placed in a FEMA-provided housing unit, you will need to show progress toward your long-term housing plan in order to maintain eligibility. To continue receiving assistance, you are required to search for long-term housing options. You can show long-term housing plan progress if you: Decide whether to repair or rebuild your pre-disaster home, find and purchase a new residence, or find and lease an available rental unit; Provide evidence of progress—such as invoices for repairs, [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Monroe County Fire Rescue Receives New Crash Truck at Key West International Airport

Monroe County Fire Rescue welcomed a new addition at its Key West International Airport fire station on Wednesday night: a 2017 Oshkosh Striker crash truck. The new fire truck can hold 1,500 gallons of water and 500 pounds of dry chemical. It is specifically designed to fight aircraft blazes that need dry chemicals to put out metal and petroleum fires. The new truck also meets current Federal Aviation Administration and National Fire Protection Association standards for a crash truck to protect an airport the size of Key [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Beware of Scammers

The Key West Police Department is warning the community to be wary of a recurring scam in which a caller is identifying himself as a law enforcement officer and directing his victim to pay alleged court costs or fines. On November 30th, the most recent victim was contacted several times by a man identifying himself as a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told his victim she owed several thousand dollars in court costs, and told her the only way to settle [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Free Parking and Bus during Christmas Holiday

The City of Key West will offer free parking at the Grinnell Street Park N Ride on December 23, 24, and 25th as well as free bus service on December 23rd and 24th. There will be no bus service on Christmas Day to allow our drivers to be home with their families. On December 23rd and 24th, the free Duval Loop will run from the free parking at the Park N Ride so that everyone can access downtown stores and restaurants.

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Update on Hurricane Debris Removal In Unincorporated Monroe County and on US 1

Monroe County’s new debris removal contractor DRC Environmental Services began removing white goods (large appliances) on Nov. 30. Crews currently are working to collect eligible construction and demolition hurricane debris, as well as vegetative hurricane debris in the following areas: Lower Sugarloaf Upper Sugarloaf in Indian Mounds Estate Cudjoe Key on the north side of U.S. 1 in the Cudjoe Ocean Shores Subdivision Cudjoe Key on the south side on Spanish Main Drive and roads off of it Summerland Key on the ocean side near [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am issue #246, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 082017
 
Disaster Recovery Centers to Close in Key West, Marathon

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are scheduled to close Saturday, December 9, in Boynton Beach, Key West, and Marathon. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Survivors still needing help may visit any DRC. They may locate one near them by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Helpline numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. A DRC locator can be found at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recoverycenters or by [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am issue #246, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
PEER: "Many Floridians Unknowingly Drink Contaminated Water"

No Notice to Residents at Thousands of Sites Polluted by Leaking Petroleum Tanks Tallahassee — Florida is plagued by a stain of stealth pollution seeping from thousands of leaking petroleum tanks fouling both surface and groundwater, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The resultant risks to human health are aggravated by gaping holes in public notice requirements, as most affected residents do not know they live atop or next to contaminated sites. Today, Florida has more than 19,000 contaminated sites registered in the [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Hurricane Debris Dumping Now Illegal Along U.S. 1 in the Keys

It is now illegal to dump hurricane debris anywhere along U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys. Illegal dumping is a felony. Law enforcement will actively enforce any illegal hurricane debris dumping along U.S. 1. The Florida Department of Transportation, which maintains U.S. 1, will conduct one final pass to collect the hurricane debris that already has been placed in the U.S. 1 right of way. At this time, County residents can bring their hurricane debris to any County transfer station for free disposal.

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Keep In Touch With FEMA

Fact Sheet Irma Survivors Should Stay in Touch with FEMA If you registered for disaster assistance following Hurricane Irma, stay in touch with FEMA. Missing or outdated information, such as phone numbers or addresses, can delay help. The easiest way to update your application, check your status or provide missing information is to create an account at DisasterAssistance.gov to: update your current mailing address or phone number; receive information on the status of your home inspection; find out if FEMA needs more information about your [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Mobile Homes and Manufactured Units Repair, Replacement and Elevation Information for Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY COMPLETED REGULATIONS ANALYSIS FOR REPAIR, REPLACEMENT AND ELEVATION OF IRMA AFFECTED MOBILE AND MANUFACTURED HOMES MONROE COUNTY, FL – In the County, mobile and manufactured homes suffered some of the worst damage from Hurricane Irma because the units were built to different standards than the current building code and because many have existed for decades and were not elevated. And, because manufactured and mobile homes typically are a less resilient housing type, regulations that govern them are set up to discourage their replacement in [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
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 eleven 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, 1,968 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Approximately 170 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Respond to Vessel Fire in Tarpon Basin Near Key Largo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to a vessel fire Thursday in Tarpon Basin in Key Largo. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center received a call from Coast Guard Station Islamorada at approximately 6 a.m. stating they received a report of a vessel fire in Tarpon Basin. The station self-launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew to respond. The station SPC—LE crew arrived on scene and assisted in putting out the fire on a 50-foot houseboat using the wash from [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
DEP Deputy Secretary Clark Tours Keys Canals Impacted by Hurricane Irma

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Deputy Secretary David Clark traveled from Tallahassee recently to meet with Florida Keys’ officials to tour local canals impacted by Hurricane Irma and discuss storm marine debris removal. The Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to lead marine debris removal efforts throughout Florida, including the Keys. Monroe County and the Keys’ municipalities have agreed to be local partners, offering local knowledge and coordination for prioritizing canals and nearshore waters for cleanup. “Show me the most impacted canals you have,” [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center To Close

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at: Islamorada Fire Station 81850 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036 will close this Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 7 p.m. However, the three other Disaster Recovery Centers in Monroe County remain open until further notice from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday: 6805 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050 Former Bank of America Building 30572 Overseas Highway Big Pine Key, FL 33043 3126 Flagler Ave. Key West, FL 33040 People who have registered with FEMA can get one-on-one help with their applications at these Centers [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Bus Service Temporarily Affected for Parade

Bus service will be altered Saturday due to the Holiday Parade. The Holiday Parade takes place on Saturday, December 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m. beginning at the corner of White Street and Truman Avenue. The route takes the parade to Duval Street and ends at Eaton Street. There will be no bus service on the parade route or the staging areas (Eisenhower Drive and White St) between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There will be no service on Truman Ave. between White and Duval St., on White Street between Eaton and United [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Safe Streets Motorcycle and Scooter Campaign

The Key West Police Department is kicking off its Safe Streets Motorcycle and Scooter campaign to improve motorcycle and scooter safety across the island. With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, officers will be stepping up education and enforcement of laws pertaining to motorcycles and to scooters. In 2014, there were a total of 272 motorcycle or scooter crashes, 175 of those with injuries and two were fatal. In 2015 the total number went up to 364 with 270 [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Nov 242017
 
FEMA Has Provided Nearly $53 Million to Monroe County Irma Survivors

Monroe County homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma have received nearly $53 million in assistance for housing and other recovery needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Here is a fact sheet regarding assistance provided to Monroe County residents: Since Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, FEMA already has provided $52.9 million in grants to Monroe County homeowners and renters for uninsured damage to their primary residence and serious losses related to Hurricane Irma. About 15,700 Monroe County households have received FEMA grants, which [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #244, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 242017
 
Fatal Scooter Crash Wednesday

A 32-year old New Hampshire woman was killed Wednesday night when a scooter she was riding skidded and fell into the path of an oncoming truck on North Roosevelt Blvd. The crash occurred November 22 at 5:25 p.m. when a group of three scooters made a right turn out of the Marriott Beachside. The last scooter was driven by Casey McCormack, 32.  Lindsey A. Degon was his passenger. As McCormack made the turn into the roadway, he lost control of the scooter and he and Degon fell [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #244, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 242017
 
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 ten 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, 1,879 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Approximately 180 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are prioritizing [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #244, News, Public Notice No Responses »