Nov 102017
Key West Rotary Clubs Welcome District Governor

The Rotary Clubs of Key West welcomed District 6990 Governor Alan Cohn on Nov. 7 at the Bottlecap Lounge. Pictured are Assistant District Governor Jim Smith (Sunrise Rotary), Associate Assistant Governor Rachel Oropeza (The Rotary Club of Key West), Cohn, Key West Sunset Rotary President Holly Elomina, Key West Sunrise Rotary President Gena Parsons, and Albert Gonzales, president of The Rotary Club of Key West. Rotary District 6990 serves Southeast Florida, the Keys and Grand Bahama Island. Key West will host the district conference in May.

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
I Love Stock Island Information Meeting Nov. 14

The I Love Stock Island Initiative, a not for profit organization focused on making Stock Island a better place to live, work and play, is planning the 2nd Annual I Love Stock Island Festival December 8-10. An informational meeting for all interested businesses, volunteers and potential entrants in the Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 pm at Deluna’s Bar & Grill (at the Chickee Hut) at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road. For more information

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Faith-Based, Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations May Be Eligible for FEMA Disaster Grants

Faith-based organizations, in addition to other community, volunteer, and nonprofit organizations in Florida communities may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants for reimbursement of costs incurred following Hurricane Irma. As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program.  Community, volunteer, faith-based, and private nonprofit organizations conducting critical and essential services of a governmental nature with state or IRS tax-exempt status that sustained disaster damage may [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:41 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Superbugs Have a New Foe

MIAMI (Nov. 1, 2017) — The National Institutes of Health awarded FIU researchers nearly $2 million study on how targeting bacterial DNA can be used to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs. If successful, the one-of-a-kind work of Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) researchers Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh and Fenfei Leng could lead to new treatments for people infected with bacteria that don’t respond to current antibiotics. Tse-Dinh, BSI’s director, received a four-year $1.3 million grant to advance her research studying how an enzyme might be targeted to interrupt the process used by bacteria to grow – specifically, [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:39 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Public Meetings for Information About FEMA's STEP Housing Program

Monroe County is hosting three informational public meetings regarding FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. STEP is a rapid repair program which enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irma to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for this livable area of the home. The meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations: Monday, Nov. 6: Monroe County’s Marathon Government [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:38 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
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 seven 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, 1,492 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Nearly 230 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are prioritizing [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Nov 032017
Pruitt's EPA Strategic Plan is a Cynical Joke

Plan Makes a Mockery of EPA Mission; Goals Undercut by Pruitt’s Actions   Washington, DC — Scott Pruitt’s proposed five-year plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is so bad that it is laugh-out-loud funny, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The group is asking Pruitt to withdraw the plan and come back with something that passes the straight-face test. The public comment period on Pruitt’s Draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for EPA ends today.  PEER points out that: Its [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:25 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Disaster Fraud: Filing False FEMA Claims Costly to Deserving Survivors

Those who intentionally claim false losses with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are taking money away from those who truly need assistance and stand in danger of being charged with a felony. FEMA must ensure that taxpayer dollars go only to people who incurred legitimate losses and the agency takes disbursement of necessary funds to the proper parties very seriously. Those who are caught trying to make fraudulent claims can be charged with a felony and, if convicted, face a maximum 30-year prison term [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Hotel Stays Extended Through Dec. 2 for Eligible Irma Survivors

ORLANDO, Fla. – Eligible Hurricane Irma survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has extended the checkout date from Nov. 5 to Dec. 3. Participants in the program will receive a phone call telling them whether they are eligible for the extension and what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Build Back Stronger and Safer After Irma

ORLANDO, Fla. – As you rebuild after Hurricane Irma, take steps to make your home more resilient to future disasters. The first step is to obtain any necessary permits and follow all local building codes when rebuilding or making repairs. Contact your local code officials before beginning any construction to ensure you will meet all local building requirements. There are resources available to help you build back stronger and safer after a disaster. Next to insurance, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Fema Assistance Provided/Available for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Monroe County

Monroe County has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Keys’ residents impacted by Hurricane Irma receive assistance for housing and other recovery needs. While much public attention has been focused on FEMA’s travel trailers for temporary housing, these trailers are primarily a last resort when more desirable housing options are not possible for individuals and families. Here is a fact sheet regarding assistance provided to Monroe County residents: Since Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, FEMA already has provided $44 million in [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Detectives Work to Identify Recovered Property

Sheriff’s detectives in the Lower Keys recovered a trailer full property at a wooded campsite on Big Pine Key. The trailer was found there after three men staying at the campsite were arrested for a home burglary on Shark Key October 22nd. Inside the trailer, detectives found over 150 items they believe to be stolen. So far they have identified items stolen from the Shark Key burglary, two burglaries on Sugarloaf Key, one on West Starfish Lane and one on Cobia Court; and two burglaries [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Holiday Weight Control Challenge

The holidays are just around the corner and the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is challenging Keys residents to make healthy choices through the holiday season by joining a free Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Many Americans who gain weight during the holidays never manage to lose the extra pounds. With the “Maintain, Don’t Gain!” challenge, participants are provided tips, tricks and ideas on how to keep weight under control during the holidays. The 7-week challenge runs November 13 -December 31. Anyone who signs up [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Two Months Post Irma Preschools Receive Needed Support

  IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IRMA, SAVE THE CHILDREN PROVIDES GRANT TO EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF MIAMI-DADE/MONROE TO SUPPORT IMPACTED CHILDCARE PROVIDERS Organizations will Work Together to Restore Early Learning Programs Serving Low-Income Families in the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade Area Miami, FL. – As the South Florida community continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, child care programs, a crucial support for working parents, are still struggling to re-open or operate at full capacity. Several early learning programs in the Middle Keys, hit especially hard by the [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
Florida Keys Continues to Experience King Tides Higher than NOAA's Prediction

  Monroe County continues to  experience higher than predicted King tides, running about .5  to .75 foot above the original prediction from National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Vaca Key tide gauge.  Other areas of the County may be experiencing even higher differentials.        

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 032017
KWBGS - Kayak Landing & Plant Sale

It’s Alive! It’s not a zombie!  Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is steadily reviving from Irma’s blow.  The Kayak Landing on College Road is open daily from 10-4.  Take the opportunity to paddle along the mangroves until the upland sections of our nature conservation site and historic gardens are ready for visitors. The Nursery will be the next to reopen with the return of our monthly Native Plant Sales on Saturday, November 11th, 10am – 1pm.  Replant your garden with hardy natives that weathered the storm just fine! Key West [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 272017
FEMA Rental Assistance Information for Irma Survivors and for Homeowners Who Want to Rent to Survivors

Hurricane Irma left many people without homes in the Florida Keys. Some of the displaced people have received or have been approved for FEMA rental assistance grants, which cover the first two months. Monroe County’s Irma housing task force worked with FEMA to increase the “continued” rental assistance provided to disaster survivors. FEMA recently approved rental assistance of a cap up to 300 percent the FY 2018 Fair Market Rent Figures, beginning in the third month – and provided the disaster survivor continues to meet FEMA [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #240, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 272017
The Disaster Recovery Center in Big Pine Key has Relocated with New Hours

  The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Big Pine Key at the Big Pine Key Community Park has reopened at a new location, 30572 Overseas Highway. Beginning Sunday, Oct. 29, these are the new hours, Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. WHAT: Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners.              Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), and the State of Florida, are available to provide assistance to anyone needing help completing [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #240, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 272017
Flood Insurance Policyholders: Understand Your Claims Options

In an effort to quickly get recovery funds into the hands of survivors, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has enhanced the flood insurance claims process with changes to how you file your claim. If you’re a policyholder, understand the process and options to speed your recovery from Hurricane Irma. Advance Payments May be Available: Advance payments may be available to eligible policyholders. After filing your claim, discuss an advance payment with your insurer. You may receive a check for up to $5,000 as an [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #240, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 272017
GM Antibiotic-Dependent Mosquitoes: "Are we pouring gasoline on one public health crisis hoping to treat another?"

by Dr. John W Norris……. Are we pouring gasoline on one public health crisis hoping to treat another? Voters said no in Key Haven, Florida, to a trial release of genetically modified antibiotic-dependent mosquitoes in 2016. The analysis of FDA public comment by Bloss et al was a start to look at why. One significant factor was the impact of community physicians on the delay of the field trial. Shortly after the close of the FDA public comment period, practicing physicians in the Key Haven, Florida area [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #240, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 272017
FEMA Encourages Survivors to Be Aware Of And Report Fraudulent Activities

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently became aware of potentially suspicious activity related to the recovery from hurricanes and the wildfires including fraudulent registrations.  Extensive review of FEMA system security logs found no indications of compromise to the system; however, FEMA and its partners are taking necessary steps to determine impacts of the fraudulent activities and to implement long-term solutions.  To address these instances, FEMA is notifying survivors, by phone or mail and is instituting additional verification [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #240, News, Public Notice No Responses »