Jun 092017
 
Monroe County Has Begun Surveying Neighborhoods that Repeatedly Flood

This week, Monroe County staff and their contractors began surveying neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. This “Repetitive Loss Area Analysis” is part of an ongoing effort to obtain greater discounts for most of the 15,000 flood insurance policy holders in unincorporated Monroe County through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards required by the National Flood Insurance Program – to protect [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Pruitt Moves to Politicize Superfund Cleanups

New Policy Enables Administrator to Bypass Staff and Dispense Favors to Industry   Washington, DC — The Trump-appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to take personal control of all major toxic cleanup operations under the Superfund program, according to an agency memo posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  This new arrangement allows him to bypass staff experts and confer one-side benefits on corporate polluters. The May 22, 2017 memo by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt directs that all decisionmaking on [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Critter Cam Goes Live in Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

  A Live, Local, “Critter Cam” has been established on a backcountry island in the National Key Deer Refuge.  The camera is focused on a pair of nesting white-crowned pigeons, who currently are incubating two eggs in their nest.  We welcome the public to view the live video feed at their convenience by visiting either the National Key Deer Refuge or the Great White Heron National Wildlife Websites and then clicking on the critter cam links. www.fws.gov/refuge/National_ Key_Deer_Refuge/ or go DIRECTLY to the CRITTER CAM [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Southeastern Grocers Issues Voluntary Recall 

Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs sold in all Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más stores  JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, is issuing a voluntary recall of Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs. This product was sold in an 8-ounce package. The recall is due to undeclared allergens found in the product. This product was sold in Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and in Fresco y Más stores stores in Florida. The [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man charged with multiple drugs A Marathon man was arrested after deputies found him in possession of numerous different kinds of drugs. Deputy Matthew Cory responded to the parking lot of the Overseas Lounge at 1 a.m. after dispatchers received reports of someone passed out in a truck. When the deputy arrived, he located 37 year old Hayes Culbertson sitting in his truck, scratching off lottery tickets. He approached the truck and, as Culbertson rolled down the window to talk to Deputy Cory, the deputy [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Department of Health Hosting Upcoming Community Meetings

~ Florida Department of Health in Monroe will be presenting public health survey results for Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently completed three community health assessments involving resident input in the Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach. The department is inviting members of the community to participate in three upcoming community meetings where research specialists will be presenting the results of these assessments. These three communities were chosen as part of the department’s Community [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Castaways Against Cancer - Kayaking for the Cure

18th Annual Tour American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kayaking Team Cancer affects all of us in one way or another. You may have a family member who has battled the disease or a friend or a co-worker. Cancer can not only do physical damage to the body, but can leave permanent scars on its victims and their loved ones. These are the people for whom we paddle. The mission of the Castaways Against Cancer is two-fold. The goal is to not only find a [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
New Card Sound Bridge Electronic Toll

SPEED-REDUCING ELEMENTS DESIGNED INTO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CARD SOUND BRIDGE ELECTRONIC TOLL NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new electronic toll at the Card Sound Bridge in North Key Largo will begin Aug. 1, with a scheduled completion date of Feb. 8, 2018. No tolls will be collected during this time. The last hand-collected tolls will take place July 31. At that point, unused discount tickets can be returned for a refund. The construction phase of the project will start with the demolition [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Gerald Adams Elementary Groundbreaking

GERALD ADAMS ADMINISTRATORS READY TO BREAK GROUND, AJAX BUILDING CORPORATION READY TO BEGIN THE NEW BUILD   WHO:   Gerald Adams Elementary students, staff, and administrators; Ajax Building Corporation; Harvard Jolly Architects; invited guests WHAT: Gerald Adams Elementary School students, staff and faculty are ready to break ground and start constructing a new building. Ajax Construction and Harvard Jolly Architects are working with the District to improve the learning space at Gerald Adams. WHEN: Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am WHERE:  Gerald Adams Elementary [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 092017
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Grant Opportunities/Deadlines

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Call to Artists Requests for Grant Proposals, Deadline June 30, 5pm The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is seeking Monroe County artists of all genres (visual, music, dance, literary, etc.) to apply for two grant opportunities. The deadline for Artists in Schools and Special Projects grants is June 30 at 5 pm. Online applications can be found at www.keysarts.com or click application links below. Artists in Schools The Artists in Schools Grant program invites teaching artists in [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Pride Week 2017

Mayor Craig Cates helped kick off a week of celebration by proclaiming June 7th through the 11th as Key West Pride Week. Since the late 1970s, the Key West Business Guild has been promoting Key West as a LGBT travel destination. “Key West made history by electing the first openly gay Mayor,” reads the proclamation. In addition, this community “presented the world with the Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag and has always been a leader of LGBT rights and protections for our nation.” The city’s [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Equality March and Rally for Unity and Pride

EQUALITY MARCH AND RALLY WILL BE THE GRAND FINALE AT THIS YEAR’S PRIDE PARADE ON JUNE 11 Women’s March Florida Keys Chapter to host Equality March and Rally for Unity and Pride on June 11. The Equality March will end at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with an Equality Rally. Speakers include Stuart Milk (the nephew of Harvey Milk), County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, and others. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is a grassroots movement taking place June 11 in more than 110 cities across [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Teacher and Librarian Scholarship Deadline is June 15

The Key West Literary Seminar is offering full scholarships to teachers and librarians from around the country to attend this year’s Seminar, “Writers of the Caribbean,” held January 11-14, 2018, at the San Carlos Institute in Key West. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 15. Scholarship packages include a full waiver of the Seminar registration fee of $575 and need-based financial assistance to offset lodging costs. Scholarships for local teachers and librarians are also available through arrangements with the Key West Public Library, Key [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Dr. Bruce Boros Day

The Key West City Commission last night paid tribute to retiring cardiovascular specialist Dr. Bruce Boros for his extensive service to the community by naming June 6th as Dr. Bruce Boros Day. Throughout his 32-year career, Dr. Boros has cared for the community with all his heart. In the early 1980s, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, he resurrected and formed the local Lower Keys Heart Council which dedicated all funds to local needs, particularly to those families with children who needed financial assistance [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Doctor’s Simple Tips For Parents to Help Kids Beat the Heat During this Sizzling Summer

Parents reminded not to wait for child to says they are thirsty Summertime is here which means kids are out of school and temperatures are rising. That combination has Dr. Mayrene Hernandez reminding parents about the signs of dehydration in kids and sharing tips to keep their little ones hydrated. Dr. Hernandez, United Healthcare Group’s (www.uhc.com/) Florida Medical Director, says hydration is particularly important for children as they have higher water requirements than adults. Their cooling system isn’t fully developed. The surface area of a child [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Dump the Pump Day

Thursday, June 15th is National Dump the Pump Day and the City of Key West is urging everyone to use public transportation. This marks the 12th annual Dump the Pump Day celebration promoting energy-saving public transit. The city remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and we urge the community to do the same. If you haven’t tried the bus, give it a shot. You may find that traveling to work in air conditioned comfort may just suit your lifestyle while reducing the number of [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Future Firefighter Scholarship

Key West High School graduating student Billie Jo Carter is the recipient of the Richard and Nina Wardlow Memorial Scholarship. The award was presented during Class Night by Key West Fire Department’s Captain David Zarate, the first recipient of this award 20 years ago, and Captain Jason Barroso the Fire Academy facilitator. Billie Jo was a student in this year’s fire academy. She plans to use the money to further her firefighting education and become a firefighter with the Key West Fire Department. She is [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
KWAC Scholarship Award

On May 31, the Key West Art Center was honored to bestow the 2017 Martha Watson Sauer Scholarship on two talented graduating seniors: Hanna Antonides and Firdavs Yuldashev. Both of these young artists are dedicated and impassioned individuals; Hanna has volunteered extensively with One World One Canvas and Firdavs has won numerous national, regional, and state awards for animation and illustration. Their talent speaks best for itself through their work: “Brother” by Hanna is done in watercolor & ink and “Deep in the Woods” by [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Charity Night Bingo at the Green Parrot Bar

BINGO FOR A CAUSE — Key West Art & Historical Society Curator, Cori Convertito, Ph.D., and Nic Farrar will host the Monday, June 19, Charity Bingo Night at the Green Parrot Bar, from 7-9pm. Bingo cards are just $1 each; prizes and surprises to be won include gift certificates and goodies from Deuce’s “Off the Hook” Grill, Pepe’s Café, Camille’s Restaurant, Thirsty Mermaid and a bottle of Stoli vodka donated by the Green Parrot Bar. Proceeds benefit the KWAHS exhibitions department. For more information contact [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Teen Camp Scholarship Opportunities

Several scholarships are available for teens interested in upcoming Key West Art & Historical Society Teen Camp workshops: Fossil Lab, which takes place June 12– June 16, and two consecutive Pinhole Photography Camps: Technique, which runs June 19- June 23, and Creating a Body of Work, June 26-June 30. Workshops run from 9am-4pm at Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Teen Fossil Camp, taught by sand-sculptor Marianne van den Broek, guides students in learning how to sculpt and cast bones working with tools in [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Green Commuters Commended

Mayor Craig Cates this week commended some of the island’s larger employers for their team’s efforts to go green. During the week of March 27th, ten of the largest employers in Key West took the 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge. Employees earned points for the methods they used commuting to work. More than 970 people participated, reporting over 4,000 commutes that week. Sixty-six percent of all trips were self-powered in this year’s challenge. This year’s challengers included the City of Key West, the Florida Department [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet June 20 in Marathon 

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council at the Hyatt Place in Marathon Florida, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.  Public comment periods are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation on the on-going management plan review process, past action, status and next steps to ensure all current and newly appointed advisory council members are informed and have the background [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 052017
 
Fire in Marathon Engulfs Home, Boats, Lobster Traps

Traffic on US 1 was stopped for several hours in both directions early Monday as fire raged, engulfing a home, several boats and a large collection of lobster traps in a Marathon marina located between Porky’s Restaurant and the Seven Mile Grill, bayside near the Seven Mile Bridge. Sheriff’s deputies on patrol were the first to notice and respond to a fire.

 June 5, 2017  Posted by at 11:52 am News No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
FIU Paris Agreement Experts

President Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The landmark climate accord looks to prevent further damage due to climate change by dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in 2020. The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change members. Florida International University has several experts who can speak to the implications of the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, including environmental and political aspects. For a list of FIU’s [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Hotel Clerk Threatened with Pit Bull Attack After Refusing To Go to Guest's Room After He Threw Her $20

Originally published on May 31, 2017 A North Carolina man who threatened to have his dog attack a hotel front desk employee in Marathon was arrested overnight. The 19 year old victim told Deputy Matthew Cory the man who assaulted her was staying at the hotel in room 129. His name: 35 year old Robert Meadows. She said he walked into the lobby at 4:15 a.m. today and threw a $20 bill at her. He told her it was “because she was beautiful”. A short [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am News No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Monroe County Commissioner Testifies at Inaugural Meeting of House Climate Solutions Caucus in D.C.

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers testified at the inaugural public meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Climate Solutions Caucus in Washington, D.C. Her remarks emphasized the reality that many local governments already are being forced to take expensive action to prepare for the negative impacts of sea level rise on their communities and their vital infrastructure. In her remarks, Carruthers said that to date most of the costs to address necessary adaptation to sea level rise so far have [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two men charged with spearing lobster Two men were arrested Thursday for spearing lobster illegally. Marine Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol at Fiesta Key Campground at the 70 mile marker when he spotted the two men in the water. He saw they both had spear guns and appeared to be spearing sea life. As he approached, he could see them dropping speared lobster. He asked them to get out of the water. He asked the two men for identification and their fishing licenses, which [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Water Patrol in Marathon

Some days are better than others in law enforcement as in any other profession. I’m thinking this was one of the better days for Deputy Wilfredo Guerra and Sgt. Nick Whiteman, who were on Wave Runner patrol offshore of Marathon Sunday. While out on the water, watching for scofflaws, the two saved a pelican who, it turned out, was suffering from botulism. They took it to the Wild Bird Center where the bird was expected to make a full recovery.

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Public Meeting of Nominating Committee for District 16 Medical Examiner

Thursday, June 8, 2017 10 a.m. Marathon Government Center – BOCC chambers, second floor 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL Under Florida Statute, the State Attorney of Monroe County has put together a local nominating committee to search for candidates and offer recommendations for the position of District 16 Medical Examiner. The committee has about 14 people, including representatives of County government, law enforcement, the County hospitals, the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and funeral homes. Dr. Stephen Nelson, chairman of the state’s Medical [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Monroe County Fire Rescue Responds to RV Fire on Summerland Key

Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at 2:03 a.m. Monday to an RV fire at 27342 Antigua Lane, mile marker 27 of U.S. 1 on Summerland Key. The RV was parked on a vacant lot with one female living inside. She escaped without injury prior to the arrival of Fire Rescue. Firefighters from the Cudjoe, Big Pine and Sugarloaf stations responded to find one RV fully engulfed in flames and a second RV partially involved. A box trailer located on the property suffered heat and smoke [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
N.M Medical Cannabis Provider Files Freedom of Speech Lawsuit

Federal suit filed against EXPO New Mexico officials under First and Fourteenth Amendments (Albuquerque) – New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health filed a complaint against three EXPO New Mexico officials for unconstitutional attempts to limit the company’s rights to display a cannabis educational and informative booth at the New Mexico State Fair in 2017. Because EXPO New Mexico is a government entity and the New Mexico State Fair a public forum, restricting Ultra Health’s ability to educate the public and advocate on behalf of medical cannabis [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Class Finishes Project Alert

Ms. Stephanie Ganim Webb and her 7th grade class at Treasure Village Montessori school have successfully completed the 11 week Project Alert class taught in all schools by Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers. The class teaches resistance skills to combat peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco and drugs. In the photo, the kids are proudly showing their drug free commitment essays they will take home and present to their parents. Congratulations to them and to all the kids who completed Project Alert this year!

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
KWTF&BG Nurtures Budding Scientists!

Garden Grads! Anoom Yasmin, Jessica Ofarrill and Olivia Johnson are three of five “Garden Companions” heading off to college who were honored by the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on May 27th. Inspired by their years as nursery volunteers, they plan to continue studies in biology, environment and related sciences. Over a four year period, the five budding scientists donated over 1530 hours  of community services hours to KWTF&BG. Their replacements are sought. School-aged children 13 and older who would like to learn [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Autism Society of the Keys Offers Free Monthly Workshops

The Autism Society of the Keys (ASK) invites you to join us for a free workshop in Key West on Tuesday, June 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 2713 Flagler Avenue. Workshops are designed to inform participants of resources available to your child and family and to create and provide continuing support through personal interaction with other families who are living with autism. Resources include financial assistance with co-pays for doctor visits, help with [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
May Sands Montessori Honors Local Flora and Fauna with Mural

A 6-panel mural created by the entire student body of May Sands Montessori was revealed in a special celebration on Friday, May 25th at the public charter school located on the corner of United and Leon Streets.  The 420-square foot mural features local island fauna with varying island weather patterns and day times as a back drop and selected facts to represent the image painted.  Supported by a grant from the Florida Keys Arts Council and led by the school’s arts enrichment instructor Bria Ansara, [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #221, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Top 6 Red Cross Preparedness Tips to Stay Safe this Hurricane Season

NOAA Predicting an Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season this Year Hurricane season starts today, and forecasters are predicting a 45 percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, threatening both coastal and inland residents between now and the end of November. To help families stay safe, the American Red Cross South Florida Region is issuing the top six hurricane preparedness tips should a hurricane or tropical storm head for your community. Here are the top six things you should do now to be ready [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #221, News, Public Notice No Responses »