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…]
by M.J. Taylor……. Did you know that Nelson Mandela was labeled a ‘terrorist by the US government as recently as 2008? The label was not removed until 18 years after his release from prison, 15 years after he was awarded the Nobel peace prize, and 14 years after his election as President of South Africa. An act of Congress in 2008 removed that label 5 years before his death. Nelson Mandela was not protected by our First Amendment, a Constitutional protection many US citizens take [continue reading…]
Stock Island man wanted for stealing boat, altering ID numbers A Stock Island man is wanted on an outstanding warrant for stealing a boat from a Stock Island marina and changing the Florida ID numbers on it. The 13 foot Boston Whaler was stolen on October 7th from Hurricane Hole Marina. The boat, with two 50 hp engines on it, was on a trailer at the marina. Surveillance video of the theft shows a light blue Lincoln with a dark blue top towing the vehicle [continue reading…]
Big Pine man arrested for fleeing A Big Pine Key man was arrested Thursday evening for fleeing from a traffic stop. Deputy Ryan Chlebanowski was on patrol at the 10 mile marker of the highway just before 8 p.m. when he saw a suspicious vehicle. The Dodge Caravan was parked on the side of the road, facing traffic; the driver was inside. Deputy Chlebanowski stopped his patrol car behind the van to ask the driver what he was doing there. The driver, later identified [continue reading…]
MARQUESAS KEYS, FL – A multi-agency project to remove 31 abandoned and derelict vessels from the remote Marquesas Keys was completed Friday, March 31, just in time for the start of bird and turtle nesting seasons. Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office led the $61,200 effort that restored shoreline and nearshore habitats in the Marquesas Keys – a group of islands located about 17 nautical miles west of Key West and within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. These [continue reading…]
Are you a runner who appreciates the natural landscape that surrounds you here in the Keys? Do you cringe at the sight of trash on our shoreline when out for your morning jog or walk? In celebration of Earth Day, the friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges FAVOR is partnering with Southernmost Runners club for a 5K Run/Walk race in Key West on Saturday, April 15th at 8:00am. Runners can enjoy a morning race that starts and ends at McCoy Indigenous Park [continue reading…]
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County and the Coral City Elks Lodge are hosting an event in light of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The event will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 4pm to 6pm at the Coral City Elks Lodge Conference Room at 1107 Whitehead Street. The movie, “Reflections,” a film written by teens for teens, will be featured. Free pizza, popcorn, soda will be served. All are welcome. For more information, call 305-809-5664.
Artist, Author, and Software Developer Brings Exciting Changes to the Art Business Gildea Contemporary Gallery has named David Bethune as Gallery Director where he will join owner Paul Gildea in the day-to-day management of the Southard St. store. “It’s been a dream of mine to run a gallery since I got into the art business,” says Bethune. “I’m thrilled to be working with Paul and representing the highest quality contemporary art in town.” Bethune comes to Gildea Gallery from Millionaire Gallery where he was Sales [continue reading…]
On April 5th, United Way of the Florida Keys received a $90,100 match donation from Publix Charities, the largest individual financial gift in the local nonprofit’s 36-year history. Publix Supermarkets runs a robust workplace campaign for UWFK, giving over $120,000 in donations from individual employees throughout the Keys. Publix is the largest workplace campaign for UWFK and has been steadily increasing their contributions to the Keys community for many years. As part of their generous workplace campaign and match donation, Publix also designates a special [continue reading…]
Residents of Monroe County’s Bayshore Manor assisted living facility on Stock Island helped the Easter Bunny by stuffing hundreds of Easter Eggs for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens. After our residents get finished stuffing the colorful eggs, the Easter Bunny will hide them throughout the botanical garden. The kids have a great time searching for the eggs.
With beautiful boating weather right around the corner, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting new volunteers to help us promote safe and enjoyable public use of the marine environment. We invite interested citizens to join a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers as part of our Ocean Conservation Education Action Network, known as Team OCEAN.. Team OCEAN volunteers join sanctuary staff on our boats at heavily visited reef sites throughout the Keys during peak recreational boating seasons and heavy-traffic holiday weekends. Volunteers inform [continue reading…]
Several swimmers from the Florida Keys Swim Club advanced to swim in championship swim meets recently. Islamorada swimmers Abbie Sargent, Corley Smith, Courtney Nelson, Zoe Marchetti, and Zybo Marchetti all advanced in their respective age groups to advanced meets in the Florida Gold Coast Swimming region, which represents South Florida swimmers. Zoe swam in Senior Sectionals which is the first step towards national-level competition. She was racing against international athletes as well as Olympian swimmers. Abbie, Corley, and Zoe swam recently in the 2017 FGC [continue reading…]
March 31, 2017 by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. [Story summary below, please see video above] For over a month we’ve been following the stories of military families who claim that living on base on Sigsbee Island is making them sick. They say something in those houses is causing an alarming number of health issues and their children are the main victims.
This story was first published on March 28, 2017… At 4:20 p.m. today, 26 year old Heather Evans was charged with second degree murder and commission of a first degree felony offense with a weapon. Evans is accused of stabbing her fiancé, 33 year old Clifford Cease, at their home on Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key on Sunday night. Cease died of his injuries on Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
FIRM wants to help you “Keep Your Head Above Water” with a series of flood mitigation workshops. The first workshop is in Key Largo at the Murray Nelson Government Center on March 30, followed by Key West on April 6 at the Harvey Government Center, and finishing in Marathon at the Marathon Government Center on April 11. All workshops will be held in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers from 5:30-7:30 pm. You can pre-register by calling FIRM at 305-294-3476, emailing email@example.com, or signing up [continue reading…]
AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE ALREADY HAS AIR LIFTED 202 PEOPLE IN 2017 On Sunday evening, Monroe County’s Trauma Star air ambulance service had the busiest day in its history. In just a four-hour period, Trauma Star responded to two vehicle accidents 53 miles apart and a stabbing, transporting five people to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. A sixth person was air lifted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Air Rescue. As of March 26, Trauma Star’s two medically equipped helicopters – which can carry [continue reading…]
Key Largo man charged with burglary A Key Largo man was arrested last Friday, charged with burglarizing a the business he works for. 37 year old Jerry Duckworth works for All American Towing and Tires in Key Largo. On Wednesday the owner of the business called the Sheriff’s Office to report an electric drill valued at $660 missing from his business. He told Deputy Bryan Branco he had surveillance cameras on his property. He said he’d reviewed the video and it showed his employee, Duckworth, [continue reading…]
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was nationally reaccredited this past weekend at the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement conference held in Mobile, Alabama. Sheriff Rick Ramsay traveled to Mobile to accept the reaccreditation and to accept the added “Excellence Award”. Requirements for receiving the Excellence Award are arduous, requiring compliance with CALEA’s Gold Standard Assessment model, a more rigorous form of assessment that measures both compliance with accreditation requirements as well as the impact of accreditation on an agency. This gold standard model involves [continue reading…]
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and acknowledges the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool recently released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.FLHealthCHARTS.com. These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort, [continue reading…]
Silver Airways Announces New Non-Stop West Palm Beach – Key West Service and Slashes Fares Up to 50% with No Change Fee Freedom Fares* Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Silver Airways’ has announced it will start new non-stop service between West Palm Beach and Key West on May 25, 2017, and has slashed its fares up to 50 percent with its low Freedom Fares*. In addition to substantial savings, Freedom Fares provide travelers flexibility to change their flights with no change fees. Silver’s new West Palm [continue reading…]
“We are extremely excited that the first phase of our new nature center is now complete,” said Refuge Manager Daniel Clark. “However, the work is only just beginning as we continue to move forward to open our doors in the summer of 2018 pending funding. Our vision for this nature center is a community gathering place for both locals and visitors where they can learn about the many special plants and animals that can only be found in the Florida Keys. We look forward to [continue reading…]
Marathon Shores, Fla – The Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS) Board of Directors today announced the hiring of Sheryl Schwab, MS, LMHC as the agency’s new Executive Director. In making the announcement, DAS Board Chair Jennifer Powell said, “Sheryl is an experienced leader having served in several of the state’s certified domestic violence centers. Her commitment to domestic violence survivors and their children is evident in her passion for our important work.” Schwab began her career in the domestic violence services arena at Women in [continue reading…]
The Tennessee Williams Exhibit announces winners of the three contests offered as part of its March celebration of the 106th anniversary of William’s birthday. Michele Byrne and Karen Beauprie won first and second place in the professional category of the plein air painting contest and Sandy Curtis and Katharina Arnold won first and second place in the recreational category. Jessica Argyle was first place winner and James Mill second place winner in the short story writing contest. The first and second place winner of the [continue reading…]
Applications are now available for the 2017 Anne McKee Artists Fund grants. Grant monies are generated by the Fund’s annual fine art auction which was held on February 10th with the donating artists receiving 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work and the McKee Fund receiving the remainder to go toward grants to Florida Keys artists. The McKee Fund awards grants each year in amounts of up to $2,000 to assist with project-based endeavors by individual visual, performance, and literary [continue reading…]
Monroe County Engineering Department is designing a roadway improvement project for Stock Island. A Public Outreach Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Stock Island Fire Station #8, 5655 MacDonald Avenue, Stock Island. The project limits will extend along MacDonald, Maloney and Peninsular avenues. While the project construction start date has not yet been established, this meeting is an opportunity for the public to understand the projected scope of the project and to have input [continue reading…]
On Saturday, April 1st the Seven Mile Bridge Run will shut down traffic both north and south for two and a half hours at the Seven Mile Bridge. Travelers should plan to be across the bridge by 6:30 a.m. to avoid being stuck on one side or the other. Traffic flow will resume at 9 a.m., but usually takes at least an hour after that to get back to normal flow. Please plan any travel accordingly and please be patient during the traffic disruption.
Dr. Ryan Barnett has joined the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. FKHSC is 1 of 32 Healthy Start Coalitions state-wide created by the Florida Legislature through the vision of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991 to improve the lives of pregnant women and their babies. Each one operates on a local level to address the needs of their communities and provide community oversight and planning to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is an independent 501(c) [continue reading…]
Hometown! Key West, formerly known as Hometown PAC, is calling all members, future members, candidates, incumbents, prospective candidates and those merely testing the waters to a CALL for CANDIDATES on Monday, April 3, 2017, 5 pm at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, Key West. Attendance is free. THE 2018 local elections in Monroe County include State and U.S. Representatives, two County Commission seats, City of Key West Mayor and three Key West City Commission seats, three Monroe County School Board and two Florida Keys Mosquito Control [continue reading…]