~~~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC program, in partnership with Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and volunteers – Jessica Laino and Kimmie Matlock, participated in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event. The events took place on August 4 in Marathon and August 5 in Key West and Key Largo. Twenty eight babies successfully latched on at the same time along with 17,790 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record. Last year there were nine latched on babies [continue reading…]
Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will accept applications July 26 through Aug. 18 for its new Vessel Turn-in Program (VTIP). The federally funded pilot program is for vessel owners who cannot afford to properly dispose of end-of-life boats that are anchored in Florida Keys waters. A VTIP Disposal Event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Key Haven Boat Ramp Facility, mile marker 5 on U.S. 1. The VTIP pilot program provides an opportunity for vessel [continue reading…]
A car, stolen from Stock Island overnight, was pulled from the water near the intersection of Riviera and Puerta Drives on Rockland Key. Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call at 5:30 a.m. from a resident of that area who said he saw two or three young men estimated to be in their 20s run away from the scene after the vehicle went into the water. When deputies arrived, they ascertained there was no one in the car, then called for a tow truck to remove it from the [continue reading…]
A ‘Know your Rights’ informational gathering to provide information on the recent policy changes in the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians, including the six month extension will take place on Friday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave.. In order to provide accurate information from a trusted source, Mr. Peterson St. Philippe, Esq., Managing Attorney from Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami will provide updated information [continue reading…]
“What led me to leave shore and become my own island echoed between the new plywood walls of that old 1969 Thunderbird Houseboat … anchored at respectable strokes from shore in Sunset Cove, Key Largo mm99. Searoom, Splendor in My Dark is my true story, a place I ran to after my castle in the sand slipped away, where impending storms waited their turn to switch my mind from despair to delight, under the mostly majestic skies of the Florida Keys…” To learn more about Andree Hardy, her current projects and/or [continue reading…]
On Friday morning, Monroe County Emergency Management Director Marty Senterfitt was interviewed by Jeff Tavss, executive producer at WPLG Local 10, for the TV station’s upcoming Hurricane Season 2017 Special. The special features meteorologist Max Mayfield, the former director of the National Hurricane Center. It is scheduled to air May 26 at 8 p.m., just days before the June 1 official start to the 2017 hurricane season. Senterfitt spoke about Monroe County’s preparedness for tropical storms. He also explained the challenges emergency management face in the [continue reading…]
Efforts to protect Key deer from a recent New World screwworm outbreak reached an important milestone this week, surpassing 90 days without a confirmed screwworm-infested animal. The milestone represents a significant reduction in the risk of additional reinfestation of the screwworm, which threatened not just Key deer, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but people, wildlife, domesticated animals and livestock. The administration of oral doses to Key deer of anti-parasitic medicine has been stopped following this week’s milestone.
The American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million and consists of alligators of every size. They are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem, but should be regarded with caution and respect. During spring when temperatures rise, alligators become more active. Although alligator incidents are rare, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida [continue reading…]
First published on Feb 4, 2017 An Islamorada woman was arrested today for kidnapping her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. During the attack, she threatened the woman with a knife, gagging her and tying a rope around her neck. The incident took place January 27th. 51 year old Laura Bauler reportedly entered the victim’s residence on Parker Drive without permission. The victim was in bed at 11:45 p.m. when Bauler allegedly forced her out of bed at knifepoint. The victim states Bauler then tied a kitchen towel [continue reading…]
by Naja Girard……. Oceanside Marina has now officially opened its 175-room “Ocean’s Edge” resort to tourists from all over the world. But there’s still no satisfactory determination as to the legal status of the operation. Is it a “175-room hotel” created without the 175 transient building allocations (ROGOS) required by law or is it a collection of “attached” condos prohibited from engaging in vacation rentals in that particular zoning district (Mixed Use – MU)?
Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three men underground in a neighborhood of Key Largo. The three men worked for Douglas N. Higgins, a construction company contracted to do the work by Monroe County. They were in an underground drainage pipe this morning when they collapsed.
A Sheriff’s deputy investigating a credit card fraud case is asking for the public’s help to identify three suspects. The victim called to report his credit card number was being used fraudulently on December 6th. He said the suspects had used his credit card number at the Walgreen’s pharmacy in Marathon on 109th Street just before 10 p.m.
The caregiver for an elderly woman was arrested Saturday morning, charged with abusing her. Deputies responded to the Sugarloaf Key residence at 1:30 a.m. after the 72 year old victim’s son called for a welfare check on his mother. He said his 21 year old girlfriend Megan Fedock had been acting as caregiver for his mother. He said Fedock came to his place of work on Friday and told him his mother was now “sleeping on the floor like a dog and got what she [continue reading…]
Key West Man Wanted in Connection with Stolen Truck, Cement Pumping Machine A Key West man is wanted on outstanding warrants accusing him of stealing a work truck and a cement pumping machine from a construction company on Big Coppitt Key. On October 15th, Detective David Cruz responded to Bella Construction on Big Coppitt Key. The owner wanted to report a work truck stolen from the property. Attached to the hitch of the truck was a cement pumping machine. The truck had been recovered earlier in [continue reading…]
MARATHON – Monroe County’s newly acquired Trauma Star helicopter, a 2002 Sikorsky S-76 C+, received its final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and went into service Monday morning, Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief James Callahan said. “Fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office have been working together for more than a month to get through the FAA inspections and make sure the helicopter is up and ready to fly,” Callahan said. “Our flight crews and medical personnel are all trained and we are excited about [continue reading…]
SWC, a local engineering, planning and environmental science firm, has created an official dive program that has received certification by the American Association of Underwater Scientists (AAUS). “This has been a long-term commitment of SWC, to develop a program that addresses diver safety during work activities that meets federal OSHA standards and addresses requirements of many federal and State agencies,” said Sandy Walters, SWC president. “We worked together with Florida Keys Community College to certify our Dive Safety Officer Shawn Martin as an AAUS [continue reading…]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of New World screwworms in Monroe County on October 3, 2016. Florida’s endangered Key deer population on Big Pine and No Name keys have already suffered losses due to this infestation. A few pets in the local area exhibited potentially similar infestations over the past two months, though no larvae were collected and tested in those cases. Rapid and thorough response efforts are imperative to save this endangered species and prevent the spread to people and other [continue reading…]
A Big Pine Key woman was charged with stealing a large amount of jewelry and other property from her roommate and using her debit card without her permission while the roommate was in the hospital. The crimes took place in September of 2015. The victim had been in the hospital for a period of time. While she was there, her roommate 31 year old, Belen Araque, allegedly took a total of $29,000 worth of items from her home including jewelry, rods and reels, clothing, custom made [continue reading…]
NORTH KEY LARGO – The sunken derelict vessels, unpermitted structures and tons of trash and debris that accumulated for decades on a private 22-acre property along Card Sound Road in North Key Largo are now gone. Monroe County Code Compliance oversaw the massive cleanup of the land and waterway that once was part of the “Historic Fishing Village of Card Sound” but had become an environmental mess and safety hazard. “It definitely was not the usual code enforcement case,” said Lisette Cutie, Monroe County’s Code [continue reading…]
by Margaret Blank….. I’ve had some heartburn over the Florida Keys Stewardship Act (FKSA) for some time now. I want to be supportive. I want to be comfortable. I want to like it. But somehow I just can’t quite get there. The more I read about it, the more uncomfortable I am. I’ve written about it here and here and a few other places. The Act was supposed to increase the amount of money available for water quality projects and ensure a predictable flow of money for that purpose. It did [continue reading…]