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Firefighters respond to boat fire at NAS Key West

Monroe County Fire Rescue crews responded to a boat fire at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Marina at 9 p.m. Wednesday that sent the boat owner to the hospital, said Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark.  Firefighters from Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key and Sugarloaf Key stations assisted NAS Key West fire crews in[…]

County fire rescue offers ‘Beat the Heat’ events

Monroe County Fire Rescue is hosting a series of “Beat the Heat” events for children this summer. Firefighters will provide a gentle stream of misting water for kids of all ages to enjoy in a safe and fun environment.  Children are encouraged to wear bathing suits and tennis shoes or sneakers. They also should bring[…]

Foster families sought

Wesley House Family Services is seeking nurturing families interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. The organization is planning an information session on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Key West. The meeting will be held at Wesley House Family Services, in Conference Room 1.[…]

African cemetery site of Day of Remembrance

A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the annual observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent[…]

Coast Guard rescues 2 people and 1 dog

The Coast Guard rescued two people and a dog when their 21-foot recreational boat had run aground near Cowpens Cut.  Watchstanders at Sector Key West were notified at 8:33 p.m. that two red flares were scene in that area and the Coast Guard launched a response boat, reports say. Crews arrived at 9:15 p.m.  The[…]

Old Seven-Mile Bridge work set to begin

A contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to continue a rehabilitation project on the Old Seven-Mile Bridge in mid-August, according to FDOT public information personnel. Repair work to be performed includes, but is not limited to, restoration of cracked/spalled concrete, painting and rehabilitation of bridge deck expansion joints. Work schedules are subject[…]

Eco-Discovery Center seeks volunteers

The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, is seeking volunteers to provide information to visitors and assist with interactive displays. Applicants must be at least 18, have an outgoing personality, ability to pass a background check and be willing to work one or more weekly shifts of 3.5 hours. Training[…]

Alcohol screening kits available

Parents can request free mouth swabs to determine if their child has been drinking alcohol through a program offered by the Monroe County Coalition. As part of the “No One’s House” campaign to curb underage drinking, the coalition is offering Alco-Screen 02, a rapid, highly-sensitive saliva test strip that detects a blood alcohol level at[…]

Sanctuary board meets

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council at the Hyatt Place in Marathon, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Newly-appointed superintendent Sarah Fangman will address the council. Council members will also share the perspectives of their constituencies including their interests, issues and[…]

Free plant clinics in August

Get help for your plant problems and insects identified during August from the Monroe County Master Gardeners at the following free plant clinics: • Key Largo: Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, Extension Office, Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Suite 244, second floor. • Marathon: Saturday, Aug. 19, from[…]