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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Drones on city's agenda

City commissioners Wednesday will take their first look at a newly proposed local law that would ban unmanned drones that have audio and video recording capabilities in certain areas including sporting events and special events.

Sponsored by Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, the anti-drone ordinance would require owners of such drones to register their devices with the city and carry insurance. Drones without recording equipment wouldn't have to follow the new law.

Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St. A second reading of the proposal is required for final approval.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
4 ambulances cost $395K

City staff is recommending the purchase of three new Horton ambulances at $391,791 and one used 2009 Ford ambulance at $8,209, as the fire department readies to take over emergency transport services next year.

Commissioners will consider the purchase, just under the $400,000 set aside in the proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget. With a prepayment discount, the grand total for four ambulances is $395,500, staff said.

Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday -- due to the Labor Day holiday --at Old City Hall. Earlier this year, the commission decided to end the privatization of EMS services and struck a monthly contract with Care/America Ambulance.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Refuge open house

The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key will give a presentation at 12:30 p.m. followed by an open house at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

It will provide updates on efforts to conserve federally protected species including the endangered Lower Keys marsh rabbit and answer questions about its Integrated Pest Management Plan as part of that recovery effort.

For information on the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex, go to