Monday, September 10, 2012
Mile Markers


Tickets on sale for Headdress Ball

The 30th annual Headdress Ball of Fantasy Fest is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South St.

Billed as the premier gay and lesbian event of Fantasy Fest, the ball takes place under a gigantic tent and is themed "Salacious Unveiling: The End of Time."

Entrants vie for cash prizes with the first-place contestant taking home $1,500.

The competition includes celebrity judges, entertainment and a liberal dose of the outrageous. A nightclub-style talent revue featuring top local performers and female impersonators will take place between headdress presentations.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Key West Business Guild. Tickets are available at


County offers free Sat. dump days

Three free disposal days will take place in October for household hazardous waste (HHW) materials and e-waste. Disposal is free for residents of unincorporated Monroe County, Marathon, Key Colony Beach and Layton and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on their respective Saturdays.

Cudjoe Key Transfer Station, Blimp Road at Mile Marker 21.5, will be open Oct. 6. The county's Public Works yard, Aviation Boulevard in Marathon, will be open Oct. 13 and Key Largo recycling center, Mile Marker 100.3, will be open Oct. 20.

Household hazardous materials include paint, yard, home, marine and automotive care products. E-waste includes computers, televisions and other electronics. For more information, call Recycling Coordinator Colleen Murphy at 305-289-6037.


Floating body still unidentified

Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives are still seeking help identifying a man found dead just offshore of Ballast Key last week. They are hoping someone will recognize a drawing of the large tattoo the man had on his upper left arm. The tattoo is of a Native American dreamcatcher with feathers dangling from it.

A passing boater spotted the body and called the Coast Guard Monday evening. The body was floating about 100 yards offshore of Ballast Key in about 5 feet of water.

An autopsy showed no obvious signs of foul play, said Detective Manny Cuervo.

The dead man is a white male in his 20s, 6 feet tall and slim with short brown hair

Anyone with information should call 305-289-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-346-TIPS.