Warning issued for beach
The Monroe County Health Department's water-quality tests this week showed high levels of fecal bacteria at Founders Beach beach in Islamorada.
The tests measure counts of fecal coliform and enteric bacteria, which are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals. The Health Department says high levels may come from runoff or sewage from pets, wild animals or humans. It can cause disease, infections or rashes. Don't swim in the water if an advisory is issued. For more information, visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us, click on A-Z Topics, then choose Beach Water Quality, or call 305-293-1653.
Free shuttles all Saturday
Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, all Key West buses will be free to ride for the Duval Street Fantasy Fest culmination. Continuous service will be offered throughout Key West, the Lower Keys and up to Marathon through early morning Sunday.
The buses arrive and depart from the Fausto's at Bahama and Fleming streets. The final bus for city service leaves from there at 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The last bus for the Lower Keys service back to Marathon leaves there at 12:30 a.m.
Capacity is limited, especially on the final runs. For more information, visit www.keywestcity.com, or call 305-809-3910.
West Marine project discussed
Key West City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley will convene a District I community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.
The meeting will feature a presentation of the planned West Marine superstore project and a talk about residential parking by Parking Manager John Wilkins. The current West Marine plans to expand to 13,500 square feet and offer more clothing and boating supplies, similar to newer locations the store has opened in Fort Myers and elsewhere. Questions and feedback are welcome, the city says.
Weekley says he wants to hear all comments and concerns on these topics or others. It's open to the public.