Seat open on advisory panel
The District 5 seat is open on Keys Energy Services' Advisory Committee. It covers Big Pine Key to the Seven Mile Bridge. Find applications at the service building, 1001 James St., or request one from Edee.Delph@KeysEnergy.com. They are due noon Dec. 3.
The committee provides Keys Energy (KEYS) with community input on issues including electricity generation, distribution, finance, customer service, and new ventures. It comprises five members, a Utility Board member and two KEYS staffers. The four other districts are: 1, Key West to Stock Island; 2, Key Haven to Big Coppitt; 3, Shark Key to Sugarloaf Key; and 4, Cudjoe Key to the Torch Keys. The Utility Board will appoint the new District 5 representative at a Dec. 12 meeting.
Manatee Awareness Month
November is Manatee Awareness Month, meant to increase awareness about the importance of protecting the endangered creatures. The manatee is Florida's official state marine mammal.
It's also when manatees are on the move to warmer waters; the subtropical species cannot tolerate prolonged exposure to water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Boaters are reminded to follow signs' slow or idle speed warnings, as it is boat strikes and other human activities that kill and injure them. Avoid migrating or congregated manatees. The species is listed as endangered at the international, federal, and state levels.
For more information, visit www.savethemanatee.org.
Alarm systems must be registered
The Police Department has extended the deadline to Nov. 15 for homeowners to register their alarm systems for the "false alarm" reduction ordinance that began in July, spokeswoman Alyson Crean says. Contact the alarm company or register at www.crywolf.us/keywestfl.
Registration is mandatory and costs $50. If there are no false alarms for a year, renewal is free; also, for registered systems, there is no penalty for up to two false alarms a year. After that, the fees run from $150 to $600 for 10 or more false alarms in one year.
The unregistered who have a false alarm will be fined $200 for each instance.
Last year alone, police responded to 1,650 alarms, and 90 percent of them were false, Crean said.