Friday, November 16, 2012
Mile Markers


Cudjoe Regional bids opened

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority on Thursday opened bids from companies vying to build the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System.

Four bidders want to build the plant itself. The lowest bid for that was $21.8 million, from Wharton-Smith, which built the Big Coppitt regional wastewater system.

The highest was $26.7 million from PCL Construction, Aqueduct Authority Executive Director Kirk Zuelch said.

Seven bidders want to build the collection system.

The lowest bid was $35.5 million, by Gianetti Construction; the highest was $55 million from Lanzo Construction. Generally, the water utility selects the lowest bidder, Zuelch said.


Call for Master Gardener hopefuls

Potential Monroe County Master Gardeners must attend one of the following preview sessions to be considered for the 2013 training class.

The sessions, all held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., cover the program, application process, classroom training, and more.

• Middle Keys: Nov. 26, Marathon Government Center, Mile Marker 47.5

• Upper Keys: Nov. 27, Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, Mile Marker 102, Key Largo

• Lower Keys: Nov. 28, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Key West.

For more information, visit, or contact Kim Gabel at 305-292-4501 or


23 Cubans are taken back

Twenty-three Cubans who were stopped at sea earlier last week were taken back to the island nation Tuesday.

The Coast Guard cutter Key Biscayne picked them up Nov. 5 from a rustic boat southwest of Key West; the cutter Ocracoke returned them.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

"U.S. Coast Guard policy is to deter and respond to dangerous and illegal maritime migration by intercepting vessels pursuing perilous and illegal voyages," said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement.

The Key Biscayne is based in Key West.