Monday, December 10, 2012
Mile Markers


13 returned to island nation

The Coast Guard cutter Pea Island returned 13 Cubans to the island nation at Bahia de Cabañas on Thursday after a fishing boat rescued them Nov. 30, according to the agency.

The Rosa Marie reportedly called the Key West sector to report picking them up from a sinking 15-foot boat south of Marquesas Keys.

The cutter Ocracoke embarked the migrants, who later were transferred to the Pea Island.

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

The cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat based in Key West; the Ocracoke is out of St. Petersburg.


1900s historical re-enactment

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Bahia Honda State Park will host a re-enactment of the history of the Over-Sea Railroad at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the park, 36850 Overseas Highway, or Mile Marker 37.

Visitors will see "Henry Flagler" on the first train to Key West, as well as "other travelers" from the era, and learn about their unique experiences.

Meet on the Gulf side of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge at the train car stage; bring chairs.

For more information, call the Nature Center at 305-872-9807. For more information on Florida State Parks, visit


Be careful with electricity

For holiday safety, Keys Energy Services says, don't: Use nails or staples; overload extension cords/outlets; connect more than three light strings; put lights on trees near/touching power lines; or use electric on metallic tree.

Do: Pre-inspect for frayed, loose wires/connections; turn off before bed and before leaving; unplug all before replacing bulbs; promptly replace burned-out ones with same-wattage bulbs. For outside: Use certified outdoor-use decorations; plug into GFCs; point sockets down to avoid moisture; wrap plastic bag around connections; tie ends with electrical tape.

For more information, visit