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Friday, December 14, 2012
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

Card trading show Sat.

Key West Card Show will hold a sports and trading card show from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Hotel, 3850 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

"There is something for everyone, so bring the family," organizers say. New and old sports cards will be available to buy or trade.

The first 100 collectors will receive a free pack of sports cards, and all visitors will be eligible to win a sports-card prize worth $100.

The show is free and there is plenty of free parking in front of the hotel and InKahoots restaurant. For more information, visit http://www.keywestcardshow.com.

MONROE COUNTY

Keep dumping standing water

The Monroe County Health Department advises residents and visitors to eliminate standing water in and around properties as a preventive measure against dengue fever.

It's still a good practice to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes that carry the disease, though there has not been a confirmed case in the Florida Keys since 2010. There have been sporadic reports of dengue elsewhere in Florida, and concerns here about a return of the illness that sickened about 90 people in Key West between August 2009 and November 2010. Tip or overturn trash can lids, children's toys, tires, boats, flowerpots, trivets and other containers where water can collect, to prevent mosquitoes breeding. For more information, call the Health Department at 305-809-5653 or Florida Keys Mosquito Control at 305-292-7190.

KEY WEST

Seafood festival Jan. 19

The eighth annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Bayview Park.

Offerings typically include grilled Florida lobster, fried fish, stone crab claws, smoked-fish dip, sweet Key West pink shrimp and more -- all caught, cooked and served by Keys commercial fishermen and their families.

Live music and a performance by the Key West Comparsa Dancers, raffles, and a Kids Fun Zone and more is scheduled. Vendors will sell arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association and scholarships for college-bound children of commercial fishermen.