Monday, December 24, 2012
Mile Markers

FLORIDA

Ready info for holiday drivers

With millions of drivers hitting the road this holiday season, the Florida Department of Transportation reminds travelers to plan ahead by calling 511 or going to http://www.fl511.com/ The statewide service provides free, real-time traffic information on all interstate highways and Florida's Turnpike.

The system gives callers information on specific segments of the highways. Ask for a nearby city and the associated road info will be given. For example, if a caller wants traffic conditions on I-75 around Ocala, he would ask for "I-75" and then "Ocala." Visit the website to learn more.

The 511 system also gives up-to-the-minute reports on major evacuation routes, toll suspensions, and bridge and road closures in the case of emergency hurricane evacuations.

KEY WEST

Celebrate 'Art of Diving' Jan. 17-18

"The Art of Diving" event, which includes films, presentations, art and more, will take place Jan. 17 and 18 in Key West.

The centerpiece of the event will be Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke's "The Sinking World," a photography exhibit about the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. It will open at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Studios of Key West, 600 White St. That will be followed by a 9 p.m. reception at Pat Croce's Rum Barrel, 528 Front St. On Jan. 18, a documentary film by Joe and Ozlem Berg will premiere there at 7:30 p.m.

On both evenings, attendees can view the work of underwater photographer Don Kincaid, who documented the search for the 1622 Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. For more information, visit www.thesinkingworld.com, email joew@reefmakers.com or call 305-797-7077.

Sawyer heralded by Florida ACLU board

Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer, who is retiring, was celebrated at the December meeting of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) board.

"Sawyer ... received a standing ovation and a commendation from the ACLU for standing up to the demons in Tallahassee on the issues of voter suppression," said Michael Berman, vice president of the Florida Keys ACLU and the chapter's delegate to the board. Sawyer was the only supervisor in the entire state who refused to back down on Gov. Rick Scott's new mandated shorter early voting period. He was a complainant in the ACLU's suit against the Legislature and governor, as was Berman. For information about joining the local ACLU, call President Kimberly Sloan at 352-870-8809.