Thursday, December 27, 2012
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KEY WEST

Child-porn indictment

Former Monroe County School District substitute teacher William Britt was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing child pornography and an unregistered shotgun.

Britt, 55, of Key West, remains jailed since his arrest Nov. 8, when sheriff's deputies said they found him with a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun and a hard drive filled with images of children engaging in sexual acts. He was arrested after a fake job interview at a school.

Britt's surety bond amount is set at $250,000.

Each count carries up to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

FLORIDA KEYS

Watch for alligators, crocodiles

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds everyone to be careful in and around water of alligators and crocodiles.

The state hosts two native crocodilians: the American alligator, found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, sometimes found in coastal areas of the Keys and in southeast and southwest Florida. Both species have shared Florida's waters with people for centuries. FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water.

Other safety measures are listed in the "Living with Alligators" brochure at MyFWC.com/Alligator, and the "Living with Crocodiles" brochure at MyFWC.com/Crocodile. The FWC's Nuisance Alligator Hotline is 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).

KEY WEST

Projects compete for TIF money

A volunteer board will hear presentations next week on proposed neighborhood improvement projects seeking money from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) fund.

The seven-member Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.

Seven project applications are on the agenda, including the Frederick Douglass Gym, a Bahama Village community garden, the Coral City Elks Lodge, and improvements proposed for Geraldine and Petronia streets.

The City Commission created the board in 2008 to review and recommend redevelopment projects. TIF money comprises property taxes collected in an area deemed "blighted" that then are reinvested in that community.