Thursday, January 17, 2013
Mile Markers

BOCA CHICA

Night flights this week

Night training is scheduled through Friday this week at Boca Chica Field. Each night's exercise should be completed before 10 p.m., said Navy spokeswoman Trice Denny.

"We want to ensure that surrounding communities are aware that flights will be taking off and landing after dark during this training period," Denny wrote in a press release.

The winter months, especially January and February, typically bring a sharp uptick in activity at the airfield as squadrons must prepare for deployments, and are driven south by winter weather up North.

BOCA GRANDE KEY

Beach and mangrove cleanup

Volunteers are sought for a cleanup at Boca Grande Key from 2 to 6:15 p.m. Jan 26.

The island is within the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.

Fury Water Adventures is hosting the event, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary staff will be there to educate and direct participants.

An estimated 6 million tons of marine debris is added to our oceans each year, organizers say, sickening and entangling wildlife and destroying sensitive habitats.

Sodas, water and snacks will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, call 305-294-8899.

KEY LARGO

Seafood festival Jan. 26-27

The Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival will be on Jan. 26 and 27, and offer fresh local seafood, live music, cooking demonstrations, contests and kids' activities.

It's the fourth year of the fest, which is held at Rowell's Marina, Mile Marker 104.5, bayside.

Attractions include arts and crafts, vendor booths, fireworks and a car show. Among the highlights for kids are face painting, a magic show, a little mermaid contest, fishing workshops, an aquarium and touch-tank. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 27. Admission is $5 per adult; free for kids 12 and under. Pets and coolers are not allowed. Event proceeds benefit Florida Keys charities. Visit www.fkrm.com/crabandseafood for details.