Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mile Markers


$14M in cocaine offloaded

Coast Guard crews offloaded more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine, worth a reported $14 million, Tuesday at Station Key West. The drugs were seized Dec. 6 off Honduras, according to a press release.

The cocaine was taken from two go-fast boats stopped by Coast Guard crews from Jacksonville, Port Canaveral and Cape May, N.J. Eight suspected smugglers were detained, and 22 packages thrown in the water were recovered, the release states.

The bust took place during Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency operation to seize drugs smuggled along popular Central American marine shipping routes, the release states.


Winter Star Party in February

The 29th annual Winter Star Party will be Feb. 4-10 at Camp Wesumkee, a Girl Scout camp at Mile Marker 34.5, on Scout Key, formerly known as West Summerland Key. Viewing of the night sky will begin about 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and continue until dawn.

As many as 600 amateur and professional astronomers from around the world participate, attracted by the chance to view the Southern Cross and other southern constellations. The Florida Keys are among the only places in the contiguous United States where they can be seen. The event also offers lectures, presentations, lessons, contests, raffles and astronomy equipment for sale. Advance registration is required. Visit


Educator hosts 'values' series

A 10-part discussion series on personal values is being held, through March 7, at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the One Island Family church, the Southernmost Unitarian Universalist Congregation, at 801 Georgia St., on the corner of Petronia Street.

Local educator John Gish is leading the 10-week series, which is free and open to the public. Each one-hour long session stands on its own, so people are welcome to come to an individual session or a few or all, said the Rev. Randy Becker of One Island Family.

The series takes insights from the theories of Maslow, Bloom, Kohlberg and Gilligan, said Becker, and asks attendees to "expose, explore and expound on our values."