Saturday, February 2, 2013
Mile Markers

MONROE COUNTY

County counts 644 homeless

Monroe County has a homeless population of 644, including 291 who are without even temporary shelter, according to early figures released Friday.

A final report with a breakdown of homeless in the Lower, Middle and Upper Keys will be released next week, said the Rev. Steve Braddock, chairman of the Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum of Care, which sponsored the survey.

Of the 644, 353 people were in shelters that include the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter (KOTS). Volunteers fanned out on Jan. 29 to help with the count. In 2012, the number of homeless was estimated at 922. But no on-the-ground census was done. In 2011, the estimate was 904.

KEY WEST

Zecca moves to postpone trial

A lawyer for Marathon marina manager and retired Coast Guard commander Dennis Zecca filed paperwork Wednesday to continue his criminal trial, according to court records.

Zecca's attorney asked U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez to postpone the Feb. 25 trial for 90 days, due to the lawyer's caseload and commute from Miami to Key West, where Zecca is jailed on Stock Island. Martinez had not issued a response as of Friday.

Zecca pleaded not guilty on Jan. 14 to murder-for-hire, transfer of a firearm to a convicted felon, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, and attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. He faces life in prison if convicted.

BIG PINE KEY

Kayaker rescued Thursday

Customs agents found an overdue 60-year-old kayaker from Big Pine Key Thursday night, according to the Coast Guard.

The man's name was not released, but he was found by a Customs and Border Protection marine unit that was helping the Coast Guard in their search, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Kara Lavin.

The man was reported missing at 7:05 p.m. and he was found later that night in a search that included a helicopter launched from Naval Air Station Key West, Lavin said.

He was taken to Fishermen's Hospital and his condition was not available Friday night, Lavin said.