Friday, February 15, 2013
Mile Markers


FIRM's annual meeting Feb. 19

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe invites the public to its annual Key Largo meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Murray Nelson Government Center, Mile Marker 102.

Firm President County Commissioner Heather Carruthers will update the audience on the advocacy group's recent successes in its effort to keep Florida Keys' windstorm insurance rates affordable. Specifically, she will discuss FIRM's Windstorm Risk Remodeling and Analysis Initiative. A reception will be held afterward at Sundowners, Mile Marker 104. FIRM's next presentation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Key West at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave.

For more information, call FIRM at 305-294-3476 or Carruthers at 305-292-3430.


Frank 'The Plumber' benefit

A benefit to help cover medical expenses for Frank "The Plumber" Balbuena Sr. will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 at his favorite tavern, Dons' Place, at the corner of Truman Avenue and Grinnell Street.

Balbuena Sr., owner of Frank's Plumbing at 1609 United St., is still recovering from open-heart surgery he underwent in November. The benefit will include gourmet food, raffles, a silent auction and a "wheel of fortune" as well as live music from 40 Ft. Sharpie, Caffeine Carl, Jettison Theory and others.

PayPal donations can be made at; search for Frank "The Plumber," or at


Trial set in porn case

Former Monroe County School District substitute teacher William Britt will go to trial Feb. 25 on federal charges of possessing child pornography and an unregistered shotgun, according to court documents.

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

Britt, 55, of Key West, remains jailed since his arrest on Nov. 8, when sheriff's deputies said they found him with a hard drive filled with images of children engaging in sexual acts and a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun. He was arrested after a fake job interview was set up at a school. Britt's bond is $250,000.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Miami.