Flea market to jam traffic
The Annual Nautical Flea Market is expected to cause heavy traffic and significant delays for drivers on Feb. 23 and 24.
Sheriff's deputies will direct traffic, but anyone planning to travel through the area then should build in extra time for the trip. For flights in Miami, drivers should plan an extra two hours' time.
The flea market will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Founders Park, Mile Marker 87.
Delays are predicted for up to an hour after the event closes each day.
For those planning to attend, free parking is offered at Coral Shores High School with a free shuttle.
71-year-old canoeist rescued
A Miami Coast Guard helicopter rescued a 71-year-old canoeist about midnight Thursday near Pavilion Key, the agency reported.
A good Samaritan called 911 after seeing, then losing sight of, the man signaling with a flashlight, the report says. The dispatcher notified the Key West Coast Guard, which called Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
The MH65 Dolphin helicopter crew spotted the man, still signaling, hoisted him aboard and brought him to Naples airport, where he was met by paramedics.
Pavilion Key is on the west coast of Florida, almost due west of Kendall, in the Everglades.
Two alternate seats open
Two alternate seats on NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council are open.
The seats represent the boating industry and commercial marine/tropical fishing categories.
Members serve three-year terms and are selected based on expertise in the subject the seat represents, and community and professional affiliations.
Applications are due March 6. Download them from floridakeys.noaa.gov, or contact policy coordinator Beth Dieveney at 305-809-4700, ext. 228, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040.