Sunday, February 24, 2013
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JIATF-S helps in drug seizure

Key West-based Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South spearheaded a mission that led to the seizure of 36 bales of marijuana worth $2.7 million, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release.

CBP spotted a go-fast boat with three persons aboard near Bimini, Bahamas, and coordinated with the Coast Guard and Bahamian officials to stop the vessel. The boat reportedly headed north and ran aground, and the three suspects fled, the report says. Bahamian police recovered the drugs and are looking for the suspects.

The operation was part of Operation Martillo, an international effort focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land and marine assets from different countries to counter smuggling.


FIRM fundraiser Friday

A fundraiser for the Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe grass-roots advocacy group will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St.

"A Fair for Fair Rates," hosted by the Key West Association of Realtors, will include hot dogs, popcorn, music and more. Members of FIRM's board will be there to answer any questions. Admission will be a minimum $20 donation to FIRM, which lobbies in Tallahassee for reasonable windstorm insurance rates for Monroe County. For more information, contact Terri Wilson at or 305-394-4106.


Educator hosts 'values' series

Two more sessions remain out of a 10-part discussion series on personal values, held 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 series, which is free and open to the public. Each hourlong session stands on its own, so people are welcome to come to one or both, 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."