Monday, March 4, 2013
Mile Markers


Free plant clinics offered

Monroe County master gardeners will hold free plant clinics this month throughout the Keys.

• Key West: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and March 18, Extension Office, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Suite 2-260

The following all will take place from 9 a.m. to noon:

• Key Largo: Wednesday and March 20, Extension Office, Mile Marker 102, Suite 244

• Big Pine Key: March 16, Big Pine Academy, Mile Marker 30.2

• Marathon: March 16, Marathon Garden Club, Mile Marker 50

• Islamorada: March 16, Islamorada library, Mile Marker 81.5

For more information, call Extension Services at 305-292-4501 or go to


Association celebrates 15 years

The Tavernier Community Association (TCA) will celebrate its 15th birthday at its next regular meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tavernier Volunteer Fire Department, 151 Marine Ave.

Public attendance is encouraged, and refreshments will be served, organizers say.

TCA is a Florida nonprofit incorporated in 1998 to serve residents, property owners and resident business owners between Tavernier Creek and Mile Marker 97.2, according to the press release. New directors for the group's six districts will be elected at the meeting. They then will convene to elect TCA's officers for 2013.

For more information, contact President John Hammerstrom at 305-852-8722.


Help find entangled manatee

The Dolphin Research Center is asking the public to help find a badly entangled manatee dubbed Scott. The 9- to 11-foot mammal has mounds of monofilament fishing line wrapped around and embedded in both his pectoral fingers, officials at the center said. Scott was recently spotted in the Marathon area, though he often travels throughout the Florida Keys in the winter months. Anyone who sees him should immediately call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 to report his location.

The trained team from the Dolphin Research Center will then try to outfit him with a belt and tracking tag so a rescue mission can be coordinated. For more information, visit