Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mile Markers


JIATF-S spearheads drug bust

A Miami-based Coast Guard crew and Navy frigate USS Gary stopped a go-fast boat carrying 1,100 pounds of cocaine about 300 miles off Colombia in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 23, according to a Coast Guard press release.

The effort was coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), headquartered on the western edge of Key West in Truman Annex on Naval Air Station Key West property.

A helicopter from the USS Gary spotted the boat, whose crew reportedly began tossing bales overboard.

The Gary's boarding crew recovered 15 bales in the water and detained three suspected smugglers, the release says.


Weekley leads walk Friday

City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley will lead a 2-mile stroll at 6 p.m. Friday starting at the Eco-Discovery Center, and discuss the Truman Waterfront.

It's part of a series to "step up the community's good health," spokeswoman Alyson Crean said. Commissioner Clayton Lopez's 1.5-mile walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 21 at the Harvey Government Center, and tour the cemetery and Old Firehouse Museum. A final, 3-mile walk will be led by Commissioner Tony "Fat" Yaniz at 5:30 p.m. from Little Hamaca Park at a date to be announced. For more information on this and other events, sign up at and look for Preserve Island Life on Facebook.


Car seats checked for free

Parents and caregivers can have their children's car seats checked for free by certified safety technicians from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday by making an appointment in advance.

The technicians help properly install and inspect previously installed seats, and answer child passenger safety questions. Each appointment takes about 30 minutes, according to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. New car seats will be available for Keys families as needed; a donation of $25 is requested.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 305-293-8424 or email or

The Healthy Start Coalition helps families before, during and after pregnancy.