Saturday, March 30, 2013
Mile Markers


No more bazaar until Nov. 2

The Bone Island Bazaar has been shut down, but plans to reopen Nov. 2, organizer Candida Andriole said Friday.

Approved this year by the City Commission, the open-air market on the Truman Waterfront had been set to run weekends from March through April. "There is too much competition for vendors at this time," Andriole said in an email. "We need more time to do this right."

Organizers also plan to lower the booth rental fees to attract more vendors, she said. "We also learned that residents really do want it and will support it if we get it right."

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No injuries in landing

A small Piper Arrow airplane made a belly landing Friday afternoon at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, said Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton.

The plane came down at 2:45 p.m.; the pilot and a passenger were not hurt. It was coming from Venice Municipal Airport.

Horton said the runway was closed for about 45 minutes.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, as it was unclear if the pilot forgot to put the landing gear down or if there was a mechanical problem, Horton said.


Baby's Coffee location for sale

A new "for sale" in front of Baby's Coffee at Mile Marker 15 has attracted the attention of die-hard coffee lovers.

"The property is for sale, but not the business," owner Gary Teplitsky told The Citizen on Thursday. "If the property sells, then Baby's Coffee will move." He declined to comment further, saying "All I can confirm is that the property, not the business, is for sale." The sign is from Prudential Knight Keyswide Properties and bears the name of real estate broker Claude Gardner.

Teplitsky and his wife, Olga, started the company on Duval Street in 1991 and later moved to the Bay Point neighborhood. There's also a roasting plant and retail shop in Louisiana, as well as online sales.