Monday, May 13, 2013
Mile Markers


'Biggest Loser' type contest

Local "wellness coach" Susan Knowles this week is launching the Big Pine Key Area Weight Loss Challenge, inspired by TV's "The Biggest Loser."

The 12-week, $35 course offers tips on nutrition and exercise, along with the flair of competition. Participants will weigh in each week, and the three who lose the most weight (based on percentage) will split most of the participant fees collected. Enrollees can use any weight-loss program they'd like.

Of the $35 fee, $25 will be used as the prize for the three winners, and the other $10 will be donated to Big Pine Academy.

There will be two classes of competitors. One will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the other at 7 p.m. Thursday, both meeting at St. Peter Church, Mile Marker 31.5.

To register or for more information, call Knowles at 305-240-2483.


Notice about rights of way

Key West residents and business owners will receive a question-and-answer sheet about public rights of way in their upcoming utility bills, according to city spokeswoman Alyson Crean.

The city is trimming trees and shrubs in the rights of way for safety and to comply with a court order that mandates following athe Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the information. "Property owners can help by making sure their landscaping complies with city codes: Everything must be trimmed at least 80 inches above the right of way and a minimum of 36 inches wide," the statement says.

This allows for safe walking and better visibility for motorists and bicycles, the city says.

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GOP meets Saturday

The May meeting of the Republican Party of Monroe County Executive Committee meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coldwell Bank Schmitt's conference room in the Marathon shopping center that includes Office Depot and Radio Shack.

State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, will deliver a report on the 2013 Legislative session, which just ended.

Monroe County registered Republicans are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Debby Goodman at 305-923-4372 or