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Monday, May 27, 2013
Mile Markers

FLORIDA KEYS

Beaches clear of bacteria

The Monroe County Health Department's water-quality tests Wednesday showed none of the county's beaches had high levels of bacteria this week.

Fecal coliform and enteric bacteria are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals.

The Health Department says high levels may come from runoff or sewage from pets, wild animals or humans. It can cause disease, infections or rashes. Don't swim in the water if a warning is issued.

For more information, visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us, click on A-Z Topics, then choose Beach Water Quality, or call 305-293-1653.

LOWER MATECUMBE

Restoration project to start

The Florida Department of Transportation and Stantec Consulting Services will begin a 120-day wetland and upland habitat restoration project in June at FDOT-owned property at Mile Marker 77.5, oceanside.

It will serve as mitigation for U.S. 1 roadwork on Grassy Key. Exotic vegetation will be removed and replaced with native trees, according to FDOT, to provide habitat for federal- and state-protected species. The property is already protected in perpetuity as a preserve.

The work has been approved by the South Florida Water Management District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information, call 305-470-5223 or email John.Palenchar@dot.state.fl.us.

FLORIDA KEYS

Kayak trek will help cancer society

Kayaking enthusiasts known as Castaways Against Cancer, who paddle from Miami to Key West every year in support of the American Cancer Society, will launch their 14th annual "Trip Around the Sun" tour on June 8. Sixteen kayakers will shove off from Virginia Key, on the south side of Rickenbacker Causeway at 6:30 a.m. June 8.

Since their first trip in 2000, with just four paddlers in two kayaks, Castaways Against Cancer have raised more than $350,000 for cancer research.

This year TotalBank will team up with the Castaways to help them reach their goal of $50,000. Three top executives from TotalBank will join the trek on kayaks while TotalBank employees, customers and friends will be supporting them through donations, according to a press release. To support Castaways Against Cancer, visit www.totalbank.com/castaways.