Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Mile Markers

MARATHON

Resort guest found dead

A reported guest at the Blackfin Resort was found dead and floating in the water Saturday behind the resort property, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The man's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A boat captain told detectives he arrived at his boat at 7 a.m. and spotted the man. A resort manager later identified the man as a guest at the resort, according to a press release.

The manager said he last saw the victim on Friday and that he appeared drunk, the release states.

There were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

MARATHON

Hit-and-run driver arrested

A Portland, Maine man accused of causing several crashes on U.S. 1 on June 4 was released from Ryder Trauma Center in Miami Sunday and was subsequently arrested by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

Michael Powers, 43, was charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash. He was taken to Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island, where he remained Monday under no bail. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Troopers allege Powers caused one minor crash at 5:50 p.m. June 4 at Mile Marker 52 and then another near 115th Street that seriously injured Fred Roth, 38, of Marathon, who owns Fred's Beds and Furniture on Big Coppitt. Roth has also been released from Ryder Trauma Center since the accident that sent him there.

FLORIDA KEYS

Free seminar for small businesses

Small business owners, as well as individuals interested in starting a business, may attend a free Small Business Loan seminar from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, Room 2407 located at Florida Keys Community College, 5901 College Road, Key West.

Business owners will learn about government loan programs, specifically the Small Business Administration (SBA) procedure and documentation needed to procure financing, and how the SBA is involved in the lending process and other business support programs.

The guest speaker for the seminar will be Miguel Gonzalez, assistant district director for Lender Relations for the SBA South Florida District. The seminar is free and open to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and economic development and government organizations. Seating is limiterd, and registration will be open until the seating limit has been reached.

To register, visit www.keywestsbdc.org and follow the seminar registration link.