Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Mile Markers


Deputy crashes into bridge

A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy crashed his patrol car Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

Deputy Michael Joseph Sielick, 31, of Homestead, crashed the 2010 Monroe County Sheriff's Office Ford Crown Victoria into a bridge on Duck Key Drive at 3:50 a.m., reports say.

Sielick drove onto the center raised median before hitting the bridge, reports say.

He was wearing his seat belt. Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash, reports say.

No other vehicles were involved and no criminal charges were expected to be filed, said FHP Lt. Kathy McKinney said.


Meeting on senior care Mon.

The City Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St., to discuss lease negotiations with the developer behind proposed senior housing on the Truman Waterfront.

Commissioners gave the project backers until June 28 to work out a lease agreement with the city for the $32 million senior housing center, which would include assisted care services.

The proposed 110-unit complex would employ a mixed-income model to allow low-income seniors to live there.

In 2007, voters approved a referendum to reserve a part of the Truman Waterfront for such housing.


Personal watercraft crashes

Two people on a personal watercraft were hurt when they ran into a channel marker Monday in Man of War Harbor, just north of Key West, according to the Coast Guard.

The man and woman -- their names were not released -- were rescued by a Coast Guard boat from Sector Key West.

The man was able to get on the Coast Guard boat with minimal assistance, but the woman had to be placed in a rescue basket, according to a Coast Guard press release.

They reportedly struck the Channel 2 marker. Both were wearing life jackets.

The two were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center.