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Three sailboaters overdue

Three people from Tennessee who left Key West last month bound for the Azores Islands did not arrive as scheduled last week.

Capt. Mike Fisher reportedly left aboard the 35-foot sailboat Silverheels with a 44-year-old woman and a teenager on June 11 for the transatlantic voyage, according to the Coast Guard.

They were due in the Azores, off the western coast of Europe, between July 3 and 8, but no one has heard from them, reports say. Anyone with information about them should call the Coast Guard District 7 command in Miami at 305-415-6683.


Learn to be LVA volunteer

The public is invited to attend a tutor training workshop certification for the Literacy Volunteers English as a Second Language (ESL) program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the LVA Monroe County headquarters, at 1400 United St., Building 100, in Key West.

Volunteers do not need to know another language to be an LVA volunteer tutor. Training is free of charge. Each new tutor gets to choose his or her own student or students. To register or for more information, call or text Assistant Director Dawn Nolan at 305-619-0507 or call 305- 294-4352. Visit for more information.


Watch out for gators, crocodiles

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds everyone to be careful in and around water of alligators and crocodiles, especially in the hot weather.

The state hosts two native crocodilians: the American alligator, found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, sometimes found in coastal areas of the Keys and in southeast and southwest Florida. Both species have shared Florida's waters with people for centuries. FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water.

Other safety measures are listed in the "Living with Alligators" brochure at, and the "Living with Crocodiles" brochure at The FWC's Nuisance Alligator Hotline is 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).