Saturday, July 20, 2013
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New KEYS calendars available

Keys Energy Services' 17th annual Energy Conservation calendars are now available.

Customers can pick up a free one at the utility's service building, 1001 James St., while supplies last. An electronic copy is available at

The calendar follows the local school year and highlights energy conservation practices via artwork by local elementary school students. Calendars have been distributed to all elementary schools within the utility's service area.

Keys Energy's calendar has received awards including the national Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America.


Beaches test OK for bacteria

The Monroe County Health Department's water-quality tests showed none of the county's beaches had high levels of bacteria last 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, click on A-Z Topics, then choose Beach Water Quality, or call 305-293-1653.


Woman, 54, dies on dive trip

A 54-year-old woman from Merritt Island died Thursday on a dive trip off Islamorada, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Joy Meyers, on a Key Dives of Islamorada boat, was about 23 feet down on Patch Reef with a group and guide when she indicated she was having trouble. The guide escorted her to the surface, and Meyers reboarded the boat about 2 p.m., sat down and removed her gear, saying she was feeling tired, reports say.

Shortly afterward, a crew member who saw Meyers sitting with her chin on her chest discovered she was not breathing. CPR was begun and the group called back to the boat.

Paramedics met the boat at Bud and Mary's Marina and took Meyers to Mariners Hospital, where she was declared dead. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.