Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Mile Markers

STOCK ISLAND

Inmate dies Tuesday morning

A 67-year-old inmate at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island died of apparent natural causes Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The man's name was not released pending notification of next of kin, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

He was arrested Thursday on drug-related charges and had medical issues, Herrin said. He was under supervision and taken to Lower Keys Medical Center about 6:11 a.m. after a nurse found him pale and breathing shallowly. CPR began en route to the hospital, where he died. Detectives reportedly found no signs of trauma. An autopsy will be done and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, Herrin said.

DUCK KEY

Traffic directed this weekend

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is expecting heavy traffic after lobster mini-season, which is today and Thursday, particularly northbound on U.S. 1. Deputies will be stationed to direct motorists at one chokepoint, the intersection entrance to Duck Key, said sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

On the Memorial Day holiday weekend, traffic backed up for miles there due to a temporary construction light.

Even with deputies directing traffic, the Sheriff's Office anticipates a delay of up to 20 minutes for vehicles exiting Duck Key. Deputies ask for motorists' patience as they work to keep traffic flowing.

KEY WEST

DOT secretary to visit Aug. 6

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad is coming to Key West to meet with concerned residents and businesses the first week in August.

Prasad will meet with the Coalition of the North Roosevelt Boulevard Businesses from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.

After that, he will meet with residents from 5 to 6 p.m. in the City Commission chambers there.

Many residents and businesses have complained about the slow progress of the $41.5 million reconstruction of the island's main artery. The project is expected to take three years, with a targeted completion date of September 2014.