Wrong kind of green thumb?
Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies discovered a marijuana-growing operation when they went to a home on East 63rd Street in Marathon on Aug. 8 to serve an arrest warrant, according to a press release from the agency.
Deputies were at the home to arrest John Wyckoff, 34, on a warrant for alleged failure to comply with vessel health and safety regulations. As they were serving the warrant, they reportedly discovered Wyckoff was growing marijuana.
Officers found 22 marijuana plants and 124 grams of processed marijuana, as well as equipment used to cultivate the marijuana, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Wyckoff was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alzheimer's caregivers meet
The Upper Keys Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group will host University of Miami guest speaker Doris Caldwell at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Plantation Key Senior Center, Mile Marker 88.8, bayside, in the government complex.
Caldwell, a clinical research coordinator at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, will talk about the genetic component to Alzheimer's. She also will discuss Parkinson's disease and hand out UM Brain Bank newsletters.
The Upper Keys group meets the third Tuesday of the month 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the same place.
There's also a Marathon group, which meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Marathon Senior Center. For more information, call Pam Martin at 305-853-0907 or 305-393-4643.
FAA to accept runway decision
The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to accept the county's decision not to move the runway at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, according to the Monroe County Administrator's Office.
The County Commission will discuss the matter Wednesday at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo. The FAA previously asked the county to move the airport runway 40 feet to the north, because the existing taxiway-to-runway separation is only 200 feet and at least 240 feet is required.
However, a letter from FAA Airports District Office Manager Bart Vernace to county Director of Airports Peter Horton acknowledges that the small airport would face significant operational issues and environmental impacts associated with the move. If the county chooses the "no-action" alternative, the FAA will concur, he said.