Turtle release 9:30 a.m. Friday
A female loggerhead sea turtle named Taco will return to the sea at 9:30 a.m. Friday behind the Cheeca Lodge at Mile Marker 82, The Turtle Hospital said.
The public is welcome to join in the release at the beach behind the resort. Taco was rescued May 5 after Islamorada resident Kimberly Spiegel spotted her struggling in Snake Creek.
Spiegel and her daughter had visited The Turtle Hospital in Marathon last year for a community education program, which she says taught her the signs of a sea turtle in distress.
Taco was treated for an intestinal infection and has fully recovered, the hospital said.
Volunteers finish compost shed
Volunteers and city staff will return Saturday to the police horse stables on the Truman Waterfront to finish building a composting shed.
The workday, at 33 East Quay Road, will have two shifts: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to finish the roof; and noon to 5 p.m. to mortar the concrete blocks together to make composting bays.
Key West spends about $4,500 a year to truck the horse manure to the mainland for incineration. Composting will provide nutrient-rich soil at no cost to locals and organizations such as the botanical gardens on Stock Island.
Sustainability Coordinator Alison Higgins asks volunteers to RSVP by calling 305-809-3726.
City attorney praises police
Key West police officers have remarkable patience and professional etiquette, City Attorney Shawn Smith told city commissioners during his report Tuesday.
Smith's latest ride-along was Aug. 9, the day officers subdued a naked man allegedly choking his daughter on a New Town street.
"But for the fast action of Officer Frank Duponty, we would be talking about the death of a 16-year-old girl," Smith said. "[He] saved that girl's life and is to be commended."
Thomas Valente, 36, remains jailed on suspicion of two counts of felony domestic violence for reportedly choking his mom and then his daughter.