Friday, August 23, 2013
Mile Markers


Floating body identified

Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives identified the body found floating Saturday as that of 42-year-old George Abbott Page III.

His boat was found offshore along with belongings and identification, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

A photo comparison allowed a detective to tentatively identify Page, but the Medical Examiner's Office would not confirm that identity until it obtains a fingerprint comparison -- a process that is ongoing, according to the release.

Page's family was notified of his death.

There were no signs of foul play.


Beach cleanup on Sept. 21

The National Key Deer Refuge will host a beach cleanup at Long Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to help clean the public beach area; gloves, trash bags and water will be provided.

Participants should bring a refillable water bottle and wear appropriate clothes.

Also, for geocachers, this is an official "cache in-trash out" (CITO) event. Meet at 9 a.m. out on Long Beach Road, near the refuge gate, about a half-mile south of U.S. 1, on the left side. For more information, contact Kristie Killam at 305-872-0774 or


Tot Swap coming up in October

Anyone who wants to sell or donate children's items may do via Tot Swap, a kids clothing and equipment consignment sale in October. The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition fundraiser benefits the nonprofit's programs for babies and pregnant women in Monroe County. Families can also earn money by selling their own items.

Donations will be accepted through Oct. 8: in Key West, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Room 1; in Big Pine Key, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Habitat for Humanity CoConut Closet, 30320 Overseas Highway. Pickup may be available for large or multiple items, call 305-293-8424.

To sell items, log on to for instructions. For more information, call 305-293-8424 or email