Museum closed for inventory
Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, located at 5550 Overseas Highway in Marathon, is closed for inventory during the month of September, according to staff.
The museum is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Watch for locals' specials during the month of October, the nonprofit says.
Crane Point has opportunities for volunteers to serve in various capacities, including gift shop assistance, trolley driving, grounds maintenance, poster distribution and other duties.
The business office is open through September. For more information, call the office at 305-743-3900.
50 are taken back to island nation
The Miami-based Coast Guard cutter Bernard C. Webber on Monday returned 50 Cubans to the island nation at Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.
They were stopped at sea in four separate incidents, all on Aug. 28, the Coast Guard said.
Customs and Border Protection spotted and reported to the Key West Sector a rustic vessel with 21 Cubans aboard south of Key West. A good Samaritan called in about a raft with 12 Cubans aboard south of the Dry Tortugas. The Key West-based cutter Key Biscayne responded to both.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported a 21-foot raft with eight Cubans aboard in distress south of Boot Key. A Marathon Sector boat crew picked them up. Another good Samaritan reported to the Key West Sector a raft with nine Cubans on it east of Delray Beach. Mainland responders boarded them.
City honors homicide victim
The city has declared today "Carl Eric Johanson Awareness Day," in honor of a homicide victim found dead at the Senior Citizens Plaza two years ago.
Johanson, 66, was found Sept. 2, 2011, in his apartment off Kennedy Drive, his throat slashed and his hands bound.
Tod Geoffrey Helfrich, 48, was arrested the next day and later charged with first-degree murder. His trial is set for Nov. 18 at the 16th Judicial Circuit Court before Judge Wayne Miller.
Johanson's friend Patricia Toppino asked the city for the proclamation in the interest of public safety.