City will become 'green'
The city will spend the $4,000 to become certified "green" by the nonprofit Florida Green Building Coalition, according to the latest sustainability coordinator's report.
Membership with the nonprofit will provide resources and publicity on eco-friendly issues, Sustainability Advisory Board Chairman Michael Larson has said.
City Manager Bob Vitas agreed to pay for the application fee out of his discretionary fund, Sustainability Coordinator Alison Higgins said in her report this week to the volunteer board.
GOP meeting Sept. 24
The monthly meeting of the Southernmost Republican Club has been rescheduled to Sept. 24, a week later than planned.
It will still be at 6 p.m. at the Key West Yacht Club, 2315 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Guest speaker will be John Padget, vice chairman of the Florida Board of Education and president of the Monroe County Education Foundation. His topic will be "Raising the Bar in K-12 Education."
Dinner (optional, for $20) begins at 6 p.m.; the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. RSVP for dinner to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total 66 Cubans stopped in one day
The Coast Guard cutter Paul Clark on Friday returned 66 Cubans to the island nation at Bahia de Cabañas.
They were stopped at sea in four different incidents -- all on Monday.
An "unseaworthy" vessel with 13 Cubans aboard was stopped south of Key West; the cutter Pea Island embarked them.
Marathon Sector smallboat crews embarked the Cubans in the next three cases: a wooden rowboat with five south of Big Pine Key; a raft holding 25 south of Marquesas Keys; and another rustic boat, this one with 23 on it, south of Marathon.
"Attempting to cross the Florida Straits in a homemade raft or vessel is inherently dangerous," said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response enforcement. "These 66 migrants were without a doubt rescued from the perils of the sea."