Corridor Alliance meets Oct. 3
The annual meeting of the Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Florida Keys Conference Center at the Islander Resort, Mile Marker 82.1, ocean side.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for members to brainstorm new project ideas and nominate new board members.
Nominations for the Lower Keys and Marathon board seats are being solicited.
The Florida Department of Transportation will present landscaping and design plans for U.S. 1.
A lunch buffet will be served. Cost is $25 per person or $50 for a business.
For more information, call Judy Hull at 305-664-4503 or email Gina Boilini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitor center gets a makeover
The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce's visitor center got a face-lift last week as a trailhead for the "Trail Friendly Zone" campaign.
Visitors can now ride and park their bicycles in front of the center at the newly installed bike rack donated by the Community Bank of Florida. "I think this is going to be the perfect place for a trailhead when the repairs are finished to the bike path on the Overseas Heritage Trail," said Matt Thibos, head of the Key Largo Bicycle Committee.
Helping to install the bike rack and signs and clean up the surrounding area were Cheryl Powers of Sea Tow, Steve Troager of All Keys Cycles, Theresa Yong of Chubs Subs and Craig Cope, president of the Key Largo chamber.
For more information, call 305-451-1414.
6,250 pounds of pot offloaded
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Thetis offloaded more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana Wednesday at Sector Key West, from two different Caribbean Sea interdictions, according to an agency press release.
In the first case, the Thetis spotted a 30-foot go-fast boat during a routine patrol. A team reportedly saw the suspects throwing packages overboard before it boarded, recovering 69 packages. In the other case, a U.S. Coast Guard detachment aboard a United Kingdom Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel -- assigned to Joint Interagency Task Force South -- spotted a Jamaican fishing boat crew tossing packages. The Jamaican Defense Force authorized boarding by a team that found 55 packages. The total haul reportedly was about 6,250 pounds with a wholesale value of more than $5.5 million.