Garcia cancels local meeting
U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, announced Thursday that he had to cancel his Wednesday meeting at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave., due to congressional failure to resolve the debt crisis and fund the government beyond Oct. 1.
That inaction forced Congress back into session next week, according to emails with Monroe County officials.
Garcia had been planning to meet with county leaders regarding a Naval Air Station Key West environmental report that county officials say failed to address some of their jet noise concerns.
A new meeting had yet to be scheduled as of Thursday.
Animal Farm open Sunday
The Sheriff's Animal Farm will be open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bring the family to visit the horses, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, sloths, a family of Patagonian cavies, tortoises and turtles, snakes, a kinkajou, lemur, Kramer the Emu, and many more.
It's free, though donations to help with upkeep are welcome.
The farm is off College Road at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Groups may schedule special tours by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.
Keep up with the farm and its animals on Facebook. Visit its page at www.facebook.com/KeysAnimalFarm.
Coast Guard returns 39 Cubans
The Coast Guard cutter Kodiak Island, based in Key West, on Wednesday returned 39 Cubans to their island nation at Bahia de Cabañas.
They had been stopped in four separate incidents.
On Monday, an Air Station Miami HC-144 plane spotted a rustic vessel south of Long Key. The cutter Paul Clark embarked 10 Cubans there.
Sunday, the cutter Venturous picked up 13 Cubans from a rustic vessel south of Key West. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane spotted two rustic vessels on Saturday; the Key West-based cutter Sawfish embarked 16 Cubans in that case. The report didn't indicate the location of those two boats.
Once aboard a cutter all receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.