Registration for runoff open
Residents may still register to vote in the Nov. 5 citywide runoff between Tim Root and Vidal for a seat on the Utility Board of Keys Energy Services.
Registration is open until Monday.
Out of 15,086 registered voters, 6,185 cast ballots in the Utility Board race Tuesday, but no one captured the required 50 percent plus one vote to win outright.
Root was the top vote-getter, with 40 percent, or 2,391 votes, while Vidal received 31 percent, or 1,821.
Cheryl Cates collected 29 percent, 1,748 votes, in her first political bid.
It's the first time Vidal has run for office; Root unsuccessfully ran for the Mosquito Control District against Steve Smith in the 2012 primary.
1 critical after three-car crash
A motorist was in critical condition in a Miami hospital after a three-car crash at the entrance of Tavernier Towne Center, 91200 Overseas Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Three others were injured.
Anthony J. Palpalis, 64, of Tavernier, was airlifted to Kendall Regional Hospital after turning into the path of a southbound truck driven by Jose Masihy, 30, of Chile, FHP said. The truck then reportedly hit a car driven by Michael Balint, 63, of Islamorada. Masihy and his passenger, fellow Chilean Catalina Armamias, 30, and Balint were all hurt. No information on their condition was available. The wreck blocked the road for about three hours.
FHP said charges were pending.
Village responds to contractor
The village has responded to a Sept. 12 letter from its sewer contractor Layne, which threatened to seek damages due to delays in the $99 million project.
The letter was released at noon Monday. In its response, the village stated that it has not caused Layne, known locally as Reynolds Water Islamorada, to be behind schedule. For example, work on the Venetian Shores sewer line, which has been delayed by a lawsuit, could be finished as late as May 2015 under the contract.
In its letter, Layne said the village should begin reimbursing it $15,000 per day, beginning this week.
The village also asserts that Layne itself has created delays in the project.