Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Veteran to speak tonight

Retired Navy Lt. Ray Blazevic, who survived a Chinese-run North Korean prison, will talk at 7 tonight in the auditorium of the Key West library, 700 Fleming St.

His military career spanned three wars.

Blazevic flew as a radar operator in patrol planes on anti-submarine hunts in the North Pacific in World War II, on the Carrier Princeton and AD Skyraiders on bombing missions in Korea and on the Carrier Constellation in Vietnam.

He spent 27 months in the North Korean prison.


Learn about sanctuary tonight

The public is invited to a talk by Todd Hitchins, NOAA Education Specialist, on the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary, from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at the Key West Sail and Power Squadron building, at 5205 College Road.

Hitchins is an outreach coordinator with the sanctuary. He often spends the weekend distributing sanctuary materials via boat to other boaters to remind them of the sanctuary's rules and regulations.

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is a U.S. National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys. It includes the Florida Reef, the only barrier coral reef in North America and the third-largest coral barrier reef in the world.


Beaches test OK for bacteria

The Monroe County Health Department's most recent water-quality tests showed none of the county's beaches had high levels of bacteria.

Testing reveals levels of fecal coliform and enteric bacteria, which are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals. The Health Department says high levels may come from runoff or sewage from pets, wild animals or humans. It can cause disease, infections or rashes. Don't swim in the water if a warning is issued. For more information, visit, click on A-Z Topics, choose Beach Water Quality, and click on the Beaches tab to the right of Monroe County, or call 305-293-1653.