Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Mile Markers

FLORIDA

Advice for holiday drivers

With millions of drivers hitting the road this holiday season, the Florida Department of Transportation reminds travelers to plan ahead by calling 511 or going to http://www.fl511.com/ The statewide service provides free, real-time traffic information on all interstate highways and Florida's Turnpike.

The system gives callers information on specific segments of the highways. Ask for a nearby city and the associated road info will be given. For example, if a caller wants traffic conditions on I-75 around Ocala, he would ask for "I-75" and then "Ocala." Go to the website to learn more.

The 511 system also gives up-to-the-minute reports on major evacuation routes, toll suspensions, and bridge and road closures in the case of emergency hurricane evacuations.

BIG PINE KEY

Volunteers always welcome

The Habitat for Humanity's ReStore and CoConut Closet are always seeking volunteers to process new inventory, arrange displays, check out newly arrived appliances, computers, etc., and greet and wait on customers.

The facility is at 30320 Overseas Highway, or Mile Marker 30.

Younger volunteers, at least 16 years old, also can help out.

Stop in and speak with ReStore manager Tom Greenwood, or CoConut Closet manager Jerri Kimmell, and fill out a volunteer application, or call 305-872-2883.

ReStore is closed Wednesdays and Sundays, but open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. other weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

BIG PINE KEY

New photo club forming

Visions of Nature Photography Club is forming next year. It's sponsored by the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges and Friends and Volunteers of Refuges (FAVOR).

The group is open to all nature enthusiasts who are also interested in nature photography.

"We hope to have beginners wanting to learn as well as experienced photographers interested in sharing their expertise," organizers said.

An introductory meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center in the Winn-Dixie plaza on Big Pine Key.

For information, call Noni Cay at 305-453-6655, the Refuge Visitor Center at 305-872-0774, or email photoclub@favorfloridakeys.com.