Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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FLORIDA Keys

DUI enforcement stepped up

The Florida Highway Patrol will be out "aggressively" looking to arrest impaired drivers and cite those who are not buckled-up over the holidays, according to a press release.

FHP offered these tips to avoid tickets or arrest: • Designate a driver if you've been drinking

• Always buckle up

• Report a hazardous driver or call for help by dialing •347 on your cell phone

• For real-time traffic and road condition reports as well as maps, visit www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/

KEY WEST

Gallery open house

The Guild Hall Gallery, 614 Duval St., will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

Two new artistic ventures will be featured: Maxine Makover's KNIT Shop of handspun yarns in silk, wool and cotton and Barbara Bennett Walters will show her watercolor paintings composed in a classical form with twists of color.

Wine and cheese will be served. Call 305-296-6076 for more information.

2014 guided walks are scheduled

National Key Deer Refuge released its schedule for 2014. Departure to the trail locations will take place at 8:10 a.m. Each walk will end by 11 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, comfortable walking shoes, water, binoculars, field guides, and dress appropriately for the weather. A limited supply of loaner field guides and binoculars will be available for participants during each walk. For more information, call Kristie Killam @ the National Key Deer Visitor Center at 305-304-9625 or email kristie_killam@fws.gov

Dates for Januray: 3, Long Beach, Big Pine Key, birds, beach habitats, sea creatures and seabeans;

10, Big Pine Key, freshwater wetlands investigation; 17, No Name Key, from Pine rocklands to hardwood hammocks; 24,Upper Sugarloaf Key, impacts of sea level rise.