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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

Free hazardous waste disposal

The City of Key West and Waste Management sponsor free hazardous waste and e-waste drop offs for residents. Everything from old paint to pesticides can be dropped off free of change from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Indigenous Park.

The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day provides a safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of items like paint, stains, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers, roofing compounds, waste oil (five gallons maximum), resins and solvents, adhesives and caulks, corrosives and acids, cleaning products and automotive fluids. No gasoline will be accepted. Old electronics can also be dropped off.

For information, call Will Thompson at 809-3776, or email, wthompson@keywestcity.com.

MARATHON

Bridge crash blocks U.S. 1

There were no serious injuries reported Monday in a 1:40 p.m. nearly head-on crash on the Long Key Bridge that backed up traffic on U.S. 1 for miles in both directions, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Carl Eles of Pittsburgh was driving a 1998 Mercedes southbound with passenger JoAnn Kradel, and was attempting to pass multiple vehicles when he struck a 2008 Dodge van driven by Alan Adler of West Bloomfield, Mich., traveling north, said Lt. Kathy McKinney. Their ages were not immediately available.

Kradel was taken to Mariners Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, McKinney said.

KEY WEST

Garden Club meets Thursday

The Key West Garden Club's next meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at West Martello Tower, 1100 Atlantic Blvd., on Higgs Beach.

The speaker is Lynne Bentley-Kemp, who will present the lecture, "Tips on Taking Beautiful Pictures of Plants and Flowers."

The club meets the first Thursday of every month, between October and April. For more information, call 305-294-3210.

A nonprofit, the club is one of the island's last free tourist attractions, open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for New Year's Day. Plants are donated and maintained by volunteers.