Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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Cuban migrants arrive

Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Coco Plum Drive about 8:30 p.m. Monday after 21 migrants reportedly arrived on the beach after being dropped off by a suspected smuggler, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said Tuesday.

"It appears to be a smuggling operation where the boat driver dropped them off and then took off," Ramsay said.

All 21 people, including two young girls, were turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents after they were medically cleared at the scene, Ramsay said.


Havana photo exhibit opens

Photographer Paul Findlay will present his "Streets of Havana" photograph exhibit at an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Lemonade Stand Art Studio, 318 Petronia St.

Snacks will be provided by La Creperie. Findlay, who is the city's tennis pro, has lived in Key West for 32 years. Findlay visited Cuba for the first time in June and spent time with a family there while wandering the streets to document the architecture and classic American cars.

Findlay found Havana "home to throngs of people struggling to survive on a daily basis."


Preservations awards coming

The Historic Florida Keys Foundation will accept applications for its annual Preservation Awards through Jan. 21.

A panel experienced in evaluation historic properties that are at least 50 years old will start judging applications in February.

Awards are announced in March for categories of preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and new construction that maintains the integrity of the historic neighborhood.

For information or an application, go to, or call 305-292-6718.