Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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City hosts drainage meeting

The city will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St., to discuss an upcoming project designed to improve drainage downtown.

The FEMA-funded project includes replacing the decrepit Front Street stormwater outfall that runs beneath Key West Aquarium and installing five new stormwater gravity wells in the downtown area.

"Front Street, Wall Street, lower Duval and Whitehead should be vastly improved with the new system," said city spokeswoman Alyson Crean.

The project includes a new generator and emergency outfall for the Simonton Beach stormwater pump station.


Sales booth 'resident' jailed

A 52-year-old homeless man was jailed Sunday night after police said he was trespassing by living inside a shed belonging to Fury Water Adventures at the historic seaport.

"I asked [him] why he didn't want to sleep at the homeless shelter, and he said he hated that place," Officer Jeremy Tellier wrote in his report.

The man had been warned Jan. 19 by police not to trespass at 313 Margaret St. Inside the shed were beer cans, a trash bag filled with blankets, and a pile of burnt money, Tellier reported.

A 27-year-old employee called police after she said the man was "verbally aggressive" when asked to leave earlier, the report stated.


Beach bones sent to lab

The police department on Saturday made plans to send what appeared to be bone fragments found on Rest Beach to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis.

A 40-year-old local woman called police saying she found the fragments while digging for sea glass and wasn't sure if they were human or not, Officer Anna Nelson reported. A detective said that cow bones are often found in the area.

Two of the pieces are about 8 to 12 inches long with an almost 3-inch diameter. The color ranged from light brown to almost black.