Thursday, February 6, 2014
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

TIF funding approved

City commissioners on Tuesday gave the final approval for this year's Tax Increment Funding (TIF) for projects aimed at alleviating blight in Bahama Village.

The vote was 6-1 with City Commissioner Mark Rossi dissenting. Rossi on Wednesday wouldn't elaborate on why he voted no. Approved was $74,000 for Habitat for Humanity; $61,213 for Green Jobs and Futures; $62,190 for Newman United Methodist Church; $70,000 for the family that owns 213 Petronia St.; and $10,000 for Bethel AME Church, for a total of $277,403.

KEY WEST

Dutch ship docking for 4 months

The most modern ship in the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Zeeland, is scheduled to arrive in Key West at 9 a.m. Friday, according to a press release.

A Coast Guard helicopter will join the Zeeland during a patrol in the Caribbean Sea for four months as part of the ongoing counter-drug mission called Operation Martillo.

It marks the first time a U.S. military helicopter will operate from a Dutch ship, according to the Dutch Navy.

A Coast Guard helicopter last month became the first helicopter to operate from a British ship.

Operation Martillo is supported by the Truman Annex-based Joint Interagency Task Force South.

KEY WEST

Nonprofit offers HIV tests

AIDS Help, Inc. offers free HIV testing at the Gordon Rollins Center, 1434 Kennedy Dr., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are strongly urged. Call 305-296-6196.

Also, the nonprofit offers the testing from 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St.

AIDS Help staff remind the public that this testing is free, anonymous and confidential and "painless," since it doesn't involve needles. The test is done with a swab. A code or alias name is provided for each test recipient.