Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Mile Markers


Duval drinker jailed

A 63-year-old homeless man was jailed Saturday night after police said he was sitting in the middle of a sidewalk outside a Duval Street bar drinking from liquor bottles measuring about 50 milliliters.

The man was booked on allegations of obstructing a city sidewalk and drinking alcohol in public. Police said they had warned him twice earlier before handcuffing him around 8:45 p.m.

Officers said the man threw one of the tiny Bacardi rum bottles onto the sidewalk in the 200 block of Duval.

"[He] was wearing dirty/ragged clothing and smelled strongly of urine," Officer Thomas Clark wrote in his report.


Wings of Freedom aircraft tour

The Collings Foundation's "Wings of Freedom" tour brings extremely rare bombers and fighter aircraft to the Florida Keys Marathon Airport as part of its 110-city nationwide tour.

On display through Wednesday will be the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" World War II heavy bombers and a P-51 Mustang fighter. The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J and full dual control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world.

The cost to explore the aircraft inside and out is $12 for adults, and $6 for children under 12. World War II veterans can tour the aircraft for free.

Hours of ground tours and display are 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. through noon Wednesday.


Docked cruise ship loses power

The Celebrity Constellation cruise ship lost power Sunday morning after docking in Key West, affecting essential on-board services for upward of 2,000 passengers, many of whom were taking showers in their cabins or heading for the dining rooms for what was supposed to be a hot breakfast, according to published reports from Jonathan Mark, a staff member of the website CruiseFever.net.

Mark and his wife are vacationing aboard the Constellation, which departed Port Everglades on Saturday for a five-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

The cause of the electrical failure has yet to be announced.

Mark reported the power outage occurred at 7:15 a.m. and was restored 90 minutes later at 8:45 a.m.

The Constellation event comes less than two months after the same ship had engine and electrical problems that forced it to remain overnight in Key West.