County officials return from Tallahassee
A team of Monroe County officials have returned from the State Capitol in Tallahassee this week with hopes the county will receive $50 million in wastewater funding that was previously allocated.
The group met with various senators, representatives and other decision makers in order to secure funding from a grant allocated five years ago. Two years ago, the first $50 million was appropriated and went to Islamorada and Monroe County, which has partnered with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA).
After declining to include an additional portion of the initial allocation of $200 million last year, Gov. Rick Scott this year has included $50 million in his budget. Some members of the group were able to meet with the governor personally to thank him.
With the signing of an interlocal agreement between seven entities -- the KLWTD, Islamorada, Marathon, Key Colony Beach, Key West, Monroe County and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, which is building a central sewer system in the Lower Keys -- the Keys is unified.
Utility discount for seniors
Enrollment for Keys Energy Services' (KEYS) discount program for qualifying senior citizens or disabled American veterans who are residential customers is now open.
Enrollment for this program runs through March 31. Customers who have previously participated in the program must requalify. Once qualified, customers will receive a $9.53 discount on their monthly energy bills in 2014.
New applicants may pick up a form at KEYS' offices, 1001 James St., or download one online at www.keysenergy.com/forms/SrCitizenDiscountApp.pdf, or by calling (305) 295-1090.