Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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KEY WEST

Free waste drop-off

The city will hold its monthly free hazardous waste drop off from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Indigenous Park on White Street.

Items such as electronics, paint, stains, waste oil up to five gallons, resins, solvents, adhesives and caulks, fertilizers, cleaning products and pesticides will be accepted. No gasoline is accepted.

The free disposal is offered the first Saturday of every month and is "a safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of items," spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

KEY WEST

ACLU reps will attend ConchFest

Folks with interest in or questions about the Lower Keys chapter of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) can meet local board members and officers 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday at ConchFest in Bayview Park.

Members of the civil rights watchdog group, devoted to enforcing the protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, will be on hand at the festival from its opening at 11 a.m. until dusk.

President Kimberly Sloan and Treasurer Rosalee Sprout, who is coordinating the outreach effort, will be joined by board members Gail Conway, Michael Shields, Mary Sheerin, Pat Lenny, Dakin Weekley and Bob Arnold.

"We'll distribute information about ACLU and encourage people to become members," said Sprout.

For additional details, contact Sloan at 352-870-8809.

FLORIDA KEYS

Power outages explained

Keys Energy Services customers experienced two widespread power outages Monday.

An electrical fault led to a transmission line (tieline) outage that affected all 29,000 KEYS' customers at 6:54 a.m. Monday. Power was restored to all affected customers by 6:58 a.m. A turkey buzzard struck the tieline near Long Beach Drive on Big Pine Key and triggered the outage, according to utility spokesman Julio Torrado.

Later Monday, an estimated 1,400 KEYS' customers near Key West High School lost power shortly at 1:58 p.m. Monday. Most customers had power restored by 2:25 p.m. Residents of Key West By The Sea and the Sheraton Suites Resort were without power until early this morning, as crews worked to restore faulty equipment that had triggered the outage, Torrado said.