FLORIDA KEYS -- A team of Florida Keys officials returned from Tallahassee recently with hopes the county will receive wastewater funding that was allocated but never disbursed.
The group met with state 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 from the $200 million grant was appropriated to Islamorada and Monroe County, which has partnered with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority.
After declining to distribute funds from the grant last year, Gov. Rick Scott this year has included $50 million in his budget.
Based on an interlocal agreement between seven entities -- the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District, 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 -- Key Largo and Marathon would each receive $17 million from this year's disbursement.
Cleaning the park
TAVERNIER -- Friends of Old Settlers Park are partnering with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1, to clean up the small county park at mile marker 91.7, oceanside.
Volunteers are invited to assist with park and shoreline clean up. Bring bottled water, sun protection and gloves. Wear comfortable shoes, long pants and a longsleeved shirt.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEY LARGO -- A free grief support group meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in suite 241 at the Pink Plaza, 103400 Overseas Highway.
Call 852-8670 for details.