Saturday, March 15, 2014
Mile Markers


Save-A-Turtle meeting

Monday's Save-A-Turtle meeting will feature filmmaker, photographer and author Larry McKenna.

McKenna is the founding director of S.O.L.O. (Save Our Leatherbacks). McKenna is currently involved with conservation efforts to save the Pacific leatherback sea turtle from a rapid extinction. McKenna's book "Almost Gone" is a detailed account of the shocking and tragic decline of the Pacific Leatherback sea turtle.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon.


KEYS discount program

Enrollment for Keys Energy Services' (KEYS) discount program for qualifying senior citizens or disabled American veterans residential customers is now open. Customers who have previously participated in the program must re-qualify. Once qualified, customers will receive a $9.53 discount on their monthly energy bills in 2014.

Application forms are available at KEYS' offices at 1001 James Street, Key West, by calling 305-295-1090 to have one mailed or go to

All applications for the discount must be completed, signed and returned to KEYS no later than March 31.


Counselors evaluate insurance needs

There's still time to sign up for health insurance coverage and Lower Keys Medical Center can help. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.

Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.

Lower Keys Medical Center counselors will assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they're eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options. To make an appointment for help, call 305-294-5531, extensions: 3254/3253/or 3220.