Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Mile Markers

key west

Panther sighting in town

The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigated a cougar or puma sighting Monday afternoon in the area of William and Eaton streets.

An FKSPCA officer responded, but could find no evidence, such an animal, said Executive Director Tammy Fox.

They contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regarding anyone with permits to keep large cats, but had not heard back as of Tuesday, Fox said.

Bahia Honda is on best beach list

The beach area at Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Florida Keys has been named among the United States' top 25 beaches for 2014 by TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest travel websites.

Listed at number 17, Bahia Honda's is part of a 524-acre state park located on Bahia Honda Key between Mile Marker 36 and 37. One of the Florida Keys' most popular camping and recreation areas, Bahia Honda offers deep near-shore waters for swimming and snorkeling as well as camping, picnicking, watersports, nature trails, the Sand and Sea Nature Center, a marina and rental cabins.

Nine of the other top 25 beaches named as winners are in Florida as well.

For Bahia Honda State Park information call 305-872-2411, or go to or Lower Keys visitor information at


Flood insurance forum Saturday

A forum on "Flood Insurance: Options and Solutions," organized by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Harvey Government Center at the Old Truman School.

Topics include current law, possible legislative solutions, efforts by Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) to solve the problem and the impact on local real estate transactions and the economy.

Participants in the forum are Congressman Joe Garcia, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, who is FIRM president and co-founder, FIRM Executive Director Chic Wagner, and Michael Larson, past president of the Key West Realtors Association. League Vice President Linda Grist Cunningham will moderate.

The forum is free and open to the public. For information contact league Treasurer Sandra Bergin at 305- 872-0365.