Thursday, March 20, 2014
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

LaTorre loses DUI appeal

Louis LaTorre, former head of Monroe County's Social Services Division, lost an appeal Wednesday in his 2008 DUI conviction.

LaTorre was sentenced to 42 months in prison in June 2011 and he is set to be released on April 18 from the South Florida Reception Center in Doral. He will serve 18 months probation upon his release.

LaTorre crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle driven by former Key West resident Nadia Bowman on April 15, 2006. She was paralyzed after the crash and no longer lives in Key West.

FLORIDA KEYS

$50M passes committee hurdle

State legislation to bring another $50 million to the Florida Keys for wastewater projects has cleared another hurdle this week.

The state House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday included the $50 million in its budget proposal.

"It is quite gratifying to see my colleagues recognize the hard work our community has put in to completing the state-mandated keys wastewater plan," Florida Keys State Rep Holly Raschein said.

The funding still has to be approved by both the full state House of Represetantives and Senate.

KEY WEST

City makes Mallory deal

Commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday night to extend on a month-to-month basis the city's lease with the nonprofit that runs Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square -- a contract that expires Friday.

Commissioners Mark Rossi and Tony Yaniz chewed out City Manager Bob Vitas during the six-hour meeting at Old City Hall. At the meeting's start, Vitas presented for the first time an agenda item over the lease with the event's organizers.

The Cultural Preservation Society has managed the sunset show since 1984.