KEY LARGO -- A 62-year-old man was hospitalized Tuesday, Aug. 5, after crashing a Nissan Frontier truck into a chain-link fence just off U.S. 1 northbound at mile marker 113, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Richard L'Hommedleu, a Tavernier resident, was in stable condition afterwards, said Lt. Kathy McKinney.
It was not known what caused L'Hommedleu to drive off the road about 10:30 a.m. and no other injuries were reported. Miami-Dade and Key Largo fire-rescue departments responded to the crash.
NORTH KEY LARGO -- Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy last month said access points along Card Sound Road will not reopen, despite a request from a local fishing captain.
The put-ins for boats and kayaks, which were used heavily by Miami-Dade County residents on the weekends, were a breeding ground for crime, litter and safety violations, according to Murphy.
The closures, which took place before summer, didn't come without opposition, especially from those who felt stepped-up law enforcement was preferable to shutting down the areas to recreational users.
At a recent Monroe County Commission meeting, Murphy said she would revisit the closures and give consideration to opening a boat ramp just south of the Card Sound Road toll booth.
She has since decided to leave the area closed.
BIG PINE KEY -- A fire caused major damage to a trailer at the Seahorse Campground last Thursday evening.
The occupant, 55-year-old David Baker, was not injured, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
The American Red Cross will be assisting Baker, who lost most of his belongings in the blaze.
The fire marshal is investigating the incident.
TAVERNIER -- The Mariners Hospital and VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys Cancer Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the hospital's main conference room, mile marker 91.5, bayside.
The free meeting gives group members the opportunity to discuss issues of concern. No reservations are required. For more information, call 434-1625.
TAVERNIER -- Sharon Detweiler, R.N., a Key Largo resident, has received Mariners Hospital's Osprey Award for Outstanding Leadership.
The award is given to a Mariners Hospital manager who exhibits exceptional leadership in at least two of the following competencies: people, service, quality and safety, growth, finance and community.
As patient care manager, Detweiler is responsible for the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, wound care and ambulatory outpatient surgery. In nominating her, fellow employees pointed to Detweiler's support for her staff.
Mariners Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida.