Fingerprinting goes digital
State and federal agencies that process fingerprints now require they be taken digitally.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office now collects the total charge, from $35 to $50, instead of people paying the sheriff and the requesting agency separately.
Call in advance for the processing fee -- only cash is accepted, and preferably exact change -- and necessary paperwork to bring with you.
Fingerprinting is done at the Stock Island jail (305-293-7348), Marathon substation (305-289-2430) and Roth Building on Plantation Key (305-853-3211) from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Fingerprinting no longer is done at the Cudjoe Key substation or Murray Nelson building in Key Largo.
BIG PINE KEY
Celebrate Earth Day
Bahia Honda State Park is hosting its 17th annual Earth Day Celebration this weekend.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A complimentary shuttle from Sandspur Beach to the park will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is free, but visitors must pay the park entry fee.
There will be games, live music, face painting, environmental exhibits, a puppet show, a sand sculpture contest, a marine life touch tank, free vessel safety check and law enforcement boat tours.
For more information, call the park at 305-872-9807 or visit www.floridastateparks.org.
Bay Jam coming this weekend
The 18th annual Bay Jam music festival will benefit local students through art, music and dance scholarships from the nonprofit Islamorada Community Entertainment.
Doors open at 11 a.m. Sunday and the music runs from noon to 9 p.m. at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Founders Park, Mile Marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key.
Coolers are prohibited, but attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets.
More than a dozen local performers and nationally renowned musicians will feature country, rock, blues, zydeco, fiddling and hillbilly flamenco. There also will be artisans, merchandise vendors, food and drinks and swimming in the bay.
For more information, call 305-394-2765 or www.keysice.com.