Mohawk to leave Monday
The old Coast Guard cutter Mohawk will leave the Truman Waterfront and have its flag retired Monday, said Bill Verge, who oversees the nonprofit that manages the ship.
The crew of the newer in-service Mohawk, the third ship with the same name, will conduct a flag ceremony at noon and the old cutter will leave at about 5 p.m. The flag will be preserved on the in-service Mohawk.
The World War II ship museum, which is docked along the East Quay Wall, will be sunk as an artificial reef off Lee County this summer.
Beach fecal bacteria test high
Water quality testing by the Monroe County Health Department showed elevated levels of enteric bacteria in the nearshore waters at Sombrero Beach, the department said in a press release issued Wednesday.
The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage, the release states. The bacteria may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
The public is advised not to swim or partake in other water-releated activities there.
For more information, call 877-892-9585 or 305-293-1653, or visit www.doh.state.fl.us. Click on the drop-down arrow next to "choose subject" and select beach water quality.
Trooper recruits sought
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is accepting applications to be a state trooper.
The 123rd basic recruit class will start July 15, and the 124th basic recruit class will start Dec. 2.
Law enforcement officers with Florida certification may apply for transitional classes, to begin in late July and November.
FHP pays recruits $2,515 per month when attending the academy, in Havana, Fla., just west of Tallahassee. New recruits must complete 28 weeks of training; already certified law enforcement officers must do eight weeks.