Zecca hearing reset for Nov. 25
Former Islamorada Coast Guard commander Dennis Zecca's change of plea hearing scheduled for Thursday was reset to Nov. 25 in Miami.
Zecca, indicted on charges or murder-for-hire and cocaine dealing, will enter a new plea after fighting the charges since the start. He could plead guilty as charged, no contest or strike a deal with prosecutors. Federal prosecutors say Zecca attempted to pay an undercover DEA informant $20,000, or a kilogram of cocaine, to shoot and kill Marathon Realtor Bruce Schmitt during the Christmas holidays.
Zecca retired in 2006 as a chief warrant officer in Islamorada -- the station's commanding officer -- after serving 27 years in the Coast Guard.
FDOT meeting on projects
The Florida Department of Transportation will host a public meeting Tuesday about four upcoming roadway projects worth $10.5 million along U.S. 1 between Mile Marker 9.7 in Big Coppitt Key and Whitehead Street.
The meeting is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave. FDOT staff will be available to discuss the projects and answer questions.
Attendees are invited to stop by anytime between 5 and 7 p.m.
Construction for the projects between Key West and Big Coppitt are due to start in September and last eight months.
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Haitian officials to visit Sat.
A delegation of the General Consulate of Haiti is scheduled to visit a local church at 11 a.m. Saturday to meet with the local Haitian community.
The First Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church of Key West, 311 Overseas Highway, will welcome the officials.
"The purpose of this visit is to initiate contact with the Haitian community of Key West and establish a service of proximity, evaluate their needs," the consulate's office said.
General Honorable Francois Guillaume II, Ruth Estriplet, Isson Joseph, Guy Francois, Nathalie Foukan and Stephane Coriolan are among the delegates planning to visit.