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ing with local nonprofit Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe and representatives from the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to try to reverse Citizens’ latest actions: Disallowing builders’ windstorm risk insurance and not allowing homes that are licensed to ren for seven days or less to get Citizens windstorm coverage.


Possible damage to the vacation-rental and construction industries was front and center Monday during a meeting of Middle Keys real estate agents in Marathon. Roughly 50 real estate professionals and government officials turned out for a meet-


Citizens Property Insurance says no to windstorm coverage for many Citizens is under instruction from the administration of Gov. Rick Scott to eliminate some 678,000 policies from its books to reduce the state’s risk. The insurer of last resort holds about 1.5 million poli-

cies statewide, including 25,807 on 27,951 Keys properties, according to FIRM. Elements of Citizens’ plan are already directly affecting the Keys, and that’s not even including onerous rises in premiums for homeowners.

Citizens Director of Legislative and External Affairs Christine Ashburn admitted there is no “seven days or less” provision in the company’s underwriting manuals. FIRM Executive Director Annalise Mannix told the Keynoter the requirement came from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, from which Citizens buys re-

insurance to protect itself in the event of a large storm. “The Legislature said that the Cat Fund is only for residential policies [and] the Cat Fund governing board said transient use of a residence means it’s really commercial.” Mannix said Cat Fund Executive Director Jack ●

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Drugged students taken to hospital to the hospital around 2:15 p.m. A Monroe County ambulance brought a male student to the Mariners’ emergency room minutes later. One girl and the boy were on gurneys. The other girl was able to get out of the ambulance on her own, but was wheeled into the hospital by wheelchair. All three students were attached to intravenous fluid bags. Key Largo School Principal Julia Hoar confirmed the students were taken to the hospital by ambulance but would

Three taken to Mariners via ambulance By DAVID GOODHUE [emailprotected]

Ambulances took three Key Largo School students to Mariners Hospital Monday afternoon after the children took some sort of drug. A dispatch call described the drug as “CCC.” One Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps unit brought two female students

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Pot-growing suspect invites in the cops He reportedly yells ‘Come in!’ at door knock Keynoter Staff Some advice: If you’re running a marijuana grow house, it’s never a good idea to invite the cops in — especially if you’re cutting up your plants in the wide open. That’s what happened Friday night, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said, when a deputy called to a


possible suicide visited a Key Largo man. There was no suicide — but there were, the agency says, 124 pot plants in

the house. Joseph Ebeling, 49, of Leob Avenue is charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of a felony amount of marijuana and possession of ●

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The wood-stork population is now fairly healthy, according to Center for Biological Diversity analysis. Its South Florida population has nearly doubled since 1984.

Species on road to recovery Keys animals cited in new progress report By KEVIN WADLOW Senior Staff Writer [emailprotected]

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Florida Public Archaeology Network staffer Irina Sorset points out historic shipwreck sites off the Florida Keys that have been protected as historic cultural resources. Network staff conducts a Middle Keys seminar this week. Story, 8A

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Key deer and other animals found in the Florida Keys shine as examples of endangered species recovering under federal protection, says a report from a national environmental organization. “Some of Florida’s signa-

ture species, from Florida manatees to American crocodiles, are on their way to recovery thanks to the Endangered Species Act,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, based in Tucson, Ariz. The Center for Biological Diversity released a new report, “On Time, On Target,” Friday to mark Endangered Species Day. Of six species cited to highlight Florida’s “success stories” in endangeredspecies recovery, five are


Someone shot to death a cat named Spirit that lived at Theater of the Sea, and now a reward is being offered for information on the killer. Story, 2A

native to the Keys: Key deer, manatees, American crocodiles, Atlantic green sea turtles and the wood stork. Suckling said the report was spurred by congressional critics of the Endangered Species Act, who contend it’s “failing badly” because more species have not recovered. Using animal population reports from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and independent scientific studies, the report looked at 110 endangered or threatened species that have achieved progress in recovery.

Of 10 species with a projected recovery expected to occur by 2011, nine were considered to have recovered to the point where they can be downlisted to a lessprotected status. Many others with a set date for expected population recovery “are on track to meet recovery goals set by federal scientists,” concludes the Center for Biological Diversity report. Of the Keys species cited by the Center for Biological ●

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Hurricane season The six-month hurricane season starts on June 1, and our preparedness guide, coming Saturday, has all you need to know to get through it.

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Three injured in head-on crash

Pellet shot kills cat

Three people from Miami-Dade County were injured around 7 p.m. Friday when their cars collided head-one at mile marker 64. The Florida Highway Patrol says the driver of a 2010 Cadillac was traveling southbound while the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet was northbound. The Cadillac driver passed the vehicle in front of it, lost control and smashed into the Chevy. The driver of the Caddy was injured, as was the driver of the Chevy and a passenger. All were taken to hospitals.

Spirit killed at attraction By KEVIN WADLOW Senior Staff Writer [emailprotected]

A “sweet-natured” cat living as part of Theater of the Sea’s resident colony died Saturday, two days after being shot with a pellet from a high-powered air gun. Spirit was a gray and white female about 6 years old. She had lived in the colony overseen by staff on the Windley Key marine attraction’s property for more than three years. “This kind of act is unconscionable,” said Theater of the Sea spokeswoman Maureen LaMarra. “It could have just as easily been one of our dolphins.” Spirit was treated for an ear infection a week before she was shot but otherwise was “perfectly healthy,” said Islamorada veterinarian Robert Foley. The pellet tore through several vital organs, resulting in a slow death. “The slug is about the



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The Monroe County Commission on Tuesday solved long-running landuse issues with the U.S. Navy and approved a document that will help shape the future of the Keys through 2030. The county deleted older code adopting 1977 U.S.

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Marjorie C. Fraysher 1951 - 2012 Marjorie Fraysher had just turned 61 when she passed away in Steamboat Springs after battling a serious Illness for months. The oldest daughter of Bill and Sarah Crosby. Marjorie was born May 9, 1951 in Memphis, TN. Her family relocated to the Seattle Washington area where she lived until 16. Marjorie was an adventurous spirit who left the rainy northwest for Hawaii in the late 1960. She helped build numerous houses on the North Shore of Oahu before building a home on Maui. Island fever brought her to Sun Valley Idaho in the 1980 where she met her husband of 32 Years Steve Fraysher. Marjorie loved the outdoors and nature so skiing and hiking quickly became her passions. She traded hiking the crater on Maui for walking the endless miles of beach south of Santa Cruz, CA where Steve and Marjorie lived prior to moving to Steamboat 21 years ago. Marjorie always had a beloved dog by her side whether walking to Gilpin Black Mandel Lake or the bike path. Numerous friends and family commented about wanting to be reincarnated as one of her beloved dogs and cats she cared for so. Marjorie is survived by her husband Steve Fraysher, Mother Sarah Crosby, Brother Billy and David Crosby, Sisters Donna Crosby and Debra Stewart along with six nieces and one nephew. Marjorie was an avid gardener and left a blooming trail of flowers from Maui to Islamorada in the Florida Keys where she lived half the year in a flowering paradise of her own creation. Her ashes will be scattered in those flowers and trees where we trust she will find endless peace and tranquility. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Routt County Humane Society, PO Box 772080, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

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Spirit, a 6-year-old resident cat at Islamorada’s Theater of the Sea, died Saturday after being shot with a high-powered pellet gun. same size as a .22-calber bullet, and has about the same velocity at short distance,” Foley said. The cat probably was shot through an 8-foothigh wooden fence surrounding the feline compound, a good distance from the nearest road. Foley believes the shooting was intentional. “It was an accurate, low-level shot,” he said, which makes it even the more worse. “These cats are kept in a good environment with meticulous care,” Foley said.

The fatal pellet and Xrays have been turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for the agency’s investigation into animal cruelty. Theater of the Sea owner Kenny McKenny has posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. “All of the employees at Theater of the Sea are both saddened and angry that someone would intentionally injure and murder one of our greatly loved family members,” LaMarra said.

Navy and county agree By RYAN McCARTHY

Following are numbers compiled by the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation on vacation rentals in the Florida Keys. They’re broken down according to the five county Tourist Development Council districts (Marathon allows stays of seven days or more; most areas in the county require 28 days or more): District District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5


The Monroe County Health Department tests Keys beaches twice weekly for the presence of enteric bacteria. The following beaches have health advisories against swimming: ● Sombrero Beach, Marathon.

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Navy Air Installations Compatible Use Zones, or AICUZ, for Naval Air Station Key West and replaced it with a “military installation area of influence.” The AICUZ is basically a map of jet-noise footprints and potential accidental zones around Naval Air Station Key West. County Growth Management Director Christine Hurley told the Keynoter the new boundary allows property owners inside it to maintain development rights. But any owner seeking increases in density or intensity could not be approved without military comment and proof via a noise study that they are a compatible use. Commission chambers at the Harvey Government Center broke out in applause when the item, which Mayor David Rice acknowledged was at times “contentious” in recent years, was approved. “This is not a perfect solution for the Navy or the county and the residents who live in that area. I think, however, it’s the closest thing to a beneficial product we could ever hope to see,” Rice said. Earlier in the day, the commission adopted an evaluation and appraisal report, or EAR, prepared by Fort Lauderdale-area engineering and planning firm Keith & Schnars. The county hired Keith & Schnars to

update its comprehensive land-use plan and the report will help shape the future of the Keys through 2030. Project Manager Debbie Love gave a lengthy presentation reviewing numerous land-use elements and included data on future land use, conservation and coastal management, traffic flow, mass transit, ports and aviation, housing, solid waste, sewers and capital improvements, among other topics. The commission approved the EAR after making minor suggestions during Love’s presentation. “We’re going to finish tweaking the language. We’ll add these little changes you asked us to do today. It would be subject to these changes,” she said. In addition, the commission discussed numerous “input variables” for the upcoming memorandum of understanding between the state departments of Economic Opportunity and Environmental Protection and Keys governments regarding the new state hurricane evacuation model. Concerns with the new DEP model include: It’s only modeled for a Category 5 storm, permanent mobile-home residents are bulked with transient rentals in phased evacuations, less-than-reliable participation rate estimates and future building allocation concerns.

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Another battle on insurance From Insurance, 1A Nicholson invoked the rule of seven days or less about six months ago. “Where he picked the seven days from, we have no idea. These are just people trying to get help in paying for their homes. They’re here six months of the year. But the Cat Fund didn’t budge,” she said. “Of all the things, this has got to be one of the worst. This is going to really affect us.” Daniel Samess, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer, outlined the number of rentals in each of the five county Tourist Development Council districts. He said vacation rentals in 2011 in the Middle Keys alone were worth $97.7 million to the local economy, and more than $160 million for the entire Keys. The Middle Keys are by far the largest vacation rental district in the Keys, with more than 1,100 units. Samess pointed out a “domino effect” if that many vacation rentals came off line, leading to fewer tourists, less tax income and local revenue, fewer local jobs and ultimately declining property values. Marathon allows rentals

of seven days or more; other areas of the Keys do not, going for 28 days or more. Florida Keys Contractors Association President Chris Gratton spoke on builders’ risk policies on new construction. He and numerous audience members said eliminating such policies would be detrimental to new construction. “We feel we have to take control of this,” Gratton said. “We already build to the highest wind load in the state of Florida; we have the strictest building code. Wind damage is almost non-existent down here when it comes to storms.” Ashburn said Citizens stopped writing builders’ risk policies because it wasn’t required by law to do so. But Citizens Executive Director Tom Grady offered possible relief in a May 15 letter to FIRM board member and Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers. “If it is simply not available at any cost through any voluntary, admitted surplus or other market, then that is an issue that would be appropriate to revisit,” he said. Mannix and FIRM board members are scheduled to travel to Jacksonville on June 6 to meet with Citizens’ staff and board of governors.

Species rebounding From Recovery, 1A Diversity: ● American crocodiles rebounded from near-extinction in 1975 when only about 200 of the reptiles were known to exist. Of fewer than two dozen breeding females then, virtually all were in North Key Largo or northeast Florida Bay. By 2005, the population had grown to nearly 2,100, and the crocodile was downlisted from endangered to threatened five years ago. ● Manatees were declared endangered in 1967. A census of the marine mammals in 1991 showed only 1,478 left in Florida. The most recent count in 2011 shows a population of 4,834, possibly enough to be considered for threatened status this year. ● Green sea turtles are expected to be downlisted from endangered to threatened as soon as 2015. Green turtles were protected as endangered in 1978. “Nests in Florida, the most critical nesting area in the United States, steadily

increased. In 1990 there were 2,100 nests in Florida,” according to the analysis. “There were 8,500 [Florida] nests in 2010.” ● Key deer, found only in the Lower Keys, were nearly wiped out by hunters in the 1930s. Some estimates suggest only about 30 of the diminutive deer were alive when protective enforcement was launched. When declared endangered in 1967, the population stood at around 400 but was cut in half by increased traffic and development in the early 1970s. More recent efforts allowed the herd to rebound to around 800 in 2011. ● Wood storks, a wading bird once found in marshes and swamps of several southern states, were severely affected by loss of habitat and water-control control projects that drained formerly wet areas. With protection and habitat restoration efforts, nesting pairs of wood storks now have increased from 6,245 in 1984 to about 12,000. A delisting to threatened is being considered.

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Still no deal on change in cuts Union, district to meet again in late June By SEAN KINNEY [emailprotected]

Maintaining the same stance it has for the past two years, Monroe County School District administrators on Monday stressed the urgency of its poor financial footing while representatives of the Keys teacher union requested detailed budget information. The two sides met at Marathon High School to work on a plan that would institute across-the-board pay cuts for teachers in order to avoid austerity measures proposed by Superintendent Jesus Jara intended to cut around $6.2 million in yearover-year spending. The plan is for the district to deliver a “preliminary budget summary” to the United Teachers of Monroe by Friday in advance of the next bargaining session, scheduled for June 30 — the final day of the district’s fiscal year — beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Marathon Middle/High School. UTM Business Agent Leon Fowler said that in order to equitably apply pay cuts across the board, he needs a firm target number of needed savings; he isn’t satisfied with the administration’s $6.2 million calculation and said the figure is fluctuating. Among the $6.2 million in cuts is ending supplemental pay for things like coaching teams or sponsoring clubs, and mandatory seven-day unpaid furlough days. Labor attorney Robert Norton, the district’s chief negotiator, told Fowler and union President Holly Hummell-Gorman: “These are very concrete, quantifiable things. You’ve responded to it with a stack of documents and candidly, a lot of it is gobbledygook to me. You keep coming back and tell us our numbers are wrong, things we can’t deal with, so you force us ... to go make decisions and we’re going to do that.” The UTM plan would essentially take a starting teacher’s salary and then

The union’s proposed cut Representatives of unionized Florida Keys teachers are working on a plan that would see members take across-the-board pay cuts instead of measures suggested by Monroe County School District administrators. At this point, the proposal brought by the United Teachers of Monroe is based largely on hypothetical numbers; once fine-tuned, the goal is for the cuts to total the teachers’ portion of a $6.2 million budget shortfall that would affect teachers. At a Tuesday bargaining session at Marathon Middle/High School, UTM representatives gave a preview of how their cuts would work. For a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree entering the Keys system in the 2012-13 year, starting pay would be $44,262 based on a contract approved in 2010 (since then, the School District has foregone the contract based on plummeting revenues). UTM Business Agent Leon Fowler proposed that the aforementioned starting salary be rolled back to the 2010-11 level of $43,177, a reduction of $1,085, or 2.51 percent. Under the UTM proposal, which the administration is considering, that 2.51 percent cut would be applied across the entire salary schedule. For instance, a fifth-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree has a negotiated 2012-13 salary of $51,148; with the reduction, that drops to $49,994, a difference of $1,154. — Keynoter Staff reduce that number by a certain percentage so that when applied to all other teachers, the total instructional savings would be a wash. “The bottom line,” Fowler said, “is how much more do we have to take off? We haven’t really seen a budget summary presentation that would actually show all those numbers.” Norton replied: “We’re going to assume on this side of the table — and take action based on the assumption — that we’re $6 million short. If it turns out we’re wrong, I hope you put up a banner that stretches from one end of the Keys to the other. “Ever since I’ve been doing the bargaining for the School Board ... you guys have repeatedly come to the table and said you need more financial information. Of course [the numbers are] going to change. We can’t stop that but we know we’re in the hole, so we’ve got to start crawling out of the hole. A good first start will be to take action on the insurance.” Right now the district extends health insurance benefits to employees for life; Jara has proposed curtailing that at age 65, which would

Investigation leads to jail From Busted, 1A drug paraphernalia. He remained in the Monroe County Detention Center Tuesday in lieu of $11,000 bond. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says Sgt. Jason Madnick was dispatched to Ebeling’s house at 9:30 p.m. to check out a report of a possibly suicidal person. When he knocked on the door, Ebeling reportedly shouted, “Come in!” When Madnick opened the door, he reportedly saw Ebeling cutting up a pot plant, with several more plants by his side. Ebeling looked up, saw it was the police and reportedly uttered a curse.

When Madnick asked for his identification, Ebeling reportedly said, “I can’t go to jail for this. I was arrested by you guys 10 years ago for the same thing.” Ebeling’s Monroe County arrest record shows he was arrested in 2004 for possession of a controlled substance, and court records show he was found guilty. Friday, Ebeling sought leniency, asking Madnick to just forget he saw anything. The sergeant said no. Ebeling’s Keys rap sheet includes charges of aggravated battery, fraud for writing checks with insufficient funds, driving with a suspended license and petty theft. He also has a long list of traffic violations.




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Youths treated for drugs street name for Dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in cough medicine. not say the reason. Users take the drug to Hoar said the ambulances were called “to be on “generate euphoria and visual and auditory hallucithe safe side.” “Their vitals were all nations,” the ODC says. The good,” Hoar said. The students’ names were not released because they are minors. Sheila Konczewski, spokeswoman for Mariners Hospital, said without the names of the patients, she could not comment on their conditions. According to the Department of Justice’s Office of Diversion Control website, CCC is a common

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save $1.65 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1. That cut went to the board for final approval at a meeting after press time on Tuesday; Jara said he would endorse the move. UTM brought a counter that would give employees a greatly reduced payment based on years of experience to allow retirees older than 65 to purchase their own insurance plan. Based on the expected board action, that seems a non-starter. Despite the contentious tone of the bargaining, Norton said the district is willing to consider UTM’s proposal for across-the-board cuts in lieu of other measures including the reduction of 40 teacher positions.


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Judge tosses lawsuit against city

$141K scam lands man in jail

businessmen, took over its space at 0 Duval St. Soon thereafter, Fury was, licensed to carry 126 passengers. In 2010, the Krutkos sued the city in U.S. District Court in Miami, alleging discriminatory and selective enforcement of the parking provisions. The Krutkos had sought $11.5 million in damages. Judge Jose Martinez got the case Krutko alleged the city discriminated against him because he wasn’t a local, but the judge didn’t buy it, saying there’s no evidence to support that. In his judgment, Martinez wrote: “Robert Krutko testified that the only reason provided for Reef Snorkeling’s 24-passenger limitation on their occupational license was due to parking restrictions and not because Reef Snorkeling was a non-local business owned by a non-local.” City Attorney Shawn Smith said “we have maintained from the beginning of this litigation that the city acted appropriately and this business failed because of its own shortcomings.”

Couple claimed parking limit discriminated By SEAN KINNEY [emailprotected]

A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the city of Key West, finding the city did not selectively enforce municipal code to run a snorkelingboat operation out of business as charged by owners Laura and Robert Krutko. In 2005 the Krutkos, of Galloway, Ohio, opened Reef Snorkeling Adventure, employing a 45-foot catamaran to offer dive trips. They were licensed to carry 24 passengers despite the vessel’s capacity to carry 49. That was based on a decision by city licensing officials, who tied the boat capacity to available off-street parking. They allowed three riders for each of eight spots, which comes out to 24. Reef Snorkeling Adventure folded in June 2006 and Fury Catamarans, owned by a group of prominent local

Steinmetz has long history in the courts By KEVIN WADLOW Senior Staff Writer [emailprotected]

A Big Torch Key resident who invested in three business deals that turned out to be frauds lost $141,787 to a middleman with a shady past, says a Monroe County arrest warrant. The defendant, Louis C. Steinmetz, 46, of Orlando was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on May 15. He remains jailed under a $500,000 bond on a count of theft involving more than $100,000.

The Lower Keys victim is not named in the arrest warrant. Steinmetz, a former Longwood resident, is wellknown in Seminole County courtrooms after a years-long series of default judgments totaling more than $1 million, and arrests for passing worthless checks and violating his probation. When initially served with the Monroe County warrant in May 2011, Steinmetz was in Seminole County custody. According to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant signed by County Judge Wayne Miller, the Lower Keys resident was contacted in December 2009 by Steinmetz after prior dealings. Steinmetz, who ran a Longwood-based company called All American

Concepts, claimed to have three purchase orders for large numbers of custom shirts purchased by major corporations. Steinmetz asked the Lower Keys resident to pay the wholesaler to manufacture the clothing. In exchange, the corporate buyers would pay the victim directly, supposedly netting the backer a profit of 25 percent after paying a commission to All American Concepts. The Big Torch Key resident sent three checks — two to the shirt manufacturer and one directly to Steinmetz — totaling $141,787. After four months, the victim told investigators, he had no money from the alleged buyers and communications with Steinmetz

became strained. The victim contacted the three purchasing firms, only to learn the firms never placed an order. “Each one of those companies confirmed the purchase orders that the victim had were not legitimate and provided notarized statements saying such,” the arrest warrant says. The wholesaler paid by the Lower Keys resident for two of the deals said Steinmetz abruptly cancelled the order and received a cashier’s check as a refund. In the third deal, a company owner who knew Steinmetz casually said he was duped by the defendant into writing a purchase order and cashing the Keys victim’s check for Steinmetz.


Busy couple of weeks for the FWC Lobster, snails, lack of licenses lead to arrests By KEVIN WADLOW Senior Staff Writer [emailprotected]


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State marine officers seized speared lobster and tiny snails while investigating separate conservation cases the past two weeks month. A late-night snorkeling trip Saturday at the Tavernier Creek Bridge drew the interest of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Shelton Bartlett, who arrested two Miami men on a series of lobster-poaching charges. Roberto Carion Batista, 37, and Lazario Enrique Arse, 23, are charged with seven misdemeanors after Bartlett counted 23 speared lobster — 17 of them undersized — in a catch bag. Bartlett was checking shore fishermen at Tavernier Creek, near mile marker 91, around 10:30 p.m. when he spotted the unusual diving activity. When the officer identified himself, agency spokesman Officer Bobby Dube said, “One diver threw his spear deep into the mangroves ... while the other diver attempted to hide his spear catch bah in the water, under some rocks.” Both men were cited for possessing undersized, speared, wrung lobster taken out of season. They also were charged with interfering with an officer and failure to carry a measuring device.

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Officer Jimmy Johnson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission checks a 14-gallon cache of star snails — also known as turbo snails — seized from a marine-life collector’s boat. The legal daily limit per licensed collector is one gallon. tor produced only one bucket of snails. “Based on my experience as an FWC officer, it normally takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour per person to catch a gallon of turbo snails,” Johnson wrote. “I observed the two divers in the water for over four and a half hours.” “You got me,” Siegel reportedly replied. A dive bag containing the large haul of snails was found on the boat deck. Siegel also was cited for not having a live well aboard his boat, a requirement for commercial marine-life collectors to hold their catch. The snails were turned

Turbo snails Big Pine Key commercial marine-life collector Vernon E. Siegel, 29, was charged May 9 with bringing in a haul of 14 gallons of tiny star snails from one trip. That’s 13 gallons over the legal daily limit for the species (lithopoma tectum), known to aquarists as turbo snails for the creatures’ ability to devour algae that forms inside saltwater tanks. Officer Jimmy Johnson said he spotted Siegel’s 15-foot boat with two divers aboard anchored north of the Spanish Harbor Bridge, and watched it for more than four hours. Johnson said in his report that when he spoke with Siegel at his dock, the collec-

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over to the Mote Marine does “not possess a wholeLaboratory for research. sale dealer’s license or a retail dealer’s license required” by law. License charge The previous corporation, Two co-owners of the Eaton Street Seafood Market in Key co-owned by Seaman but not West were arrested Monday on Santelli, held licenses but misdemeanor counts charging legally dissolved in 2008, them with failure to have prop- Peters reported. Seafood er saltwater-products licenses licenses are not transferable, according to the affidavit. for the business. Santelli additionally was Damon M. Santelli, 38, and Sean B. Seaman, 41, were charged with filing false booked after FWC Officer paperwork for claiming to be Joshua Peters checked into an officer of the prior corpocomplaints about permitting ration when he was not. Santelli owns a boat with issues and the sale of a recreationally caught fish at the federal snapper-grouper commercial licenses, but the offibusiness. Peters said in a probable- cer contends that boat apparcause affidavit that the corpo- ently was not used on recent ration owning the market commercial trips.


Fire destroys catamaran in Marathon Fire chief says electrical is likely cause Keynoter Staff A 33-foot catamaran was destroyed by fire early Monday morning in Marathon’s Boot Key Harbor, apparently the victim of an electrical problem. No one was aboard and it appears the boat had been docked near Roco’s Dockside Bar and Grill on Sombrero Boulevard since March 10, Marathon Fire Chief John Johnson said. The 1991 vessel’s registered owner is Morgan Crampton of Spring, Texas, said Bobby Dube, spokesman for the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Johnson said the call came in about 8:05 a.m. When firefighters arrived about five minutes later, “What we saw when we first arrived on scene is smoke coming out of every hole that was available.” There were no actual flames because the boat had largely been sealed, apparently for long-term storage, so little air could get in to feed flames. That’s good because there were “several gasoline tanks and propane tanks, some of them full,” on the boat. “So we removed all of


The Texas-registered vessel burns early Monday morning at a dock in Boot Key Harbor. the hazards,” Johnson said. “It could have been smoldering for 12 hours. The boat was locked up really tight,” he said. In an effort to get to the source of the smoke, which Johnson said was the hull, firefighters opened the boat. That’s when flames started

shooting all around. Firefighters knocked down the blaze fairly quickly, the chief said. He said the boat’s electric system was attached to electric on the dock but that the only damage on the land was “one piling got a little singe.”

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Observer crossword puzzle 110 111 112 113 114

Giorgio Signified Man from Ogden Hi-fi unit On the bias ___ -war (fighting ships)

DOWN 1 Annealing oven 2 Mine entrance 3 Clamping device 4 Class reunion reveler 5 Foreign, French or American 6 Snoop 7 Neighbor of Isr. 8 News org. 9 Abandon on a remote isle 10 Hen 11 Writer Bagnold 12 Grid. positions 13 Long Island nuclear plant 14 Add up 15 Parseghian’s namesakes 16 Paul Bunyan’s blue ox 17 Vinegary 18 Asian holiday 19 One ___ time (singly) 23 Abbr. for Brit.

money, formerly 24 Kind of bomb 29 Actor Chase of “Caddyshack” 30 Milieu for 12 Down 31 Sock renovation 32 Philatelic unit 33 Fall bloomer 34 Not glossy 35 Hockey’s Bobby 36 Tease gently 37 First Vichy premier 38 Escrow 39 Reached 40 Happening 41 Like the ten o’clock scholar 43 Western Indians 44 Wire-tapped 47 Red ___ (blushing) 48 President of France; 1954-59 49 Sheepish comment 50 Loss of memory 56 Diogenes visual aid 57 Knocks for a loop 60 Sprinkle about 61 Debates 63 Operational 64 Boss Tweed’s lampooner 65 ___ a hatter 66 Overhead

67 Rajah’s wife 69 Carried the day 71 “___ a conventional dither...” 72 Omit a syllable 73 Deserved 75 Post office activity 76 “Where there’s ___...” 77 Remedy 80 Handel’s “Messiah,” for one 81 Stravinsky 82 Rather 89 “O rare Ben ___!” 90 Flounce placed at the waist 91 Pilot aircraft 92 Rosetta ___ 93 Flora’s partner 94 Tie fabric 95 Memorable Lahr 96 Salinger girl 97 Seaweed product 98 Grey of “Cabaret” 100 Musial or Getz 101 Roman emperor: 69 102 Unhearing 103 Sea eagle 104 Possesses 105 Asner and Koch 106 Hall of Famer Mel 107 Society page word108 Tack on

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55 Church dignitary ACROSS 57 Oliver’s wicked tutor 1 University in 58 Like a fruitcake? Quebec City 59 Unfathomable 6 His job is a lead62 Diesel and Wankel pipe cinch? 65 Chateau-Thierry’s 13 “___ Mater”: Latin river hymn 68 Throng 19 Roman magistrate 70 More spiteful 20 Coat again 74 Taper off 21 “Ars Poetica” poet 22 Start of verse about 75 Mr. ___ of film cartoons a turkey 25 Diana, to the Greeks 76 Luigi’s “Excuse me!” 26 Peculiar 78 Before king or carte 27 Wiped out 79 More of the verse 28 Indicate assent 83 State firmly 29 Weary by excess 84 Weddings and 31 Two-man contest baptisms 32 Polynesian language 85 Skirt insert 36 Dilute 86 Nurse’s assistant 37 “The ___ of glory...” 87 Observed 38 “___ a Kick Out of 88 Brews You” 89 Comic’s staple 42 Russian ruler 90 Gave a scathing 43 Novelist Wister review 44 Ex-Yankee Yogi 92 Commotion 45 Suddenly brilliant star 93 Links cry 46 More of the verse 94 Gun the motor 51 Encountered 95 Photographer Cecil 52 Smokestained 98 Peerce or Sterling 53 Once over lightly 99 Soap opera unit 54 “___ Mrs. Smith”: 104 End of verse Hitchco*ck caper 109 Fashion designer

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Opinion & Editorial



End stalemate on insurance U.S. Senate puts people, economy at risk by blocking extension of National Flood Insurance Program The stare-down that’s been crippling Congress in the buildup to 2012’s presidential contest has yet another potential victim that hits mighty close to home. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire May 31. Should that happen, it would mean a virtual halt to all real estate sales and purchases involving a mortgage, since no lender will take the risk if the federal flood insurance is not available in floodprone areas. That includes all of the Florida Keys. However, the stalemate in Washington doesn’t lie at the feet of the House of Representatives this time. The House actually passed a five-year authorization bill last year. That legislation seeks reforms in the way the program is administered and who can qualify, and would exclude some investment properties from the subsidized program. Last week, House members — seeing no movement by their Senate colleagues — passed a 30-day extension on a vote of 402-18, so you can’t blame the Republicans and Democrats for playing politics with this one in the House. But you sure can in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) tried to get a similar 30-day extension in the Senate. But Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) put a stop in the way, arguing for reforms. Coburn wants to see owners of million-dollar coastal properties and vacation homes excluded from the program, along with other reforms that were part of the House package passed last year. Miami Realtor Moe Veissi, president of the National Association of Realtors, issued a statement warning of the consequences of further delays or inaction: “The short-term extensions and shutdowns have exacerbated uncertainty in real estate markets and are inhibiting long-term investments that are vital to the U.S. economic recovery,” he said. If you’d like to register your feelings about the U.S. Senate’s inaction, here’s the contact information you’ll need: ● www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact . ● www.rubio.senate.gov/contact . For more about the National Flood Insurance program and the stalemate, visit the American Insurance Association website at www.aiadc.org.

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An American crocodile like this one grabbed a dog from a Key Largo dock in March, prompting many people to call for their removal from the Keys.

Crocs a danger to kids Reading the article about the increasing crocodile population in the Upper Keys, I shudder to think that human beings — our children — are less protected playing and walking in areas of Islamorada and Key Largo as crocs lurk in your area. I’ve seen them on my visits to Islamorada (Venetian Shores) last fall and during the Christmas season when I visited a few weeks. Children are playing on the edge of the canal and, worse, the crocodiles are lying on the road, and my relatives are saying they

are protected, don’t drive over them, and children are playing on that road. Please don’t tell me humans invaded the crocs’ ancient home space; they should not be there. In this large neighborhood, if and when a child is attacked or worse, it will be at that point that all are out in force relocating these creatures, or whatever you all have in mind to protect our children. We never found our dog Lacy, a border collie. She disappeared and everybody in the neighborhood searched for her. She was never seen again. You take a guess where she may

have ended up. I live on a small island. We also protect indigenous species. I live within nature’s beauty and do my best to respect all. I understand that protection of the world’s species is to be upheld worldwide. But are you waiting for a disaster to happen before you take action? Are you saying let’s just wait and see? I hope you shall get urgent help to take care of this most dangerous situation. Tania Drebenstedt Cayman Brac Cayman Islands

city of Marathon, where is the $500,000 coming from, Little Venice grant money or the savings from the disallowed discount on sewer usage? Town-hall meetings are a joke; no one listens, decisions are made beforehand and they are not held at appropriate times for working individuals. Bonnie Williams Marathon

Editorial off base

Keynoter photo by RYAN McCARTHY

An AT&T lineman removes some of the line from the power line over the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon on May 4.

Lines killer for birds Re: Your May 9 front-page photo, “Cleaning the lines.” Not only was this an eyesore as stated, but both Vice Mayor Dick Ramsay and Mike Puto were recently informed that this mess had become a se bird trap and killer (there was no way for anyone to cut birds free from the baited hooks and fishing line to rescue them). Thanks to them for listening and for getting these lines cleared. Marathon residents, please report all illegal fishing from our Vaca Cut Bridge. Alain Morris Marathon

Bad investment A splash park in Marathon for $500,000? Is everyone crazy or wasteful? Go splash in the ocean, the gulf or

in your shower. Town-hall meetings? It was not discussed. Now a request for proposals to build one is out? Who decided? Who gets to vote yea or nay? The city cannot honor a sewer discount for disabled veterans or lowincome, fixed-income seniors because of a lack of funds. Both have given to their country through serving in the military and/or paying taxes. I pay taxes for schools; I have no children. What is my fair share? The taxpayers in Little Venice went to town-hall meetings when they were mandated to have sewers. We were supposed to get grant money to assist us paying for the mandatory sewers; it was not passed to the homeowners. I paid $4,700 for the hookup and we were never paved for eights years. So,

I am not sure what idiotic pinhead wrote the editorial in the May issue of the Keynoter, but the derisive dismissal of my and others’ words to the Monroe County School Board as “a well-rehearsed speech” was insulting and inaccurate. It was actually factual information that I threw together in less than an hour because it was clear from information released by the School District administration that they were sadly misinformed about some things. I suppose the best way to put false information in a newspaper is to print it in an editorial so nobody mistakes it for news. I guess that proves what they say. Those who can, teach. Those who cannot become newspaper editors. Robert Sax Tavernier

Thanks for coverage Thank you and your sports writers for the continued coverage of youth and school sports. Coaches and us parents make personal sacrifices to support our programs and athletes. We enjoy reading about our children, our friends’ children and other students from up and down the Keys. Sports have been and will be important to our lives in the community and schools. Holly and Andrew Hamer Tavernier

of local interest are welcome, but subject to editing and condensing. There is a 400-word limit. Letters thanking an individual are welcome. Space does not permit publication Letters to Letters of thank-you letters consisting of lists. Letters must be signed. Anonymous letters will not be published. Include a daytime phone number (which will not be published) where you may the Editor be reached if there are questions about your correspondence. Mail: Editor, Keynoter, P.O. Box 500158, Marathon, FL 33050 E-mail: [emailprotected] Fax: 743-6397 KEY WEST MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS

Hooper getting $60,000 payout Panel considers In return, his school career over By SEAN KINNEY [emailprotected]

Instead of getting his job back per a court order, former Monroe County School District administrator Mark Hooper will take a payout of $60,000 from his former employer instead of returning to a district job. In May 2010, thenSuperintendent Joseph Burke chose not to renew Hooper’s contract, citing budget concerns. Hooper sued, saying Burke violated his public service contract. In April, Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones ruled Hooper “is entitled to be immediately reinstated as a teacher” and receive $24,768 for what Hooper paid in

insurance premiums after losing his job. In his three-page order, Jones wrote that Hooper was never employed under a public service contract, but due to a mistake by the district, was entitled to the same benefits as someone working under a public service contract. The $60,000 includes the insurance premium payments and around $8,000 based on Hooper’s accrued vacation and sick days. Administrators won’t discuss the specifics of the payout, but the settlement says that in return for the $60,000, Hooper will “forever discharge the School Board of and from all manners of action” he “shall or may have against the School Board.” Clearwater-based counsel Mark Herdman represents Hooper In September 2009, Hooper was demoted from

says he expects his staff to complete an investigation by Friday into allegations of sexual harassment lodged by a guidance counselor against Marathon High/Middle School Principal Hammond Gracy. “We’re still doing the investigation,” Jara said. Staff “has some more interviews [today]. I’m hoping they give me a report by Friday on the findings.” Jara said Gracy has been using paid leave since the allegations surfaced on May 9; he was immediately pulled from the school and reassigned to the district office in Key West. Gracy has more than 30 years of experience working in public education; he’s been principal at Marathon since June 2010. Before that, he spent 33 years in the Jacksonville educational system. He’s married with three Hammond Gracy Superintendent Jesus Jara daughters. his administrative post as director of career education and reassigned as a guidance counselor at Marathon High School. Although never implicated in illegal activity, his name came up repeatedly during a district probe into credit-card fraud and theft by former Adult Education head Monique Acevedo, whose husband Randy was then superintendent. He was criticized in a report by a forensic accounting firm hired by the School Board. That firm said Hooper bought expensive equipment without approval and failed to turn in timely finance records, on average about 300 days too late. Hooper was hired in 1998 and earned about $55,000 per year when his contract wasn’t renewed.

charter changes Keynoter Staff

Key West’s City Charter and District Boundary Review Committee on Thursday is set to vet a series of municipal code updates and election-district changes for eventual adoption by the City Commission. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in Old City Hall on Greene Street; the review process is conducted once a decade following the national census, most recently completed in 2010. Among the charter updates is deletion of a provision that requires voter approval for any annexation of property into the city; instead, annexation would be decided by “a minimum of five members of the City Commission.” The commission has seven members. The annexation referen-

dum language was added to the charter in 2007, a result of resident opposition to a developer’s plans to annex Wisteria Island into Key West, then develop the 21-acre island into a resort similar to the adjacent Sunset Key. As for City Commission district changes, the city is divided into six districts. Each commissioner is elected from within that specific district; the mayor is elected citywide. The biggest proposed changes, driven by population shifts, are for Commissioner Jimmy Weekley’s District 1 and Commissioner Clayton Lopez’s District 6. If the commission approves the map changes, District 1 would have 4,120 residents, up from 3,351. District 6 would contain 4,070 Key Westers, up from 3,794.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Keys still lead state in lowest jobless rate It’s 4.8 percent, far below the state as a whole By MICHAEL PELTIER News Service of Florida

Florida’s jobless rate in April fell to 8.7 percent as the state continued an employment rebound that began 11 months ago, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday. But April’s drop was also affected by the fact that nearly 28,000 job seekers dropped out of the hunt. The number of jobless in April was 0.3 percentage points lower than March and 1.9 points below April 2011. The national unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent. As it does nearly every month, Monroe County (the Keys) had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.8 percent, largely due to the high number of government jobs. It was followed by Walton County (5.2 percent), Okaloosa County (5.7 percent), Franklin County (6.1 percent) and Alachua County

(6.2 percent). Flagler County had the state’s highest jobless rate in April at 11.6 percent. It was followed by Hernando County (10.8 percent), Hendry and St. Lucie counties (10.7 percent each), Dixie County (10.2 percent) and Putnam County (9.9 percent). Gov. Rick Scott said the overall continued downward trend is testament to the state’s economic recovery and bodes well for Florida’s continued climb back toward full employment. The April figures also shows job gains in comparison to the nation as a whole. University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith, however, say the good news is tempered by the fact that Florida’s civilian labor force shrunk between March and April by 28,000 — a shrinking job pool that pushes unemployment lower without putting more people back to work. Taking into account discouraged workers and those working part time, Florida’s jobless rate was 17.3 percent for the quarter ending March 31. “Having the unemploy-


ment rate fall because people have given up looking for a job is not an improvement,” Snaith said. Payroll growth has also remained relatively flat, another indication that fewer job seekers are being added to the rolls of employed workers. “There is not a lot to encourage people to get back in the hunt,” Snaith said. But the number of available jobs does continue to grow. Overall, the number of jobs in Florida was 7,325,300 in April, up 52,600 jobs compared to a year ago. It was the 21st consecutive month of year-to-year job growth. Leading sectors of the economy included employment services, which grew by nearly 11 percent, or 16,800 jobs. Education and health-related employment grew by 2.3 percent, adding 25,100 jobs over the 12month period. Construction employment continued its contraction in April. The number of construction jobs shrunk by 7.4 percent year to year, a drop of 24,800 jobs in that bellwether sector. Building construction jobs fell by nearly 11 percent.

Workshop addresses storms and tourism Event covers a wide swath of Keys issues Retiring National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read is to headline an annual hurricane preparedness workshop for the Keys tourism industry on May 29. Organized by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West, with support from Monroe County Emergency Management and the county Tourist Development Council, the event is to begin at 1 p.m., at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort on South Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West. Read has been the nation’s top hurricane warning official the past four seasons and is retiring from the Miami center on June 1, the first day of the six-month hurricane season. Taking over on June 4 is Rick Knabb, the on-air tropical weather expert for the Weather Channel in Atlanta since May 2010. Prior to that, Knabb was deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu. Before that, he was a senior hurricane specialist and the science and operations officer at the National Hurricane Center. At next week’s workshop, Read is to focus on the evolution of tropical cyclone

forecasting and improvements in track accuracy, as well as continued challenges in predicting intensity. He also plans to touch on the hurricane center’s forecast for the 2012 season. Also set to present: ● Irene Toner, Monroe County Emergency Management director, discussing evacuation strategies for the Keys. ● Jonathan Rizzo, warning coordinator meteorologist for the Key West National Weather Service, showcasing local decision support services during storm threats. ● TDC media relations director Andy Newman, discussing the role of the tourism council in protecting visitors and the economy during hurricane season.

● Rebecca Jetton, an administrator with the Department of Economic Opportunity, on hurricane evacuation times. ● A representative from Fair Insurance Rates for Monroe, on developments in insurance ratings for the Keys. ● Dean Walters, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, on the North Roosevelt Boulevard reconstruction and contingency plans during potential evacuations for that route. Registration is $10 per person and reservations can be made by calling the Lodging Association at 2964959. Although the conference is geared to tourismrelated businesses in the Keys, it is open to anyone in the business community.



Kayakers paddle adjacent to mangrove islands at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. Kayaking is a popular vacation activity in the Keys.

State: More visitors coming down First quarter shows strong numbers growth According to preliminary estimates released May 16 by Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, 23.4 million visitors came to Florida in the first quarter of 2012 (January-March), an increase of 2.4 percent over the same period in 2011. An estimated 19.7 million domestic visitors came to Florida during the first quarter of 2012, represent-

ing a 1.2 percent increase from the same period in 2011. Florida experienced a 2.7 percent increase in Canadian visitors at 1.4 million and a 13 percent increase in overseas visitors with 2.4 million in Q1 2012 compared to Q1 2011. Said Tony Lapi, chairman of the Visit Florida board and president of the ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort on Captiva: “We know that every 85 visitors support one Florida job, so the continued increase in travelers to our great state equals a strengthened Florida economy and much-needed employment.”

Primary data collected at Florida’s 14 major airports in the first quarter of 2012 reflect a 2.5 percent increase in enplanements from the same period in 2011. Tourism and recreation taxable sales for Florida increased year-over-year in January and February 2012 (last reported month), representing an 8.7 percent increase over the same period in 2011. The average daily room rate rose 5.7 percent and the occupancy rate for Florida hotels increased 2.7 percentage points in Q1 2012 compared to Q1 2011.

The Key West Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Showcase of Key West Businesses trade show is set for Aug. 29 at the Casa Marina Resort on Reynolds Street. Vendor booths are available for various costs. To find out more, call Kerry Baker at 294-2587.

Stanton joins Centennial Bank M a r k Stanton has j o i n e d Centennial Bank as a vice president and commercial loan officer. STANTON Originally from Pittsfield, Mass., Stanton graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., with a bachelor’s degree in management

May 24, 25, 26 & 31 June 1 & 2 8 PM Curtain Thursday, Friday & Saturday

3 PM Matinee Sunday, June 3 A deliciously goofy musical revue about a male quartet, in the 1950s, who die in a car crash and miraculously come back to perform the concert that never was. Featuring the songs: Three Coins in the Fountain, 16 Tons, Chain Gang, Heart and Soul, Rags to Riches, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and many more classic oldies.

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and a minor in economics. He holds certifications in commercial lending from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Massachusetts Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending and Robert Morris Associates OMEGA. Stanton spent the past 11 years working at the former TIB Bank (now Capital).

Brito promoted at Mariners Hospital Deena Brito of Ta v e r n i e r has been promoted from laboratory director to director of profesBRITO sional services at Mariners Hospital. Brito joined the Tavernier medical center in 2003 as laboratory supervisor and in 2006 was promoted to laboratory director. In her new

role, Brito will continue her directorship of the lab as well as oversee dietary and regulatory agencies and provide executive support for performance improvement. Brito is a member of the Mariners Hospital Auxiliary and the Rotary Club of Key Largo, where she serves on the board. She holds a medical technology degree from Broward College, a bachelor’s in biology from Barry University and a master’s in leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Wythe takes over HSMAI Keys chapter Greg Wythe with City View Trolley Tours of Key West has been elected president of the Keys chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. He takes over from Tiffany Horton, director of sales for the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, also in Key West.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Soil-disposal funds to be OK’d

Get a Bang for Your Bucks

Contaminated dirt found at HOB site By SEAN KINNEY [emailprotected]

Key West’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display

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The Monroe County School Board, meeting after press time Tuesday, was expected to approve a $300,000 expenditure needed to dispose of contaminated soil removed from the underreconstruction Horace O’Bryant Middle School in Key West. The rebuild was originally slated to cost $38.6 million, funded largely through a low-interest federal stimulus loan. The unsuitable soil was discovered earlier this year beneath the footprint of a planned elementary school wing that will accommodate students being transferred from Glynn Archer Elementary School. The soil, which contains toxins like arsenic and nickel, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, is being stored on Rockland Key; with the extra money, crews from Coastal Construction will truck the material to a mainland landfill.

Superintendent Jesus Jara said that because the contaminated soil was found on the school site, he will meet with state officials on Thursday to discuss the need to conduct further testing around the campus to rule out the possibility of additional contaminants. Started under Jara’s predecessor Joseph Burke in 2010, the HOB project has been marked by cost overruns and delays in the work schedule despite a number of consultants brought in to manage the process. To that end, Jara is also asking the board to discontinue a contract with Zumbrunnen Consulting, based in Atlanta. Jara said with Zumbrunnen consultant Bill Pippinne off the project, local project consultant Bill Sprague would take over sole responsibility. “When we looked at the budget, we decided we’re very comfortable with Bill Sprague,” Jara said. Chief Financial Officer Michael Kinneer said the $300,000 would come in part from a capital account, with the remainder derived from the proceeds of the Harris School sale to a private developer in 2009 for $4.25 million.


Seminar this week looks at wreck sites One’s preserved, other has had pieces picked By KEVIN WADLOW Senior Staff Writer [emailprotected]

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Two shipwreck sites off Duck Key serve as a wet classroom for a seminar this week in preserving Florida’s underwater heritage. Florida Public Archaeology Network staff will point out stark differences between the two sites: One mostly intact and blended into the marine environment, the other severely disturbed by souvenir scavengers. “Every time we go out to the Brick Wreck, there is a little bit less of the shipwreck left,” said Della ScottIreton, a regional director for the archaeology network based at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. “It’s a shallow wreck, in about 12 feet, so people snorkel it and take pieces from it,” Scott-Ireton said Monday. “This is what happens when people take more than photos.” “We’re trying to get the point across that shipwreck sites are part of our underwater cultural heritage, and part of the marine environment.” “Every time somebody takes a piece home, it not only damages an historic site but destroys somebody’s home,” she said. “Marine creatures live on all these sites in a very symbiotic relationship.” The two-day Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar on Thursday and Friday attracts scuba instructors from much of the country, certifying them to teach a diving specialty course in heritage awareness. Three of




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the top dive-certification agencies — PADI, NAUI and SSI — recognize the course. The Florida Public Archaeology Network works in partnership with the state Division of Historic Resources to promote awareness and protection of the state’s many historic sites, beneath the sea and on land. Diving seminars are held twice annually, with the Dive Duck Key dive shop, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., hosting the Keys spring session for four years. “The water is warm and clear, and the dive sites are close,” Scott-Ireton said. “A lot of our folks manage to squeeze in an extra dive or two while they’re here.” The Brick Wreck is named after the cargo of a 19th Century vessel that went down, probably while carrying building material to Fort Jefferson or the Martello Towers in Key West, Scott-Ireton said. Remains of the Mystery Wreck, a documented Spanish fleet vessel that may date to 1600s, lies on a patch reef along Hawk Channel, inshore of the main reef line. “It’s a neat little site in about 8 to 20 feet of water, an area where not a lot of people dive,” Scott-Ireton said. “Treasure divers picked at it in the 1970s but they lost interest pretty quickly when they realized it wasn’t the type of ship that carried treasure.” The seminar includes briefings on historic ship construction, what can be learned from shipwreck remains, laws protecting cultural resources, and ways to teach the specialty class to recreational divers. For information on future events, go to www.flpublic archaeology.org.

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Conchs host South Dade It’s 1st test for new offense By DICK WAGNER Keynoter Contributor

A new coach and a new system will be on display Friday night when the Key West High School football team plays South Dade in the annual spring game at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30. “This should be a good test,” said coach Johnny Hughes, who was named in March to succeed his uncle, Jerry Hughes. “We’ll find out real quick what we have.” So what should Conch fans expect? “A good running game and players who play hard for 48 minutes,” said Hughes, who, in 19 days of spring practice, has installed a triple-option offense. That offense will be led by run-minded quarterback Donald Roberts, who will be a senior in the fall and who easily has been the most impressive player this spring, Hughes said. Don’t expect Roberts to pass a lot. “If everything goes well, we won’t have to throw at all,” Hughes said. Juniors-to-be Deonte Stemage and Norman Lopez are expected to be

the speed guys in the backfield, but both could be out Friday night because of grades. “We’re working on getting kids eligible,” Hughes said. “There’s an academic responsibility along with everything else. Without Stemage and Lopez, the rushing duties will fall to Elliott Valdez and current freshman Jeffrey Annilus and Dorian Cannon. Cannon has been especially impressive. “He’s a big strong kid who makes people miss,” Hughes said. As for the offensive line, Hughes said, “Young and not the beefiest in the world, but they’ve picked up the system pretty well.” The defensive line will be anchored by Valdez, who will play nose guard. Standouts in the secondary will be Roberts at safety and Laurence Marius, a returning starter at cornerback. Both the place-kicking and punting will be done by returner Ricardo Gomez. Last season, the Conchs were 5-4 and missed advancing to the state playoffs, where they haven’t been in eight years. South Dade was 5-5. The Conchs won four spring games in a row under Jerry Hughes. Their last spring loss was to South Dade, 20-0, in 2007, when Robert James was the coach.

Iron-distance event raising concerns

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Safety and traffic concerns could halt plans for the first ever iron-distance triathlon in the Keys in January. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Thompson told the County Commission on May 16 that issues with the 112-mile bike route and timing of the event could cause problems along U.S. 1 in the Lower Keys. Iron-distance triathlons consist of individual competitors swimming 2.4 miles, bicycling 112 miles and running a 26.2-mile marathon in a single day. There’s also an option to race half that distance. The inaugural Bone Island Triathlon event is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2013. It’s slated to begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at midnight on Duval Street in Key West. “Our concern is at some point, we’re going to have to stop traffic and it’s going to

Coral Shores defenders Terrill Taylor and Ryan Vasquez bottle up halfback Jimmy Rhyne during the Hurricanes’ annual Green and Gold Game, an intra-squad scrimmage Friday. Spring drills end Thursday with Marathon and Keys Gate Charter arriving in Tavernier for the jamboree beginning at 6 p.m.

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hinder traffic flow. We’re going to get complaints, and impatient and upset motorists,” Thompson said. “Our suggestion is to change the date. We do understand the economic impact it brings, but our concern is the date and if they can change their routes.” Questor Multisport owner and race Director Richard Langdon said he was unaware Thompson discussed the event with the commission. He said he’s been working with Thompson to plan the event for months. “We agreed to a route in January with them, but we changed it because we had citizens who didn’t want the route to go through their neighborhood,” Langdon said, referring to Sugarloaf Key homeowners that complained about the bike route going through their neighborhood. Langdon was clear there’s no intention to change the date of the event. “This is a new market for the Lower Keys and it’s a huge event. We’d like to do it in January because there’s nowhere else in North America where you can go ●

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A football jamboree Thursday formally marks the end of spring practice and informal start of work for the fall season. “This will be a good barometer of where we are as a program,” said Coral Shores High School head coach Ed Holly. “It springboards us into the fall. “If we can do well in a competitive situation, it sets the tone for what the guys do over the summer and into the start of fall football,” Holly said.

Marathon High School and Keys Gate Charter will be at Coral Shores’ George M. Barley Jr. Stadium in Tavernier for the jamboree, a series of round-robin scrimmages beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Coral Shores tuned up for it with the spring Green and Gold Game, an intra-squad, full-contact scrimmage Friday. “Some things we did exceptionally well. There are other things we need to work on,” Holly said. “But everything we did incorrectly can still be coached up. Each day is a building block in the process.” Three weeks of spring drills help introduce new players to game fundamentals and the team’s system, and help coaches spot players who may be able to step

in for graduating seniors, Holly said. “Certain individuals did exactly what we thought we’d see, and there were some nice surprises, too,” he said after Friday’s scrimmage. The Hurricanes expect to field a deep and experienced backfield, with starting quarterback Addison DumaKenny and fullback Kodi Roberts returning for their senior seasons. Veterans Jimmy Rhyne and Eddie Dunn can run at halfback, with newcomer Juan Casanova demonstrating ability at fullback. George Jacobsen and Henry Jacobsen were seasoned as JV starters. The Hurricane offensive line boasts returning starters Benny Cosme at center, Tyler Smith at guard and

Tom Johnson at tackle. Freshman guard Chris Perez and sophom*ore tackle Austin Wilkens are expected to start on the right side. Will Ismer, a 6-foot-9 defensive lineman, will add tight-end duties during his senior year. Returning defensive end Terrill Taylor also plays tight end. Alberto Anderson could develop into a deep receiving threat. Dunn, Johnson and Casanova will see time at linebacker in the jamboree, with secondary coverage provided by players including Erick Enriquez, Rhyne and Anderson. “This is an important week for us,” Holly said Monday. “Any time you go against a well-coached team like Marathon, you’ve got to be ready to play.”


No current? Move along It’s essential to landing good grouper,‘tails The reef and wrecks are offering up a bounty of fun fishing with tasty rewards these days. As the mutton snapper are spawning, the bite on the wrecks is outstanding, with lots of fish in the 10to 15-pound class. There are also medium-size amberjack and jack crevalle to pull on between mutton bites.

On the reef, there are all the yellowtails, mangroves and smaller fiveto 10-pound muttons you can Chris Johnson h a n d l e . The yellowtails are taking shrimp and cut bait, such as silversides and filleted ballyhoo. The deepest areas of the reef produce the best fishing for flag yellow-



tails as long as you have good current. If there’s a lack of current, move shallower for slightly smaller fish in the 15- to 16-inch range. They’re more apt to bite than their bigger brethren. The mangroves and muttons are eating small live baits, especially pinfish. Upgrade your yellowtail gear to heavier, 15- to 20-pound tackle for the best success. The grouper bite is also good but, again, if you have current. No current, no bite.

Dolphin fishing has been rather sporadic. While there are plenty of fish in the 10- to 20pound category, you have to travel 30-plus miles offshore for fish approaching 40 pounds or more. While you’re on the dolphin hunt, keep an eye out for wahoo and tripletail, as they’re out there in fair numbers. Tarpon season continues at the bridges and in Key West Harbor. Baits ●

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Registration open From Ironman, 1B race [that time of year]. We think there’s a good opportunity here and it’s a huge economic impact for the Keys,” he said. Langdon said he’s confident the event will go on as planned and that he’s nearly secured event permits from the city of Key West, Monroe County and state departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection. “It’s going to happen. We have all the permits pretty much wrapped up,” he said. Thompson said the Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County and DOT all sign off on the same permit and that Langdon is “still at the drawing board in reference to their routes.” “You can’t make it completely different because there’s only one road. You only have so much space to put it in,” he said.

“At one point in time, do we get to a saturation point? Can we work with these groups to come down here during transition time rather than peak times?” Commissioner George Neugent said, referring to tourist season. Commissioner Heather Carruthers said Jan. 12 could be a good date because there is traditionally a tourism lull after the Christmas season. She owns a guesthouse in Key West. “I’ve been doing market research for years and there’s always been a lull in spending after Christmas. In terms of the winter months, this is probably one of the less busy weeks,” she said. Should it happen, Langdon said the race is capped at 1,000 participants. Registration for the triathlon is already up and running at www.boneis landtri.com.


Lots of dolphin came back to the Captain Pip’s dock this week, including this 40-pound bull caught by the Hazen group.

$10K up for grabs After Monday dolphin tourney entry increases The Islamorada Dolphin Tournament is simply about catching fish. Set for June 1 to 3, the tournament offers loads of flexible fishing fun. A guaranteed minimum of $10,000 in prize money is to be divvied up between the top boat team with the largest three dolphin weighed, as well as anglers whose fish qualify for first through third place. An unlimited number of anglers per boat can participate and all anglers per boat do not have to fish the same day. Some can fish on day one, others on day two. Only two fish can be weighed per day, but it takes

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the three biggest fish to win. Prizes also are to be awarded for the largest dolphin, largest blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, bonita, wahoo and kingfish. Kickoff and final angler registration are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 1 at tournament headquarters at the Whale Harbor Restaurant and Marina, mile marker 83.5 oceanside. Fishing days are June 2 and 3, and an awards ceremony follows the 5 p.m. weigh-in on the 3rd. The entry fee is $150 per angler or $650 per boat with an unlimited number of anglers. After Monday, entry fees increase to $175 per angler and $700 per boat with unlimited anglers. For specifics, call 852-2102 or send an e-mail to [emailprotected].

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Florida has dozen of towns nominated — including Key West, Islamorada, Marathon and Tavernier. The town in each country tallying the most votes earns national recognition as WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town and a $25,000 community donation. Public voting is open through May 31. The results will be announced in June at ceremonies in the two winning communities emceed by WFN’s Mariko Izumi, host of “Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi,” and the network will do a feature story

tered angler in the event. Both on each winner. To vote, go to www.wfn are Marathon residents who fishingtown.com. were born and raised in the Keys. A close second place and Keys man wins $4,000 went to Shane Curry Mother’s Day event of Key West, with Capt. Randy Sterling Jr. at the helm Ely Hernandez took top of the Reel Conch. Curry’s honors and $5,000 for his weigh-in was a 29.4-pounder. 29.6-pound bull, the heaviest Third place went to Meyer fish weighed in at the sixth for a 28.2-pound fish. annual Mother’s Day Dolphin The one-day tournament Tournament that ended May attracted 115 anglers in 42 12 off Key Colony Beach. boats, and raised more than Hernandez fished on the $37,000 for Habitat for Silent Hunter with Capt. B.J. Humanity of the Middle Meyer, who also was a regis- Keys.

SPORTS BRIEFS Network seeks best fishing town Ask any Florida angler the best place to fish and most will tell you about his or her favorite spot in the Sunshine State. The World Fishing Network, a 24-hour fishing lifestyle network, is asking anglers in the U.S. and Canada to select its Ultimate Fishing Town 2012. The network is running separate contests in Canada and the United States.


The week’s best The boats at Captain Pip’s Marina and Hideaway in Marathon are busy, as always. Jersey Shore fishing buddies Neil Dougherty and John Holloway enjoyed three days of dolphin fishing with Capt. Howard Kelley and mate Neil Apley aboard the Papa Pip’s. More dolphin came back to the Captain Pip’s dock with Bob and Susan Hazen, from Delaware, and Arnold Forman, who fished aboard the Papa Pip’s with Capt. Bob Kidwell and mate Mike Rathbun. Their largest

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ished off the week with a combo shark/snapper trip for the Cameron family from Alberta Canada and another very productive reef trip for Ron and Andrea Walters from Georgia Capt. Moe Mottice, of Moe’s Custom Charters in Key West, put his anglers on tarpon ranging from 40 to 115 pounds on the incoming tide in front of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The snapper bite on the outer bar and east of the main ship channel produces lots of yellowtail and mangrove lunches. Keeping his anglers busy on the flats are big barracuda and American sharp nose sharks, while red and Goliath grouper are fun to catch on the wrecks while waiting for the permit to take the crab baits.

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Colony Beach and Marathon are again joining forces to host the seventh annual Key Colony Beach Kids Fishing Derby, set for June 20. Entry in the free event is limited to 80 kids ages 6 to 14 that live in either city. Registration forms are at Key Colony Beach City Hall. Twenty volunteer parents are needed to help out. An awards ceremony and lunch will take place after the half day of fishing.To find out more, call 289-1212, Ext. 2.

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Two from Keys win prestigious scholarships Roberts, Wiatt are both awarded National Merit Keynoter Staff Two graduating Florida Keys high school students are in rare company: They’re among just around 8,300 students nationwide to receive National Merit Scholarships this year. The National Merit

Scholarship C o r p . , w h i c h works with universities and colleges to award the financial ROBERTS boosts, today announced that Coral Shores High School’s Gabriel Roberts and Marathon High’s Marina Wiatt earned the prestigious scholarships.

B o t h plan to attend the University of Florida, w i t h Roberts studying sports manWIATT agement and Wiatt studying biomedical engineering. Their scholarships are worth up to $2,000 annually over four years. This year, 197 higher-

education institutions are underwriting National Merit Scholarships through the Evanston, Ill.,-based program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 117 private and 80 public institutions in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Combined, the approximately 8,300 scholarships are worth around $35 million. About 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools competed for the awards.


The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys said thanks to its volunteers during a recent appreciation party. The organization has been providing skilled home health, private-duty care and hospice services to the residents and visitors of Monroe County since 1984.


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The boats are sleek and require around 20 paddlers each to run the 380-meter course. Modern dragon boat races reenact a legend from the fourth century B.C. in which Qu Yuan, advisor to the emperor of the Chinese Ch’u dynasty, defied his ruler by drowning himself in the Mi Lo River. In a race to save their martyr, fishermen beat drums and vigorously splashed the water with their paddles.

Battle in the Bay a hit again Nonprofits win in fundraiser at the beach Sombrero Beach in Marathon filled to the brim on May 12 for the fourth Battle in the Bay dragonboat races, collectively raising more than $12,000 in pledges that benefit Heron Peaco*ck Supported Living, the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys and Safe Harbor Animal Rescue of the Keys. Additionally, the Cancer Foundation receives all donations from the Survivor Flower Ceremony and a percentage of the entry fee from the Gift of Life teams. Reef Relief receives all proceeds from beverage sales. Following are the winners: ● Division A champion: The Tarpons 1 minute, 38.28 seconds; second, Miami Dragon Slayers-Thunder, 1:38.73; third, Wun Fun Cru, 1:40.48 ● Division B champion: Fleet of Foote, 1:47.44; second, Draggin’ Dragons,

LIVING BRIEFS Mark Turtle Day today in KCB World Turtle Day, so designated in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue of Malibu, Calif., is today, and Save-ATurtle of the Florida Keys is celebrating at the Cabana Breezes restaurant, 401 E. Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach. Starting at 4 p.m. and running until who knows when, there will be a silent auction, raffles, prizes and music from Sam the D.J. Proceeds go to Save-A-Turtle and the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.

Mote’s Vaughan to speak tonight 1:47.75; third, Black Sheep Marines, 1:53.44. ● Division C champion: Conch Republic Navy, 1:52.12; second, SHARK Attack, 1:58.01; third, Storm Surge HeronCane, 2:02.75. ● Division D champion: Silver Dragons, 1:51.94; second, Save Our Sisters, 2:07.11; third, HeronCane Tropical Depression, 2:09.87.

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‘Bully’ opens at the Tropic Grim film tells of children in cross-hairs “They punch me in the jaw, they strangle me, they knock things out of my hand, they take things from me, sit on me. They push me so far that I want to become the bully,” says 12-year-old Alex of Sioux City, Iowa. For him, the bullying begins before he boards the school and only gets worse when he gets to school. Alex is the subject of one of five stories of violence and heartbreak during the course of a school year in the new film “Bully.” Directed by Sundance and Emmy winning director Lee Hirsch, Bully opens Friday at Key West’s nonprofit Tropic Cinema. Monroe County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara will introduce the

Two events will mark Memorial Day, which is Monday, in the Keys. The Key West Navy League hosts a public ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday at the USS Maine Memorial at the Key West Cemetery, 701 Passover Lane. Capt. Pat Lefere, commander of Naval Air Station Key West, will lead the proceedings. The Maine Memorial was dedicated on March 15, 1900. It commemorates the victims of the 1898 sinking of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor. The sinking started the Spanish-American War.

This is Alex from ‘Bully.’ In it, he says,‘They push me so far that I want to become the bully.’ 6:15 p.m. screening of the tributes to America’s converdocumentary this Friday. sation about bullying.” Florida Board of EducaBullying has become epition member and former Keys demic among American teens. Superintendent John Padget In 2009, 20 percent of high has made a grant to the school students reported being Tropic, on Eaton Street, so bullied at school in the previeducators and students can see ous 12 months. The National any screening of “Bully” for Association of School only $3. He said: “This is a Psychologists estimates that film for students, parents, more than 160,000 students teachers, administrators and miss school every day because citizens of all ages. This they fear being bullied. film’s timely arrival con“Bullying has always been

with us,” Jara said. “But in Monroe County, we are very aware of the issue and try to educate teachers, students and families about the signs and dangers of bullying.” Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been jailed after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often-cruel world of the lives of bullied children. The $3 cost is for school administrators, teachers with educator ID and students only; regular Tropic member and non-member prices apply to all other moviegoers. For more information, visit www.tropiccinema.com.

In Islamorada starting at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hurricane Monument, the Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold its annual Memorial Day service. The monument is at mile marker 81.5 and was dedicated in 1937 to honor the veterans and civilians killed in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Irving Eyster, president of the Matecumbe Historical Trust, will give the introductory welcome. The ceremony will include an invocation by Pastor Tony Hammond of Island Community Church, presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop 914, the national anthem, the laying of a memorial wreath and a benediction. Memorial Day, created in 1868, was originally called Decoration Day. It’s designed to honor our military veterans.

The Key West Maritime Historical Society welcomes David Vaughan, executive director of the Mote Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key, for the final lecture of its season at 7 tonight at the Key West library, 701 Fleming St. Vaughan will discuss the use of autonomous underwater vehicles to monitor oil spills. They can patrol undersea off the Keys and transmit data via satellite to researchers. Vaughan directs the Mote Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key. He is a marine research scientist who has designed, created and operated many marine projects in the area of sustainable aquaculture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

One-night-only art show Friday Twelve artists — six from Key West, six from locales all over the world — show their works in a one-nightonly show Friday called “Pop Up Art Gallery” at the former Signs of Sandford Gallery, 328 Simonton St., Key West. Presented by Shakti Assouline, granddaughter of well-known Key West artist Susie dePoo, the show and reception run from 5 to 8 p.m. Assouline says some of the artists have paintings and sculptures in the private collections of the prince of Dubai, the queen of Abu Dhabi the Prince of Scotland. The artists showing are

Paresh Nrshinga, Sandford Birdsey, Daniel Leonard, Rick Fatica, Muge Demir, Peter Polyak, James Thorn, Michael Gorman, Jeff Davies, Tim Marshall Curtis, Dave Hanco*ck and Garth Holtkamp.

Switlik kids perform Thursday Around 40 Stanley Switlik Elementary School students will take the Marathon school’s stage on Thursday to perform dance numbers, skits, classical music, soulful ballads and rock ‘n’ roll, with a jumping hip-hop finale. The annual talent show takes place in the cafetorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6. Admission is free; snacks will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting school activities.

Swim center marks a decade on June 2 The Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo marks 10 years of operation with a celebration set for 10 a.m. to noon June 2 at the complex, 320 Laguna Ave. Admission is free during the party hours. Anyone entering the pool prior to noon will be welcome to stay and enjoy the facilities all day. Free food and ice cream will be served, and there will be giveaways and raffle prizes. The center is owned by Monroe County. For additional details, call 453-7946.

Murphy to lead July 4 parade Organizers of the July 4 parade in the Upper Keys have chosen Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy as the grand marshal. The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and The Reporter are the parade organizers. This marks the 37th year of for the event, which runs along U.S. 1 from mile marker 98 to mile marker 100, then ends with a picnic at the Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, mile marker 102. To get involved, call Dawn DeBrule at 394-7530.


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Ad/ 8365500 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-DR-921-K Division: Family Connie Rogers, Petitioner and Bernard Rogers, Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Bernard Rogers 3916 East Genessee Tampa, FL 33610 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Stephen Isherwood, attorney for petitioner, whose address is c/o 3930 South Roosevelt Blvd., 106N, Key West, FL 33040 on or before June 4, 2012, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 500 Whitehead St., Key West, FL 33040 before service on Petitoner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided: NONE Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: April 26, 2012. DANNY L. KOLHAGE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Marislady Lopez Deputy Clerk Publish May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad/ 8696600 COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS that the Monroe County School District will receive bids for the following: RFI NO. 510 SUBSTITUTE TEACHING AND PARA-PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ITN NO. 511 ATHLETIC FIELD MAINTENANCE Bid documents may be requested from DemandStar by calling 1-800-711-1712 or by going to the website www.demandstar.com or by going to www.keysSchools.com . The public record document is available at the Purchasing Department, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL 33040. All bids must be received on or before dates specified in the bid documents. The Monroe County School District reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive informalities or irregularities when it is in the best interest of the Board to do so. Monroe County School District Purchasing Department Publish May 16, 19, 23, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter


Vs MELINDA L. GAINES; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MELINDA L. GAINES: BANK OF AMERICA, NA; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY OF UNIT ONE: UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY OF UNIT TWO N/K/A ASHLEY MEDINA; SOMBRERO ISLE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; SOMBRERO BOULEVARD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; M. JAY LANCER, AS TRUSTEE UNDER AGREEMENT DATED JUNE 9, 2005; Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 10th, 2012, and entered in Case No. 44 2009 CA 000170A001MR, of the Circuit Court of the 16th Judicial Circuit in and for MONROE County, Florida. DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR HARBORVIEW MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE LOAN PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-7 is Plaintiff and MELINDA L. GAINES; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY OF UNIT TWO N/K/A ASHLEY MEDINA; M. JAY LANCER, AS TRUSTEE UNDER AGREEMENT DATED JUNE 9, 2005; BANK OF AMERICA, NA; SOMBRERO ISLE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; SOMBRERO BOULEVARD PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at THE FRONT DOOR OF THE MONROE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LESTER BUILDING, AT 500 WHITEHEAD STREET, KEY WEST IN MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA, at 11:00 a.m., on the 8th day of June, 2012, the following described property as set fourth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 24 OF SOMBRERO ANGLERS CLUB NORTH, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 62, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 15th day of February, 2012 Danny L Kolhage As Clerk of Court By Tammy L. Marciel As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or event, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Cheryl Alfonso, 302 Fleming Street, Key West, FL. 33040 (305)292-3423, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired call 711. Submitted by: Kahane & Associates. P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste. 3000 Plantation, FL 33324 Telephone: (954)382-3486 Telefacsimile: (954)382-5380 Publish May 23, 30, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter

Ad/ 8828900 NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO PROSPECTIVE PROPOSERS that on June 21, 2012 at 3:00 P.M., the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Purchasing Office will open sealed proposals for the following: FKAA RFP-0001-12 PURCHASE OF PROPERTY LOCATED IN MARATHON, FLORIDA LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 OF SOMBRERO COUNTRY CLUB MANOR LOT 5-A OF THE SOMBRERO PROPERTIES MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (Authority) hereby requests sealed proposals from applicants who wish to purchase the Authority owned













property located in Marathon, Florida Parcel ID 00355415-000100/Alternate Key 1435571, Parcel ID 00355415-000200/Alternate Key 1435589, Parcel ID 00355415-000300/Alternate Key 1435597, Parcel ID 00355415-000400/Alternate Key 1435601, Parcel ID 00355415-000500/Alternate Key 1435619 and Parcel ID 00355240-000000/Alternate Key 1433624. The Property is offered on an ‘‘AS IS’’ basis. Any proposal shall comply with the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations of the County, State and Federal government. Proposals which do not comply are subject to rejection by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Board of Directors. The specific requirements for the proposals are set out in the Request for Proposal. Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from www.fkaa.com under ‘‘Bid Opportunities’’ or www.Demandstar.com . The Public Record is available at the Purchasing Office located at the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Administration Building, 1100 Kennedy Drive, Key West, FL 33040. Questions should be directed to Robert T. Feldman, General Counsel, in writing via email at rfeldman–fkaa.com . All answers will be by Addenda. Interested firms or individuals are requested to indicate their interest by submitting two (2) signed originals and five (5) complete copies (total equals seven (7)), of the proposal in a sealed envelope clearly marked on the outside with the Proposer’s name and ‘‘Proposal for Purchase of Property in Marathon, Florida - Parcel ID 00355415-000100 - 000500 and Parcel ID 00355240-000000, Monroe County, Florida’’, addressed and delivered to: Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority 1100 Kennedy Drive Key West, FL 33040 Phone: (305) 296-2454 Fax: (305) 295-2248 All proposals must be received by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Purchasing Office before 3:00 P.M. on June 21, 2012. Any proposals received after this date and time will be automatically rejected. Materials may be delivered by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, hand-delivered or couriered. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will be automatically rejected. Hand delivered proposals may request a receipt. If sent by mail or by courier, the above-mentioned envelope shall be enclosed in another envelope addressed to the entity and address stated above. Proposers should be aware that certain ‘‘express mail’’ services will not guarantee specific time delivery to Key West, Florida. It is the sole responsibility of each Proposer to ensure their proposal is received in a timely fashion. All submissions must remain valid for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of the deadline for submission stated above. The Authority will automatically reject the response of any person or affiliate who appears on the convicted vendor list prepared by the Department of Management Services, State of Florida, under Sec. 287.133(3)(d), Florida Statute (2008). The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority declares that all or portions of the documents and work papers and other forms of deliverables pursuant to this request shall be subject to reuse by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. In the case of a sale, the bid of the highest bidder complying with the terms and conditions set forth in such notice shall be accepted, unless the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Board of Directors rejects all bids because they are too low. The minimum bid shall be $600,000.00. The Authority reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive informalities in any or all proposals, to re-advertise for proposals, and to separately accept or reject any item or items and to award and/or negotiate a contract in the best interest of the Authority. Dated at Key West, Florida, this 18th day of May, 2012. Kirk C. Zuelch, Executive Director Publish May 23, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter

No. 8812000 Notice of sale Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 677. 209/210 of the Florida Statutes on June 14, 2012 at 10 A.M. *Auction will occur where each vehicle/ vessel is located* 1978 CALK,



VIN/ B19936 Located at Galloway Bay Mobile Home Park 1361 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050 Owner Yamila Fernandez 7509 Dorn Cir, Charlotte, NC 28212 Customer Mr. Cooper 1361 Overseas Hwy Lot F-38, Marathon, FL 33050 Leinholder none Lien Amount $5,875.00. a) Notice to the owner or lienor that he has a right to a hearing prior to the scheduled date of sale by filing with the Clerk of the Court. b) Owner has the right to recover possession of vehicle by posting bond in accordance with Florida Statutes Section 559.917. c) Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle after payment lien claimed by lienor will be deposited with the Clerk of the Court. Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020. *All auctions are held with reserve* Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction LIC / AB-0001256 Publish May 23, 30, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter



BIG PINE KEY FISHING LODGE is looking for a F/T Housekeeper. Includes wknds. Attractive hourly wage/ health/vac. Apply in person. Commercial Electrician needed for Marathon area, references required, drug free work place, EOE, contact boballsbrook–bellsouth.net Commercial Electrician needed for Marathon area, references required, drug free work place, EOE, contact boballsbrook–bellsouth.net Commercial Electrician needed for Marathon area, references required, drug free work place, EOE, contact boballsbrook–bellsouth.net EXPERIENCED APPLIANCE TECHNICIAN WANTED Must be dependable, have tools & a clean, valid drivers liscense. Call 305-664-3662 EXPERIENCED PAINTERS Upper & Middle Keys, must have transportation & valid license. Salary depends upon qualifications. 305-664-8402 HOUSEKEEPER Must speak English. Apply in person ONLY: Hawk’s Nest, 1 Kyle Way South, Marathon. Drug Free Work Place. EOE. KENNEL CAREGIVER Animal care duties req’d. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. This critical position will only be filled by a compassionate, caring individual that loves to work with animals and people. Part time day or evenings. Call Marathon Veterinary Hospital. 305-743-7099 Set Up & Tear Down Person, for busy party rental store. Must have driver’s license. P/T or F/T. Must work weekends. Good pay! Call 743-4466 or stop by Mile Marker Party Rentals, Marathon

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If you are upbeat, outgoing, and a team player, Theater of the Sea has an opportunity for you!

Th t f th S i l ki f Photographer-Videographer one full-time and one part-time position available. Must have a good understanding of digital SLR cameras and be available on weekends and holidays. Please Fax or email resumes. 305-664-8162, [emailprotected]. A premiere resort in Islamorada is interviewing for the following position

Night Auditor Must be experienced, flexible, and be able to work weekends and holidays. The selected candidate will enjoy a friendly work place where smiles are part of the uniform, competitive wages and an excellent benefits pkg.

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TOM THUMB Food Stores, Inc. Offers the following positions in MONROE COUNTY

* Managers & Manager Trainees * Assistant Managers Three shifts available: * Store Clerks 6am to 2pm 2pm to 10pm 10pm to 6am


To apply please call 786-295-5307 and ask for Ken Lee We will train. No experience needed. Competitive wages and benefits. DFWP. E.O.E. SEWER INSTALLER w/EXP in the Keys. Valid D.L. required. Backhoe exp. a plus. Call 305-743-4245; fax 743-4299 or email mike–3rdgeneration plumbing.com WANTED: Mature person looking for permanent position in a very busy retail tackle shop. Requires good people skills, comfortable with multi-tasking while answering phones. Apply in person at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina Watersports attendant F/T for busy company in Islamorada. Must be hardworking & dependable. Weekends & valid dr. lic. a must! 305-896-2915



Boopkkeeper Wanted! Quick Books Required Send Resume to 88005 Overseas Hwy /10-105 Islamorada FL 33036



Hospitality assistant needed for Condo rentals. Part time. Computer, office and reservations experience req’d. Continental Inn, KCB admin–marathonresort.com REAL ESTATE ASSISTANT to Top Agent in Lower Keys. Must be well-organized. Job description includes solid computer background, transaction mgt & variety of tasks. Approx. 25-30 hrs. per week. FL real estate license a plus but not nec. for right person. Email resume to:realassistant–bellsouth.net

Bartender, Dancers Servers & Security Housing available



Busy Law Office in Marathon seeking an Office Assistant that is detail oriented and can multi-task. Phone and computer skills a must. Part Time/Full Time depending on exp. Please email resumes to kris–halschuhmacher.com or call Kris at 305-289-9397

Make BIG $$$$


Corporate Bookkeeper, Marathon: Resp. for day to day financial ops of busy CPA firm. Duties incl. AP/AR, payroll, bank rec, record-keeping, monthly, quarterly & annual tax reporting, plus a few client accounts. Min. 8 years exp, professional & accurate team player w/can-do attitude. Must have more accting software proficiency than just QuickBooks. Exp. w/Thompson CSA & CBS software preferred. Accting degree a plus. E-mail resume to tara–keyspca.com Interviews mid-June. Bishop, Rosasco & Co. CPA’s. EOE. OUTSIDE SALES POSITION Experienced, with vehicle & valid drivers license req’d. Full time. Salary & commission. Fax resume to 289-5419.



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DAIRY QUEEN IS HIRING A RESTAURANT MANAGER in Tavernier. Prev. fast food exp. preferred but will train. Must be willing to work nights & wknds. Apply in person at 103900 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo or call 305-451-4502. Ask for Maria or Paul

Call Mr Ford

664-4335 WOODY’S MM82 DAIRY QUEEN NOW HIRING F/T & P/T. Day & nt. shifts available. Apply in person. 92661 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070



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EXPERIENCED HELP ONLY • Breakfast Cook • Prep Cook • Line Cook • Host/Hostess • Waitstaff • Bartender • Bus Person • Front of House Managers Apply in person: Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, 7 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon.

MARATHON MM 50 Clean, comfortable 1BR, 1BA travel trailer. In Key RV. 6 mo min. $695 ‡ util. F/L/S. Free cable. Available now. 305-896-2915

IMMEDIATE HIRING • Breakfast Servers • Dining Room Captains with knowledge of wine • PM Line Cook • Dinner Food Runners HIDEAWAY CAFE - Call Robert at 289-1554 between 10am-noon for appointment.

MM 99 - 1 BR Summer Rental Spend your summer here! Avl. 6-15. Furn, Oceanside. 1000 sf oceanfront dockage. Grnd Flr, $1200/mo, FLS. 305-942-3055

MM 92.5 Tavernier Extra Large 2BR Second Floor $1250 ‡ Electric 917-589-8334


RESORT HELP Immediate opening • Dock Hand • Maintenance Marathon 797-1707 YARD & MAINTENANCE HELP for small Islamorada resort. Need experience and references. Please call (305) 664-4136.


MARATHON 2 BR, 1-1/2 BA, Oceanside. Canal front, all tiled, C/A, W/D, fenced yard, shed. Concrete dock. One yr ‡ lease, F/L/S. $1375/mo. ‡ util 914-522-9092 OCEANFRONT MARATHON Updated 3br, 2ba, deep water, for Rent or Sale. $2500/mo or $549K. Hot tub. 50’ dock. Tile floors. Avail 7/1. 732-674-3451


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Marathon 1-2BR, 1BA. Approx 600 sq ft. Fla room, screened atrium, large shed. Cable incl. Parking for 2 cars. $950 ‡ utils. 305-587-1512. Keys RV

Private Collector Wants Rolex Dive watches and Pilot Watches. Old model Military clocks & watches. Call 305-743-4578



Yard Sale 211 Pearl Ave. Tavernier Saturday May 26 8AM 12. 2 Minnkota 85pd Thrust Trolling Motors 2000 Actioncraft 2020 Flats boat $10,000 303-482-7177



A MOVE IN NOW from $275 week. MARATHON. Weekly or monthly. Fully furnished. All utilities, cable & free WI FI included. 305-289-0800



Great Selections! Used & almost new refrigerators & side by sides. Byars Used Furniture & Appliances, 2771 O/S Hwy, Marathon. 305-393-3238

GRASSY KEY Half duplex oceanfront, 2/2, tile, remodeled kitchen, W/D. Impact resistant windows. Covered parking. $1,595/mo. 305-610-2267 KCB yearly rental, 1 bedroom 1 bath, ground level half duplex, fully furnished, tile floors, wooden deck area. F/L/S. Call 305-395-0439 Key Largo Landings of Largo 2/2 condo. 2 pools, marina, boat ramp, tennis courts, large carport. $1500/mo incl cable. Avail July 1st. 954-214-1751 MARATHON 1 BR, 1 BA in one half duplex, $800. F/L/S. Call Remax, 743-2300 for info. MARATHON 2/2 Furn. condo. Pool, dock avail. $1,350/mo ‡ utils. Call Marcy 305-289-6505 C.B. Schmitt Real Estate MARATHON 2BR, 2BA Sombrero Beach Road. 6-12 month lease. 1 pet under 25 lbs. OK. $1300/mo. 305-509-2899, lv msg. MARATHON EFFICIENCY Ocean Isles gated commty. Furn, Clubhouse w/pool, N/S, no pets. Bkgrnd chk req. $775. 386-308-4071; 386-467-1966











25’ 2520 XL PARKER, 2004 With 2004 Yamaha 225 4-stroke. Full electronics. Exc. Condition! Call Steve, at Shelter Bay Marine, 743-7008 25’ DOWNEASTER w/10’ beam, ’06 Yamaha 200 HP, low hours. Great fishing, diving and work boat! $12,900. 740-409-2100, KCB. 25’ GRADY WHITE, 1991 Hull, ‘‘Sailfish’’, 2-2006 Yamaha 4 stroke 150 hp engines, with 78 hours on each. 1 owner boat. $25,000. 305-289-1987, Jeff.

3BR/2.5BA TOWNHOUSE MM 88.5, Plantation Villas. Travertine flrs., granite, stainless appls. No smoking, no pets. $1450/mo. F/L/S. Call Eric, owner/agent. 305-393-3706


29’ COMMERCIAL Y & G 300 HP John Deere, low hours. Fishing & trap pulling. Full electronics. $23K obo. 305-522-2702, Islamorada 31’ GULF STREAM DAY CHARTER Twin 210 Cummins diesels, tower. 1st $17,500 takes her! Call Ken at Action Marine. 305-394-7507


KEY LARGO MM 101 O/S Beautiful Room $160 WK, Move in $480. Scrn porch. No Pets, No Smoking. Private entrance with everything. 305-453-0803 Leave msg.


GRASSY KEY 3/2 canal front home Completely remodeled Dock, unfurn, EZ access to Ocean/Bay. Section 8 OK. Util Incl. $1450/mo. 305-216-6300



Carolina Skiff Specialists All sizes & models: Sea Chasers, Bennington pontoons & Hydrasports. Call Ft. Myers for West Coast pricing! 800-955-7543



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2006 PARK MODEL TRAILER FOR RENT Keys RV Park. Fully furnished. $600/mo F/L/S. 305-731-5042

2 BR/1BA stilt home on canal in Upper Sugarloaf Key. Avail. immed. $1650/mo, F/L/S. Al Leder of Preferred Properties 305-304-7359 A



KEY LARGO MM96. Ocean side. Direct ocean access w/Ocean views! Furn, 3br, 2ba / 2br, 2ba. Seasonal or annual. Call 786-258-3127 A



MARATHON Comm space 2,450 sq ft office plus storage. 180’ front footage on US /1. Lots of prkg. Industrial zoned warehouses, 980 sf w/office & 350 sf space. Call John 587-7529, Kurt 481-4838

MARATHON 2/1 COZY & comfortable, canal front, beautifully tiled, nice yard. $350K. Won’t last! Call Kelly Willard, Lic’d RE Agent, Exit Realty Fl Keys, 484-547-8821


Marathon - Gulfside Village 5800 O/S Hwy, Unit /32, 960 sq. ft. $1750/mo. plus elect. Pete Donnelly 732-996-9591 or Sue Lovley 305-304-7565 MARATHON US 1 Commercial Space Avail. 1000 sf, $1/sf ‡ util, taxes & insur. Yard space also available. 305-923-9542







KEY LARGO Park Model for sale. Handicapped designed, 1 BR, furnished. Never lived in. $15,000. Owner financing available. 305-522-5841



MARATHON RV/Mobile Home Lot for Sale 38’ x 66’. Can build on or income/rental for last 2 years. $125K. 760-834-8975; 760-574-4915



30’ GRAMPIAN SAILBOAT Excellent condition, great liveaboard. Reduced! $2500. See at 2525 Overseas Hwy, Marathon.



BOAT SLIP FOR RENT MM 99 OCEANSIDE Up to 40 ft. catamarans, etc. No liveaboards. Water & electric included. (305) 942-3055 DRY SLIP AT THE BOAT HOUSE AT VACA CUT. Mid-level rack. 33’x10’. In & outs included. $375/mo. 630-947-4344

All types of permits for sale!! Rock Shrimp, King Fish, S Atlantic Snapper, Grouper, Gulf 6 Pack reef & pelagic, Commercial Gulf Reef Fish, Gulf Snapper IFQ’s, Long Line Pkg. Many other permits avail. We buy, sell & broker all types of permits. Call before you buy or sell! Please call for prices. Licensed & Bonded. All permits guaranteed valid for transfer, many ref’s avail. John Potts Jr. 321-784-5982, 321-302-3630 www.shipsusa.com Looking for used lobster or crab trap for decorating purposes. Can be in bad shape I will repair. 305-240-1742 Marathon MTHN-Marine Storage: boats, trailers, campers, any clean storage OK on wheels. Best rates in town. Check with us first! Call Emil, 731-3386 A


**STONE CRAB BOAT/ TRAPS / TAGS** 1974 28’ TCraft with 1999 3126 6cyl Cat runs great, Raymarine A50DGPS ,VHF, AM/FM well maintained,new this season ZF 2:1 Gear everything works, great stone crab boat. Triple axle aluminum trailer with new tires.1,375 B stone crab certs. 1,070 used plastic traps (additional certs / traps available if desired) WILL NOT SEPARATE 941.615.7269 jsabo941–yahoo.com $49,000

Used traps: lobster $7 ea, crab $8 ea. S/S trap table $500. 275 gal fuel tank $250. 6 person life raft $300. Complete hydraulic trap hauler $500. Used bouys & rope. 305-879-3222

HOT SUMMER SPECIAL! BOAT SLIPS, $425/mo. Sombrero Marina/Dockside, Marathon 743-5663 or email sombreromarina–comcast.net

Beautiful RV Lot for Rent We have a 23’ x 49’ RV lot for rent in Big Pine Key;(MM 30). The lot will accommodate up to a 36’ unit. 954-410-6246

RV LOTS FOR RENT Docks Avail. Islamorada Bayside, MM 81.5. Full hook-ups. Weekly, Seasonal, Annual. Call 305-393-3377

DEATH FORCES SALE OF THESE VESSELS: 34’ Crusader, 6V53, set up to shrimp. Can remove rigging, hydraulic sys. good. $10K obo; 46’ Bob McCoy 671, solid Bandit boat, good electr., a. pilot, 10K lb. ice, live bait well, economical, $40K obo. 904-262-2869; 904-708-0893

AA Dave buys permits So Atlantic Snapper, Grouper, Gulf Reef, K/Mack, Shark, Sword, Tuna. $$$ in 48 hours! 904-262-2869




INSIDE STORAGE RACK AT MARATHON BOAT HOUSE Pvt owner, unlimited in/out, full service marina, 24 hr. security. 37’3’’ tip to tip; 16’1’’ H, 11’6’’ W. RENT $490/mo. 6 month min. Call 412-848-1272


AUTOS WANTED! ALL YEARS! Junk-Used. Car-Van-Truck. Running or not. Cash paid. 305-332-0483

Paradise Towing is buying junked cars. Call (305) 731-6540





20ft Grady White CC 96 Yamaha 200 low hrs. Ttop, leaning post. Survey available. Extra clean. Tandum trailer. Call for details and upgrades. Reduced $13,900 Michael 815-530-7755 / 305-743-7524



Somebody else wants it.

Have something you no longer need? Sell it in our classifieds! (305) 743-5551 or [emailprotected]

6V92 Twin Turbo Detroit diesel with 507, 2:1 transmission, twin disk, 2 seasons since full rebuild. $6,500. Josh 305-797-6728 42’ Aluminum boat trailer. Like new! Stainless brakes, 18,000 lbs. $5200 obo. Call 305-395-0806, Marathon.

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