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778679022222 Classifieds . . .4B Living . . . .2B Business . . .7A Obituaries . . .2A Opinion . . .6A Sports/Outdoors .1B Crossword . . .3BINDEX Printed on 100% recycled newsprint CONTENTS 2012 KEYNOTER PUBLISHING CO. Beth GroomsSales Manager Featured Foreclosed Property!New Year New Opportunity! Call Me Today! KeysIslandProperties.com 305-296-1234 Gun debateDespite all the debate,the Newtown massacre might not mean much for gun control.Column, 6A Fiscal cliffNo matter what happens, the so-called fiscal cliff will hit your wallet. Story, 7A WWW.KEYSNET.COM WEDNESDAY,DECEMBER 26,2012 VOLUME 59,NO.103 25 CENTS It's a wrap for 2012And so another year comes to a close on Monday, and with it the usual good and bad in the Florida Keys. This was a big year of change in Monroe County, with voters choosing a new county clerk, new property appraiser, new elections supervisor, new county commissioner, new state attorney, new Mosquito Control Board and School Board members, and more. It was a year when our islands finally saw significant financial help from the state to build our state-mandated sewers $50 million, no small chunk of change. It was a year when it seemed like the issue of whether to allow No Name Key homeowners to get commercial electricity would finally be resolved. It was another year thankfully in which we were barely affected by weather during the six-month hurricane season. So what will 2013 bring? The usual controversies, no doubt, and also the usual strangeness that comes from living at the end of the road. It'll bring surprises, happiness, grief what every year brings, really. So we say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013 with optimism and hope. But not without look back at what the past 12 months have brought, which we do in today's paper.Past 12 months have seen our islands get new leaders, resolve some issuesREWIND:2012 IN THE KEYSCONGRESSIONAL CATCH Photo by ANDY NEWMANNewly elected U.S.Rep.Joe Garcia (left),who represents the Keys,helps his friend,Miami attorney William Barzee,reel in a nice dolphin off Islamorada.The pair fished on the Catch 22,'skippered by Capt.Scott Stanzcyk.Electronics theft scandal rings loudIt was the year of the iPad and iPhone in Monroe County. Ascandal involving the theft and resale of an estimated 52 Apple phones and tablets by former county Technical Services Director Lisa Drucke-miller dominated the county-related headlines in 2012. An investigation revealed that Druckemiller had received $4,778 for equipment that cost Keys taxpayers $23,311. Most of that money came from co-workers most notably County Administrator Roman Gastesi. He received three phones and one iPad worth a combined $2,325 for $899. Druckemiller admitted her part in the scheme before a grand jury in July and was booked less than a week later on felony counts of dealing in stolen property and a scheme to defraud between $20,000 and $50,000. Her charges are pending but it looks like she's already lost her state pension, earned over three decades working for the county. The County Commission eventually issued a formal letter of censure to Gastesi for his role in the scandal, adding it to his personnel file. Henry "Hank" Kokenzie, 44, of Key West was one of five county employees subject to disciplinary review for receiving phones and/or tablets from Druckemiller. He resigned on Nov. 2 prior to a job hearing.Several people implicated in scandalREWIND:2012 IN MONROE COUNTY DRUCKEMILLERSee County,2A Bizarrely, Keys never disappointMillions trembled at the notion of a Mayan end-oftime apocalypse in 2012 but the dire premonition never gained momentum in the Florida Keys. We have enough to worry about, with the prospect of mutant mosquitoes, giant Gambian rats and backyard Burmese pythons. All these critters made Keys headlines in 2012, adding to the lore of the odd-Cheeto shaped like seahorse? Sure,why notREWIND:2012 IN WEIRDNESSBy RYAN MCCARTHYrmccarthy@keynoter.com Here's a bank robber with shorts on his head.See Weird,2AIn Middle Keys, more hotel roomsIn Marathon, 2012 was all about new hotel rooms. The state Cabinet awarded the city 100 transient units in recognition of progress made toward installing central sewer and stormwater systems, a state mandate. The city spent much of the year deciding how to distribute those units, while several developers submitted amended development agreements in hopes of securing their fair share. There had been a moratorium in place on new units since the city incorporated in 1999, and the City Council had to approve changes to Marathon's land-use plan to allow their allocation. The city held several meetings early in the year to gather input from interested parties on requirements to apply for the units. Several provisions were approved, most notably a 4-to-1 ratio, meaning a project could receive only one unit for every four in hand. The council in December granted amended development agreements to the owners of the former Crystal Cove Resort and the Bonefish Bay Motel. Crystal Cove owner Marvin Rappaport plans a 113-room Marriott Residence Inn on his 7.3-acre lot near mile marker 50, while Bonefish Bay plans to increase from 20 to 25 units. Roger Masters and partnerAlso,zip line, Customs office are approvedREWIND:2012 IN MARATHON The final touches are put on the price sign at the new Dunkin'Donuts and Valero gas station,which opened earlier this month.By KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.orgSee Marathon,5ABy RYAN MCCARTHYrmccarthy@keynoter.com
KeysNet.com Keynoter 2A Wednesday,December 26,2012 PREDICTED TEMPERATURESDA Y HIGH L O W WED.82 70 THURS.77 70 FRI.81 73 SAT.82 72 Forecast: Mostly cloudy with chance of thunderstorms Wed.night.Winds shifting from SW to NW after midnight. Visit KeysNet.com/weatherfor radar and extended forecast.The Monroe County Health Department tests Keys beaches every two weeks for the presence of enteric bacteria.There currently are no Keys beaches with health advisories against swimming.FLORIDA KEYS KEYNOTER (ISSN 8756-6427,USPS# 0201-620) is published semi-weekly by Florida Keys Keynoter,P.O.Box 500158, Marathon,Florida 33050-0158. Subscription rates are $54.23 in the Keys.Your Keynoter home delivery subscription includes the Sunday edition of The Miami Herald.Keynoter mail subscriptions:$64.84 in Florida and $60.32 out-of-state.Please call for all other rates,including overseas mail.Periodicals Postage Paid at Marathon,Florida and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Address changes to FLORIDA KEYS KEYNOTER, PO BOX 500158,MARATHON,FL 33050-0158.Upper Keys 91655 Overseas Highway Tavernier,FL 33070 Newsroom .(305) 852-3216 Advertising .(305) 852-3216 Fax . . .(305) 853-1040 Fax . . .(305) 852-0199 Marathon 3015 Overseas Highway (P.O.Box 500158) Marathon,FL 33050-0158 Newsroom .(305) 743-5551 Advertising .(305) 743-5551 Fax . . .(305) 743-6397 Fax . . .(305) 743-9586 E-mail email@example.com Missing your paper? We no longer offer same-day redelivery for missing or wet papers.Customers can request a credit or next-day redelivery by calling 743-5551.After hours,call toll-free (800) 843-4372.KEYS WEATHER BEACH ADVISORIES CONTACT US NEWS BRIEFSState's jobless rate falls againFlorida's jobless rate fell in November to 8.1 percent, its lowest rate since late 2008. The rate was a 0.4 percentage point drop from October and 2 percentage points lower than November 2011, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday. Florida continued to close in on the national jobless rate, which fell 0.2 points to 7.7 percent in November. Florida's figure translates into 760,000 workers unable to find employment. Among the strongest sectors, leisure and hospitality employment grew by 31,200 jobs, or 3.3 percent, from a year ago. News Service of Florida WKYZ Florida KeysPirateRadioKeyWest.com 96.7 FM 101.7 FM Keys News on the half-hour Daily (M-F) News Director Don Riggs M or nings 7:30 8:30 9:30 A f t er no ons 4:30 5:30 Some scares on the environment frontThings that did not happen to the Florida Keys environment in 2012 turned out to be some of the most significant of the past year. Two hurricanes Isaac in August and Sandy in October came within warning distance of Monroe County, which felt the effects of wind, rain and some flooding. But neither storm made landfall in the Keys or caused significant damage on shore. Despite an active Atlantic tropical-storm season, Florida and the Keys marked the seventh straight year without suffering a hurricane landfall. In terms of looking ahead to the summer of 2013, that no-landfall span means absolutely nothing, for good or ill, say experts at the National Hurricane Center. In January, the new year dawned with the specter of a giant oil-drilling platform being towed into the Florida Straits off the northern shore of Cuba. If offshore oil was discovered in Cuban waters, effects of a spill or even routine drilling operations could have flowed toward the Keys. But test wells came up empty, and drilling in the straits seems less likely. Speaking of oil drilling, no effects from the Deepwater Horizon spill have been verified in the Florida Keys although experts say it could be years before impacts in the Gulf of Mexico become apparent. In other notable environmental stories from 2012: The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and federal wildlife refuges in the Lower Keys launched the first major managementplan rewrite in more than 15 years. The end result could be rule changes that increase allowable activities in some areas but expand protective regulations in others. The planning process will continue through 2013. Plans to increase operations at Naval Air Station Key West drew scrutiny from local residents and elected officials, who asked the U.S. Navy to conduct a more thorough review of noise and other environmental issues. Aproposal to expand the main Key West shipping canal to accommodate larger cruise ships was applauded by local business interests but criticized by environmental advocates. Apush for the expansion slowed but could return in 2013. The federal government agreed in late 2012 that seven Florida Keys corals merit study for possible listing as endangered or protected species. Staghorn coral and elkhorn coral the only two Keys corals now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act may deserve endangered status, according to biologists. The Miami blue butterfly, now found only on offshore Keys islands, was named a federally protected endangered species under an emergency declaration in June. But the endangered wood stork apparently has recovered enough to be moved to threatened status, a federal report says.Oil drilling off Cuba coast comes up emptyREWIND:2012 AND THE ENVIRONMENTOther punishments doled out by former Judge David Kirwan, who was contracted by the county to hear the cases, included: Aone-day suspension and reprimand for Deputy County Administrator Debbie Frederick. Wastewater Department Administrator Elizabeth Wood and Guardian Ad Litem staffer Lacy Carabello received written reprimands. Finance Director Tina Boan was cleared of inappropriate activity. On the brighter side, the county delivered a tax cut with the fiscal year 2012-13 budget, secured a $50 million grant for sewer construction and might finally be ridding itself of the Hickory House bar and restaurant property on Stock Island, bought for more than $3 million six years ago but never utilized. The 2012-13 budget was finalized in September with a tax rate of $4.04 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That's 2.6 percent below the previous year's rate. Apotential deal for the Hickory House property arose in October, when the commission directed staff to open negotiations with Key West businessman Richard Buckheim to use the property. The county purchased the much-maligned property in 2006 at the behest of thenCommissioner Dixie Spehar for $3.1 million. The intent was to use it as a park or public access to the water, but it's lain dormant ever since. The county tried numerous times over the years to unload it but received mainly untenable offers. In May, the state Cabinet finalized a $50 million allocation from the $200 million Mayfield grant approved by the state Legislature in 2009. It's meant to fund Keys wastewater projects. Monroe received $30 million of the $50 million to jump-start its $135.7 million Cudjoe Regional wastewater project. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Monroe's wastewater partner, awarded three contracts totaling the $135.7 million on Dec. 19. In July, the commission gave final approval to a $4,500 that is development fee for the Cudjoe Regional system. That is slated to serve more than 7,000 parcels from Cudjoe Key to Big Pine Key. Along-running 2012 dustup with the state over backlogged Medicaid claims ended on a good note for the county. Originally on the hook for $3.8 million, the number was reduced to $1.6 million after the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Florida Association of Counties against the state Agency for Health Care Administration. Aseven-year ban on National Flood Insurance Program policies for some 55,000 Keys parcels was lifted in 2012. The ban came about as part of a 1990 lawsuit filed by three environmental groups against the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And finally, another year goes by in the seemingly never-ending battle over commercial electricity on No Name Key. This was a more eventful year than most, though, as Lower Keys utility Keys Energy Services installed 62 power poles on the off-the-grid island.Sewer money flows downFrom County,1A NEWYEARS DEADLINESFor Wed.,Jan.2 KeynoterDispla y & Classified Displa y ads Thurs.,Dec.27 before 5 p.m. Classified Line ads Fri.,Dec.28 before 10 a.m.For Fri.,Jan.4 ReporterDispla y ads Thurs.,Dec.27 before 5 p.m. Classified Displa y ads Fri.,Dec.28 before 3 p.m. Classified Line ads Regular deadlines applyFor LAttitudes Fri.,Jan.4 & Sat.,Jan.5Displa y ads Fri.,Dec.28 before 5 p.m.Have a Safe & Happy Holiday! The Keynoter & Reporter offices will be closed Dec.25 & Jan.1 ball and offbeat that forever grows in this island chain. And that's before we start thinking about kind of weirdness that walks on two legs. Bits of bizarre from here and there in the Keys this year: The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District spends more than $10 million annually to kill mosquitoes, so it sounds counterintuitive when the agency talks about releasing more mosquitoes. But these would be special genetically altered mosquitoes, created to mate but not multiply! Atimetable tentatively scheduled a spring 2012 release of 5,000 to 10,000 genetically altered mosquitoes the Aedes aegypti species that can transmit dengue fever. The non-biting males have been bred by British biotech firm Oxitec to produce offspring that die young, ideally causing the nonnative population to go extinct here. The release date passed with no release, largely due to state and federal agencies not wanting to get involved with experimental bug biotechnology in a populated city. The bug battle drew international attention. An online petition started in April by Key Wester Mila de Mier cautions against allowing "mutant mosquitoes." de Mier hoped for about 1,500 virtual signatures. As the year ends, the count nears 120,000. In something of a similar vein, the menace of the Gambian pouched rat flared anew. Acolony of the imported rats that grow as big as cats took hold on Grassy Key a decade ago after a breeder's brood escaped. The federal government battled long and hard to eradicate the massive rodents (9-pound specimens are known), and thought they succeeded in 2009. The rats reappeared in late 2011, spurring another eradication effort that drew national and international media attention. The Reuters news service and Time magazine were among outlets writing March stories on giant Keys rats. Burmese pythons? Yeah, still got em. The Upper Keys and south Miami-Dade are the only places in the nation that have dozens of python traps coffin-like structures sometimes baited with rats arrayed in woodlands in an effort to catch the Burmese pythons before they can establish a breeding population. Promoters of Key West's biggest single event, Fantasy Fest, dared the fates with the 2012 theme "A-Conch-Alypse." No Mayan apocalypse ensued but a late-season October storm developed quickly, forcing organizers to cancel Pretenders in Paradise, a popular costume contest held outdoors. There were very real fears that gusty winds would turn the elaborate, oversized costumes into untethered parasails. The rest of Fantasy Fest proceeded as planned bizarrely. An apparent tale of mystery and mirth unfolded in April in waters near Archer Key, a small island west of Key West. A sponger called authorities to report seeing what looked like "a human torso, sitting on a captain's chair, about three feet underwater" near a sunken boat, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported. The report was not that wrong. Lawmen boarded boats, and recovered a "human" skeleton a plastic skeleton that was lashed to the chair. "It looks pretty real," Detective Manny Cuervo observed. Unlike the faux bones, no explanation for the obscure hoax surfaced. Aman charged with trying to rob a Stock Island bank in February donned a disguise to distract witnesses: He wore a pair of shorts on his head, like a floppy hat. After demanding cash, he had a change of heart. "Never mind," he said before leaving. Deputies found a suspect, Eli Escalera, nearby and charged him anyway. In March, a Virginia man sold a Cheeto shaped like a seahorse for $100 on eBay, with the money going to Reef Relief. Inspired to help his agency's children's charity, a Monroe County Sheriff's Office sergeant posted on eBay a chicken nugget that "resembled a cowboy boot" after finding it in his Dion's Quik Mart lunch. Outcome of the sale was not known.Pythons? Of courseFrom Weird,1A By KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday,December 26,2012 3A Keynoter KeysNet.com DINNER MENU Dinner includes glass of wine (chardonnay,white zinfandel,or cabernet), chefs appetizer,cup of soup or side salad,choice of entre and special dessert.SOUP CHOICES Fresh Florida Lobster Bisque New England Clam Chowder ENTRE CHOICES Filet Mignon Apple wood wrapped Filet served over our Homemade demi-glaze with Yukon Gold Potato AuGratin & Sauted Vegetable MedleyPrime Rib 12 oz.Prime Rib with Yukon Gold Potato AuGratin & Sauted Vegetable Medley Mahi-Mahi Florentine Fresh Local Mahi-Mahi baked with spinach & artichoke stuffing.Roasted Red Potatoes and Sauted Vegetable MedleyCaribbean Seafood Paella Shrimp,Scallops,and Middleneck Clams Chorizo Sausage,Spiced with Caribbean Curry over Coconut Rice Chicken Breast a la V odka Sauted with a Pink Vodka Sauce served over Lobster and crab ravioli & Sauteed Vegetable Medley Florida Lobster Grilled Local Florida Lobster tail with Roasted Red Potatoes & Sauteed Vegetable Medley DESSER T CHOICES Homemade Key Lime Pie Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Chefs Special Dessert $34.99 per person $69.99 per coupleReservations being accepted,call (305) 396-7235 Join us for a fantastic evening oceanfront, overlooking the Historic 7 Mile Bridge New Years Eve Dinner New Years Day Brunch Buffet Made to Order Omelette Station Eggs Benedict Scrambled Eggs Hot Cakes & Maple Syrup Smoked Applewood Bacon Smoked Sausage Links Yukon Gold Potato AuGratin Honey Glazed Ham Slow Roasted Mojo Marinated Cuban Pork Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Diced Breakfast Potatoes Sunset Coconut Rice Cuban Style Black Beans Sunset Grille Cuban Sandwiches California Spring Lettuce & Spring Mix Salad with Assorted Dressings Fresh Baked Breads Sunset Key Lime PieAdults $13.99Children under 12 $9.99Join us on New Year's Day for a bountiful buffet to start the new year from 10am to 1pm. Enjoy the view over the 7 Mile Bridge with friends and family.Sunset Grille & Raw Bar7 Knights Key Blvd.,Marathon,FL(At the foot of the 7 Mile Bridge,Oceanside)305-396-7235 www.sunsetgrille7milebridge.com Hearing TestCALLFOR APPT. IN-HOME SERVICENathan Trigoboff (H.A.S., Doctor of Education)C.I.CNearly invisible 100% Digital$79500THE OPTICAL SHOPPEDR. BOILINI'S OFFICE743-8316451-14812375 O/S Hwy., Marathon KeyKey Largowww.hearingaidman.com OPEN FITS $995.00 THE HEARING AID MAN Come vi s it o u r online photo g allerie s an d sub mit yo u r own at www.Key s Net.com/Photo sMixed year forfishermenCommercial fishermen in the Florida Keys ended 2012 enduring poor seasons on lobster and stone crabs, after enjoying strong seasons on the crustaceans that ended in the spring. Lobster and stone-crab claws are the most lucrative catch for Monroe County's commercial fleet, which accounts for the Keys'second largest economic driver behind tourism. Lobster harvests rebounded to 5.7 million pounds statewide in the 2011-12 season that ended in March. The Florida Keys fleet caught nearly 90 percent of that total, and dockside prices were good. Since the current lobster season opened in August, words like "poor" and "disappointing" have been used to describe the take. Final numbers will not be available until the season closes. Hurricane Isaac delivered another punch weeks in late August, just weeks after lobster traps went into the water. Isaac caused few problems on shore but destroyed a large amount of fishing gear, commercial groups said. The drop in stone-crab harvests from the season that closed in May with an estimated 2.67 million pounds statewide has been even steeper. Since the first days of the new season in October, fishermen say crabs have become stunningly scarce. Theories for the drop range from climate change and effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to overharvesting and natural cycles. Experts say it likely is a combination of factors that could take years to discern. In other notable fishing developments from 2012: In May, a 16-month ban on fishing for several types of deepwater snapper and grouper in Atlantic waters below 240 feet was dropped. The rule, adopted to protect overfished speckled hind and Warsaw grouper from being caught by accident, caused a higher economic cost to fishermen than expected, federal managers said. Potential effects of federal annual catch limits became apparent in October when a closure for commercial yellowtail snapper was declared. Commercial fishermen protested that the limit for yellowtail was unreasonably low. Literally hours before the ban took hold, fishery managers agreed to keep the season open through year's end 2012. Some Keys charterboat crews took a financial hit in April when a federal ban was imposed on selling dolphin and wahoo taken on recreational charter trips. Some local captains and mates working off charter boats with necessary federal and state species licenses reportedly make thousands of dollars annually selling dolphin caught by charter customers. If properly licensed, those boats still can sell dolphin taken on non-sportfishing trips.Lobster rebounds but stone crabs hard to come byREWIND:2012 AND FISHINGAt FKCC, a year of changeFlorida Keys Community College hit a milestone in 2012 as President Larry Tyree turned over the institutional reigns to new President Jonathan Gueverra. Gueverra, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, beat out 43 other applicants and took the job for $180,000 annually on July 1, becoming the college's sixth president. He came to the Florida Keys from his former job as chief executive officer of the Community College of the District of Columbia. The married father of three has a master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and undergraduate degrees from Providence (R.I.) College and Newbury College in Boston. Prior to his retirement, Tyree presented and FKCC's board of trustees approved a $10.69 million 2012-13 operating budget effective when the fiscal year began on July 1. The figure includes a 5.3 percent reserve of more than $556,000. Total revenue of $10,125,145 includes $5,780,527 in state funding and $3,866,861 derived from anticipated student fees. Total personnel costs amount to $7,216,316. While the finances are stable, Gueverra is overseeing the lowest enrollment at the college in a five-year period. Enrollment, measured over the spring, summer and fall semesters, experienced an uptick under President Jill Landes-berg-Boyle, who served three years, but became stagnant and declined under her predecessor, Tyree. In the 2008-09 academic year, FKCC had 960.8 full-time equivalent students. The next year, that was up to 1,098.6 and in 2010-11 the figure was 1,013.5. The 2011-12 year saw the number of full-time equivalent students dip to its lowest level in five years, with just 926.6. For the current fall semester, there are 368.2 full-time equivalent students. The overall number, when all is said and done, will include the next spring and summer semesters. Gueverra has also reignited a push formerly led by LandesbergBoyle to bring a comprehensive hospitality management curriculum to FKCC. Gueverra said the curriculum would be modeled after Florida International University's well-known program, which graduates more than 1,500 students every year with bachelor's and master's degrees from the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.New president takes the reins on Stock IslandREWIND:2012 AT THE COLLEGEBy KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer email@example.comBy SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.com GUEVERRA Call Classifieds:743-5551
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Real Estate Sales & Vacation rentals309 Sadowski Causeway Key Colony Beach,FL 33051Gail V.Borysiewicz Broker Tel:(305) 289-9339 Fax:(305) 289-9499 Cell:(305) 481-6887 firstname.lastname@example.org Come visit our online photo galleries an d su b mit your own at www.KeysNet.com/PhotosNew head honcho forKey WestKey West got a new city manager in 2012 with the retirement of five-year City Manager Jim Scholl and the hiring of Bob Vitas, who came to the Keys from Lake Zurich, Ill. Vitas beat out 79 other applicants for the job, which pays $180,000 annually under a three-year contract. He has a bachelor's degree in international relations from Northern Illinois University and a master's in public affairs from the same university. In his time on the job, Vitas has prioritized a number of major capital projects, including work on a new city hall, Old Town fire station and the Truman Waterfront development. On the Truman Waterfront, the morethandecade-old plan to transform the 33-acre property into a destination park materialized to some extent with the selection of Miami-based Bermello Ajamil and Partners to run design and project management. That culminated in the presentation of a master plan that envisions phased construction and price tag more than $40 million. Along back-and-forth about a new city hall that began with Mayor Craig Cates'2009 election reached a level of finality with the City Commission voting to move forward with a rebuild of Glynn Archer Elementary School on White Street. The School District gave Glynn Archer to the city in return for sharing some of its space and for bus parking on Stock Island to avoid the North Roosevelt Boulevard reconstruction nightmare. Glynn Archer's rebuild is expected to cost around $18 million and was selected in favor of rebuilding city hall at 525 Angela St. The administrative offices are currently in rented space at Habana Plaza on Flagler Avenue. And although city hall won't be rebuilt on Angela, a new Old Town fire station will replace broken-down structure that's there now. Construction is expected to start in early 2013 and cost around $4 million. Caroline Street also proved a bastion of pending development in 2012 with a number of major projects in various stages of development review. Pritam Singh wants to build a 96-room hotel at the former Jabour's Trailer Court. Chris Schultz and Jim Walsh want to turn the old Waterfront Market into a brewery, pub, restaurant and venue. And the city has funded more than $500,000 to go toward new sidewalks, improved drainage, signs, landscaping and other public-area improvements. In September the City Commission approved a 2012-13 budget, which went into effect on Oct. 1, setting general-fund expenses at $51,002,346, including a $9.8 million reserve, an increase of about $1 million over the previous year. That's supported by a property tax rate of $2.9185 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from the current rate of $2.8627 per $1,000. The budget increase of $1.1 million included additional overtime for police, an assistant in the City Attorney's Office and an additional nine full-time equivalent shifts for street cleaning. The increase is balanced by the tax increase and reserve days, plus an increase in parking fees from $1 per hour to $2 per hour, the planned addition of more pay parking spaces around the Southernmost Point, and a new up-front fee for applications to the city's Historical Architecture Review Commission.Vitas arrives as numerous projects unfoldREWIND:2012 IN KEY WEST Thursday 1/10 TradewindsLiquors Tradewinds Plaza, MM101.5 TGIF Happy Hour4-7pm winetasting.Free Entry 305-451-5958 KeyLargoFisheriesBackyardCaf 1313 Ocean Bay DriveLobsterfest6-9pm Florida Lobster every which way, live music and wine!! 305-451-3782 GreenTurtleWineandSpiritsShop MM81.2Happy Hour5-7pm Complimentary happy hour wine and liquor tastings. 305-664-2006 Island Grill MM85.5Fromthe Dock to the Plate dinner with wines. 305-664-8400Friday 1/11 IslandTimePaddlewheelRiverboat Next to the Caribbean Club MM104ACaribbeanNightatSea7-9:30pm.Tr opical hors doeuvres, cocktails,music & fun. 305-453-0001 Docs Diner MM99.6A Tripto Italy6-8pm GreatItalian home-cooked delicacies & Italian wines. 305-451-2895 BentleysRestaurant MM82.8Cajun Shrimp Boil7pm Louisiana style spicy shrimp boil paired with wines. 305-664-9094Saturday 1/12 OutbackSteakhouse MM 80 Bondi Beach Party6pm An Australian Beach party with Australian wines. 305-664-3344Sundowners MM104Night in New Orleans6:30pm 4-course Cajun French menu paired with wines and The Sauce Boss. 305-451-4502 HiltonHotel,TreeTops MM97Chino Keys5-6 Happ PrixFixe dinner A toast to the Chinese New Year. 305-852-5553x 522Sunday 1/13 Key Largo Conch House MM100.2Sunday Breakfast Special8am-Noon. Lobster Benedict, a local favorite! 305-453-4844 SnappersWaterfront Restaurant MM94.5, 139 Seaside Dr.Jazz Brunch 11am-4pm Bloody Mary Bar and Mimosas. 305-852-5956 Marker 88 MM88CelebrityChopped6pm The Keysownversion of the popularTV show. 305-852-9315 Uncorked...the KEY LARGO & ISLAMORADA 10DaysofFood &Wine inKeyLargo&Islamorada,FloridaKeyswww.FloridaKeysUncorked.comFormore info : 305-394-3736Grand Tasting & Festival FinaleJanuary 10-19thth2013Saturday 1/19 Postcard Inn Resort&Marina MM84Islamorada noon-5pm Monday 1/14 KeyLargoConchHouse MM100.2Seafood,Wine & Artin the Garden7-9pm. Fresh seafood art/artists. 305-453-4844 Pilot House MM99.5, 13 Seagate Blvd.Beer and BitesTaste unique craft beers and paired bites! 305-451-3142 Pierres Restaurant MM81.6ChefsTasting6-10pm Fabulous 3 course Chefs tasting Tuesday 1/15 Islamorada Progressive DinnerDineAroundTown6:30pm A traveling, 5-course gourmetdinner pairedwith wines.Transportation included. 305-394-3736. IslandGrillattheMandalay MM97.5PaellaNight6pm Traditional paella with Spanish wines and sangria. 305-852-0595BallyhoosHistoricGrille MM 97.8ChefsDinner7pm Watch the chef prepare and cook each course ... paired with wine. 305-852-0822Wednesday 1/16 MoradaBayBeachCaf MM 81.6Sunset Lobster Celebration5pm Lobster 2 ways paired with craft beers. 305-664-0604 SnappersWaterfront Restaurant MM94.5 139 Seaside Dr.Sushi101 6pm Cookingdemoandsushimaking tutorial withsaki tastings. 305-852-5956 Ziggies and Maddogs MM83AneveningwithPasta Panteleo 6-8pm. 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Keys host international confabKey West's long and strong ties with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy were reinforced in 2012 with the September visit of an international fleet. Naval Air Station Key West in mid-September hosted warships at the Outer Mole from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United Kingdom for the 53rd UNITAS exercise. From the Latin word for unity, the two-week exercise is designed to prepare participating nations to respond cooperatively to a variety of situations, both military and humanitarian. The event was marked by a number of ships tours and other activities involving the multinational crews and local community. As it becomes increasingly visible in local Naval operations, the Outer Mole Pier, which the city leases as a cruise-ship berth, is the subject of discussion at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville. That office on Nov. 1 began a solicitation period requesting ideas for use from possible lease-holders, the step that comes before seeking a competitive bid. The current lease, agreed to in 2007 and expiring in June, gives the Navy 40 percent of cruiseship disembarkation fees levied by the city. In 201112, the city grossed $2,393,299, meaning the Navy's cut was more than $957,000. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Outer Mole was included in an economic conveyance from the Navy to the city that includes what is now the city's Truman Waterfront. Following Sept. 11, 2001, the Navy pulled the Outer Mole off the table, citing national security. And although announced in 2011, this year saw preliminary preparations for a planned March 23 and 24 visit of the legendary Blue Angels demonstration flying team. The Blue Angels last visited the Lower Keys in 2010 and before that in 2004. The event is free and in the past has drawn around 25,000 people. On the Coastie side, in May Sector Key West welcomed new Commanding Officer Capt. Alwyn Young, who took the helm from Capt. Pat DeQuattro, who was reassigned to Washington, D.C. Young joined the Coast Guard in 1978 and came to the Keys from Portsmouth, Va., where he served as executive assistant to Coast Guard Atlantic Area Cmdr. Vice Adm. Robert Parker.And Coasties get new chief with YoungREWIND:2012 IN THE MILITARYBy SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.com VITAS By SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.com
Wednesday,December 26,2012 5A Keynoter KeysNet.com Portercomes aboard at the School DistrictAsea change occurred for the Monroe County School District in 2012 with the selection by the School Board of Mark Porter to serve as the first-ever non-elected schools chief. Previously the position was elected. The former superintendent of South Washington County (Minn.) Public Schools was selected from a pool of 56 applicants and began his job on Aug. 8 under a three-contract good for $150,000 each year. He replaced Jesus Jara, who moved on to become the deputy superintendent of the Orange County School District in Central Florida. Porter's selection and hiring came amid a contentious election cycle that drew eight competitors for the open District 2 and 3 School Board seats. That culminated on Nov. 6 with the re-election of District 2 board member Andy Griffiths to his sixth consecutive four-year term; he bested Howard Hubbard and Yvette Mira-Talbott. In District 3, incumbent Duncan Mathe-wson opted not to seek a third term and five people ran to replace him. Marathon dive shop owner Ed Davidson beat John Welsh, Larry Murray, Michael Cunningham and Mark Peterson. In June, Mathewson was arrested for driving under the influence after being pulled over near mile marker 68. That case is pending. In Jara's tenure, the district slashed more than $13 million in spending over a two-year period, resulting in numerous cuts to staffing and programming, which had the side effect of souring relationships with the United Teachers of Monroe union. The primary disagreement between the union and administration revolves around a seven-day unpaid furlough program and the halting introduction of a state-mandate to introduce performance pay for teachers based largely on standardized test scores. Porter made some progress with UTM in September when he successfully negotiated a cut to extraduty teacher supplements by nearly $400,000. It was also an eventful year for the superintendent's top executive team members, Chief of Staff Ken Gentile and Chief Operations Officer Michael Kinneer. Gentile is appealing to the state a decision by Porter to place him on a one-week unpaid suspension for claiming on his job application, submitted to the district in 2009, to be a Florida certified public accountant. Gentile previously held and recently reactivated his New York CPAdesignation, but has never held the certification in Florida. He explained that he thought the title is transferable between states. Kinneer, prior to Porter's arrival, threatened to quit if he wasn't paid more than $5,000 he felt he was owed for serving on the district's union bargaining team and pay lost when he took his unpaid furlough. Porter eventually resolved that and Kinneer, in a 3-2 vote of the board, received an extension of his contract until June 1.He's the Keys' first-ever hired chiefREWIND:2012 IN SCHOOLS 19.99Jim Beam White Label1.75 L36.99Crown Royal1.75 L10.99Skol VodkaOr Gin, 1.75 L26.99Stolichnaya VodkaSelected Varieties, 1.75 L19.99Buffalo Trace Bourbon750 ml15.99Don Q RumSelected Varieties, 1.75 L15.99Canadian Mist1.75 L24.99Ciroc VodkaSelected Varieties, 750 ml17.99Smirnoff VodkaSelected Varieties, 1.75 L12.99Admiral Nelsons RumSpiced or Coconut, 1.75 L45.99Gentleman Jack1.75 L29.99Crown Royal Special Reserve750 ml17.99Jgermeister750 ml22.99Cutty Sark1.75 L45.99Johnnie Walker Green Label Scotch750 ml23.99Beefeater Gin1.75 L17.99Southern Comfort1.75 L 16.99Camarena TequilaReposado or Silver, 750 mlE-Mia/Jax/Lakeland 4C-ThursdayPrices effective Wednesday, December 26, 2012, through Wednesday, January 2, 2013.Liquor items are only available at Publix Liquors. Visit publix.com/store to nd the store nearest you. Must be 21 years of age or older to purchase alcoholic beverages. Quantity limits per customer apply. D Prime Hospitality Group were granted an amended development agreement in October for a proposed Courtyard by Marriott near mile marker 48. They increased to 95 rooms. In previous months, the Spottswood Cos. increased a planned Hyatt at Faro Blanco Resort from 100 to 125 rooms, Pritam Singh added 16 one-bedroom units to his Tranquility Bay Resort agreement and Coconut Cay owner Jim Rhyne increased from 22 to 42 units. At the final regular City Council meeting of 2012, City Manager Roger Hernstadt said the application for the 100 units was finished and available to developers. The council is expected to award them in early 2013. Another announcement at that meeting is a Jan. 17 special meeting to discuss a fiveyear capital infrastructure plan. With all-consuming sewer construction coming to a close, council members are ready to move on to more other projects. First on the list are plans for a new city hall and a possible Public Works building. City Hall is now housed in trailers. The city is also continuing with a popular project in 2013, agreeing to a $162,734 contract to plant 140 trees and thousands of ground-cover plants along the U.S. 1 median from Aviation Boulevard to Coco Plum Drive. The first round of trees was planted in April and May 2011. The city's long-running push for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at Florida Keys Marathon Airport ended successfully when the County Com-mission agreed to move forward with the idea in September. It's estimated to cost $1.15 million and be funded using state Department of Transportation gr ants. The Customs office would make the Middle Keys an official federal point of entry for non-commercial international flights and cruisers. Also in September, the council gave final approval for a much-debated $1.1 million zip-line course at Crane Point Hammock. Proponents have argued the course, which popular in numerous tourist destinations around the world, would be a boon to the struggling nonprofit. Opponents say it will interfere with native habitat and that estimates of revenue and job creation stemming from it are grossly exaggerated.Doughnut timeADunkin'Donuts and Valero gas station opened months behind schedule in December. Its Miami-based developer went bankrupt and the Texas oil giant stepped in to see the business opened. In October, the city made another concession to help keep Maytag Clean Laundry owner Donna Farmer in business. Hers is the only such business in the Middle Keys. The council approved a "Laundromats" category to its sewer-fee schedule, agreeing to reduce her 19.11 equivalent dwelling unit charge (the basis for system fees) by 75 percent. The same reduction would apply to any similar business to open in Marathon. The city finalized an unusually simple 2012-13 budget in September. Little to no changes were made to the originally proposed $10.82 million spending plan. The approved tax rate is 2.1989, or $2.1989 per $1,000 of assessed property value. It was a 7.2 percent hike from the prior year. On the crime front, a sixmember jury found Marathon resident Pierson Villalobos guilty Oct. 25 of two felonies counts each of driving under the influence manslaughter and vehicular homicide. He was driving a car that killed two fellow Middle Keys residents in a 2009 accident. Villalobos was scheduled for sentencing in November, but it was delayed until at least January. He faces 30 years in prison. On July 29, Conch Key resident Carolyn Duke shire shot and killed her neighbor, Martin Mazur, over a can of Busch Light beer. The so-called "sea hag" had no prior arrest history in Monroe County, where she's lived for 17 years. She reportedly did lobstertrap work for Mazur in the past. Duke shire was arraigned in August; no further progress has been made in the case. She remains jailed at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island.Custom office picks up steamFrom Marathon,1AFeds: Wood storks are reboundingFederal officials say the population of wood storks has rebounded to the point that they can be classified as threatened instead of endangered, but some environmentalists object to the proposed new status. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to list its proposal for wood storks in the federal registry this week, pointing to marked improvement since the species was listed as endangered in 1984. "This is a good day for the wood stork, and a good day for conservation," Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a written statement. "Thanks to great efforts from our conservation partners, the species is making real progress toward recovery." Changing the storks' status to threatened is largely a symbolic move. No conservation or protection measures for the species would be removed. But opponents of the change, who will be able to offer comments and data to support their case, say it is a step toward a full delisting. No one doubts that biologists' counts of wood storks mean there has been a resurgence of the birds, which have white feathers and a long bill. In 1984, an estimated 4,742 pairs of the birds were counted; today the population range is believed to be 7,086 to 8,996 pairs. But much of the return of the birds has come outside South Florida, where they once thrived.But not all say extinction threat goneBy MATT SEDENSKYAssociated PressENVIRONMENT PORTERBy SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.com
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EDITORIALOn voting,state needs to listenLETTERS TO THE EDITORBeyond the fiscal cliffFlorida's children and families are counting on members of Congress and the president to reach an agreement before year's end to prevent tax cuts to middle-class families, cuts to critical services, and to protect tax credits that support working-class Americans. What will be the impact for Florida if leaders in Washington cannot compromise? Cuts to the SNAPprogram (food stamps) mean 3.2 million Floridians with reduced resources for food over the next decade. $24.5 million less for Head Start means 3,915 fewer children of low-income families will be ready for school. Cuts to tax credits means big trouble for 900,000 working Floridians and their 1.7 million children. The potential loss of tens of millions of dollars for early care and education, for K-12 education, for special education, for vocational rehabilitation and for the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program escalate the urgency for an agreement. Yet looking past the Dec. 31 fiscal cliff deadline, we see looming cuts to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare cuts to essential services and health-care coverage that will devastate middleclass and low-income families. These programs and services are already lean and under-funded. From our representatives in Washington, we need more than a handshake prior to Dec. 31. We need a guarantee to protect and promote programs essential for Florida's children and families now and in the months to come. Daniella Levine MiamiSchools outlook wrongHaving read The Reporter regularly for years, I must take umbrage with reader John Donnelly's rants about our local schools. One month he hammers teachers, the next month he hammers administrators. President Obama did not say public school instruction given to our students is of such low-quality that it poses a threat to our national security. That quote is from a Council on Foreign Policy Task Force. Donnelly says we rank 42nd in reading. An article in the Tampa Times in January 2011 states that "according to Education Week, Florida ranks No. 5 of the 50 states. Last year Florida was No. 8. The year before No. 11." Donnelly goes on, "If a child fails, doesn't want to come to school, or cuts class, the principal is a failure." No the child's parents are the failures. Education starts and ends in the home. Donnelly thinks the principals should greet their students every morning and walk them to their point of departure after school. This is not a TVseries that only have 20 students in the entire school. The principals'duty is to make sure their schools are a safe, healthy, positive learning environment. They have been very successful. My children went to Plantation Key School and Coral Shores High School. My son is finishing his master's in business administration in May; my daughter finished law school this year. Kudos to the principals and the teachers my children had. Job well done. John Crocker TavernierLegislature and the governor must look at our problems this year to forestall future onesFlorida Secretary of State Ken Detzner got an earful during his rounds of local election officials' offices, as well he should have. Detzner is Florida's top election official. He didn't bring about the circumstances that created this state's voting problems, but he is in a position to tell those who did what should be done so that Florida is never "Flori-duh" again in presidential elections. That would be the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, who joined forces in 2011 to shorten the number of early voting days despite loud protests from Monroe County Elections Supervisor Harry Sawyer to eight from 14 and banned voting on the Sunday before the election. Lawmakers also put more burdens on organizations that register voters. Then, the Legislature tacked 11 proposed constitutional amendments to the ballot, using convoluted language that made it longer and added to the long polling lines as individual voters struggled to make sense of them. Florida's GOPleaders claimed the changes were to prevent fraud at the polls. How cutting back on early-voting days would prevent fraud is a mystery. The more likely intent was to stymie minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic and in large numbers on the Sunday before the election. Nevertheless, voters defied the obstacles. They re-elected President Obama, returned Democrat Bill Nelson to the Senate and rejected all but three of the Legislature's proposed amendments. But many also endured long hours waiting in line whether in early voting or on Election Day. So one constant Detzner heard on his listening tour was that the Legislature should again extend early voting to 14 days, including the Sunday before the general election. He traveled to Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Everywhere he went, he heard one refrain expand early voting days. Also common among larger South Florida counties was a plea for expanding voting sites beyond city halls and public libraries. Local supervisors need more leeway in setting up more polling places and expanding voting hours, if needed. The objective is to make sure that everyone who wants to vote can, in a timely and convenient way. Detzner, who was appointed earlier this year, certainly got his marching orders from county election officials: Tell Scott and the Legislature to make it easier, not more difficult, for all Floridians to exercise their most basic of all constitutional rights without having to wait in line seven hours to do so. Miami HeraldNewtown, politics and gun controlIf you're thinking the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., makes it likely that Congress will soon pass stricter federal gun laws, remember this: People thought the same thing in 2011 after a gunman shot into a Tucson crowd, killing six and injuring others, including Gabrielle Giffords, one of the House of Representatives'own members.Public support for gun control tends to swell after a mass shooting. But then, just as quickly, it tends to ebb, and opponents are happy to wait the process out. Tougher gun control laws face an array of obstacles. The National Rifle Association and its allies are still a powerful lobby. The fervor for more regulation is almost exclusively among Democrats; the Republican majority in the House is still solidly opposed. And there's that inevitable erosion of public attention once the heartbreaking images of funerals fade. But it's possible that the latest round of calls for regulation could end differently, and not only because the murder of 20 young children is so horrifying. This time, the debate will take place in a very different political landscape, and that's probably more important, in Congress'calculations, than the emotional impact of the Newtown murders.Consider the differences between today and last summer, when there was a brief clamor for stricter gun laws after a gunman killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., theater. Back then, it wasn't clear whether President Obama could win a second term, and it seemed likely that the GOPwould retake the Senate. Congressional Republicans saw no reason to compromise, and Obama didn't have political capital to waste.When the president was forced to talk about the issue in an October debate, he began this way: "I believe in the 2nd Amendment. We've got a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen and people who want to make sure they can protect themselves." But on Wednesday, when he announced that he was directing Vice President Joe Biden to bring him proposals for quick action against gun violence, Obama's tone was different. For the first time, he made gun control a formal part of his second-term agenda. "I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," he said. "We won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try." On Election Day, when Obama won handily, it wasn't votes from gun owners that put him over the top. Instead, the president won by mobilizing a Democratic majority among groups that are overwhelmingly in favor of gun control: women, suburban voters and Latinos.The most important number in this week's polls on gun control isn't the spike in overall support for more regulations 54 percent in a Washington Post/ABC News poll this week, the highest in five years; that was to be expected. More important, as Greg Sargent pointed out in the Post, is the demographic breakdown of that support. Democrats, college-educated voters, women and minorities favor stricter gun regulations by significant majorities. Opposition to gun control is concentrated among white men, especially white men who didn't go to college.Those demographics have several political consequences. First, the opponents of gun control are mostly voters Obama and his party have already lost to the Republicans, so by being cautious on the issue, Democrats aren't gaining much. (Democrats representing districts in the South and the Mountain West are likely to still tread carefully.) Second, if Obama wants to solidify his coalition, he probably needs to respond to its members'desire for tougher gun control. For the president, that doesn't appear to be a hard sell. As a senator, he supported the now-defunct ban on assault weapons. When he spoke in Newtown, his passion appeared genuine. And with no more elections to face, he's free to pursue the agenda he wants. Third, to some Democrats, the gun issue is an opportunity to try to marginalize Republicans and make them look like a party dominated by rural white males, an endangered species in the long run.An important sign of the shift among Democrats were statements from several senators who have opposed new gun control measures in the past but are now rethinking their position. They include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Mark R. Warner of Virginia, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.Already, a rough strategy is taking shape among Democrats in the Senate: Propose narrow, limited gun control measures such as improved background checks on gun buyers and bans on oversized ammunition magazines (like those used by the Newtown shooter), and then dare Republicans to oppose them. Those ideas appear to have broad support, even among many gun owners.But that narrow approach may be preempted by Obama, who asked Biden to draw up options for next year that could include broad legislation as well as lesser changes that can be made by executive order. The president said he supports not only bans on assault weapons and highcapacity magazines but also tougher regulation of firearms sales at gun shows.Did the tragedy in Newtown produce a sea change in the politics of gun control? That remains to be seen; there's no sign that Republican opposition has wavered. But it did produce an unsought opportunity for gun control advocates if they can keep public pressure high and expectations low Doyle McManus is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.GUEST COLUMN McMANUS In the village, sewers dominate discourseSewers dominated so much of the Islamorada Village Council's time and effort in 2012 that the year ended with talk of creating a separate body to deal with wastewater issues so the council can work on other important matters. The five council members and village staff will be busy in the beginning of the new year attending workshops to discuss that and several other issues of concern to Islamorada. The other workshops will focus on whether to hire in-house legal staff and the approval process for building permits. But there was good reason this year to devote so much time to wastewater. The entire Keys are under a state mandate to build centralized sewer systems by December 2015, and Islamorada was lagging behind other areas of incorporated and unincorporated Monroe County. Earlier in the year, the village secured an agreement with the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District in which the former would treat Islamorada's sewage. This means that instead of building treatment facilities within the fourisland town, Islamorada will build a pipeline taking its sewage to Key Largo's plant at mile marker 100.5. Islamorada will pay Key Largo's wastewater district $11 million to use the plant. But finding an engineering firm to build the pipeline proved costly, difficult and, in the end, embarrassing for the village. After months of reviewing requests for proposals, Islamorada chose international companies AECOM and Veolia Water North America. The firms said they could get the job done for $94 million. In July, however, the Village Council ended its relationship with the two firms, and then-Mayor Michael Reckwerdt vowed never to do business with them again. It turned out that after Reckwerdt signed the contract with Veolia/AECOM, the companies'attorneys changed language in what the village considered a completed document. Who is to blame for the fiasco depends on who you ask. Village staff said they thought all the details were worked out before they delivered the contract to Reckwerdt. But Veolia/AECOM execs say there were still major issues that needed to be resolved before any party signed the document. In an August letter promising not to sue the village, they nevertheless said town negotiators were to blame for the deal going south. The village then hired Reynolds Inc., based out of Indiana, to build the pipeline. The company, which came in second in the original request-for-proposals process, said it can complete the project for a little more than $90 million. The deal was signed just in time. If Islamorada did not choose a firm by September, the state would have revoked $20 million the Legislature approved in March for the village's sewer system. Work has since begun on the project, and Reynolds expects to be done by the 2015 deadline. Budget,electionThe village's tax rate for this fiscal year is about the same as residents paid last year about $253 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Property taxes are expected to bring in about $6 million in revenue for the village's $9.36 million operating budget. Islamorada is projected to earn about $3.4 million in non-property tax revenue. Also in 2012, two familiar faces joined the fivemember Village Council, Mike Forster and Deb Gillis. Both served previously on the council. Gillis, owner of three motels, served for only eight months when she was appointed to replace Cathi Hill, who resigned before her two-year term was up in the summer of 2009. But she went on to lose a close election in March 2010 to former Mayor Bob Johnson (Islamorada elections have since moved to November). This year, Gillis replaced Don Achenberg, who chose not seek another term. Forster, owner of Mangrove Mike's Cafe and co-owner of the Rain Barrel Sculpture Gallery, served on the council from 2002 to 2006. He replaced Reckwerdt, who could not run again because of term limits. Council members cannot serve more than four consecutive two-year terms. Incumbent councilmen Dave Purdo and Ted Blackburn, and Mayor Ken Philipson, all defended reelection challenges this year. The year ended with the future of longtime contracted law firm Weiss Serota in doubt. The new makeup of the council means there may be enough votes to either fire the firm and replace it with an in-house counsel, or hire a village attorney .Also,familiar faces rejoin the councilREWIND:2012 IN ISLAMORADABy DAVID GOODHUEdgoodhue@keysreporter.com www.keysnet.com
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But as talks drag on over how to address other year-end tax increases, the Internal Revenue Service has delayed releasing income tax withholding tables for 2013.As a result, employers are planning to withhold income taxes at the 2012 rates, at least for the first one or two paychecks of the year, said Michael O'Toole of the American Payroll Association.If employers don't withhold enough taxes in January, they will have to withhold even more taxes later in the year to make up the difference. Otherwise, taxpayers could get hit with big tax bills, and possibly penalties, when they file their 2013 returns.The tax increases could be steep. If Congress fails to act, workers at every income level face significant tax increases next year as part of the year-end fiscal cliff.The numbersAtaxpayer making between $50,000 and $75,000 would get an average tax increase of $2,400, according to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research group. If the worker is paid every two weeks, that's about $92 a paycheck, on average.Someone making between $75,000 and $100,000 would get a tax increase averaging nearly $3,700. If the worker is paid every two weeks, that's about $142 a paycheck.O'Toole said it would take most employers two weeks to four weeks to update their payroll systems, once new tax withholding tables are released. For some small businesses, it could take longer. "Employers can't really just come up with withholding tables on their own, depending on what the rates are," O'Toole said. "The smaller companies that do not use a payroll processing service probably would have more problems than anyone else."On Friday, the IRS said it plans to issue guidance by the end the year, though it won't be early enough to affect paychecks in early January."We are aware that employers have questions with respect to 2013 withholding," the agency said in a written statement. "Since Congress is still considering changes to the tax law, we continue to closely monitor the situation. We intend to issue guidance by the end of the year on appropriate withholding for 2013."What of refunds?About three-quarters of taxpayers got tax refunds this year, averaging $2,707, according to the IRS. That gives most taxpayers some leeway to manage their income tax withholding. However, many people rely on tax refunds to pay bills or make major purchases."The reality is, the vast majority of Americans do live paycheck to paycheck and that tax refund is their most significant payday of the year," said Bob Meighan, vice president of TurboTax, an online tax preparation service.Most of the expiring tax breaks were first enacted under President George W. Bush and extended under President Obama. Obama campaigned for re-election on extending the tax cuts on incomes below $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples. Obama would let the tax cuts expire on incomes above those amounts.In negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner, Obama offered to raise the income threshold, limiting tax increases to those making more than $400,000. Boehner, who has argued for years that the tax cuts should be made permanent for everyone, responded by trying to push a bill through the House that would have let many of the tax cuts expire on incomes above $1 million.Many Republicans revolted and Boehner shelved the bill, sending lawmakers home for the Christmas holiday and leaving the outcome of talks in doubt as the new year approaches. If Congress and the White House cannot reach a deal, income tax rates would go up, estate taxes and investment taxes would increase and the alternative minimum tax would hit millions of middle-income people. A temporary payroll tax cut that has benefited nearly every wage earner in 2011 and 2012 expires, costing the average family an additional $1,000 a year by itself. In addition, dozens of other tax breaks for businesses and individuals that are routinely renewed each year already expired at the end of 2011. Congress was expected to renew many of them by January, so taxpayers could still claim them on their 2012 tax returns. If Congress doesn't act on those tax cuts, businesses would lose a popular tax credit for research and development as well as generous tax breaks for investing in new plants and equipment. Individuals would lose federal tax breaks for paying local sales taxes, buying energy efficient appliances and using mass transit.In all, taxes would go up by about $536 billion next year.Fiscal cliff screwing up some financesBy STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated PressPERSONAL FINANCE Don't be fooled higher taxes loom
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Keys LifeFlorida Keys Keynoter WWW.KEYSNET.COM WEDNESDAY,DECEMBER 26,2012 CLASSIFIEDS INSIDE 4B Bunchy's kids Bunchy Gertner makes the holidays a whole lot happier for Keys foster children.Story, 2B Christmas show Howard Livingston leads a pair of Sunday Christmas concerts at the San Carlos Institute.Story, 2B B Sports & OutdoorsFishing CommunityLifestyle Roy Coley and Debra Bertolini,both from Key West,cross the finish line in Saturday's fifth annual A Positive Step 5K in the Southernmost City.The overall winner was Timothy Gruber from Huntersville,N.C.,with a time of 17 minutes, 24 seconds.The women's winner was Key Wester Gina Santaniello in 21:01.A POSITIVE STEPLady Conchs test HeritageThe Key West High School girls soccer team concluded the District 16-3Aportion of its schedule in respectable fashion Friday, losing by only 3-0 to American Heritage in Plantation."They thought they'd dust us off 8-0 by the half," coach Scott Paul said. Heritage, undefeated in district play, improved to 151 overall and is ranked 22nd in the country by MaxPreps. The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead five minutes into the game. "It was a defensive mistake and our goalie was not set," Paul said. Two minutes later, Heritage scored again, but then the Patriots went the rest of the first half without another goal. Aheader on a corner kick gave Heritage its third goal in the 54th minute. "We had one legitimate chance to score," Paul said. "Our goal was to play the best defense we could, but [Heritage] is just in another class of soccer."Paul praised the defensive efforts of Selyne Casas and Lauren and Raquel Schoneck, the senior twins who, he said, "gave it everything they had."And keeper Angela Martin, Paul added, played her best game of the season. "It was a good overall team effort," he said. "You can't be upset with a 3-0 loss to the best team in the state." Key West dropped to 10-8 overall and 6-2 in the district. It will play Pine Crest at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Westminster Academy tournament in Fort Lauderdale. If Key West meets Heritage in the finals of the district tournament in midJanuary, both will advance to the state tournament.Key West falls to nationally ranked powerBy DICK WAGNERKeynoter ContributorKEY WEST GIRLS SOCCER Conch hoopsters shut downEntering Friday night's game against Summit Christian in West Palm Beach, the Key West High boys basketball game was averaging 65 points a game. The Conchs playing without starting guard Lanre' Scott didn't come close to that against the Saints, losing, 67-30. "It was the worst game I've ever coached," said Anton Lopez, whose team fell to 5-3. "I was really disappointed and embarrassed leaving that gym." Summit Christian, which was led by Shane Phillips'17 points and seven steals, led, 21-9, after the first quarter, and 35-13 at the half."Not having [Scott] really hurt our penetration on offense and our defensive cohesiveness," Lopez said. Scott did not make the trip because he had to take a final exam.The Saints had a height advantage that enabled them, Lopez said, "to play above the rim the whole game."They scored easily over freshman Anthony Cromwell, who was playing only his second varsity game."Our shots were not falling at all," Lopez said. "Donald Roberts and Elliott Valdez each made a three-pointer, and Daniel Thompson scored only one point."Thompson had 27 points in a recent victory over St. Brendan. "If we had had our full team, it would have been a different game," Lopez said. The Conchs will play next at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 against Miami Central at the Bobby Menendez Gym.Scoring star Scott misses key contestBy DICK WAGNERKeynoter ContributorKEY WEST BASKETBALLConchs place 5th at Boca meetAshorthanded Key West High wrestling team finished a disappointing fifth in the nine-team weekend Jerry Kuntz Duals at Boca Raton High School, although 106pound Angelo Guieb continued his winning ways. The Conchs went 3-4, defeating Spanish River, Deerfield Beach and Port St. Lucie, and losing to Seminole Ridge, Olympic Heights, St. Lucie and Wellington. They won their first two matches Friday before finishing the day 2-1. They were 1-3 on Saturday. Guieb went 7-0 with six pins and improved to 19-1 on the season. He is ranked second in the state in 1A. Key West was without three wrestlers, including 182-pound Chase Kelley, who had gone home to Michigan for the holidays. His absence was most evident in the Conchs'44-30 loss to Seminole Ridge, which went on to win the tourney. Had Kelley wrestled, the Conchs would have tied or one by a point, said coach Chaz Jimenez. Four Conchs went 5-2 Trey Brisley, Cody Pullen, Andrew Calderwood and John Piraino and Caleb Ashe was 4-2. "Our youth showed itself in that we made a lot of errors," Jimenez said. "We can do a lot better."The next meet will be the Bizz Hill Invitational Jan. 4-5 at Gulf Coast High in Naples.Guieb goes 7-0 to move to 19-1 markBy DICK WAGNERKeynoter ContributorKEY WEST WRESTLINGFormer Hurricanes host clinicCoral Shores High School baseball standouts from years past lead a threeday Key Largo clinic at the dawn of the new year. The Keys Ahead Baseball Camp for players ages 5 to 17 runs from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 2 to 4 at the Key Largo Community Park. Aportion of the $125 fee will go to help the Coral Shores baseball program, local youth leagues and Keys Ahead, a non-profit educational organization. Among the participating coaches will be Josh Corr, who played four years of college baseball after leaving Coral Shores. Corr now serves as head baseball coach and athletic director at Cypress Lakes High School of Fort Myers. Corr played at Sante Fe Junior College and Augusta (Ga.) State College. He previously coached as an Augusta State assistant and at other high schools in Southwest Florida. Former Cane players and youth league coaches Jon Young, a 3Aall-state pick, and Jason Richards also will lead clinic sessions. Joining them will be Fort Myers High School head coach Shawn French, who played in the College World Series as a catcher for LSU; and professional camp coach Bob Shepherd. For registration information, contact Young at 3935522 or Susie Hammaker at 747-6060.The program for youths starts Jan.2BASEBALLKeynoter StaffNo Name 5K nearsThe 13th annual No Name Race 5k Walk/Run is set to take place in the Lower Keys Jan. 12 benefiting the Domestic Abuse Shelter of Monroe County. The 3.1-mile race begins at 8 a.m. and is presented by the shelter and coordinated by the Key West Southernmost Runners Club. The event is based at the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages & Marina, located beside the No Name Key Bridge on Big Pine Key, where walkers and runners start and end their trek. Race participants twice cross the No Name Key Bridge. Awards await the top male and female finishers in age groups ranging from 9 and under to 70 and older. Apostrace celebration with refreshments and prizes is planned.Cost to enter is $30 per person in advance or $35 on race day. For entrants under age 15, registration is $10 per person.Runners can register online before the race at www.nonamerace.org or at the official pre-registration, set for 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Centennial Bank, 200 Wilder Road on Big Pine Key just off U.S. 1 bayside.Final registration is at 6:30 a.m. race day at the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages. The Domestic Abuse Shelter's mission is to reduce the incidence and impacts of domestic and sexual abuse by directing victims to appropriate programs and services. People who want to support the shelter but can't travel to the Lower Keys to run can register online as "virtual racers," enabling them to raise funds from a distance.Registration now open for Jan.12 raceRUNNING
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FKEC TAVERNIER HEADQUARTERS, BOARD ROOMPublished: 12/26/12 The Keynoter, Marathon, FL 33050 Living For Gertner, children come firstBeginning in August, Bunchy Gertner puts aside her social life, her needs and even her great-grandchildren to head over to the North Pole, the place where she stores, wraps and distributes thousands of toys destined for foster care children in Monroe and Miami-Dade counties."This is top banana," said Gertner, referring to the nonstop volunteer work she has done for the past 16 years. "Every kid will get a gift and even if it's just for a moment they will know that someone cares." It's Gertner who dedicates her time to planning and execution of the toy drive that will distribute 3,400 gifts to the children under Our Kids, a nonprofit agency that provides foster care and related services in Miami and the Florida Keys."She focuses solely on the toy drive and lives to match the right toy with the right child," said Fran Alegra, Our Kids CEO. "I don't have staff that would be able to dedicate the time that she gives to this."Over the years, 78-yearold Gertner has not only given every foster child a gift, but she has made sure that everyone receives a good quality, age appropriate present."I think I have 3,400 children," said Gertner. "Thank God I didn't give birth to all of them and they've all left the house. But I feel like they're all mine."Gertner has even made it her mission to look after the children who are aging out of foster care and are considered independent living. For these teens, she prepared a gift that includes a comforter, sheets, pillow cases, hand towels, bath towels, glass wear, pillows, dishes, pots and pans."They have no money when they leave foster care," said Gertner. "I give them what a mom and dad would give a child who was going off to college or going off on their own."To raise money and collect presents, Gertner has relied on about 50 sponsors who are responsible for collecting gifts. She distributes the first names of children with their age, gender and ethnicity to provide each child with an appropriate gift. "I became a beggar. I got down on my hands and knees and begged everyone that I met," said Gertner. "I write letters, I make phone calls and ask if they would want to help or if they know anyone who would want to do it."Once she receives the gifts from the sponsors, they are taken to her North Pole, which this year is an empty store donated by Gulfstream Park.There, she sorts the presents that come with a specific child's name by agency and begins wrapping the gifts that she receives with no specific name."I couldn't do it alone," said Gertner, who refers to her helpers as elves. "If it weren't for the people helping me wrap and the sponsors, I wouldn't have a toy drive.''On any given 10-hour work day, the volunteers, which range in numbers from a handful to two dozen, show up to wrap and sing holiday songs."This is better than staying at home in bed all day," said Rivly Breus, a student at Florida Atlantic University. With a little experience under her belt from wrapping at Macy's, Breus decided to Google a way she could volunteer her talents. "It was hard for me growing up so it's good to be able to shine a light on others," Breus said. Some come with no experience, like Gonzo Gonzalez, who often has to patch the spaces where he didn't use sufficient paper. "I didn't have it easy growing up, but at least I had my parents," Gonzalez said. "It's good to be able to give back. The kids who don't have parents are not expecting anything." Although Gertner does not give the presents directly to the children for privacy reasons, she is satisfied with knowing that there is a child at the end of every present. She said she will continue to do it until she can't anymore."I know in my heart that what I do is enough," Gertner said. "When I go to bed I know that I have fulfilled my mission and done my job well." Woman leads effort for foster kidsBy MARIA BERNALmbernal@MiamiHerald.comCHRISTMASMiami Herald photo by JOE RIMKUS JR.Bunchy Gertner has been volunteering her time to make sure foster kids get presents on Christmas.Here,she sits surrounded by some of the thousands of toys at the Gulfstream Park Complex in Hallandale. Livingston leads Christmas showsNashville and Key West come together for a songwriters'country/tropical Christmas on Sunday at the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street in Key West.It features James Slater, Joey and Rory Feek, and Howard Livingston in the intimate setting of the historic institute, with shows at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Livingston, based in the Lower Keys, is a repeat winner at the Trop Rock Music Association awards and has appeared on the Weather Channel, "Good Morning America," "The Today show," "The Early Show" and the Travel Channel.Slater has written No. 1 hits, including Martina McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes," Tim McGraw's "That's Why God Made Mexico" and Rascal Flatts'"Unstoppable." Singers such as Kenny Chesney (who has a Key West house), Rodney Atkins and John Michael Montgomery have recorded his songs.The Feeks just released a video, "Let It Snow Somewhere Else," which was filmed in the Keys.Two planned at San Carlos this SundayKEY WEST Howard Livingston, Joey and Rory Feek, and James Slater all perform on Sunday at the San Carlos Institute.Photo by PETE ARNOWSports Challenge is back Jan. 6Mariners Hospital employees host the Tavernier medical center's annual Wacky Sports Challenge and Music Festival Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Coconut Cove Resort & Marina in Islamorada.From previous years, the name has changed to the Wacky Sports Challenge and Music Festival Music Festival is new to reflect the number of bands that will provide live music. Scheduled to appear are Knotts & Schinella, Lee Sharp with Ray Jaworski, Marlin Too Review, Moss and the Blues Pirates, singer and songwriter Adrienne, and Steve Webb and Billy Davidson.Also changing is one of the sports challenges.To reflect the popularity of paddleboards, the raft event will be replaced with a paddleboard competition. During the other events, teams will navigate a unique kayak course, try to avoid a waterballoon burst and participate in a capture-the-ring event. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams.The entry fee for a fivemember team is $125 for the sports challenge. The music festival is free. "You don't need a team to come out to the challenge," said Fran Glick, the day's organizer. "We've planned the day so that everyone who comes will have a great time."Proceeds go to the National Kidney Foundation. To find out more, call Glick at 434-1601 or send an e-mail to frang@BaptistHealth.net.Lots of music added to event in IslamoradaISLAMORADA LIVING BRIEFSSafe-boating class plannedU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 of Big Pine Key is offering a boating skills and seamanship class beginning Jan. 15 and running for three weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. It'll be held at the ship's store in Venture Out, 701 Spanish Main Drive on Cudjoe Key. Spanish Main Drive is mile marker 23 on the oceanside.Topics will include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $80 per couple with shared materials. To find out more, contact Jan Kittsmiller at 744-0043, 393-5303 or jankittsmiller@ gmail.com; or Bob Eichholtz at 872-7505 or auxbob@ bellsouth.net.
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KeysNet.com Keynoter 4B Wednesday,December 26,2012 The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVYXYZ<>1234567890,./-=_+: CONTINUED IN NEXT COLUMN CONTINUED IN NEXT COLUMN Ad# 244086 NOTICEOF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013-01 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT WACHOVIA BANK NA CUST TR PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES, LLC THE HOLDER OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE(S) HAS FILED SAID CERTIFICATE(S) FOR A TAX DEED TO BE ISSUED THEREON, THE CERTIFICATE NUMBER AND DATE OF ISSUANCE, THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY, AND THE NAMES IN WHICH IT WAS ASSESSED ARE AS FOLLOWS: CERTIFICATE NO: 2009-3867 DATE OF ISSUANCE: May 31, 2009 ALT KEY NO: 8958115 RE: 00541810-000334 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: CALUSA CAMPGROUND A CONDOMINIUM UNIT 388 & 1/367 COMMON ELEMENTS OR1631-2049 OR1861-1645/46 NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: CALUSA CAMPGROUND CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC. 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Published December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 246119 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013-03 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT WACHOVIA BANK NA CUST TR PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES, LLC THE HOLDER OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE(S) HAS FILED SAID CERTIFICATE(S) FOR A TAX DEED TO BE ISSUED THEREON, THE CERTIFICATE NUMBER AND DATE OF ISSUANCE, THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY, AND THE NAMES IN WHICH IT WAS ASSESSED ARE AS FOLLOWS: CERTIFICATE NO: 2009-328 DATE OF ISSUANCE: May 31, 2009 ALT KEY NO: 1037478 RE: 00036630-000000 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: KW D T SWEENEYS DIA O-327 PT LOT 21 SQR 5 TR 17 G21-112 OR207-247/48 OR382-1073/75 OR582-97D/C OR753-706/707 OR7861683/84 OR838-167 OR8401932 OR1595-985/987Q/C OR1605-1505/06-C OR1673699/701 OR1755-774/775 OR1755-1456/57 OR1770216/217 OR1770-218/219Q/C OR1770-220/221 OR1770222/223Q/C(LG) NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: MARK E. OROFINO, AS TRUSTEE OF THE MARK E. OROFINO LIVING TRUST DATED MARCH 5, 2002 ALL OF SAID PROPERTY BEING IN THE COUNTY OF MONROE, STATE OF FLORIDA, UNLESS SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) SHALL BE REDEEMED ACCORDING TO LAW, THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) WILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AT THE OLD COURTHOUSE STEPS (500 WHITEHEAD STREET) ON THE 14th DAY OF January, 2013 12:00 P.M. DATED THIS 26th DAY OF November, 2012 AMY HEAVILIN, CLERK AD-INTERIM CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT OF MONROE COUNTY FLORIDA BY: JJ GERAWAY, D.C. Published December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 246152 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013-05 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT WACHOVIA BANK NA CUST TR PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES, LLC THE HOLDER OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE(S) HAS FILED SAID CERTIFICATE(S) FOR A TAX DEED TO BE ISSUED THEREON, THE CERTIFICATE NUMBER AND DATE OF ISSUANCE, THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY, AND THE NAMES IN WHICH IT WAS ASSESSED ARE AS FOLLOWS: CERTIFICATE NO: 2009/3971 DATE OF ISSUANCE: May 31, 2009 ALT KEY NO: 1680044 RE: 00554550-000000 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: BK 2 LT 21 MANDALAY PB1-194 KEY LARGO OR422845 OR579-317Q OR1275-887RS(JB) NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: JAMES HARVEY ADAMS AND ALBERT RICHARD ADAMS ALL OF SAID PROPERTY BEING IN THE COUNTY OF MONROE, STATE OFFLORIDA, UNLESS SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) SHALL BE REDEEMED ACCORDING TO LAW, THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) WILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AT THE OLD COURTHOUSE STEPS (500 WHITEHEAD STREET) ON THE 14th DAY OF January, 2013 12:00 P.M. DATED THIS 26th DAY OF November, 2012 AMY HEAVILIN, CLERK AD-INTERIM CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT OF MONROE COUNTY FLORIDA BY: JJ GERAWAY, D.C. Published December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 247795 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013-06 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT MACWCP II LLC THE HOLDER OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE(S) HAS FILED SAID CERTIFICATE(S) FOR A TAX DEED TO BE ISSUED THEREON, THE CERTIFICATE NUMBER AND DATE OF ISSUANCE, THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY, AND THE NAMES IN WHICH IT WAS ASSESSED ARE AS FOLLOWS: CERTIFICATE NO: 2009/3136 DATE OF ISSUANCE: May 31, 2009 ALT KEY NO: 1549762 RE: 00450130-000000 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: BK 9 LT 6 HARRIS OCEAN PK ESTATES FIRST ADDN PB4-139 KEY LARGO OR182-405-406 OR766-828 OR788-703 OR811-84 OR1299-2216 OR1545-1092 OR1545-1112AFF OR17721928 OR2017-326(CTT) NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: MARIANNE EDWARDS ALL OF SAID PROPERTY BEING IN THE COUNTY OF MONROE, STATE OF FLORIDA, UNLESS SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) SHALL BE REDEEMED ACCORDING TO LAW, THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) WILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AT THE OLD COURTHOUSE STEPS (500 WHITEHEAD STREET) ON THE 14th DAY OF January, 2013 12:00 P.M. DATED THIS 26th DAY OF November, 2012 AMY HEAVILIN, CLERK AD-INTERIM CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT OF MONROE COUNTY FLORIDA BY: JJ GERAWAY, D.C. Published December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 247843 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013-07 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT WACHOVIA BANK NA CUST TR PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES, LLC THE HOLDER OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATE(S) HAS FILED SAID CERTIFICATE(S) FOR A TAX DEED TO BE ISSUED THEREON, THE CERTIFICATE NUMBER AND DATE OF ISSUANCE, THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY, AND THE NAMES IN WHICH IT WAS ASSESSED ARE AS FOLLOWS: CERTIFICATE NO: 2009/811 DATE OF ISSUANCE: May 31, 2009 ALT KEY NO: 1106551 RE: 00092240-000321 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: SEA GULLS A CONDOMINIUM UNIT 309 & 1.75% COMMON ELEMENTS OR776-716 OR1850-816/17 OR1919-2384/93F/J-STL/AGR OR1935-2083Q/C(SL) NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: RONALD M ALLOR AND JOSEPHINE ALLORALL OF SAID PROPERTY BEING IN THE COUNTY OF MONROE, STATE OF FLORIDA, UNLESS SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) SHALL BE REDEEMED ACCORDING TO LAW, THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN SUCH CERTIFICATE(S) WILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AT THE OLD COURTHOUSE STEPS (500 WHITEHEAD STREET) ON THE 14th DAY OF January, 2013 12:00 P.M. DATED THIS 26th DAY OF November, 2012 AMY HEAVILIN, CLERK AD-INTERIM CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT OF MONROE COUNTY FLORIDA BY: JJ GERAWAY, D.C. Published December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter A d# 308735 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-DR-872-K FAMILY COURT CHRISTOPHER MAREK, Petitioner, and CECELIA LEIBOVITZ, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR V ERIFIED SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION TO MODIFY RESIDENTIAL STATUS, TIMESHARING AND CHILD SUPPORT TO: CECELIA LEIBOVITZ P.O. BOX 64, CRAFTSBURY, VT 05826 Y OU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for verified supplemental petition to modify residential status, timesharing and child support has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on CHRISTOPHER MAREK C/O SAMUEL J. KAUFMAN, ESQ., 3130 NORTHSIDE DRIVE, KEY WEST, FL 33040 on or before: January 11, 2013, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts 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 matter will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks office. Dated: December 6, 2012 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: Jacquelyn Donohue, Deputy Clerk Published December 12, 19, 26, 2012 and January 2, 2013. Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 317448 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO: 44-12-CP-236-K IN RE: Estate of MIGUELINA NASIERO, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the Estate of MIGUELINA NASIERO, Deceased, Case No. 44-12-CP-236-K, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. The Decedent died testate and her will dated October 3, 1994 has been filed with the court. The name of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All interested persons are required to file with this Court, WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS FROM THE TIME OF THE FIRST publication of this notice: (1) all claims against the Estate of MIGUELINA NASIERO, Deceased and (2) any objection by an interested person to whom notice was mailed that challenges the validity of the Will, the qualifications of the Personal Representative, venue or jurisdiction of the Court. ALL CLAIMS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. Notwithstanding the time periods set forth above, any claim filed two (2) years or more after the Decedents date of death shall be barred. DATED this 13th day of December 2012. Alicia Cantrell and Lorenzo Nasiero, Jr. 1118 Catherine Street Key West, Florida 33040 As CoPersonal Representatives of the Estate of MIGUELINA NASIERO, Deceased. Attorney for Personal Representative Charles M. Milligan Attorney at Law P.O. Box 1367 Key West, FL 33041-1367 305-294-8885 FBN: 026948 First published on December 19, 2012. Published December 19, 26, 2012. Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 321494 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, AMY HEAVILIN, Clerk Ad-Interim of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 16th DAY OF JANUARY 2013 at 11:00AM on THE FRONT STEPS OF THE MONROE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. 500 WHITEHEAD STREET in the City of KEY WEST Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the following described properly situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit #521, THE MARLIN AT MARINERS CLUB, a condominium, according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof, and any amendments and Exhibits thereto, as recorded in Official Records Book 2117, Pages 1851-1960, inclusive, of the Public Records of Monroe County. Florida. A/K/A 97501 OVERSEAS HIGHWAY. UNIT #521, KEY LARGO, FL Pursuant to the FINAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT entered in a case in said Court, the style of which is: US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff VS. DEREK TAYLOR: THERESE TAYLOR: MARLIN AT MARINERS CLUB; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRTAION SYSTEMS, INC.: TENANT #1; TENANT #2 Defendant And the Docket number of which is Number 08-CA-45-P WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said court. This 13th day of DECEMBER. 2012. AMY HEAVILIN Clerk of the Circuit Court Ad-Interim Monroe County, Florida By: Gwen Douglass Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any 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, Submitted by: Persaud & Nunez 10631 N. Kendall Drive Suite 205 Miami, FL 33176 Telephone No. (786) 270-1659 Facsimile No. (305) 847-0581 Published December 26, 2012, January 2, 2013 Florida Keys Keynoter A d# 322210 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 2012CP68M IN RE: ESTATE OF BRUCE T. CLEMMONS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of BRUCE T. CLEMMONS, deceased, whose date of death was October 27, 2011, and whose Social Security Number is XXX-XX-0399, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 3117 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives A ttorney are set forth below. A ll creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS A FTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS A FTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. A ll other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. A LL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH A BOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE A FTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 26, 2012. Personal Representative: MERYCE M. CLEMMONS 65700 Overseas Hwy. Unit B-1 Long Key, Florida 33001 A ttorney for the Personal Representative THOMAS N. SILVERMAN, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 176065 clo Thomas N. Silverman, PA 3801 PGA Boulevard, Ste. 902 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 775-7500 E-Mail:pleadings@floridaproba tecounsel.com Published December 26, 2012 January 02, 2013. Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 322635 NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION Auction to be held on 1/10/2013 at 8:00 A.M. at All American Towing & Tire, Inc., 711 Largo Road, Key Largo, FL 33037 in accordance to FL statue section 713.78 for unpaid towing & storage. 1995 SATURN SL2 4 DOOR VIN# 1G8ZK5279SZ143482 Published December 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 322747 NOTICE OF SALE FEDERAL LIEN CORP. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vessels to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 328.17 of the Florida Statutes on Jan 10, 2013 at 10 A.M. Lot#: B33123 2006 FLZ 1; Reg# FL1400NC; Hull ID# FLZBN888B606; Located at: A Boat 4 Fun, Inc. 97951 Overseas Hwy, PO Box 370888, Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 852-2025; Owner: PHILIP CRAIG SEMEL, 15 N BOUNTY LN, KEY LARGO, FL 33037; Lienholder: NONE; Lien Amount: $32,500.00 Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vessels contact: FEDERAL LIEN CORP. (954) 384-7171 25% Buyers Premium ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE* LIC# AB0000288 Published December 26, 2012; January 2, 2013 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 322971 MONROE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS DAC I will meet on Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pier House Resort in Key West. DAC II will meet on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce in Big Pine Key. DAC III will meet on Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key. DAC IV will meet on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle in Islamorada. DAC V will meet on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo. All DAC meetings are open to the public. ADA ASSISTANCE: If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in these proceedings, please contact the County Administrators Office, by phoning (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call "711". Published December 26, 2012 Florida Keys Keynoter LOSTCAMERA-REWARD SealifecamlostMolasses Reef12/14.Call#beloworlv withBlueWaterDiversinKey Largo.Thxfordoingright thing!301-643-3769 firstname.lastname@example.org KEYSNET.COM CALLCLASSIFIEDS743-5551
Wednesday,December 26,2012 5B Keynoter KeysNet.com The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVYXYZ<>1234567890,./-=_+: StdPARTYPoodlePuppies Due:earlyJanuary;gorgeous parents;ownboth;very colored,RARE&loving.Taking applications.305-282-9444 email@example.com ARTIST TENT KD KANOPY 10. $300. 305-743-3241PRIVATE COLLECTOR WANTS. Rolex Dive watches and Pilot Watches. Old model Military clocks & watches. Call 305-743-4578. PORT LARGO CANAL HOME (MM 100) 5 BR, 3 BA. 100 deep water dock. Owner financing. Asking $775K. Must sell! 305-522-1905 MARATHON 2 BR, 1.5 BA in 55+ park. Fully furn & loaded! Enc Fl rm, rear covrd prch, nice yard, privacy fence, lrg shed. W/D, dishwshr, 2 refrig, smooth top stove, HD TV. Too much to list! Seller motivated! Lot rent $719. 801-319-2311 MARATHON 2 BR, 2 BA large LR area, attd Fl. room w/air. New roof, 2 storage sheds. All appliances. Mostly furnished. 1-810-300-5792 AVAILABLE NOW! MM 94 2 BR / 1 BA. W/D, Stilt constuction. Screened. balcony. $1100 / mo. Call (305) 451-4100 DUCK KEY-Deluxe canal frontspacious home, dockage 3/2, all tile, huge screened in patio, W/D, A/C, pets ok. $2000/mo FLS. 800-386-7969Duck Key Gated Estate on Point Secluded. Private. Large dock, private beach, pool, coral rock walls, 4/3, Annual, $3,200 mo. + util. N/S, 305-304-4166KEY LARGO MM96. Ocean side. Direct ocean access w/Ocean views! Furnished 3 BR, 2 BA. Short or long term rental. Call 786-258-3127 KEY LARGO MM96. Ocean side. Direct ocean access w/Ocean views! Furn/unfurn. 2 BR, 2 BA. Short or long term rental. 786-258-3127 KEY LARGO PK. 2 BR / 1 BA 700 sq. ft., W/D, section 8 accepted. Boat ramp, pier & cabana. $1050 + util. Avail. 1/1/13. Call (786) 380-0336. MARATHON 2 BR, 1 BA home. Washer included. Pets negotiable. $1600/mo for 6 mo. lease. $1300/mo for annual lease. 386-690-0384 Marathon Executive Rental Bay Front, Stirrup Key 6 Mo lease 3BR/3BA $4,000 + util, FLS. Call Dave 305-743-8328 Islandbreezerentals.net MARATHON 1br,1ba, clean, convenient, on canal, no dockage. Laundry avail. $850/mo. + elect. FLS. No smkrs, pets?? Annual lease. 989-980-6300 A MOVE IN NOW from $275 week. MARATHON. Weekly or monthly. fully furn. All utilities, cable & free WI FI included. 305-289-0800 Furnished Bonefish Towers Grd fl condo. 2/2, Oceaniview! 2 screen porches, W/D, basic cable, water. sewer incl. Many amenities! Mrthn. 289-1069 KCB Gulf Club Condos #5 1BR, 1BA. Conveniently located next to walking paths, park & restaurants. W/D, cable & water incl. 315-523-1284 KEYLARGOMM98 BEAUTIFUL2/1APT.FULLY FURNISHED,ALL APPLIANCES,C/A,2NDFLR. WATERINCL.NOPETS. $1,200/mo.305-451-1853 Marathon 2/2 furnished condo. Pool. Dockage. $1,250/mo + electric. Call Marcy 305-289-6505 C.B. Schmitt Real Estate MTHN SombreroBch3/3T/H, 46dock,htdpool,storage, 1425sf,c/a,dw,w/dhkup,scr patio,petok,$1850+elec,fls, firstname.lastname@example.org. LITTLE TORCH KEY 2BR 1BA on swimming canal. Lrg fenced yard, storage, shed. Pets OK. Avail. Feb. $1400 /mo + util. F/L. 305-295-6432 MARATHON/GRASSY KEY 3/2 ON THE WATER! Dock, EZ access to Ocean & Bay. All util included. Section 8 OK. $1460/mo FLS, 305-216-6300 MARATHON PARK MODEL MOBILE HOME Fully furnished, 1 BR, 1 BA, $700/mo + util. 305-731-5042 MARATHON 1 BR, 1-1/2 BA condo at Coco Plum Terraces. Fully furn, tile floors, pool, tennis & boating! Avail now! $2200/mo. 732-233-5320 RV LOTS FOR RENT Marathon In Adult Park Please call 305-743-6519 KEY LARGO MM 96.3 O Sm apt w/sep kit, efficiency style. 22 long scrn in porch. Fully furn incl hi dpth TV & WiFi. $875mo incl util FLS. 853-3779 MM 82 FAB FURNISHED studio. Tastefully decorated, fully equipped kit., tile floors, A/C, $850 all inclusive. F/L/S Call (305) 481-5803 MARATHON US 1 Commercial Space Avail. 1000 sf, $1/sf + util, taxes & insur. Yard space also available. 305-923-9542 Teller Keys Federal Credit Union Marathon We are looking for an energetic individual with a great attitude to assist our members with their banking needs. At least one year customer service and cash handling experience, excellent 10-key skills, and good credit required. High school diploma or equivalent required. Applications can be obtained at www.keysfcu.org. Fax your application to 293-6056. E.O.E. NOTICEOFINTENTTOUSEUNIFORMMETHOD OF COLLECTINGNON-AD V ALOREM ASSESSMENTS TheBoardofCountyCommissionersofMonroeCounty,Florida(theCounty)herebyprovides notice,pursuanttoSection197.3632(3)(a),FloridaStatutes,ofitsintenttousetheuniform methodofcollectingnon-advaloremspecialassessments,forthecostofprovidingcertain wastewatercapitalimprovementsandconnections,tobeleviedwithintheunincorporatedarea ofMonroeCountyencompassingthe StockIsland,KeyHaven,BigCoppitt,Lower SugarloafthroughBigPineKey,NoNameKey,LongKey DuckKeyandthree(3) parcelsonBocaChica:RE#122870-000000,122880-000000and122890-000000 forthe fiscalyearbeginningonOctober1,2013andcontinuingeachyearuntildiscontinuedbythe County.TheCountywillconsidertheadoptionofaresolutionelectingtousetheuniform methodofcollectingsuchassessmentsauthorizedbySection197.3632,FloridaStatutes,at a publichearingtobeheldat5:01p.m.onJanuary16,2013intheCommissionChambers, HarveyGovernmentCenter,1200TrumanAvenue,KeyWest,FL. Suchresolutionwillstate theneedforthelevyandwillcontainalegaldescriptionoftheboundariesoftherealproperty subjecttothelevy.Allinterestedpersonsareinvitedtoattend.PursuanttoSection286.0105,FloridaStatutes,noticeisgiventhatifapersondecidestoappealany decisionmadebytheBoardwithrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsuchhearingsormeetings,he willneedarecordoftheproceedings,andthat,forsuchpurpose,hemayneedtoensurethata verbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade,whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceupon whichtheappealistobebased.ADAASSISTANCE:Ifyouareapersonwithadisabilitywhoneedsspecialaccommodations inordertoparticipateinthisproceeding,pleasecontacttheCountyAdministratorsOffice,by phoning(305)292-4441,betweenthehoursof8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.,nolaterthanfive(5) calendardayspriortothescheduledmeeting;ifyouarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. DatedatKeyWest,Floridathis14 th dayofDecember,2012. AMYHEAVILIN,Clerk AdInterim andexofficioClerk AdInterim oftheBoardof CountyCommissionersofMonroeCounty,Florida PublishedKeynoter12/19/12,12/26/12,1/2/13and1/9/13 NewTropicalWicker BedroomandLivingRoomDinettes,Futons,Recliners SimmonsBeautyrest www.fredsbeds.com FRED'SBEDS 100sofBedsFactoryDirecttoYouMarathonMM53.5743-7277 BigCoppittMM9.5295-8430FREEDELIVERY CoralReefParkCo. JohnPennekampDivisionIsseeking: PartTimeBoatRental PartTimeScubaInstructor (PadiCertified) PartTimeSnorkelBoatDiveMaster FTNarrator PartTimeSnorkelShed FullTimeandPartTime ReservationistPickupApplicationsat RangersStation (305-451-6301) DRIVER/YARDWORKEROverseasLumberSupplyisnowaccepting applicationsforemploymentatourBigPine facility.ApplicantsmusthaveacurrentClassBCDLlicense,beabletoload/unload buildingmaterials,andworkdailyoutside. ThispositionisF/T,withcompetitivepayand excellentbenefits.Pleaseapplyinpersonat 30251OverseasHwy,BigPineKey.EOE POSITIONSAVAILABLEAT:TheGuidance/Care Center Inc. AdultClinical ServicesCoordinator Supervisesadultmental health,substanceabuseand criminaljusticeprograms. FloridaClinicalLicense Required(LMHC,LMFT, LCSW),FloridaQualified Supervisorandmusthave threeyearssupervisory experience.Full-time. PsycSupport SpecialistsFT Marathon&KW HSDiplomaorGED Veterans/VeteranFamily memberspreferred BehavioralHealth Technician-Marathon CrisisStabilizationUnit Part-Time BehavioralHealth Technician-Marathon OutPatient,Full-Time (GEDHighSchoolcert.) BehavioralHealth Therapists providingservicesto childrenandfamiliesat schools,clienthomes andintheMiddleKeys community. Mastersrequired; Licensedpreferred. Full-Time. BehavioralHealth Therapist providingservicesto childrenatMarathon HighSchool. Mastersrequired; Licensedpreferred. Full-Time.Allapplicantsmustsubmit: 1)Resume;2)threereferences; 3)undergobackground,fingerprint,anddrugscreeningprior toanyofferofemployment.Sendresumeto hr -email@example.com orvia facsimileto(305)571-9324. 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KeysNet.com Keynoter 6B Wednesday,December 26,2012 The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVYXYZ<>1234567890,./-=_+: Electronic Designer/Engineer Experienced with designing electronic components and speaker systems. Experience & efficient with Solidworks design program. Strong work ethic, productivity & creativity. $45,000 $50,000 + benefits. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Residential Landscape Salesperson/Designer who will work in our design center. We seek a professional who possesses a good sales background with a history of producing creative environments. Must have the ability to sell. Good working knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Office programs. Good knowledge of plant materials, outdoor furniture, and accessories, landscape and hardscape design, and construction specifications as they relate to landscape and outdoor environments. Base + commission + benefits. Please send your resume to email@example.com F/T Route Person for Marathon vending co. Energetic. Reliability a must. Clean driving record. Bondable. Moderate lifting reqd. Will train. Some mech. ability helpful. Ref. reqd. Call Harry, 305-304-8244 ****************************** Gus Rojas, formerly of Coke, please call Harry ASAP. WE NEED YOU NOW FT/PT, daily work, get paid in 72 hrs Deliver the Yellow Pages in the Florida Keys and Key West areas. Must be 18 yrs+, have DL, vehicle & insurance. Call for more info (800) 422-1955 Ext. 1 8:00A-4:30P Mon-Fri www.DeliverPhoneBooks.com Monroe County BOCC, ON CALL PERSONAL CARE WORKER/HOMEMAKER, IN HOME SERVICES, KEY WEST (CSCOH068) $13.72 $19.21 / HR, POSITION TO LAST UP TO 1 YR., H.S. OR G.E.D. 1-2 YRS. EXP., FL. DL, NURSES AIDE CERT. VET PREF AVAIL E.O.E. Deadline OPEN UNTIL FILLED; 292-4557; firstname.lastname@example.org FT/PTHousekeeping Detail orientedcleanerforvacation rentalhomesneededASAP. Satworkamust.Pass backgroundtest$10-15+ apply10875Overseashwy 110305-289-2212 Mdreos@gmail.com HOUSEKEEPER/LAUNDRY ASSOCIATE for Saturday and/or back up status. English fluency as well as current, strong, certifiable exp. a must. Please contact 305-743-6711P/T FRONT DESK PERSON Evening hrs. Must be outgoing, friendly & have computer exp. Apply Sea Dell Motel, 5000 O/S Hwy, Mrthn; call 743-5161 THE MOORINGS and MORADA BAY / PIERRES are seeking self motivated, detail oriented and hard working individuals to fill positions in Housekeeping. Please submit an application /resume @ 123 Beach Rd., Islamorada. MM 81.5 ocean side or email: email@example.com Monroe County Sheriffs Office has an opening for an Information Systems Technician. This job requires advanced technological skills with a thorough knowledge of SQL script and PHP programming. The successful applicant must have excellent troubleshooting skills. Qualifications required: Bachelors degree in computer science or related field. Courses should have an emphasis on programming and design. 5 years experience as a system administrator or programmer. Work will be performed out of the Key West/Stock Island offices. Starting pay $42,219.00 with benefit plan. Applicants must fill out the MCSO online pre application at www.keysso.net Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax resumes to (305) 292-7159. Charles Slebodnick may be contacted at (305) 292-7044. EOE/AAP Office/Customer Relations Manager Experienced in most computer software programs, familiarity with shipping and receiving. Organized, efficient & productive, starting pay $10-12 hr, overtime available + benefits. Please send your resume to email@example.com OFFICE MANAGER for busy boat yard office. Excellent interpersonal skills, computer savvy and references a must. Quick Books experience a plus. Competitive pay with benefits including health insurance and holidays. 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