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A group of 21 Cuban migrants arrived in Marathon early Monday night, including four children.The children, plus seven women and 10 men, landed on Coco Plum Beach. They were reported to federal authorities by Monroe County Sheriffs Office deputies around 6:15 p.m., according to Elee Erice, spokeswoman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Initial reports received by the Sheriffs Office indicated there were two girls who were not accompanied by their parents, leading Sheriff Rick Ramsay to express worry on Bill Beckers US1 Radio show Morning Magazine that the situation could end up devolving into a fiasco similar to the Elian Gonzalez situation. In 1999, Gonzalez, who was a month short of 6 at the time, was found at sea after his mother drowned while they attempted to cross the Florida Straits. Federal authorities initially placed the boy with paternal relatives in Miami. Those relatives sought to have him stay but after a protracted court fight and a dramatic extraction of Elian from the relatives home by U.S. immigration officials, he was returned to his father in Cuba in 2000. But it appears all the minors in Mondays group were accompanied by adult relatives, Erice said. Erice said, however, that federal immigration agents are seeing an increase in immigrant children coming to the United States without their parents. The trend is more noticeable on the Southwestern U.S. border with Mexico, she said.In these cases, especially among Cubans, who can legally stay in the U.S. if they make it to dry land, immigration officials usually are able to find relatives whom with the children can stay. According to accounts the migrants gave Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, their trip from Matanzas, Cuba, to the Keys was quick. They said the group split aboard two gofast boats and left Cuba, which is about 90 miles away from Key West, about 1 p.m. and arrived off the Keys about 4 p.m., Erice said. 778679022222 Classifieds . . . . .5B Living . . . . . . .2B Business . . . . . .5A Opinion . . . . . .4A Sports/Outdoors . .1B Crossword . . . . .4BINDEX Printed on 100% recycled newsprint CONTENTS 2014 KEYNOTER PUBLISHING CO. 2013 rewindThe past 12 months have seen plenty of action on land, infrastructure. Story, 6A Ultimate bobbleheadsThe U.S. Supreme Court has joined athletes and others as the inspiration for bobbleheads. Story, 4B WWW.KEYSINFONET.COM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 VOLUME 61, NO. 1 25 CENTS Bridge jump may be hoaxMonroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay suspects a Miami-Dade man who may or may not have jumped off the Card Sound Bridge in North Key Largo early Monday morning may have staged an elaborate hoax to elude charges of capital sexual battery. At this point in time, my personal impression is it is staged, Ramsay told US1 Radios Bill Becker on the Morning Magazine radio show Tuesday. Although Miami-Dade County Police say there is no arrest warrant for 38-year-old James Alan Dziadura, his supposed suicide attempt came soon after Miami-Dade detectives wanted to question him in a sexual battery case, Monroe County Sheriffs Office Detective Deborah Ryan wrote in her report. Additionally, should no body be found, based on the facts, I have to also consider the subject staged his suicide to elude Miami-Dade detectives who are seeking him for questioning in a sexual battery case, Ryan wrote. Dziadura sent a text message to a relative around 1 a.m. Monday saying he was going to tie a 40-pound dumbbell weight to his leg and jump from the 65-foot span. Both Monroe deputies and Miami-Dade police arrived at the bridge after the relative called police. The two Miami-Dade officers found Dziaduras iPhone at the top of the bridge on a railing. The Monroe County deputies found Dziaduras Honda minivan. Inside, the deputies found a 40-pound dumbbell, two baseball bats, a crowbar, a black suitcase, shoes, clothes and a child car safety seat in the backseat. The keys were in the ignition. A view of DziadurasDziadura sought for questioning in sex case; no body found after searchNORTH KEY LARGOBy DAVID GOODHUEdgoodhue@keysreporter.com WEINER WALKDachshunds (above from left) Nicki, Buddy and Sammy, with their owners Ron and Kathy Stephenson of Key West, participate in Tuesdays annual Key West Dachshund Walk in Old Town Key West. The three-block walk started eight years ago and now draws more than 200 wiener dogs. Among those decked out is Missy (left), a 9-year-old who made the drive with her human from Marathon.Keynoter photos by SEAN KINNEY Hernstadt in final two for MarcoWith Marathon City Manager Roger Hernstadt one of two finalists to be the city manager of Marco Island, the Marathon City Council appears split on whether to push to keep him if hes chosen.Following a lengthy process of whittling its applicant list, the Marco Island City Council has settled on Hernstadt and Bald Head Island, N.C., Village Manager Calvin Peck to interview.Individual council members will interview both in one-on-one settings on Jan. 13, then the full council will interview both the following day. The council is expected to offer one of the two the job following the second days interviews, City Clerk Laura Litzan said. There is no salary set but the previous manager, Jim Riviere, who left the job on Sept. 30, made $156,000 annually with no benefits, Litzan said. In Marathon, Hernstadt makes $145,000, plus $33,000 in health benefits, per year under a contract that expires in June 2015. Marathons full-time population is around 8,400. Marco Islands is around 16,800. Hes obviously using this [possible new job] to leverage his contract, Council man Mark Senmartin said. If he wants to leave if he gets a better deal, more power to him. There is no reason to offer him a raise and an extension at this point. If it was three weeks out, that might be different. I dont think were going to find anyone with his talent, Councilman Rich Keating said. Im willing to consider anything thats reasonable. I think Rogers been great for Marathon. The cost of running the city has stayed the same with him running things in there. He added that were in the middle of a lot of thingsCity manager has interviews on Jan. 13 and 14By LARRY KAHNlkahn@keynoter.comMARATHONNCAA CHAMPS DIVE IN Keynoter photo by KEVIN WADLOWUniversity of Michigan assistant coach Mark Hill shows the colors while supervising a drill for Wolverine swimmers at the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo. Hill is a former head swim coach at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier. Michigans men are the reigning NCAA national champions. Story, 1B Cuban migrants land in MarathonGroup of 21 includes four young kidsIMMIGRATIONSee Jumper, 2ASee Hernstadt, 2ABy DAVID GOODHUEdgoodhue@keysreporter.com
RENTING?BUYING? SELLING?Use the KeynoterClassifieds for all your real estate needs. 743-5551 The number of hate crimes reported in Monroe County and around Florida increased from 2011 to 2012, according to a report from the state Attorney Generals Office released Tuesday.Based on 1989 legislation, a hate crime in Florida is an act committed or attempted by one person or group against another that in any way constitutes an express of hatred based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, homeless status, advanced age or mental/physical disability. Attorney General Pam Bondis report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, says there were 170 hate crimes reported statewide, an increase of 22.3 percent from the 139 such crimes reported in 2011. In Monroe County, six hate crimes were reported in 2012, up from one the previous year. All of those originated with the Key West Police Department, according to a state database. In November 2012, Key West police investigated two beatings seemingly motivated by the victims sexual orientation. In one case, a local man told police he was ordering food at Sandys Cafe on White Street when an unknown man called him a faggot, then punched and kicked him. A week earlier, a gay couple from Brooklyn, N.Y., in town for a wedding, told police they were accosted on Duval Street, called faggots and hit by an unknown attacker. A hate-crime charge allows prosecutors to increase penalties upon conviction for crimes where there is evidence of certain prejudice. KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 2A Wednesday, January 1, 2014 PREDICTED TEMPERATURESDAY HIGH LOW WED.8173 THURS.8370 FRI.7566 SAT.7666 Forecast: Expect partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers. 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. 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Their terms expire Sept. 12, 2017. The most recent major board action came in 2010 with a $3 million start-up loan to rehabilitate the thendefunct Key West Con valescent Center on Stock Island. right now in the west part of town. Hopefully there will be enough people on the council to keep him here. I think hes proven himself with his track record.Councilwoman Ginger Snead agreed, saying, I would want to keep him. I would definitely be on board to talk about his contract.Mayor Dick Ramsays view falls more in line with Senmartins.If it comes before the council and there is anything proposed such as a salary increase or contract extension, I will vote against it, he said. The city has treated him well. From what I understand, he wants a fouryear contract and a golden parachute. I would be opposed to that. I would be disappointed if we extended longer than we already did.Hernstadt was hired on Jan. 29, 2010. In June that year, he got a three-year extension and a raise from $110,000 to $130,000. Then in February 2012, he got another extension until June 30, 2015, and a raise to his current salary.Councilman Chris Bull would appear to be the deciding vote on offering a new contract if Hernstadt is chosen for Marco Island. He called the Marco Island interview a negotiation tool more than anything else.I think its more terms of the contract than the dollar amount based on my discussions with him, Bull said. It is a negotiation as far as what he needs to stay and what we think is appropriate. I wont be strongarmed because hes being offered a job somewhere else because he has to make that decision. But from my discussion, this Marco Island thing is a Plan B. Hernstadt has declined to discuss his job status.I wont be strongarmedFrom Hernstadt, 1A Facebook page shows he has four young children and a wife, who could not be reached for comment. They live in the Redland section of unincorporated MiamiDade, according to online county appraiser records. Miami-Dade Police spokes woman Officer Robin Pinkard said there is no warrant for Dziaduras arrest, but he could be a subject in a case. Capital sexual battery is defined under Florida law as a person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age.... Dziaduras disappearance and possible suicide launched an extensive search of the area surrounding the bridge by agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Monroe Sheriffs Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser vation Commission and Ocean Reef Public Safety. The Coast Guard search included boats from Station Islamorada and a helicopter from Miami, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss. The search began around 3 a.m. and ended late Monday afternoon with no body found, Doss said. Sheriffs Office divers led by Sgt. Mark Coleman searched the area directly underneath the bridge where police found Dziaduras cell phone. Ramsay said the divers found a 4-pound dumbbell on the ocean floor, but he was suspicious that there was no rope attached to it. Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin had no initial estimates on how much money the search cost the department in fuel, time and manpower. Ramsay told Becker that even if Dziadura changed his mind about killing himself and panicked once he landed on the ocean bottom, he would have likely freed himself from the weight from his leg and not have untied or cut the rope from the weight. Ramsay also said that if Dziadura drowned, his body would probably be in the same area where he jumped in. Jump increasingly looks like hoaxFrom Jumper, 1A Photo by DAVID GOODHUEDivers get ready to hit the water Monday to search for James Dziadura. No body was found.Bondi: TDC money OK for growing coralGrowing corals in the Florida Keys can qualify for bed-tax cash. So says a legal opinion handed down Monday by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in response to a query from the Monroe County Commission.Our coral reef is one of the main tourist draws down here, and the reefs are not in the best of shape, said Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation in Tavernier. We want to go out and fix it.Applications from Nedimyers nonprofit organization for a grant from county tourist-development taxes on hotel rooms and other short-term accommodations started the process that resulted in Bondis sixpage opinion.In sum, it is my opinion that local option tourist development taxes can be used to fund a coral outplanting project to repair a naturally occurring reef, Bondi wrote.Monroe County commissioners in July decided on a 3-2 vote that coral-growing nurseries in Keys waters should be able to seek Tourist Development Council money as zoological parks, a term listed in state law as a legal use of TDC taxes.Commissioner George Neugent has been a strong advocate for coral nurseries. Anything that we can do to improve the assets that make us unique, we should take that opportunity, he said. Bondis decision affirms the commissions action.Starting in 2011, the Coral Restoration Founda tion applied three times for a TDC grant of approximately $75,000. The requests went nowhere, based on concern from county attorneys that growing coral did not seem to fit under state TDC law.When you start chasing down [funding] opportunities, sometimes it goes smoothly and sometimes it doesnt, Nedimyer said. We had so many people who know the TDC process saying that we need to go for this. So we decided, lets go for another opinion. Any money from TDC coffers which would need approval from tourist advisory groups and the County Commission would go toward allowable bricks and mortar spending, Nedimyer said.While bricks and mortar usually means facility construction, in this case the term is virtually literal: Bricks to hold growing coral branches and epoxy to hold them.We provide all the free labor, Nedimyer said. Previous attorney-general opinions on TDC spending elsewhere in Florida ruled that placing an underwater artificial reef and buying land for a nature trail are allowable, Bondi noted. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Reef Tract are publicly owned, protected and managed marine environments open to the public for recreational and educational activities, the opinion says.Billy Causey, southeast and Caribbean regional manager for the National Marine Sanctuary Program, endorsed the Coral Restoration Foundations request.The Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine Laboratory have established offshore areas where broken and cloned corals are grown to a size at which they can be planted on damaged areas of the reef.Opinion comes after request from MonroeOUR ENVIRONMENTBy KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Cuba flight really excitingIt wasnt the start of regularly scheduled flights to Havana from Key West, which many people hope will happen, but it was a start nonetheless.It was really exciting to make history, Mayor Craig Cates said upon his return from Jose Marti International Airport after a Monday morning flight there from Key West International.Cates was among seven passengers, along with two pilots, who made the trip on the first commercial actually, a charter flight between the two cities since 1962, when federal travel restrictions between the cities went into effect. It was organized by Carolann Sharkey, a member of a group called the Tropical Research Ecological Exchange, based in Key West. Its members are due to fly back Friday after touring agriculture, botanical and other sites. The plane is a propellerdriven Cessna 441 operated by Key West Executive Air Charter, whose corporate address is listed as 336 Duval St., home to Prudential Knight and Gardner real estate.Cates said that upon landing at Jose Marti, he presented agents from Havana Tours, on the tarmac to confirm travel documents, with a Key lime pie, coins bearing the citys crest and a small replica of the southernmost buoy on Whitehead Street.We had a brief exchange with them, Cates said. It was nothing political. He recalled traveling with his family to Cuba for vacation in 1958. It was a great feeling to return, he said, calling the travel process very smooth.The process of designating Key West International as an international point of entry began in 2009 with a request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Following that was a three-phase, twoyear, $2.25 million project to have the airport reclassified as a federal inspection station, instead of the current label of a general aviation facility, leading to the federal OK in October 2011.Since then, at least two operators have worked to get the appropriate authorization from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and its Cuban counterpart.Mambi Travel of Miami has twice announced that daily flights would start, first on Nov. 15 and then on Dec. 15. But it never happened and the company hasnt said why.Mondays flight was operated by Miami-based Mar Azul, a travel agency specializing in Cuba.By SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.comKEY WESTTalks ongoing for trail sponsorsState officials are negotiating with a private company to take over a park sponsorship program after failing to get any businesses to pay for advertisements along some of Floridas prime trails.New York-based Bikepath Country has offered to give the state 30 percent of any revenue over 15 years in exchange for making signs and seeking corporate sponsors for the controversial program, which went into effect more than a year ago. Among the seven trails included on the states list are the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.Bikepath Country was the only entity to submit a proposal regarding the trail signs after a Department of Environmental Protection conference call with potential sponsors this summer. The company reportedly runs similar programs in parts of New York, Tennessee, Arizona and Texas.DEP, in talks with Bikepath Country since August, held an internal meeting Dec. 18 on the proposal but the deal remains in limbo, according to DEP spokesman Patrick Gillespie.We are currently negotiating with the company and the current proposal is being reviewed internally, Gillespie said in an e-mail. On its webpage, the company claims to design attractive and non-obtrusive eco-friendly signs. The Legislatures first attempt at approving the park trail advertisements died in 2011 after opponents objected that the ads would become an intrusive distraction for those visiting pristine state lands. But proponents claimed awarding naming rights and allowing the commercial displays could help cover or replace some of the estimated $1 million a year the state spends annually to upkeep public trails.Gov. Rick Scott signed the John Anthony Wilson Bicycle Safety Act into law in 2012. The law limits the wording on the signs, which can depict a corporate logo and can say the business proudly sponsors the costs of maintaining the trail but cannot include a companys slogan.The law allows the advertisements at only seven trails: The Overseas Heritage Trail, Blackwater Heritage Trail, Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail, Nature Coast State Trail, Withlacoochee State Trail and the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail.OUR ENVIRONMENTBy JIM TURNERNews Service of FloridaReport: Hate crimes increaseCRIME FRONTKeynoter Staff
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Opinion & EditorialWednesday, January 1, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter 4A Letters of local interest are welcome, but subject to editing and condensing. There is a 400-word limit. Letters thanking an individual are welcome. Space does not permit publication of thank-you letters consisting of lists. Letters must be signed. Anonymous letters will not be published. Include a daytime phone number (which will not be published) where you may be reached if there are questions about your correspondence. Mail: Editor, Keynoter, P.O. Box 500158, Marathon, FL 33050 E-mail: email@example.com Fax: 743-6397 Letters to the Editor EDITORIALBad year for manatees, dolphinsFROM THE PUBLISHERAs a reasonably new resident of paradise, its pretty easy to immerse oneself in the Keys lifestyle and become impervious, if not downright oblivious, to national news. After all, who needs that kind of clutter?Nationally, the Top 10 news stories for 2013 ran the gamut we see most years, tragedies to scandals to political harrumphing.The year gave us horrific tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing and the pummeling of the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan to milestone events like the transition to a new pope and the birth of a new heir to the British crown. We witnessed (maybe too much) the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder trial and we saw the fall from grace of Paula Deen for making insensitive racial comments. And hovering like dark clouds overhead for most of the year was the incessant chatter about Obamacare and the lingering effects of the war in Afghanistan. After almost a full year here in the Keys, I recognized quickly that our top news stories, while not of national magnitude, still registered fairly high on my Really? meter. Topping the list was the unsuccessful murder-for-hire scheme targeting local Realtor Bruce Schmitt. No other story came anywhere close. Hard to imagine a sleepy little fishing town like Marathon could be the setting for such a sordid, devious plot. Or that an underground element up to that type of task was among us; thats what should really give us pause.We had a political brouhaha in Marathon surrounding a mysterious mailer aimed at smearing Mark Senmartin, which actually achieved the opposite effect and fueled his landslide victory in the Marathon City Council race. There are suspicions that one of Senmartins opponents played a role, but as of today, no one knows for sure who was behind that (although former County Attorney Jim Hendrick admits to facilitating it).No Name Key got commercial electricity in 2013. The fact that statement is even being made in 2014 is in itself noteworthy, unless you consider the decades-long legal wrangling that residents wanting commercial power had to endure to stave off their solar-powerpreferred opponents. Money was at the epicenter of several key stories. The County Commission approved funding to buy the former Rowells Marina in Key Largo and committed to the restoration of the Old Seven Mile bridge. In a referendum, voters in Key West rejected asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform a multimillion-dollar study to determine the impacts of dredging Key West Harbor to accommodate larger cruise ships. You win some, you lose some. We certainly had our share of true crime stories.A popular destination for county criminals had become the Ocala Correctional Institute. Norma Jean Sawyer, former executive director of the now-defunct Bahama Conch Community Land Trust in Key West, shared that place with former School District administrator Monique Acevedo and former Monroe County Technical Services Director Lisa Druckemiller.And the North Roosevelt Boulevard reconstruction in Key West, while a nightmare for many businesses, an eyesore for tourists and an eight-month migraine headache for residents, finally looks to be on track for completion in mid-2014.While our stories may pale in comparison to the nations in terms of sheer magnitude, we enter 2014 confident that we will undoubtedly manufacture more juiciness in the year to come, and whatever emerges will be ours and ours alone. Richard Tamborrino is publisher of the Keynoter. Our emergency storm kits may still be intact, but after eight storm-free years, a financial burden for all Floridians continues to loom overhead. While the risk associated with Floridas state-run insurance entities Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund may now be less, there is still more work that needs to be done.Unbeknownst to many, the state of Florida has taken on a huge amount of risk. Under the current structure of the Cat Fund, there is a dangerous monetary threat to Floridians if a big storm does in fact make landfall in our great state.This is because the Cat Fund, which was originally intended to provide stability for huge, Hurricane Andrewsized events, is supported by issuing debt that would have to be repaid by Floridians including homeowners, business owners, renters, churches, charities and automobile policyholders. That means that all the risk is on us. While the absence of a landfalling storm over the years has provided the Cat Fund with an opportunity to build up a cash reserve, we should not forget that the Cat Funds current structure still relies on post-event bond debt to pay hurricane claims, rather than traditional reinsurance, which spreads the risk outside the state. Florida can only put a limited amount of our funds at risk, and after that current law leaves us at the mercy of the financial markets. We may or may not be able to borrow enough money, or we may face the possibility of having to pay sky-high interest, given our position. That means we might not be able to pay claims, which would be a second disaster, possibly worse than the storm itself.In fact, in todays markets, estimated bonding capacity is down, not up. That means that if we had to issue bonds now, there is less capacity and interest rates would be higher. For years, Florida consumer, business and environmental groups have supported changes to the staterun system. We have studied and understand the financial implications associated with failing to reform the system, and believe that true reform is necessary in order to protect Florida consumers, businesses and the place we call home.The James Madison Institute and the R Street Institute, members of the Stronger Safer Florida coalition, to which the Florida Consumer Action Network belongs, recently released a report on this subject titled, Ten Reforms to Fix Floridas Property Insurance Marketplace Without Raising Rates.The report suggests, In its current form, the Cat Fund poses the greatest danger to Floridas insurance system, as well as the states ability to recover quickly after a major hurricane. One of the feasible reform measures the report cites is an incremental reduction plan, proposed by Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton).During the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions, the Florida Consumer Action Network supported Hagers muchneeded plan that would have reduced the size of the Cat Fund and decreased insurers reliance on the state rather than private markets. The implementation of this plan is an important step toward a healthier insurance market, which would better protect all consumers from financial disaster in the wake of a major storm or series of storms.By taking advantage of private market opportunities and spreading Floridas hurricane risk beyond our borders, the Florida Consumer Action Network believes we can avoid additional debt and potential assessments that would affect Florida consumers.Support for the pro-consumer, bipartisan Hager legislation was demonstrated by other consumer groups, as well as tax, business and environmental groups. Additionally, Floridas former insurance consumer advocate, Robin SmithWestcott, who was responsible for representing Floridas policyholder consumers on property insurance matters, and Cat Fund management, also advocated for the Hager plan.While opponents of the legislation contended that shrinking the Cat Fund would force Florida insurers to obtain more expensive coverage in the private market and, therefore, increase insurance premiums for consumers, in fact, the opposite is true. The cost of reinsurance is on the decline, and accessing that capital would not increase consumer rates. It is another good reason why we should be taking advantage of the private reinsurance market, which could SAVE consumers dollars. We are just months away from the 2014 legislative session. This is another chance for our elected leaders to implement change that moves us toward a healthier insurance market that spreads insurance risk, reduces the role of government in the reinsurance market and ensures the Cat Fund can reliably pay its bills.The upcoming session is the time for legislators who want to fight for consumers to realize that our good luck will not continue indefinitely. We need smart Cat Fund reform that does not increase debt by bonding out, but instead protects Florida consumers and the financial security of our hurricane-prone state.Bill Newton is executive director of the Florida Consumer Action Network in Tampa. This is reprinted from the Miami Herald.High death rates require federal, state responses, especially when it comes to diverted lake waterTwo beloved sea mammals manatees and bottlenose dolphins suffered record numbers of deaths in 2013, baffling scientists and rightly raising concerns about the health of the waters surrounding Florida. Surely, what we humans dump into our waters must share the blame along with natural causes. Experts say 803 manatees died in 2013, well above the 392 deaths in 2012. The 800 deaths are about 16 percent of the states estimated population of 5,000 manatees total. A massive bloom of red-tide algae along the southwest coast killed 276 manatees early in 2013 the worst red-tide toll on sea cows ever recorded. But an unidentified illness is killing manatees in the Indian River Lagoon on Floridas Gold Coast; 117 died there since July 2012. The only good news is that manatee deaths from encounters with boats are down, to 71 deaths, from 81 in 2012. But back to Indian River Lagoon. The deaths of dolphins and pelicans have also hit unprecedented numbers in the estuary. Scientists are stumped, but theres little doubt that the summers flood-prevention diversion of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River on the West Coast must be taken into account. The nitrogen-laden outfall deadened the St. Lucie and created an enormous environmental crisis in the lagoon. Meantime, nearly 1,000 dolphins eight times the historical average have washed up dead along the Eastern Seaboard from New York to Florida. Nearly 80 dolphins whose permanent home was (here it is again) the Indian River Lagoon have died, while another 233 died in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Many of the Eastern Seaboard dolphins deaths were from morbillivirus, a disease deadly for dolphins. The last outbreak of the virus was 25 years ago. Again, the dirty water from the U.S. Corps of Engineers diversion of lake water during hurricane season, along with urban pollutants, could be contributing to the dolphins deaths in the lagoon. And in the Gulf, lingering effects of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill could also be a culprit in dolphins demise there. Federal and state officials have only begun to address the nearly annual diversion of lake water to the east and west coasts. Its too dirty now to send south into the Everglades, where it belongs. But manatees and dolphins keep dying, and nobody knows how to save them. Dolphins, in particular, are harbingers of the overall health of our oceans. For that reason alone, federal and state officials should be alarmed enough to stem these killing seasons as quickly as possible. Miami Herald Richard Tamborrino . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Publisher Larry Kahn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Editor Kathie Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . . .Financial Director Todd Swift . . . . . . . . . . . .Production Manager Carter Townshend . . . . . . . . .Circulation Manager PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY Contents copyright 2014 Keynoter Publishing Co. On news front, some Keys stories stand out TAMBORRINOGUEST COLUMNCat Fund reform key to states economic health NEWTON McVeigh: Boot KesslerA member of the Monroe County School Districts Audit and Finance Committee has filed a protest with the School Board against the committees chairman, saying he needs to step off the panel because of politics.Roger McVeigh took the action following Stuart Kesslers elevation to the chairmanship on Dec. 9. The vote among committee members was 4-1, with McVeigh against. The five-member Audit and Finance Committee meets once a month. Its members are appointed, one each, by the School Board. Following Kesslers move to chairman, McVeigh fired off an e-mail to the board asking that Kessler not only lose the chairmanship but be booted off the panel altogether. In his Dec. 12 e-mail, McVeigh lays out his opposition on two fronts.One, I believed it would be in the best interest of the AFC for other members to take a turn as chair, he wrote. Secondly and most importantly, I felt it would be inappropriate for Stuart to remain on the AFC once he acknowledged in the media that he was considering entering the race for School Board, which I believed was imminent.Kessler hasnt confirmed hell run against District 1 board member Robin Smith Martin in 2014, but there has been much speculation he will try for elected office. McVeigh speculated that Kesslers election as chair would trigger more self-serving conduct. Kessler said McVeighs comments hurt the committee. Difference of opinion on the committee is a good thing but we all need to be on the same page.Its a very difficult job, he continued. Sometimes you have to be a conveyor of news people dont want to hear.School Board member Ed Davidson, a strong supporter of Kessler, weighed in on Dec. 13, e-mailing board members and some district employees, calling McVeigh highly disingenuous. Davidson wrote that over a period of several years I have personally witnessed Rogers strongly evidenced, starkly stated, guttural and emotional, and decidedly personal dislike of Stuart. Davidson also called out McVeigh for tamping down Audit and Finance Committee investigation into Horace OBryant Middle School construction change orders. His behavior has repeatedly proven not to have been in the best interests of the AFC or the School District, Davidson wrote.By SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.comMONROE COUNTY SCHOOLSSewer drilling resumes ThursdayNegotiations on drilling for an underground sewer line near Theater of the Sea resume Thursday, says the attractions curator. Village of Islamorada officials and contractors have heard our veterinarians concerns, said curator Beverly Osborne. Now were trying to figure out what they can do about it. Staff and trainers from Theater of the Sea staged a Dec. 20 protest when contractors began setting up to drill along the Old Highway on Windley Key, adjacent to the popular facility that houses eight dolphins and five sea lions, along with 10 sea turtles.Work was halted while possible alternatives, likely to be expensive, are considered.Display ponds created from century-old rock quarries are fed saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean through an underground culvert and channel. Theater of the Sea staff describes that system as an aquatic lifeline. Drilling is proposed to run beneath parts of the channel that lie on public right of way.Dr. Michael Renner, the facilitys veterinarian, said Monday that he fears anaerobic bacteria or fungal growth trapped in the coral rock for decades could be dislodged and wind up being carried into the dolphin habitat. The animals at Theater of the Sea are completely dependent on that water, Renner said. They breathe it or live in it. When you mess with the animals environment, you mess with them.Although the planned wastewater pipeline reportedly would run 20 feet below the channel, it could still pose a threat, he said. How do you know if its leaking into the porous coral rock? Renner said. What if it breaks? That would be a nightmare. Weve all been in situations where a water line or sewage line breaks and they tell you not to drink the water, he said. Theater of the Sea cannot stop that water from going into the park. You cant tell the animals not to live in it.Osborne said Theater of the Sea advocates running the sewer line in a different area, or running it above ground near the channel. Were hoping [Islamorada] doesnt think it costs too much for them to consider, she said.Islamorada wastewater managers could not be reached at press time. There is stuff down there that has not been disturbed for a long time, Renner said. If it gets into the water, animals lives could be at risk. What is the cost of saving their lives?ISLAMORADA By KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The new year brings the big test of President Obamas beleaguered health-care law: Will it work? The heart of the law springs to life today, after nearly four years of political turmoil and three months of enrollment chaos. Patients will begin showing up at hospitals and pharmacies with insurance coverage bought through the nations new health care marketplaces. The course of 2014 will show whether Obama can get affordable care to millions of people in need, without doing intolerable damage to the 85 percent of U.S. residents who already were insured. Lots of Americans are nervous. Will their new coverage be accepted? Its a concern because insurers have reported problems with the customer information theyve gotten from the government, including missing data and duplication.How many more people will see old individual plans that they liked canceled? Will a flood of newly insured patients cause doctor shortages? Will businesses respond to the law by ditching their group plans or pushing more health costs onto workers?On the other hand, many people should benefit immensely. People previously locked out of individual insurance by high prices or pre-existing health problems can get coverage to stave off the threat of medical bankruptcy. Middleclass families without workplace coverage can get tax subsidies to help pay for their insurance. How much patients like the new plans, and whether they can afford the co-pays and deductibles, will become clear as they start visiting doctors. Some dates and moving parts to watch in 2014:TodayCoverage begins. Many low-income Americans who didnt qualify for Medicaid in the past can use it now. People who signed up for private insurance in a state or federal marketplace by Dec. 24 (or later in some states) and have paid their first premium are now covered, too. Coverage begins for workers at companies that have signed up for new small business plans through the marketplaces, also called health care exchanges. Coverage lapses for people whose existing plans were canceled, if they havent signed up for a replacement or received an extension. Obama recently gave insurance companies the option of extending old plans for existing customers for a year, but only where state insurance commissioners give their OK.The clock starts on the individual mandate Nearly all U.S. citizens and legal residents are required to have minimum essential coverage for most of 2014, or pay a penalty. Most people already are insured through their jobs, Medicare, Medicaid, or military coverage and so dont need to do anything.Insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away people in poor health or kick customers out of plans when they get sick.Women and people with pre-existing conditions pay the same rates as healthy men in the new plans. The law also limits how much more insurers can charge older people.New insurance plans cant put an annual dollar limit on care, or require individuals to pay more than $6,350 in outof-pocket costs per year.Jan. 10Payment due. In most cases, marketplace customers who signed up by Dec. 24 have until now to pay the first months premium and get coverage for their January medical bills. Major national insurers agreed to accept payments 10 days into the month because of technical troubles plaguing online enrollment at www.HealthCare.gov. But buyers should check early with their insurance companies some may not honor the grace period.Jan. 31A temporary program for people denied coverage because of poor health ends. Tens of thousands of Ameri cans with serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer were in the special program and needed new coverage for 2014. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, originally set to expire Dec. 31, was extended one month.Some people could lose coverage for a prescription theyve been taking. The Obama administration urged insurers to temporarily let customers keep filling prescriptions covered by a previous plan, but not their new one, through January.Late MarchThe patched-up healthcare website will face a major test if too many people rush to sign up in the final days of open enrollment. Watch for a possible return of rampant crashes and error messages. On the other hand, low enrollment signals another danger. The laws design relies on younger, healthier enrollees to offset the cost of older and sicker consumers. If the numbers stay low, its likely that enrollees will be disproportionately people with more expensive medical needs, putting a financial strain on insurers.March 31Last chance for open enrollment through the federal marketplace or 14 states running their own exchanges. Late March enrollees will be covered beginning May 1. (Its possible the administration could decide to extend open enrollment, if major website problems resurface and interfere with sign-ups.) This is the deadline for most people to get coverage to avoid a fine. The Obama administration says, however, that those whose existing health insurance was canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will be exempt from the penalty. People who lose coverage during the year can go without for three months before facing a penalty. The enrollment deadline doesnt apply to people signing up for Medicaid or the Childrens Health Insurance Program, based on income. People can apply for those programs at any time and coverage begins at once. The March 31 deadline also wont stop those who need to sign up later in 2014 because of a qualifying life event. The events include things like getting married, having a baby, or leaving a job that provided insurance. Qualifying events trigger a special enrollment period lasting 60 days.April 15No worries yet. Those who go without insurance wont owe penalties until federal taxes are due in 2015 for the previous years income.Tax returns filed in 2015 will include health insurance information; insurers will send notices to confirm that taxpayers were covered in 2014. People who bought plans in the marketplaces and received either too little or too much in premium subsidies during the year also will square things with the IRS in April 2015. Wednesday, January 1, 2014 5A Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com BusinessCircle these datesNew coverage starts todayBy CONNIE CASSAssociated PressHEALTH CARE Keys InfoNet.com COMMUNITY HELP Photo courtesy KAREN QUISTAmerican Caribbean Real Estate-Lower Keys partnered with Winn-Dixie on Big Pine Key to help stock the shelves at St. Peter Catholic Churchs food pantry. It started Dec. 13 with about five carts of nonperishable food for people and pets delivered by (from left) Michele Adams, Ginger Henderson, Kristen Brenner, Lynn Lucas, Jody Owen, store director Kenny Lowe, Brenda Torrella, store co-director Joel Jimenez, Sandy Tuttle and Matt Blalock. The realty firm also continued its annual effort to collect and donate toys for Marathon Fire Rescues program that gives needy kids toys for the holidays.
Teachers remain without a dealThe Monroe County School District, led by Superintendent Mark Porter, devoted lots of energy to contract talks in 2103. District negotiators, led by Porter, spent six months in 2013 trying hammer out a contract with the United Teachers of Monroe, only for the talks to break down in December. On the table is a oneyear contract that would retroactively cover the 2013-14 school year for 525 teachers and 114 schools support staff. The School Board and Porter have ended a controversial seven-day unpaid furlough program in place since 2011, although their funding concept of using $1.2 million in state money to do so has been rejected by the Department of Education. That prompted Porter to withdraw from negotiations and hand off the reins to labor attorney Bob Norton. Now Porter is working on a way to defray the costs without tapping into the districts reserves. In September, the School Board adopted an $84.5 million budget. The tax rate is $3.68 per $1,000 of assessed taxable property value, up slightly from the previous fiscal year. The owner of a $300,000 home paid $1,158 in schools taxes this year. The budget was prepared by district Finance Director James Drake, part of a new team of administrators Porter hired in 2013. In August, Porter hired Drake, a former Manatee County School District finance chief, under a oneyear contract that runs until June 30 and is worth $91,004 annually. Pat LeFere, former commanding officer of Naval Air Station Key West, was hired on July 1 to serve as director of operations under a two-year contract worth $116,381 annually. In June, the superintendent hired Ramon Dawkins to replace Cheryl Allen as Human Resources director. He makes $95,025 per year under an annual contract runs until June 30, 2014. As happens every year, the School Board reorganized in November, with Chairman Ron Martin replacing Andy Griffiths for a one-year term and Vice Chairman Robin SmithMartin replacing board member John Dick in that capacity. In June 487 Florida Keys students graduated from the countys three public high schools. That was 260 from Key West High, 63 from Marathon High and 164 from Coral Shores High in Tavernier. Talks ongoing, negotiations remain stalledBy SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.com2013 REWIND: MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 6A Wednesday, January 1, 2014 D Buying land for a new waterfront park on Key Largo and moving toward allowing a major shopping center on Rockland Key rank among notable decisions made by Monroe County leaders in 2013. It was a year when the County Commission got more leeway on the money front after several budgets tightened by the economic slump. Commissioners also got more lessons than they ever wanted about the difference between sewer systems of the gravity and grinderpump variety. The possibility of turning a large Rockland Key tract at mile marker 9 into a multistore complex with a major anchor store got a boost when commissioners gave final approval in April to an overlay district intended to simplify zoning and permitting for the 33-acre site.Floridas Department of Economic Opportunity, which oversees land-development decisions from the Florida Keys, signed off on the district in July. The county and state also agreed to exempt the singular property from commercial rate-of-growth limits.That opened the door for a development group headed by David Garfunkel of Savannah, Ga., to submit more detailed plans needed for a development agreement and necessary permits. We havent heard much since the county and state tendered approval to proceed, Christine Hurley, county Growth Management director, said Dec. 9. The center has been allowed 335,000 square feet of roofed area for stores and restaurants, down from the half-million feet originally requested. Commissioners said they want assurances the Lower Keys project will not create significant traffic problems, and have space for a community meeting center.Before the next round of permitting, commissioners recommended Garfunkel plan to build or provide some housing for a portion of the 600 people estimated to be hired at the shopping complex. Garfunkel pointedly disagreed.Garfunkels team has declined to discuss potential tenants for the center. The largest store in the complex will be designed to handle a store like a Target, they have said.Capital projectsWith the economy improving and Monroe County voters voting to extend a 1-percent sales tax for infrastructure, commissioners moved this year to step up road repairs, county building refurbishment and park upgrades, along with sewer projects. One of the most-debated actions was buying for $5 million eight acres of waterfront property on Florida Bay formerly occupied by Rowells Marina.Most Upper Keys civic and business groups strongly supported the purchase to acquire the site at mile marker 104.5 for event space, to preserve an open-water view and provide public access to the water. The purchase barely passed on a 4-1 vote, where four votes were required.A beach and paddling access are in draft plans for the Rowells site. A public boat ramp was eliminated because of costs and parking congestion. Closing on the property could occur before 2014.Commissioners in Sept em ber adopted a five-year plan for spending $57 million on capital improvements, including $3.2 million to improve Bernstein Park on Stock Island by solving flooding problems. For all practical purposes, it means building a new park, county Public Works Director Kevin Wilson said.Other projects penciled in for work before 2018 include road repairs, a new Marathon library, extensive renovation to the Plantation Key Government Center and a new Summerland Key fire station.Monroe County also learned that the countys rateof-growth ordinance, which controls development, could cost taxpayers an estimated $320 million if landowners seeking building permits cannot get them by 2023. That figure covers buying approximately 8,000 undeveloped lots with building potential. A pilot program to test systems that improve water quality in Keys canals got a $5 million boost from commissioners. Seven sites for various systems, from weed gates and culverts to costly backfilling, were picked in October. Work could begin in 2014 after agreement with neighboring landowners. Results from the canal program may help Monroe County receive million as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon settlement.Monroe County has been planning to receive anywhere from $5.8 million to $23 million as its share from Clean Water Act fines levied against BP for the massive 2010 spill that stained the Gulf of Mexico with more than 200 million gallons of oil.Transocean Deepwater, a co-defendant in the Clean Water Act case, agreed in January to pay $1.4 billion in fines and settlements. Of that, Monroe County expects to get $1.16 million, although when money can be spent remains uncertain. The county this summer solicited proposals for local projects that may help restore the natural environment or local economy affected by the spill threat. County Mayor George Neugent, serving on the executive committee of the states Gulf Coast Consortium on Deepwater Horizon settlements, said, There could be a settlement tomorrow ... or it could be 20 years. Its hurry up and wait. In June, Neugent testified before a U.S. Senate committee on behalf of the Florida Gulf Consortium. Our economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, Neugent told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.Sewer plansInstalling wastewater networks in the countys Cudjoe Regional sewer system created extensive discussions over whether certain properties should be connected to gravity-fed sewers, or required to use low-pressure systems requiring grinder pumps. In October, commissioners approved switching 1,152 Lower Keys homes to gravity, which is more costly to install but cheaper to maintain. That added more than $10 million to the Lower Keys systems cost, now estimated at $158 million. Other changes to the system appear to be ongoing.Commissioners, meeting in December, planned to discuss where to draw the line after other subdivision residents requested a similar change.In other notable Monroe County events of 2013:Commissioners extended the length of contracts of garbage-collection haulers to 10 years, and ended the year considering whether to focus on signing with the existing companies or opening the door to new bidders. That created a stir when residents and community leaders said they did not want to lose the services of longtime local companies like Marathon Garbage Service or Keys Sanitary Service.The county opted not to sued over the U.S. Navys plan to significantly increase aerial operations from the Boca Chica Naval Air Station. Although concerned about the noise of fighter jets and the possible effect on development, board members said a lawsuit would be costly and unlikely to succeed.New managed anchoring areas are being developed in Marathons Boot Key Harbor and in the Lower Keys after final approval in a state pilot program. That program is scheduled to end in July unless extended by the Florida Legislature.Sylvia Murphy, District 5 commissioner from the Upper Keys, was tapped to serve as county mayor for 2014.And Lower Keys will see a big change with plaza2013 REWIND: COUNTY COMMISSIONLand, infrastructure mark the past year Photo by KEVIN WADLOWThe County Commission agreed to buy for the former Rowells Marina in Key Largo for use as an events field and park. The purchase of the bayside lot had huge support in the Upper Keys.By KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer email@example.com Mark Finigan, Key Wests assistant city manager for finance and administration, will leave his post effective Feb. 21. Finnigan resigned in a Dec. 20 letter to City Manager Bob Vitas. In the one page document, Finigan filled in personal and professional as the reason for his departure. He didnt respond to a request for comment and Vitas couldnt be reached for comment about whether a replacement will be chosen from within City Hall or an outside search will be conducted. Then-City Manager Jim Scholl hired Finigan on April 14, 2008, to serve as assistant city manager. He earns $118,820.83 per year plus benefits. Finigan previously worked for the city from July 1989 until March 1997, when he resigned from his job as budget and management director to work in the private sector. Itll be a big loss, Mayor Craig Cates said of Finigans planned departure. He has done a lot of good work for the city and residents. Hes the third highlevel city administrator to resign in 2013. Then-Chief Building Official John Woodson resigned on June 3 and was followed on June 17 by then-Port and Transportation Director Jim Fitton.Finigan quits, says reason is personalBy SEAN KINNEYskinney@keynoter.comKEY WEST FINIGANCity finance chief leavingSome projects penciled in for work before 2018 include road repairs, a new Marathon library, extensive renovation to the Plantation Key Government Center and a new Summerland Key fire station. Keys InfoNet.com
Keys LifeFlorida Keys Keynoter WWW.KEYSINFONET.COM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 CLASSIFIEDS INSIDE 5BBSports & OutdoorsFishing CommunityLifestyle 4801 O/S Hwy.|Marathon, FL |(305) 289-2038HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR FURNITURE SALE IN STOCK 20% to 40% OFF! Gone but not forgottenThe past year saw the deaths of many notables from all walks of life, from the music scene to science to politics. Story, 3B SWIMMINGKeynoter photo by KEVIN WADLOWUniversity of Michigan men swimmers, the 2013 NCAA national champions, dive into a drill under the eye of head coach Mike Bottom (left) during workouts leading to Saturdays Orange Bowl Swim Classic. Bottom formerly coached The Race Club, based in Islamorada.Wolverines take overSwimmers from the University of Michigan returned to their end-of-year training site at Key Largos Jacobs Aquatic Center, bringing with them the title of reigning NCAA mens national champions. We want to have fun here but this is not about recreation, said Wolverine head coach Mike Bottom. Its about being the best and that takes work. Last spring, the Michigan mens team outpointed 2011 and 2012 national champ California to win the NCAA crown. This is a star-studded group, Bottom said. The most impressive things is that they developed in our program. We dont get the best talent at Michigan, he said, but we work harder. How are you going to get better? Bottom demanded of his men and women swimmers before a Monday drill in Jacobs eight-lane, 25-meter pool. Many of the national championship swimmers will race Saturday in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic, a 14-team competition in the Jacobs at Key Largo Community Park. Other collegiate swim squads in the Upper Keys for holiday-break training include Duke University, the University of Colorado, West Virginia University, George Mason University and Florida International. The value of these teams coming into the community is just huge, said Corky Wagner, Jacobs pool manager. The average team size is about 55 people, so thats a lot of heads in beds. Proceeds from pool-use rental from the teams also play a big part in helping the Key Largo pool complex make budget every year, Wagner said. Teams head to the Upper Keys for the intense training session in the second half of the college swim season which includes conference competition and the NCAA postseason, Wagner said.It keeps everybody corralled together and focused, he said. Bottom agreed, It serves as a bonding experience, and we enjoy getting to interact with the other teams. The University of Michigan squad is back for its sixth straight winter session in the Upper Keys, not a complete surprise given the local connections. Bottom was head coach for The Race Club, founded by Gary Hall Sr. at Founders Park in Islamorada, for two years before being accepting the Michigan job in 2008. Mark Hill, former head swim coach at Coral Shores High School, now works as a Wolverine assistant coach. They take care of us at Jacobs Bottom said. They make sure we have what we need to become excellent. The team uses all of the Key Largo Community Park for workouts, even holding a lighthearted practice using the Pirate Ship kiddie pool. Well do pullups, pushups in the water, even go down the slide, Bottom smiled. Wolverine swimmers expected to race in Saturdays all-day Orange Bowl meet include twoevent NCAA national champion Connor Jaeger (500yard freestyle, 1,650 freestyle), and members of the 200-yard medley relay squad, like Sean Fletcher and Miguel Ortiz. Michigans men went into holiday break ranked fourth nationally. We lost a big group of sprinters to graduation, Bottom said. Repeating as champions is difficult. Right now, being is the top four is where we want to be.Reigning college champs are here, joining 13 teams in Key LargoBy KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.orgConch teams back in actionThe Key West High School soccer teams two of the four Conch wintersport clubs are having good seasons, and they enter this month with solid shots at getting into the state playoffs. The Conch girls, under longtime coach Scott Paul and led by top scorers Angela Niles and Caila DeAbreu, are 12-5 overall and 5-1 in District 16-3A. They return to action this weekend in a tournament at Westminster Academy, and then play next Wednesday at Marathon and two days later at Coral Shores, trying for a second victory over both teams. After closing the season at home on Jan. 11 against Chaminade-Madonna, the Conchs will host the district tournament, which begins Jan. 21 at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium. If they win the tourney or finish second, they will go on to the state playoffs. The boys soccer team, under new coach Marc Pierre, is 7-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the district, second to Doral Academy, to whom the Conchs have lost twice. The Conchs have an array of impressive freshmen and sophomores to go with senior leaders Justin Mock and Roberto Remercy. The team will also play this weekend in the Westminster Academy tournament before returning to host Coral Shores at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday. After that, the Conchs will have two home games and two away games before the district tournament at Hialeah Miami Lakes. While the soccer teams have thrived, the basketball teams have struggled the Conch boys are 0-7 overall and 0-4 in District 16-4A, and the girls are 4-7 and 3-5. I just want to make sure they understand basketball and are doing well in school, said boys coach Tony McDowell, whose team will play host to East Lee at 6 p.m. Saturday. The girls team, under new coach Shonta McLeod and led by guard Tanisha Multy, who is averaging 23 points, will play Monday at Gulliver Prep. After that it wont play again until Jan. 17 in a home game against Florida Christian. The Key West wrestling team will compete in road tournaments the next four weekends before hosting the district tournament on Jan. 31. The Conchs hope that several of their top wrestlers, including state runner-up Angelo Guieb, will be back soon from injuries.Soccer squads are having best season so farBy DICK WAGNERKeynoter ContributorKEY WEST SPORTSConch boys drop 7th straightThey had traveled more than 1,600 miles from near Boston and now, on the final Saturday night of the year, the Whitman Hanson High School boys basketball team arrived at the Bobby Menendez Gym to play the winless Key West Conchs.It was not the Panthers first visit; coach Bob Rodgers had brought them down several times before, most recently three years ago.Greeting them was the smallest crowd of the season. There was no publicaddress announcer and only four cheerleaders. And there was no sign of Lanre Scott, the home teams leading scorer, who has a shoulder injury. Whitman Hanson, though, didnt care about the lack of atmosphere, turning back the Conchs, 70-53, to send Key West to its seventh consecutive loss. For the second consecutive game, the Conchs never led. Their first-quarter output was two free throws, and they entered the second period trailing, 12-2, and with little glimmer of hope. Hope soon grew. Two 3point shots by Chase Renner and one by Alan Greager, along with four points from Nathaniel Hayes and two from Luis Acosta, cut the Panthers lead to 18-17. But led by the long-range accuracy of senior guard Shane Devlin one of the best shooters Ive ever had, Rodgers said the Panthers went on a 14-6 run to lead, 32-23. With Renner completing a 12-point quarter, the Conchs came back again to trail by only 33-30 at halftime. Renner was Rodgers chief topic of discussion at the break. We decided we would deny him the ball and break their rhythm, he said. The strategy worked. Led by Cory Cocchi and Zack Downey, the Panthers scored on transition layups to quickly expand their lead to 45-34 midway through the third period, a quarter in which they outscored the Conchs, 218, and in which Renner was held to a free throw. In the fourth quarter, the Conchs trailed by as many as 22 points, a deficit that would have been less had Key West not missed 11 free throws. (They were 16 of 34 from the foul line for the game.) Key West showed a lot of heart and character, Rodgers said after the game.Renner finished with 18 points, Hayes had 12 and Acosta 11. Seldom-used Willie Duran came off the bench and, to the delight of the crowd, banked a 3-pointer.They were disciplined, played as a team and scored points, Key West coach Tony McDowell said of the Panthers. As to why Scott wasnt in the gym, he said, Im not talking about him. Devlin, highly regarded in Massachusetts prep circles, led Whitman Hanson with 24 points. We enjoy coming here, he said. Going to the beach in December not bad.Massachusetts team keeps Keys squad winlessBy DICK WAGNERKeynoter ContributorKEY WEST HOOPSNew year, same great fishingTheres a holiday sail going on Florida Keys style but not in the malls, on the water. Sailfishing remains consistent, with the best catches still coming from the areas around Alligator and Tennessee lights in the Upper Keys, although there are increased reports of releases in Marathon and the Lower Keys.Theres been a nice influx of dolphin this week, too. Lots of schoolies and even some slammers have been taken by those paying attention to the frigate birds and terns. Trolling weed lines is also working.Those who braved the winds to get out to the reef had mixed results. There was decent yellowtail action in 40 to 50 feet of water, along with a reasonable grouper bite. As you read this, grouper season is closed until May 1 no exceptions.The channel humps are beginning to show signs of life, with all the snappers plus hogfish (if youre fishing with shrimp) and king mackerel.The kingfish are mostly in the 10to 20-pound class right now, with more than a few reported over 30. Live ballyhoo and blue runners or pilchards are the ticket for the kings. The bay and gulf areas are producing a few cobia, plenty of mangroves and all the Spanish mackerel you can handle. The weeks bestCapt. Larry Bell and mate Alex Bell of Blue Magic Charters out of Keys Fisheries in Marathon fished the bay with the Bellairs family, from Minneapolis. They caught mackerel, mangroves, jacks, bluefish, cobia and released a couple of Goliath grouper.Capt. Ariel Medero, of Big Game Sportfishing at the Hammocks/BlueGreen Resort in Marathon, reports some dolphin still around in anywhere between 130 and 150 feet of water, along with a few sailfish. The kingfish bite is improving, and the reef is still alive with grouper, mangroves, yellowtails and muttons.Its been all about the families on the SeaSquared boats during these holiday weeks.Lots of half-day family-fun trips to the channels, bridges and bay areas produced catches of Spanish mackerel, snappers, hogfish, porgy, yellowjacks, along with enough sharks and tropicals to fill out anyones fish wish list. Marathons restaurants are filled with our customers eating their fresh catches, and our smokers are loaded with mackerel to be smoked, packed and shipped home.Capt. Moe Mottice and his crews and boats with Moes Custom Charters in Key West were busy offshore in 130 to 280 feet with dolphin, sailfish and tuna. The reef gave up plenty of grouper, snappers and mackerel. And in the harbor, tarpon to 130 pounds added to the snapper and mackerel fun. Sharks in Hawk Channel rounded out the fishing.Capt. Chris Johnson is a member of the Yamaha National Fishing Team and specializes in offshore, gulf/bay, reef/wreck, sailfish, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters out of Porkys Bayside Marina in Marathon. You can reach him at 743-5305, http://SeaSquaredCharters .com and http://Facebook .com/MarathonFishing.FISHING THE FLORIDA KEYS Chris Johnson CaptainsColumnThree couples from North Carolina and Colorado had a banner day aboard the SeaSquared. They caught 18-pound blackfin tuna, hogfish and snappers, and released small sharks and a sailfish.
KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 2B Wednesday, January 1, 2014 George M. Botelho, M.D.Board-CertiedDiplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Fellow American Academy of Othopaedic Surgeons Fellow North American Spine Society Disorder of Muscles & Joints Arthritis & Related Problems Hip, knee, foot and ankle Sports Medicine Trauma Correction of Deformities Spine & Spinal Surgery Joint Reconstruction & Replacement Arthroscopy & Arthroscopic Reconstruction Shoulder, elbow and hand305-743-4005KEY LARGO97671 Overseas HwyMARATHON5701 Overseas Hwy #3 Most Major Insurances Accepted Languages Spoken Spanish, Russian, Portuguese NOTICEOFMEETING FROMTHEMONROECOUNTY PARKSANDRECREATION ADVISORYBOARDAPARKSANDRECREATIONADVISORYBOARD meetinghasbeenscheduledforMonday,January13,2014, 6:00PM,attheHarveyGovernmentCenter,1200Truman Ave.,2ndFloor,BOCCChambers,KeyWest,Monroe County,Florida.Thismeetingisopentothepublic.For moreinformationpleasecontactRosaWashingtonat(305) email@example.com A DAASSISTANCE -Ifyouareapersonwithadisability,who needsspecialaccommodationsinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding,pleasecontacttheCountyAdministratorsOffice,by phoning(305)292-4441,betweenthehoursof8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m.,nolaterthanfive(5)calendardayspriortothescheduled meeting;ifyouarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1.PublishedKeynoter1/1/14,1/4/14,1/8/14&1/11/14 Key Largo Volunteer Fire DepartmentBusiness MeetingTuesday,January 14,at7:00 pmAmbulance Corps Building 98600 Overseas Highway, Key Largo305-451-2700 Published 01/01/14 The Keynoter, Marathon, FL 33050 Keys InfoNet.comCome visit our online photo galleries and submit your own photos LivingWho doesnt love bacon?Bacon-wrapped scallops are one of the most luxurious appetizers you can serve, not to mention one of the easiest to prepare. And for me, thats a great combination. I like using big, plump Alaskan sea scallops and apple wood smoked bacon. Because there are only two main ingredients in this dish, you need to make sure you use the best quality the biggest, freshest sea scallops you can find, and the most flavorful bacon. After that, they are so easy to grill that you hardly need a recipe. There are two types of scallops, but only one of them is appropriate for the grill. Tiny bay scallops are so sweet, you can eat them raw or just lightly sauteed. But they also are more expensive and not suited for grilling. What you want are the larger, less expensive sea scallops. This all-protein finger food appetizer is perfect for holiday entertaining. Its simple to prep and quick to cook. You even could prepare them in advance. I pre-cook the bacon to render some of the fat and make it soft and pliable for wrapping around the scallops. Then just refrigerate until your guests arrive and pop them on the grill when you want them. Weve also paired these with a simple maple-mustard sauce that is delicious dolloped on top of the scallops just before serving. But feel free to leave that off.As for the bacon everything tastes better with bacon! And it doesnt get any better than fresh-from-the-ocean sea scallops wrapped with bacon.The scallops take very little time to cook, so I cook the bacon in the oven or microwave for a couple of minutes before I wrap it around the scallops. That way, I am guaranteed to get crispy bacon and tender scallops. The best sea scallops Ive ever had are from Alaska, so ask your fishmonger for them.Two tablespoons wholegrain mustard.Two tablespoons maple syrup.One pound jumbo sea scallops.Half a pound center-cut bacon.Salt and ground black pepper.Round wooden toothpicks, soaked in water for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Heat the grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard and maple syrup. Set aside.Use paper towels to blotdry the scallops. Arrange them on a plate, then set aside. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack over the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until just starting to cook. Do not fully cook the bacon. Remove the bacon from the oven. If too hot to handle, let cool for several minutes. Once the bacon can be handled, wrap one slice of bacon around each scallop. Secure in place by threading one of the toothpicks through the bacon and scallop.Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the tops and bottoms of the scallops with bacon fat from the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for two to three minutes per side. Serve with the sauce for dolloping a bit onto each. Start to finish: 20 minutes. Makes 12 to 14 scallops Nutrition information per scallop: 120 calories; 70 calories from fat (58 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (2.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol;3 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 8 g protein; 320 mg sodium.This recipe keeps it simple yet sensationalBy ELIZABETH KARMELAssociated PressTHE DINING TABLEAssociated Press photo by MATTHEW MEADThe grilled bacon wrapped scallops look ready to dive into. Tequila gets a mint twistWant to take the fun out of hosting a party? Spend the whole evening playing bartender. You want a cocktail that can be prepped ahead of time, then set out for guests to serve themselves so you can enjoy the party, too.We started by infusing tequila with cranberries and fresh mint. Then we paired that with a blend of citrus juices for a delicious DIY margarita. Note that the cranberry-mint mixture must steep at least overnight and can be made up to three days ahead.What youll need:Twelve-ounce bag cranberries.One cup fresh mint leaves, plus additional for garnish.750-milliliter bottle silver or blanco tequila.Three quarters of a cup agave nectar.One cup lime juice.One cup orange juice.Half a cup water. In a blender, combine the cranberries, mint leaves and tequila. Blend until the berries and mint are well chopped. Cover, refrigerate and allow to steep overnight or for up to three days.After the mixture has steeped, pour it through a mesh strainer to remove and discard the solids, pressing them to extract as much liquid as possible. Transfer the infused tequila to a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve.In a second pitcher, stir together the agave, lime juice, orange juice and water. Serve the pitchers side-by-side, along with mint sprigs to garnish. Instruct guests to pour equal parts of each mixture (roughly two ounces of each) into an ice-filled glass, then gently stir. Makes 12 servings.Per serving: 210 calories, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 0 protein, 0 sodium.This cocktail takes time but well worth itBY ALISON LADMANAssociated PressSPIRITS Associated Press photo by MATTHEW MEADThe drink is made by pouring cranberry-mint infused tequila over a mixture of orange juice, agave and lime juice.Try paddling half the KeysAdventurous kayakers can join Paddle Florida on an eight-day Florida Keys Challenge, a unique event promoting nature-based and outdoor tourism from Jan. 15 through 22.Starting at Long Key State Park, mile marker 67 oceanside, the Keys Challenge includes overnight stays throughout the island chain and daily paddles averaging 10 to 11 miles in both protected and open-water environments.Paddle Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting paddling in the state through annual events that promote water conservation, wildlife preservation and Florida waterways protection. On some days paddlers can log up to 20-mile distances while enjoying the beauty of aquatic preserves, diverse habitats and scenic beaches.Itinerary highlights include visits and stopovers at some Florida state parks including Curry Hammock and the Lower Keys Bahia Honda. Paddlers also can explore areas around Marathon such as touring the restored buildings and museum on Pigeon Key, one of the tours overnight stops. Midway, the tour departs the Knights Key Campground for a 10.8-mile paddle, with a lunch stop at a private island and at days end, arrival at Bahia Honda State Park. The challenge is to conclude at Key Wests Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.Evening entertainment includes an informal talk on the history of Henry Flaglers Florida East Coast Railway, a presentation by Don McCumber about his experience as a kayak team captain during Diana Nyads swim from Cuba to Key West last year, and live music featuring a performance by singer/ songwriter Rod MacDonald. Although the Keys Challenge is suited for paddlers of all skill levels, a four-day or less Paddle Florida Lite version is available for paddlers who want to join for fewer days.Registration for the eightday trip is $800 per person including overnight accommodations and meals. Lite paddlers who join on a daily basis pay $120 per day, including meals. Spaces are still available, and all interested paddlers must register by Thursday. Participants must bring camping gear, kayak and paddle(s) and personal flotation device. Before the journey begins, participants can rent gear from Florida Bay Outfitters at mile marker 104 bayside. Call 451-3018 or go to www.kayakfloridakeys.com For specific event information go to paddleflorida.org .Registration for 8-day trip ends ThursdayON THE WATER
Both were mold-breaking former heads of state who reshaped their own countries and the world. Nelson Mandela, revered for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, and Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady who imposed her will on Britains politics and economy, were among notables who died in 2013.Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95, was considered a master of forgiveness. He became South Africas first black president after spending 27 years in prison for championing equality against the white-minority government, and he inspired the world by seeking a relatively peaceful transition of power.As Britains only female prime minister, Thatcher ruled for 11 years and showed an unshakable faith in the free market, leaving behind a leaner government and more prosperous nation. While she had fierce critics, praise for her leadership came in from around the world when she died in April at 87.Other political figures who died this year included Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, former Italian premier Giulio Andreotti, Polands exprime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Frances Pierre Mauroy, and Hungarys Gyula Horn, prominent past mayors of New York and Beijing, Ed Koch and Chen Xitong, and former U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Harry F. Byrd.Also dying in 2013 was a man whose invention you may hold as you read this.Doug Engelbart, who died in July, invented the computer mouse, among other things. Others from the world of science and technology who died this year included the Manhattan Projects Donald F. Hornig, Nobel Prize winners Frederick Sanger, Robert Edwards and Kenneth Wilson, audio pioneers Ray Dolby and Amar Bose and astronauts C. Gordon Fullerton and Scott Carpenter.In arts and entertainment, this year saw the death of one who was hugely influential though not technically an entertainer at all. Roger Ebert, who died in April, was Americas most popular film critic, telling audiences which movies to see or avoid with his famous thumbs-up or thumbs-down reviews.Others from the entertainment world who died this year included actors James Gandolfini, Peter OToole, Jane Kean, Annette Funicello, Jean Stapleton, Bonnie Franklin, Cory Monteith, Frank Thornton and Conrad Bain, as well as swimming star Esther Williams and Bollywood villain Pran.Musicians included George Jones, Van Cliburn, Lou Reed, Donald Byrd, Ray Manzarek, Bebo Valdes, Mindy McCready, Chrissy Amphle and Chris Kelly. Among others: writer Tom Clancy, director Nagisa Oshima and ballerina Maria Tallchief.Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2013 (cause of death cited for younger people if available)JanuaryPatti Page, 85. Singer who stumbled across Tennessee Waltz and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever. Jan. 1.Ned Wertimer, 89. He played Ralph the Doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons. Jan. 2.Aaron Swartz, 26. Cofounder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public. Jan. 11. Suicide.Conrad Bain, 89. Veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young AfricanAmerican brothers in the TV sitcom Diffrent Strokes. Jan. 14.James Hood, 70. One of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half century ago in defiance of racial segregation. Jan. 17.Earl Weaver, 82. Fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with baseballs Baltimore Orioles. Jan. 19.Stan Musial, 92. St. Louis Cardinals star with the cork screw stance and too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque. Jan. 19.Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner, 69. Frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players. Jan. 26.FebruaryEd Koch, 88. Former New York mayor and combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms. Feb. 1.Lavonne Pepper PaireDavis, 88. A star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the central character in the movie A League of Their Own. Feb. 2.Jerry Buss, 80. Los Angeles Lakers playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era. Feb. 18.C. Everett Koop, 96. He raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting Americas attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking. Feb. 25.Bruce Reynolds, 81. Mastermind of a British heist known as the Great Train Robbery. Feb. 28.MarchBonnie Franklin, 69. Pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the sitcom One Day at a Time. March 1.Hugo Chavez, 58. Fiery populist president of Venezuela who declared a socialist revolution, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America. March 5. Cancer.George Lowe, 89. Last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. March 20.Deke Richards, 68. As leader of the Motown creative team known as The Corp oration, he was involved in writing and producing many Jackson 5 hits. March 24.AprilRoger Ebert, 70. First journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism, who, on his long-running TV review program, wielded the nations most influential thumb. April 4.Margaret Thatcher, 87. Conservative British prime minister who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets. April 8. Stroke.Annette Funicello, 70. Child star as a perky Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, who then teamed with Frankie Avalon on a string of s funin-the-sun movies with names like Beach Party Bingo. April 8. Complications from multiple sclerosis.Pat Summerall, 82. Deep-voiced NFL playerturned-broadcaster who spent half of his four decades calling sports famously paired with John Madden. April 16.Al Neuharth, 89. Founder of USA Today, the nations most widely read newspaper. April 19.Chrissy Amphlett, 53. Raunchy lead singer of the Australian band Divinyls whose hit I Touch Myself brought her fame in the early 1990s. April 21. Breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.George Jones, 81. Peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaker He Stopped Loving Her Today. April 26.May Chris Kelly, 34. Half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decades most memorable songs with Jump. May 1. Drug overdose. Jeff Hanneman, 49. Founding member of the pioneering metal band Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite. May 2. Liver failure.Joyce Brothers, 85. Pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long career as a syndicated columnist, author, and TV and film personality. May 13.Ken Venturi, 82. Golf star who overcame dehydration to win the 1964 U.S. Open and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports. May 17.Ray Manzarek, 74. Founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrisons gloomy baritone. May 20. Cancer.Jean Stapleton, 90. Stagetrained character actress who played Archie Bunkers far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in TVs groundbreaking 1970s comedy All in the Family. May 31.JuneDavid Deacon Jones, 74. Hall of Fame defensive end credited with coining the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks. June 3.Rev. Will Campbell, 88. White minister who drew acclaim for his involvement in the civil rights movement. June 3.Richard Ramirez, 53. Serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes during a reign of terror in the 1980s. June 7. Liver failure.James Gandolfini, 51. Actor whose portrayal of a brutal but emotionally delicate crime boss in HBOs The Sopranos turned the mobster stereotype on its head. June 19. Heart attack.Slim Whitman, 90. Country singer who sold millions of records through TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy Mars Attacks! June 19.Bobby Blue Bland, 83. Singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as Turn on Your Love Light and Further On Up the Road. June 23.JulyCory Monteith, 31. Actor on the television show Glee who had struggled for years with substance abuse. July 13. Overdose of heroin and alcohol.Harry F. Byrd, 98. Champion of racial segregation and fiscal restraint who followed his father into the U.S. Senate. July 30.AugustElmore Leonard, 87. Acclaimed crime novelist whose best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug. Aug. 20. Complications from a stroke.C. Gordon Fullerton, 76. Former astronaut who flew on two space shuttle missions and had an extensive career as a research and test pilot for NASA and the Air Force. Wednesday, January 1, 2014 3B Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com Smoke Free Available 24/7 On Time & Reliable (305) 395-1221Credit Cards Accepted Stars, others bid adieuPast 12 months saw deaths of many notablesBy BERNARD McGHEEAssociated Press2013 REWIND: FINAL GOODBYES Photos courtesy ASSOCIATED PRESSLou Reed (top) was among the most influential performers in rock history. Ed Koch (above, left) personified the Big Apple in his long time as mayor. Roger Eberts film reviews were known among movie buffs for decades.See Goodbye, 4B
KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 4B Wednesday, January 1, 2014 City C C ouncil Dick Ramsay, Mayor Chris Bull, Vice Mayor Richard Keating, Councilmember Mark Senmartin, Councilmember Ginger Snead, Councilmember City M M anager Roger Hernstadt City A A ttorneys Gray-Robinson CITYOFMARATHONPublic M Meetings S Scheduled b by a and w with t t he C City o of M Marathon f for J January 2 2014Please note that more than one Marathon City Council/Board/Committee member may participate in the meetings listed.SUBJECT: DATE: TIME: LOCATION: City Hall Offices Closed (New Year's Day) 01/01/14 *Cancelled* Nearshore Waters Committee Mtg. 01/02/146:00pm Marathon Fire Station, 8900 Overseas Hwy. Code Compliance Hearing 01/08/146:00pm Marathon Fire Station, 8900 Overseas Hwy. Parks & Recreation Meeting 01/09/146:00pm Marathon Fire Station, 8900 Overseas Hwy. Community Image Advisory Board Meeting 01/13/144:00pm Marathon Fire Station, 8900 Overseas Hwy. City Council Meeting 01/14/145:30pm Marathon Government Ctr, 2798 Overseas Hwy. City Hall Offices Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) 01/20/14To v view t t he f full C City o of M Marathon c calendar p please v vistit o our w website: w www.ci.marathon.fl.usPursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, ifa person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at any meeting or workshop noted herein, he or she will need a record ofthe proceedings and for such purposes he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record ofthe proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City ofMarathon complies with the provisions ofthe Americans with Disabilities Act. Ifyou are a disabled person requiring special accommodations or assistance, please notify the City Clerk at (305) 289-5020 ofsuch need at least 72 hours (3 days) in advance. 12/23/13hp Published Keynoter 01/01/14 ACROSS 1Daily Planet employee 5Yale or Root 10Can. province 13Snooty one 17Skating jump 18Former Italian leading lady 19Spinal membrane 20 ___ clock scholar 21Chefs taboo 24Light beer 25Rabbit ears, really 26Poilus weapons 27Popular Japanese porcelain 28Ebro and Bravo: sp. 29Characteristic 30Bedding item 32Oil for what ails you 35Ivy League school 36Somewhat sunbronzed 39NW highway, for short 40Candy vendors taboo 43Neckline shape 44Little Red Book author 45Stuffs 47Things go hummingly here 48Consider 49Ambulance aides: abbr. 51Bakers taboo 55Giantranch 56Gene or June of films 58In any way 59Composer/singer John 60Some split these 61Having wings 62Coming-out party 64Chew the scenery 66Express a view 67Milky Way, et al. 70Evergreen features 71Plumbers taboo 73Stendhals Le Rouge ___Noir 74Oodles 75Tumbled 76Drew a bead on 78Actress Thurman 79Fraus alas 80Butchers taboo 84Equestrian 86James___ of the Screw 88Fencing foils 89Stair parts 90Grier of football 91Bring upon oneself 92West and namesakes 93Wear with an air 95Up and about 96Voluptuous 100An Arnaz 101Roofers taboo 103Nettled 104Cupid 105Nick of the flicks 106Green shade 107Military meal 108Omega, in Soho 109Greek verandas 110Leaves DOWN 1Singing syllables 2Nerve cell part 3Gingrich of GA 4Freestone peach 5Father Knows Best actress Donahue 6Montez and Falana 7Pupils place? 8Coop resident 9Designer Emanuel and family 10Librarians request 11Coffee servers, sometimes 12Have a bite 13Flower part 14Photographers taboo 15Its unique 16Soprano Lucrezia 19Anno ___ 20Sci-fi figures 22Lily family bulbs 23Edible crustacean 29Loversrendezvous 30Martin or Jobs 31Mad March animal 32Sahara schlepper 33San Antonio shrine 34Quarriers taboo 35Consecrated, poetically 37Tend 38Macho type 40Marquee names 41Argentinas neighbor 42To ___ a Mockingbird 46On ___: equal 48Luxurious 50Blades for Oksana Baiul 52Eli 53Lose a lap 54Mother in Bath, once 55Musical McEntire 57Makes tracks 61Granny Smith, for one 62Actor Jean-Claude Van ___ 63Otherwise 64Brilliant success 65Sponge 66Lubricates 67Noted Roman jurist 68Wabbit hunter Fudd 69Chicago Tower 71Showy spring flower 72Avid 75Links alert 77Most arid 80___ after 81Tithes 82In the work cited: L. abbr. 83Nerve cells 85Emanating 87British Conservatives 89Rajahswives 91What ___? Everything. 92Conductor Zubin 93Slender 94Unsullied 95Leedsriver 96Normandy town 97Potpourri 98River to the Ubangi 99Compass pts. 101Pince___ 102___ cricket: unfair Observer crossword puzzle TRADETABOOS Solution in the January 4 Keynoter Crossword solutionSolution to the Dec. 28 puzzle. Aug. 21.David Frost, 74. Veteran broadcaster who won fame around the world for his interview with former President Richard Nixon. Aug. 31.SeptemberRay Dolby, 80. American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Lab oratories. Sept. 12.Eiji Toyoda, 100. Member of Toyotas founding family who helped create the super-efficient Toyota Way production method. Sept. 17.Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85. He ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led its transition from playing-card maker to video game giant. Sept. 19. Pneumonia.Harold Agnew, 92. Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director who led the effort to train the first group of international atomic inspectors. Sept. 29.OctoberTom Clancy, 66. His high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games made him the most widely read military novelist of his time. Oct. 1.Scott Carpenter, 88. Second American to orbit the Earth and first person to explore both the heights of space and depths of the ocean. Oct. 10. Complica tions from a stroke.Lou Reed, 71. Punk poet of rock n roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after. Oct. 27.NovemberFrederick Sanger, 95. British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize in chemistry and has been called the father of the genomic era. Nov. 19.Jane Kean, 90. Performer who got her start in musical theater but was best known as Trixie alongside Jackie Gleason on a TV revival of The Honey mooners. Nov. 26.Paul Walker, 40. Star of the Fast & Furious movie series. Nov. 30. Car crash.DecemberEdward J. Babe Heffron, 90. His World War II army service was recounted in the book and TV miniseries Band of Brothers. Dec. 1.Peter OToole, 81. Charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom in Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award. Dec. 14.Joan Fontaine, 96. Academy Award-winning actress who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcocks Suspicion and Rebecca. Dec. 15.Nintendo pioneer passes at 85From Goodbye, 3BSupreme Court to get its own bobbleheadsThey are some of the rarest bobblehead dolls ever produced. Theyre released erratically. Theyre given away for free, not sold. And if you get a certificate to claim one, you have to redeem it at a Washington law office.The limited-edition bobbleheads of U.S. Supreme Court justices are the work of law professor Ross Davies, who has been creating them for the past 10 years. When finished, they arrive unannounced on the real justices desks, secreted there by unnamed confederates. And fans will go to some lengths to get one.I think we take seriously trying to do them well, said Davies, a law professor at Virginias George Mason University and the editor of an entertaining quarterly legal journal called The Green Bag.Subscribing to the journal is the most reliable way to get a voucher to claim a bobblehead when they are released, but theres no guarantee. The certificates warn that the bearer might be able to exchange it for a bobblehead, and the journal also hands out some bobbleheads to non-subscribers, including law school public interest groups that auction them at fundraisers. Some ultimately wobble their way onto eBay, where they reliably sell for hundreds of dollars.The justices themselves seem to have been charmed by their caricatures. Antonin Scalia once said in an interview that he understands his is the most popular. Stephen Breyer had four of the figures of his colleagues on display in his chambers during a 2009 C-Span interview. His own is currently in the works. And former Chief Justice William Rehnquist sent a thank-you note for his, which was the first to come out in 2003.Thank you for the bobble-head likeness of me which now sits on the mantle of the fireplace in my chambers, Rehnquist wrote. It is probably a better likeness of me as I was 15 years ago than as I am now, but obviously I wont complain. Davies said the idea for the bobbleheads came to him in the shower. In the decade since, he has immortalized 16 justices in ceramic, including four of the current courts nine members. Included in that total are a set of miniature bobbleheads representing the first justices appointed to the court. Certificates for the newest tiny justice, John Blair, recently went out. The dolls, which are produced by Bellevue, Wash.,based Alexander Global Promotions, are more than straight likenesses of the justices. Each has multiple references to the legal legacy of the person it honors.For example, Justice Louis Brandeis rides a train, a nod to his important opinion in a case involving the Erie Railroad in Pennsylvania. The David Souter bobblehead plays a song by Modest Mouse, a group he mentioned in a copyright case. And Ruth Bader Ginsburg stands on a replica of the parade ground at the Virginia Military Institute. In 1996 she wrote an opinion striking down the schools all-male admissions policy.Annotated sheets help collectors decode the details, which fans have been known to memorize and recite for visitors.Its like proof of their legal geekdom, said Gregory Jacob, a Washington law firm partner and part of a small group of Green Bag editors who help create the bobbleheads.Details matterNo detail is too small.Justice Sandra Day OConnors bobblehead replicates the shoes she wore on Sept. 25, 1981, the day she was sworn in as the courts first female member. John Paul Stevens stands on a Betamax VCR, a nod to his opinion in a copyright case involving the device. When the VCR wasnt turning out right in production, Davies bought one on eBay and shipped it to China for a bobblehead sculptor to study.So far, Davies has gone through four drafts of the upcoming Breyer bobblehead, which portrays Breyer engaged in a favorite activity, riding his bike.The attention to detail delights devotees, who have been known to drive hundreds of miles to pick up their bobbleheads. And the figurines often are displayed in a prominent place in their owners offices.Charmiane Claxton, a federal judge in Tennessee, said she contemplated insuring her collection, especially since she got her Scalia and OConnor dolls signed by the justices. And Mark Killenbeck, a Uni versity of Arkansas law professor who collects the bobbleheads, says other faculty members have made veiled threats to steal them.Justices honored with a light touch of humorJESSICA GRESKOAssociated PressCOLLECTIBLESAssociated Press photo by JACQUELINE MARTINThis shows the bobblehead dolls representing Supreme Court Justices. When finished, they arrive unannounced on the real justices desks, secreted there by unnamed confederates. And fans will go to some lengths to get one.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 5B Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 Ad # 816091 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, AMY HEAVILIN, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 15TH DAY OF JANUARY 2014 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 property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: LOT 11, BLOCK 6, PALMA SOLA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, AT PAGE 115, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 820 PALMETTO AVENUE, TAVERNIER, FL 330700000 Pursuant to the FINAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT entered in a case in said Court, the style of which is: CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC, Plaintiff VS. TEKIA S FIORENTINO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TEKIA FIORENTINO; NO 2 TENANT; NO 1 TENANT Defendant. And the Docket Number of which is Number 08-CA-705-P WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 2nd day of DECEMBER, 2013. AMY HEAVILIN, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court 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. Published December 25, 2013; January 1, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 837778 Notice of sale Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 677.209/210 of the Florida Statutes on January 23, 2014 at 10 A.M. *Auction will occur where each vehicle/vessel is located* Lot#: 014975 1977 Grey Bonanza Travel TL, VIN# 235373438 Located at: Galloway Bay Mobile Home Park, 1361 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050 Lien Amount: $8,675.00 a) Notice to the owner or lienor that he has a right to a hearing prior to the scheduled date of sale by filing with the Clerk of the Court. b) Owner has the right to recover possession of vehicle by posting bond in accordance with Florida Statutes Section 559.917. c) Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle after payment lien claimed by lienor will be deposited with the Clerk of the Court. Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020. *All auctions are held with reserve* Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction LIC # AB-0001256 Published January 1, 8, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 837812 Notice of Public Auction Pursuant F.S.328.17, United American Lien & Recovery as agent w/ power of attorney will sell the following vessel(s) to the highest bidder. Inspect 1 week prior @ marina; cash or cashier check; 18% buyer prem; all auctions are held w/ reserve; any persons interested ph 954-563-1999 Sale Date January 24, 2014 @ 10:00 am 3411 NW 9th Ave #707 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309 V12100 1968 Betram outboard pleasure gas fiberglass L31ft R/O unknown Customer: JHR Wappler Lienor: Islamorada Marina Asset Holdings 80461 Overseas Hwy Islamorada Licensed Auctioneers FLAB422 FLAU765 & 1911 Published January 1, 8, 2014 Florida Keys KeynoterLOST YOUR PET? OR FOUND A PET? 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KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 6B Wednesday, January 1, 2014 The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551100834390-01Bluegreen The Hammocks At Marathon has the following positions available: Maintenance Technician Full Time Experienced Line Cook Front Desk Clerk P/T Bartender Apply in person: 1688 O/S Hwy, Marathon. MM48.5 EOE/Drug Free WorkplaceFront desk agent P/T evening hrs 20-30/wk. Available immediately. Must have computer skills. Bi-lingual a plus. Apply in person: 7050 O/S Hwy, Marathon. No phone calls.HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATE for condo rentals in KCB. Must have customer service, office, computer experience. Parttime. Email resume and qualifications to: email@example.com HOUSEKEEPER for small resort in Long Key. Dependable and able to work weekends. Must be able to speak & understand English. Please call 305-664-4740 daily between 9-5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED in Key Largo, Spanish ok, English not necessary. Apply in person at Amoray Dive Resort, MM 104.5 bay side Amy Slates Amoray Dive Resort 104250 Overseas Hwy Key Largo, FL 33037HousekeepingSupervisor Lookingforanenergetic individualasaHousekeeping Supervisor.Musthaveatleast 2yearsofhousekeeping experienceinahospitality environment.Mustspeak English,haveavaliddrivers license,andagooddriving record.Pleasesendresume toKeysCaribbeanat(305)647 -0735oremailto email@example.com. Nophonecallsplease.MARATHON MOTEL Front Desk Opening. Evenings & weekends. English required. Call (305) 393-6049RESORT HELP Immediate opening! Front Desk Reservations Dock Hand/General Maintenance Marathon, 305-797-1707Driftwood Pizza & Subs now hiring Cooks. Will train. Apply within: 10875 O/S Hwy. Marathon EXPERIENCED HELP ONLY Breakfast Cook Prep Cook, Line Cook Host/Hostess Waitstaff Bartender Bus Person Front of House Managers Apply in person: Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, 7 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon.Experienced wait staff and line cook needed for breakfast & lunch. Must know grill, min 5 yrs exp. Apply in person 1240 O/S Highway, Marathon, FL. Ask for Angelo.F/T DISHWASHER Also Prep Cook. Great Pay! Apply in person Leigh Anns Coffee House, 301 Sadowski Causeway, KCB. 743-2001 Now Hiring, Part & Full Time: Servers with experience, Bussers, and Dishwashers. Apply in person to Key Colony Inn, 700 W. Ocean Drive, KCB. NOW HIRING: SERVERS, LINE COOK & DISHWASHER Apply in person BRUTUS SEAFOOD 6950 O/S Hwy, Marathon AUTO MECHANIC WANTED P/T Marathon. GREAT PAY! Please call for interview 305-360-1723 CAPTAIN WITH 50 TON USCG licence and instructor or dive master certification needed for Key Largo Dive Resort, PT or FT, only nonsmokers, clean cut professionals call (305) 394-4400 or email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org EXPERIENCED & RELIABLE, appliance repair tech. Must have valid drivers license & tools! Call (305) 664-3662. HeavyEquipmentMechanic Marathon:DiscountRock& Sandislookingforaskilled HeavyEquipmentMechanic FullTime,Mon-Sat,familiar withKomatsu,Kobelco, Caterpillar,JohnDeere,and Mustangbrandmachines. Bilingualaplus.Pleasecallfor interview,Mon-Fri8:30am4:30pm.305-743-5680 DISCOUNTROCKANDSAND @YAHOO.COMNOW HIRING DRIVERS F/T & P/T. Hourly pay plus tips and mileage. Please apply in person, 5105 Overseas Hwy, Marathoncaptainworkwanted owner operatorof65ftcommercial fishboatinnewengland, seeksworksaroundthe marathonareaforwinter months,100tonunlimited radarendorsedtowingcoast guardlicensemerchant marinerssctwcertifiedclean sober20+ email@example.com 516-459-9603 firstname.lastname@example.org Wellcraft Fishermen console, 65 HP Suzuki. with trailer, $4950, also 22 Aquasport, 115 Yamaha, trailer, $5450. 309-678-7744, 23 FORMULA "B" BRACKET 200 HP YAMAHA $6800. (305) 852-1770 25.5 PURSUIT W/A, cabin, 225hp Evinrude + 20hp kicker autopilot, EXTRAS & trailer. $29K. 949-887-1334 43Fish/DiveBoat 200343 Fish/Diveboat,with485hp CummingsQSM-11,Seriously forsale,ownerhasnewboat. LocatedinPalmBch,call Jim@954-296-7303ask $159k$159,000954-2967303 email@example.comCarolina Skiff Specialists All sizes & models: Sea Chasers, Bennington pontoons & Hydra. sports. Call Ft. Myers for West Coast pricing! 800-955-7543 Boat slip for rent $200/mo. Up to 30. Can accommodate up to 40 catamarans, etc. No liveaboards. Water & electric included. (305) 942-3055 Marathon Dock Rental 43 Private home,Boot Key Harbor. 24 hr access. Incl water & elec. Avail now. $250-$300/mo. No liveaboards. 561-312-3263 1 DAVE BUYS PERMITS So Atlantic Snapper, Grouper, Gulf Reef, K/Mack, Shark, Sword, Tuna. $$$ in 48 hours! 904-262-2869, 904-708-0893 All types of permits for sale! Rock Shrimp, King Fish, S Atlantic Snapper, Grouper, Gulf 6 Pack reef & pelagic, Commercial Gulf Reef Fish, Gulf Snapper IFQs, Long Line Pkg. Many other permits avail. We buy, sell & broker all types of permits. Call before you buy or sell! Please call for prices. Licensed & Bonded. All permits guaranteed valid for transfer, many refs avail. John Potts Jr.321-784-5982, 321302-3630. www.shipsusa.comLooking for extra money? Do you live on a canal with no boat? I need to rent a boat slip for 56 from now thru April. Prefer Marathon. Please call (269) 870-4861MTHN-Marine Storage : boats, trailers, campers, any clean storage OK on wheels. Best rates in town. Check with us first! Call Emil, 731-3386 SHRINK WRAP FLORIDA Boats, Auto and Home Protection. Mobile Unit. Call for free est. (786) 277-2245 AAA AUTO ALL YEARS! Junk-Used. Cars-Vans-Trucks Running or not. Cash. 305-332-0483 PARADISE TOWING is buying junked cars. Call (305) 731-6540 2004 DODGE RAM HEMI Clean, great truck! Must see. Call 305-743-7705 ApremierresortinIslamoradais interviewingforthefollowingpositions: Theselectedcandidatewillenjoyafriendlyworkplace wheresmilesarepartoftheuniform,andcompetitivewages areoffered.ApplyinpersonMM83.5PartTime&FullTime Houseman Housekeeper Groundsman MaintenancePerson ExperiencePreferred CityofMarathonMulti-CertifiedBuildingInspectorPleaseseewebsiteforjobdescriptionwww.ci.marathon.fl.us TOMTHUMBFoodStores,Inc.OffersthefollowingpositionsinMONROECOUNTY*Managers&ManagerTrainees *AssistantManagers *StoreClerksThreeshiftsavailable:6amto2pm 2pmto10pm 10pmto6amToapplypleasecall786-295-5307 andaskforClevelandMathis Wewilltrain. Noexperienceneeded. Competitivewagesandbenefits.DFWP.E.O.E. L L oveRetail? Wanttoworkinafunenvironment?Wanttohavebenefitsincluding health,vacationandprofitsharing?Pleasefaxyourresumeto 453-9604orcall453-9144SeekingPT/FTDay/Night/WeekendSandalFactory/T-ShirtCityMM102MM82MM50MM4 ImmediateopeningforaHVACServiceTechnicianGreatPay-PaidHolidays-PaidVacation SickPay-MedicalInsuranceApplyinpersonorfaxresume 171HoodAve,MM91.5,Tavernier Phone-305-852-2960 Fax305-852-852-0656 A/C ARTIC TEMP Res & Comml, Marine, Sales, Repair, Refrig, Ice Mach. Lic#CAC 053827, 743-5288 ELECTRIC Kelly Electric Serving the Middle Keys since 1980! Fair prices, dependable! Lic# EC525 743-6098 Plumbing Ernest E. Rhodes Lic# CFC1427241 10700 5th Ave, Gulf, Marathon 743-7072 PEST CONTROL Charter Pest Control Your Local Company. All types of pest control. Ocean Reef to Key West. Contact us at 305-451-3389. service directorywere at your servicecall us: 743-5551 | firstname.lastname@example.org D D GCleaningService Callanytime! Reasonableprices. Houses,vacationrentals, offices.Lic&Ins. 731-9817or942-1171 WindsweptA/C&Appliances"ShutYourWindows ShutYourDoors, YouAin'tGonnaBeHotNoMore!"LicCAC056989.289-1748 CABINETS KITCHENKORNER RealWoodCabinetsat ParticleBoardPrices! CallFRED'SBEDS MARATHON743-7277 T T IKIHUTS NEW&REPAIR 305-664-0009 Lic#CYC00000002 FLKEYSEXPRESSSHUTTLEWiFi,PrivateSUV,Limo&Luxury VanAvail.WecovertheKeys,MIA, FLLAirports&CruiseShipPorts.www.floridakeysexpressshuttle.com;email@example.com 305-743-7454 POSITIONSAVAILABLE AT:The Guidance/Care Center Inc. Behavioral Health Therapist # 187Providing individual and group counseling for mental health and substance abuse clients in the Marathon office.Florida License Required:LCSW,LMHC or LMFT.Bi-lingual preferred. Full time.Per Diem RN Marathon #253 Florida licensed RN to provide Services on Crisis Stabilization / Detox units. Client Advocate Assists individual with mental illness in accessing community services.Marathon Job #257.Behavioral Health Technician-Marathon Crisis Stabilization Unit. Part Time #252 Full time #323 Program Coordinator,Personal Growth Center, Marathon.#354 Provides daily supervision of staff and monitors service delivery to adults in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Day Program.BA/BS required. Driver Marathon #400 Maintains and drives vans to transport clients. CDL w/passenger endorsement required.All applicants must submit:1) resume; 2) three references; 3) undergo background,fingerprint,and drug screening prior to any offer of employment.Apply online @ http://careers.westcare.com hr -firstname.lastname@example.org EEOC/DFWPFormer applicants need not reapply Keys InfoNet.comCome visit our online photo galleries and submit your own photos