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By the time a Monroe County kindergartner finishes his or her first year of formal education, he she will have taken 11 standardized assessment tests.That student will have taken 47 standardized tests by the time he or she is promoted to fourth grade, according to a presentation given this week by David Murphy, former Coral Shores High School principal and now director of the Monroe County School Districts department of Assessment and Accountability. Since the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, was mandated in the late 1990s and the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law in 2001 by President George W. Bush, school districts nationwide have dramatically increased the amount of standardized testing.In Monroe County, students who go from kindergarten through their senior year of high school will have completed almost 200 standardized tests by the time they graduate. Some of these are required by the state, but others the district chooses to use.Teachers complain they have to teach to the test, and parents fear their childrens academic and professional futures are being determined not by how well they learn their courses, but on whether they are good test-takers. Some of my students come to school without ever having been to school before, Key Largo School kindergarten teacher Pamela Korbecki told School Board members, meeting at Coral Shores in Tavernier Tuesday. Within the first couple of weeks, we have to give them the beginning-of-the-year math test because, certainly, you cant live without the data to see how far they have come by the end of the year. This first test is eight pages of 32 questions. It requires students, many of whom come to kindergarten not knowing how to hold a pencil, having to bubble in their answers. Korbecki said many of these first-time students and first-time test-takers dont understand to just fill in one circle, so they fill them all in. They also draw pictures on the answer sheet or connect the bubbles. Its frustrating for the student and the teacher, Korbecki said. It often ends in tears. Jennifer Flores, principal of the Ocean Studies Charter School in Tavernier, said the focus on testing defeats the purpose of sending a child to school. These tests do not inspire a want and love of learning, she said. Dianna Sherrills son is a junior at Coral Shores and has been in the Monroe County school system since elementary school. She said that during many school years, he did not learn what he needed to because his teachers were too worried about preparing their students for standardized tests. All this prepping, testing and reviewing got in the way of actual learning, Sherrill said. She said she ended up teaching her son what he should have learned in the classroom. And the teachers were not to blame.Results of the tests are meant to track student progress, but teachers also worry they are used to unfairly gauge job performance.Students know this, too, and they often worry that if Classifieds . . . . .5B Living . . . . . . .3B Business . . . . . .5A Obituaries . . . . .2A Opinion . . . . . .4A Sports/Outdoors . .1B Crossword . . . . .2BINDEX Printed on 100% recycled newsprint CONTENTS 2014 KEYNOTER PUBLISHING CO. WWW.KEYSINFONET.COM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 VOLUME 61, NO. 74 25 CENTS Bradeens 50 yearsAn Islamorada charter captain left New York on vacation 50 years ago and never went back. Story, 1B Illegal haulFour men from the Winter Haven area are busted for taking undersize lobster right near the Marathon Coast Guard station. Story, 6A In LAttitudesThousands of motorcycles head from Miami to Key West for the annual Poker Run next weekend. Story, 4BOn the winning endThe Coral Shores High School volleyball team puts an end to a three-match slide. Story, 1B Parents, teachers blast test policyPhoto by DAVID GOODHUEAudience members listen to the School Board hear about the problems with so many standardized tests.MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLSThey say constant assessments create pressure with little purposeBy DAVID GOODHUEdgoodhue@keysreporter.comAlleged felon in girls trip makes bondA now-former staff member at the Florida Keys Childrens Shelter in Tavernier was released from jail on $50,000 bond Wednesday, the same day he was charged with two felonies for allegedly taking two female shelter clients to Cutler Ridge in Miami-Dade County, where they say they were used for prostitution. Investigations into what the girls became involved in after Ricky Atkins took them to the motel are ongoing, said Becky Herrin, spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriffs Office. Atkins, 28, is charged with two counts of interference with custody, a third-degree felony. He was listed in a police report as a shelter mentor and was fired upon his arrest. Herrin said one of the girls ages 15 and 16 called the Sheriffs Office on Sept. 1 saying she was driven to Miami-Dade on Aug. 15 with the other girl. BothFormer shelter staffer accused of transporting 2CRIME FRONT ATKINS Keynoter photo by WILLIAM AXFORDThe massive dirt pile in front of the city offices where the new city hall will be built came from a transportation project. Its being moved to the other end of town.Bid is issued for city hallCompanies hoping to build Marathons new city hall have until Oct. 17 to get their bids to the city. City officials project a $4.5 million bill for construction, according to the bid document that was issued on demandstar.com on Sept. 5. City administration also has a separate bid out for a construction management firm to oversee the city hall construction and future capital improvement projects. City Manager Mike Puto hopes to put the city hall bid before the City Council in October. We want to get the best price we can get and make sure the companys fully insured and bonded, Puto said. Well review the company [with the lowest bid] and check out what other projects they have done. Puto said working with local contractors will be crucial for the construction company selected. According to bid details, city hall will be 15,000 square feet at 9805 Overseas Highway, where trailers now house city offices. Design plans call for a 150-seat, 3,456-square-foot meeting hall, about 9,700 square feet of office space and a 1,700square-foot lobby. Should a bid be approved, Puto said construction could start by December, with the building complete by early 2016. Mayor Dick Ramsay said hes thrilled to death were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We did some major modifications since the first city hall was designed a few years ago, Ramsay said. We lost $300,000 in the original design due to architecture and engineering costs. We looked at the bids of the original design. The city ofThe deadline to return them arrives Oct. 17By WILLIAM AXFORDwaxford@keynoter.comMARATHONSee City hall, 2ASee Atkins, 3ASecond Tamiami Trail bridge gets grantAn expansion of bridges along the Tamiami Trail will get a $20 million boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant announced Friday is expected to hasten work to build an additional 2.6 miles of bridging along the trail (U.S. 41), which connects Miami-Dade County to Naples. Construction of the historic but environmentally troublesome road disrupted the natural sheet flow of fresh water to the southern Everglades and Florida Bay. Tamiami Trail has long been the cork in the bottle of getting critical freshwater flows south into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, Cara Capp, Ever glades restoration manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, said Friday. The Everglades is starving for water. This project not only benefits the motorists who use this road, its yet another important step in our overall efforts to restore the Everglades, said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida has pledged $90 million over the next three years toward additional bridges on Tamiami Trail. The National Parks Service has committed $7.5 million. This [grant] should help the project quickly moveIt is needed to help restore the water flowTHE EVERGLADESKeynoter Staff By KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer email@example.comSee Grant, 2ASee Tests, 2A
Reporter is in traffic troubleThe Key West Police Department on Friday was seeking an arrest warrant for a Key West Citizen reporter charged with driving with a suspended license after he reportedly ran a stop sign, nearly struck an ambulance and hit a concrete road median several times. Police say it happened the morning of Sept. 5 and that the person responsible is Terry Schmida, 44. Schmida covers the School District and social services for the Citizen. A report written by Officer Kuniko Keohane says that around 10 a.m. Sept. 5, police received a call from ambulance crew Brandon Bravo and Adam Schussheim saying they were on Flagler Avenue traveling east and had just passed Dennis Street when a white Toyota Camry ran the sign and nearly struck their emergency vehicle. Keohane received a radio report shortly after that the car was spotted at the Citizen building on Northside Drive and went there. While there, a newspaper employee walked outside and Keohane asked if Schmida works there. The employee went into the building and Schmida walked out. Police say Schmida, whom Keohanes report says had slow and slurred speech, denied hitting the median or speeding but said he had taken prescription medicine.Police say his license was suspended on Aug. 28 for not paying a traffic fine and that Schmida received a warning of the impending suspension on Aug. 8. Court records show Schmida received a ticket for running a stop sign on March 11 and another for not obeying a traffic control device Aug. 14.KEY WESTthey dont do well, their school will get a poor grade from the state Department of Education, and worse, their favorite teacher may lose his or her job. Sherrill said her son since grade school would worry that my school wont keep its grade A, my teacher wont keep her job and my school will be in trouble. Thats a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of a fifth-grader. The school year is under way, so its unlikely anything about the districts testing policy will change this year. But all five School Board members agree the district is too reliant on testing and that it is having a negative impact on students, parents and teachers. Learning is the great adventure. Its not something that you go home and cry and throw up and hide under the covers with your teddy bear about, said School Board member Ed Davidson. I cant believe were doing this all to kindergartners. It is deeply upsetting. KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 2A Saturday, September 13, 2014 PREDICTED TEMPERATURESDAY HIGH LOW SAT.8779 SUN.9082 MON.9182 TUES.9182 Forecast: Expect partly cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms.For the extended forecast visitKeysInfoNet.com/weatherThe Monroe County Health Department tests Keys beaches every two weeks for the presence of enteric bacteria. The following beach has a health advisory against swimming:South Beach, Key West.FLORIDA KEYS KEYNOTER (ISSN 8756-6427, USPS# 0201-620) is published semi-weekly by Florida Keys Keynoter, P.O. Box 500158, Marathon, Florida 33050-0158. Subscription rates are $54.23 in the Keys. Your Keynoter home delivery subscription includes the Sunday edition of The Miami Herald. Keynoter mail subscriptions: $64.84 in Florida and $60.32 out-of-state. Please call for all other rates, including overseas mail. Periodicals Postage Paid at Marathon, Florida and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Address changes to FLORIDA KEYS KEYNOTER, PO BOX 500158, MARATHON, FL 33050-0158.Upper Keys 91655 Overseas Highway Tavernier, FL 33070 Newsroom . .(305) 852-3216 Advertising . .(305) 852-3216 Fax . . . . . .(305) 853-1040 Fax . . . . . .(305) 852-0199 Marathon 3015 Overseas Highway (P.O. 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In an abundance of caution, the area was evacuated, a search was conducted to ensure there was no explosive device, and the student who allegedly made the threat was taken into custody. He was questioned by detectives at the police station and released. There were no charges.Benefit tonight for Keys preschoolThe Community Co operative Preschool of Marathon has a family-fun fundraiser planned for 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Marathon Moose Lodge, 11601 1st Ave., bayside. There will be games, karaoke, a silent auction and food. ETERNITY IN PARADISEFOR YOUR FAMILYSouthern Keys CemeteryMM 10 On the GulfCall Today305-294-2528 There are 76,351 Residents in Monroe County and only 4,200 Burial Plots left. Why wait? abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJ K GANNAWAYJames Lee "Jim" Gannaway, age 49 passed away Sunday September 7, 2014. He is preceded in death by his father, Edison Earl Gannaway. Survived by wife of 20 years, Gayle Steed Gannaway; daughter, Kaylyn Renee Gannaway; son, Lee Edison Gannaway; mother, Lee Gannaway; brother, Thomas Earl(Jennifer) Gannaway; father & mother-in-law, Wyndell & Doris Steed; brothers-in-law, Wayne Steed & Roger(Michelle) Steed; sisters-in-law, Lynn (David) Fox & Kaye Steed; 2 nieces, 10 nephews & 3 great nieces; 4 half-sisters, Patricia, Peggy, Pam, & Phyllis. Mr. Gannaway was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, and a Sales Analyst with Ajax Turner Co. He was very a dedicated father to his two children participating in their activities of soccer, softball, the F.C.S. Science Olympiad, and his love as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troup # 206. He was also involved as a board member of The Wilson Co. Fair. Visitation will be held on Wednesday September 10th 4-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation Thursday September 11th 12 noon until funeral services at 2:00 p.m. in the Immanuel Baptist Church. Interment, Cedar Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers, Tom Gannaway, Mark Marsh, Roger Steed, Wayne Steed, David Fox, Corey Ross, & Joey Clark. Honorary pallbearers, The Boys and Scoutmasters of Troup # 206. The family request in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mr. Gannaways memory to Boy Scout Troup # 206, 54 Hope Road, Lebanon, Tn. 37087 or for an Educational Fund setup for his children at any Wilson Bank & Trust location. PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615)444-7700. www.partlowchapel.com Obituaries & Memorials Upper Keys: (305) 852-3216Marathon Key West: (305) 743-5551 Slight tax drop comingProperty taxes to support the South Florida Water Management District and its Everglades Restoration projects could drop slightly next fiscal year. Board members of the 16-county district that runs from Orlando to the Keys approved the first reading for the $720.4 million overall budget Thursday at the agency headquarters in West Palm Beach. If the budget and tax rate arent changed, the owner of a Florida Keys home with a taxable assessed value of $250,000 would pay about $96 to the district for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. That would be a decrease of about $6 from the current year. The districts final budget hearing is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Sept. 23 at the agencys headquarters at 3301 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach. On a Monroe County tax bill, the Water Management District accounts for three separate lines: One for the main district, one for the Okeechobee Basin that covers southeast Florida and one for Everglades construction projects. About $71.4 million of the fiscal year 2015 budget goes toward new projects to hold, treat and distribute Everglades-related waters. A separate $20.6 million cost in the C-111 South Dade Project will expand water-detention areas around Everglades National Park. The goal is to contain needed fresh water inside the park. That water restores some natural sheet flow that eventually reaches Florida Bay. The South Florida Water Management District is the states lead agency on Everglades restoration. The district was founded to ensure a fresh water supply to South Florida and protected inhabited areas from flooding.1 more hearing hearing planned in West PalmWATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTforward, Capp said. The first stages of the project could go out for bid later this year, she said. Scientists have long recommended elevating and bridging a total of 5.5 miles along the Tamiami Trail to help restore lost water flow beneath the road.The first new bridge, a one-mile section in western Miami-Dade County, opened in March 2013 after construction costing $81 million.At the time, environmentalists hailed the bridge as a long-awaited first step but said that it could not by itself provide sufficient water for the ecosystem. Tamiami Trail was finished in 1928 to connect Miami to Southwest Florida and Tampa. But engineers did not predict the detrimental effect it would have on South Floridas singular environment.Second bridge on fast trackFrom Grant, 1AMarathon couldnt afford it. In March, the council unanimously voted down two bids, one from West Construction Inc. out of Lake Worth for $6.68 million and another from BotsfordOverholt Construction out of Marathon for $7.14 million.Then-city Finance Director Peter Rosasco told the council in February that construction costs could not exceed $4.5 million or the citys other capital projects would be jeopardized. The financial constraints forced city officials to downsize their original design. Council first opted for a building comprising a 200-seat banquet hall and cultural center, which would have cost $5.7 million total, leaving the city with a $498,062 deficit.A $3.83 million option for a city hall with a concrete slab for a future meeting room was also entertained and presented by engineer Steve Grasely of Solaria Design & Consulting Co. in Marathon in February.Ramsay expects to hold special meetings to review the newest bids with the public and proceed with the best bid for the city. The more the community gets involved with this, the better, Ramsay said. Hopefully a city hall that services the people with an attached meeting room will be a possibility. The construction manager bid the separate bid could be one person or a team of people, with contract renewals as capital projects come along. The contractor will supervise projects, working on behalf and reporting to the city.Construction of a new public works building, which will house wastewater engineers and equipment, is among ideas on the table.Returned bids due in OctoberFrom City hall, 1AParents: Students feeling pressureFrom Tests, 1A Storm shutters stolen, two chargedAluminum storm shutters were targeted by thieves in two crimes reported from opposite ends of the Florida Keys this week. Two Key Largo men were arrested Thursday after Monroe County Sheriffs Office deputies found stolen shutters at their Newport Village residence. Juan Cabrera, 20, and Rafael Sanchez, 25, were booked on felony counts of burglary and grand theft. Both men admitted taking the shutters, which they said they were going to sell in Miami as scrap metal, Sheriffs Office information officer Becky Herrin said. A woman told deputies she returned to her Ocean Front Drive home at 6:50 p.m. and saw two men on her property. After she confronted them, they drove off in a faded-black truck with a red stripe on it. She called the Sheriffs Office to report the incident but had not noticed any theft. Deputy Vaughn OKeefe saw the black truck and followed it into Newport Village. OKeefe said the two men claimed they mistook the womans house for a property where they were going to do work. A short time later, the Ocean Front Drive owner discovered aluminum shutters were missing from an enclosed room and others moved as if someone was getting ready to take them, Herrin said.Officers returned to the Newport Village residence and found the 13 missing shutters. No value was listed.In a separate Key West case Monday, a manager at the Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn reported to city police that 90 large aluminum shutters were taken from a fenced maintenance yard at the South Roosevelt Boulevard property. The shutters, estimated to be worth $4,200, had been moved to the property because of a storm threat in mid-August. Separately, 90 shutters gone from hotelCRIME FRONTBy KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer email@example.comKeynoter StaffCity creates housing panelThe Marathon City Council on Tuesday appointed eight people to a committee to address the need for workforce and affordable housing in the city.Numerous other housing committees have been formed in the Keys over the years but theyve accomplished little. The mission and goals of the new Marathon one have yet to be determined.The most important thing with this board is to accomplish something, said Councilman Mark Senmartin, who recommended forming the committee. This isnt a legal board as far as making ordinances, this board is advisory.Board member Josh Mothner, a Realtor, hopes this go-around will have more success than previous government-formed boards. Mothner blames the housing bust as the cause for keeping a 2007 countyformed board from establishing long-term solutions. There is more universal understanding that affordable housing is inexplicitly linked to our quality of life, he said. Other committee members are County Com missioner George Nuegent, Middle Keys Community Land Trust Administrator Rick Casey, Tranquility Bay Resort owner Pritam Singh, tennis pro Tim Wonderlin, Realtor Derrick Johnson, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Daniel Samess and First State Bank of the Florida Keys Senior Vice President Jeff Smith. Affordable housing for the workforce has always been a challenge in the Keys, but the Middle Keys will face a big crunch in the coming months as new hotels open. Those hotels a 125-room Hyatt, a 95room Courtyard by Marriott will need wait staff, front-desk workers, housekeepers and more.Also, an old Ramada is being redeveloped, likely with around 87 units, and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Coconut Cay Resort and Marina are expanding.For more on this, go to www.KeysInfoNet.com.Mission, goal still not clearBy WILLIAM AXFORDwaxford@keynoter.comMARATHON 11050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050 JOSH MOTHNER(305) 942-9519Josh@SoldInTheKeys.com LISTED & SOLD BY JOSH!If youve got it, I can SELL it! Call me today!www.SoldInTheKeys.com 12300 Overseas Hwy. Marathon Open 7 Days A Week Keynoter StaffThe districts final budget hearing is scheduled Sept. 23 at 3301 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach.
FIRM still needs homes to inspectThe grassroots group Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe is close to completing its approximately $485,000 study of windstorm risks and insurance rates in the Keys in an effort to get them lowered. The study is financed by state-run insurer of last resort Citizens Property Insurance Corp., which is in the process of halving its portfolio of 1.3 million policies statewide. Mel Montagne, president of FIRMs board of directors, gave an update on the study efforts at Tuesdays Marathon City Council meeting at the Marathon Government Center. Montagne reported FIRM has completed about 80 percent of 704 property inspections needed to move onto the next phase. Were sorely lacking in volunteers in the Middle and Upper Keys, Montagne said. I say weve got about 500 inspections done. FIRM isnt as well known in the Upper and Middle Keys. Were going to be pushing to get the area completed. Hard numbers of completed inspections werent available at press time. Inspectors hired by FIRM will examine walls, windows and roof coverings, gauging the likelihood homes can survive windstorm damage. The inspections are confidential between the homeowner or renter and the inspector. Montagne said the inspections are needed to complete a database that will run a catastrophe model. An October deadline is set to complete the inspections. Montagne said the next step after the data is collected is to have an analytics company analyze the data and make sense of it. From there, the findings will be given to a modeling company, which will put the data into report form. Montagne estimates these two phases will take roughly 130 days. Should the report prove that Keys residents are overpaying for windstorm insurance, Citizens spokesman Michael Peltier said an interim insurance rate could be filed with the state, lowering rates for Keys residents. As of July 31, Citizens had 23,539 policies in Monroe County, down from 24,632 a year ago. Statewide, Citizens covered 933,807 people as of July 31, down from 928,439 policies as of March 31. This study is the first of its kind in the state, Montagne said. Its probably the most important study in the Keys because of the impact itll have on everyone here in Monroe County.Montagne added that certain information such as home construction specifics and different types of property are needed to complete the study, which may force FIRM to turn away some volunteers.For more information and to participate in the FIRM study, visit www.firmkeys .org or call 294-3476.Anonymous looks aimed at bringing down premiumsBy WILLIAM AXFORDwaxford@keynoter.comPROPERTY INSURANCE Saturday, September 13, 2014 3A Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com had run away from the shelter, received a ride to Miami and were used for prostitution there; she said they witnessed other crimes taking place as well, Herrin said. The girls were found in Sarasota County by the North Port Police Department on Aug. 24 and were returned to the Florida Keys Childrens Shelter. The lead agency in the investigation is the MiamiDade County Human Trafficking Task Force. Atkins apparently has convictions in MiamiDade for trespassing and disorderly conduct.In a prepared statement, attorney Matthew Francis, with the Vernis & Bowling law firm that represents the shelter, said: While we do not yet have all the details, given the nature of our work at the shelter, we of course take this matter very seriously. We are working with the Sheriffs Office and closely following its investigation. We are also conducting an internal investigation into this matter.Alleged felon makes bondFrom Atkins, 1A An honor guard from the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department and others gather at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Similar ceremonies were held in Islamorada, Marathon and Key West.Photos by DAVID GOODHUESOLEMN SERVICEBoard OKs final budgetA new $441 million Monroe County budget that includes a $1.12 million fund for employee merit raises won unanimous passage at a final hearing Thursday.The countys 3.94 tax rate about $985 for a property with a taxable assessed value of $250,000 will generate $79.6 million toward the overall fiscal year 2015 budget. The tax rate is 2.75 percent above the rollback rate, which is the rate needed to raise the same number of dollars as the current year after factoring in new construction and higher property assessments.The balance of the $441 million comes from user fees, local shares of state and federal taxes, grants and other sources that do not affect property taxes. This year marks the first time the countys Growth Management Division budget of $10.5 million will rely almost exclusively on higher fees for construction permits and planning reviews. Commissioners agreed to add 13 positions to the Monroe County payroll. Of those, two are new airport staff members paid with airport income, and 10 are planners or inspectors in Growth Management. The demand for our services has increased as the economy has come back, Growth Management Director Christine Hurley said. We need more people.In public comment at Thursdays final hearing in Key West, two people spoke. Troy Zinser, who owns his familys Lower Keys home along with three vacationrental properties, said his total taxes could jump $4,600 this year due to higher assessments and other changes. We work hard to pay our taxes, Zinser said. This economy is on thin ice... I beg for you next year to watch whats coming and keep things down.Commissioner Danny Kolhage said he agrees completely with Zinsers concern.All the taxing bodies that rely [on the property tax roll] have to understand there are limits, Kolhage said. We may be approaching the limit of what our taxpayers can bear.Mayor Sylvia Murphy said the county survived the recession and now has to make up lost ground on raises, maintenance and needed facilities. We do know how to manage money, she said. The cost of a loaf of bread went up, too.Michael Shields, a member of the countys library advisory board, commended the commission for supporting libraries, the most-used department of county government.New positions among expenses for coming yearCOUNTY COMMISSIONBy KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Opinion & EditorialSaturday, September 13 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 Photo courtesy MONROE COUNTY PUBLCI LIBRARYThis was one the larger places to get clothing in Marathon in 1962. Dodds Resort Wear was at 5230 Overseas Highway, across U.S. 1 from the post office. You now know it as the Panda House Chinese restaurant, home of the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.CELEBRATING OUR PAST EDITORIALBondi must concede the equality fightLETTERS TO THE EDITORPay a living wageAs a resident of the Keys for 24 years, the pay scale for workers hasnt changed. When I arrived here, the going pay scale was $10 an hour; that was at a major resort for a management job.Times havent changed much. The answer to affordable housing is paying a living wage. You will find it nearly impossible to live anywhere in the Keys for $10 an hour. Typical rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $800 to $1,000 a month. Lets see how that adds up. $10 an hour after taxes is like $8 an hour. Multiply by 40 hours, thats $320 a week and $1,280 a month. Now subtract your rent, $1,000 plus utilities for $150 a month. That leaves $130 a month for food and if you drive to work, you can subtract even more.Its time for business owners to pay a living wage to keep good workers here in town and not spending seven hours a day on a bus from the mainland.Dave Harlow MarathonJesus tightened sex lawsThe organized religion of Christianity has brought far more good to civilizations than bad. Centers for learning, hospitals, welfare institutions, arts, architecture, human rights and the recognition of inherent value in all human beings are but a few examples.Indeed, our western laws are based largely on Englands common law, which was based on Roman law, which modified its law because of Christian ethics.William Blackstone wrote Commentaries on the Laws of England and who was influential on the American law system and her founding fathers. He wrote, The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures ... [and] are found upon comparison to be really part of the original law of nature. Upon these are two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these. The Gospel of Thomas is not the best source of information on Jesus. The most obvious warning sign is that it does not mention the crucifixion or resurrection. These were central to the spread of early Christianity and the crucifixion is referenced by non-Christian sources such as Tacitus, Lucian and Thallus, to name a few. Jesus did not loosen the sexual laws of his day. Rather, he tightened them. He certainly would teach to love everyone but he also taught a message of purity. To claim that Jesus would condone any homosexual union or heterosexual union outside of marriage is contract to our best historical facts. John Hutch MarathonKeep fightingA big yes to letter writer Bonnie Young. We should all pray that our votes best evil by doing good. By the way, which party is best for that? And shes spot on about the Supreme Court getting tangled up with public debate things like same-sex marriage and birth control pills. If states were left to govern their own civil matters, we could take back our drinking fountains.Keep on doing well and studying the U.S. Constitution, Bonnie. And fear not because history teaches us that darkness is overcome by light, thank goodness.Buddy Klein IslamoradaNo tax money for housingThe politicians advocate using taxpayer funds and publicly owned property removed from the tax roles to build workforce housing as bargainrate rentals for employed residents. They define workforce housing as for teachers, law enforcement and other professional workers. In their socialistic concept, they shouldnt have to pay more than 30 percent of their income, including utilities, for housing. Monroe County has a steadily declining population, which means the tax burden on the rest will grow exponentially. As the burden increases on taxpayers, the population will decline even faster. There is what I like to call the Robin Hood syndrome rob from the rich to give to the poor until no more rich people exist. Workforce housing should not be at taxpayers expense or using public land for this purpose. Providing workforce housing should be the responsibility of the builders and developers and the companies that employ those who qualify, since they are earning the profits from their labor. I am a child of the Depression, born and raised in New York. Before the end of World War II, home ownership was too expensive for the average worker. Apartment living was a way of life. So I would like to adopt and update one of the prevalent solutions of the time to the dilemma of workforce housing. The County Commission should adopt a program that encourages any new storefront commercial buildings or hotels to contain a second or upper floor for price-fixed rental apartments. To provide the incentive to the builders, they would be given special tax credits for doing so. All leases would provide a clause that would restrict these rentals to provable Keys employment by the renter. In addition, any existing commercial building that structurally could support an additional floor could qualify. Before the naysayers start screaming it cant be done, almost all the older northern cities have live-abovethe-store apartments. Howard Gelbman Key LargoFlorida attorney general needs to face reality and drop the same-sex battleThe same-sex marriage debate rages on, and its only a matter of time before the book is closed and same-sex marriage is ruled constitutional in Florida. But that hasnt prevented Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi from reiterating her fervent stance in fighting same-sex marriage as vigorously as she can. She recently told a gathering of Palm Beach County Republicans, This is me doing my job as attorney general. And I will continue to do that, and if anybody wants me to moderate my message or stand for less, I have a message for them: I am just getting started. Heres the thing: Bondi continues waging a war she cant win. A voter-approved 2008 referendum added to the state Constitution a ban on same-sex marriage. The first real challenge to that came in the spring, when Key West bartenders William Lee Jones and Aaron Huntsman sued County Clerk Amy Heavilin after her office denied the two, who have been a couple for 11 years, a marriage license. The case went to Circuit Court Judge Luis Garcia, who ruled Floridas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. But he did not allow licenses to be issued so appeals can be argued. Last week, Bondi formally asked Broward Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen to keep in place a stay of his Aug. 4 ruling declaring the states gay-marriage ban unconstitutional. It was a preemptive strike, knowing the judge had a hearing scheduled this past week where he could grant a divorce to a lesbian couple that obtained a civil union 12 years ago in Vermont but now lives in South Florida. The judges decision to grant the divorce swung the door wide open for an ipso facto declaration that same-sex marriage is therefore constitutional. This, despite Bondi repeatedly arguing, in cases filed after the Monroe case, that allowing same-sex marriage would impose significant public harm. Same-sex marriage bans have been repeatedly overturned by courts both in the state and around the country for years. This is why 19 states and the District of Columbia now permit same-sex marriage. Even though the ban is in the Florida Constitution, its become increasingly clear that the prohibition denies gay people equal rights. While Bondi continues to defend the Florida Constitution, which is clearly her role, the courts continue to overturn similar bans and her fight loses more and more of its sizzle. Meanwhile, she continues plodding on, likely to appeal to her GOP base while George Sheldon, a Democratic same-sex advocate who is running against her in the fall, is on the right side of history. Anyone who values equal rights can see this is a war she cannot win. Richard Tamborrino . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Publisher Larry Kahn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Editor Valerie Serra . . . . . . . .Sales and Business Dev. Mgr. Kathie Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . . .Financial Director Todd Swift . . . . . . . . . . . .Production Manager Carter Townshend . . . . . . . . .Circulation Manager PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY Contents copyright 2014 Keynoter Publishing Co. Anyone who values equal rights can see this is a war Bondi cannot win. The board that oversees the budgets for Key Largos fire department and ambulance service reduced its tax rate slightly as it prepares for its final budget hearing at the end of the month. But with county property values rising slightly, taxpayers should expect to pay a little more for their first responders. Residents living within the Key Largo Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District will pay a property tax rate of 83 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value this coming fiscal year. This means the owner of a house valued at $350,000 will get a tax bill from the district of $290.50. If that house is the persons primary home, he or she qualifies for the $25,000 homestead exemption and will pay $269.75 for fire and ambulance protection. The proposed the tax rate is the same as the one for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. If it is approved at the district boards final budget hearing on Sept. 22, Key Largo homeowners taxes will go up about $14. The districts five-member board of commissioners started off the budget season with a tax rate of 85 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. It was able to get it down at a hearing Monday night with a number of cuts to the proposed budget, said Jennifer Johnson, the districts contracted finance director. These include reducing in-house training costs for firefighters a savings of $1,500; postponing the retrofitting of the diesel exhaust removal system at one of the two firehouses for two years, which will save the district $21,871; reducing health insurance rates by $4,625 for the Ambulance Corps; and lowering the costs of repairing and maintaining Ambulance Corps equipment by $6,000. The entire proposed FireEMS district operating budget is $3.4 million. The Florida Legislature created the district in 2005. Under its enabling language, property tax rates in the district are capped at $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value.Final approval is expected at Sept. 22 hearingBy DAVID GOODHUEdgoodhue@keysreporter.comKEY LARGO FIRE-EMSBoard passes $23M budgetThe Key Largo Waste water Treatment District narrowly passed its 2014-15 $23 million operating budget Tuesday. Voting in favor of the budget were commissioners Steve Gibbs, David Asdourian and Norm Higgins. Commissioners Robby Majeska and Andy Tobin voted no. The budget is $75,616 lower than the current years spending plan, in part due to less money expected to be collected from customers assessments, which at $4.3 million is about 8 percent less than what was collected in the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The district is expected to receive about $2.5 million from the village of Islamorada next fiscal year. Islamorada pipes its wastewater to Key Largos treatment plant at mile marker 100.5. A controversial increase in this years budget is about $100,000 to hire three new administrators. This increases the administrative budget from $987,156 to 1,080,944, and the district now has 15 employees working in its office at mile marker 98.8. The board Tuesday also unanimously approved a plan to reduce rates for about 340 customers who are poor, elderly or disabled veterans. The 50-percent rate reduction starts this month. Key Largo resident Sue Heim has been advocating for the rate break for several years, and praised the board for approving the plan. They did the right thing, she said. The program is similar to one in place with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. It reduces qualified customers monthly rates from $33.60 to $16.80, said district General Manager Paul Christian.Rate discounts approved for some customersBy DAVID GOODHUEdgoodhue@keysreporter.comKEY LARGO SEWERS Tax increase likelyThe budget is $75,616 lower than the current years spending plan.
Home Depots data breach last week could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that might not matter to its millions of customers. The nations largest home-improvement chain on Monday confirmed a theft that could have gone back as far as April and affected customers who used credit and debit cards at nearly 2,200 of its U.S. and Canadian stores. While the scope of the hack is not yet known, theres speculation that it could be the biggest yet.Home Depot joins a growing list of retailers that have had their data stolen. Perhaps the most high-profile of those previous hacks came was at Target, which suffered profit and sales declines after shoppers fled following a breach that compromised 40 million debit and credit card accounts.Analysts say its too early to estimate the impact the breach will have on Home Depots business because there are many details that are unknown. But they say there are at least four reasons Home Depots breach may not matter to shoppers:TimingIn addition to the fact that Home Depots breach follows a thefts at other retailers, the chain may benefit from timing in another way. Target Corp. disclosed its breach a week before Christmas, the final critical stretch of the two-month holiday season, the busiest shopping period of the year for retailers like Target. But Home Depots disclosure came in September, months after the spring season, which is the busiest time of year for home-improvement chains.September is not a peak season for Home Depot, while Christmas at Target is critical, said Greg Melich, a retail analyst at International Strategy & Investment Group LLC.CustomersHome Depots customers are more likely to react differently to the breach because of who they are. About 37 percent of Home Depots sales come from professional and contractor services or commercial customers, Melich estimates. Analysts say that group is loyal to Home Depot, and they often shop there several times a week. By contrast, Target caters to the middle-income customers, who tend to shop around for the best prices. By nature, they tend to be less loyal to one store.GrowthUnlike Target, Home Depots business was solid before the breach. Home Depot has been benefiting from a turnaround in the housing market that has enticed shoppers to spend more on their homes. Its revenue for the six-month period that ended last month was up 4.4 percent. Meanwhile, profit rose 13.5 percent, and the company raised its annual profit forecast. Conversely, Target has had disappointing sales and profit declines during the economic recovery as its middle-income shoppers have remained frugal. It also has struggled to restore the reputation its lost among some shoppers that it has cheap chic fashions.Lack of choiceHome Depot customers see the chain as a necessary place to shop. When Targets breach was announced, customers had their pick of plenty of other stores that have the same merchandise that it carries at low prices, from Amazon.com to Wal-Mart. On the other hand, Home Depot has fewer competitors. Shoppers can go to Lowes or Ace Hardware and small hardware stores, but thats about all, analysts say. Saturday, September 13, 2014 5A Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com REAL ESTATE MARKETPLACE for the week of 8/31 9/6 2014 SALES vs. LAST YEAR: 122 percent Based on information from the Florida Keys Board of REALTORS, Inc. (alternatively, from the Florida Keys MLS, Inc.) Key Price Price Days Listing Office, Selling Office, Address Listed Sold Listed Listing Agent Selling Agent Big Pine KeyLT 30 & 31 Wittesr Ln* $55,000 $35,000 234 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Christina Parker Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Christina Parker 30928 Nathalie Rd* $123,000 $115,000 27 Century 21 Schwartz/Karen Cooper Keys Commercial R.E./Gary Smith 3665 Treasure Island St $339,000 $302,500 130 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Beata & Jim Sharpe Outside Of MLSCudjoe Key22729 Buccaneer Ln $320,000 $305,000 305 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Diane Corliss Island Group Realty/Charles RobertsDuck KeyLot 3 Bahama Dr. S.* $59,000 $45,000 27 RE/MAX All Keys Real Estate/Joe Townsend RE/MAX All Keys Real Estate/Jo Ann CookGrassy Key57475 Gibson St $139,900 $137,250 124 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Leanne Ruesch Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Samuel WilliamsKey Haven2 Bougainvillea Ave $549,000 $510,000 274 Island Group Realty/Margarita Villoch Engel & Voelkers Fla Keys/Michael BurgeKey Largo338 Mahogany Dr $159,900 $151,275 78 Century 21 Schwartz/Charity Rebl Century 21 Schwartz/Charity Rebl 322 Ryan Ave $339,000 $325,000 137 Marr Properties/Terry Canto, Mike Diaz Realty World Freewheeler/Lisa Frins 103 Long Key Rd $459,000 $447,000 105 Marr Properties/Lorie Leal Marr Properties/Lorie Leal 194 Burgundy Dr $569,900 $557,500 84 Century 21 Schwartz/Charity Rebl Century 21 Schwartz/Charity Rebl 606 La Paloma Rd $748,000 $715,000 322 Marr Properties/Terry Canto Marr Properties/Terry Canto 31 Jean Lafitte Dr $995,000 $950,000 184 Island Equity Real Estate/Holly Hight Island Equity Real Estate/Holly Hight 466 Barracuda Blvd $995,000 $931,200 151 Century 21 Schwartz/Misty Pace, Sal Livoti Century 21 Schwartz/Sal Livoti, Misty Pace 172 Harborview Dr $1,995,000 $1,750,000 1193 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Margo, Brett Newman American Caribbean R.E./Kelly ShawKey West1504 Laird St $425,000 $402,000 151 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Barbara Crespo Beach Club Brokers/Dawn Thornburgh 1203 17th Trc $449,900 $464,000 45 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Rick Lively Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Rick Lively 3715 Donald Ave $465,000 $435,000 212 Prudential Knight & Gardner/Condos, Rostien Century 21 Schwartz/Jimmy Lane 1113 Watson St $749,000 $730,000 299 Internet Realty of the Fla Keys/G. Maclaren Paradise Real Estate in Key West/D. Sine 833 Eisenhower Dr $795,000 $750,000 277 Beach Club Brokers/Dawn Thornburgh Beach Club Brokers/Dawn Thornburgh 625 South St(1) $4,050,000 $4,050,000 1 Prudential Knight & Gardner/Knight, Gardner Prudential Knight & Gardner/Knight, Gardner1321 Simonton St(1) $5,287,500 $5,287,500 1 Prudential Knight & Gardner/Knight, Gardner Prudential Knight & Gardner/Knight, Gardner1212 Simonton St(1) $6,462,500 $6,462,500 0 Prudential Knight & Gardner/Knight, Gardner Prudential Knight & Gardner/Knight, GardnerLittle Torch Key1021 Grand St $349,000 $342,000 112 Preferred Properties/Leigh Roach Century 21 All Keys/Brian Gorshe 733 Trinidad Ln $469,000 $400,000 349 Action Keys Realty FL Keys/Christine Rudy Rose Dell & Associates/Rose Dell 28485 Jolly Roger Dr $599,995 $550,000 392 Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Wanda, Bob Brock Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Lisa FerringoMarathonLT 18 BK K Calle Limon* $74,500 $73,900 86 Island Breeze Realty/Christine Todd Young Coldwell Banker Schmitt/Samuel Williams 317 Anglers Dr $447,000 $425,000 129 American Caribbean R.E./Karen Raspe Island Breeze Realty/David Grego 40 Kyle Way East(1) $920,000 $900,000 295 Island Breeze Realty/David Grego Island Breeze Realty/David GregoPlantation Key227 Coconut Palm Blvd $269,000 $255,000 332 Realty World Freewheeler/Lisa Frins Shoreline Properties/Faye Saenger Ramrod Key79 Coral Ave $229,900 $223,000 85 Sellstate Island Properties/Melva Wagner Sellstate Island Properties/Steven EidStock Island36 Miriam St $175,000 $150,000 57 Richard Padron And Assoc/Michael Spirnak Southernmost Realty/Mila de MierStock Island6800 Maloney Ave $270,000 $250,000 149 Doug Mayberry R.E./Dean Townsend Doug Mayberry R.E./Dean TownsendVacant Lot | Commercial Property (1) NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY BOARD ROOM 1100 Kennedy Drive Key West, FL 33040 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014The purpose of the Regular Meeting is for the Board to take action on routine business matters for the FKAA (potable water and wastewater issues) and to receive reports on operational aspects of the organization. All agendas and backup can be viewed on our web site @ www.fkaa.com., or a copy of the Agenda, or any backup, is available upon request from FKAA, Elvira Sawyer, Executive Office Coordinator, 1100 Kennedy Drive, Key West, FL 33040, (305) 295-2203, firstname.lastname@example.org.Published Keynoter 9-13-14Regular Meeting 10:00 a.m. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY BOARD ROOM 1100 Kennedy Drive Key West, FL 33040 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014The purpose of the Audit Committee Meeting is for the Authoritys Auditors to make presentation and discussion regarding the Annual Audit for Year Ending September 30, 2014.The agenda and backup for the workshop can be viewed on our web site @ www.fkaa.com., or a copy of the Agenda, or any backup, is available upon request from FKAA, Elvira Sawyer, Executive Office Coordinator, 1100 Kennedy Drive, Key West, FL 33040, (305) 295-2203, email@example.com.Published Keynoter 9-13-14Audit Committee Meeting 10:00 a.m. Dr. John F. 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Four cited for illegal lobsterFour Polk County (Winter Haven area) men face charges they speared and possessed numerous undersize lobster Monday off Marathon.The four were cited around 4:30 p.m. next to the bayside water entrance of U.S. Coast Guard Station Marathon, says the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Spokesman Bobby Dube says Lt. David Robison and Officer Oliver Adams were patrolling the area when they saw a boat and two snorkelers at the rocky shoreline. When the boat started leaving a bit later, Robison and Adams pulled it over.They found no safety violations but asked about any fish they might have on the boat. The boat operator, Justin Merritt, and the three others Cody Myers, Sebastian Reece and Hunter Stokes told them they harvested lobster and fish, Dube says.Myers said he caught six lobster and the others said they each caught three or four. Merritt also said speared a hogfish and Stokes said he had speared two fish. The FWC officers found that 15 of the 17 lobster aboard, as well as the hogfish, were under the minimum size for keeping. The two fish Stokes harvested were gray angelfish. They had both been speared. When all was said and done, Merritt was cited for possession of 15 undersize lobster and one undersized hogfish; Stokes for possession of 15 undersize lobster and possession of angelfish greater than 8 inches; Reece for possession of four speared lobsters and possession of 15 undersize lobsters; and Myers for possession of 15 undersize lobsters.4 Polk County men had speared, undersize bugsCRIME FRONTKeynoter StaffThe Islamorada Village Council on Tuesday unanimously passed an $11 million operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.Islamorada homeowners will pay the same tax rate as they did the current fiscal year, although their taxes will go up slightly because property values have increased.The council passed a tax rate of $2.53 per $1,000 of assessed property value. So before factoring in the $25,000 break primary homeowners receive on their tax bill, the owner of a $350,000 house will pay $885.50 for village services for the 2014-15 fiscal year.Councilmen David Purdo and Ken Philipson wanted their colleagues to try harder to pass the so-called rollback tax rate, the rate that would generate the same amount of property tax revenue next fiscal year as the current year. That rate is $2.42. Using this rate, the same homeowner mentioned above would pay $847 in village taxes.Councilman Michael Forster said the difference is not enough to convince him that village taxpayers are being hit by an unreasonable hike. Its not a pittance of money, but its not going to kill anybody, Forster said. Bob Johnson, the only resident to attend Tuesdays budget hearing, slammed the council for not trying hard enough to lower taxes. He took particular aim at Forster, whom he accused of trying to pass a tax rate before discussing the particulars of the budget. Forster noted that Tuesdays hearing and one before were sparsely attended, and he has heard from only two constituents Johnson included who wanted him to vote for the rollback rate. Thats not a consensus, said Forster, who, as owner of the popular Mangrove Mikes Cafe, speaks with at least dozens of residents daily. Thats two people. Mayor Ted Blackburn agreed, stating the proposed tax rate has been the same since the summer. He also said taxes must go up some if the village is going to provide the services residents want now that the economy is finally starting to recover after the 2008 recession. Were trying to get back to the level of service the people of Islamorada expect, and were trying to do it in the most economical way we can do it, Blackburn said.The budget includes 3 percent raises for most village employees. Forster said Islamorada has the lowest percentage of tax rate increase than any other taxing body in the Keys, save for the small incorporated community of Key Colony Beach. So I feel were doing a good job, Forster said. Part of the budget is about $3.1 million in reserves, $2.7 million of which is unassigned fund balance. This is in keeping with the villages goal of having unassigned reserves equal to 25 percent of total expenditures.There is one more budget hearing, on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Founders Park Community Center, where the Village Council will formally adopt the 2014-15 tax rate. KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 6A Saturday, September 13, 2014 CLEA R ANCE CLEARANCE KEY LARGOMARATHONKEY WEST www.RoyalFurnitureAndDesign.com305-451-5700 MM 99 in the Median 305-295-6400Next to Publix, Searstown 305-743-4397 MM 47.5 OceanSAVEWE RE OVERSTOCKED!!One-of-a-kinds discontinued items scratch-n-dentsSHOP EARLY FOR BEST SELECTION RETAIL! UP TO60%OFF L! 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The center is designed to provide students writing coaches and more.
Rains in Miami-Dade County cancelled the Marathon High School football teams Thursday game against Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove, and the schools will try to reschedule the contest for sometime later in the season. Marathon stands at 0-2 while Ransoms Raiders are 3-0.Marathons Dolphins next play at home at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 against Pompano Beach High Schools Golden Tornadoes (12).Meanwhile, Island Christ ian Schools new eight-man football team is scheduled to play a home game against Golden Rule Academy at 11 a.m. today in Islamorada.A revised schedule also has the Eagles playing a 4 p.m. Thursday home game against Westwood Christian. The Eagles lost their Sept. 5 season debut to Redland Christian. VolleyballIsland Christian Schools girls volleyball varsity travels to Redland Christian Academy on Tuesday before two home matches. Keys LifeFlorida Keys Keynoter The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 Ad # 1119725 NOTICE OF SALE Monroe County Sheriffs Office Notice of Sale of Surplus Vehicles The Monroe County Sheriffs Office will sell a number of surplus Vehicles by sealed bids. All bids must be received no Later than 10:00am Thursday July 24, 2014. The bids will be opened publicly at 1:30 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A list of vehicles to be sold may be viewed at our www.keysso.net website. Bidding instructions and required bid forms are available on the website or can be picked up at the Sheriffs Office Headquarters Building, Finance Division or by contacting: Johnnie Yongue 305 293-7477 Michael Griffin 305-293-7362 Monroe County Sheriffs Office 5525 College Road KeyWest, FL 33040 open yp 2014. A MY HEAVILIN, CPA A s Clerk of said Court By: Gwen Douglass A s Deputy Clerk If you are a person with disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or event, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Cheryl Alfonso, 302 Fleming Street, Key West, FL 33040, (305) 292-3423, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time b efore the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired call 711. Submitted by: Kahane & A ssociates, P.A., 8201 Peters Road, Ste.3000, Plantation, FL 33324 Telephone: (954) 382-3486, Telefacsimile: (954) 382-5380 Designated service email: notice@kahaneandassociates. com File No.: 10-14564 OCN Published July 9, 16, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter 1133078 A d # 1145173 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that that the undersigned, AMY HEAVILIN, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 12th DAY OF AUGUST 2014 at 11:00 A M 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: A parcel of land being a portion of Lot 7 of the unnumbered Lot of George L. McDonalds Amended Plat of Government Lots 3, 5 and 6, Section 18, Township 63 South, Range 38 East according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1 at Page 101, of the Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the intersection of the West line of said Section 18 and the Southeasterly right-ofway line of Old State Road 4-A; thence North 68 degrees 05 15" East (bearings based on assumed meridian) along said Sutheasterly right-of-way fettothe point ,p, Range 38 East, with the Southerly right of way line of Old State Road 4A, thence N68 05 15" E for 69.94 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence S 21 54 45" E for 127.58 feet, thence South for 179.93 feet, thence along the arc of a tangential curve to the left having a radius of 37.50 feet and a central angle of 17 45" for a distance of 38.15 feet; thence S 58 degrees 17 45" E for 705.94 feet; thence N 30 degree 42 45" E for 37.51 feet; thence S 30 degrees 42 45" W for 75.00 feet. Pursuant to the FINAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT entered in a case in said Court, the style of which is: JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association; CHRISTIANA TRUST Plaintiff VS. Michael Hussey; Rose E. Hussey; Plantation Lake Estates Homeowners A ssociation, In; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2 Defendant. nd the Docket Number of Which is Number 13-CA000356-P. WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 17th day of April, 2014. CPA y 2727 West Cypress Creek Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-462-7000 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Cheryl Alfonso, 302 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, (305) 292-3423, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days: if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Published July 16, 23, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter A d # 1145462 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUCIDIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 13-CA-001084-P LAURENCE T. VOGT, DEBORAH J. VOGT, and EVALYNE J. LEITH, Plaintiffs, v. ROBERT ALLEN TRACHET, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ROBERT ALLEN TRACHET, ROBERTA LYNN TRACHET, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF OBERTA LYNN TRACHET, EandJANE g@g Secondary Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published July 16, 23, 2013 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad # 1146730 COMPETITIVE SOLICITATION / BID OPENING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS THAT the Monroe County School District will be receiving bids for the following: ITB 2014544 FLOORING BID OPENING -August 13, 2014 10:00 AM, MCSD Administration Bldg, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL 33040 Bid Documents may be requested from Demandstar by calling 1-800-711-1712 or by going to the website www.demandstar.com or by going to www.KeysSchools.com/rfp The public record document is available at the Purchasing Department, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL 33040. All bids must be received on or before dates specified in the bid documents. The Monroe County School District reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to accept or reject any and all bids and to wave informalities or irregularities when it is in the best interest of the Board to do so. Please contact Suanne Lee, Purchasing Supervisor, with any questions regarding this bid @KeysSchools WWW.KEYSINFONET.COM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 CLASSIFIEDS INSIDE 5B 4801 O/S Hwy.|Marathon, FL |(305) 289-2038NEW ARRIVALS Leather Sectionals & Recliners Fantasy Flowers Lamps Artwork Break that piata openThis time of year is when kids have lots of celebrations school birthday parties and the like. Piatas can be a fun part of them, and we have some tips on how to create some of the best. Story, 3BBSports & Outdoors CommunityLifestyle Arts & Entertainment Hurricanes back on winning trackA straight-set sweep Thursday lifted the spirits of Coral Shores Highs volleyball Lady Hurricanes after facing three straight formidable clubs. The Canes (3-3) dispatched visiting Keys Gate Charter, 25-23, 25-9, 25-13. A match like this can put you on the right track, head coach Andy Thiery said. Not just because we won, but the quality of play from everyone produced a positive result. After running into state and district powers Ransom Everglades and Gulliver Prep, Coral Shores was surprised by a much-improved Carrollton squad Tuesday. That turned Thursdays match against Keys Gate into a must-win situation for team morale, Thiery said. A series of unforced Hurricane errors kept the visiting Knights close in the first game. We were able to pull it together, clean it up and play an enjoyable next two sets, Thiery said. Melissa Helphrey scored 13 kill shots and an ace. Brooklyn Irwin had nine kills, and Dani Christmas added four. Brittany Doyle had a pair of kills along withCoral Shores beats Keys Gate after losing 3CORAL SHORES VOLLEYBALL Keynoter photo by KEVIN WADLOWCoral Shores Highs Emily OConnor taps a ball over the net Thursday to score against Keys Gate Charter in a junior-varsity contest. Both the varsity and JV teams won.By KEVIN WADLOWSenior Staff Writer email@example.comSee Hurricanes, 2BDolphins win threeMarathon High Schools Lady Dolphins swept the middle of this past week on the volleyball court, traveling to the mainland to defeat Miami Community Charter School twice on Wednesday and beating Palm Glades Prep Academy the day before.The three wins improved the Lady Dolphins to 6-2 heading into a Friday match against 6-1 Hollywood Christian School (score not available at press time). While Marathon Coach Kevin Freeman is happy with the earlier-week wins, he noted that Miami Community Charter and Palm Glades are a little green compared to his girls. It almost seemed like a practice than anything else, Freeman said. Its the first year Palm Glades has had a volleyball team. Miami Community is a really young team, too. In Wednesdays first match, Marathon dominated Marathon Community from the beginning, winning 25-5, 25-8, 25-6. The Dolphins had 40 aces in the first game. Junior Jordan Roney had six kills and eighth-grader Grace Kirwan had six assists. In the second match, Roney scored 18 points from serves alone as the Keys team won 25-7, 25-11, 25-7. Sophomore Jackie ClairmontRoney, Qualls among leaders in volleyball courtBy WILLIAM AXFORDwaxford@keynoter.comMARATHON VOLLEYBALLRain cancels football gameFins, Raiders try to find another datePREP SPORTSKeynoter Staff Bradeen hits a milestoneCapt. Skip Bradeen is in the cockpit of his beloved Blue Chip Too, barking instructions to his angler. Now listen to me, Bradeen says in his New York accent. He might be eating it. All right, hit him. The angler reels down, raises the rod and a nice dolphin leaps into the air off the Florida Keys. This month, Bradeen, 72, marks his 50th year in the Florida Keys charterboat business. The skipper is best known for his enthusiastic personality and quick wit. Bradeens love for the Keys began in September 1964 when he was age 22. He had just finished a stint in the U.S. Air Force and was destined to become a New York butcher. In a Long Island, N.Y., bar he told some friends about plans to travel to Fort Lauderdale for a vacation in his new Impala convertible. I had a few jingles [money] in my pocket and was going to Lauderdale to chase women for a couple of weeks before going back to Long Island and meat-cutting school, he said. A buddy of mine asked if he could come and share expenses, because he had aCharter captain marks 50 years guiding anglersBy ANDY NEWMANKeynoter ContributorISLAMORADA FISHING Photo by ANDY NEWMANCapt. Skip Bradeen is known for his prowess, his personality and his community service.See Bradeen, 2BConchs tee off todayIn the past 10 years, Key West High has had some solid golfers. Perhaps the best was Evan DeRoche, who was a four-year star and went to the state finals three times.During that span, the Conchs always had a sizable number of players fighting for the top five spots. But not now. DeRoche graduated, and the Conchs are beginning the season with barely a handful of players. Were definitely rebuilding, said new coach Casey Dion, the teams fifth coach in 10 years. Dion, who succeeded John Moeller, who coached for two seasons, is a Florida State graduate and a teachers aide at Horace OBryant Middle School. He played for the Conchs in 2008. The Conchs, who tee off against Hollywood Cham inade-Madonna at 10 this morning at the Key West Golf Club, recently played two matches against 10-player powerhouse Gulliver Prep and did not fare well. Theyre not terrible golfers, Dion said, but against Gulliver they had a shock and awe sensation. The No. 1 Key West play-Few turn out but young coach is optimisticBy DICK WAGNERKeynoter ContributorKEY WEST GOLFSee Conchs, 2BSee Dolphins, 2BSee Sports, 2B
KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 2B Saturday, September 13, 2014 L.A. Times crossword puzzle YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES Solution in the September 17 Keynoter ACROSS 1Impedes 8Trendy 15Break the law, in a way 20Like some reasoning 21In vino __ 22Threshold 23Heroic medal whose recipient didnt feel worthy of it? 26Distinguishing quality 27Mangia! 28Heavy weight 29Cognac bottle letters 30Divided into groups for auction 32Argue 34Rampant 36And Winter Came... album maker 37Formal acknowledgment of the end of the calla season? 46Game with marriage and kids 48Count in music 49River rat 50Warnings for Rio sailors? 56Hurdles for future attys. 57Justice Dept. arm 58Wonder Woman portrayer Carter 59__ historique: opera genre 61USN officers 62Jackies predecessor 64Bay, say 68Role for Ingrid 70Throat-clearing sound 71Not a colorful restaurant list? 75Stat for getting people home 79Like Ds, gradewise 81__ buddy 82Body __ 83Shade of blue 86Capital overlooking the Pacific 88Breeze (through) 91Garden tool 92Save like mad 94Midnight distress call? 100Many a ski house 102Tasteless 103Weary 104Clever maneuver by a grade school class? 108Cat in a casa 112About, legally 113South end? 114Pitcher known as Tom Terrific 116Doesnt seed, perhaps 1191998 Masters champion 124NRC forerunner 126One of the Allmans 127Classy vehicle for actor Elliott? 131Cravat cousin 132Not on any side 133Folksy TV attorney 134Benefits 135Where some ticket selling is done 136Ancient ascetics DOWN 1Jar 2Either Youve Got Mail co-screenwriter 3Accord 4Carrier that merged with Meridiana in 2013 5Itinerary component 6Rap Dr. 7Team 8Online self-image 9Conducted 10Vessel for Jason 11Countenance 12Native Nebraskan 13Foolish 14Usher 15Law & Order: __ 16Deliberately misconstrues 17Big times 18WARMING! 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NHL periods 129Fall behind 130Law & Order figs. THE PORTER-ALLEN COMPANYINSURANCE Elizabeth M. Freeman David W. Freeman, C.P.C.U.294-2542In Florida Call Toll-free 1 (800) 292-2542513 Southard Street, Key West Crossword solutionSolution to the Sept. 10 puzzle. 11050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050 96 Seaview Avenue Conch Key 28485 Jolly Roger Drive Little Torch Key 2 MORE KEYS PROPERTIES SOLD BY THE BROCK TEAM!If you have a home to sell, call the Brock Team for a confidential analysis of your propertys value! Proud supporter of the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation Bob & Wanda Brock Broker Associate/REALTORThe Brock TeamBob Direct (305) 731-9521 Wanda Direct (305) 304-8862www.midkeysproperties.comjob offer as a deckhand on the Tradewinds party boat in Islamorada. I had never even heard of the Florida Keys, but he talked me into passing Lauderdale to bring him down, Bradeen recalled. I stopped at the dock to drop him off, got out of my car, walked around and this captain says to me, You wanna go fishing tomorrow? We went out the next day for a half day, Bradeen remembered. Caught eight barracuda and went back to the dock at noon. He gave me a $5 bill after I cleaned the boat and the party gave me a $5 tip. Thrilled with making $10 in a half day, Bradeen decided to stick around for a little while to learn the charter business while he painted the captains motel.So I called mom and told her I wasnt going to be home until Thanksgiving, he said. And then when Thanksgiving came, I was doing even more charter work and told mom I wouldnt be home until Christmas.Bradeen kept postponing his return to Long Island, and in the spring of 1965 he called his mother to deliver a final message. Mom, you know my cold weather clothes? he said. Give em away. Im not coming home no more. In 1966 Bradeen purchased that first boat he had worked on as a mate for $3,200, including fishing gear. Hes been a captain ever since. The charter fee back then for the boat, called the Always, was $60 for a full day and $40 for half. According to Bradeen, gas cost 13 cents per gallon. So we fished a lot of blue-collar people, he said. Pretty much everybody could afford that trip. Today, due to soaring costs for fuel, insurance and other needs, Bradeens charter fee is $1,300 for a full day and $900 for a half day. Over the years, Bradeens clientele has shifted to professionals and their families seeking to experience the skippers entertaining style. The mate hooking a fish is not allowed on this boat, no matter what it is, Bradeen said.The popular captain wants to be remembered best for his community benevolence. He coached Little League Baseball for 28 years and has served as master of ceremonies for countless fundraisers.I want people to remember me not as the greatest fisherman perhaps, but how I gave back to the community, he said. Will Bradeen ever retire? That word is not in my vocabulary right now, he said.Florida trip turns into careerFrom Bradeen, 1B had 13 aces and senior Johnisha Qualls had 10 kills. Theres not much to say, we got the two wins, Freeman said. Tuesday, Marathon swept Palm Glades, 25-15, 25-5 and 25-6. Roney had a career-high 20 aces, 10 assists and six kills. Freshman Baelee Pettry had six aces and Qualls had an ace and four kills. Freeman has been pushing for better passing and more communication during practice. When were not playing well, we can see where that boils down to, Freeman said. If we make good passes and really good sets, that leads to being more aggressive on the offensive end. Returning this week was junior Sydney Konrath, a veteran who has been out on injuries. Shes expected to strengthen the teams depth. Konrath gives us more options than anything else, Freeman said. Hopefully well continue this winning streak.Veteran Konrath returning from injuryFrom Dolphins, 1B The Lady Eagles host Colonial Christian at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Westwood Christian visits for a 5 p.m. Friday match, following a 4 p.m. JV game.Cross countryCoral Shores Highs Collin Dickerson ran an impressive 5K time of 17:56 Thursday to grab 20th in the Pine Crest Invitational in Fort Lauderdale. More than 253 boys runners competed.Other Canes scoring points in the 3.1-mile run were senior Rex Zimmerman (19:59), Bobby Oshaben (22:24), Bernie Lietaert (22:58), Jack Yeager and Mason Baker.Marissa Bogue led the varsity girls with a time of 25:03. Teammates close behind were Kelsey Caputo (25:04), Kendra Powers (27:44), Adriana Ornelas and Kyia Herlth.Coral Shores travels to a tri-meet Monday in Marathon. SwimmingA Coral Shores swim meet against Doral Academy is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Founders Park pool complex.Several prep sports on tapFrom Sports, 1B13 assists, and Skylar DeMoss delivered 13 assists.Tuesday, Carrollton pulled away from the Canes with a straight-game win, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16. At least our effort was present, Thiery said. Our girls showed up energetic and ready.Coral Shores battled in a number of long rallies but the Cyclones found a way to finish in each game. They find holes and hit smart, Thiery said, pointing to the Cyclones off-season work in club leagues.Key West High School visits Coral Shores on Tuesday. The varsity plays around 5:30 p.m. following a 4 p.m. JV start.Carrollton has easy timeFrom Hurricanes, 1B er is Patrick Roesser, who was on the team last year, as was No. 2 Johnny Hornyak. At No. 3 is Key West newcomer Michael Jensen. The No. 4 player has not been determined, but there are few candidates. Dion, who works parttime at the golf club, is trying to adjust to being such a young coach. Im so close to their age that its hard to command respect, he sad. At first it was like being an older brother, but now theyre starting to look at me as a coach instead of some random guy. His biggest need is getting kids interested in playing golf. Which is hard to do, he said.Young coach is confidentFrom Conchs, 1B
Five Florida Keys students are in elite company: Theyre among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide in the running to be named National Merit Scholars. Making the grade are Marathon High Schools John Galijanic and Reef Landrum, and Coral Shores Highs Philip Atkin, Ashlyn Marcinak and Aaron Stack. The Evanston, Ill.,-based National Merit Scholarship Corp., which works with universities and colleges to award the financial boosts, released the semifinalists names on Wednesday.The list of 16,000 will be whittled down in the coming months. About half the semifinalists will be named National Merit Scholars and they will share a combined $33 million in scholarship money from the nonprofit organization and supporting businesses when they head to college.This year, 1.4 million students nationwide in 22,000 high schools entered the competition, which dates back to 1955. Criteria to be named a finalist the next and second-to-last step in being named a National Merit School includes a students academic record, community and school involvement, demonstrated leadership ability, employment, and awards and honors won. As summer eases into the early school year and into a new season of birthdays, class parties and holiday gatherings nows a good time to make a few eyecatching piatas.Unlike store-bought piatas, which are generally made of cardboard and can be difficult to break, papier-mache piatas are the real thing. And homemade ones arent reserved for childrens birthday parties. Modern piatas can be sleek and geometrical for grown-up gatherings, adding pizazz to holidays like Halloween (pumpkins, ghosts and spiders), Hanukkah (dreidels), Christmas (trees, reindeer or Santa) and New Years (stars). They can even be part of weddings (hearts, of course).And you can fill them with goodies far more creative than the candies usually found in store-bought piatas. How about black and orange confetti and plastic snakes and spiders for Halloween? Tiny plastic kazoos and noise-makers for New Years? Making a piata can take just a half hour a day over a few days or evenings. And its easy. All you need is some inspiration, a form around which to wrap a few layers of flour and water-soaked newsprint, some string, glue, and crepe paper or paint.The first step is to create the form around which youll wrap the papier-mache, which starts out wet and soft and dries one layer at a time to form a hard shell. The standard method is to use a balloon, then add cardboard tubing from toilet paper or paper towel rolls to form the desired shape. More geometrical forms can be made using wire or a frame cut from cardboard.Although there are numerous variations, the classic papier-mache recipe is about two parts water to one part flour, blended until it forms a smooth watery paste. A mix of water and glue can also be used.Strips of torn newsprint or magazine pages (rough edges stick better than neatly cut edges) are dipped in the papiermache mixture until they are soaked but not dripping, and then are stuck one by one onto the frame or balloon until the shape is completely covered, leaving a small hole where goodies can be inserted later.Once the paper layer is completely dry each layer can take a day to dry indoors, sometimes less if left in the sun its time for another layer, and time to pop the balloon inside. Its important that each layer dry completely, otherwise the papier-mch can become moldy. At least three layers of papier-mch are generally needed for a piata. Next comes the decorating. Get creative: You can cover the piata with layers of glued-on crepe or tissue paper, strips of shiny or sparkly paper, paper cupcake liners or colored Post-Its or a simple layer of paint. Eyes and other accessories are available at craft stores.Attach a string to hang the piata by punching two small holes at the top and threading it through. Fill the piata with small and relatively lightweight goodies of any kind.For a Halloween bat, for instance, Martha Stewart Living suggests using one large and one small balloon as forms for the papier-mache piata, with the final layer of paper on each balloon done in black crepe paper. The big balloon is then filled with goodies and the two sections are attached, with the larger sphere becoming the bats body and the smaller sphere the head. Cut large, black, wing-shaped pieces out of posterboard and attach them with black duct tape. Make a scary face by drawing or using cutouts.A jack-o-lantern piata is even easier, consisting of one large balloon with a toilet paper roll for the stem, if desired. It can be decorated with orange paper and an appropriately scary face, filled through a hole at the top, and hung using a piece of string attached to either side of the stem. Saturday, September 13, 2014 3B Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com NOTICE OF MEETING FOR THE MONROE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARDA PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Big Pine Key Community Park, Big Pine Key (Sands Road, MM31), Florida. This meeting is open to the public. For more information please contact Rosa Washington at (305) 292-4432 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items on the Agenda include but are not limited to: 1. Proposed skate parks rules and waiver 2. Updates on parks projects throughout the County 3. Higgs Beach vendor RFP recommendationsADA ASSISTANCE If you are a person with a disability, who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, please contact the County Administrators Office, by phoning (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1.Published Keynoter 9-13-14, 9-17-14, 9-20-14, 9-24-14 and 9-27-14 Meeting Notice Monroe County Land AuthorityThe Monroe County Land Authority Advisory Committee will meet in the Monroe Regional Service Center located at 2796 Overseas Highway, Suite 104, Marathon, Florida on September 24, 2014 beginning at 9:00 AM. The agendais available online at www.monroecounty-fl.gov or by contacting the Land Authority office at 295-5180.ADA ASSISTANCE If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in these proceedings, please contact the County Administrators Office, by phoning (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1.Published Keynoter 9-13-14 Public Meetings Scheduled by and with the City of Marathon for September 2014Please note that more than one Marathon City Council/Board/Committee member may participate in the meetings listed.City Council Acting City Manager Dick Ramsay, Mayor Mike Puto Chris Bull, Vice Mayor City Attorneys John Bartus, Councilmember Gray-Robinson Richard Keating, Councilmember Mark Senmartin, Councilmember CITY OF MARATHONSUBJECT: DATE: TIME: LOCATION: Special Call Council Meeting 09/16/145:30pmMarathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Hwy. First Public Hearing (Adopting tentative budget and millage rate) Park and Recreation Committee Meeting9/18/146:00 pmMarathon City Hall, 9805 Overseas Hwy. Planning Commission Meeting 09/22/145:30pmMarathon Fire Station, 8900 Overseas Hwy. City Council Meeting & Final Public Hearing09/23/145:30pmMarathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Hwy. (Adopting final budget and millage rate) To view the full City of Marathon calendar please visit our website: www.ci.marathon.fl.usPursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a 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 of the proceedings and for such purposes he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City of Marathon complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a disabled person requiring special accommodations or assistance, please notify the City Clerk at (305) 289-5020 of such need at least 72 hours (3 days) in advance 8/5/14hp/hpPublished Keynoter 9-13-14 57475 Gibson Street Grassy Key 11050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050 Lea & Dave RueschThe Reliable Professionals(305) 393-1843 Our listing on Grassy Key JUST SOLD!Are you looking to buy, sell or invest in the Florida Keys?Call us today! For Audition Packages and Casting Details, Please Visit: www.marathontheater.org Follow MCT on Facebook! We Rely On Financial Donations! Please Visit: www.marathontheater.org To Purchase Tickets and Make Donations! Casting: Principals: 5 Men & 4 Women Ensemble: 6 Men & 9 WomenBy: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Director: Fred Hundhammer Producer: John Pabon Music Director: Kathryn Rummery Choreographer: Ann Hart Its outrageous and hilarious, not to mention the winner of 12 TonyAwards! Its the story of down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock, his hysterically awkward accountant Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. Contains adult language and situations.Rehearsals Begin: December 3rd Performances: Mar. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22 (M), 26, 27, 28 Apr. 2, 3, 4 Casting: 6 Men & 6 WomenBy: Mary Chase Director: Dale Coburn Producer: Nessa Collins Harvey tells the tale of Elwood P. Dowd, who brings a guest to a social party thrown by his sister, Veta. Much to the dismay of his sister, Elwood introduces his guest and bestfriend Harvey, a six-foot tall invisible rabbit, to everyone at the party. Things do not go as planned when Veta attemps to remove Elwood and Harvey from her life via sanitarium. Hilarity ensues.Rehearsals Begin: November 10th Performances: Jan. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25 (M), 29, 30, 31 Casting: 3 Men & 3 WomenBy: Ken Ludwig Directors: Devin Clarke & Jenn Eick Producer: Sarah Brignac cult position. His newly hired hand is in love with the waitress at the club house. But, more important to him, the golfer he thought would play for his club was recruited by his cocky and arrogant opponent and the huge bet he foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost. Another great farce by Ken Ludwig!Rehearsals Begin: March 9th Performances: May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17 (M), 21, 22, 23Open AuditionsSeptember 20th and 21st Dance/Vocal Auditions at 9 AM Script Reading Auditions at 12:30 PM www.Keys InfoNet.com LivingFresh take on piatasMake your own as celebration occasions nearBy KATHERINE ROTHAssociated PressCRAFTS Photo courtesy ASSOCIATED PRESSConfettisystem transforms simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that are filled with hand-cut confetti. Theres a hinged door for you to add additional treats/favors to a piata, too.2 from Marathon, 3 at Coral ShoresOUR SCHOOLSFive students named scholar semifinalistsKeynoter Staff
KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 4B Saturday, September 13, 2014 Regal Cinemas Searstown, Key West, 294-0000 All shows that start before 4 p.m. play only on weekends. Mayhem: Mayweather vs Maidana (PG-13): 7:30 p.m. Dolphin Tale 2(PG): 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 and 9:55 p.m. If I Stay (PG-13): 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (R): 4:30 and 10:30 (3D) p.m. The Giver(PG-13): 1:30 and 7:25 p.m. Lets Be Cops(PG-13): 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 and 10:40 Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13): 1:10 (3D), 4:10, 7:10 (3D) and 10:10 p.m. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13): 1:20, 4:20 (3D) 7:20 and 10:20 p.m. (3D) Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St., Key West, 295-9493 November Man (R): 1:45, 4:00, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Land Ho! (R): 1:30 and 6:25 p.m. Trip to Italy (NR): 2:00, 4:20, 6:40 and 8:55 p.m. Last of Robin Hood(PG-13): 2:15 and 6:20 p.m. Hundred-foot Journey (PG): 3:45 and 8:30 p.m. Lucy (R): 4:10 and 8:35 p.m. Marathon Community Cinema 5101 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 743-0288 Hundred-foot Journey (PG):Weekdays: 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 2:00, 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.Tavernier Towne Cinema Tavernier Mall, Tavernier, 853-7003 All shows that start after 9 p.m. play only on weekends. Dolphin Tale 2(PG): 1:25, 4:05, 6:50 and 9:25 p.m. If I Stay (PG-13): 1:35, 4:10, 6:55 and 9:30 p.m. The Expendables 3(PG-13):4:05 and 4:05 p.m. Lets Be Cops (R): 7:05 and 9:35 p.m. Hundred-foot Journey (PG): 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:35 p.m.Keys Movie Times 91298 Overseas Hwy, Tavernierbbtheatres.comSHOWTIMES FOR FRI. 9/12 WED. 9/17Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) 1:25; 4:05; 6:50; 9:25 If I Stay (PG13) 1:35; 4:10; 6:55; 9:30 The Expendables 3 (PG13) 1:10; 4:05Lets Be Cops (R) 7:05; 9:35* The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG)1:15; 4:00; 6:45; 9:35 **Fri. and Sat. only September 23 28, 2014 For a full schedule of events please visitKeysBirdingFest.org Hawk Watch Wildlife Fair Wildlife Photography Lessons Guided Ecotours Happy Hour Evening SessionsKeynote Speaker: Jeff BoutonWitness our Spectacular Fall Migration! Big Pine & Lower KeysISLAND ART FESTIVALSaturday, November 29, 2014 NEW TIMES: 8 am to 2 pmFREE ADMISSIONArts & Crafts Food & Beverages 31020 Overseas Hwy Big Pine Key MM31www.lowerkeyschamber.com Vendor Opportunities Available SAVE THE DATE U.S. 1 roars with bikes Thousands of motorcyclists from throughout the United States return to the Keys Sept. 18 to 21 for the 42nd annual Phil Petersons Key West Poker Run. Some 10,000 bikes mostly Harleys are expected to traverse U.S. 1, starting in Miami and ending up in Key West. Bikers can register now at Petersons HarleyDavidson of Miami, 19400 NW 2nd Ave., and Petersons HarleyDavidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway. Online registration is accepted atwww.petersonsharley .com.Upon registering, each participant receives a poker sheet and weekend parking band. Drivers of cars and trucks also can participate in the run. Starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 18, Poker Run participants are to ride Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, stopping at designated points to draw cards. Entrants who draw the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold Em, competing for a new Harley-Davidson 500 Street motorcycle or $6,000 cash. The highstakes round is set for 11 p.m. Sept. 20 at the World of Beer, 511 Greene St. A section of Lower Duval and Greene streets is to be closed to car traffic and open only to motorcycles and pedestrians during much of the Poker Run, so bikers with weekend parking passes can park on the street to display their bikes. Other attractions include a Duval Crawl and bar stroll, bike merchandise market, street party, custom bike show, tattoo contest, blessing of the bikes and parties at Key West resorts and watering holes.The Poker Run is a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute and charities of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club.Annual run takes over road next weekendKEY WEST POKER RUNThousands of Poker Runners clog U.S. 1 as they head to Key West for most of the events. BRIEFSTheater auditions for new seasonThe Marathon Community Theatre has scheduled auditions for its 2014-15 season for Sept. 20 and 21 at the theater, 5101 Overseas Highway (around mile marker 49.8 oceanside). People of all stripes younger, older, larger, small are needed. Dance and vocal auditions start at 9 a.m. and reading auditions begin at 12:30 p.m. Audition packages and casting details can be found at www.marathon theater.org.Call Mark Jainchell for specifics at 743-0994.Festival benefits hospitality workersSinging Iguana Productions has planned its fourth annual Key West Musicians Festival for 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at the Smokin Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St. Tom Luna and Will Thompson serve as hosts. Fest showcases local musicians, singers and songwriters and helps support the Sister Season Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps locals in tourist-related industries in Key West with their rent and utilities when they fall on hard times through no fault of their own. Musicians set to perform include Bill Blue, Larry Baeder, Nick Norman, Caffeine Carl & the Buzz, Jeff Clark & the Key Lime Pirates, John Williams, Rick Fusco and Gregg Shanle. Admission is free. MM 82 305-664-4335 48 PM HAPPY HOUR 1/2 PRICE APPETIZERSCouples Welcome Private Table Dances Full Liquor & Menu till 4 AMTotal Nudity, Distinctive and Tasteful
Saturday, September 13, 2014 5B Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVYXYZ<>1234567890,./-=_+: CONTINUED IN NEXT COLUMN CONTINUED IN NEXT COLUMNAd # 1191445 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, AMY HEAVILIN, Clerk Ad-Interim clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 22nd day of September 2014, at 11 oclock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale and sell to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: UNIT #4, DUNCAN CREST CONDOMINIUM, ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 2082, PAGE 293, ET SEQ. AND ANY AMENDMENTS THERETO, PUBLIC RECORDS OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND TOGETHER WITH 12% OF THE COMMON ELEMENTS APPURTENANT THERETO. Pursuant to ORDER ON PLAINTIFFS MOTION TO CANCEL AND RESCHEDULE FORECLOSURE SALE SET FOR AUGUST 18, 2014 entered in a case pending in said Court, the Style of which is: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF LXS 2007-7N, PLAINTIFF, VS. SHIRREL RHOADES, ET AL. DEFENDANT. And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2010-CA-000264-K. WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 29th day of July, 2014. Amy Heavilin Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida (Circuit Court Seal) By: Shonta McLeod 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 sixty (60) days after the sale. Published September 6, 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter A d# 1250445 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 25TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER 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 vessel situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: "Unit 202, Week 03 of Hawks Nest Condominium Inc., a Condominium, according to the Declaration thereof, recorded in Official Records Book 595, Page 351, of the Public Records of Monroe County, Florida". Pursuant to the DEFAULT FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE entered in a case in said Court, the style of which is: HAWKS NEST CONDOMINIUM INC., a Florida not for profit Corporation, Plaintiff VS. Sergio Gonzales; Deborha Gonzales; William Husband; Joyce Husband; Linda Kettell; Britta Kolar; Richard Petterssen; Blanche Petterssen; Robert Plaxton; Gary Dublin; Edward Roby; Kristine Roby; Cynthia Volz Defendants. A nd the Docket Number of which is Number 13-CA-000022-M.. WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 21st day of August 2014. A MY HEAVILIN Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida BY: Tammy L. Marciel 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 September 6, 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1257807 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Case No. CAK111013 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2005-69, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-69, PLAINTIFF, VS. ROGER W. MILLS, ET AL. DEFENDANT(S). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 2, 2014, in the above action; I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Monroe, Florida, on September 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM, at courthouse steps 500 Whitehead St., Key West, FL 33040 for the following described property: A parcel of land in a part of Government Lot 1, Section 29, Township 66 South, Range 28 East, on Cudjoe Key, Monroe County, Florida, and being more particularly described by metes and bounds as follows: Commencing at the Intersection of the East line of Government Lot 1, and the Northerly right-of-way line of Old State Road 4A, bear South 72 degrees and 20 minutes West along the said Northerly rightof-way line of Old State Road 4A, bear South 72 degrees, 20 minutes West, 68 feet; thence bear North 16 degrees 01 minutes West, 99.1 feet; thence bear North 72 degrees, 20 minutes East 96.93 feet; thence bear South 104.81 feet back to the Point of Beginning. 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 sixty (60) days after the sale. The Court, in its discretion, may enlarge the time of the sale. Notice of the changed time of sale shall be published as provided herein. DATED: August 1, 2014 By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk of the Court Prepared by: Gladstone Law Group, P.A. 1499 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33486 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, your are entitled, at no cost to you, the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Cheryl Alfonso, ADA Coordinator for Monroe County at 305-292-3423, 302 Fleming Street, Key West, FL 33040 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Published September 6, 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1267273 NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on October 21, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: MARATHON COURTHOUSE SEWER IMPROVEMENTS MARATHON, MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from DemandStar by Onvia at www.demandstar.com OR www.monroecountybids.com or call toll-free at 1-800-7111712. The Public Record is available at the Monroe County Purchasing Office located at The Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Room 2-213, Key West, Florida. All Responses must be sealed and must be submitted to the Monroe County Purchasing Office. Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1268850 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE ANCHOR TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 09/26/2014, 08:00 am at 189 US HIGHWAY 1 KEY WEST, FL 33040-5476, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. ANCHOR TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1FAFP3432YW279199 2000 FORD 1ZVFT82H965259355 2006 FORD 2HKYF186X6H540046 2006 HONDA RFTJV50AOBL800387 2001 CPIU Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1268973 COMPETITIVE SOLICITATION /BID OPENING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS THAT the Monroe County School District will be receiving bids for the following: RFP 2014547 GERALD ADAMS SCHOOL SEWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS BID OPENING -October 14, 2014 10:00 AM, MCSD Administration Bldg, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL 33040 Bid Documents may be requested from Demandstar by calling 1-800-711-1712 or by going to the website www.demandstar.com or by going to www.KeysSchools.com/rfp. The public record document is available at the Purchasing Department, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL 33040. All bids must be received on or before dates specified in the bid documents. The Monroe County School District reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to accept or reject any and all bids and to wave informalities or irregularities when it is in the best interest of the Board to do so. Please contact Suanne Lee, Purchasing Supervisor, with any questions regarding this bid. Suanne.Lee@KeysSchools.co m or (305) 293-1400 Ext 53360. Published September 13, 17, 20, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter A d# 1270917 MONROE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS DAC I will meet on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Key West Westin Resort DAC II will meet on Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce in Bi g Pine Ke y gy DAC III will meet on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Marathon Government Center. DAC IV will meet on Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle in Islamorada. DAC V will meet on Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Key Largo Marriott Resort. A ll DAC meetings are open to the public. A DA ASSISTANCE: If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in these proceedings, please contact the County Administrators Office, by phoning (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call "711". Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1270969 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN that on September 29, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Marathon BOCC Room, 2798 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 50, Marathon, FL 33050 a meeting will be held of the SELECTION COMMITTEE for the project of YARD WASTE PROCESSING MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA The selection committee will evaluate the proposals received in response to the Request for Competitive Solicitations issued for the above-named project. The evaluation and recommendation of the selection committee are to be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners. Persons interested in this issue are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Rhonda Haag, Monroe County Sustainability Project Manager, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037 by phoning (305) 453-8774 or (305) 395-9928 or via email to haag-rhonda@MonroeCountyFl.gov. ADA ASSISTANCE: If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, please contact the County Administrators Office, by phoning (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call "711". Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, notice is given that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such hearings or meetings, he will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Dated at Key West, Florida this 9th day of September, 2014. AMY HEAVILIN, Clerk of the Circuit Court and ex officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1271096 LOST/ABANDONED PROPERTY NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took custody of a 18 foot Saturn inflatable vessel with a 25 horsepower TOHATSU outboard engine. The vessel is not displaying a vessel registration number but does display the HIN number of VEJ02510J314. Along with the vessel there was also a satellite phone marked with the number: 870776307865. The vessel was found lost/abandoned on 7/5/14, bayside, near the Marathon Coast Guard Station on state waters in Monroe County. Pursuant to Florida Statute 705, the property will be disposed of unless a claim by the rightful owner or the lien holder is received by October 3, 2014. Send claims in writing to:FWC, Division of Law Enforcement, 2796 Overseas Highway, Suite 100, Marathon, FL 33050. Attention: Officer Andy Cox, FWC-14-OFF-5947. Published September 13, 20, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1271134 LOST/ABANDONED PROPERTY NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took custody of a 12 foot, 2 person, sit-on-top kayak with paddle. The vessel was found lost/abandoned on 8/10/14, near Chanel 5 bridge on state waters in Monroe County. Pursuant to Florida Statute 705, the property will be disposed of unless a claim by the rightful owner or the lien holder is received by November 8, 2014. Send claims in writing to:FWC, Division of Law Enforcement, 2796 Overseas Highway, Suite 100, Marathon, FL 33050. Attention: Officer Doug Krieger, FWC-14-OFF-7327. Published September 13, 20, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1271374 DISTRICT II ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DAC II) (From the City Limits of Key West to the West End of the Seven Mile Bridge) of the MONROE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL has an opening for an "At Large" representative Any resident who is not directly involved in a tourism business and who shall represent the general public and shall live or work within the tax collection district for which they are applying (The operative word within this description is directly This word means someone who is not in business, nor whose business or economic activity are dependent upon tourists) Any person wishing to participate on the District II Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council within the district so noted above, may request an application from the Administrative Office by calling (305) 296-1552 and submit an application to the address shown below: Department DAC Monroe County Tourist Development Council 1201 White Street, Suite 102 Key West, FL 33040 Fax #: (305) 296-0788 Deadline for receipt of application at the above address is Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. A resume may be attached to the application. Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1271444 DISTRICT III ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DAC III) (From the West End of the Seven Mile Bridge to the Long Key Bridge) of the MONROE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Has an opening for an "At Large" representative Any resident who is not directly involved in a tourism business and who shall represent the general public and shall live or work within the tax collection district for which they are applying (The operative word within this description is directly This word means someone who is not in business, nor whose business or economic activity are dependent upon tourists) Any person wishing to participate on the District III Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council within the district so noted above, may request an application from the Administrative Office by calling (305) 296-1552. All applications should be submitted to the address shown below: Department DAC Monroe County Tourist Development Council 1201 White Street, Suite 102 Key West, FL 33040 Fax #: (305) 296-0788 Deadline for receipt of application at the above address is Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. A resume may be attached to the application. Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter Ad# 1274549 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Lower Keys Marine Canvas located at 456 Bayshore Dr. in the County of Monroe in the City of Ramrod Key, Florida 33042 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Sutton Industries, LLC Published September 13, 2014 Florida Keys Keynoter SAILFORHALFPRICE!!! Septemberislocalsmonth. CallingallMonroeCounty people.DangerChartersin KeyWestisoffering50%offall trips.Wehavesnorkeling, kayakingandsailingtripsand ourwonderfulnightlywine tastingsunsetsail.Comeand relaxonthewaterwithus.You deserveit.MusthavelocalID andcalldirecttomakea reservation.305-304-7999 www.dangercharters.comGoldendoodle Miniature pups, health cert., 1st shots, CKC registered. $2200. 239-560-6525 LOST YOUR PET? OR FOUND A PET? CALL US TO PLACE A FREE AD THE KEYNOTER 305-743-555119NBlackwaterLn.,Key LargoSaturday8AM-3PM MultifamilygaragesaleSep 13.Misc.boatingitems, fishingitems,furnitureand misc. keys infonet.com WOW LOOK !!! All ads posted online at:keys Infonet.com
KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 6B Saturday, September 13, 2014 The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551MARATHON Moving Sale Sat & Sun, 8AM. 320 85th St, O. Everything must go! MOVINGSALE InsideinAC;RainorShine 7am-3pm Sept.13,14,19,20 131RivieraDriveMoving sale Sat 9/13, 8:30-12 Hsehold items; Furn: king BR set; living rm set, coffee table, 2 end tables, sofa table; entertainment center; dining rm set with bakers rack. 797 106th St Ocean, Mthn. 305-743-4610MOVING SALE: King BR set; living room set, coffee table, 2 end tables, sofa table; entertainment center; dining room set with bakers rack; household items. 305-743-4610PRIVATE COLLECTOR WANTS Rolex Dive watches and Pilot Watches. Old model Military clocks & watches. Call 305-743-4578. UniqueCountryHome Peaceful,private5acremini ranchnearLiveOak,Fl. Comfortablewoodframe home.2BR,11/2Bath,with newappliances.Workshop, screenroom,barnandmuch more.Fencedandxfenced. Livethegoodlifewherethe wildthingsare.Deer,rabbits, turkeys,andendangered gophertortoises.Beautiful andnaturalsetting.$125,000 386-362-2039 email@example.comPARK MODEL TRAILER in Marathon. Sleeps 4, on water. Handicapped acces., tiki bar.Lot rent $7750/yr; mobile home $45,000. 973-670-5416 or 414-217-8393 1.25acresRedlands Home Site,Considerpartialtradefor Contender/Seavee/ WhitewaterCCboats20052015,Yamaha,orDryDock/ DeededSlipKeysupto$150K value.orOWNERFINANCE, 33%down,5years,6-10% 305-246-3483 firstname.lastname@example.org BR / 2 BA UPSTAIRS 1/1 Mother-in-law suite down. Key Largo 12 Orange Dr. Fenced yard. $2450 / mo. F/L/S. Call (305) 393-2271IslamoradaMM873/2 bayside largemaster bedroomandkitchen, homeownersparkwithpool, impactwindows.available October1st.$2,email@example.comMarathon 3/2 Waterfront, dockage. Furn, utils & WiFi incl. $2,900/mo. FLS.743-2031 manatee@manateehavens. com; manateehavens.com 1/2duplexforrent recently remodeled1/2duplex.All appliances.108035thAve Gulf.ContactDianneat305743-7072forinformation.First/ Last/Security/$1,200305-7437072 firstname.lastname@example.orgMARATHON WATERFRONT Furnished, 2br, 2 ba, dock, pool, W/D, month to month. $2400 + elect & deposit. 305-900-0113. Available now!Key Largo Landings of Largo, MM 98.2/2 condo, furnished or unfurnished. 2 pools, marina, boat ramp, tennis courts, large carport. $1500/mo incl cable. Avail Oct. 954-214-1751Winterorweeklyrental NewlyrenovatedinBonefish YachtClub,2bed/2.5bath. Vacationrental,weeklyor monthly.Additionalinfoat www.vrbo.com/600297.615812-0640, email@example.comRV LOTS FOR RENT in MARATHON Adult Park. 305-743-6519 UpscaleCondo Roomin upscalecondoMM104.4-all amenitiesincluded.Working professionaloutoftownalot. $250perweek.305-896-4500 firstname.lastname@example.orgKey Largo MM 106 Huge 2000sf 2/2 apt., dock, canal front w/Ocean view! Beautifully furn. Lrg BRs walk in closets balcony & cvrd prkg $2200 mo inc dock/SatTV. 305-304-7348MARATHON Small efficiency for 1 person. $790/month. Includes all utilities. Available now. 305-481-4301 MM 86, VEN. SHORES Beautiful waterfront home to share 1BR at $1,200 or private d/s apt $1,800. Avail monthly. 703-979-7000Wanttorentlongterm Iama retiredlady,photoanddesign, lookingforaffordableaptor maidsquarterorguesttype homeforrent,abottom apartmentunderavacation home.Willworkforreduced rent.Ihavefurnituresoitdoes notneedtobefurnished.Ilove tofishsoneartowaterwould beideal.Ihave2verysmall wellbehaved,traineddogs, yorkies.(eventhoughyorkies donotconsiderthemselves dogs)Icanalsodochoresfor reducedrent.Ilovechildren, pets,golf,swimmingandama mastergardener.Ican supervisecontractorsifneed be.Icankeepaplacelooking likeitbelongsinsouthern living.Iamquietandkeepto myselfmostofthetimesoI wouldnotbeaburden.Letme knowifyouhaveaspacethat youwouldliketomakesome moneyon.Ipromiseyouwould getaveryreliabletenantand watchfuleyeonthe surroundings.$0361-8166100 email@example.comCLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE, MARATHON Call Freds Beds, 305-743-7277 HEART OF MARATHON Retail or Office.1000 sq ft. Next to Publix, the new Walgreens and marina. 561-743-3745 Office / storage 450 ft 300 Atlantic Dr. Key Largo (305) 522-6598CARPENTER & PAINTERS w/tools & vehicle. Marathon & Lower Keys 731-8872 keysinfonet.com RAINBARRELARTISANVILLAGE Gallery&RetailSpaceforRentM.M.86.7305.992.0330 NewTropicalWicker BedroomandLivingRoomDinettes,Futons,Recliners SimmonsBeautyrest www.fredsbeds.com FRED'SBEDS100sofBedsFactoryDirecttoYouMarathonMM53.5743-7277 BigCoppittMM9.5295-8430FREEDELIVERY POSITIONSAVAILABLE AT: TheGuidance/CareCenter,Inc. Behavio ralH e a l thTherapist-M arathon# 187 Providingindividualandgroupcounselingformental healthandsubstanceabuseclientsatMarathonOffice. FloridaLicenseRequired:LCSW,LMHCorLMFT.Bi-lingualpreferred.Fulltime.C l ientAd v o cateKeyWest # 7 4 6 Assistsindividualwithmentalillnessinaccessing communityservices.FrontOfficeHSDiploma/GED Required.Bilingual,SpanishSpeakingPreferred.CaseM anag e r KeyWest #711& Key Lar g o #767 Coordinatingandprovidingservicestoadultclients inKeyWest.BachelorsdegreeinaHumanService Fieldand1yearexperienceworkingwithpopulation required.Bilingualpreferred.Fulltime.S p e c i a l izedCareC o o rdinator 1 i n KeyWest&1 i n K e y L a r g o # 7 4 2 Coordinatesallservicesforclientsinprogramincludingreferral,linkageandcasemanagement.Flexibility andowntransportationamust.Bachelorsdegreeina HumanServiceFieldand1yearexperienceworking withaddictionand/orchildwelfarerequired.Fulltime.Famil ySu p p o rtPeerM entor 1 inKeyWes tand1 inKeyLar g o # 7 4 5 Assistsindividualswithsubstanceabuseand/ormentalhealthproblemsindevelopingtheskillsandcompetenciesneededtosuccessfullybuildapersonalsupportnetwork.Providerecovery,clienteducationclient interventionandclientadvocacy.HSDiploma/GED required.Atleast1yearofsustainedrecoveryfrom addictionandhavehadpriorinvolvementwithchild welfare.FloridaCPRSpreferred.Fulltime.Driv e r # 7 5 5 Driveandmaintainvanfortransportationofclients. CDLw/PEndorsementAllapplicantsmustsubmit:1)resume;2)threereferences; 3)undergobackground,fingerprint,anddrugscreeningprior toanyofferofemployment.Applyonline@http://careers.westcare.com firstname.lastname@example.org EEOC/DFWPFormerapplicantsneednotreapply
Saturday, September 13, 2014 7B Keynoter KeysInfoNet.com The Keynoter Classifieds 305-743-5551 HelpWanted UpperKeys ConstructionCo.Lookingfor experienced/skilledForm CarpentersandLaborers. MUSThaveD.L.,toolsand reliableTransportation.Pay basedonexperience.Callfor appt.305-852-8953Monroe County BOCC Employment Opportunities Visit www.monroecounty-fl.gov (305) 292-4557 E.O.E. Drug free workplace; Vet Pref Avail. FISHING MATE / GROUNDSKEEPER F/T Position. $500 $600 wkly. Contact Richard (561) 329-1071 or email to: email@example.com LABORER NEEDED at Florida Fence Corp. Experience a plus, will train if no experience. Need valid DL. Good starting pay. Contact (305) 852-4324 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention to Luis. Marathon Garbage Service is seeking truck helpers. $9.50 per hour. Apply in person to 4290 Overseas Hwy, Marathon NEED RELIABLE appliance delivery & installation / service tech. trainee. Clean driving record a must! Call (305) 664-3662. Front Desk Reservations Associate F/P with management potential for Key Largo Dive Resort, clean cut, non smoker, some nights and weekends send resume to: email@example.com.HOUSEKEEPERS for small family resort in Marathon 15-30 hrs per wk. Must be able to work weekends. Bilingual a plus. Call Renee at 305-433-1255 for more info.The Monroe County Attorneys Office has an opening for a paralegal to work with the attorneys assigned to represent the Growth Management Division in Marathon, ATAT021 $44,117.53 $68,382. 18 / 40 H.P.W. Position reuires a High School diploma or G.E.D plus one year of business college. Paralegal degree or certification preferred. 5 7 years Exp. As a paralegal or legal assistant; paralegal degree or certification along with 2 years other but related experience may be substituted. Applications available at www.monroecounty-fl.gov or call John Lewinski @ 305-292-4557. Deadline-open until filled. firstname.lastname@example.org EXPERIENCED HELP ONLY Breakfast Cook Prep Cook, Line Cook Host/Hostess Waitstaff Bartender Bus Person Apply in person: Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, 7 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon. SERVERS, DISHWASHER & COOK NEEDED Apply in person BRUTUS SEAFOOD 6950 O/S Hwy, Marathon Servers with experience Now hiring, part & full time. Apply in person to: KEY COLONY INN 700 W. Ocean Drive, KCB. Experienced HVACR Tech F/T. Pay according to experience, benefits. Call Artic-Temp, Marathon, 305-743-5288 Experiencedplumber Apply inpersonat107005thAve Gulf.Musthavecleandrivers license.Drugfreeworkplace. 305-743-7072 email@example.comP/T Maintenance Person, EXPERIENCED, for condos in Key Colony Beach. Please apply to 1121 W. Ocean Dr, Key Colony Beach, 33051; or firstname.lastname@example.org 18 HEWES Bonefisher 2000 115hp Yamaha 4 stroke<500 hrs w/trailer. $10,000 OBO. 561-504-5984 29DieselPhoenix 1978 PhoenixSFTMD40s.Needs Cosmetics,Mechanically sound. Tonsofspareparts.Mustsell. Moving$11,000305-451-0200 email@example.comCarolina Skiff Specialists All sizes & models: Sea Fox, Bennington pontoons & Blue Wave. Call Ft. Myers for West Coast pricing! 800-955-7543 250HPYamahaOutboards Pairof2001250HPOX66with 850hrs.Excellentrunning, wellmaintainedand compressionchecked. Completewithrigging,gauges (includingfuelmanagement), andpairof6gallonremoteoil tanks.$10,000727-463-3164 firstname.lastname@example.orgBoat slip for rent $200/mo. Up to 30. Can accommodate up to 40 catamarans, etc. No liveaboards. Water & electric incl. MM 99. (305) 942-3055Live Aboard Dock For Rent. Marathon Call 305-743-6519 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! 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KeysInfoNet.com Keynoter 8B Saturday, September 13, 2014 Your Florida Keys Center Console Headquarters! All the best Center Console models from Jupiter, Pursuit, and Grady-White in stock Expect the Best! BOAT SALES AND MARINA BOAT SALES AND MARINACaribee CaribeeVisit us: Mile Marker 81.5 Bayside Islamorada, FL 33036 | 305.664.3431www.caribeeboats.com Quick Fact:Max explained he wanted to beat his personal-best biggest fish record, a carp. Alex also wanted to best his biggest fish, a catfish. When he called, I barely understood what he was saying except for the words fishing and tomorrow. His name is Maxim Deryuga and hes from a small country near Russia called Belarus. Maxim and his friend Alex Komcski were on vacation in Key West and were walking the dock at the A&B Marina. They noticed the sign on our charter vessel, the Premium Time, advertising two available split charter seats for the next morning. After some verbal stumbles, we were able to secure his booking. In Key West, we have had a big influx of travelers from Eastern Europe who speak limited English, so trying to communicate with our foreign anglers has become an issue. At first, we would talk louder and slower, thinking it would help. We later realized that pointing and naming is more effective. Eventually our anglers were able to understand what we were saying and were able to communicate to us what they wanted for their fishing experience. After Maxim and Alex arrived at the dock the next morning, Max explained he wanted to beat his personal-best biggest fish record, a carp. I had to laugh and was able to make him understand that he was the first angler I ever had with that request. Alex also wanted to best his biggest fish, a catfish. That, too, was a new one for me. Fishing a wreck would fit the bill perfectly. The combination of strip baits on chicken rigs and vertical jigging has been the best plan for our recent success when fishing any one of the many wrecks in Key West and the Lower Keys. Maxim and Alex couldnt have been more different in fishing styles. Alex was chosen to work the natural baits and Maxim was on the jig.The first drift was met by two full-sized amberjacks eating the baits and exposing each of our anglers experience on the rods. Maxim forged ahead with his educated rod-handling and fishing stance while Alex kept flipping the rod upside down while reeling backward.In the heat of a big-fish battle, ears go closed, especially when the language barrier is in play. Alex had a steel concentration level that was difficult to pierce. Finally, we were able to help him correct his fishing technique and get comfortable while Maxim skillfully worked his fish to the transom. The plan was coming together.Max yelled out a foreign word at the top of his lungs as he celebrated his amberjack landing. The jack finally came into sight and Alex just quietly shook as his fish was exposed. This was a moment that would live on forever in their stories told to whomever will listen back home the day they both caught the biggest fish of their lives in Key West.And we will always tell the story of how the FishMonster crew shattered our Belarus anglers biggest catfish and carp records on a single drift over a wreck off Key West. Capt. Marlin Scott owns FishMonster Charters in Key West.Belarus pair far exceed carp, catfishMarlin Scott On TheWaterBreaking through barriers in language and fishingMaxim Deryuga (above) shows the amberjack that beat the size of his largest carp. Alex Komcski and Maxim Deryuga from Belarus chill on the deck of the Premium Time. Buffalo man wins S.L.A.M. tournamentFive bonefish, four tarpon and two permit releases were the winning combination for Jim Bokor Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., who took grand-champion honors at the Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Fishing Tournament that ended Sept. 7 in Key West.Fishing with Upper Keys guide Jared Raskob, Bokor and teammate Ron Kucinski also were named team grand champions. Kucinski contributed a tarpon, bonefish and permit to the tally. Bokor credited the win in part to the solid understanding he and Raskob share on the water. I dont second-guess him; I just throw, said Bokor. Thats how I caught my second permit.Permit, required to score the three-species slam needed for the win, proved particularly elusive for the team.Permit were tough ones the one we thought was going to be the easiest was the hardest, Bokor said. We saw them, but they had some bad attitudes. The runner-up grand champion was Jeff Parrish of Buffalo, who released six tarpon, one permit and one bonefish fishing with Capt. Chris Jones of Islamorada. The runner-up team consisted of tournament veterans Joe Viar and Bonnie Christ, both of Alexandria, Va. Fishing with Islamorada Capt. Dave Denkert, the duo caught eight bonefish, a tarpon and a permit. Viar was honored for releasing the most bonefish with five, while Christ released the largest bonefish. Loren Rea of Sugarloaf Key was named the top female angler and fly division champion after releasing three tarpon on fly. Former NASA astronaut Bruce Melnick earned the celebrity grand-champion title. The S.L.A.M. drew 15 boats whose anglers released 24 bonefish, 24 tarpon and 10 permit. The tournament is part of an annual Keys trilogy of Redbone challenges that raises money for cystic fibrosis treatment and research. Organizer Gary Ellis estimated that the 2014 S.L.A.M. and associated auction raised more than $30,000. The trilogy continues with the Baybone Celebrity Tournament Oct. 10 to 12 in Key Largo and the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Nov. 7 to 9 in Islamorada.KEY WESTAnglers released 24 bonefish, 24 tarpon and 10 permit.