County Commissioners Ask Marine Resources To Pursue Adding 100 Moorings Near Wisteria Island off Key West
After looking at several alternative locations, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners directed Monroe County Marine Resources to pursue permitting 100 moorings near the Wisteria Key area off the island of Key West.
A Preliminary Feasibility Study explored potential mooring field sites within one mile of the Key West Bight City Dock, which is required to make Florida Statute 327.4108 effective. The statute designates Monroe County as an anchoring limitation area.
Data used for choosing the area included preliminary benthic and bathymetric data, existing shoreside services, and coordination meetings with the City of Key West, Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Permitting will be required from the state and federal agencies before moving forward.
“The City of Key West has been an excellent partner, and we look forward to further coordination,” said Marine Resources Senior Administrator Brittany Burtner. “The shoreside and upland services they operate meet mooring field permitting requirements, including existing dinghy dockage and shower facilities that could use additional upgrades to make the facility more user-friendly.”
Advanced Urgent Care is pleased to announce the launch of the only dedicated Occupational Health Program
Advanced Urgent Care is pleased to announce the launch of the only dedicated Occupational Health Program in the Florida Keys. This program has been carefully crafted to meet the unique workforce health needs of our partners from Key Largo to Key West. From post-offer physicals to employee drug screening – we have you covered every step of the way.
Occupational Health Program
Please join us by following the link to learn more about this exciting program and how we can work for you.
The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) invites all to its eighth annual Community Day on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Key West Campus. The free, family-friendly event will feature a full slate of attractions—including CFK academic showcases, interactive exhibits, live performances, a bounce house and other children's activities, arts and crafts, vendors, music, food and drinks, and free T-shirts. As tradition, CFK President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra will lead a salute to veterans and military service members.
CFK’s Community Day is supported by sponsors Waste Management, Thornton Construction, Centennial Bank, Lisa Ferringo Group- Coldwell Bank Schmitt Real Estate, Essential Net, First Horizon Bank, Florida Keys Media, the Keys Citizen, and the Key West Weekly. For more information about Community Day, call CFK at 305-296-9081.
The City of Key West is asking the community to help us alleviate recent flooding. As our contractors work across the island clearing drains, the community can help. City Commissioners, at this week’s meeting, urged residents to sweep up the leaves and small bits left after debris pickup.
Storm debris, coupled with a season of serious high tides and rain, have hindered the clearing of our storm drains. Some have had to be cleaned several times. Working together we can get back to clean streets more quickly.
Radio One Key West, led by hall of fame broadcaster Buddy Shula, launched Tues Oct 18th at 3pm. “The all-new 93.7 WKEY-FM, Mellow Rock designed for Key West, Fla will become is now going to be the go-to media outlet for music, weather, and trusted news. Being a part-time Key West resident, I have studied the vibe of the city very carefully, and this is a format that will give listeners, advertisers, and tourists a truly unique local listening experience.” says Shula
“I really respect the other heritage radio stations in Key West, they deserve a lot of credit, but the new 93.7 WKEY will be much different from those stations. The goal of Key 93 will be to add to what these stations have been doing for years, only better” Local is vital. There are plenty of ways people can get information, but many of them, like Sirius XM, cannot be local, so WKEY will be heavily focused on all things Key West. We will be Key West’s Very Own” Shula laments
Listen on 93.7 FM, wkey937.com, download the free mobile app, and very soon WKEY will be on all voice-activated platforms. WKEY will continue to update what was launched Oct 18, with local air personalities and some other strategic alliances with other news and information outlets.
Monroe County Tax Collector Sam Steele presented $5.4 million in excess fees at the Wednesday Board of County Commissioners meeting. The total amount of the certified tax roll for 2022 is $366.5 million for all taxing authorities, about $42 million more than last year. The tax collector presented $5.5 million in excess fees last year, a historic high.
Florida Statute states whenever a tax collector has money in excess, he or she shall distribute the surplus to each governmental unit in the same proportion as the fees paid by the governmental unit.
The fees in excess for Monroe County are used to offset the budget, benefiting taxpayers.
The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, Project Management, and the Sheriff’s Office broke ground today for the new dedicated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the west end of the Marathon airport with the help of Congressman Carlos Gimenez and Rep. Jim Mooney. The project was made possible with federal and state funding. Construction is tentatively scheduled for completion in spring 2024.
The project consolidates several existing organizations into a new state-of-the-art 28,321 square-foot, 220-mile wind-rated facility that will include:
The design is based on a 500-year storm and will include:
“Hurricane Irma showed us that this was a real need for Monroe County, a long time in the making,” said Monroe County Mayor David Rice.
To see the construction of the EOC in real-time on the site construction cameras, visit https://www.senserasystems.com/public/embed/3M8821448704 and https://www.senserasystems.com/public/embed/3M8826908703.
Monroe County Mayor David Rice and the Board of County Commissioners declared the week of Oct. 16-22 as National Friends of Libraries Week in Monroe County. The Friends of the Library organizations support each branch of the Monroe County Public Library System and raise money that enables the libraries to provide resources for additional programming, much-needed equipment, support for children's summer reading, and special events throughout the year.
"The Friends groups understand the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocate to ensure our libraries get the resources they need to provide a wide variety of services to all ages," said Rice.
The Friends volunteer their time for the community's betterment and often host book sales throughout the year. To learn more about the Friends groups, visit www.keyslibraries.org.
Monroe County Mayor David Rice and the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 21 as Be Like Mike Day in conjunction with United Way of Collier and the Keys’ project honoring the late “Mangrove” Mike Forster.
Forster was a dedicated citizen of the Keys, stepping up and helping the community from one end to the other during disasters. He was a former Islamorada council member and was a sitting county commissioner when he passed away.
Forster believed strongly in paying it forward, and United Way’s project focuses on performing random acts of kindness. Kicking off last Monday, the nonprofit encourages the community to give back to Keys kids, be kind to the ocean, help our furry friends, and thank veterans and law enforcement.
To end the week, “Be Like Mike Day” is this Friday, Oct. 21, and it was his birthday. The United Way and Monroe County encourage the community to “feed the Keys” by donating non-perishable food items to local food banks. Three local food banks include Burton Memorial in Tavernier, KAIR in Marathon, and Star of the Sea in Key West.
The famous Zombie Bike Ride is scheduled for Sunday, October 23rd. Motorists can expect it to affect traffic from East Martello Tower on South Roosevelt Blvd to the Amphitheater on Sunday evening. Although the ride has just a rolling street closure which follows the riders, motorists can expect some serious delays because thousands of cyclists will be participating.
The ride leaves East Martello at 6 p.m. and heads to the Key West Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. Key West International Airport will be accessible from the east end of South Roosevelt during this time.
There will be no bus service from 6-8 p.m. on South Roosevelt Blvd west of Oceanwalk Apartments. Bus service on South Street, Whitehead Street, and in Bahama Village will also be temporarily suspended during those hours as well.
Buses will provide service on Simonton Street and Flagler on that evening.
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