On Thursday, U.S. Senator Rick Scott, whose district includes the Florida Keys, hosted a press conference regarding the growing illegal immigration and border security crises impacting communities in South Florida. Before the press conference, Senator Scott received a briefing from U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson, Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations on the local response to the migrant crisis in the Florida Keys. Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem Holly Merrill Raschein and Director of Emergency Management Shannon Weiner also attended.
Senator Scott’s office says he will continue to meet with local, state, and federal leaders to find real solutions to securing the border and end this crisis impacting Floridians.
Today, Farmer Jeanne Selander received her Honorary Conch Certificate after 24 years in the Florida Keys from Mayor David Rice and the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners. Selander has overseen the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm at the Stock Island Detention Center for the past 17 years. The jailhouse farm is believed to be the only facility of its kind in the United States.
“I couldn’t think of someone more deserving of this award,” said Rice. Farmer Jeanne, working with inmates at the Stock Island facility, cares for more than 150 animals at the farm.
Susy Dehorta suggested Farmer Jeanne be honored with the award.
The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners and Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief Steve Hudson recognized Sheriff Rick Ramsay for his partnership over the past few years in helping to keep the community safe. In addition to Trauma Star, Hudson thanked him for allowing Monroe County Fire Rescue to share space at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Substation on Cudjoe Key before the new building was operational.
“His hospitality allowed us to serve Lower Keys residents with emergency services without missing a beat,” said Hudson. “We appreciate having a great partnership with him and all of his MCSO staff. Our collaboration helps keep the community safe and provides the quickest available services to our community members in an emergency.”
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