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Local boy finds his way home... Message from the Sheriff “Happy Holidays to the residents of Monroe County and to those of you who may be visiting us from near and far. It’s been a year since Hurricane Irma left many residents reeling. Last holiday season was a struggle as many folks didn’t even have a home to gather, but we pulled together and we helped one another. We offered our homes to those less fortunate. It continues to be a pleasure and an honor to serve as your Sheriff. I couldn’t be prouder as I watched how this community responded to the challenges of the last 12 months. I spend a great deal of my time driving up and down this county along U.S. 1 each day and I know there are still shadows of Irma in many areas of the Florida Keys. I know we’re not completely out of the tunnel, but I do believe we can see the light. I hope that light of positive change and progress continues to shine on all of you this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah!” Make this a happy holiday season — don’t drink & drive I have instructed Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies to be out in force for the month of December and into the New Year with the goal of making sure holiday travel is as safe as possible here in the Florida Keys. We will be concentrating our efforts on drunk drivers, improper passing and other unsafe driving practices throughout the upcoming season in an effort to save lives and make this holiday season a safe and enjoyable one for everyone. Designate a sober driver or take a cab home if you decide to drink. Remember: if you drink and drive and get caught, you will be spending the night in jail. We will be spending the holidays working in order to keep our community safe. As your Sheriff, I want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season. The Holiday Season is, unfortunately, a time when thieves target residents in myriad ways. As is often the case, most crimes are crimes of opportunity. That means simple precautions, such as locking vehicles and residences, are often the only difference from being unaffected by crime and being a victim. Please lock your doors! Here is a list of some other Holiday reminders: • As online mail-order services such as Amazon continue to grow in popularity, so do thieves who target packages left on porches and doors. You can combat this problem by asking neighbors to help keep watch or by mailing to a different location if you know you won’t be home at the delivered day. You can also request that packages require a signature to be delivered. Another option growing in popularity is the use of home surveillance cameras. These technologies continue to drop in price while their ease of use rises. You can link many of them now to your smartphone for real time monitoring. Install surveillance cameras and make sure they will capture the face of an intruder. • Don’t leave fishing and diving equipment unattended outside. It only takes a thief a minute — literally — to take it. • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied. • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. • If you are gone for an extended period, call your local Sheriff’s Office substation. Our deputies will keep an eye on your property while you are away.

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s the Charlie Brown song goes, “Christmas Time is Here.” Walking into stores or hopping into the car and popping on the radio, one can hear the musical Christmas classics like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Mele Kalikimaka” or “Blue Christmas,” to name a few. Then there are the ones that really get your attention with the desire to sing along: “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, “I’m Getting Nuttin’ For Christmas” and one of my favorites, “Dominick the Donkey.” As the holiday tunes fill the airwaves, the Weekly hit the town to ask:

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What Christmas tunes bring out the holiday spirit in you? Dennis Caltagirone says he can’t get enough of Christmas music. He loves it so much that he finds himself humming various tunes. “As I get older I get more nostalgic,” he said. “I really like the music from the ‘40s and ‘50s in particular. For me, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas.’”

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One of Francine Wagner’s favorites is an all-time Christmas classic. She even started to sing it. “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose.”

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While she didn’t note a particular song, Liz Lauer acknowledged that she likes everything that comes with the holiday season, including the music. “It’s a time of giving and we all feel connected, which is how we should feel all the time,” she said. “It’s more in the air this time of the year. The day after Christmas, though, look out.”

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othing’s going to be cheap about the work that “Lighthouse Larry” Herlth says is needed to restore and maintain an Islamorada treasure in Alligator Reef Lighthouse. Herlth, an advocate and artist who’s built lighthouse replicas, came before council on Nov. 29 to discuss his desire to acquire the lighthouse that’s located 4 nautical miles east of Indian Key, just north of Alligator Reef near the Matecumbe Keys. Built in 1973, it’s named after the U.S. Navy schooner Alligator, which was used to protect the Florida straits against pirates and slave ships. The ship went aground in 1822 and was blown up after removing as much as possible to prevent use by pirates. The U.S. Coast Guard, which controls lighthouses in the Keys, declared that Alligator Lighthouse wasn’t needed any more. Congress passed the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act in 2000 to establish a lighthouse preservation program. The General Services Administration, which preserves government buildings and manages real estate, is looking to give Alligator and four other lighthouses in the Keys to nonprofits or government agencies at no cost, so long as they agree to preserve the light’s historic features and make them accessible to the public. One of the big issues, however, is the millions of dollars it would take to improve the conditions of lighthouses like Alligator Light. Herlth said he’s been asked by many people what the cost would be to restore the lighthouse.

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“If I had $2 million for repair, you would virtually see hardly anything done on it,” Herlth said. “You’re looking at $4 million to $6 million minimum and $100,000 plus a year to maintain. It’s a daunting figure, but it’s part of our maritime history.” Herlth noted that the lighthouse took some damage to a platform and a walkway in Hurricane Irma. He said it’s getting to a point where something has to be done. “Thousands of people snorkel and spend time each year at Alligator Lighthouse, so it’s definitely a vital part to

this community,” Herlth said. “It’s our crest to the village.” Groups looking to obtain the lighthouse must submit plans and meet certain criteria. If they don’t, then it would go to an online bid. Of all lighthouses in the Keys, Herlth said, Alligator Light is in the best shape. While he’s interested in managing the lighthouse, he said he would back any nonprofit that’s working to do the same. “They will have me wholeheartedly,” he said.


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ears ago a long-time client of mine handed me a small gift-wrapped box before a backcountry trip. I opened it to find a pair of $350 titanium pliers. I gasped and said, “Why would I wear a pair of expensive pliers when a cheap pair would do the job?” He retorted that in his profession as a private banker he wore tailored suits by well-known designers not for his clients but because they lasted and he loved the feel and the fit. So with that in mind here is my short list of some fine holiday gifts for the angler on your gift-buying list. The fit, finish and overall feel of these items are why I suggest them. By the way, I still wear those pliers everyday and they do feel great there on my hip and they have never failed me.

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eys Weekly is going fishing with the addition of Capt. Matt Bellinger as contributing writer. Owner and operator of Bamboo Charters in Islamorada, Bellinger has been living in and fishing the Florida Keys waters since 1989. He first discovered the inviting waters of the Keys on Nov. 25, 1981 while scuba diving off Key Largo. For Bellinger, the fish life and laid-back style in the Keys had him from the get-go. Years passed and in 1989 he came down for a weekend and has since never returned home. Fishing with family was always as important as the actual fishing itself. His love of fishing, family and the Florida Keys environment is the driving force that influences his life and charter guide service.

To this end, he has a live fishing report that airs daily on three radio shows on two stations in the Florida Keys. Bellinger will show you the waters of the Florida Keys and the Everglades National Park on your next trip to south Florida. “The Weekly is excited to bring on the expertise and the energy that Capt. Bellinger brings,” said Jim McCarthy, Keys Weekly bureau chief. “Our readers will certainly enjoy reading his experiences and his knowledge.” — Weekly Staff report

Key Largo Rods have been crafted in the Florida Keys since 1978 by Rick Berry and are sold throughout the United States now. The fact that you can sit down with Rick in his shop and hand pick the components like the rod blank, guides, reel seat, handle and the custom color wraps is amazing! From kite rods to Bluewater conventional rods and everything in between, the Key Largo Rod shop has what you can dream up. Visit KeyLargoRods.com.

A rod without a reel is a stick without a purpose: Daiwa reels developed a second-generation reel with a pedigree that was earned on the decks of charter boats worldwide. The BG series of spinning reels have been the tool of choice for those who demand day-in, day-out performance in the harshest conditions, both from saltwater and the beat down that slammer dolphin and monster tarpon can produce. The new BG reels live up to expectations and go beyond every day on my boats; from sea trout to the blistering runs and sky high jumps of giant tarpon, they will meet and exceed the expectations of your angler. The Tackle Center of Islamorada offers great selection of Xtratuf boots. Take a look at the 6-inch Ankle Deck boot; it has quickly become the dance shoe of choice for the offshore and backcountry guys and gals. Wet feet are great on a beach but are a curse on a boat. From the non-skid sole to the tough exterior on the outside, to the all-day comfort of the foot bed, you and your feet will be impressed at the end of the day on the water. These boots come in colors for the lady angler on your list and the guy on your list will love the fact that they hold up under daily use and abuse. Capt. Matt Bellinger is owner and operator of Bamboo Charters in Islamorada. Bellinger has a live fishing report that he airs daily on three radio shows on two stations here in the Florida Keys.


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hildren and families came out in droves on the evening of Dec. 1 behind the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo for some holiday fun and the lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree. There was no shortage of activities at Light Up Key Largo as children had the opportunity to ice skate, decorate cookies, make crafts and listen to stories. Children also outlined their Christmas wishes and got a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Overall, turnout nearly doubled from the previous year. Twenty-five vendors participated in the event. — Weekly Staff report

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NEW COUNCIL BEGINS SANTE RECOGNIZED, GILLIS NEW MAYOR

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Islamorada village council members pose following the swearing-in ceremony. From left are Mike Forster, vice mayor; Deb Gillis, mayor, Monroe County Judge Sharon Hamilton, Cheryl Meads, Jim Mooney and Ken Davis. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

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slamorada village council entered its meeting on Nov. 29 with a slightly different feel, as outgoing Mayor Chris Sante left the dais to sit with public members. Monroe County Judge Sharon Hamilton swore in four returning council members in Deb Gillis, Jim Mooney, Mike Forster and Cheryl Meads, as well as new member Ken Davis. That was followed by nominations for leadership positions. Gillis was elected mayor and Forster vice mayor; both choices were unanimous. The council honored Sante with a plaque for 10 years of service on the dais. Gillis and fellow council members thanked Sante for his service to the community. “Listening to (him) and some of the things (he) brought totally out of box made sense and changed my mind on certain things,” Forster said. “(He’s) definitely an asset to the community.” Sante said it was an honor serving. He also noted that he doesn’t want to be back on the dais. “This council and this staff has been the best,” Sante said.

New Mayor Deb Gillis presents outgoing Mayor Chris Sante with a plaque in recognition of his 10 years of service to the community. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly.

er council newcomer Ken Davis’ wish, a motion became one of the first orders of business at the Nov. 29 meeting following the swearing-in. It pertained to Florida Keys resident Richard “Dickie” Lynn, who’s serving a life sentence in federal prison for smuggling cocaine almost 30 years ago. Davis, a retired DEA agent, said he didn’t expect to bring the motion regarding a letter of support urging Richard ‘Dickie’ clemency for Lynn Lynn as a councilman. He approached council before the election in hopes members would address it then. Before getting into Lynn’s clemency case, Davis said he conducted an investigation into the crime, circumstances and people involved. In his statements to council and the public at the meeting, Davis noted that Lynn’s sentencing was unjust when looking at the disparity of the sentencing. Of the 21 in prison for their role in the smuggling, Davis said, Lynn received life in prison “seven times over without parole.” “The only one close, he was an enforcer and he got 17,” Davis said. In 1989, Lynn was charged with conspiring with others to import and distribute marijuana and cocaine into Alabama. He was offered a plea agreement for a life sentence by Jeff Sessions, then U.S. attorney. Lynn elected to go to trial and was found guilty on seven of 17 counts. It resulted in a sentence of life imprisonment. Months following his sentencing in December 1989, Lynn planned an escape. In a letter he wrote to President Donald Trump earlier this summer, he notes that being separated from family for life factored into his attempt to escape an Alabama prison. Upon his capture months later, Lynn lost his right to appeal his sentence as a result.

Following a lengthy discussion and public members voicing support, council voted 4-1 to send a letter from the village of Islamorada to the president’s desk supporting clemency. At 64 years of age, and having served close to 30 years in prison, Davis said, Lynn isn’t in good health. “We want our resident back. We will help him,” Davis said. “It would mean a great deal. Councilman Jim Mooney, who grew up with Lynn, said he’s not a violent person. Mooney said Lynn deserves to be out. “It’s humanitarian. It’s deserving,” Mooney said. “He’s served his time.” Voting “no” was Councilwoman Cheryl Meads, who voiced her concern over recidivism. “It doesn’t mean that I wish him any harm,” she said. Davis said the DEA and other federal agents involved in Lynn’s arrest and prosecution wrote letters and submitted affidavits calling for clemency. A co-defendant tried with Lynn had his case reversed and remanded for prosecutorial misconduct among other issues. Davis said the motion is about doing what’s “just and what is passionate.” “The injustice screams,” he said. Vice Mayor Mike Forster was somewhat conflicted whether the matter was village business, but he went on to support the motion. “We’re the head of the organization that’s here,” Mayor Deb Gillis said, adding that the letter would be coming from the village. “That’s how I see it to be our business.”


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f you’re looking for a delicious meal in Tavernier, look no further than Chad’s Deli and Bakery. The establishment has been in business since 1996 and is recognized not only for its wide menu selection, but also the size of its portions. Ginger Gardner, owner, says the food is fresh, the ingredients are top of the line and the meats are top graded – something her son Chad prided himself on. “Our salads are popular, and they’re very big,” Gardner said. “If you think our regular calzone is big, look how big the large one is.” Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant features a variety of tasty pastries, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and more. Gardner says some of the popular foods are the salads like the Waldorf. It features romaine lettuce with chicken, gorgonzola, grapes, candied walnuts, apples and a side of vinaigrette. Patrons will also see favorite combinations, quesadillas and pizza. Gardner says the deli caters to locals who come in quite frequently for their favorite meals like pot pie. Once patrons who dine-in order at the counter, they find their seat in the restaurant as friendly servers come with their meals. Gardner expressed her appreciation for the locals’ support. “The locals helped us get through the hurricane,” Gardner said. “The workers and the people in the community who were getting back on their feet, they would come in to get away from what they were doing outside,” she said.

Gardner is running a business that her son Chad ran prior to his unexpected passing in early 2016 due to a massive heart attack. Gardner says her son was community-minded and very much a part of Coral Shores High School as girls’ volleyball coach. “Chad had a loyalty card (system) where proceeds went to Coral Shores athletics,” she said. “He loved the school and the kids, so we try to do something for them.” Not a day goes by when Ginger doesn’t hear something from her customers about Chad. “There’s always people coming in here who talk about him,” she said. “He was quite the jokester.” Chad’s Deli & Bakery, located at 92330 Overseas Hwy in Tavernier, is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (10 p.m. Fridays). More information is at chadsdeli.com.

Chad’s Sante Fe salad includes fresh romaine lettuce, southwestern chicken, corn, black beans, white onions, tomatoes, cilantro, crushed tortilla chips with ranch dressing. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly


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SAVE THE DATE Thursday, Dec. 6 • MarrVelous Pet Rescues Yappy Hour from 6 to 8p.m. at Buzzard’s Roost in Key Largo. • See Santa and Mrs. Claus from 5 to 6 p.m. and watch “The Polar Express” on a giant outdoor movie screen from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Hershoff, Lupino & Yagel, Tavernier.

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n the succession of events, the Florida Territory was established in 1821, Monroe County on July 3, 1823, and Florida became the 27th state on March 3, 1845. Monroe County, as it was originally delineated, was a much grander parcel of real estate than it is today and reached north from Key West to the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee and west to Charlotte Harbor. On Jan. 8, 1828, Key West became Monroe County’s first incorporated city. Naming the county’s second incorporated city is trickier than it might seem. It might be tempting to guess Marathon or Islamorada, but those guesses would be wrong. Marathon was incorporated in 1999 and though the town site of Islamorada dates back to the early 1900s, it would not be incorporated until Dec. 31, 1997. Monroe County’s second incorporated city was Fort Myers. Boasting a population of 349, it was incorporated on Aug. 12, 1885. Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center.

Friday, Dec. 7 • Winterfest features parade, Santa, gift bazaar and the famous snow mountain at 7:30 p.m. at Founders Park, Islamorada. Saturday, Dec. 8 • Meet diving Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. at History of Diving Museum, Islamorada. • Florida Keys Elks Lodge Kids’ Christmas Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 92600 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier. • Key Largo Boat Parade at 7:30 p.m. at Blackwater Sound, Key Largo. • Beach ’n’ Beer Mile, at noon, Robbie’s Marina, Islamorada. • Lighted boat parade, Key Largo, view from bayside restaurants between MM 103-104. Sunday, Dec. 9 • Islamorada Half Marathon and 10K at 7 a.m. at Robbie’s Marina, Islamorada. Monday, Dec. 10 • Matecumbe Historical Trust celebrates the life of Irving R. Eyster beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Islamorada Moose Lodge. Wednesday, Dec. 12 • Keys History & Discovery Center presents “They Came From the Sea: Study of the Cuban Migrant Craft La Esparaza,” a lecture from 5-7 p.m. at Keys History & Discovery Center, Islamorada. • Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations general membership meeting at 7 p.m. in the Key Largo Library Community Room. Saturday, Dec. 15 • Deadline for nominations for the 2019 Unsung Heroes awards presented by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Visit cffk.org. Saturday, Dec. 15 Keys Community Concert Band Holiday Suite Treats concert at 4 p.m. at Founders Park, Islamorada. To see Keyswide events, sign up for TheWeekly’s e-mail at keysweekly.com.

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BRIEFLY FREE LEGAL CLINIC DEC. 7 On Friday, Dec. 7, there will be a free legal clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marathon Community United Methodist Church at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Attendees can learn more about everything from disaster assistance benefits to mortgage foreclosures and also matters like small business consultations and divorce. More than 30 attorneys plan to offer their services at the seminar hosted by Akerman Legal Service of Greater Miami, alongside local attorneys. • From Key Largo: Take the Miami Dade Transit Route 301 from MM 98 in Key Largo to Kmart in Marathon; that is about 1.5 miles north of the seminar location. Return buses are at 1:20, 3:10 and 5:50 p.m. $2.85

KIDS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY DEC. 8 Florida Keys Elks Lodge will host its Kids’ Christmas Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Children will be able to decorate cookies and crafts, eat lunch, enjoy a show by Michael Trixx and get pictures and gifts with Santa Claus.

DIVE INTO FUN WITH SANTA AND MS. CLAUS DEC. 8 The History of Diving Museum invites families to come meet Diving Santa in its research library for a photo opportunity from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Dress in your favorite Keys holiday tee or Grandma’s beloved ugly sweater. Photographers will be on hand but you are welcome to take your own snapshot or selfie for your greeting cards. Santa’s elves will also be helping with craft activities to create your very own “Coral Wreath” to take home. And to top off the afternoon, Ms. Claus will be hosting special children’s book readings. At 1 p.m. preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy “A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas,” and at 2 p.m., first through fifth graders will be delighted with “A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas.” Light refreshments will be served.

STORY TIME AT LIBRARY EVERY FRIDAY Story Time at Islamorada Library is every Friday in December at 10:30 a.m. The theme this month is “Joy,” which the library will celebrate using puppetry, song, stories and crafts. Attendees are usually babies and toddlers, though children of all ages are welcome. More information is available at 305-664-4645. The facility is located at 81830 Overseas Highway, Islamorada.

KEY LARGO BOAT PARADE SET FOR DEC. 8 The Key Largo Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8 will be electric. The parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Blackwater Siren. Grand marshal is Scott Newberry, CEO of Florida Keys Electrical Cooperative. Boats entering the parade, except for the grand prizewinner, will automatically be eligible for a random drawing to win $500. Some of the best places to view the parade include Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jack’s, Key Largo Mariott, Caribbean Club as well as various resorts and cottages.

AUTHOR SIGNING AT ISLAMORADA LIBRARY Meet author Jason Korsiak, who celebrated Christmas for an entire year and wrote all about his experience in “Christmas Addict,” the journal of a man who loved Christmas a little too much. He will be reading from and signing copies of his book Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 81830 Overseas Hwy.

28TH OLDE TIMER’S CHRISTMAS SET As its 42nd year draws to a close, the Historic Preservation Society of the Upper Keys celebrates with the 28th annual “Olde Timer’s Christmas” at the December history program, at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. The “Olde Timer’s Christmas” will feature a variety of classic Conch desserts, including Key lime pie, Key lime cake and coconut ice cream. The program will be in the Key Largo Library Community Room at MM 101.5 in the Tradewinds Shopping Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend and admission is free. More information is available from society President Jerry Wilkinson at 305-896-6526.


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n inaugural festival educated and entertained the many who came out Dec. 1 for Mote’s Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration at Founders Park. The day featured a host of vendors, from nonprofits to food and drinks, as well as a scavenger hunt, music by four bands and a live painting exhibition by Pasta Pantaleo. The festival showcased the treasured marine environment while raising awareness of coral reef research and restoration. Festivalgoers had the opportunity to explore conservation environmental exhibits, meet live animals, experience touch tanks and more. Children practiced their casting and climbed a rock wall. Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote president and CEO, said Ocean Fest gathers the community and organizations that are working in the environment to emphasize how critical the coral reef is to the Keys. “The Florida Keys are literally built on coral reefs. We’ve got a very unique culture here, an economy and a way of life that is all dependent on a healthy coral reef,” Crosby said. “Unfortunately, our coral reefs are in a significant state of decline from increasing temperature to coral disease that’s spreading like wildfire through the Keys.” Crosby said the disease has an 80 percent mortality rate and is on the verge of wiping out the last vestiges of coral reefs – pushing them into functional extinction. Crosby said Ocean Fest is trying to raise awareness of the problem and the innovative science and technology developments to combat it. “Mote Marine Lab and our colleagues have been able to develop the methods and the techs to very rapidly restore these coral reefs through a replanting of native coral species that we have identified the resilient strains to the diseases, from increased temperatures, to acidification. What we are planting out there with the community will be here for 100 and 200 years, and we’ll bring back the vitality and health of our coral reef ecosystem together.” At Mote Marine Laboratory, there are 1,712 volunteers who are involved in every aspect of what the organization does. Crosby said they are essential. “We do need citizens, local volunteer citizen scientists to be directly engaged to help us monitor the status but also in helping to actually restore these coral reefs,” he said. “We cannot do it by ourselves. The community has to get engaged in this. Their support is vital to the success of this effort.” Visit mote.org for information.

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comprehensive exhibit showcasing the unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys has landed permanently at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82. The permanent exhibit, Coral Reef Exploration, features three aquariums, educational storyboards, interactive kiosks, video monitors and a game geared to children. The exhibit focuses on providing a beautiful and educational view of our unique coral reef ecosystem and the challenges it faces. The largest of the aquariums, at 1,250 gallons, showcases species making their home around the Florida Keys coral reefs, including angel fish, butterfly fish, tangs and wrasse. Guests can get up close and personal with invasive lionfish in a 280-gallon aquarium, and check out live coral, crustaceans and reef fish living in a second 280-gallon aquarium. The exhibit is a result of a partnership between Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, which operates the Discovery Center.

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“The Florida Keys coral reefs are a national and international treasure,” said Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote president and CEO, “and Mote looks forward to working closely with the Discovery Center as we expand our local community outreach and partnerships in the Keys.” “The creation of this extensive exhibit for our community is a game-changer for the Keys History & Discovery Center,” said Foundation President Rich Russell. “Our goals within our mission ‘to support a world-class history and discovery center’ have reached new heights with this permanent addition.” The $250,000 project was funded in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and through in-kind contributions from Mote, including annual maintenance and upkeep. An additional $171,000 was raised through a capital campaign. More information is available from Foundation Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker at 305-922-2237 or via email at info@keysdiscovery.com. — Contributed

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Barbara Weingardt, this year’s featured artists displays her ornament called “The Pelican That Stole Christmas.” CONTRIBUTED

In 2017, Miss Sugarplum, Hazel, and Mister Gingerbread Man, Warren, pose for a picture with Mrs. Claus. Right: Robby Bates takes part in some of the art activities during the annual Holiday Festival. CONTRIBUTED

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he forecast calls for lots of snow during the 14th annual Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Holiday Festival, set for Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 10 p.m., at Founders Park. Last year’s impromptu location on the beach was such a hit that the event is returning to the shores of Florida Bay this year by popular demand.  “Bundle up for one of the most exciting community events on the calendar,” said Chamber of Commerce President Rick Freeburg.  “This will be a great time for everyone to kick off the holiday season.” The event’s star attraction, the Holiday Fest Snow Mountain, will once again be made out of 30 tons of the cold white stuff — more than enough to delight mittenclad children and some of their more playful parents too. Meanwhile, throughout the evening, Islamorada’s 35-foot high official holiday tree will be blowing magical snow through its branches.  Snow is far from the only thing promised at Holiday Festival. At 7:30 p.m., the Holiday Parade will kick off, this year boasting the theme, “Holiday Magic and Wonder.” Long-time Islamorada resident Henry Rosenthal, a.k.a Bastille, will be this year’s Grand Marshal and will lead the

parade. Henry served as President of the Islamorada Chamber for more than 10 years, as well as owning and operating many successful businesses in Islamorada for decades. He will be followed by floats, antique cars and, of course, Santa himself. The festival also offers the unique Holiday Gift Bazaar, perfect for getting the shopping season started right. A popular feature of the bazaar is the silent auction of handcrafted ornaments. In preparation, 50 local artists are creating original holiday treasures starting from a blank ceramic mold. The finished pieces will be on display throughout the evening. The silent auction is scheduled to end at 9 p.m. The bazaar also features jewelry and crafts. Returning to the Holiday Festival this year is Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, featuring a delectable selection of gourmet desserts and coffee. A wide variety of more savory food will also be on offer at the festival.  The Chamber of Commerce is seeking more entrants for the Holiday Parade. For information, or if you would like to volunteer at Holiday Fest, call 305-664-4503 or stop by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at the entrance to Founders Park, mile marker 87, bayside.

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ifty artists are expected to take part in the ornament competition and silent auction to be held at the 14th annual Islamorada Holiday Festival on Friday, Dec. 7. The festival, put on by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, will last from 4 to 10 p.m. that evening on the beach at Founders Park. “I love creating an ornament for the Holiday Festival. It lets my crazy, creative side soar,” said Barbara Weingardt, this year’s featured artist, whose ornament, The Pelican That Stole Christmas, is ready to be admired and sold to the highest bidder. Weingardt can be found daily painting in her gallery space at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada. In preparation for the silent auction, which is part of the festival’s Holiday Gift Bazaar, each artist was given an unfinished ceramic piece to use as the base for his or her original creation. Beyond that, the only design limit is their imaginations. The finished pieces will be judged and on display throughout the festival, where they can be purchased by silent auction bids. Bidding will end at 9 p.m. on festival night. A portion of proceeds from the auction will benefit the local arts community.


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he grand marshal for the Islamorada Holiday Parade on Friday, Dec. 7 will be Henry Rosenthal. This year’s theme, “Holiday Magic and Wonder,” recognizes Rosenthal’s esteemed career as Bastille, an illusionist. “We think people are going to have a great time with the theme Holiday Magic and Wonder,” said Islamorada Chamber of Commerce President Rick Freeburg. “It makes ideas for creating floats fun and imaginative.” The parade, part of the Chamber’s 14th annual Islamorada Holiday Festival, will begin at 7:30 p.m. that Friday evening, and will take place in Founders Park. Rosenthal will lead participants on a route that runs along the park’s Beach Road, passing the beach itself and the adjoining playground. Sign-up for the parade remains open. Participants should design

their entries in accordance with the “Holiday Magic & Wonder” theme. Bands, antique car groups, scout troops, churches, businesses and other organizations or individuals who are interested are encouraged to enter. Judges will select winners in several categories based on creativity and adherence to theme. For Rosenthal, the grand marshal selection comes 40 plus years after he served as President of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce during the period that launched the Chamber into its present position in the community. “I am absolutely looking forward to it and I am quite highly honored,” Rosenthal said. To register for the parade, please stop by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at the entrance to Founders Park, or call 305-664-4503 and ask for a registration form. — Contributed

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esidents and visitors in Upper Matecumbe Key have a new means of transportation to get them from point to point. FreeBee’s electric vehicle was spotted driving down Old Highway on Sunday. “Islamorada, as a whole, and Upper Matecumbe, more specifically, are among the most active areas in the Florida Keys, both socially and for businesses,” said John Janusz, economic development manager with FreeBee. “People travel from all over the world to spend their time here and to celebrate special occasions. This is a main reason that FreeBee is attracted to Islamorada and Upper Matecumbe.” FreeBee also is drawn to the area by the challenges of car traffic, parking shortages, air and noise pollution from fuel-burning vehicles, and reports of drinking and driving.

Janusz says FreeBee will enhance the upside of Islamorada and Upper Matecumbe, while easing those challenges. FreeBee is an on-demand, door-to-door, free transportation service. “We will decrease the demand for driving within the island, decrease the amount of cars on the road, decrease the level of traffic, decrease the amount of air pollution and noise pollution, decrease drinking and driving,” he said. “Many of our passengers say that riding with us is the best part of their day,” he said. “Our Brand Ambassadors are safe drivers and have great personalities.  They love to engage in conversation with their passengers, get to know them, show them around the area, and learn from them at the same time.” Using a mobile phone, people can download the FreeBee app and request a ride to many local business listings organized by category. Some of the local businesses offer special insider deals through the FreeBee app as well.

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MONROE COUNTY

UPPER KEYS WEEKLY / DECEMBER 6, 2018 JIM McCARTHY

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“ … the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.” — Florida State Statute 790.33

n ongoing battle between local governments and the state over gun control has brought Monroe County into the mix. Last month, Monroe County Commission voted 4-1 in favor of joining Miami-Dade, Broward, and Leon counties in their lawsuit to overturn State Statute 790.33. The law not only disallows local city and county governments from legislating stricter gun control, but it also allows the removal of any city or county officials who attempt to do so. Even if local governments tried to pre-empt it in any way, they’d be in violation of the law. Public officials could be removed from their job, fined $5,000 and have no public funds for legal defense. “It’s not just about gun regulation; it’s home rule,” said Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, who voted in favor of joining the other counties in the suit. “We are the only non-charter county who will have weighed in on this at all.” The county commission’s interest in this issues stems from 2014, when Big Pine resident Doug Varrieur set up a gun range in his backyard. His range received so much local and national attention that it landed on major news outlets and shows such as “The Colbert Report.” The show visited his Big Pine Key residence to get a look at his gun range and interview neighbors who mainly spoke against it. With a target mounted to a backstop, installed against a 12-foot-tall shed, Varrieur fired his weapon in the direction of a canal that boaters, kayakers and others used. Before he shoots, however, family members are near the canal to warn if any watercraft is approaching. One of the only state restrictions regarding recreational shooting on private residential property is that bullets cannot project over a road or a dwelling that’s occupied. Also, shots cannot be reckless or negligent. Not even noise ordinances could stop shooting from homes in residential neighborhoods. Varrieur was not the only example of a person trying the sensibilities of officials who believe in common sense gun control. He did, however, highlight the need for home rule.

The state statute 790.33 is otherwise known as the Joe Carlucci Uniform Firearms Act. Who was he? Carlucci was a New York transplant who spent a decade in Jackson-

“This is where the rubber meets the road,” said Carruthers, “and for local government, we should handle those issues.” She expressed disappointment in the dissenting vote, which was cast by Monroe County Mayor and Commissioner David Rice, who Carruthers said has previously voted in favor of local government control. “I was surprised at the lack of consistency supporting home rule.” Rice said he supports the primary intent of the legal challenge, but not the secondary. The primary challenge centers on whether it is constitutional to penalize, or threaten to penalize, elected city or county officials with fines or suspension of office if they pass new gun laws. “What this is about is the constitutionality — whether we can be fined $5,000 or removed from office by the governor … little fun things like that,” said Rice. In other words, the state constitution outlines the many reasons officials can be removed from office, such as drunkenness, incompetence, or commission of a felony — but creating new, more restrictive laws about guns is not one of the reasons. “Quite frankly, the issue of local control causes me to be sympathetic with the lawsuit because Tallahassee often creates ‘one size fits all’ solutions that don’t help us down here,” Rice said. And yet, he said he’s looking down the line at what might happen if the challenge is successful. Then, he said, every local county and city government would be within its rights to create specific gun laws, creating a hodgepodge of laws that only exist within certain geographical boundaries. Rice cited a case in which an honorably discharged veteran was jailed after a traffic stop in New Jersey that revealed his grandfather’s shotgun stowed in the back of a moving van. “I am not opposed to intelligent discussion and doing the best job that we can do to end gun violence,” Rice said, “But I am against putting otherwise innocent people in jail because we have created an unknowable mass of laws that trap them into a situation.” — Sara Matthis and Sarah Thomas contributed to this report.

ville city politics before going on to become a state legislator. Carlucci was a hunter and was named the National Rifle Association’s “Legislator of the Year” in the mid-‘80s.


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GIVING BACK AND BONDING ATHLETES COLLECTING FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

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he Upper Keys Foundation — a nonprofit whose principal mission is underwriting the Coral Shores Athletic Department — and Coral Shores winter athletes are collecting supplies and money for Hurricane Michael victims.   On Dec. 1-2, members of the varsity boys basketball team, the JV and varsity boys soccer teams, the girls basketball team, and the wrestling team participated in the first week of collections for the UKF/CSHS Athletic Department Hurricane Michael Relief Mission. “We had over 70 studentathletes collecting at five different venues,” said Rich Russell, CSHS athletic director, “including Publix of Islamorada, Publix of Key Largo, Winn-Dixie, Tavernier Ace Hardware, and K-Mart. We ended up with seven full truckloads of groceries and hardware and collected $2,656.11 in cash.” The relief mission will continue this weekend at ForestTek (Plantation Key), K-Mart, Ace Hardware, and Key Largo WinnDixie. The varsity and JV girls soccer team, the JV boys basketball

team and the girls weightlifting team are scheduled to assist with collections on Dec. 8-9. “We are so grateful for the Upper Keys Foundation for sponsoring this event. It’s very gratifying and validating to hear the comments from our players when they return from their roles in the mission” said Russell.  “Our kids loved helping out with the mission, which makes you feel good as a coach,” said head boys’ basketball coach Jarrod Mandozzi. “A residual effect — from a coaching standpoint — is the bonding that took place during our two days at Publix. Frankly, you can’t create that at a basketball practice or game. We always look forward to participating in UKF missions and we’re very grateful for the enduring difference they are making in the lives of our student-athletes.” — Contributed

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HOLIDAY GETAWAYS TO ESCAPE THE KEYS

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he holidays are a time that folks come flocking to the Florida Keys: some family, some friends, some tourists unloading from tour buses and cruise ships. And we love them! Until … we need to escape. Take a look at the calendar months ahead with your loved ones (or maybe just by yourself) and think about a day or two that it would be nice to get the heck out of Dodge. Maybe the return drive will come with a renewed sense of holiday spirit and a happiness to be back home. Here are some options:

What’s more Floridian than a flamboyance of flamingos? CONTRIBUTED

HOLIDAYS AT THE MIAMI ZOO

The NightGarden dazzles at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. CONTRIBUTED

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDENS “NIGHTGARDEN” Through Jan. 6, Keys residents have a dazzling winter spectacle for the family at their fingertips. The NightGarden comprises acres of tropical plants illuminated, adorned, and even punctuated by holograms, to create a one-ofa-kind “winter wonderland” experience. It’s the inaugural year for this evening enchantment, and Fairchild bills it as having “unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids,” and even a “Wise Talking Tree and Flying Fairies.” I can’t imagine a child whose eyes wouldn’t light up at that description. Only about an hour’s drive from Key Largo, it could make for an evening excursion or, if you’d rather, stay at the nearby Miami Marriott Dadeland or the Aloft Miami Dadeland. The NightGarden is open (you guessed it) nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, $28 for adults and $20 for kids under 10. Travel Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes from Key Largo.

There’s no better place to get a feel for the holiday season and some fun with animals than at Zoo Miami every Friday and Saturday from now to Dec. 29. The park transforms into a delightful display of shimmering lights and dazzling animal-shaped lights for children and families to see throughout the kingdom. While lights glisten through the park at night, watch the animals open their Christmas presents during the day. There are also carousel rides, photos with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa and more. Zoo lights every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Zoo Miami is located at 1 Zoo Blvd., just about an hour from the Upper Keys. There are plenty of places to stay for the night, including Holiday Inn Express & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites and Candlewood Suites. Travel time: 2 hours from Marathon

THE DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK Take the Yankee Freedom III Catamaran from Key West or, if budget allows, the Seaplane, for a quicker trip. The Dry Tortugas offer some of the best snorkeling close to the Keys, beautiful pristine beaches, and lots of history. Fort Jefferson has a fascinating story to tell, including the imprisonment of Dr. Samuel Mudd (yes, of “my name would be Mudd”), who was imprisoned for his involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln. Overnight camping is also available in the Dry Tortugas, for a romantic night under the stars or an adventuresome romp for the outdoorsy family. Exploring the undeveloped expanse of the islands is sure to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Keys crowds. Day trips are $180 for adults, $125 for children, or overnight camping is $200 for adults, $145 for children. Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes from Key West by boat.

Two competitors — Audrey Matthis and Takara McKnight of Marathon — get into serious fun at the Family Paintball Center. CONTRIBUTED

FAMILY PAINTBALL CENTER Located on the edge of the ‘Glades, due west of Miami on 137th Avenue, is the Family Paintball Center. If you’re looking for something to do with your tweens and teens over the holiday break — this is it. Forty dollars per player covers the “marker” (or gun), mask, goggles, air tank and three hours of playtime. You may soon find yourself buying more paintballs at $20 per bag of 500 rounds. (Players must use the facility’s specially formulated paintballs. No exceptions.) There are group discounts available, up to 15 percent for 30 players. The fields have plenty of barriers to make it fun, like 50-gallon drums, old cars and sandbags. For more information, search Family Paintball Center on Facebook, or visit familypaintballcenter.com. Done paintballin’? Great, head east — maybe with a stop at Mall of the Americas for a spot of shopping — before spending a night in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. The riverfront Hyatt Regency runs about $137 a night, and the chic, boutique-style hotel W Miami runs about $299. Sunday morning calls for a visit to the Viscaya Museum and Gardens (it’s a nerd’s delight). Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes from Marathon

— Jim McCarthy and Sara Matthis contributed to this report.


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The Key Largo Community Preservation Foundation would like to thank the Sponsors of the 9th Annual Tree Lighting and Community Appreciation Night! Without them, we would not have been able to bring the community such an amazing night! Mark you calendars for Dec 7, 2019 when we get to do it again! NATIONWIDE PLUMBING • PILOT HOUSE • ADVANCED URGENT CARE • MARKEY MARINE SERVICES • SYLVIA MURPHY • OVERSEAS DENTAL DENNIS CALTAGIRONE • THE GALLEY AND SHARKEY’S PUB • BORLAND & ASSOCIATES • EVERYONE LOVES A GENTLE DENTIST • BAYVIEW HOMES MARK CHARLES & JAMIE ESTERLINE • JAMES BOILINI, OPTOMETRIST • BAYSIDE PLUMBING • FL KEYS PEDIATRIC • KLI SHELL LUMBER HOME CENTER

Good Food. GREAT FRIENDS.

RUFF LIFE. RELAXED ITALIAN DINING

Classic Italian Dishes / Daily Cocktail & Wine Specials / Seafood Flatbreads / Sandwiches / Dog-Friendly “Pooch Patio”

Serving Dinner Daily

Sunday-Thursday: 5pm to 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 5pm to 11pm LOCATED AT POSTCARD INN BEACH RESORT & MARINA

Ciao Hound Italian Kitchen & Bar | 84001 Overseas Highway Islamorada

305.664.5300 ciaohound84.com @Ciahound_Islamorada


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CUBAN MIGRANT CRAFT

‘DEMO & DESSERT’ KEYS ARTIST TO PAINT AT GALLERY OPEN HOUSE

Kathleen Denis will paint at a “Demo and Dessert” event Friday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CONTRIBUTED

Joshua Marano, archaeological technician for Biscayne National Park, stands aboard the Cuban migrant craft. CONTRIBUTED

LECTURE TO DISCUSS REFUGEES’ ESCAPE VIA THE SEA

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he sometimes improvised watercraft used by Cubans to flee to the U.S. are the topic of a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Keys History & Discovery Center Presents “They Came From the Sea: Study of the Cuban Migrant Craft La Esparaza,” a lecture, from 5 to 7 p.m. The lecture is at the Keys History & Discovery Center at MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort in Islamorada. Cost for nonmembers is $10. Since the fall of the Batista regime during the Cuban Revolution of 1959, more than 1 million Cubans have fled the country seeking protection and opportunities as political refugees. While many of these refugees traveled to the United States by more traditional means, others desperate to flee the nation took to sea in improvised watercraft to attempt to cross the Straits of Florida.

These craft, which vary greatly in size, construction and technology, are often found cast ashore and abandoned along the beaches throughout the Florida Keys. The normalization of political relations between the two countries has effectively ended this exodus and thus the few remaining craft help provide some of the only tangible evidence of this journey and reflect the cultural values of their users while holding significant potential for future study. This lecture will discuss the landing of one such craft, La Esperanza, at Dry Tortugas National Park in 2015. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Reservations can be made at 305-922-2237 or info@ keysdiscovery.com. — Contributed

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he public is invited to Our Place in Paradise Gallery to watch and interact with nationally renowned oil color artist Kathleen Denis at a “Demo and Dessert” event held on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The gallery is at 88711 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. “Visitors will be surprised and delighted by the light and expressive color Kathleen uses in her paintings,” said Joanne Kolb, gallery co-founder. Denis will be joined by the other resident artists and teachers from the gallery. Desserts and bever-

ages will be provided. There is no cost to attend. Our Place in Paradise Gallery features locally and nationally acclaimed artists, potters and photographers. Seasonal hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is supported by Share All Our Blessings, a non-profit organization that provides art education, spiritual encouragement and charitable activities in the community. More information is available from 305-916-5828 or at ourplaceinparadise.com. — Contributed

A painting by Kathleen Denis. CONTRIBUTED.


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • 305.743.0844

NOW HIRING Full or Part Time Guest Services Answer phones, take reservations, greet customers with a smile. Cashier responsibilities, must be able to multi task. Part Time Café Help Duties include taking orders from customers, handling cash, cooking and serving. Must be 18 yrs. or older.

Full or Part Time Dive Instructor Responsible for safely guiding guests through in-water encounters. Part Time Morning Landscaping/Maintenance Blowing of property, raking leaves, spraying, occasional trimming of hedges and other maintenance.

Please apply in person at

Aquarium Encounters 11710 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

FULL TIME POSITION • Police Officer

The City of Key Colony Beach is accepting applications for a FULL TIME Police Officer. Current Florida Police Officer certification is required. Salary range $47,500 - $52,500 dependent on qualifications. Key Colony Beach offers a full benefit package. Applicants will undergo a thorough background investigation including drug screening, medical, polygraph, and psychological exams. Mail resume to: Chief of Police, P. O. Box 510141, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051 Or call 305.289.1212, option 2. Equal Opportunity Employer

Immediate opening for a HVAC Service Technician Upper & Middle Keys. Great Pay • Paid Holidays • Sick Pay • Medical Insurance • Paid Vacation

Apply in person 171 Hood Ave • MM 91.5 • Tavernier p 305-852-2960 • f 305-852-0656

The Hammocks at Marathon

FISCAL ANALYST

FULL TIME JOB OPPORTUNITIES $1,000 Sign-on Bonus! • Maintenance Technician

OMB, KEY WEST, BFOMB011

GREAT BENEFITS:

Monroe County BOCC is looking for applicants with strong attention to detail, proficient computer knowledge, and ability to multi-task. Primary function is to prepare and monitor billings for the County’s self-funded Group Health Insurance Program and Worker’s Compensation.

Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance 4 Weeks Paid Time Off 401(k) with Company Match & much more

Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree Preferred, 2 to 3 yrs. Experience. To apply please contact Ken Clarke at Clarke-Ken@monroecounty-fl.gov. APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MONROECOUNTY-FL.GOV. 305-292-4557. Veterans Preference Available; E.O.E

TO APPLY: Online > jobs.bluegreenvacations.com In Person > The Hammocks at Marathon 1688 Overseas Highway, Gulf Side, Mile Marker 48, Marathon Or Call > Andre at 305.743.9009

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Emergency Communications’ Radio System Technician-MARATHON Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is seeking applicant that can perform daily operations of the Communications Shop. Responding to tasks, scheduling work, ordering of parts and supplies. Perform repairs and maintenance on radios and 800 MHz radio system. Vocational or technical school preferred, or 3 to 5 years of experience in the RF repair field. FCC General Radiophone License and amateur radio license is preferred. Starting salary is $44,107.00. Applicants must fill out preliminary application at www.keysso.net. Please email resumes to cslebodnick@keysso.net or fax resumes to (305) 292-7159. Charles Slebodnick may be contacted at (305) 292-7044. EOE/AAP

NOW HIRING

Marathon, Big Pine, Key West and Stock Island Locations

ASSISTANT MANAGERS $12-$16 per hour

MANAGER TRAINEES $30-50K per year, based on experience

MARATHON GARBAGE SERVICE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS

for the following positions:

Truck Helpers CDL Drivers Diesel Mechanics Applicants must apply in person to be considered. 4290 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

is now hiring for Afternoon & Evening Shifts. Please Apply In Person 8919 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

The Turtle Hospital in Marathon Join our team! Full and part-time Educational Program Guides/Gift Shop Sales. Public speaking & retail sales experience helpful. Send resume to: turtlehosp@aol.com

Immediate Openings available at all locations. FT Employees are eligible to participate in our health, dental, vision, Life Insurance. PTO and Profit Sharing is available to every member of our team (conditions apply).

HOW TO APPLY: Go to mytomthumb.com or call Cleveland (786) 295-5307.


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JOINING THE BRAND

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATION CELEBRATED

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im Sovia-Crandon, left, poses with Amy Lindback, Brandi Horton and Alexa Wheeler. Lindback, Horton and Wheeler are with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FreeWheeler Realty. On Nov. 30, community members came out to celebrate the launch of Freewheeler Realty’s new brand affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The celebration at Whale Harbor Banquet Room featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. NOLA ACKER/Keys Weekly

SHELL WORLD

Under New Local Family Ownership

SALE ON ALL CLEARANCE MERCHANDISE

Not Your Typical Flower Shop

Take an additional

50% OFF*

Come check out our unique gift selection for all the special people on your holiday list!

on all already marked down clearance items!

YOU COULD SAVE AS MUCH AS 75% ON ALL CLEARANCE MERCHANDISE! Great Deals on Great Gifts

MM 97.5 305 852-8245 OPEN DAILY 9AM TO 8PM

*No further discounts apply. Limited time offer. All sales final Discount taken at register

Monday - Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM 99551 Overseas Highway • Key Largo, Fl 33037 www.keylargoflorist.com • 305 451-3702


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AUTOS WANTED

Both full or part time positions available at Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort. Line Cook, Banquet Servers, Host, Housekeepers, Dock Hand, Night Auditor, and Food Runners. Excellent Benefit Package

OCEAN KEY RESORT & SPA IS HIRING!

Apply in person at 1996 Overseas Highway or online at www.spottswood.com

Full-time Sous Chef Full-time Line Cook Full-time Reservations Agent Part-time Boutique Sales Associate Licensed Nail Tech. (weekends) On-Call Esthetician On-Call Licensed Massage Therapist

EOE/m/f/d/v

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is now hiring for Afternoon & Evening Shifts. Please Apply In Person 8919 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

We Buy Gold Locally! Cash Flow Jewelry and Pawn Townsquare Mall Marathon

Key West, FL (305) 295-8646 www.KeyWestKia.com

WELLINGS AUTOMOTIVE

9200 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL (305) 509-7499 www.KeyWestKia.com

Call us and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE EOE m/f/d/v

JOB OPENINGS BANQUET SERVER GUEST SERVICE AGENT TELEPHONE AGENT NIGHT AUDITOR Excellent Benefit Package EOE M/F/D/V Apply on line at Spottswood.com/careers SCAN FOR JOB

2015 KIA Optima $11,374

MARATHON 2 bedroom apartment on canal. Across from Sombrero Beach. Large deck, ocean views. All newly remodeled with new appliances, washer & dryer and storage unit. No dogs, no smoking. $1,775.00 First & Security

Dave 305.664.1982 CROSSWORD SOLUTION

2016 Jeep Compass $13,198 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT $13,393

SERVICE DEPT NOW OPEN SERVICING ALL MAKES AND MODELS

LONG TERM RENTAL Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

2826 North Roosevelt Blvd.

2015 KIA Soul $12,724

Apply online at: noblehousehotels.com/careers Or in person at: Zero Duval St. Come see why our employees love to call Ocean Key home! Great pay, amazing benefits, & an awesome team!

KEY WEST KIA

A Wellings Automotive Company

2013 Hyundai Genesis $15,197

The Guidance/Care Center, Inc. a division of

“Uplifting the human spirit since 1973”

THE GUIDANCE/CARE CENTER, Inc.

KEY LARGO

Behavioral Health Therapist (3565) Crisis Counselor (4277) Peer Support Specialist (4279) Team Leader (4281)

MARATHON Driver (2995)

Behavioral Health Tech (PT-2282; FT-2357; 4140) Personal Growth Center Counselor (2461) PGC Drop in Technician (PT-2435) Heron Direct Care Worker (PT-3558) Registered Nurse (PT-4234; FT-4071) Register Nurse (Per Diem-3799) Care Coordinator (3568) Maintenance Specialist (2437) Crisis Counselor/Peer Support Specialist (4276)

KEY WEST

Behavioral Health Therapist (2952) Adult Behavioral Health Therapist (3566) Child Behavioral Health Therapist (4275) Child Behavioral Health Counselor (4235) Crisis Counselor (4278) Peer Support Specialist (4280) Advocate (4358)

Background/Drug Screening Required. TO APPLY: www.westcare.com/page/get-involved_02F Then search location EOE M/F/D/V

2017 Jeep Patriot $15,381 2016 KIA Sportage $15,492 2015 KIA Sportage EX $19,352 MANY MORE TO CHOOSE FROM! All with low miles and ready for quick delivery! Tax, tag and DOC fee not included in sale price.

KEY WEST KIA

A Wellings Automotive Company 2826 North Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL (305) 295-8646 www.KeyWestKia.com

WELLINGS AUTOMOTIVE

9200 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL (305) 509-7499 www.KeyWestKia.com

Call us and

SAVE SAVE SAVE

ALL YEARS! Junk or Used. Cars - Vans - TrucksRunning or Not. $ C A S H $ 3 0 5 - 3 3 2 - 0 4 8 3 We buy Cars Trucks SUVs etc.... Anything from $1000 - $100,000. ..CASH.. No Junk. Call Sam 239-5954021. We come to you.

BOATS FOR SALE Sail 20’ O’Day – Some storm damage, good sails, jib, trailer, 6HP avail. $500.00 15’ Proline Stalker, 75HP w/ trailer. $1,000.00 Located in Sugarloaf. 305-745-9100

EMPLOYMENT Groundskeeper/ Maintenance person, part time or full time. Sea Isle Condominium, Key Colony Beach. Apply by e-mail: H a r d i n gT h o m a s L @ a o l . com, or call our office at 305-743-0173. E M A R K E T I N G A D M I N I S T R AT I V E ASSISTANTMARATHON Experienced in all aspects of Microsoft Office and able to multi-task. Social Media knowledge, photo editing experience desired. Full Time Position. Please email resume to keyshumanresources61@ gmail.com - reference #6489 in email. BIKE REPAIR NEEDED. Regular maintenance for 8 spin bikes in Marathon. $$. Call 305-775-9909. Maintenance Tech/ Caretaker - Absentee owner looking for an experienced Maintenance Tech/Caretaker to oversee a condominium in the Key Largo Yacht Club. Call Lisa at 909-391-2129. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Organic Cafe hiring kitchen staff. Experience preferred, but willing to train. Apply in person. 5800 O/S Hwy. #23 Marathon MASSAGE ROOM available at Keys Hairmasters. $430/month. Call Dorothy 305-393-1838. 5701 Overseas Highway, Suite 2, Marathon Fork Lift Driver & Yard Person. Excellent Pay. Start immediately. Contact Steve (305) 743-7008. Shelter Bay Marina, 77 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon Construction Laborer needed in Marathon area. Must have Driver’s License. Great Pay! 3 0 5 - 3 0 4 - 7 9 9 5 The Island Gift Shops (Marooned In Marathon 1 & 2) are looking for happy responsible employees to complement our current staff. PART TIME HOURS in a fun  environment (good fit for second job) and retirees are


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • 305.743.0844 EMPLOYMENT

HOBBIES/COLLECT.

welcome! Apply in person at Marooned In Marathon, 11528 Overseas Highway.

es and Pilot watches. Old model Military clocks & watches. Call 305-7434 5 7 8 S m a T E HOUSING FOR RENT

Brick paving company needs Construction Supervisor. Must be able to operate a skid steer. Must have a vehicle & driver’s license. If you’re ready to move up, get the top pay you deserve. 305304-7995 Be your own boss! Clean & seal brick pavers. Must have vehicle to tow 6’X10’ trailer. Paid training. 305304-7995 Teacher: Grace Jones in Marathon is looking for a caring, qualified, professional full-time teacher. Please call Iris (305) 743-6064 to set up an appointment. NOW HIRING: Form Carpenter and Heavy Equipment Operator needed in the Upper Keys. Contact 305-852-3002 or email: admin@ cbtconstruct.com City of Marathon - Job Openings: Building Inspector/ Plans Examiner, Building Permit Technician, Parks & Rec. Maintenance Worker and Utilities Maintenance. EOE FULL BENEFITS Also hiring: Part-time (Temporary) Scanner. w w w. c i . m a r a t h o n . f l . u s

ROOM FOR RENT - In Marathon. Use of home plus appliances & utilities. Singles only, Dogs OK, Longterm. $1,000.00/month + Security. 305-393-6056 Brand New Townhomes For Rent: 41st Street Ocean, Marathon. 3 BR/3 BA, Views of Ocean, Washer and Dryers Included. Pets upon approval. Ready for occupancy January 1st. $2,100.00/month F/L/S 239-476-2301 mike@ mg1fl.com 1BR/1BA House with detached Studio Apartment for rent in Key Largo (near Ramada Inn). Fenced parking for boat/RV/ 2-3 cars. $1,450/month F/L/S House is for sale-month to month lease. 216-509-4400 1BR/1BA Duplex $1,700/monthly + Utilities. Centrally located in Islamorada, MM 80, 6 Month L e a s e , First/Security required. Call 305-664-5023 9am-5pm, M o n - F r i COMMERCIAL SPACE

Medical Assistant needed for part-time position every Friday from 8am-5pm in our Marathon office. Please call Lisa Voss @ Florida Spine Specialists at 305-294-9680.

Office Space ON US-1 for Rent in Marathon. 6 rooms & 1 bathroom. 1700 SF . $2800/ month. 305-588-1021

Established Criminal Defense Law Office with offices in Marathon and Key West seeking part-time/ full-time secretary that is detail oriented. Position includes scheduling, answering phones, filing, and correspondence with clients.  Reliable person with office experience required and knowledge of the legal system a plus. Please contact 305-2899397 or email a resume to  kris@halschuhmacher. com  for consideration.

MISC. FOR SALE Regulation sized Pool Table $1000.00 OBO Duck Key 3 0 5 - 4 8 1 - 1 3 1 6

VACATION RENTAL Vacation Rental 1BR/1BA in Marathon, Christmas-New Year, 2 weeks, Dec. 19 - Jan 2, $1,500 total, max. 2 ppl. 305-360-5835 manatee@ manateehavens.com

Landscaping company seeking full-time laborers in Marathon. Call 305-395-8294

VACATION RENTAL

Open Job Positions: Restaurant Manager, Wait Staff, Bartenders, Kitchen Staff, Apply in person or call for details: Key Colony Inn - Marathon (305) 743-0100

WANTED: 2BR/2BA Condominium for Jan. 2019 and/or Feb. 2019 and/ or March 2019. References available. 410-629-9232

SWEET SAVANNAH’S is now hiring for Afternoon and Evening shifts. Please apply in person 8919 Overseas Hwy. Marathon Experienced Help Only needed for all positions. Apply in person MonFri 10-11am at Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, Knights Key Blvd. Marathon

HOBBIES/COLLECT. PRIVATE COLLECTOR WANTS Rolex, Dive watch-

WANTED

YARD SALES YARD SALE- Sat Dec. 8 from 8am-2pm. 30+ Years of Christmas Stuff! 117 Primrose Lane, Long Key MM 69 YARD / MOVING SALESLots of Goodies. Fri, Dec. 7 from 12p-5p, Sat, Dec. 8 from 9a-2p, Sat, Dec. 15 from 9a-3p and Sun, Dec. 16 from 9a-2p. 780 122nd Street Ocean, Marathon

LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 18-DR-822-P Division: Family

at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ all bids.

storage units. The Terms of the sale will be cash only. U-Haul Company does reserve the right to refuse any bids. The sales will Begin at 8:00AM and continue day by day until all units are sold.

PATRICIA LOUISE DE GRANGE, Petitioner,

1FTEX15N8RKA99616 1994 FORD

and WILLIAM EDWIN DE GRANGE, Respondent, NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: WILLIAM EDWIN DE GRANGE Respondent’s last known address: FREDERICK, MD YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on PATRICIA LOUISE DE GRANGE, whose address is 126 HARBOR DRIVE, KEY LARGO, FL 33037, on or before December 12th, 2018, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 88820 OVERSEAS HIGHWAY, PLANTATION KEY, FL 33070, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the address(es) on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: November 15, 2018 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Gwen Douglass Deputy Clerk Publish: November 22, November 29, December 6 and December 13, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/09/2018, 10:00 am

Published: November 29 and December 6, 2018

103530 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Fl. 33037. Names And Last Known Addresses are as Follows:

The Weekly Newspapers

PAUL LATSHAW UNIT #0006 $804.00

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE

Publish: December 6 and December 13, 2018

Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/12/2018, 10:00 am at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ all bids. 1GBHK34F7VF048830 1997 CHEVROLET Published: November 29 and December 6, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/15/2018, 10:00 am at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/all bids. 5GTEN13L588127304 2008 HUMMER Published: November 29 and December 6, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/14/2018, 10:00 am at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ all bids. 3VWDB7AJ9HM217001 2017 VOLKSWAGEN Published: November 29 and December 6, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE U-HAUL COMPANY OF MIAMI Notice is here by given that on DECEMBER 17 TH, 2018, Leonard Richford Jr. Storage Auctioneer, Executive Administrator for U-Haul Company of Miami, Will be offering for sale under the Judicial Lien Process, By Public Auction, the following

The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF KEY COLONY BEACH NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Key Colony Beach, Florida, will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday December 13, 2018 at 9:40 A.M., at Key Colony Beach Marble Hall, to consider a revision to the Land Development Regulations. Land Development Regulation: Revision to Article VIII Floodplain Management to Adopt a New Article VIII Floodplain Management; to Adopt Flood Hazard Maps; to Designate a Floodplain Administrator; to Adopt Procedures and Criteria for Development in Flood Hazard Areas and for Other Purposes Interested parties may appear at the Hearing and be heard with respect to the Land Development Regulation revisions. Persons who need accommodations in order to attend or participate in this meeting should contact the city clerk at (305) 289-1212, option 2, at least 48 hours prior to this meeting in order to request such assistance. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the Public Hearing, that person will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose 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. If you are unable to attend the Hearing on December 13, 2018 but wish to comment, please direct correspondence to: City Clerk, P.O. Box 510141, Key Colony Beach, FL 330510141, or cityclerk@ keycolonybeach.net and your comments will be entered into the record. Publish: December 6, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers Florida Keys Council of

LEGAL NOTICES the Arts Notice of Upcoming Meetings Nominating Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12 noon Grant Panel Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm Monroe County School District, 241 Trumbo Road Key West Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. Questions? Call the arts council office at 2954369. Publish: December 6, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on January 15, 2019, at 3:00 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: STOCK ISLAND II ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Pursuant to F.S. § 50.0211(3)(a), all published competitive solicitation notices can be viewed at: www. floridapublicnotices. com, a searchable Statewide repository for all published legal notices. Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from DemandStar by Onvia at www.demandstar. com OR www. monroecountybids. com. The Public Record is available at the Monroe County Purchasing Office located in 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. Publish: December 6, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 18 CP 144P IN RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY A. LOWE, Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of DOROTHY A. LOWE, deceased, File Number 118 CP 144P, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, Florida

LEGAL NOTICES 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorneys are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All persons on whom this notice is served who have objections that challenge the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative, venue, or jurisdiction of this Court are required to file their objections with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent's estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is December 6, 2018. Personal Representative: Jerry O. Lowe 2606 Parker Carabelle, Florida Telephone: (850) 5970616 Attorneys for Personal Representative: Timothy P. Stickney, Esq. 285 Woodcrest Road Key Biscayne FL 33149 Telephone: (786) 5536537 Email: stickneyatty@ gmail.com Florida Bar No.: 323632 Publish: December 6 and December 13, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2018-CP233-K JUDGE TIMOTHY J. KOENIG IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ROBERT W. SCHENK, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the ancillary estate of ROBERT W. SCHENK, deceased,


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whose date of death was June 1, 2018, and the last four digits of whose social security number are 2635, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below.

Division; the address of which is 3117 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below.

All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 6, 2018. Personal Representative: JON H. SCHENK 1715 Rank Road Grass Lake, MI 49240 Attorney for Personal Representative: CARA HIGGINS Attorney for Jon H. Schenk Florida Bar Number: 0734241 HORAN & HIGGINS LLP 608 Whitehead Street Key West, FL 33040 Telephone (305) 2944585 Facsimile (305) 2947822 E-Mail: cara@ horanhiggins.com Publish: December 6 & December 13, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 18-CP000081-M IN RE: THE ESTATE OF RICHARD PAUL LAVELLE, SR., Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Richard Paul Lavelle, Sr., deceased, whose date of death was April 25, 2018, file number 18-CP-000081-M, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate

All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.

LEGAL NOTICES All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.

LEGAL NOTICES The date of first publication of this notice is December 6, 2018. Personal Representative: Richard P. Lavelle, Jr. 12 Wyoming Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Attorney for Personal Representative: Nicholas W. Mulick, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0337757 Nicholas W. Mulick, P.A. 91645 Overseas Highway Tavernier, Florida 33070 Telephone: (305) 852-9292 reception@mulicklaw.com Publish: December 6 & December 13, 2018 The Weekly Newspapers

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Monroe County Land Authority The Monroe County Land Authority Advisory Committee will meet in the Monroe Regional Service Center located at 2796 Overseas Highway, Suite 104, Marathon, Florida on December 19, 2018 beginning at 1:30 PM. The agenda is 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 Administrator's 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".

NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS The Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida (“the County”) hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments, for the cost of providing certain wastewater capital improvements and connections, to be levied within the unincorporated area of Monroe County encompassing the Stock Island, Key Haven, Big Coppitt, Lower Sugarloaf through Big Pine Key, No Name Key, Long Key, Duck Key; excluding Indies Islands, and three (3) parcels on Boca Chica: RE# 122870-000000, 0122880-00000, and 122890-000000 for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2019 and continuing each year until discontinued by the County. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 3:00 p.m. on December 19, 2018 in the Commission Chambers, Murray Nelson Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. All interested persons are invited to attend. 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. ADA ASSISTANCE: If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodation in order to participate in these proceeding, please contact the County Administrator’s 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”. Dated at Key West, Florida this 13th, day of November, 2018 Kevin Madok, Clerk and ex officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida

THEME: HOLIDAY SONGS ACROSS 1. Rare bills 5. Clairvoyant’s gift 8. Snoopy 12. Time distortion 13. Show worry 14. Wyoming’s official sport 15. *John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is ____)” 16. And elsewhere 17. Opposite of bonjour 18. *”Have ____ a Merry Little Christmas” 20. MTV’s “____’d” 21. Incessantly 22. A cool ____, as in money 23. *”Should auld acquaintance be ____” 26. *”Run ____ Run” sung by Chuck Berry 30. *Co-writer of #15 Across 31. Used tabulator key 34. Your majesty 35. 1965 Watts events 37. *”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” sung by Brenda ____ 38. Mozart and Einstein, e.g. 39. Golly! 40. Dry ravine, in Asia 42. Not don’ts 43. Diplomatic alliance 45. Like empty hotel room 47. “Fat chance!” 48. Shenzi of “The Lion King” 50. Eastern European 52. *Vince ____ Trio of “Linus and Lucy” fame 55. Between violin and cello 56. Rainbows and such 57. Rumpelstiltskin’s weaver 59. Coral reef island 60. Facebook’s “psst” 61. ____ Mann of “The Simpsons” 62. Decades 63. Lt.’s inferior, in the Navy 64. *”Last Christmas” duo

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