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‘VOLUNTARY BUYOUT’ FUNDED County to get $15 million; Marathon to receive $5 million

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onroe County will receive $15 million for the Voluntary Home Buyout Program, the state announced on Dec. 4. The program aims to reduce community risk by purchasing homes in high flood-risk areas affected by Hurricane Irma. The City of Marathon will receive an additional $5 million. “This is so meaningful to Monroe County recovery,” said Christine Hurley, assistant Monroe County administrator. “This is the beginning of changing the face of the Florida Keys by eliminating high risk properties and recreating a resilient community.” The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said the funds should be contractually awarded to the county by May 2020, at which time Monroe County can begin program implementation. The county developed a grant application prior to deadline that included 62 applicants in unincorporated Monroe County. This program allows the county to buy both the land and the structure at the pre-Hurricane Irma fair market value. “Given the vast interest in the program, it is possible the county may seek more funding in future grant cycles,” said Helene Wetherington, director of Monroe County Disaster Recovery. Properties will be prioritized by the most vulnerable populations located in low- and moderate-income areas, and those at highest risk for future flooding. Any existing structures will be demolished, and the property will be used for permanent open space, conservation, recreation, or stormwater management systems in perpetuity. This program, if used in conjunction with the county’s sustainability infrastructure rebuilding program, will allow the county to approach “managed retreat” to build back a stronger community. The registration process for the program is closed but may reopen if the State of Florida issues additional funding. More information on the buyout program and ongoing updates are at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/hurricaneirma. Following Hurricane Irma, the state designated a set-aside for several programs for Monroe County, including Rebuild Florida programs. With the new allocation, the Hurricane Irma recovery set aside is now at $105 million countywide. — Contributed

City announces new hire of building inspector In midNovember, the City of Marathon hired Daniel Walsh of M.T. Causley as the building official. Growth Management Daniel Walsh Director Doug Lewis, formerly the city’s provisional building official in addition to this other duties, said he will focus on managing the building, planning and code departments and continue working on upgrading of systems and streamlining processes. “Dan was here helping out in the building department after Hurricane Irma,” Lewis said. “With his extensive experience, he will be an asset to our team.” M.T. Causley is a firm of consultants headquartered in South Florida. The team of professionals consists of certified State of Florida engineers, building officials, plans examiners and inspectors along with experienced permit and administrative staff. It consults with local municipal building departments including places such as Belleview, Juno Beach, Pasco County and Lake Worth in providing plans review and inspection services.


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SEEN AROUND TOWN

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

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very year, the Marathon chapter of the Zonta Club prepares its Festival of Trees. Through Saturday, the public is encouraged to stop by and “vote” for a tree with a raffle ticket. The winners of the trees will be announced at the Saturday night gala. —Weekly staff report

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SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly 1. Viviana Torres and Monica Lorenzo of JRC Builders have created a Mexican theme — little sombreros festoon the tree alongside tiny bottles of tequila and miniature maracas. 2. The Marathon Book Club arranges a tower of books as its entry into the “tree” raffle. It’s sure to be a raffle ticket best seller. 921 66th Street, Marathon

3. Tara Morris and Kris Schluter are feeling mischevious this holiday season. Their tree is infected with naughty and nice Elves on the Shelf.

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WEEKLY INTERVIEW

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

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PLAY AT YOUR OWN PACE Richard Lorenzo launches new Junior Tennis Academy in Marathon

Richard Lorenzo is ready to take on new students at the Florida Keys Country Club Junior Tennis Academy. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

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Aspiring tennis students in Marathon and the surrounding keys have a new home to hone their skills. Meet Marathon resident Richard Lorenzo, director of the new Florida Keys Country Club Junior Tennis Academy.

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ow did you start learning and teaching tennis? My brother introduced me to the sport after college. He beats me in everything with pure athletic ability, but then I started taking the sport seriously. I started taking lessons before work and playing a lot, and eventually I began teaching in the summer time. Now I’ve been teaching professionally for 25 years. What first brought you to the Keys? I discovered that teaching tennis was a passion when I lived in Vermont, but obviously I couldn’t do it year-round. One year my wife and I drove from Vermont to Key West and met some friends in Marathon. My sister also lived in Big Pine, so we started coming down here in the winters in 1999. It mushroomed to being down here pretty much full-time. What inspired you to start teaching tennis here in the Keys? I’ve been a part of the community for 20 years, and I saw a need for synergy between the community park programs, the private sector, and the public school sector. When you start off with young kids, development of motor skills is universal. However, it’s frustrating for kids to learn

something and then have to relearn it later on, so I wanted to help children develop the proper skills early on and maintain them. I’m in a stage of life where I have more time and can really afford to give a lot more back to the community. Once you saw this, how did your academy come about? I spoke to (director of parks and recreation) Paul Davis and Lance Martin, the athletic director for Marathon High School, and they were on the same page. Peter Rosasco, one of the principal owners of the Florida Keys Country Club, was in agreement as well. I used to be the head tennis pro here, and he has allowed me to use their facilities for the junior academy. What is your academy’s mission? This is a not-for-profit academy geared towards elementary and high school students. It’s an after-school program with tiered play that can develop into a multiday program depending on our students’ desires. Basically, I’m available to anyone at any time. High school students can come here to develop during the offseason from their tennis team, and they can be both participants and mentors for younger developing players. The key is to build up the players’ skills and their character at the same time,

and then let them develop at their own pace, not your pace. That’s the key. What is the cost for students? The cost per participant is $0, but donations are accepted to help purchase equipment for students in need. A percentage of the remaining funds are used to pay for facility usage, and the rest are donated to the Marathon High School Athletic Fund. Is there anything else you want potential students to know? Tennis is a very economical sport, and whether you’re tall, short, big, or small, you can play. What is your favorite Marathon restaurant? Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House is probably where I go the most. What’s the last movie you watched? I don’t know, “Gone with the Wind”? What’s the weirdest app you have on your phone? At a meeting about our program, I pulled out my flip phone and asked the kids if they knew what it was. They thought it was a pager and came up with everything except a flip phone. My wife is killing me because I still have a flip phone. To learn more about the academy, visit www.floridakeyscc.com/ junior-tennis-academy or contact Lorenzo at 305-849-0297.


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MONROE COUNTY

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

To our BUYERS and SELLERS. We hope you enjoy your new homes.

Karen represented the Sellers of: 1400 Marlin Drive Marathon, FL 33050

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY

KEY WEST DOUBLETREE RESORT 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, Florida 33040 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019

Regular Meeting 10:30 A.M.

The purpose of the Regular Meeting is for the Board to take action on routine business matters for the FKAA and to receive reports on operational aspects of the organization. All agendas and backup can be viewed on our web site @ www.fkaa.com., or a copy of the Agenda, or any backup, is available upon request from FKAA, Pam Albury, Executive Office Coordinator, 1100 Kennedy Drive, Key West, FL 33040, (305) 295-2205, palbury@fkaa.com. ADA ASSISTANCE: If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, by phoning (305) 295-2205.

Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers speaks at the Florida Association of Counties 2019 Legislative Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. She serves at the chair of the Water Policy Committee. CONTRIBUTED

CARRUTHER COVERS WATER POLICY

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onroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers, chair of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Water Policy Committee, addressed the attendees of the 2019 Legislative Conference held in November in Ft. Lauderdale. “Water is paramount to Florida's economy, livelihood and quality of life, from the Georgia border to the Florida Straits, from inland lakes and springs to our 8,500 miles of coastline, yet we have no overriding policy or recurring, consistent, significant funding source to address issues related to water quality and quantity statewide,” said Carruthers. “This committee seeks to address that.” The Water Policy Committee is a new committee FAC created to focus on all things water across the state. The committee serves as the association's voice when addressing water-related policy concerns, and provides a structure for the organization to recommend solutions. Frank Bernardino of Anfield Consulting, a lobbyist for Monroe County, highlighted the disparate levels of statewide water needs versus statewide water spending. He made suggestions to the committee on how FAC can play a stronger advocacy role. In addition to Carruthers, Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Coldiron attended the conference. Coldiron is a member of the FAC Growth Management, Agriculture, Transportation and Environment Committee. Monroe County legislative affairs director Lisa Tennyson also attended the conference. The committee’s 2019 legislative policy booklets can be viewed at https://www.fl-counties.com/policy-committees. — Contributed


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MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."~ Romans 15:13

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

KEYS BY THE SEA: THE ‘REAL’ PERMANENT RV

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e have been following City Ordinance 2019-11 that was brought forward by Trailer Ranch. This ordinance would allow owners who have or had a permanent RV to remove it and replace it with a transient RV. This ordinance would certainly affect Key by the Sea (formerly Key RV). As a matter of fact, we were often mentioned in discussions by the City Council in their recent meeting. A little history is needed here. The very term “permanent RV” came about to describe an RV that existed in Key by the Sea, when it signed a development agreement with the City of Marathon in July of 2007. That agreement among other things was to protect the trailers that were anchored to the ground, had attachments such as Florida rooms, were no longer capable of going down the roadway and recognize them as workforce housing. Marathon’s Comprehensive Plan was changed to reflect this specific term and the term has morphed to include many other permutations outside of Key by the Sea. Key by the Sea is unique in the group of places affected by this ordinance due to the fact that we are a Florida condominium. We are comprised of 200 lots consisting of mobile homes, elevated homes, permanent RVs, and transient lots. Existing permanent RVs in Key by the Sea are real property, taxed as such, and in Monroe County require the same person/ entity own the lot and the RV (ownerowned-RV and lot). Those units can be rented and tend to rent very quickly as affordable workforce housing due to its severe shortage in Marathon. If you were to ask the existing permanent RV owners if they would demolish their permanent RV and replace it with a transient RV, you would get a resounding no. This is probably the case of any permanent RV owner in Marathon. If that is the objective of this ordinance,

it will not happen. Key by the Sea had 125 permanent RVs that existed pre-IRMA; 69 were either washed away or subsequently demolished after IRMA. Of those 69 many would like to replace their permanent RV with another permanent RV as it is by far the least costly form of workforce housing in Marathon. In FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) they allow placement of permanent RVs in special flood hazard areas as long as they meet the elevation and anchoring requirements of manufactured homes. Marathon’s Comprehensive Plan is not required to, but in most cases does, mirror FEMA’s NFIP. Many of those 69 lots have started building elevated homes, are in the process of building a home, and/or have asked our board for approval to build a home. There are also people who want to take the opportunity to take advantage of their investment and either live in a recreational vehicle on their lot or just rent their empty lot. Many of the lot owners have decided to just move on and have placed their lot up for sale. The proposed ordinance with its dual usage gives the owner the ability to both build a home or use the property as a transient unit, substantially enhancing the lot’s market value. We have three large multiple lot investors/owners that have different financial objectives than other owners might have. We have one that has most or all of their lots for sale. We have one business that owns many lots that has plans to build elevated workforce housing for their employees for a future Marathon project. We have one that wants to block or delay an FKEC upgrade that is needed for an underpowered, overloaded, and un-safe electric grid. In addition, we have never faced a situation where more lots are for sale at one time. Like the City of Marathon, the dynamics are ever changing In respect to the 180-day requirement, and just one of the questions we are hearing, again we can reference FEMA. FEMA’s NFIP says that recreational vehicles can stay 180 days “or” they have to be road ready. This would imply they would not have to be moved every 180 days as long as they remained road ready. Again, the city does not have to, but usually does, mirror FEMA’s NFIP. The other question we get is, are we going to turn Key by the Sea into a campground; we already have true transient lots for that. A campground was never what the city or Key by the Sea ever envisioned when they entered into a development agreement. The City Council has a daunting task of how to be fair. We wish we could give everyone what they want; we’re sure the Council feels the same way. “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” Jim Stewart and the board, Key by the Sea, Marathon


OPINION

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

DANIEL SAMESS

www.keysweekly.com

HEALTHCARE COST TOO MUCH? YEAH, IT’S A PROBLEM Chamber head talks medical cost sharing solutions

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e all know about our lack of truly affordable housing in the Keys; this is no secret or surprise. What about truly affordable healthcare? Also, how many of you have been denied a medical claim where it was deemed not permissible per your insurance plan? Better yet, even if covered, you still have yet to meet your $5,000-plus deductible so swipe that credit card, or empty that savings account. We all have heard the analogy, “Many people in our workforce here are one carrelated repair from being forced to leave the Keys.” Well, I believe this also to be true for health care; as many in our workforce that are uninsured or underinsured are one illness, ER visit, or accident away from going into more debt than they can handle so its bye-bye Florida Keys. In fact, per our Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, over 19% of Monroe County residents are uninsured, almost twice the national average! I read a great and insightful article recently, discussing why Medicare for all will not work and should not be implemented. Of course we hear this by some of the candidates running for office on the national level as one of the ways to provide some level of health insurance for everyone, and maybe they are right. I will say we need competition in the marketplace, we need better transparency on what medical services cost (that is happening now actually with hospitals having to list their pricing sheets). Per this article, some research suggests that costs for healthcare will rise dramatically when it’s “free” since people will abuse/over-use the system by requesting many unnecessary tests, exams, office visits, etc. Currently this is happening already and is driving costs up.

While both sides of the political aisle have their own ideas and agendas, there is something happening right under our noses, and right here in the Keys. Something that has been around for decades, but is now open to an even larger population on a national scale —Medical Cost Sharing (MCS for short). MCS is the simple premise of a large group of like-minded people pooling together to share their medical costs with their group, or community as they call it. No it’s not socialism, nor communism; because it’s not free, nor equal for everyone. There is strength in numbers, and this premise/solution utilizes this as an asset. This system also breeds responsible living and use of healthcare, thereby bringing down the costs of healthcare within the community. It also eliminates hidden fees, price gouging, etc. It also promotes freedom from networks. It puts YOU, the patient, in control. We have a version of this right here in the Florida Keys called Keys To Health, and it uses MCS programs to offer affordable healthcare solutions to businesses, locals, families, etc. More importantly, those who join become part of a national community, which as I mentioned spreads the risk and allows the community to be solvent and financially healthy. Keys To Health products are on average 50% to 60% less expensive than traditional healthcare insurance plans via Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, etc., while not sacrificing solutions that will work to keep you, your family, staff, etc. healthy and well-taken care of. The Weekly Newspapers recently featured the Keys To Health program in an article better explaining it and how it works, and is available to read online at www.KeysWeekly.com. There is no silver bullet to both reducing the costs of healthcare and healthcare for all, but there are multi-modal solutions that can get us closer to achieving such desired results, with Keys To Health being one of them (in my humble opinion). So here’s to being healthy, happy, and not having to pay through the nose to have this; and here’s to being able to provide such benefits for our valued staff and employees who make our businesses run and keep us in business! For more info about Keys To Health please visit www.Keys2Health.org. — Daniel Samess is the CEO of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Email him at ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com, visit www.floridakeysmarathon.com or call 305-743-5417.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

SAVE THE DATE

KIDS TO SING ABOUT ‘FRED’ Music teacher composes original Christmas song

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he Switlik Singers will perform and record an original song, "Fred the Groovy Christmas Tree," authored by music teacher Jack Louden. On Thursday, Dec. 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the kids will record the song, featuring soloist Sutton Sayer, and will perform it again on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Faro Blanco holiday event. —Contributed Fred the Groovy Christmas Tree© (Refrain) It’s gonna be a Merry Keysie Christmas You gotta meet the star of the sea Lights they are glowin,’ sparklin’ and blowin’ That’s Fred the groovy Christmas tree. Hangin’ around the seven mile old bridge Spreadin’ some peace and holiday cheer. Awesome as ever, friendly forever That’s Fred the groovy Christmas tree. (Verse 1) Family and friends gotta drive by Fred is a festive kind of a guy Strong and so bright, sure to delight Fred hangs out in Paradise! (Verse 2) Swayin with style, born to be free Fred makes me smile with holiday glee. Even the birds are gatherin’ round Fred’s the coolest tree in town! (Bridge) Irma came with raging might Tried to blow Fred away Fred was brave, he held on tight He still stands wearin’ Christmas lights!

Through Dec. 7 • Zonta Festival of Trees at Florida Keys Country Club. Viewing on Dec. 5-6 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

• National Marine Sanctuary advisory council meeting (written and oral comments accepted from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.) from 1 to 9 p.m., at Islander Resort, MM 82.

Thursday, Dec. 5 • Preschool story time at 10:30 a.m.; ukulele for tweens at 4 p.m. at Marathon library. • Duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. at Marathon Senior Center. 305-9230266.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 • All ages game day from 4 to 6 p.m. at Marathon library. • FKSPCA benefit: pet photos with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. at Keys Animal Hospital, Marathon.

Friday, Dec. 6 • Book club discusses “Daughter of Fortune” by Isabelle Allende at 10:30 a.m.; arts and crafts for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. at Marathon library. • Marathon Lighted Bike Parade at 5 p.m. to benefit Wesley House in front of Marathon airport terminal. Ride starts at 7 p.m. • Cupcakes and beer to benefit FKSPCA from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shady Palm Art Gallery, Marathon. • Santa visits with kids at 5:30 p.m. at Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate, Marathon. Saturday, Dec. 7 • One-day safe boating class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marathon Fire Station. $30. • Christmas Bazaar at 9 a.m. at St. Columba Church, Marathon. • Cookie walk from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marathon Moose Lodge. • Lighting of the Faro Blanco lighthouse and boat parade from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hyatt Place, Marathon. • Key West Holiday Parade at 7 p.m., Truman Avenue to Duval Street, Key West. Sunday, Dec. 8 • Holiday Affordapalooza family festival hosted by Florida Keys Community Land Trust at 12:30 p.m. on Bailey Road, Big Pine Key. • Key Colony Beach Tucker DeGraw Memorial Boat Parade at dusk. Best viewing from Sadowski Causeway. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • AARP driving class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., MM 88.8, Plantation Key. 305-394-3878. • Duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. at Marathon Senior Center. 305-9230266. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra present “Shout the Good News” at 7:30 p.m. at Big Pine Methodist Church.

Thursday, Dec. 12 • Duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. at Marathon Senior Center. 305-9230266. • Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra present “Shout the Good News” at 7 p.m. at San Pablo Catholic Church. A reception will follow. Friday, Dec. 13 • Cookies with Santa from 4 to 6 p.m. at Keys Federal Credit Union, Marathon. • Spanish culture immersion night (language, arts, music and culinary) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Marathon High School. • Holiday lights “throw the switch” event at 5:30 p.m. at Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Marathon. Saturday, Dec. 14 • Santa’s Workshop from 8 to 11 a.m. at Stanley Switlik Elementary, Marathon. • Fishing skills clinic for ages 4-14 10 a.m. to noon at the former Quay property, Marathon. Free. • Marathon Community Theatre holiday show at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $5. • Boot Key Harbor Lighted Boat Parade at 6 p.m., Middle Keys. Sunday, Dec. 15 • Winter Wonderland (with “reindeer ponies!”) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Crane Point Museum, Marathon. Tuesday, Dec. 17 • Duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. at Marathon Senior Center. 305-9230266. Thursday, Dec. 19 • Monroe County Democrats at 5 p.m. (meet and greet) and business meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place, Marathon. • Duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. at Marathon Senior Center. 305-9230266.

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FLAGLER ARRIVES AT KEY VACA Marathon History BRAD BERTELLI

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he first time Henry Flagler rode the entirety of the Key West Extension from the mainland to Key West was Jan. 22, 1912. It was not, however, the first time a train had delivered him to the Key West terminus. Though daily train service would not reach Key West until 1912, it had been occurring in the Upper and Middle Keys since 1908. Weeks before the initial version of the Over-Sea Railroad was completed, Flagler would spend a few hours in Key West. Traveling with a group, Flagler arrived at Key Vaca on Dec. 7, 1911. He met with chief construction engineer William Krome and they took a tour of the developing railroad town of Marathon before boarding the ferry Princess Issena and setting a course for Big Pine Key. After landing at Big Pine, Flagler and his group boarded another train that delivered them to Key West. They stayed a short time on the island before traveling back to Big Pine, boarding the Princess Issena, and returning to Key Vaca. Henry Flagler and his group would travel back to Miami the same evening. Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center.


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A motley crew of tropical Santas gathers at Old City Hall on Greene Street in Key West. Each year for Santa Con, locals get together in costumes for this moveable party on the street. Anyone can join in; that’s the holiday spirit of misfit toys. VIRGINIA WARK/Contributed

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entrant can submit up to 10 photos. The only requirement is that photos represent the winter holidays in the Keys. Think boat parades, stockings hung from sail masts and Santas out catching mahi. Top three winners will have their photos featured in the Christmas week newspaper and will earn a surprise Keys swag bag. Email photo submissions to tiffany@keysweekly.com with a short description of where you took it, what it is, and why it represents the holidays in the Keys. Photos will be posted on the Keys Weekly Facebook page for voting and sharing. Deadline for submission is Friday, Dec. 14. By submitting an entry to the photo contest, entrants certify that their participation is not illegal or in violation of any law or regulation and that they own all rights and copyrights to the image(s).

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SEEN AROUND TOWN

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

SANTA ARRIVES (EARLY) IN MARATHON Park staff welcomes public and the guy in the red suit

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he City of Marathon beat everyone else to the punch by turning on the lights display and engaging Santa Claus for his first public appearance in the Middle Keys. Santa arrived on a big fire truck and spent a moment or two with every little one who wanted to whisper into his ear. — Weekly staff report BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly 1. A jolly old elf can draw a crowd. 2. Eight-month-old Freya Chalue meets Santa for the first time with parents Cody and Sara. 3. At the “frost-your-own-cookie” table, 8-year-old Hazel Valerdi creates a holiday masterpiece.

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4. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style courtesy of Marathon’s bravest. Pictured are parks and recreation director Anthony Davis, left, Santa Claus, Vice Mayor Luis Gonzales, Mrs. Claus and Fire Chief John Johnson. (Look carefully and spot John Grouten and Charlotte Quinn.) 5. Every year, the City of Marathon adds to its collection of holiday light displays. Tight lines, Santa.


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ON THE STAGE

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

ALEX RICKERT

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If you can find a show that makes you laugh more than “Greater Tunaâ€?‌ MOVE!

hose visiting Marathon Community Theatre in the coming weeks should consider bringing a pencil and notepad. They just might need it. Why? Because over the span of two hours, the two stars of MCT’s “Greater Tunaâ€? will use a whirlwind of costume changes to adopt the personas of an astounding 10 characters ‌ each. Directed by Marilyn Tempest and starring John Schaefer and Michael Chaplin, “Greater Tunaâ€? is a follow-up to MCT’s 2014 production of “A Tuna Christmasâ€? with mostly the same cast and crew. Set in the small town of Tuna, Texas, the show features many of the same beloved characters from the first production along with a few new ones. From used-weapons saleswoman Didi Snavely to brooding housewife Bertha Bumiller and humane society “puppy-pusherâ€? Petey Fisk, the show offers an (only-slightly-exaggerated) commentary on small-town life in Texas.

Tempest could not speak more highly of her returning cast, stating unequivocally, “I would not have done this show if they were not willing to. They bring a joy to the characters. Not everyone would put themselves out there like that, but they both do.� At this point, Schaefer has literally lost count of how many times he has taken the stage at MCT. But in taking on 10 roles in a single show, he says the physical personas of each are key to helping him switch gears each time he walks on stage. “The new characters (that weren’t in Tuna Christmas) are the hardest for me. I wanted them to be completely different from the ones that are on stage all the time. I try to give each one a different mannerism. For instance, when I’m Charlene I try to always walk pigeon-toed, or when I’m Jody I think about what it was like to be a kid.� Chaplin offers a bit more of a no-nonsense approach. “Every time I walk offstage, I ask my dressers, ‘Where do I go, and who am I?’ As soon as they say it, I’ve got the character in my head.� From the opening curtain to the final bows, the play is a revolving door of hilariously ridiculous characters. Entertaining musical selections keep the audience engaged during brief scene changes, and the show manages to take advantage of MCT’s revamped LED lighting system. The set design is minimalist but effective, as the actors and their pantomimed props successfully capture the audience’s attention. As Chaplin stated, crowds coming to see “Greater Tuna� can look forward to an evening of hilarity poking fun at small-town life, something to which Marathon residents can certainly relate. “I lived in a place called Cut N Shoot, Texas. The people in Cut N Shoot were these people. They exist!� And, as he reminded this reporter, "This play is a farce. Some people look at it like, ‘You can’t say this or you can’t say that.’ It’s a send-up. Enjoy it and have fun with it.� This is the final weekend of “Greater Tuna,� with shows on Dec. 5-7. The curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available by visiting www.marathontheater.org or calling the box office at 305-743-0994.

As Chaplin stated, crowds coming to see “Greater Tuna� can look forward to an evening of hilarity poking fun at small-town life, something to which Marathon residents can certainly relate.

Actors Mike Chapln and John Schaefer flank director Marilyn Tempest. ALEX RICKER/Keys Weekly

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COMMUNITY NEWS

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

SARA MATTHIS

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MAKE SOME SIMPLE AND STYLISH GIFTS Most of us are straining our budgets to the bursting point this time of year. That’s why I love the DIY Christmas gift ideas. It can be homemade cookies in hand-decorated tins … or something more elaborate. Here are four ideas to get you started. Pro tip: Do some “experiments” the weekend before you plan on knocking out a set of your DIY gifts — there may be some trial and error to get it just right.

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FAUX ‘SHRINKY DINKS’ If you are of a certain vintage (ahem), you’ll remember Shrinky Dinks — a craft popular in the '70s that involved cutting out a shape, coloring it and baking it into a pint sized version in the oven. Now, it’s possible to do the same with something you have at home — No. 6 plastic. Those are the clear plastic boxes that strawberries, for example, come in at Florida supermarkets. Cut out a shape, add a hole for ribbon or chain, color it, and bake it in the oven at about 350 degrees for three minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The shape will curl up and look ruined at one point, but will eventually flatten out again. Trust the process and think big. A 2-inch circle will shrink down to the size of a dime. The edges can be sharp, too, so file them down with an emery board.

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Find a little tin box, spraypaint it white, and add some washi tape. Add a little succulent plant (either purchased or culled from your own garden) and — voila! — it’s a gift. Add a magnet and the easy-to-make gift can garnish an appliance. Everyone needs a little green inside, even in the Keys.

Cookies and desserts make excellent DIY gifts. But to make yours stand out, think about the packaging. The little Chinese take out boxes are available for purchase on the internet, but a reusable receptacle is even better, such as a little clay pot. Make it look festive by either painting it red and white, or wrapping it in red and white yarn. Add two black buttons to evoke Santa’s suit.

This DIY project is a little more intricate than the others and requires some supplies. First, you need an ink jet printer; laser printers won’t work. Then gather some freezer paper, and some magical Bubble Jet 2000 (the liquid sets the picture onto cotton) and some cotton or linen fabric. Print some favorite photos —family or friends — onto the cotton, trim and sew. Embellish with some embroidery thread and some sequins for extra pizzazz and add a loop to hang on the tree.

hopping’s only half the battle if you’re sending those toys, electronics and household goodies to your loved ones afar. To ensure your gifts get to their destination safe and sound, here are some tips courtesy of Sharon Silva, owner and operator of UPS Stores in Marathon and Key Largo. • Pack your gifts with bubble packs and bubble wrap only. Any other packing material will not have enough cushioning to protect the item shipped. If you need to file for a damage claim and used any other packing material besides bubble packs and bubble wrap, the claim will be denied automatically. • Use new shipping boxes only as they have higher resistance to outside pressure from other boxes during transportation, thus avoiding damages to your shipped items. • Pay close attention to delivery time for the destination that you need to ship your gifts. After the first week of December, UPS is not guaranteeing any ground service delivery time due to very high volume of packages shipped that time of the year. The only services with delivery dates and time guaranteed are the next-day air, second-day air and 3-day air delivery where it is available. • Due to a very high volume of Amazon.com returns, be patient when you bring it to return at The UPS Stores as its priority in December are to pack & ship Christmas gifts. • Use the earlier morning hours to ship your gifts. The afternoons are very busy and you may have to wait in a long line to be attended. • Bring a smile with you. We promise to give one back as well!


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AND THAT’S A (GREEN) WRAP! GREEN GIFT-WRAPPING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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opefully you and your credit cards survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday in one piece, and you’ve finished all your holiday shopping. While you catch your breath, we wanted to bring something to your attention — gift wrapping. Originally created from spare envelope liners by stationary store moguls Rollie and Joyce Hall (of Hallmark fame) in 1917, wrapping paper has become a huge industry world-wide. The sheer magnitude of colors, sparkles, and shine available today is enough to dazzle even the grouchiest grinch. But these embellishments come at a price — to consumers and to the environment. The global gift-wrapping industry was valued at $15.1 billion in 2018. Most wrapping paper is eagerly ripped up and then tossed in the trash. The fancier the paper, the less likely it can be recycled. The same goes for metallic bows, tinsel, glitter and decorative tape. Some wrapping papers are lined with plastics to make them more durable or shiny, which also makes them harder to recycle. Here in the Keys, we’re all committed to keeping our environment healthy and our lives sustainable. So, as we cruise on through the holiday season, we wanted to suggest some non-traditional ways to wrap those presents that are good for your wallet and better for the Earth. And, they’re pretty enough that even the big man himself would approve! ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES • Brown paper bags – simple, chic and easy. Available at most stationery and craft stores, the bags can be personalized with messages or designs. And, they’re totally recyclable. Embellish with some holly or Christmas berries. • Upcycle tins and boxes – decorate old tins and boxes you already own to put gifts in. You can use paints, tapes, and fabric to give an old box a new look. Throw on some twine with a cute pinecone for a festive touch. • Tea towels, scarves, or other fabric wraps – it’s reusable afterward and is a great, sustainable way to wrap presents. • Mason jars – tie a cute twine ribbon and a sprig of cinnamon on the jar. Works great for small items like jewelry.

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“GREENER” GIFT WRAP • Brown Kraft paper or brown paper saved from packages/cut-up bags – unlike traditional foiled gift-wrapping, brown craft paper is fully recyclable and completely biodegradable. Write nice notes directly on it for a personalized look. Decorate with a fresh sprig of green or a flower for a nice tropical note. • Newspapers, old maps, cool posters – use the comics or the black-and-white printed pages of the paper for an extra-classy look that we obviously love. • Your kids’ drawings – if you’ve got tots in the house and they love to doodle, you can use these as very personal wrapping paper alternatives. • Wrapping paper made from recycled paper – duh. - Bunched newspaper or folded cardboard – use as shipping space fillers instead of plastic packing peanuts or Styrofoam. DIY GIFT DECOR • Twine, hemp, leather cord or spare scraps of fabric – instead of plastic-coated ribbon, use all-natural twine or other bits you save throughout the year to tie your presents. • Washi tape – use instead of clear tape. Washi tape is an adhesive sticker made with natural fibers. It’s recyclable with brown paper. • Paper bows, fresh flowers, and other natural items for decoration – use instead of plastic and metallic décor. • Small ornament - If you want to add some fun, tie a small ornament on top of a present for a reusable pop of color. • Shred paper as present filler or instead of confetti.

THINGS TO AVOID • Glitter-encrusted anything and confetti – that shine is not recyclable. Most glitters are tiny microplastics that can end up polluting our oceans. • Laminated, metallic or textured papers – not recyclable. • Fancy holiday cards – because of the glitter and decorations, these also are not recyclable. • Ribbons – most are vinyl or other nonrecyclable products and go straight to the landfill. If you receive any, save them for next year. 1. Cut-up paper bags or brown kraft paper is a great alternative if you still want to rip open gifts but want to help the earth. Top it with yarn and a small ornament for a simple, classy gift! LIVEKINDLY.COM/Contributed 2. Using old newspapers as wrapping paper is a cheap and classy way to do something different for the holidays. Decorate with twine and some holiday cheer. PEBBLE MAG/Contributed 3. Furoshiki is the Japanese art of fabric gift wrapping. You can use a tea towel or scarf to achieve a similar, eco-friendly look. THE ART OF SIMPLE/Contributed


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DARE I SAY IT

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

SQUARE TURKEYS & OTHER ADVENTURES Remembering the anniversary of the most epic Thanksgiving ever

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but had more than one good story to tell. But the best one et’s throw out a couple of facts before this story involved a small bout of fisticuffs at the Roatan airport when starts. One, I grew up in Honduras, Central America. Two, there was a time when my dad, John New- a smug American insulted my dad’s rain gear (a big black ton, owned a company on El Tigre, a small volcanic trash bag with holes cut out for his head and arms) and Dad punched him in the nose. island on the Pacific side of the country, nestled My mother’s last-straw moment was when she realized almost equidistant from El Salvador and Nicarathat the turkeys were not going to fit in the oven. You see, gua in the Gulf of Fonseca. Three, he was a boat builder. the little houses perched on the tropical cliff were outfitted That’s why, one year, we had square turkeys for Thankswith boat ovens, big enough for a chicken maybe, but not the giving, days after the actual holiday. Yes, square turkeys. But monster birds we needed to feed the horde. first … we had it almost a week late because my father and At the time that this drama was unfolding I was maybe adult brother were, technically, lost at sea. 9 or 10 years old, and this, to me, seemed like the biggest Their adventure started with a boat delivery — from southwest to northeast across Honduras with two new boats, tragedy, that the turkeys wouldn’t fit into the oven. Not the near-death experiences of my dad and brother, not the posa sportsfishermen-style called Pacifica. They were loaded sible loss of two very exonto trailers and driven pensive boats critical to across the country — no the bottom line, not my easy feat with a mounmother’s silent worry. tain range and super And so I was the hairy roads in between one who followed Dad — and then splashed on down to the boatyard, the Atlantic side. From where he proceeded there, my dad and brothto cheerfully cut pieces er took the helm of the of plywood into a box boats to deliver them shape, put the birds to Roatan in the Bay inside, and secure the Islands. Except a storm entire thing with huge blew up. And, you know, C-clamps. Every so often those pesky reefs. Plus, he would tighten the the year was probably screws, compacting 1979 or near enough; the bird’s volume ever GPS didn’t exist and God El Tigre, a small volcanic island on the Pacific side of Honduras smaller and take another only knows if there was sip of beer. The turkeys such a thing as charts for came out square. I don’t imagine there that corner of the world. The boats ended up high and dry for was room for much stuffing in the bird, more than a few hours until the storm passed. but I remember we all had a good time At this point, we cut back to the Pacific edge of Honduras along a very long table in the bunkhouse where my mom was holding down the fort. I am the youngest of that little house perched on the hillside of six children and long before I arrived my parents learned of El Tigre. that the best way to keep the peace was to let us each invite So, yes, I still love Thanksgiving. We MORE kids to the party. So who knows how many “freeplay games, cook, talk and the same rule range” children were running around the island while Mom holds true — we Newton kids bring extra simultaneously fended off pantry raids, trying to preserve the SARA people to this day. But I have to admit still unprepared and uneaten Thanksgiving dinner, while also MATTHIS that in comparison, every other Thanksmaking a trip down the hill two or three times a day, to the giving gathering has seemed rather tame. only telephone which was also a party line, where the entire thinks commuisland was listening to her no doubt quietly frantic calls to nity journalism (Editor’s note: My Dad proofread this story learn Dad and brother’s whereabouts. is important, but not serious; likes and said he never punched anybody in the They finally did arrive, days late, back on El Tigre. Yes, weird and wonnose in his whole life.) the boats were delivered intact. They were weather-beaten derful children (she has two). Occasionally she tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister. 


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COMMUNITY NEWS

MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

POPS IN THE PARK KICKS OFF Community members gathered at Founders Park’s ICE Amphitheater on Dec. 1 for music from the Florida Keys Community Concert Band with special guests the Northernmost Ukulele Club. Pops in the Park kicked off with musical tributes to veterans and sing-alongs. The next Pops in the Park is set for Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the amphitheater as the Burton Ringers and Santa join the band. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

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MARRIED! Jeanine Christiansen and Patrick D’Amico were married recently in a small hilltop ceremony with family in Antigua. (His last name is D’Amico, no matter what Facebook says!). The groom’s father is Bob D’Amico of Waterbury, Connecticut, and her parents are Jeanne and John Stiastny of Oakdale, New York and Gary and Dorothy Christiansen of Holbrook, New York. Many gathered to wish the couple well, including the groom’s aunt, Brenda; the groom’s sister and brother-in-law Jacqueline and Mark. The groom’s late mother, Kathy D’Amico, was there in spirit. The couple will make their home in Marathon.

Book club discusses Allende book

Soak up some Spanish culture

The Marathon Library Book Discussion Club will meet on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. in the library’s conference room. The December selection is "Daughter of Fortune" by Isabel Allende. An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious young Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Entering a rough-and-tumble world of new arrivals driven mad by gold fever, Eliza moves in a society of single men and prostitutes with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chi'en. The public is invited. Can’t make it this month? The January selection is "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver.

The culinary, music and art departments and the Spanish language classes of Marathon High School are hosting an immersion event on Friday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. The meal features arepas (cornmeal cheesepickets), ropa vieja (shredded steak), pollo a la brasa (marinated grilled chicken), churrasco steak (grilled steak with chimichurri) and elote (grilled street corn) among other delights.

Pool party at Grassy Flats Grassy Flats Resort is pairing up with Florida Keys Brewing Company on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. for a pool party. There will be live music and poolside competitions such as limbo and corn hole. Admission is $5. The resort is located at MM 58.

MYCEF awards study funds Gabe Chapman received an adult scholarship recently from the Marathon Yacht Club Educational Foundation. With the $1,000 assistance, he plans to pursue major certifications dealing with marine electrical systems and electronics, both servicing and installing. Chapman is employed by Seamark Electronics. MYCEF operates the Middle Keys Sailing program for the youth of Marathon and MYC members. The foundation also awards student and adult scholarships each year. Adult scholarships are awarded to adults who have been out of high school for at least a year and who wish to further their career in a marine field.

Cynthia Jaime Shelby Mundy Cynthia Mundy passed away recently in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She was a longtime resident of the Florida Keys. She is survived by her husband, Ron Mundy; father, Jerry Shelby; son Jason Fox; and grandsons Dylon Fox and Austin Fox. She is also survived by her siblings, Beth, Brenda, Pamela, Jennifer, David and Stephen. Jaime was raised in the Keys where she loved the ocean and fishing


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RESTORATION BLUEPRINT Stakeholders weigh in on Sanctuary proposal NOAA’s Restoration Blueprint was introduced at the Sanctuary Advisory Council’s meeting in August, and the community has been buzzing about it since. The proposal seeks to balance the need to bring our marine environments back to health while still promoting the economies and industries depending on those resources. Four alternatives were presented, but constituents were invited to comment upon as much or as little of the proposals as they wanted – whether that be a specific reef, certain regulations, or an entire alternative. Alternative 3, the sanctuary’s preferred plan, would result in major changes in terms of expanded boundaries, additional zoning, tighter regulation and a new management plan. Keys Weekly spoke with environmentalists and stakeholders in affected industries about NOAA’s Restoration Blueprint. Here’s what the community has to say:

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada. Members will discuss NOAA’s proposed changes to the sanctuary’s boundaries, marine zones, regulations and management plan. Public oral and written comment on the Restoration Blueprint will be accepted at the meeting. Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

My name is Joe Weatherby. I have been a professional captain, diver, fisherman, snorkeler, unsuccessful treasure hunter and constant conservationist in the Florida Keys and Key West for over 30 years. I have spent my entire adult life working in and around these waters, primarily engaged in augmenting fishing and diving opportunities through the creation of artificial reefs. I initially joined the SAC to make sure artificial reefs were not eliminated as part of a solution to rapidly disappearing marine habitat. Given the catastrophic decline in the state of our environment, I’m not surprised this community is up in arms. I did not oppose the initial formation of the FKNMS, as I believed we needed to do SOMETHING. Now, 30 years on, things are worse environmentally, but I believe the causes for this are likely bigger than we are currently considering. The Restoration Blueprint is in DRAFT form. I have been asked to listen to my community’s comments regarding especially scuba diving activities in the Lower Keys. I am doing that. Sanctuary officials have said repeatedly that after this first round of comments, written and oral, there would be another version or more of the Blueprint. I expect that. I understand the mistrust that exists, given the turbulent history between the FKNMS and the community. I also regularly see the reef dead and dying and believe that all who live here should attend the meetings and provide written and oral comment to make things better. I do not believe that the FKNMS is correct regarding many of the suggestions offered in the Blueprint, but the sanctuary has the distinction of being the only group trying to plan something better. I sat in many, many meetings listening to science and offering input based on years of observation underwater. I listened to people I respect offer their own observations as well. I, too, have honed my own powers of observation in the water through years of practice. There are some things I can see: I can see that artificial reefs work and work well. The notion often put forth that “the jury is still out on artificial reefs” is nonsense. The verdict on artificial reefs has been in for centuries. The artificial reefs deployed in the FKNMS may be the only observable working changes in the FKNMS since the beginning. The State of Florida, with over 2,500 permitted artificial reefs and 400 ships deployed since the mid-‘80s, is in the artificial reefs business because it works. We need more NOW! As stated, I’m not a scientist, and certainly not a fisheries biologist. But I do see fish stocks declining. I haven’t seen a Nassau grouper in the water in 10 years. My (unexpressed) ideas around fisheries center around not killing fish when they’re pregnant. When I hear (never observed) of chumming for pregnant mutton snapper with amberjack roe, my instinct is that we ought to be looking at the issue a little more closely. At every single meeting I’ve attended over the years the first and most prominent issue cited by all in the room is water quality. We all agree that this is issue number 1, yet it’s not even mentioned in the Restoration Blueprint. It absolutely needs to be. We have spent millions of dollars on studies, salaries, vehicles, travel and marketing of our Sanctuary. A water test costs $100, yet we do not use them. I think the stinky and alternately teacolored or electric lime-green liquid coming south from Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee, the St. Lucie and Everglades through the sluices is not water at all, but toxic waste. We’ve had the coral version of ebola coming down the east coast and biblical plague of fish die-offs down the west. There’s poison in our water. And we need to address that before we do anything else in the marine sanctuary that is our shared backyard. — Capt. Joe Weatherby is a proWeatherby Captain Joe and artiptain, diver fessional ca has lived e H . eveloper ficial reef d an 30 for more th in Key West the sinkearheaded years. He sp enberg artificial and ing of the V as been a West and h ey K reef off e Sanctuember of th volunteer m the past r fo l Counci ry so vi d A ry a y holds the He currentl nine years. nting the seat represe Lower Keys . dive industry

The Restoration Blueprint is available at floridakeys. noaa.gov/blueprint. NOAA is taking public comment on the proposals through Jan. 31, 2020. Comments may be submitted online at www.regulations.gov (docket number NOAA-NOS-2019-0094). 

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• The annual Zonta Festival of Trees is one of the best-loved events in the Middle Keys. Different groups and businesses decorate (creative!) trees and put them up for raffle. The trees are on display at the Florida Keys Country Club from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. On Saturday night, it’s the big Zonta Gala (tickets are $70 each) and the tree winners will be revealed!

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• In the mood to travel overseas? Head up to Islamorada’s15th annual Holiday Fest from 4 to 10 p.m. at Founders Park. It’s the event with the “snow” mountain and so much more. • The Marathon Lighted Bike Parade at 5 p.m. is a benefit for Wesley House Family Services. The event starts in front of Marathon airport terminal with cookies and Santa. The ride starts at 7 p.m. Parade-goers are encouraged to wear festive gear and be-deck the bikes with battery lights and more. • Indulge in some cupcakes and beer to benefit Florida Keys SPCA animal shelter from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shady Palm Art Gallery, Marathon. • Santa Claus visits Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate starting at 5:30 p.m. Richard Smith is credited with the festive light design, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand with welcoming laps and goodie bags for the children. Oh, and sample the free cookies!

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

• The “Cookie Walk” is a choose-your-own bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marathon Moose Lodge. • Find some gifts and support the church’s good causes by visiting the Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Columba Church, Marathon.

• The Key West Holiday Parade is a throw back to yesteryear — think cute kids in costumes and pretty floats. It starts at 7 p.m., and runs from Truman Avenue to Duval Street, Key West. • Take part in the 10th annual Light Up Key Largo from 5 to 9 p.m., with tree lighting at 8:30 p.m., at Murray Nelson Government Center, Key Largo. Sunday, Dec. 8 • This is another of the Middle Key’s best loved events: the Key Colony Beach Tucker DeGraw Memorial Boat Parade. It begins at dusk. The public is invited to view the spectacle from Sadowski Causeway as dozen(s) of lighted boats make more than one pass to awe the judges and win a cash prize.

TUESDAY, DEC. 10

• Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra present “Shout the Good News” at 7:30 p.m. at Big Pine Methodist Church, Big Pine Key. The group will perform again on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Venture Out on Cudjoe Key, and the final performance is set for Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the San Pablo Catholic Church. The final performance will also include a reception, sponsored by the San Pablo Women’s Club.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

• Expect a cuteness overload. The Florida Keys SPCA benefit offers pet photos with Santa in return for the community’s generous donations. Humans are invited to dress as well and pass through the offices of the Keys Animal Hospital from 4 to 7 p.m., collecting good karma and animal treats!

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

• Cookies with Santa from 4 to 6 p.m. at Keys Federal Credit Union, Marathon. • This is another crowd pleaser — throwing the gigantic “switch” at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative headquarters in Marathon to reveal one of the most impressive holiday light display (naturally!) in the Middle Keys.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

• What are the holidays without some season-inspired music? Marathon Community Theatre is putting on two shows in one day — 5 and 8 p.m. — to get everyone in the spirit. The show is directed by Kara Pascucci. Tickets are a bargain at $5 each. • Check out the Boot Key Harbor Lighted Boat Parade at 6 p.m., Middle Keys. Choose one of the restaurants or gathering places that ring the harbor for a chance to see the boats!

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

• Crane Point Museum hosts Winter Wonderland (with “reindeer ponies!”) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Crane Point Museum, Marathon. Organizers promise a chocolate fountain, hot chocolate, young dancers, Santa stew and much more.

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t’s Tuesday afternoon and the Casa Marina Resort is buzzing with more than the usual tourist activity. A man wearing a tie-dyed shirt and sporting a long grey ponytail chats animatedly with a clean-cut architect in a sleek, tailored suit. And they’re obviously in total agreement about the topic swimming between them. This is the 11th annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, a gathering of representatives from all levels of state and county government, as well as private corporations, to address climate change mitigation strategies. The summit annually brings roughly 500 thinkers and leaders from business, government, higher education and nonprofits to the table for important conversations. The December event marks the first time since 2015 that the summit has been held in Monroe County. When faced with distressing information, often the most solace can be found in facts. Knowing that experts — medical, legal and otherwise — are on the case is reassuring. The summit, hosted by Monroe County in collaboration with the City of Key West, the City of Marathon and the Village of Islamorada, provides volumes of valuable data. Leaders from fields ranging from public works to infrastructure development firms were on hand to put their heads together and share potential solutions for dealing with rising waters. The 2019 theme, “Bridging the Gap,” refers to the work being done by Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. The compact is a formal collective formed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties in January 2010 as a way to coordinate adaptation activities across county lines, and in conjunction with federal, state, regional, municipal, nonprofit, academic and private sector partners. In the

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi joins an innovation panel at the climate summit moderated by Kristin Jacobs, executive director of Resiliency Florida. KRISTEN LIVENGOOD/Monroe County

past 10 years, the four compact counties have worked diligently to address climate change, sea level rise, flooding and potential economic fallout. Essentially, the compact allows counties, which are witnessing the effects of climate change firsthand, to write the rulebook. The county officials, who are on the ground daily, are empowered to set standards for the adaptation plans that will directly affect their communities. The compact’s work is widely recognized as one of the nation’s best examples of climate action. The gathering aims to build a bridge between concepts and execution, between ideas that have been proposed and the actual implementation that must now happen. “Having the presence of the state’s resilience officer (Julia Nesheiwat) and the commissioner of agriculture (Nicole “Nikki” Fried) at the summit shows the state’s commitment to climate action,” said Rhonda Haag, Monroe County’s resilience officer. “This truly is ‘bridging the gap’ between state and local resilience collaboration efforts.” The summit was successful in its endeavor to provide information and options leading to the next steps. Teams of scientists, including a group recently featured on “60 Minutes,” provided up-to-date details of what low-lying coastal areas can expect in the next 20 and next 100 years. Everyone in attendance knows something has to be done, but three big questions remain: What to do, how to do it and how much it will cost?

Corporations, like Jacobs, a resilience planning tech firm with 50,000 employees worldwide, 400 offices and an annual revenue stream of $12 billion, stepped up to provide some possible solutions at every threat level and price point. The firm explained how it quantifies the information provided by scientists, then develops cost/ benefit analyses for companies, a realistic and necessary step for government and corporate decision-making. While it’s reassuring to know that the juggernauts of the technical industry are tackling issues pertaining to highways and major construction, it’s also encouraging to see the grassroots efforts available for individuals and smaller businesses. Representatives from local government provided insights into what has worked at the ground level, while regional universities like Florida International University shared their efforts for developing solutions that directly pertain to South Florida. The summit took place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Key West, with Mayor Teri Johnston welcoming the attendees and thanking them for working on solutions. She ticked off some of the Keys’ vulnerabilities, with a drinking water supply that has to cross more than 40 bridges to get to Key West, and 60 miles of roads within the city that need to be elevated. “Are we glad you’re here? You betcha,” she said to open the summit.


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• On Friday, Dec. 7, the girls weightlifting will compete at home against Gulliver. • The boys varsity soccer team will continue playing two more games this week: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 3:15 p.m. home against Westminister Christian and Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. home against the Hurricanes of Coral Shores. • On Friday, Dec. 6 come cheer on the boys varsity basketball team playing at home at 6 p.m. against Boca Raton. • On Friday, Dec. 6 the girls varsity soccer team will play home at 4 p.m. against Coral Shores, and the boys varsity team will begin at 6 p.m

NEXT WEEK (DEC. 9-14)

GIANCARLOS PRIETO Soccer (mid-field) Sophomore

What do you enjoy about soccer? I love passing and being able to score. I really play soccer to be with my friends. How long have you been playing? My grandpa was a pro player in Brazil so that really encouraged me. He and my dad were the ones who taught me the game. I first started playing when I was only four. I joined the Marathon team in sixth grade and have been playing ever since.

• Girls varsity basketball: Monday, Dec. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. away against Posnack in Davie. • Boys varsity basketball: Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. away against Posnack in Davie; Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 5-6:30p.m. in Princeton at Palm Glades Prep Academy; and Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. away at Coral Shores in Tavernier. • Girls weightlifting: Monday, Dec. 9 at home against Gulliver, Coral Shores, and Key West. Saturday, Dec. 14 away at Key West High School. • Boys varsity soccer: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. away at Somerset Academy in South Homestead. • Girls varsity soccer: Tuesday, Dec. 10 starting at 5 p.m. in South Homestead at Somerset Academy. • Middle school boys soccer: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. away at Westminster Christian school in Palmetto Bay. • Middle school girls soccer: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 3:15 p.m. away in Palmetto Bay at Westminster Christian.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Describe one of your best moments in athletics. One Friday night we were up against Coral Shores, and it seemed like we were going to lose. In the last moment I kicked the ball, scored and tied up the game. Coach Arno Silva says… “Have fun, play your game.” Then I know I really have to bring on the game, and play.

Lilian Guo playing on the defensive side for the Marathon team. Photo by EVAN PATTERSON/ Contributed.

It was a very busy and successful night at the Marathon Athletic Complex on Dec. 3, coming off a week-long school vacation for the Thanksgiving holidays: • Varsity girls basketball started off the evening with a big win over Somerset Soho, 58-18. Then the JV boys basketball team was up next but took a tough loss to Soho. The boys varsity basketball team got its first win of the season against Soho, 46-40. • Over on the soccer field, the varsity girls got a 5-0 win with the star of the night Rain Banks scoring 4 goals, versus Keys Gate. The nightcap saw the varsity boys soccer team stay undefeated against their toughest competition this season, with a 1-1 tie versus Keys Gate. On Dec. 4, five teams hit the road for games against Palmer Trinity. Results not available at presstime. — Contributed

YAZMARY SANTOS Weightlifter Sophomore

What do you enjoy about weightlifting? I enjoy the energy; everyone is always supporting each other to get stronger and stronger. How long have you been on the team? I am a sophomore this year and I’ve been lifting since freshman year, so it’s only my second year. Lifting has become a big part of my life and I plan on participating until I graduate. Describe one of your best moments in athletics. At our last home meet I had one of my best moments. We were up against the Key West team and I hit my new max for the clean and jerk; It was 105 pounds! Coach Shubert says… “You can do more weight than that!” When Shubert says this it shows me that he really believes in me. It motivates me to try more weight than I usually do.


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PATIENCE, PLEASE! A guide to motoring in the Islands

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egular readers are all too aware of my annual turn signal columns. For those who still haven’t a clue about directional signaling, here’s the skinny: they’re activated by a “lever” attached to the side of the “steering column” and they let nearby drivers know of your intention to turn, either right or left. Yep, they work both ways! Amazing … in fact, World Peace Begins With Your Turn Signal! Recent tragic events on the Overseas Highway have inspired me once again to put pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard) to remind everyone of the Rules of the Road. So let’s begin, and please remember that the life you save may be your own, even if you are a jerk. 1. Stupid passing decisions are often deadly. So there you are, caught behind a land yacht doing 43 on the Seven Mile Bridge. If you have a clear shot, then take off — safely, of course. Just remember that oncoming traffic is likely traveling as fast as you, which doubles the collision impact speed. If you are a driver of a passing vehicle, you will likely not walk away from a virtual 100+ mph collision. Any chance you have of convincing the world of the brilliance of your intellect will be lost forever to your having become a stupid statistic. 2. If hauling a boat or other trailer behind your vehicle, this rule may resonate especially with you. A stop sign is not an invitation to come to a “rolling stop” and proceed willy-nilly into the path of oncoming traffic. The “brake pedal” is the pedal on the left of today’s modern “automatic transmission” vehicles. It engages your vehicle’s “brakes,” which can actually reduce your vehicle’s speed to zero — a complete stop. A common misconception among the trailer haulers is that using this pedal will prematurely wear out one’s brakes. Pshaw. You’ll have plenty of “brake pad” left if you stop and wait for a trailer hauler-sized hole in traffic. 3. Stay in your lane. The “right lane” is the lane reserved for traffic moving at a reasonable speed, and for making a “right turn.” The “left lane” is the lane designated for

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traffic that moves at a higher speed; it is also reserved for drivers making a “left turn.” It is never acceptable for a driver to make a “left turn” from the “right lane,” no JOHN matter how many BARTUS times one may have seen the feat is a City of Maraperformed. thon council4. The “center man. He also is lane,” sometimes a musician who affectionately called performs around the “suicide lane,” town. For more see johnbartus. is there for your com use as well. Drivers who wish to turn left can actually use this lane so as not to impede the flow of traffic in the left lane. It’s a crazy modern concept, but one that might just possibly work! 5. A photo op of a pelican or egret is never a reason to come to a full stop on US Highway 1. Neither is a sunset from the hump of the Seven Mile Bridge. This also applies if you spot the shop, restaurant, or other business you wish to patronize. The correct procedure involves in availing oneself of our various turn lanes, completing your turn, allowing your GPS to recalculate, and then proceeding in a safe and orderly fashion. 6. It’s possible that there are some drivers out there who may not have the fortune of reading this column. They may be naïve, possibly be older with slower response times, or they may just be a scofflaw. Whatever their motivation, whenever you encounter someone moving at a crawl in the left turn lane and totally ignorant of using turn signals, it is never advisable to utilize thousands of pounds of metal and glass as a means of expressing your emotions. Take a deep breath, increase the distance between you and the bad driver in your vicinity, and just be grateful we live on island time. 7. We know we have a beautiful highway in our islands that can be a dangerous road at times. Please — don’t compound the danger for yourself and others by driving under the influence of any mind-altering substance. That $10 cab ride is worth its weight in gold when compared to the expense of a DUI — or especially loss of life. While we’ve taken a sort of lighthearted look at this, let’s be careful out there, and do what we can to prevent the next roadside tragedy. Catch John Thursdays at Sparky’s Landing, Fridays at the Lighthouse Grill, and Saturdays at the Key Colony Inn. www. facebook.com/john.bartus

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lorida Keys marketing officials have released a new driving tour app to help visitors safely navigate the Florida Keys Overseas Highway (U.S. 1) while experiencing more of the island chain’s offerings. The Tourist Development Council’s free Florida Keys & Key West Travel app now has two driving tours that are triggered by geographic location and alert travelers to upcoming scenic, iconic or historical points of interest. There are separate northbound and southbound routes. The new resource, developed in conjunction with Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Keys chambers of commerce, also aims to relieve traffic congestion along the highway. “We want our visitors to experience the highway that The new Florida Keys & Key West goes to the sea, but do it in Travel App offers a northbound and a way that makes it safer for southbound driving tour designed them and our residents,” said to help motorists. TDC director Stacey Mitchell. “By giving travelers advance notice and narration of upcoming places, they are more informed and can plan stops accordingly.” Key West-based Two Oceans Digital, the TDC’s internet marketing agency, spearheaded development of both the app and driving tours. “Harnessing the technology and capability of the app, the ideal platform for this type of feature, a new way was created for the destination to connect with visitors to enhance their driving experiences,” said Lauren Oropeza, Two Oceans’ digital director of destination marketing. Keys radio icon Bill Becker, news director at WWUS, voices the commentary that was penned by local writers to make visitors feel they are traveling with a knowledgeable local resident. To learn more and download the app, visit https://fla-keys.com/app/. The app also is available for free download at the Apple Store and Google Play. — Contributed


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still be returned to operating condition. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. With enough financial support and technical expertise, this schooner can definitely sail again,” Swanson said at 3-D Boatyard on Stock Island’s Shrimp Road, where the 1939 vessel now sits in the water. “And I don’t think there’s any shortage of support for this ship. She’s in good hands with Thomas Avery. I’ve just been tasked with making sure she doesn’t sink at the dock before the work on her resumes.”

SAVING A SCHOONER HISTORIC FLAGSHIP LIMPS HOME TO KEY WEST

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ike a war-weary veteran limping home from battle, damaged and unrecognizable, the historic Schooner Western Union made it back to Key West last week, a shell of its former self. But Key West shipwright artisan Thomas Avery is on the job. “Our lovely Key West can rebuild her today as well as she was built here the first time,” Avery posted on his Facebook page. The flagship of both Key West and the State of Florida once serviced the underwater telegraph cables that enabled communica-

tion between Key West and Cuba, then eventually became a tourist attraction, offering sunset sails and charters. The schooner was towed home last week without sails, masts or even rails around the deck, from a boatyard in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where she had been docked for restoration work since the summer of 2016. Then funding ran out and storage bills started accruing. The struggles continued with the deaths in recent years of three leaders of the restoration efforts, Bill Barry, Capt. Frank Holden and Richard Manley. But the ship’s fiercest supporters, including former Key West mayor Craig Cates, aren’t giving up, and maritime project manager Cristian Swanson was optimistic on Tuesday that the ship can

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Flowering aloe vera plants need the same care as those not in bloom. Remove the flower stalk once all petals have fallen. LINNEA CUNNINGHAM/Contributed

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REALTOR GROUP INSTALLS OFFICERS … what ‘Northern’ plants and flowers grow here? NELE KIRT

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innea Cunningham says: If you are moving here from one of the states up North, bring your house

plants! The Keys are designated as Zone 11 according to the USDA Hardiness Zone Map. This means that average temperatures are between 40 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it the warmest zone in the contiguous states of the U.S. It is often called subtropical and most flowers only last for one day. Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is a blue trailing ground cover in the North where it lives through a cold winter. A hybrid is grown as an annual here which may have hot or pale pink, white, purple or red flowers. Roses? These plants prefer cooler weather to perform well. Dampness and heat promote disease and insects. Instead, plant a desert rose (Adenium obesum) which has a flashy tubular flower in shades of pink, white and red. This plant can live without regular irrigation and survive a hurricane. For variety, texture and hardiness add a few aloe to your garden. This group of over 400 types are easy to grow and fun to discover when visiting

plant nurseries. Give them slow release fertilizer and position them under a palm tree. They have orange and yellow flowers Linnea Cunning- on a long stem ham has been the which adds Monroe County structure when Master Gardener placed near a for a decade. plant with thin NELE KIRT/Keys feathery leaves. Weekly Speaking of which: Here, in Florida, try to focus more on leaves rather than blooms. Their variegation, sizes, shapes and colors are amazing. Welcome to the Keys and Zone 11 where trees and plants grow all year! My name is Linnea Cunningham. I have been a member of the Marathon Garden Club for 13 years now. Although born in Pennsylvania, I have gardened in New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia and Illinois. Sailing is another passion of mine. That brought me to the Keys in 2003 and I never went back. Is there anything you are wondering about? Email nelekirt@yahoo. com

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he Middle and Lower Keys Association of Realtors held its annual awards banquet and instillation of officers on Nov. 21. Top honors went to Caitlin McKinney, who was selected Realtor of the Year for 2019 and as association president for 2020. The event held several raffles with proceeds benefiting Wesley House. — Weekly Staff report BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly 1. Thomas Wright, MLKAR attorney, swears in the new officers for 2020.

2. MLKAR director and past president David Grego presents the Realtor of the Year award to Caitlin McKinney 3. Caitlin McKinney, 2020 MLKAR president, left; Margy Grant, Florida Realtors CEO; Wayne Carter, MLKAR’s CEO; and Lisa Ferringo, the 2019 MLKAR president, pause for a photo in front of the Christmas tree.

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Daniella DeLucia whips up a shrimp and coconut cream lentils dish in 40 minutes, noting, ‘I’ve never cooked Indian food before; this should be fun!’ After the first bite, DeLucia notes ‘Okay, this is going in the favorites. I’m so making this again!’ TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly

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y name is Daniella DeLucia, and I’ve lived in Islamorada since I was a tot. My parents and I used to go to Lorelei every Sunday for jerk chicken. In fact, my dad and I fell through their old, wooden dock and into the water years ago before they remodeled; and still, we remain loyal patrons. And I lost count years ago of how many servers at various restaurants suggested the fish tacos. But lately, I’ve been craving something different. I needed more variety in my diet — something I couldn’t find on an Islamorada menu, so I decided to start cooking. But there was one (slightly embarrassing) problem: I’m 25 and just now learning to cook. But I know I’m not alone. As a single girl working full-time, I don’t have the time or energy to find a recipe, shop for ingredients, and then actually prepare a homecooked meal. Frozen dinners became my go-to. I was open to meal kit delivery services, but they don’t deliver to the Keys. When I discovered that Publix and Winn Dixie deliver groceries to my door, my cooking took off. It’s changed my life — I shop less, cook more, see more friends,

and even have lost weight. I’m happier and healthier. Publix delivers through a phone app called Instacart. When I search online for recipes on any major recipe website such as Food Network, All Recipes, etc., I use the “Get Ingredients” button to add all items from my chosen recipe to my Instacart. I remove items l already have in my kitchen (i.e., salt) and make customizations. The technology is smart and remembers brands I prefer. Then, I choose when to have my groceries delivered, and I don’t even need to be home when they arrive (unless I order alcohol). This simple grocery service has taken the stress out of meal prep for me, which has actually allowed me to cook a decent dinner. There are other perks. Last summer, my boyfriend Edward Mallon and I ordered Instacart while we prepped the Contender cabin for our trip from Islamorada to the Bahamas. Within two hours, we stood in the trailered boat as an Instacart delivery man lifted and handed us multiple cases of water, beer and snacks for our voyage. Amazed, Edward exclaimed, “He definitely earned his tip that day!” The most common question

I get asked is, “Do the shoppers choose good quality produce?” Yes — avoiding faulty fruit isn’t rocket science. Also, Instacart keeps shoppers accountable by prompting users to rate them. You can also leave special instructions. For example, I wrote “Super squishy please!” as a special instruction for my avocado. Voila! A couple hours later, I had a perfectly ripe avocado for my instant guacamole. The service has helped my friends and family who live far away from a grocery store. Debra Jiovenetta, resident of Lower Matecumbe, used to drive 40 minutes to the Key Largo Publix before they built the new store in Islamorada. She exclaimed, “I wish I knew about this app sooner! I will definitely utilize the app on holiday weekends when the traffic is backed up.” Shipt is the Winn-Dixie equivalent of Instacart. I signed up for a free trial with Shipt to compare the grocery delivery services. The cost and the interface were nearly identical. One night I entered my entire shopping list into both apps. Each item was never the same price, but the total for both orders was almost exactly the same. So, if you are deciding which service to use, I recommend deciding based on whose products you prefer. The drawback to using a grocery delivery service is that prices on the apps are slightly higher than in-store. For example, a Publix coconut oil via Instacart is $4.55 versus $4.05 in store. I rationalize that time is money; five minutes of shopping time is at least worth the 50-cent markup. With all the time I save using a grocery delivery service, I cook gourmet dinners five nights a week now; frozen dinners are in the past; and I feel a sense of pride when I make a great tasting meal for my family and friends. It’s well past time that this Italian Conch learned her way around the kitchen. Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any company/service.

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City of Marathon City Council Agenda

DR. STANLEY SACK

Marathon Council Chambers, 9805 Overseas Hwy., Marathon Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:30 P.M.

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First off, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all Dr. Stanley Sack patients receive routine HIV testing beginning at age 16. (It’s probably not a bad idea for us old geezers to get the test periodically, too.) AH Monroe continues to do risk assessment and HIV testing in teens and young adults, and can work with patients and families to get them plugged into services should a result be positive. Second of all, as much as we can and do preach abstinence/waiting and, failing that, safer sex practices to our teen population, it’s heartening to know that pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is now approved for adolescents. Per Pridgen, PrEP is available for youth here in the Keys, and AH can pass along the resources where the medication can be obtained. We boomers who have been around for this whole thing, whether or not we became infected, are very excited to still be here in our 50s, 60s and 70s. And there continue to be advances that hold some promise that HIV might be even less of a problem in the future. Meanwhile, let’s take what we know now and continue to lower the risk of infection and disease for our youth. If we can bring the numbers down, and especially if we can get them to zero, that will really be something to celebrate.

(* Denotes Item Is Passed By Consent Upon Approval Of Agenda) Public Comments taken on all items and at 6:30pm time certain for items not on the agenda or as soon as possible thereafter or after the last agenda item; whichever comes first. City Council Items *A. Approval of Minutes B. Airport Update & Introduction of Mike Legere, Airport Manager (Councilmember Zieg) C. Planning Commission Appointment (Councilmember Zieg) D. City Manager Evaluation (Councilmember Zieg) E. Quay Property Workshop (Councilmember Zieg) F. US1 Cleanup (Councilmember Zieg) G. Community Announcements City Manager Report A. Wastewater Utility Report B. Growth Management Report C. Park and Recreation Report D. Marina Report Quasi-Judicial Public Hearing: A. Resolution 2019-114, Consideration Of A Request For A Conditional Use Permit For Guillermo Torres, Pursuant To Chapter 102, Article 13 Of The City Of Marathon Land Development Regulations (Code) Entitled “Conditional Use Permits” For The Development Of A Property Into Multifamily Housing, Office And Retail; Located At 10155 Overseas Hwy; Which Is Legally Described As Part Of Government Lot 2 And Bay Bottom South Of And Adjacent Part Government Lot 2, Key Vaca, Having Real Estate Number 00104460-000000, Nearest Mile Marker 52.5. TO BE CONTINUED AS REQUESTED BY APPLICANT. B. Resolution 2019-115, Consideration of a Request by Tender Loving Care Garden Supply, Inc. For A Conditional Use Permit Pursuant To Chapter 102, Article 13 Of The City Of Marathon Land Development Regulations (LDRs) Entitled “Conditional Use Permits”, Seeking The Authorization For Eight Residential Units (4 Duplexes) On A Mixed Use Lot On Property Located At 7537 Overseas Highway, Which Is Legally Described As Section 12, Township 66, Range 32; Tract A In The Paraiso Estates Subdivision In Key Vaca, Marathon, Florida; Having Real Estate Number 00343500-000000. Nearest Mile Marker 51. C.

Consideration Of A Request For An Extension Of A Development Agreement For JoJo’s Of the Florida Keys, LLC. And Nomad Outfitter’s LLC For The Redevelopment Of A Mixed Use Project Consisting Of Fourteen (14) Single Family Residences, A Convenience Store With Fuel, And A Marina; On Property Which Is Legally Described As Grassy Key Pt Govt. Lot 5; Having Real Estate Numbers 00100110-000000, 00100110-000200, 00100110-000300, 00100110-000400, And 00100130-000000; Located At 59720 And 59740 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, Marathon, Florida. Nearest Mile Marker 60.

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Resolution 2019-116, Consideration Of A Request By Request By G98 Development LLC For An Extension of A Conditional Use Permit Pursuant To Chapter 102 Article 13 Of The City Of Marathon Land Development Regulations (LDRs) Entitled “Conditional Use Permits” For The Development Of Seven Modular Homes To Replace Seven Existing Homes On Property Located At 453, 455, 457 And 543 11th Street, Which Is Legally Described As Bk 1 Lots 3 Through 6 & Government Lot 1 Bay Bottom Adjacent To Lot 6, Riggs Subdivision, Hog Key, Marathon, Florida; Having Real Estate Numbers 00319960-000000 And 00319970-000000. Nearest Mile Marker 47.5.

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Consideration Of A Request By Boat Works Investments, LLC (Compass Pointe) For A Revision To The Approved Development Agreement (Resolution 2006-185 & Associated Extensions, Resolutions 2016-32, 2017-46, & 2018-64), Pursuant To Chapter 102, Article 8 Of The City Of Marathon Land Development Regulations (“The Code”) Entitled “Development Agreement”, In Consideration Of A Recently Approved Conditional Use Permit (Resolution 2018-88) Involving Boat Works Investments, LLC And Tri-Star Affordable Development, LLC On Properties Located At And Adjacent To 39th Street Gulf And 747 Through 999 41st Street Gulf And 3905 Louisa Street, Which Are Legally Described As Part Of Block 2 & All Of Block 5, Lots 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14,15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 And Filled Bay Bottom North Of And Adjacent To Marathon Beach Subdivision, Block 1, Lot 1 Of Lincoln Manor Subdivision, Key Vacca, Monroe County, Florida, Having Real Estate Numbers 00337270-000000, 00337280-000000, 00337290-000000, 00337300-000000, 00337310-000000, 00337330-000000, 00103480-000100, 00337380-000000, 00337390-000000, And 00337470-000000. Nearest Mile Marker 49 TO BE CONTINUED AS REQUESTED BY APPLICANT.

Ordinances For First Public Hearing A. Ordinance 2019-11, Amending The City Of Marathon’s Comprehensive Plan Modifying Chapter One, “Future Land Use,” “Table 1-1, Future Land Use Densities And Intensities,” And Intending To Modify Policy 1-3.3.4, “Encourage Redevelopment Of Tourist/Resort/Campground Facilities,” To Allow Uses Designated As “Permanent RVs” To Be Utilized As “Transient Residential Units” (RV Lots), Meeting All Requirements Of Such Uses, And That Hold No Monetary Value As Transient Units, And Cannot Be Transferred As Transient Units, To Be Allowed On Properties Zoned Residential Mobile Home (R-MH) That Also Allows Permanent Florida Building Code Compliant Residences; Providing For Severability; Providing For The Repeal Of Conflicting Provisions; Providing For The Transmittal Of This Ordinance To The State Department Of Economic Opportunity After The First Hearing By The City Council; And Providing For An Effective Date. B.

Ordinance 2019-15, Amending Chapter 22, Article Ii, Section 22-19, “Definitions;” Chapter 22, Article Ii, Section 22-20, “Premises To Be Cleaned Of Debris And Noxious Material” And Chapter 22, Article Ii, Section 22-25, “Enforcement And Appeals” Of The City Code Of Ordinances; Providing For The Repeal Of All Ordinances Or Parts Thereof Found To Be In Conflict; Providing For Severability; Providing For Inclusion In The Code Of Ordinances And Providing For An Effective Date.

Resolutions for Adoption *A. Resolution 2019-117, Approving Professional Services Agreement With Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., For The Development and Implementation of Marathon Utility Information System In An Amount Not To Exceed $249,060; Authorizing The City Manager To Execute All Necessary Documents On Behalf Of The City And Expend Budgeted Funds; And Providing An Effective Date. *B.

Resolution 2019-118, Creating A Fire Department And Park Event Fee Schedule For City Owned Property To Recover Costs Incurred By The City; And Providing For An Effective Date.

*C.

Resolution 2019-119, Approving A Third Amendment To The Contract Between The City Of Marathon And Seamar Divers, LLC For Cleaning And Inspection Of The Moorings Installed In Boot Key Harbor; Authorizing The City Manager To Execute The Contract; Expending Budgeted Funds On Behalf Of The City; And Providing For An Effective Date.

*D.

Resolution 2019-120, Approving an Amendment To The Contract With Biosolids Distribution Services, LLC., For Liquid Sludge Removal Services Previously Approved By Resolution 2019-76 Dated August 13, 2019; Increasing The Contract Amount From the current amount of $175,000 to $275,000; and Authorizing The City Manager To Execute The Amendment And Expend Budgeted Funds and Appropriate Additional Funds On Behalf Of The City; And Providing For An Effective Date.

*E.

Resolution 2019-121, Approving And Accepting A Quit Claim Deeds For The Conveyance Of Land From Royal Crest Homes, LLC, (Re Nos. 00319720-000000 & 00319730-000000), Recipients Of A Residential Dwelling Unit Allocation Award; Authorizing Its Recording In The Public Records Of Monroe County, Florida; And Providing An Effective Date.

*F.

Resolution 2019-122, Approving Change Order No. 4 To The Contract Between The City And Discount Rock & Sand, Inc. In The Original Amount Of $1,343,241.00 For The Reconstruction of Sombrero Beach From Hurricane Irma Damages; Increasing The Contract In An Amount Not To Exceed $34,360.60 And The Contract Time By 60 Days For Various Items Requested By The City And The Anticipation Of The Issuance Of The USACOE Permit As Part Of The Beach Reconstruction Project; Authorizing The City Manager To Execute The Change Order And Appropriate Funds On Behalf Of The City; And Providing For An Effective Date.

*G.

Resolution 2019-123, Approving A “Piggy-Back” Agreement Between The City Of Marathon, Florida And H&R Paving, Inc., For The Re-Paving And Other Improvements At The Quay Boat Ramp And Adjacent Parking Area On The Quay Property; Approving Contract In An Amount Not To Exceed $244,486.86; Authorizing The City Manager To Execute The Contract And Expend Budgeted Funds On Behalf Of The City; And Providing For An Effective Date.

H.

Resolution 2019-124, A Request To The City Council Of The City Of Marathon By Michael Adkins And Karen Adkins To Abandon A Portion Of The Public Right Of Way Known As Flagler Street, Located At And Adjacent To Vacant Land, Lots 16 And 17, Block 53, Crains Subdivision, Grassy Key, PB 1-51, Having Real Estate Numbers 00373830-000000 And 00373830-000100, Monroe County Florida, Nearest Mile Marker 57.7.

*I.

Resolution 2019-125, Approving Change Order’s #8 For “Marathon Area 3 & 4 WWTP Upgrades” To Reynolds Construction In The Amount Not To Exceed $144,955.72; Authorizing The City Manager To Execute The Change Order And Expend Budgeted Funds On Behalf Of The City; And Providing For An Effective Date.

The public hearings will commence at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as business permits, in the Marathon City Council Chambers, 9805 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL. All interested persons are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion; or, written comments may be sent to the City of Marathon, c/o City Clerk, 9805 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such hearing or meeting, one will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; such record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Please contact the City Clerk at clavierd@ci.marathon.fl.us if you would like to receive any of the items on the agenda by email.


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Barstool Astrology

Shoulders back and arrows up, mothertruckers, it’s Sagittarius season. Ruled by Jupiter, planet of luck and levity, Sagittarians are optimistic, thrilldriven, mind-expanding folk who do not sip gingerly from the cup of life, but instead chug heartily from it, slam their hands down and demand another. The sign of Sagittarius is represented by a centaur with a drawn arrow. The centaur in mythology is a creature of literal and metaphorical duality; half man and half horse, they were thought to be equal parts rabble-rousing hedonist and philosophical sage. These vying identities are often present in those born under the sign of Sagittarius, who tend to oscillate between deep thought and reckless action. At their best, Sagittarians are intellectual seekers; ever on the lookout for knowledge, adventure, experience and communion. At their worst, they are loud, blindly optimistic, infuriatingly impatient, restless, demanding and tactless when it comes to communicating difficult truths. How do we harness the positive power of the pony-legged, arrow bender? By adopting an indomitable approach to getting what we want. After a month of emotional exploration, courtesy of Scorpio season, the Sagittarius sky invites us to take action. For earth signs who favor a slow, calculated approach, this is the time to channel Sagittarius’ relentless, get-shitdone nature. Water signs who tend to take disappointment hard to the feels rather than in stride can learn from Sagittarius season to take failure as a lesson learned rather than a wound incurred. Air signs who tend toward neurotic indecision can benefit from the divisive, proactive energy of this time. Fellow fire signs, rejoice in

is a middle child and Taurus Fire Tiger named after a stigmatic saint. She divides her time and affections between New Orleans and Key West.

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having your embers stoked by the sun’s position in Sagittarius. For all of us, the power of this season lies in our willingness to set sights, take risks and imagine that all things are possible. May your aim be true.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22 – Dec. 21 Visionary painter and fellow Sagittarius Alex Grey maintains, “The purpose of truly transcendent art is to express something you are not yet, but something that you can become.” I bring you this knowledge as a birthday totem to bolster you as you move toward your own becoming. Notable Sagittarius: Diego Rivera (Dec. 8, 1886) CAPRICORN Dec. 22 – Jan. 19 As the year draws to a close, your focus shifts to closure, karma and forgiveness. Survey what needs addressed, considered, completed. Forgive, atone, release. You are meant to clear the path for what is to come. Notable Capricorn: Edgar Allen Poe (Jan. 19, 1809) AQUARIUS Jan. 20 – Feb. 18 Aquarians are the astrological sign most likely to be mistaken for extraterrestrials. I mean this as a great compliment, water bearer. You are unbound by the rules of convention and parameters of normalcy. Your great cosmic challenge is to be patient with, and practice empathy for, your earthdwelling counterparts. Notable Aquarius: William S. Burroughs (Feb. 5, 1914) PISCES Feb. 19 – March 20 You may find it difficult to envision your goal or life plan in the weeks ahead. This mental cloudiness is encouraging you to explore uncharted waters, unconsidered trajectories and alternate realities. You can’t see it, my fish friends,

until you open your mind to imagining it. Notable Pisces: Sidney Poitier (Feb. 20, 1927) ARIES March 21 – April 19 Driven by action more than reflection, you tend to resist dwelling in the past. However, current planetary alignments offer a wonderful opportunity for healing and closure, or in your case, fire sign, cauterization. Notable Aries: Guy Fawkes (April 13, 1570) TAURUS April 20 – May 20 Uranus, planet of innovation and independence, has set up shop in Taurus for the next seven years. How does this translate for my bull brethren? Your days of people-pleasing, taking one for the team and general martyrdom are over. Kick open that pasture gate and let your freak self frolic. Notable Taurus: Sid Vicious (May 10, 1957) GEMINI May 21 – June 20 The word nunchucks loosely translates to twins. Originally developed as a farming tool, the nunchucks found a secondary use as a martial arts weapon. This is a perfect metaphor for you in the weeks ahead, Gemini; repurpose your power and cultivate your defenses. Notable Gemini: Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971) CANCER June 21 – July 22 For the people of the crab, the coming weeks are an opportune time to begin regimes of health and fitness. There’s temptation to seek out vice, but the habits you foster now will have a lasting impact. I gently suggest you choose moderation over indulgence. Think cardio over cocaine, mediation over online shopping, beets over booze and journaling

over trolling. Notable Cancer: Jack White (July 9, 1975) LEO July 23 – Aug. 22 I hereby absolve you of the need/self-appointed obligation to save the day, grant the favor, or answer the phone call in the coming weeks. Practicing empathy with boundaries will not result in anyone loving you less; it might even make some of them respect you more. Notable Leo: Fidel Castro (Aug. 13, 1926) VIRGO Aug. 23 – Sept. 22 Your relentlessly analytic and at times self-defeating nature prevents you from being aggressive or even forthright when it comes to attraction. Never fear, Virgo, astrological omens indicate that you will soon be pursued by a partner whose charm and certainty will defy your emotional auditing. Notable Virgo: Joan Jett (Sept. 22, 1958) LIBRA Sept. 23 – Oct. 22 Fellow scale balancer Oscar Wilde argued, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” Before you can even entertain these tragedies, Libra, you must first, and finally, identify your wanting. Notable Libra: Rayland Baxter (Sept. 29, 1983) SCORPIO Oct. 23 – Nov. 21 Scorpions are the survivalists of the animal kingdom; they can live underwater for up to 48 hours and go a full year without food. I offer these facts to you as evidence of the indestructability of the Scorpio spirit. You were not built to break. Notable Scorpio: Drake (Oct. 24, 1986)


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • LEGAL NOTICES FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of PST STYLE, located at 516 AVENIDA PRIMICERIA, MARATHON, FL 33050, intends to register said name with the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. By: PETER STERLING TURNER Publish: December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Florida Keys Council of the Arts Notice of Upcoming Meetings Development Committee Meeting, Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at12:00 p.m. Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. 1st fl conference room, Key West Art in Public Places Committee Meeting Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. 1st fl conference room, Key West Grant Panel Committee Meeting, 1:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m and 2:30 p.m. Monroe County School District Offices, Conference Room, 241 Trumbo Rd, Key West Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. Questions? Call the Arts Council office at 305-295-4369. Publish: December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers CONSENT TO FILE CONTINGENT APPLICATION Pursuant to Section 73.3517 of the FCC Rules, Mary Sparacio, licensee of Low Power Television Station WTVK-LP, Key West, Florida, hereby grants her consent to Vision America TV LLC with regard to the application for a minor change to WTVK-LP’s facilities, contingent upon the grant and the consummation of an Application for Consent to Assignment of License of Station WTVK-LP to Vision American TV LLC (BALTTL2091121AAF). Publish: December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF VARIANCE HEARING CITY OF KEY COLONY BEACH NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Key Colony Beach, Florida, will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:30 A.M., Key Colony Beach City Hall commission room, to hear a Variance Request from 200 4th St., LLC, owner of 200 4th Street. Applicant requests a Variance to Land Development Regulations Chapter 3, Section 101-12 (5) for a setback variance for a new addition to existing residence. Interested parties may appear at the Hearing and be heard with respect to the requested variance. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect to any matter considered at the Variance 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 Wednesday, December 18, 2019 but wish to comment, please direct correspondence to: City Commission, P.O. Box 510141, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051, or cityclerk@keycolonybeach. net and your comments will be entered into the record. Rebecca Todd, City Clerk CITY OF KEY COLONY BEACH

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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 3:00 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM 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 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF SEIZURE Tavernier Mini Storage, 135 Hood Ave, Tavernier, FL 33070, will sell or otherwise dispose of the contents of the following unit to satisfy the delinquent storage lien. All contents in: Containers: Yard 38 & Yard 39 – Patricia Morrow Unit: C-47 - Mark Dupre Sale of all Goods, December 22, 2019 at 10:00AM. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/23/2019, 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. WBAVA33598KX87782 2008 BMW Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/25/2019, 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. JM3ER293980173023 2008 MAZDA Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/28/2019, 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. 1FTHX25H7PKA92568 1993 FORD 2FTRF17274CA37130 2004 FORD Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION

LEGAL NOTICES FILE NO.: 19-CP-000198-K IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ROBERT M. DELVECCHIO, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Robert M. DelVecchio, deceased, whose date of death was March 5, 2019, 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. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE 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 FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 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 5, 2019. Personal Representative: Gail D. DelVecchio 735 Blackbeard Road Little Torch Key, Florida 33042 Attorney for Personal Representative: Seth E. Ellis, Esq. Florida Bar Number: 0060933 E-mail: seth@ellis-law.com Brett E. Halperin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 109695 E-Mail: brett@ellis-law.com ELLIS LAW GROUP PL 4755 Technology Way Suite 205 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 Telephone: (561) 910-7500 Fax: (561) 910-7501 Secondary E-Mail: service@ ellis-law.com Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-000203-K IN RE: THE ESTATE OF EDITH NECKLES, DECEASED. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of EDITH NECKLES, deceased, whose date of death was September 4, 2019, and whose Social Security Number was XXXXX-XXXX, 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. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the 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 THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE TIME 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 THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS

LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD 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 5, 2019. Personal Representative: ROBIN J. HOYT 3421 Northwest 25th Way Boca Raton, Florida 33434 Attorney for Personal Representative: L. EDGAR BARNHILL III, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 338631 2799 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard Suite 214 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 Telephone: 561-998-7999 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 2019-CP-108-P IN RE: ESTATE OF BARBARA F. BETOLOTTI Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of BARBARA F. BETOLOTTI, deceased, whose date of death was August 6, 2019, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, FL 33070. 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 ON OR BEFORE 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 PERIOD 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: November 28, 2019 Personal Representative: CHRISTINE L. CUNNINGHAM 82672 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, FL 33036 Attorney for Personal Representative: Urban J. W. Patterson Email: ujwplaw@gmail.com Secondary Email: ujwplawfirm@ yahoo.com Florida Bar Number: 382035 Urban J. W. Patterson, P.A. P.O. Box 783 Islamorada, FL 33036 Telephone: 305-664-5065 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 2019-CP-121-P IN RE: ESTATE OF THOMAS H. PANKAU Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of THOMAS H. PANKAU, deceased, whose date of death was April 14, 2019, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division,

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the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, FL 33070. 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 ON OR BEFORE 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 PERIOD 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: November 28, 2019 Personal Representative: BETTY D. PANKAU 12 Dolphin Rd Key Largo, FL 33037 Attorney for Personal Representative: Urban J. W. Patterson Email: ujwplaw@gmail.com Secondary Email: ujwplawfirm@ yahoo.com Florida Bar Number: 382035 Urban J. W. Patterson, P.A. P.O. Box 783 Islamorada, FL 33036 Telephone: 305-664-5065 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Email: ujwplaw@gmail.com Secondary Email: ujwplawfirm@ yahoo.com Florida Bar Number: 382035 Urban J. W. Patterson, P.A. P.O. Box 783 Islamorada, FL 33036 Telephone: 305-664-5065 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

to it on: Marlen Herrera Cabral, 6709 Shrimp Road, Apt 209, Key West, FL 33040, USA, on or before December 28, 2019, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Monroe County Clerk of Court, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, 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 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: 11/18/2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Jaquelyn Fonseca Deputy Clerk Publish: November 28, December 5, 12 & 19, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 2019-CP-120-P IN RE: ESTATE OF SHIRLEY FAYE ALBURY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SHIRLEY FAYE ALBURY, deceased, whose date of death was August 22, 2019, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, FL 33070. 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 ON OR BEFORE 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 PERIOD 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: November 28, 2019 Personal Representative: GEORGE W. STROUD 238 Apache Street Tavernier, FL 33070 Attorney for Personal Representative: Urban J. W. Patterson

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 44-2019-CP-127-P IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ROBERT LYNN MITCHELL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Robert Lynn Mitchell, deceased, whose date of death was August 10, 2019 and the last four digits of whose social security number is 4474, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070. 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 the first publication of this notice is the 28th day of November, 2019. Personal Representative: Phyllis Tomlinson Mitchell Law Office of Jack Bridges P.O. Box 1714 Tavernier, Florida 33070 (305) 664-9690 Attorney for Personal Representative: Jack Bridges P.O. Box 1714 Tavernier, Florida 33070-1714 (305) 664-9690 Fla. Bar No. 0175950 Publish: November 28 and December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 19-DR-985-K Division: CIVIL MARLEN HERRERA CABRAL, Petitioner, and RODRIGO A CARRASCO GONZALEZ Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: RODRIGO ALONSO CARRASCO GONZALEZ LOS CLAVELES 374 CERRIELOS SANTIAGE DE CHILE 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,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 19-DR-979-K Division: Family ANNE PIERMAN LOMONT, Petitioner and ARISTIDI DRAGHICI Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION OF PATERNITY TO: Aristidi Draghici Respondent’s last known address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Petition of Paternity has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on: Anne Pierman Lomont, P.O. Box 5135, Key West, FL 33045, on or before December 21st, 2019, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Monroe County Clerk of Court, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, 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 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: 11/14/2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Jaquelyn Fonseca Deputy Clerk Publish: November 21, 28, December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 19-DR-1018-K Division: Family LYUBOV BITEMIROVA, Petitioner and BAUYRZHAN BITEMIROV Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: BAUYRZHAN BITEMIROV Respondent’s last known address: MAYSKAYA ST. 5-5 TYULKUBAS RG. SASTOBE VILLAGE, KAZAKSTAN 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: Lyubov Bitemirova, 1661 Dunlap Dr #2, Key West, FL 33040, on or before January 5, 2020, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Monroe County Clerk of Court, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, 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 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: December 3, 2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Jaquelyn Fonseca Deputy Clerk Publish: December 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

VS. CARL E. DICK, et. al Defendant And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2018-CA-924-K WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 20TH day of November, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit E31, Week 26, Beach House, Condominium, according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Pursuant to IN REM SUMMARY FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AS TO COUNT(S) I, UNIT E31, WEEK 26, AGAINST ROBERT LEON THOMAS, JR.; THE ESTATE OF AMANDA WYATT THOMAS; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES WHO CLAIM AN INTEREST AGAINST AMANDA WYATT THOMAS, DECEASED entered in a case pending in said Court, the 19TH day of November, 2019 Style of which is: BEACH HOUSE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP, A FLORIDA Plaintiff, VS. ROBERT LEON THOMAS, JR, et. al Defendant And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2018-CA-485-K WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 20TH day of November, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 19th day of November, 2019. Kevin Madok, CPA, Clerk CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Civil Division By: Shonta Mcleod Deputy Clerk NOTICE TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in court proceedings you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Not later than five working days prior to the proceeding, please contact the Court Administrator’s office, at the Freeman Justice Center, 302 St. 2nd Floor, Key West, FL 33040. Telephone: (305) 292-3423 or via the Florida Relay Center. To make calls through the Florida Relay Center, you may dial 7-1-1 or use the following toll free access numbers: 1-800-955-8771 (TTY); 1-877-955-8260 (VCO); 1-800955-8770 (Voice); 1-800-955-1339 (ASCII); 1-877-955-5334 (STS); 1-877-955-8707 (French Creole – available from 8 a.m. – 2a.m. daily) Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case No: 44-2018-CA-924-K NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Kevin Madok, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 13th day of January, 2020 at 11 o’clock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street, Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit 5512, Week 50, Annual Windward Pointe, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Pursuant to IN REM FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AFTER DEFAULT AS TO UNIT 5512, WEEK 50, AGAINST CARL E. DICK AND LINDA GIRL DICK entered in a case pending in said Court, the 19TH day of November, 2019 Style of which is: WINDWARD POINTE II, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Plaintiff,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case No: 44-2018-CA-485-K NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Kevin Madok, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 13th day of January, 2020 at 11 o’clock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street, Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit 5613, Week 27, Even Year Biennial Windward Pointe, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Pursuant to IN REM FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AFTER DEFAULT AS TO COUNT(S) II, UNIT 5613, WEEK 27, AGAINST GIOVANNI RESTREPO AND MARIA INES RESTREPO entered in a case pending in said Court, the 19TH day of November, 2019 Style of which is: WINDWARD POINTE II, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Plaintiff, VS. STEPHANIE CAROL MILLER, et. al Defendant And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2018-CA-720-K WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 20TH day of November, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case No: 44-2018-CA-485-K NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Kevin Madok, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 13th day of January, 2020 at 11 o’clock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street, Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2019-CA-597-K DIVISION: Civil Windward Pointe II, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Plaintiff, vs. Jannielisa Abreu, et al. Defendants. ____________ / PUBLISH 2 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS NOTICE OF ACTION AS TO COUNT(S) COUNT XI AGAINST DEFENDANT RICHARD RAYMOND BOGERT To: RICHARD RAYMOND BOGERT 557 NORWICH ROAD PLAINFIELD, CT 06374 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against Defendant(s) RICHARD RAYMOND BOGERT, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described; YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to enforce a lien on the following described property in Monroe County, Florida: COUNT XI Unit 5614, Week 29, Even Year Biennial Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Contract No.: 2-20999 has been filed against you; and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on NICHOLAS A. WOO, Plaintiff’s attorney, P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 432165028, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031429 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. STEPHEN TYRRELL POWELL; BARBARA E. SHIRVIS Obligor _________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Stephen Tyrrell Powell, 514 Beechwood Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 Barbara E. Shirvis, 514 Beechwood Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5621, Week 20, Annual Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Doc # 2215673 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $5,059.86 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to

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LEGAL NOTICES the Lienholder in the amount of $5,059.86. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031716 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. BRUCE DAVID RUMBLE; DEBORAH LEE RUMBLE Obligor ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Bruce David Rumble, 27171 Bear Drive, Willits, CA 95490 and Deborah Lee Rumble, 27171 Bear Drive, Willits, CA 95490 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30AM in La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit B14, Week 24, Beach House Condominium, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 547 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $4,932.62 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $4,932.62. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the

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above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031734 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. STEVEN GLEN BROWN; HEATHER LEE BROWN Obligor ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Steven Glen Brown, 20110 Poplar Hill Creek Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and Heather Lee Brown, 20110 Poplar Hill Creek Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30AM in La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit D24, Week 48, Beach House Condominium, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 547 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $3,764.23 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $3,764.23. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031741 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. CARLOS CALIXTE CHARLES; MARCIA ALEXIS CHARLES Obligor ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Carlos Calixte Charles, 112-30 Northern Boulevard, Apartment 6F, Corona, NY 11368 and Marcia Alexis Charles, 112-30 Northern Boulevard, Apartment 6F, Corona, NY 11368 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30AM in La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit B11, Week 45, Beach House Condominium, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 547 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $2,439.78 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $2,439.78. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus,


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LEGAL NOTICES The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE CONTRACT NO.: 2-19545 FILE NO.: 18-031793 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. GUILLERMO RIVAS Obligor(s) _______________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Guillermo Rivas, 4409 Effie Street, Bellaire, TX 77401, United States of America Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5313, Week 32, Odd Year Biennial Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 543 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $2,591.01 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $2,591.01. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE CONTRACT NO.: 2-14771 FILE NO.: 18-032100 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF

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KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. JON-ROI VEGA Obligor(s) ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Jon-Roi Vega, 30321 Southwest 172nd Court, Homestead, FL 33030, United States of America Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020, at 8:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5411, Week 34, Annual Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 543 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $4,214.51 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $4,214.51. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

ALL YEARS! Junk or Used. Cars - Vans Trucks- Running or Not. $CASH$ 305-332-0483

BOAT SLIPS FOR RENT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN that on December 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard, at the Murray Nelson Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida, will hold a public hearing to consider approval of the following County resolution: A RESOLUTION OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA ANNOUNCING NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE COUNTY BEGINNING WITH THE TAX BILL ISSUED IN NOVEMBER 2020 FOR CANAL RESTORATION PROJECTS ON CANALS IN BIG PINE KEY AND KEY LARGO; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY; PROVIDING FOR THE MAILING OF THIS RESOLUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A full copy of the resolution may be obtained by calling the Monroe County Attorney’s Office at (305) 292-3470. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, F.S., if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. ADA Assistance: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator's office at (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call ‘711.’ KEVIN MADOK, Clerk of the Circuit Court and ex officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida Publish: November 14, 21, 28 and December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Liveaboard Boat Slips available in Marathon. Protected dockage, parking, bathrooms, laundry on premises, pool. $1,200/month incl. utilities. 3 0 5 - 3 9 3 - 1 9 9 9

BOATS FOR SALE Avon Dive Boat w/ Johnson 30HP Motor. Located in Grassy Key. $2,000 217-6178261 ro 217-617-8251 ‘95 Intrepid CC 28’ ‘98 Yamahas X225 - low hours. Too many options to list. Appraisal was $72,400 w/trailer. Asking $55,000 OBO. Located in Marathon. Please call after 1pm (305) 743-6505

EMPLOYMENT UPPER KEYS HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED - Part time, weekends & Holidays a must. Must speak English. Apply in person: MM98, Rock Reef Resort. Project Manager -Upper Keys Must have ability to schedule & organize multiple people & trades. and pass background check. Send resume to admin@cbtconstruct. com 305-852-3002 Hiring for Clerical position in Upper Keys. Accounts Payable/ Telephone. Send resume to: admin@cbtconstruct. com 305-852-3002 HIRED!!

EMPLOYMENT MIDDLE KEYS SWEET SAVANNAH’S is now hiring part-time or full-time positions. Must be available for weekend shifts and have a clean driving record for event deliveries. Position will be crossed trained for FOH, baking and deliveries. Other positions available are day-time sales clerk and part-time baker. Please apply in person at 8919 overseas Hwy, Marathon Fl. NO CALLS. We are looking for some Bartenders. Apply in person at American Legion Post 0154, 4115 Overseas Highway, Marathon Experienced, motivated electricians needed in the Middle Keys. Contact Meacham Electric at 305-481-0058.


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES 305.743.0844 • CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • •305.743.0844 EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT

Winchman for lobster & crab boats. Conch Key mm63. Must me motivated and of good character. $200.00 - $250.00 per day based on experience. Full time year round position. Call Gary at 305-393-1415

involved parties. Salary, health insurance. Fax resume to 3058 7 2 - 4 0 4 1 . HIRED!!

Help wanted - Big Time Bait and Tackle competitive wages and working 30-40 hrs a week. Contact manager Erich Yankovich 239-910-0878 IMMEDIATELY HIRING: Hideaway Cafe on Grassy Key: Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher & Prep. Call for appointment 305-289-1554 Experienced Diesel Technician wanted. Tools and experience is a must. Electronic engine diagnostic experience preferred. Opportunity for growth and training available for qualified applicants. Florida Keys Diesel Repair, 531 107th Street, Marathon. 305-289-2070 City of Marathon - Job Openings: Wastewater Plant Operator Trainee , Public Works Maintenance Worker. EOE, FULL BENEFITS www.ci.marathon.fl.us 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 welcome!  Apply in person at Marooned In Marathon, 11528 Overseas Highway. Key Colony Inn NOW HIRING AM/PM SERVERS. Apply in person: 700 Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach, FL or call for details: (305) 743-0100 Experienced help only needed for all positions. Apply in person MonFri 10-11am at Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, Knights Key Blvd. Marathon Barracuda Grill now hiring experienced Servers for evening shifts. Apply in person 4290 Overseas Highway, Marathon 305-743-3314 HIRED!!

EMPLOYMENT LOWER KEYS Busy title agency on Big Pine Key seeking a highly organized, detail and customer service oriented individual, who is computer savvy and can handle a fast paced environment. Duties include managing closing files, coordination with Realtors, sellers, buyers, and lenders, regularly updating all

HOUSING FOR RENT UPPER KEYS

PRIVATE COLLECTOR WANTS Rolex, Dive Watches and Pilot Watches. Old Model Military Clocks & W a t c h e s . Call 305-743-4578

LONG TERM RENTAL in Plantation Lake Estates, Private community, two story 3BR/3BA unfurn. concrete block home, large carport & back yard, homeowners park w/boat ramp/dock, new A/C, W/D, screened in patio. Avail. end of Jan. $2,500/mo. 5016 1 4 - 1 2 3 4

HOMES FOR SALE

HOUSING WANTED

MIDDLE KEYS

MIDDLE KEYS

HOBBIES /COLLECT.

Bay Front 2BR/2BA 4th Floor Unit for sale by owner in Marathon. Million dollar view – you can see 7 Mile Bridge, Ocean & Gulf. 32’ Boat Dockage. Covered Parking. $535,000 (305)916-0536

HOUSING FOR RENT MIDDLE KEYS 1/2 Duplex Studio Apartment for rent. Centrally located in Marathon, private backyard. $1,400/month includes utilities. F/L/$500 Deposit. 305-731-5588 AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MARATHON: Rooms available for short or long term rentals. Single: $720/ month; Double $1,150/ month; Plus tax; F/L/S. Units provide an ideal option to temporary or long term housing. Furnished with bunk beds, full kitchen with all utensils, tables, desks, coin operated washer & dryer. Residents share the kitchen, bathroom and dining areas. Linens, towels ,consumables, not provided. For information: Bob Brayman 305743-5929 bbrayman@ hallsdiving.com

Local small independent contractor looking to share house in KCB or Marathon. Willing to pay 1st/2nd/last and small sec. deposit. References available. Call Brian 610-961-1957

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT in Marathon: Office/Retail Space, 1500sf w/additional 2 covered porches incl. Open water views, US-1 frontage, $2700/month. Also small Office Space $500/month. Wifi & Utilities included. Onsite storage & or yard space available - prices by size. Call 305-743-7277 Small office space available for rent. Great location on U.S. 1 in Tavernier. Conveniently located to everything. 305-394-0530

Short term rental in Key Colony Beach, 4BR/4BA - 2 story home with pool, on large canal w/deep dockage. Call 305-743-3338 3BR / 2 1/2 BA Townhome in Marathon - Sister’s Creek. Available Jan. 1, 2020. $2,200/ month 618-559-9143 Long-term rental available in Marathon. 1BR/1BA unfurnished 1/2 Duplex. $1,500/month + utilities. F/L/S 305-4816887 RENTED!!

HOUSING FOR RENT UPPER KEYS

“Uplifting the human spirit since 1973”

THE GUIDANCE/CARE CENTER, Inc.

KEY WEST

OCEAN KEY RESORT & SPA IS HIRING!

Behavior Health Therapist (Children) Case Manager Crisis Counselor Data Clerk Front Desk Specialist (Bilingual a +)

MARATHON

Sous Chef Front Desk Agent Bell/Valet Attendant Retail Sales Associate • Licensed Massage Therapist* • Licensed Nail Tech*

RNs and LPNs (3 shifts) (PT& FT) (Lead) & Behavioral Health Technicians (3 shifts) Peer Support Specialist (2), (base location flexible) Driver CDL (base location flexible) Crisis Counselor Assisted Living Night Monitor (free housing!) Assisted Living Direct Care Worker Drop In Technician Care Coordinator (Family)

Apply online at:

Community Action Team Leader (base location flexible) Adult Case Manager Behavioral Health Counselor Peer Support Specialist

*FL license required

www.noblehousehotels.com/careers

Apply in person at: Zero Duval St.

Come see why our employees love to call Ocean Key home! Great pay, amazing benefits, & an awesome team! EOE

KEY LARGO

Background and drug screen req. GREAT BENEFITS! Check out all available positions at: www.westcare.com EEOC/DFWP

ROGO LOTS FOR SALE

FOR SALE: 2 Marathon ROGO lots with letters. 4 ROGO points. $30,000 Text LOTS to 305-393-2515 and leave name & number.

RV LOTS FOR RENT

3BR/2BA New Construction Duplex on stilts in Key Colony Beach. Annual lease. Call 786-970-4905

The Guidance/Care Center, Inc. a division of

Large RV Lot for Rent in Marathon. Full hook up. $800/month plus utilities. 305-943-0789

YARD SALES

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE - SAT. DEC. 7 from 8am-1pm. Rain or Shine. Furniture - indoor & outdoor, lamps, linens, Coach pocketbook, glass top white wicker desk & chair, brown wooden desk, entertainment center, corner shelf, wicker TV cart on wheels, white very sturdy bookshelf, life jackets, watercraft jackets, hammocks, hand weights 20 & 25 lbs., liquor/bar cabinet, backgammon/ checkers table, assortment of art, pictures, etc. & many accessories. New white toilet & pedestal sink. 1134 Bulevar De Palmas, Marathon (Take Sombrero Beach Rd. to beach approx. 2 miles then turn right on Avenida Primiceria and follow signs.)

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

MARATHON GARBAGE SERVICE We are now hiring for the following positions:

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

WE ARE HIRING FOR HIGH SEASON! If you have experience in Hospitality, like to interact with our Guests and be part of an amazing Team, come and join us. Please apply online for some of our open positions: islabellabeachresort.oasisrecruit.com 1 Knight’s Key Blvd (MM 47) Marathon


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MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

SARA MATTHIS

sara@keysweekly.com

AFFORDAPALOOZA 2 FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY LAND TRUST READIES FOR MORE PROJECTS

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all them what you will — Big Pine Key’s “Cottages” or “Maggie Houses” — but the phase 1 homes are done. The tenants will move into the third 760-square-foot stilted home sometime this month or in early January, and the tenants of the fourth cottage soon after. This is the work of the Florida Keys Community Land Trust, and the Holiday Affordapalooza serves to kick off the 2020 capital fundraising campaign to move phase 2 along. That will mean 11 more island families living in decent homes with affordable rents. “Right now we have five homes in the permitting stage for Phase 2,” said Maggie Whitcomb, founder of the land trust. “And we want to let the locals know we are still working.”

“We gotta get these houses off the ground.” — Maggie Whitcomb, founder, Florida Keys Community Land Trust

The Keys Weekly got a sneak preview of Sunday’s big reveal, fittingly held at the site of the former Seahorse RV park. The Florida Keys Community Land Trust recently received $7.5 million in grant funding from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, using Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) money. The land trust intends to build 17 storm-resilient, single-family rental homes at the former RV park. The homes will be for families earning paychecks in the Keys at or below 80% of the average median income. The land trust has also secured $1.1 million in conventional financ-

ing from CenterState Bank. In the land trust’s iteration of affordable housing, the land is owned by the trust, the homes are deeded affordable for 99 years and the homes are for rent. Whitcomb said she hopes there is room to grow the planned village, complete with green space, into more than 17 homes. “We think this is one of the missing pieces of the puzzle,” said Whitcomb, “the ability to house working families who want to rent a home.” While the floor plans of the Phase 1 homes are small, there are soaring ceilings in the living room-kitchen areas and master bedroom. Long windows let the light into the stilted Conch-style homes that perch perfectly on relatively compact lots — about 50 by 100 feet. The Phase 1 homes come furnished, and the furniture will belong to the first tenants, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Miami’s St. Vincent de Paul. “The St. Vincent DePaul Archdiocese is about helping people and they approached us about being a part of this project. So, when the first tenants move in, they become owners of this furniture forever,” she said, gesturing to the plush charcoal couches and functional tables with spare lines. Lindsey Anderson, the executive director of the land trust, said she is currently reviewing bids for phase 2 — the five homes on sepa-

Top: Michelle Echeverria and her family say of the Florida Keys Community Land Trust, “They did this for us. It’s an amazing opportunity.” CONTRIBUTED Left: The Kawzinsky-Ullrich children play in their new home. Mom says affordable rent means the family has more time to spend together, and less working to pay the rent.

rate lots that are clustered in the same neighborhood. “Our goal is to get construction costs under $200 a square foot,” Anderson said. Whitcomb said none of the progress so far or plans for the future would be possible without the partnerships the land trust has formed with other agencies, organizations and private donors. The recent CDBG-DR grants were co-authored by Rural Neighborhoods, which is performing similar work in South Florida, and which was also founded after a major storm, Hurricane Andrew. But

The public is invited on Sunday, Dec. 8 to the Holiday Affordapalooza fundraiser at the former Seahorse RV Park on Bailey Road on Big Pine Key. The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes refreshments, a live band, the Centennial Bank Weenie Wagon, sand sculpture by Chris Guinto, Farmer Jeannie and Mo (the Sloth), touch-a-truck opportunities for kids plus face painting, and photos with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cups as this will be a “green” event.

Whitcomb said going forward, the emphasis will shift toward combining affordable housing needs with sustainable communities that are also resilient to sea-level rise and storm surge. The first homes completed by the Florida Keys CLT were made possible by grants by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Community Foundation, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, United Way of the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys Hurricane Recovery Foundation. Florida Keys CLT also partners with Habitat for Humanity of the Lower Keys to help process applications. For more information about the Florida Keys Community Land Trust, visit affordablekeys.org. To watch a video featuring the land trust tenants visit vimeo.com and search “Our Florida Keys CLT Families.” To learn more about the Affordapalooza, or sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please call Lindsey Anderson at 917-9414633 or email Lindsey@affordablekeys.com.

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Untangle Your Finances

The Marathon Weekly is proud to partner with Marathon High School faculty and students in choosing “The Student of the Week.” Recipients are chosen on qualifications including academic standing, athletics, outstanding achievements, community involvement, individuality and moral fortitude. We thank our future leaders and MHS for allowing us to share in a weekly dose of “Dolphin Pride,” and for giving us a glimpse into their world. What is something most people don’t know about you? I love to dance, especially to Reggaeton. Who is your all-time favorite teacher and why? Mr. Roussin because he is super fun and a good math teacher.

Enjoy a chance to WIN a $500 Publix Gift Card when you get a Keys Auto, Boat or Holiday Loan with fast local service, great rates and affordable payments at Keys FCU!*

What does “a good education” mean to you? It means doing well on exams and being involved in the lessons.

Apply Today! Go to KeysFCU.org

*Close a new Auto, Boat or Personal Loan from 11/18/19 to 12/28/19 to be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 Publix Gift Card. No purchase necessary. Visit KeysFCU.org for details. Subject to credit approval. Restrictions may apply. Membership is open to everyone who lives or works in the Florida Keys.

SEAMARK ELECTRONICS

WE ARE STILL IN BUSINESS! WE ARE NOT RETIRED! We Have Moved the Business to

230 20th Street, Marathon WE ARE HAPPY TO BE AFFILIATED WITH MARATHON BOAT YARD. Please Note: Jim Bell is no longer affiliated with our organization in ANY capacity.

Open M-F 8AM - 5 PM • 305-743-6633 • 230 20th Street, Marathon

FRESHMAN

Visit us in Key West, Big Pine or Marathon

MELANY GOMEZ

Call 305-294-6622

What is something you know now that you didn’t know when you were a freshman? I am currently a freshman and still trying to figure things out. What organizations and activities are you involved with at MHS and why are they important to you? I work to help incoming students who only speak Spanish transition to school. I remember what that was like when I didn’t know English and first came to an American school in fourth grade, so I try my best to help new students feel comfortable here. What are your plans after high school? I plan to go to Ringling College of Art and Design to study photography. What do you hope to be remembered for at MHS? I hope to be remembered for my photography and as someone who was helpful and kind. What is one favorite way to spend your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my friends at the park and watching movies. Will you make the Keys your permanent home? I would like to stay in Marathon because my family is here and it is home. What three things would you like to accomplish before your 10year reunion? I will have a family, a home and a sustainable business.


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Both full or part time positions available at Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort.

NOW HIRING

Marathon, Big Pine Key & Stock Island Locations $15 per hour to start 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.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS NEEDED!

Line Cook, Servers, Host, Housekeepers, Night Auditor, Front Desk Agent and Food Runners. Excellent Benefit Package

Monroe County School District

Apply in person at 1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon or email resume to hr@spottswood.com

Salary $15.80- $23.20/hour

EOE/m/f/d/v

Key West, Sugarloaf and Upper Keys (3 work locations)

JOB OPENINGS

• No Experience Required

GUEST SERVICE AGENT TELEPHONE AGENT NIGHT AUDITOR BELLMAN

• Benefits • CDL Training Provided work as a Bus Aide while training • Full Time or Flexible

Excellent Benefit Package EOE M/F/D/V

Part Time Hours 6 to 9 am or 1 or 2 to 5 pm Apply online: www.keysschools.com

EOE m/f/d/v

SCAN FOR JOB

Please email resume to hr@spottswood.com

Detention Deputy Trainee: D’Asign Source is seeking the following professionals. Overtime and benefits are available. For full details & additional openings, please visit DAsignSource.com/careers

Architects

We have openings for Intern Architects, Emerging Professionals, and Production Architects. Experience in High End Residential design is a plus.

Junior Interior Designer

1+ year experience with basic interior architecture detailing. Strong knowledge of AutoCAD, Revit, and 20/20 a plus.

Warehouse & Delivery Crew D’Asign Source is looking for a hardworking Warehouse & Delivery Crew member. Must have reliable transportation, be on time and organized. Must have a valid driver’s license. CDL a plus.

NOW HIRING Front Desk Agent Chief Steward Maitre D’ Houseman Room Attendants Engineering Pizza Cook Host – AM/PM Overnight Prep Cook Bartenders Servers Line Cooks Bellman Reservations Sales Agent Spa Coordinator Massage Therapist If you have a passion for guest service and hospitality, please apply

careers@bungalowskeylargo.com

Bungalows Key Largo is an EOE

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is accepting Preliminary Applications for Detention Deputy Trainee Academy starting January 2020. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will pay for your new career (tuition, books, salary). Preliminary Applications must be completed and received by December 6, 2019. Starting salary $37,236. Apply on line at www.keysso.net or contact Charles Slebodnick at cslebodnick@keysso.net or 305 292-7044. EEO/AAP.

SUDOKU

SOLUTION

Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

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


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LET’S DO BUSINESS - 305.743.0844 Open M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2001 O/S Hwy, Marathon

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METAL ROOFING

SPECIALIST

FULL SERVICE YAMAHA DEALER • Yamaha Outboard Motor Repair, Sales & Service

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• Certified Yamaha Technicians • Do it Yourself? Fully-stocked all Yamaha Parts & Accessories

Sportfishing Adventures

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Keys Fisheries Market & Marina Mile Marker 48.5, Marathon End of 35th Street Bayside

SOLAR DONE RIGHT! CALL US FOR A FREE HOME ESTIMATE

We also service and sell: Marine A/C, Refrigeration, Watermakers, Batteries, Solar Systems, Anything Electrical! • SINCE 1976 •

305-289-1150

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Tewes Mortgage

Your local, residential lending expert!

Call 305.495.6000

Kitchen Cabinets Sales REAL Wood Cabinets at Particle Board Prices KitchenKorner/Fred's Beds 1333 O/S Hwy, MM 53.5 • 305-743-7277

for a FREE Consultation

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Customer service is my strength Brian@tewesmortgage.com

NMLS# 375025 Tewes Mortgage NMLS# 1453791 NMLSConsumerAccess.org

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Petersen Repair & Maintenance • Flooring • Inside Trim Work • Door Replacement • Landscaping • Fencing

• Plastering & Stucco • Masonry & Spalling Repair • Waterproof & Roof Painting • Interior & Exterior Painting • Parking Lot Striping

SP# 4434, 4435, 4436, 4437, 4438. 4439. 4448, 4449, 4450, 4451

Charlie Petersen 920-371-3107 | PetersenRepair@yahoo.com

ARTIC TEMP, INC. Let our 40+ years of experience go to work for you! For professional, competitive travel planning Call Debbie or Lani at 305 743 7575 Business hours: MON-TUE-THU-FRI 9am to 4pm Appointments by request.

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Residential, Commercial & Marine Ice Machine - Sales - Service Phone: (305) 743-5288

Fax: (305) 743-6887

Will Campbell

Serving Key Largo to Key West

Cell: 305-363-8330 Office: 305-735-4626 will@cecflk.com www.CECFLK.com

Licensed & Insured Contractor # CACO53827

President

Floor & Wall Tiles Porcelain/Planks Marble Carpets Quartz & Granite Countertops

P.E. Lic. No: 79269 5800 Overseas Hwy. Unit 32 Marathon, FL. 33050

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We Do Installations! Licensed & Insured

FREE ESTIMATES U.S.1 & 109th St, Marathon (Across from Beall’s Outlet)

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VACATION RENTALS

CALL ANGEL LEWIS AT 305-390-2315 WWW.KEYSRENTALSONLINE.COM

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Karen Raspe

Realtor 305-393-9010 karenraspe@bellsouth.net

9141 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050 www.karenraspe.com

STATE CERTIFIED THATCHING CONTRACTOR CYC 000002

COMPANIES

General Contractors & Engineers

Serving Monroe, Dade & Broward Including Airports & Ports. SUV, Van & Limousine options available Call us for special events.

SPALLING REPAIRS CONCRETE RESTORATION

305-743-7454

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New Construction • Remodels • Additions & More!

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y’s www.KeysSlidingGlassDoorRepair.com And Sliding Glass Door Repair Roller Maintenance Track Maintenance Door Alignment Security Pins Safety Locks Handles

Barbara Sanchez Home & Offices Expertly Cleaned Fast Dependable Service “We Clean Your Place, Like it Was Our Place”

We Also Repair & Replace Patio Door Screens

305-998-8953 Insured • Professional • Reliable

EC 13005589 CGC 1521939

Excellent References Upon Request

305-766-0819 305-924-0179

Nails by Ivis

Manicures • Pedicures Acrylics • Gelish • Facials • Waxing

When It Rains It Pours! Need 7” Gutters? We have 6” & 7” Seamless • Copper Specialists MARATHON

305-743-0506 KEY LARGO 305-852-5356 rainsavergutters@gmail.com

Rachel Sanderson Rachellynnes94@gmail.com 305.393.3076

5177 Overseas Highway

(Between Office Depot & Main Post Office)

Marathon, FL 33050 305-289-1631

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SALES

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MARATHON WEEKLY / DECEMBER 5, 2019

Just in time for the holidays… PRESENTS FISHERMEN’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

BRICK CAMPAIGN Buy a brick to support the campaign to build a new Fishermen’s Community Hospital. You can help, and leave a lasting legacy in the process, by buying a brick that can be engraved in your name, in that of a friend or loved one, or your company’s name. Each brick will be permanently placed in a pathway leading to the new Fishermen’s Community Hospital, and all proceeds from your contribution will go towards the campaign to build it.

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Leave a lasting legacy! For additional information, email FishermensBrickCampaign@BaptistHealth.net or call 786-467-5400. Checks can be made payable to Baptist Health Foundation and mailed to the Foundation offices at 6855 Red Road, Coral Gables, FL 33143. Please designate your check for Fishermen’s Community Hospital.

Fishermen’s Community Hospital Foundation Board 3301 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7352. OUR REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH-10610. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. THE FOUNDATION RETAINS 100% OF EACH CONTRIBUTION TO FULFILL OUR MISSION.

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