Bringing Monroe County Building & Code
County Building & Code Enforcement Departments are pleased to announce the
debut of their new state of the art ONE-STOP-SHOP online services. This
online Internet Kiosk for the Encompass Community Development System, is
driven by software that provides the public with the ability to search and
display information about property records, permits, contractors, licenses
and other related information contained within Encompass. Additionally, it
allows individuals to download applications for, as well as check the
status of permits. It also allows qualified individuals to request
inspections and update-related information over the Internet. "This brings
us into the 21st Century of E-Government services," stated Joe
Paskalik, Director of the Monroe County Building Department.
Stop Shop website provides assistance and information with its many
functions. The property search function allows you to search and
display property information such as assessment, ownership, zoning and
other demographic information. Property may be searched using common
request information and when found can be linked to related permit
information. This function may be linked to an Internet accessible
allows you to search and display contractor information
like contact, certification and licensing information. Optionally, it also
permits access to information regarding recent projects within the
provides real time information regarding the permit application and plan
review status, (including reviewer notes). It also allows the display of
inspection schedules and complete result information for qualified
gives the contractor or property owner the ability to download a permit
application for approved permit types. Applications along with plans and
all appropriate Documentation and Approvals can then be submitted to one
of the Building Department locations.
provides qualified individuals with the ability to request inspections
online. Existing inspection information for the affected permit is
available, pending inspections can be rescheduled as needed. Requests are
immediately reflected in the system for access by inspectors and
tracks complaints and ordinance violations from initial contact through
board agenda and displays the detail case information as well as the
inspections/events. A variety of search methods are provided for
flexibility, and help ensure fast, accurate results.
access the new One-Stop-Shop online at
http://oss.monroecounty-fl.gov. The Monroe County Building Department
is excited about bringing this online service to the public. It is an
effective way to deliver a high level of service to residents and
customers. The One-Stop-Shop provides citizens and
businesses with easier, more convenient access to government services,
while saving time and dollars for everyone.
Monroe County Fire Rescue Donates
Monroe County Fire Rescue recently
donated an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Fiesta Key Resort on
Long Key. This portable device assists the staff at the resort by
stabilizing a cardiac arrest victim until the Fire Rescue department
arrives. Fishermen's Hospital staff provided AED training and
certification to Fiesta Key Resort staff as part of their "Heart Safe"
Public Access Defibrillation Program.
The cooperative effort to provide
life saving techniques to isolated portions of Monroe County was the
intent of the Conch Key Volunteer Fire Department's Board of Directors who
generously donated the AEDs to the County. The former Board of Directors
of the Conch Key Volunteer Fire Department purchased the AED's using money
donated during annual fund-raisers. The Board has since dissolved, leaving
the equipment to Monroe County Fire Rescue, who must now fulfill their
wishes to benefit the Keys.
In addition to the AED donated to
Fiesta Key Resort, the cooperative efforts of Monroe County Fire Rescue
and Fishermen's Hospital staff are working to train and certify staff at
Hawk's Cay Resort. The ownership of another AED will transfer to Hawk's
Cay following the completion of their training and certification.
||From the left:
Monroe Co. Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Zavalney, Pat Larcomb
(KOA), Tom Brooks (KOA), Larry Gerkin (KOA), Fishermen's Hosp.
Director of Nursing Sue Martenson, Fishermen's Hosp. CEO Rick Rice,
Monroe Co. Fire Chief Clark Martin.
Innovative crime prevention techniques:
The best security systems are often the most unfamiliar. For example, one
man, who is frequently away from home for long stretches, was the target
of a break-in some time ago. He didn't want to spend a fortune on a
high-end security system and figured that skilled thieves probably could
outsmart such a system anyway. What did he do? He bought two dozen red
laser pointer pen lights. He positioned them across his windows and he
turns them on when he leaves town. To anyone looking at the house, it
appears as though he has an ultra-high-tech laser beam security system.
There are many inexpensive ways to help
make your home secure. Put a sticker in your window indicating you have an
alarm. This will scare off many would be burglars. Place "Beware of dog"
signs on fences and gates. Most burglars will avoid breaking in to homes
where dogs might bite them. Use your imagination, as in the above example.
Come up with unique ways to make your property less desirable as a target.
Make sure you know which charity you are giving to. There may be several
with similar names. Ask questions before donating. Don't be swept up by
emotion. Insist on details about what the charity does, for example if the
charity says it helps children, find out specifically how, where and when.
Remember: not all non-profit organizations are charities. Donations to
non-charities are not tax deductible. If you have any doubts about the
legitimacy of the organization, ask them to mail you information so you
can check it over more closely before giving. If they are legitimate, they
should have no trouble complying with the request.
Keeping kids safe:
For information about how to keep your children safe, how to prevent
abductions, internet safety, and for information about medical safety
issues, visit this web site:
This letter is not really from the IRS,
from the Sheriff's Star
magazine: With tax season still
on everyone's mind, as well as the fear that a letter from the IRS can
create in even the most honest of citizens, con artists have concocted a
new scam to pull on an unsuspecting public.
The Internal Revenue Service has warned of
a fraudulent scheme that uses fictitious bank correspondence and IRS forms
to trick taxpayers into disclosing their personal and banking data. The
information is then used to steal the taxpayer's identity, credit and
money. This is how the scam works. The official looking letter states that
the bank must update its records to pinpoint customers who are exempt from
the withholding tax on interest paid on their bank accounts. The mailing
includes what looks like an official Internal Revenue Service form, called
Form W-9095, which asks for your personal information. In fact, the letter
actually mentions the name of your bank.
Legally, banks must report interest to the
IRS and taxpayers must include it as income, so it would seem that this
"bank" correspondence is actually legitimate.
There's also an urgency to the appeal. The
letter tells recipients they must fax the completed form to a specific
number within seven days or lose the reporting and withholding exemption,
resulting in withholding of 31 percent on the account's interest.
Once faxed, of course, the scam artists use
the information to impersonate the taxpayer and gain access to their
If you receive such correspondence, contact
your bank and immediately report the letter to officials. Call the
Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration's hot line at 800-366-4484,
or fax a complaint to 202-927-7018. The TIGTA's web site is located at
A copy of the scam letter and phony W-9095
may be found on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's web site
Remember: giving away private information
can lead to a financial mess. Such information can be used to steal your
money and your good name and can severely damage your credit record. If
you have questions about financial scams, you can contact the Sheriff's
Office Community Relations Division for more information at 305-292-7116,
or email Crime Watch Coordinator Deputy Emil LaVache at