November 29, 2011

Motorcycle event may impact traffic in the upper Keys

Over 500 motorcycles will be escorted through the upper Keys Saturday morning as part of the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children program.

The group will cross the county line on Highway U.S. One at about 11 a.m. on Saturday; they will be escorted from there to Holiday Isle in Islamorada by Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Officers along with officers from other South Florida law enforcement agencies. As the motorcycles pass intersections on the highway, the intersections will be temporarily closed until the entire group passes.

“I ask that people be patient during this event. Closures will be short term and should not impact traffic too much. This event raises money for a terrific cause and should not cause too much trouble for the traveling public,” said Captain Don Fanelli, Upper Keys District Commander.

The event raises money for the children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in South Florida. According to information from Rudy Gonzalez, Chief of Staff for POAT, there are now 71 children of officers from 14 different law enforcement agencies who benefit from the program. The program provides the children with gifts during the holiday season, and lets them know the deaths of their parents have not, and will not be, forgotten.

For more information about POAT, or about the Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children program, call Lt. Rudy Gonzalez at 305-471-2312 or email him at You can also visit their website at

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