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Mar 172017
 
Monroe County Repays Second $1 Million Installment to Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District

MONROE COUNTY REPAYS KEY LARGO WASTEWATER TREATMENT DISTRICT SECOND $1 MILLION INSTALLMENT FROM MAYFIELD GRANT AGREEMENT KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Mayor George Neugent presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with a $1 million check, the second installment in a 10-year Interlocal Agreement regarding the distribution of $17 million in Mayfield Grant Funds for wastewater projects in the Keys. Monroe County and the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District entered into the Interlocal Agreement on May [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Mar 172017
 
The F E C Extension Series Postcards

The Matecumbe Historical Trust invites you a very special presentation on Monday, March 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church. Our friend, Professor Seth Bramson, the only person in the country who bears the official title of Company Historian with an American railroad, will present, for the first time ever shown in public: The F E C Extension Series Postcards. This is his first-ever power point presentation in which he will show us the nearly complete series from his collection (he has all [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
The Beer Wars: Delaware Brewery Forces Small Islamorada Brewery to Rename Their Beer

HOGFISH AMBER BECOMES SPEARFISH AMBER Florida Keys Brewing Company, the local brewery owned and operated by Craig and Cheryl McBay announced this week that their very popular American Amber Ale named Hogfish will be changing its name to Spearfish. The reason for the change came as quite a shock to the local brewers. Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE threatened the small brewery with legal action if they did not change the name of their beer fearing that consumers would not be able to differentiate when [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Island Voices, Issue #210 No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Last Chance to See Painter Eric Anfinson at SALT Gallery: Exhibit Ends March 30

Last Chance to see Painter Eric Anfinson at SALT Gallery: Exhibit Ends March 30—“An Early Fall,” 36 x 24, oil on Italian linen panel, is one of the new works presented by painter Eric Anfinson at SALT Gallery throughout the month of March. His “Beautiful Life” exhibit offers the viewer an intimate look at human forms that deftly explore emotional impact through many surprising layers. Fans and newcomers alike will not want to miss this exhibit at the 830 Fleming Street, which feature more than [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #210, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Film Series Continues with Buster Keaton’s 1926 Masterpiece Silent Film, “The General”

Is there a more perfect showcase for a film about a man and his beloved locomotive than the destination city of Henry Flagler’s railroad and the Key West museum that houses an exhibit in his name? On Thursday, March 30, Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues with Buster Keaton’s 1926 masterpiece silent film, “The General,” set to show at 6:00 p.m. in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum. The story of Confederate railway engineer Johnny Gray (Keaton), [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #210, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Papio's Pals Kick in K’s for Artist and School Efforts in Upcoming Kinetic Extravaganza

Historic Tours of America has wheeled its train into the “Papio’s Pals” station with a $2500 donation to Key West Art & Historical Society. The funds are earmarked to sponsor five artists eager to put their engineering genius to play in the creation of kinetic sculpture floats for the upcoming second annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Bike Parade, set for May 6. Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #210, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
(FKSCC) Monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday, Noon to 3pm

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW &SHINE this Sunday,March 19th. Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, 50/50 good food and cold [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Ace the Traffic at the Miami Open with Florida 511

Download the free mobile app, visit FL511.com or follow #FL511 on Twitter TALLAHASSEE – Make it to the courts on time for every serve at the 2017 Miami Open with the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 Traveler Information System. More than 300,000 tennis fans from around the world will attend the 14-day tournament at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, beginning Monday, March 20 and ending Sunday, April 2. With only a single causeway leading to and from the island, drivers may find the [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Rock Solomon Awarded $22,000 for Jazz-Age Retrospectacular

Local jazz crooner and actor Rock Solomon has turned event producer and was recently awarded $22,000 to produce the Jazz-Age Retrospectacular in Key West. It was an ambitious vision for a first time event producer, and not likely to be awarded a large sum of money, but Rock Solomon’s vision for a monthly 3-day weekend of interactive costume and cabaret events must have struck a chord with the Monroe County TDC, as the awarded amount was among the top amounts awarded for dozens of applicants. [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Southernmost Fashion Show to Benefit Sister Season fund

Take a Walk on the Wild Side at the 5th Annual Southernmost Fashion show to benefit The Sister Season Fund on Sunday, March 19th at the Southernmost House, 1400 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm. Admission is $30 and includes poolside entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and a cash bar. See the latest fashions from 10 local shops, with 20 beautiful models. Tickets available at keystix.com. Sister Season is a nonprofit organization, helping locals in the hospitality [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Free Bus for St. Patrick's Day

Key West Transit encourage everyone to go green and ride the bus this St. Patrick’s Day. Public transit is free all day on March 17th, the greenest day of the year. Citywide bus routes and the Lower Keys Shuttle are free all day on March 17th to promote environmental awareness and to make St. Patrick’s Day a safe one for everyone!

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
February 2017 SHAL News

SHAL Outreach Director, Elicia Pintabona, arranged to expand our case management offerings with a parttime space at a new counseling agency, Key Bridge, which recently opened a beautiful office in the Professional Building. SHAL Case Managers will be seeing homeless clients at that office two days per week, and will be working with some Key Bridge clients who need our services…

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #210, News No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Health Department Recognizes the City of Marathon as a Healthy Weight Community Champion

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) presented the Healthy Weight Community Champion Award to the City of Marathon at Tuesday’s City Commission Meeting at Marathon City Hall. The City of Marathon was recognized as one of three local governments in Monroe County that has implemented a variety of best practice policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The other municipalities, Key West was recognized last Tuesday and the Village of Islamorada will be awarded later this month. One [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Free Certification Course for Bike Helmet Fitting

Bicycle safety is an important public health issue in the Florida Keys. A larger proportion of Monroe County’s population bikes to work than any other county in the state of Florida, and research shows that Monroe County has the highest fatality rate, the highest ER visit rate, and the 3rd highest hospitalization rate in the state for bicycle accidents with motor vehicles.* The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, is hosting two bike helmet [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Music Together's Spring Semester

Music for newborns, infants, toddlers & families Music Together in the Keys’ 10-week Spring term begins April 4, with all new CDs, books and activities. The international, science-based program offers family fun for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. Trained, registered Music Together educators teach sophisticated musical concepts with play, sparking amazing and lasting development in young brains. Classes meet weekly, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, in the cheerful Fellowship Room of the Church of Christ, 1700 Von Phister St. Registration is [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #210, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
5 Fun Facts About the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Learn More at the Outdoor Fest March 11th - 18th

The second annual Outdoor Fest—a full week of action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—has arrived.  There’s no better time than now to get outside for a close-up take on the great outdoors as US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR provide us with many ways to help celebrate the beautiful Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges.

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:22 am News No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Helping a Needy Elderly Man in Key Largo

Officers go all out for elderly man Officers responding to a call Monday found an elderly man in a wheel chair, confused and unable to care for himself. In subsequent days, they made sure he was cared for and spent a day cleaning his house and making sure it was habitable for him when he returns home. The 77 year old man lives in a home on Rock Harbor Drive in Key Largo. On Monday, Sgt. Jason Madnick responded to a call from someone in [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:19 am Issue #209, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Mar 102017
 
Key West Pilot Marks Volunteer Milestone

Sam Samaha to be honored for transporting Angel Flight Southeast patients to far-from-home medical appointments. Patients with rare or complicated medical conditions may have to travel hundreds of miles to reach lifesaving treatment. Fouad “Sam” Samaha of Key West, is one of 650 volunteers who donate planes, fuel and time to make sure those Angel Flight Southeast passengers get the care they need while alleviating travel hardships. On Friday, April 7, Samaha will be honored for surpassing 100 missions, at the Dr. Franklin G. Norris [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:18 am Issue #209, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Mar 102017
 
Firm Appeals Office of Insurance Regulation Denial of Administrative Hearing

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is filing an appeal with the First District Court of Appeals to overturn the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) rejection of FIRM’s petition for an Administrative Hearing on excessive and unaffordable commercial and residential windstorm insurance rates in the Keys. FIRM takes the position that FIRM and the Citizens Property Insurance policy holders that it represents are entitled by state law to an administrative hearing on recent Monroe County windstorm insurance rate increases approved by the OIR. FIRM also [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:18 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Four arrested on multiple drug warrants Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit arrested four people on multiple drug related warrants Wednesday afternoon. Detectives using an undercover operative purchased cocaine and ecstasy Tuesday afternoon from three of the wanted suspects; arrested them for the drug sales and then additionally charged them all with the outstanding drug related warrants . The warrants are the result of undercover drug operations in January of this year in Key West and on Stock Island. 30 year old Robert Dunn [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:17 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Good Government starts NOW

HOMETOWN! IS YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL CANDIDATE AND ELECTION INFORMATION. “Call for Candidates” April 3, 2017 Join us as we celebrate our new 501(c)3 non-profit status with a new logo, revised news bulletin, a fresh Facebook page and kick-off to the 2017 campaign year of Good Government. Election year 2018 is on everyone’s minds and with only 470 days until the books close on running for office, state, county and local campaigns are already underway. Incumbents, candidates, or those just testing the water for a [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Review of Current Gildea Gallery Show

by M.R. Willison……. While in Key West, one must visit the outstanding exhibit of exciting modern art R one of Key West’s most up-to-the-minute art shows, the Gildea Gallery at 522 Southard, just off Duval. Paul Gildea, the founder and director, has a highly-trained eye for the highest quality in contemporary art in the United States and around the world. He brings all this with panache to his enticing little gallery here in Key West for our enjoyment and appreciation. Among the outstanding painters in [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:08 am Art, Issue #209, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “I am Cuba”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with “Soy Cuba” (I am Cuba) a Cuban-Soviet co-production filmed following the Cuban missile crisis as an anti-American propaganda film, which has been described as “a visual masterpiece.” With actors Luz Maria Collazo, Jose Gallardo, Sergio Corrieri, Mario Gonzalez Broche, Jean Bouise, Raul Garcia and Celia Rodriguez, “I am Cuba” consists of four vignettes, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:07 am News No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Boaters Moored in Restricted Waters Near Fleming Key Must Move

Naval Air Station Key West, with support of Coast Guard Sector Key West and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is reminding boaters that mooring is illegal in the restricted waters west of Fleming Key. Safety perimeters for weapons/ammunition storage facilities are published in the Federal Register and went into effect on Sept. 10, 2007. In 2009, the City of Key West placed a series of buoys to designate the safety zone made possible through a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Florida Defense Alliance [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Stipends for Kinetic Coaches in Schools

The Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is set for May 5-7, and the Key West Art & Historical Society seeks artists to help students in schools prepare and create dynamic moving artworks using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) principals. Selected artists will receive a $1200 stipend to conduct a brainstorming session and two three-hour workshops with students at two different schools, presenting information on kinetic art principles and application, and team mobile sculpture idea development and production. “Artists will [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am News No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade—Call for Artists, Builders, Assemblers

The Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7. Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am ~ Artists ~ No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Samuels House Presents Women of Integrity Men of Valor

The Board of Directors of Samuel’s House will present the annual “Women of Integrity and Men of Valor” Honors Dinner on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6pm at the Marriott Beachside Hotel. This year, twelve incredible and men and women will be honored for various philanthropic efforts throughout the Key West community and beyond. Honorees, Family and Friends of the Keys will gather to enjoy a memorable evening, including dinner, an exciting live & silent auction and cash bar. The cost is $70 per person, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Shipwrecks, Tree Rings, and Hurricanes Take Center at Next Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series

On Thursday, March 23 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Valerie Trouet to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum for an evening presentation on “Shipwrecks, Tree Rings, and Hurricanes.” Trouet, a tree-ring scientist and paleoclimatologist, will relate how she and her team of scientists at the University of Arizona use tree rings to study past climate, forest ecosystems, and their interactions. While we might not have much forest here in the Florida Keys, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #209, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
AUDITIONS Undying Love

AUDITIONS for Undying Love the Musical to be held April 2nd 1-3pm and April 3rd 11:30-1:30pm, in the Heinen Design Lab on the third floor of The Studios of Key West. Undying Love, a musical by Ben Harrison, will be performed at The Studios of Key West in 2018. SUMMARY Undying Love The Musical is the true life and death adventure of Key West’s legend, Count Carl von Cosel, and his romantic obsession with Elena Milagro Hoyos. It takes place in 1930’s-1940’s Key West. CASTING [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Mosquito Control to Host Tire Amnesty Day

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in collaboration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is hosting a Tire Amnesty Day. Old tires are an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes, especially the Aedes aegypti and the Asian tiger mosquito. Disposing of them properly assists FKMCD in the control of these particular mosquitoes, which are both a nuisance and potential carrier of diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. Bring your tires to Tire Amnesty Day and Mosquito Control will dispose of them for free. [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Free Nature Therapy- Relax and Rejuvenate at the National Key Deer Refuge

Wednesday, March 15: 6:30am-8:30am. Join us for a Sunrise Photography Walk on Long Beach. Bring any camera or cell phone. 9:00am-11:00am. Introduction to Nature Sketchbook Journaling- No artistic talent required, just a desire to discover the joy of expressing yourself through art in nature. 1:00pm-3:00 pm. Keys Kids Outdoors: Butterflies, Dragonflies and other cool insects. An outdoor adventure to seek out and examine the amazing diversity of insects at National Key Deer Refuge. Thursday, March 16: 10:00-11:30am Fun with Wildlife Origami. Discover origami, the Japanese [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #209, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Habitat for Humanity Community Meeting on Big Coppitt Key

Habitat for Humanity invites all interested parties to a community meeting at the Big Coppitt Fire Station on Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 pm. The meeting will serve to introduce their proposed project to build 10 new homes with affordable deed restrictions on the vacant site on US Highway 1 between Emerald Drive and Sapphire Drive. Staff members will be available to answer questions about the project and will also provide a short presentation about the Homeownership Program and the application process. For additional information, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »