Nov 172017
Continued Temporary Rental Assistance

If you are a homeowner or renter getting rental assistance from FEMA and still have a need for that funding and are eligible for it, you should complete and submit an application for Continued Rental Assistance. FEMA may provide up to two months of initial rental assistance for eligible applicants. You may qualify for continued assistance if you: Demonstrate your disaster-related financial need; and Show you are developing a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. A contractor’s estimate of repairs can point [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #243, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 172017
December Featured Poet: Arida Wright

Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology entitled Poets in the Garden, published through a grant by the Anne McKee Fund. Arida began writing poetry in the sixth grade and became involved with the Key West Poetry Guild by reading an original [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Zonta Says No

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed 16 Days of Activism beginning November 25th in honor of an important effort by the Zonta Club of Key West. The effort is aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. “Gender violence and abuse,” reads the proclamation, “can affect women of all ages, living in any community, but it is a topic too often kept secret or highlighted only when horrific acts play out in newspaper and media reports.” This annual observance is particularly important as, nationwide, women are speaking [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Sanctuary Staff as Natural Resource Advisers in Keys Vessel Removal

NOAA LT Rosemary Abbitt oversees the removal of a sunken sailboat west of Fleming Key. The six-hour process was part of post-Hurricane Irma operations with staff from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary serving as natural resource advisers to reduce further impact to sensitive habitat. A Unified Command led by U.S. Coast Guard is assessing and removing more than 1,700 damaged and displaced vessels in the Florida Keys that pose environmental and navigational hazards.

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Coast Guard, Turtle Hospital Crews Release 150-Pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle Near Key West

The Coast Guard and Turtle Hospital personnel released a rehabilitated 150-pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle to the wild off Sunset Key near Key West, Thursday morning. A Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrew and personnel from the Turtle Hospital released Drifter, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, back to the wild. Drifter was rescued from fishing line that was part of storm debris from Hurricane Irma and rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Key West.

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #243, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 172017
I Love Stock Island Holiday Lighting Ceremony Set for Sunday, November 26

Join the fisherman, businesses and Stock Island community as we kickoff and celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting ceremony Sunday, November 26. Lobster traps recovered from hurricane Irma by local fisherman have been collected and used to construct a one-of-a-kind festive trap tree at the corner of Maloney Avenue and 4th Street. The structure will be decorated with hundreds of lights and recycled trap buoys painted by Stock Island artists. The ceremony, which begins at sunset, will offer a chance to socialize over light refreshments [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Ribbons of Gratitude at Montessori Children's School

The toddler families at The Children’s School located on the corner of United and Varela Street have been writing down what they are grateful for onto ribbons each morning during the month of November and then hanging the ribbons from a tree on the playground as a daily reminder that we have so much to be thankful for.  Toddlers like Winston Wofsey, Nora Binder, and Charlie Evans pictured here love to not only watch as the ribbons are added to the tree but to also [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day, Warn Against War with North Korea

Veterans For Peace Send Letter to Trump and Kim Jong-un People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea Signed by Thousands St. Louis, MO.  This weekend, veterans all around the U.S. will celebrate Veterans Day by reclaiming the original November 11holiday, Armistice Day, which marks the end of World War I.  Veterans, family members and supporters in at least 30 U.S. cities will march in Veterans Day parades, hold vigils to remember all who have died in U.S. wars, and solemnly ring bells on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Understanding FEMA Verified Loss

ORLANDO, Fla. – You may be eligible for FEMA help to restore your home to a safe, sanitary and functional condition following a disaster, if you don’t have insurance coverage – or if you have received an insurance settlement that is less than the cost to make your home habitable. FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance. Assistance only provides the basic needs for a home to be habitable. Once you register for assistance, FEMA is required to verify losses to determine your eligibility for [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
A Look at Florida 60 Days after Hurricane Irma

Florida continues making efforts toward recovery from Hurricane Irma’s severe impact on the entire state – spanning 65,755 square miles from Pensacola on the west end of the Panhandle, Jacksonville on the east coast, south to Key West. Affected communities and disaster survivors are repairing and rebuilding better, stronger and safer with the help of neighbors, friends, family members, voluntary groups, faith- and community-based organizations and local, county, state and federal governments. Recovery takes the whole community. The following are highlights of the progress made [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION’S Disaster Assistance Loan Program

In the wake of hurricanes and other physical disasters, the government entity almost always front and center is the Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA ; But there is another agency that works hand-in-hand with FEMA, helping businesses, homeowners and renters with low-interest disaster loans. Many people are not aware of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the assistance SBA offers. If a business has sustained damage from Hurricane Irma – whether it is physical damage, economic damage or both, then SBA could be [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Florida Hate Crime Coalition Urges Senate Committee Chair To Hear Hate Crime Bill, Launches Online Petition

Boca Raton – The Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC) recently sent a letter to Senator Randolph Bracy, Chair of the Florida Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, urging him to agenda SB 588 for a hearing before the Committee, and it launched an online petition for Floridians to contact the Senator about the bill. SB 588 would strengthen Florida’s current hate crime statute by fixing critical gaps in the law. The letter advises Senator Bracy that “[c]ountering the hate and violence on display in Gainesville, Charlottesville, VA and other [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Young Entrepreneur Appearing on ABC's Shark Tank Speaks to Monroe County Schools Students

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces, Jack Bonneau spoke to students at Horace O’Bryant School, Key Largo School, Plantation Key School, and Sugarloaf School to offer advice and words of encouragement. The 11-year-old entrepreneur spoke to more than 1,600 students recently to give them advice on how to thrive in the marketplace. He shared lessons he learned from beginning his own lemonade stand and words of encouragement post Irma. The 7th-grader from STEM Lab School in Colorado said MCSD students [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Sheriff Awards Deputies for Saving Lives

Three deputies received Sheriff’s Medals for lifesaving at an employee awards ceremony held on Friday. Deputies Jean Gonzalez, Ignacio Molina and Dave Campbell received the awards; Deputy Gonzalez was actually honored twice for saving two lives in recent months. Deputy Campbell could not be present at the ceremony to accept, but all of the award recipients will receive a letter of commendation and a ribbon to wear on their uniforms. Deputies Jean Gonzalez and Ignacia Molina were honored for their swift and crucial actions when responding [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Sheriff Receives Recognition for 30 Years of Service

Sheriff Rick Ramsay received a plaque in recognition of his 30 years of service to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at an employee awards ceremony on Friday. Former Sheriff Rick Roth presented the award. Sheriff Ramsay began his career with the Sheriff’s Office upon graduation from the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy in November of 1987. He has worked in almost every area of the Sheriff’s Office since then, including patrol, investigations, special operations and corrections. He ran for Sheriff and was [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Health Department Releases Two Premier Health Guides Featuring Monroe County

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is happy to showcase the release of two booklets:  Monroe County Community Health Almanac and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  Both are available at  Limited hard copies are available at the Gato Building in Key West. Monroe County Community Health Almanac:  this 40-page document provides reader-friendly information about conditions that impact the health of the Florida Keys as a community and the myriad of interrelated factors that influence these conditions.  The almanac also describes the components that [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Buddy Poppy Days

Key West Mayor Craig Cates, during this week’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed November 7 – 11 as Buddy Poppy Days, in honor of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The poppy has been named the official memorial flower for Veterans of Foreign Wars, as it represents the blood shed by American Service members. Since 1922, the VFW has been making and distributing these symbolic reminders to reiterate that the VFW will never forget their sacrifice. With Veteran’s Day approaching, members of the VFW will be distributing them around town. [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Winners of the 4th Annual Sugarloaf Showdown

26 boats, 60 people, 3 days of fishing Benefiting our Community After an exciting 3 days of fishing around picturesque Sugarloaf Key, points were tallied and stories were told, and victory was determined. Everyone was happy and healthy at the end, which makes us all winners, but some also received awards and acclaim as well. The Tournament: This three-day, catch and release tournament is always open to all anglers and is a fundraising event for the Guides Trust Foundation which supports local guides. This year, 26 [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Teacher & Librarian Scholarship Winners Announced

The Key West Literary Seminar is pleased to announce the selection of its 2018 Teacher and Librarian Scholarship winners. Nineteen teachers and librarians from nine states and the Caribbean island of Dominica have been chosen to receive financial aid packages totaling $20,000. This year’s award winners include teachers and professors at community colleges, city and state universities, and public and private middle and high schools. They teach subjects from English, literature, and writing, to film and Caribbean culture. Librarian winners work at colleges, high schools, [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Key West Rotary Clubs Welcome District Governor

The Rotary Clubs of Key West welcomed District 6990 Governor Alan Cohn on Nov. 7 at the Bottlecap Lounge. Pictured are Assistant District Governor Jim Smith (Sunrise Rotary), Associate Assistant Governor Rachel Oropeza (The Rotary Club of Key West), Cohn, Key West Sunset Rotary President Holly Elomina, Key West Sunrise Rotary President Gena Parsons, and Albert Gonzales, president of The Rotary Club of Key West. Rotary District 6990 serves Southeast Florida, the Keys and Grand Bahama Island. Key West will host the district conference in May.

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
Mystick Krewe of Key West Donates to Community Organizations

Two Key West organizations were awarded for service to the community as  recipients of annual giving from the Mystick Krewe of Key West. In check presentation ceremonies two organizations shared 11,500.00. Krewe Captain, Val Marmillion, noted,  “Sister Season Fund and the Key West High School Band serve Key West in very different  ways and were impacted as Hurricane Irma disrupted our community.” Sister Season Fund focuses its efforts on hospitality industry workers who have been  displaced or out of steady work due to storm disruptions [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »