May 272016
 
ROWELL’S WATERFRONT PARK IN KEY LARGO OPENS SATURDAY

KEY LARGO – Rowell’s Waterfront Park – at mile marker 104.5 on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo – opens Saturday morning, becoming the County’s 20th park. The 8-acre, kid- and dog-friendly park along Florida Bay has picnic tables, benches, a place to swim (at your own risk) and a launch for kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards. It will be open seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to sunset. Admission is free. The property was purchased in December 2013 for $5 million. Since then, [continue reading…]

 May 27, 2016  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #168, Public Notice, Special Event 1 Response »
May 272016
 
June 1-TIES Program Community Partner Appreciation Event

TIES program honors community partners at annual event. A highly successful program for young adults with intellectual challenges will mark its eleventh year with a June 1 luncheon honoring the critical role played by its community partners. The TIES (Transition to Independence, Employment and Success) program provides a teacher, job coach and facilities for students, ages 18-22, to learn, practice and network within real life settings to achieve their goals of independence. At the 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Sigsbee Base Community Center, TIES students [continue reading…]

 May 27, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #168, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 272016
 
Key West NOW Holds Historic Elections

Longtime Officers Retire NOW installs O’Grady, Warner and Desbiens The Key West chapter of the National Organization for Women recently elected and installed three new executive officers: President Robin L. O’Grady, Vice President and Treasurer Elizabeth Warner and Secretary Betty Desbiens. This election was historic, as it was the first major change of leadership since the local chapter was founded 20 years ago. Constance Gilbert, one of the chapter’s founding officers, was honored at the meeting for her years of leadership and service. Similarly honored [continue reading…]

 May 27, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #168, News, Special Event 1 Response »
May 272016
 
NAS Key West to Participate in Memorial Day Ceremonies

NAS Key West and the community will mark the Memorial Day holiday at two ceremonies Monday morning. At 9 a.m., the Navy League Key West Council will hold their annual ceremony at the Maine Memorial Plot in the Key West City Cemetery. NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Steve McAlearney will be the guest speaker and the air station Honor Guard will render a 21-gun rifle salute. At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 28 will host their annual Memorial Day Service at the Southern Keys [continue reading…]

 May 27, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #168, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 272016
 
Key West Sunrise Rotary Honors Gahan as Rotarian of the Year

Key West Sunrise Rotary President Jim Scholl named outgoing member Steve Gahan as Rotarian of the Year for his eleven years of service including two years heading international service programs and grants as a member of the Board of Directors. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Gahan came to Key West in 2001 as a contractor in downrange logistic support for the Joint Interagency Task Force South. Although his JIATF-S duties often took him out of the country, Gahan made Rotary a priority, playing important [continue reading…]

 May 27, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #168, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 272016
 
Monroe County Emergency Management Holds Hurricane Exercise

MARATHON – With hurricane season’s official start just around the corner on June 1, now is a good time to start your personal, family and business preparations. You can rest assured, however, that your County government already has been working hard behind the scenes to be ready for any storms that may come our way this year. On Thursday, Monroe County Emergency Management hosted a hurricane exercise for all Keys’ responders and entities involved in storm preparations and evacuations at the Emergency Operations Center in [continue reading…]

 May 27, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #168, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 202016
 
Anne McKee Artist's Fund Announces 2016 Grant Winners

The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund recently awarded 12 project-based grants to Florida Keys visual, performing and literary artists. The awards support specific creative projects proposed by each recipient. Established by Anne McKee, a longtime Key West resident and supporter of the arts, the Fund assists talented individuals with qualified creative endeavors. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over $234,000 to visual artists, writers and performing artists who live in the Florida Keys. The Fund’s 2016 grant recipients are: Visual [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #167, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 132016
 
Marathon Resident Lori Russo Lands Walk-On Role in New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Black’s Next Novel

Lori Russo, of Marathon, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black’s next novel. The “character placement” contest was an early registration promotion for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set to take place June 10-12 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. While the namesake character’s internal character remains to be determined by the author, “I’m most comfortable being a positive role model, so I’m hoping it’s a heroic character with my name, not a villain,” [continue reading…]

 May 13, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #166, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 132016
 
Emergency Management Director Irene Toner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Monroe County’s Emergency Management Director Irene Toner received the Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday during the 30th Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference. Toner was one of 14 recipients to receive various award from the Governor’s Hurricane Conference Board of Directors. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the field of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation at the local, state and national level. Toner retires on June 30th, after nearly two decades of service to Monroe County and 35 years working in emergency management. [continue reading…]

 May 13, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #166, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Remembering Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty

May 3rd marked the anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Alexander. Deputy Alexander died in a traffic accident May 3rd, 1998 while working road patrol for the Sheriff’s Office in the Key Largo district. He had just left roll call at the Plantation Key Substation and was on the way to his duty station at the Ocean Reef Resort. For some reason, he pulled off of the highway and onto Val Jean Way, in Tavernier. He was stopped at a stop sign [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 1:52 am Issue #165, News, Special Event 3 Responses »
May 062016
 
Kids Clean up the Town

Key West school kids made Earth Day truly meaningful this year with their excellent efforts to clean up the island, and they had a great time doing it. St. Mary’s Basilica School had every grade picking up litter and recycling: The lower grades around the school grounds and the upper grades around the surrounding neighborhoods. They picked up about 10 full bags of litter. Poinciana Recycling Rangers and Student Government came out to Bayview Park, picked up six full bags of litter and helped sort [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Successful Cleanup of Mule Key with Danger Charters

  Reef Relief partnered with Danger Charters for a cleanup of Mule Key on Wednesday, April 27th to conclude their “Earth Week”. With the help of 15 volunteers, including Captain Wade and Nicole Talton of Danger Charters, Reef Relief removed 451 pounds of marine debris from the mangroves. The volunteers discovered that most of the debris was a result of fishing gear, such as rope, buoys, traps and crates. Mangroves are essential environments because they serve as nursery areas to a large diversity of sea life, such as juvenile [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Two Florida Keys Writers Announced as Finalists in 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition and Award

Florida Keys authors Elia Chepaitis of Grassy Key and Lewis C. Haskell of Key West are two of four finalists announced in a nationwide competition to claim the 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award. Chepaitis with “Murder with Kayaks in the Florida Keys,” and Haskell, with “Tequila Mockingbird,” are joined as finalists by Loveland, CO, (formerly Islamorada, FL) resident Carl Bock with “Coronado’s Trail,” and Ocean City, MD, resident Paul Marion Geiger with “The Crayon Box.” Candidates for the Award, which is supported by the Marion [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
SISTER SEASON SURVIVORS PARTY, MONDAY MAY 30TH!

The Sister Season Fund needs volunteers to help with the 39th Annual Survivors Party – Family Fun Fair on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th from 4pm – 8pm at the Bottlecap.  This promises to be a family friendly event, full of good old fashioned fun, featuring food, entertainment, and games.  If you can help with set up, selling raffles, taking admission, or with one of our Family Fun Fair games please call John at 305-434-5538.  All funds raised will be used to provide assistance to locals [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #165, Special Event, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
TIES Program to Honor Community Partners at Annual Event

TIES Program Community Partner Appreciation Event June 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sigsbee Base Community Center A highly successful program for young adults with intellectual challenges will mark its eleventh year with a June 1 luncheon honoring the critical role played by its community partners. The TIES (Transition to Independence, Employment and Success) program provides a teacher, job coach and facilities for students, ages 18-22, to learn, practice and network within real life settings to achieve their goals of independence. At the 11:30 a.m. luncheon at [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Josh the Otter comes to Key West for Water Safety Awareness Month

During National Water Safety Awareness Month, Key West Sunrise Rotary’s Josh the Otter program is delivering life-saving messages and copies of the “Josh the Baby Otter” book during interactive presentations at preschools and kindergartens. On Thursday, Josh the Otter (AKA Key West Sunrise Rotary Past President Ron Demes) entertained prekindergarten students at the Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Sea by leading the Learn to Float dance and a pledge to be careful around bodies of water. Visits are also planned to Sigsbee [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
GLEE Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Shrimp Road Bar & Grill, Stock Island Please join us for Florida Keys Green Living and Energy Education’s annual meeting May 12. Meet others interested in Keys’ environmental issues and hear local groups and individuals share their experiences in sustainability. Topics and speakers include: GLEE’s Key West Community Garden – Rick Smith, committee chairman Solar Education Association of the Keys – Michael Welber, executive director Green Business Program – Alison Higgins, sustainability coordinator, city [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Mayor Names Honorary Conch

Mayor Craig Cates commended Jane Newhagen with the highest Key West honor during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Sexton’s House at the Key West Cemetery on Wednesday. He proclaimed her an honorary Conch. Newhagen became involved with the Key West Cemetery after she graduated the Key West Ambassador Academy 11 years ago. She began by volunteering, helping organize and preserve burial records. She continued as a part time helper, then was hired full time. Mayor Cates noted that Newhagen has been “a driving [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Ribbon Cut on Sexton's Office

Mayor Craig Cates, accompanied by City Commissioners Sam Kaufman, Margaret Romero, Clayton Lopez, Billy Wardlow and Richard Payne, cut the ribbon today on the new Sexton House at the Key West Cemetery. The sexton’s office serves as a vital repository of the city’s history, containing burial records of nearly two centuries of Key West families. “This project is very dear to my heart,” said Mayor Cates, “as I know it is to many of us. My mother, my father, my grandparents are all here.” “This [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 292016
 
Donations to Seacamp

The folks at Seacamp on Big Pine Key were very grateful that Sgt. David Smith thought of them when he heard about all this fishing equipment from Director Diane O’Dell in our Property Division. Also among the items donated from our property division was a telescope found abandoned on the side of the road. All the items will be used for their various educational programs for kids.

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #164, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 292016
 
Celebrate Student Appreciation Month at Florida Keys Outlet Center

Students invited to enjoy special perks from May 1-31 WHAT: School’s (almost) out for the summer! Local and visiting students are invited to Florida Keys Outlet Center from May 1-31 to take advantage of Student Appreciation Month, which is sponsored by Betolli Vending. Throughout the event, students are invited to stop by Simon Guest Services booth or the Management Office, located in the food court, to pick up Florida Keys Outlet Center swag bags filled with a coupon book, a discount sheet, extra coupons and [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #164, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 152016
 
It's National Telecommunicator's Week

National Telecommunications Week – help us recognize these important people! April 10th to the 16th is National Public Safety Telecommunications week and during this week, the Sheriff’s Office has been recognizing the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s communications officers – who serve in our communications center in Marathon. We would like to encourage others to recognize them as well. Our communications officers are the first ones to receive your emergency calls and what they do with those calls can often greatly influence the [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #162, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 152016
 
Sustainable Bird Tourism Scales Up to Support Tropical Conservation

At Program’s 10-year Anniversary, Bird Reserve Network Spans Almost a Million Acres (Washington, D.C.) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Latin American Bird Reserve Network. A successful model for sustainable birdwatching tourism designed to prevent the extinction of some of the Americas’ rarest birds, the network now includes more than 70 tropical reserves spanning close to one million acres. The reserves were created and supported by ABC and more than 30 partner conservation organizations, as well as [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #162, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Florida Keys Swim Club -- March Short Course Junior Olympics

Seven FKSC Swimmers Compete in Short Course Junior Olympics—Two Advance The Florida Keys Swim Club had 7 swimmers competing in the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics last month. Individual qualifiers were Abbie Sargent, Corley Smith, Zoe Marchetti, and Caroline Hoff. Also swimming a relay were Layne Smith, Chrislyn Lowell, and Maria Grant. All seven swimmers were up against the best 14 &Under athletes in all of South Florida. Abbie Sargent had multiple top 5 finishes and as a result of being the fastest 9 years [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:22 am Issue #161, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Marathon vs. Key West – Mayors Water Challenge

Who’s More Water Wise? Marathon or Key West? The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1- 30, is a community service campaign to see which cities can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges to reduce water and energy usage. Locally, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is joining in as a neutral party to help all residents conserve water. To participate, residents of Key West and Marathon can register online via mywaterpledge.com or Facebook, and then make a [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:14 am Issue #161, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 012016
 
Air Show Could Cause Traffic Issues

This weekend is the NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular. The event is expected to attract lots of people and may cause periodic traffic slow-downs in the area of the Boca Chica four-lane on Highway U.S. One. Everyone attending, and those traveling through the area on Saturday and Sunday should be aware of the potential for traffic back-ups due to this event and should plan accordingly. There may be traffic congestion both days, particularly between the hours of 8 – 10 a.m. and 3 – [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #160, News, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 012016
 
La Concha Key West Celebrates Its 90th Birthday

The Historic Landmark Hotel Offers Commemorative Events and Specials in honor of its Anniversary Celebration La Concha Key West, the shining star of Duval Street presenting a chic and lively atmosphere, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year with a host of events and guest experiences to honor its historical significance as one of the island’s most legendary hotels. An historic landmark Key West property, La Concha Key West is known for its deep and colorful roots within Key West’s history, famous for regularly hosting a [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #160, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 252016
 
100 Years of Rotary

The Key West City Commission has proclaimed April 1st the Rotary Club of Key West Day in honor of the 100th anniversary of its charter. For 100 years, members of the Rotary Club have put “service above self” by faithfully serving the community. “The Rotary Club of Key West has a long history of action to make our city better,” reads the proclamation, “by providing leadership in the establishment of other community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Key West Chapter of [continue reading…]

 March 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #159, Special Event No Responses »