National Night Out – Mark your calendars and have some fun! On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Sheriff’s Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys. The goal of National Night Out [continue reading…]
The City of Key West is hosting a press conference by Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016 at 10 a.m., July 22 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 300 Catherine St. Please join us in welcoming her! Heather Taylor is flying to major cities across Florida to highlight accessibility changes for persons with disabilities and raising awareness about Dysautonomia. “I am excited to be visiting your beautiful city as part of a national news media event called, Ms. Wheelchair Florida Takes Flight,” said Heather. When Randall [continue reading…]
Early sign-up for the 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 has opened. Key West-based vendors get a 10 percent discount. Now thru August 8, food vendors can contact the Fantasy Fest Street Fair team at 305-296-1817 or firstname.lastname@example.org for early access to vending locations for the exciting and well-attended Fantasy Fest Street Fair. Visit fantasyfest.com for applications and contact the Street Fair team for open locations and early sign-up fees. Any vendors hoping to bring a food truck [continue reading…]
ORANGE COUNTY – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Monroe County Commissioner Carruthers with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the recent 2016 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County. “It has been and continues to be a gratifying experience to work with fellow Commissioners around the state on federal issues that impact all of our 67 diverse counties,” Carruthers said. “I look forward to more progress in the future, and thank FAC for this recognition.” As a Chair of the FAC Federal Committee, [continue reading…]
This summer, United Way of the Florida Keys will collect school supplies to distribute to over 8,000 Keys students. Florida Keys children need school supplies such as pencils, binders, notebooks, and backpacks as part of their studies. But some local families can’t afford these basic supplies. That’s why United Way of the Florida Keys and community partners are supporting the annual “Stuff the Bus” event, an effort that last year produced 16 pallets of school supplies for distribution to Monroe County schools throughout the Keys. [continue reading…]
Volunteers are needed for Florida Keys Water Watch (FKWW), an educational program developed by The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the Monroe County Extension Service. Volunteers receive free training and equipment to collect water quality data from the more than 170 miles of manmade canals throughout the island chain. Florida Keys Water Watch is designed to raise awareness of the importance of water quality, which has been adversely affected by development. Beginning in the 1950s, canals were dug out to [continue reading…]
The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition (FKOC) recently honored American Legion Arthur Sawyer Post 28 for their outstanding partnership and long time commitment to collaborating with FKOC to address the needs of homeless veterans in the Florida Keys. “No man or woman who fights to defend us, should have to fight for a job, a roof over their head, or the care they need when they come home,” said FKOC President and CEO, Rev. Stephen Braddock (not pictured). “I pray that together with the American Legion, [continue reading…]
Deputy David Lariz has been busy this week. He partnered with Public Works to clean up the area of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue on Stock Island. This area is known as a hang-out area for people conducting narcotics sales. He also worked with community member and former MCSO employee Ira Goldstein to tackle piles of trash on Sunshine Street on Stock Island. Waste Management was also a partner in this effort.
Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys is seeking volunteers to work on a home repair and painting project in Key West on July 14th, 15th, and 16th. Our “A Brush With Kindness” Program focuses on homes owned by seniors that need minor repairs. No We are looking for folks at all skill levels to participate one or more days on this important project. If you can help, contact volunteer coordinator, Susan Kent, at 305-294-9006 or email@example.com. Habitat for Humanity believes that [continue reading…]
Reef Relief’s 29th Annual Membership Meeting is to be held Monday, July 18, 6-8pm at the Casa Marina Grand Ballroom. This year’s speakers include Florida State Representative Holly Raschein who will discuss water quality issues and the 2016 Florida State legislature. Dr. Chris Langdon from the University of Miami will present his research on Ocean Acidification in South Florida and Cindy Lewis of Keys Marine Lab will present their work on Pillar Coral restoration. Presentations also include reports on Reef Relief’s current programs and [continue reading…]
Ninety-nine year old philanthropist Ed Knight did the honors this morning, unveiling the plaque renaming the White Street Pier in his honor. The pier will henceforth be known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. In recognition of nearly a century of service to the citizens of Key West, the City Commission dedicated the landmark “as a reminder of the overwhelming kindness, philanthropic support, and act of generosity bestowed upon the city and citizens of Key West,” reads the plaque. “The City of Key West acknowledges [continue reading…]
EVENT ADVISORY Florida Bay Forever Forum The Health of this Unique Everglades Estuary and its Impact on the Florida Keys What: The Florida Bay Forever Forum is intended to provide Florida Bay scientists and members of the Florida Keys community an opportunity to discuss openly the current Florida Bay seagrass die-off (including the causes, the impacts, and prognosis for recovery) and the solutions to fixing this problem. Presentations by Florida Bay scientists will be brief (10-12 minutes each) and designed for a non-technical audience. Following [continue reading…]
Scholarship Program Awards Local Women Advancing Their Careers The Zonta Club of Key West is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,000 award will be provided to a Lower Florida Keys woman at least 30 years of age for use to advance her current career or make a career change through continuing education. Applications must be received by July 29, 2016 by 5:00pm and are now available on the club’s website. The scholarship’s namesake, [continue reading…]
The community is invited to join in commemorating local philanthropist Edward B. Knight with a ceremony renaming the White Street Pier. The dedication ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29th at the base of the pier henceforth known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. During his 75 on the island, Mr. Knight has been known as a visionary and a man open to new ideas. He has made tremendous contributions to our City by way of real estate development, historical preservation and overall [continue reading…]
Martinez, CA: Early this morning, more than six people have occupied the main entrance to the Shell Oil refinery on Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez, CA today to protect and defend the land, air, water and soil from pollutants and to protest the company’s environmental and human rights record. Gathering with several dozen other community members, the group intentionally walked onto Shell’s property with the intention of stopping entry into the refinery. Today’s action at Shell is in response to the Indigenous Women of the Americas [continue reading…]
PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION Cuba will soon welcome three Key West preschool teachers as part of a Teacher Training for Innovative Learning Program planned and hosted by Fundación Amistad, a not-for- profit organization whose mission is to foster good relations between the US and Cuba. Teachers Karina Bowders, Marjorie Calderon and Director, Amy O’Connor of The Children’s School will be headed to Havana, Cuba on June 27th to bring their knowledge of “Positive Discipline” a child- centered Montessori curriculum as well as classroom materials to share [continue reading…]
A group of 75 Monroe County kids are learning about law enforcement this week during the Keys annual Florida Sheriff’s Association Summer Camp. The camp is being held at Gerald Adams Elementary School on Stock Island all week. Kids have had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of law enforcement, including Special Weapons and Tactics, Traffic Enforcement, and a visit to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm.
The Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics team and the Key West Police Special Response Team recently gave a presentation at the Key West Mystery Writer’s Festival. They spoke about the role of SWAT and SRT teams in law enforcement and gave a presentation with some of the equipment they use on their operations. SWAT Leader Sgt. Joel Slough and SWAT member Sgt. David Smith participated in the presentation along with KWPD SRT Member Officer Michael Pettee. In the photos, left to right, Sgt.s Slough [continue reading…]
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recently welcomed Boy Scouts of America-National High Adventure Sea Base of Islamorada, Fla. as the newest participant in the sanctuary’s Blue Star education and conservation program. Launched in 2009, Blue Star recognizes dive and snorkel operators working to protect the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem by promoting responsible diving and snorkeling practices and educating the public about the impact human interactions can have on the marine environment. Unlike some of the causes of reef decline, such as climate change, [continue reading…]
At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 79th Annual Conservation Awards Banquet to be held June 25, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Bradenton, ten outstanding Florida conservationists will be recognized for their conservation achievements. Conservation award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will be inducted into the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame. A fifth generation Floridian, U.S. Senator Bill [continue reading…]
These gorgeous photos were taken during a recent Dive Team training day. The team spent time on the wreck of the Spiegel Grove and at Key Largo Dry Rocks.
This industrious and hard working group cleaned up the area behind Waldorf Plaza at the 99.5 mile marker of the highway recently. They removed 15 large bags full of trash, and returned 15 shopping carts from various businesses. They also painted out graffiti on the back of the plaza. Helping out was: Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse, Deputies Brian Cross, Jean Gonzalez, Matt Koval, Dave Campbell, Detective Barney Sajdak, Juvenile Programs Counselor Natalka Whitehouse and County Employee Eddie Cabote.
Statement from Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, in Response to Tragedy Washington, D.C., June 13, 2016 – “We stand together with the LGBTQ community, Latino community, young people, and all of those impacted by [Sunday’s] mass shooting in Florida. Attacking any individual because of their sexual orientation, race or ethnic background is an assault on our collective humanity. And the ease with which the perpetrator of this crime was able to obtain assault weapons, is once again, a dark reminder of the urgent and [continue reading…]
#1 Relay for Life Team Castaways Against Cancer Set Off on 17th Annual Kayaking Trip with the Support of U.S. Century The Castaways Against Cancer, a Relay for Life team ranked 1st in Florida, launched on their 17h Annual kayaking journey, dubbed the “Proof of Life” tour from Virginia Key in Miami, FL on Saturday, June 11. Paddling the equivalent of a marathon a day, the Castaways will paddle a total of 160 miles as a fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society (ASC) and are [continue reading…]
Hosted by Special Olympics Florida-Monroe County Fifty athletes from Monroe and Miami-Dade counties will compete in the Special Olympics Florida Area 11 SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Games on June 25 at Paddle the Florida Keys, Marker 88, Islamorada. The athletes will compete in four levels on various water courses officiated by Scott Baste of Paddle the Florida Keys. The opening ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. with races beginning at 10 a.m. The contests will determine the qualifiers from each team for the Special Olympics Florida [continue reading…]
Tuesday, June 14th, UWFK joined with volunteers from the Key West Sunset Rotary to package over 400 books in Summer Literacy Kits for distribution to students throughout Monroe County. Children who are reading below grade level at the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school on time than their reading proficient peers. For children living in poverty, this statistic is almost tripled. Additionally, more than 80 percent of children from economically disadvantaged communities lose reading skills over the summer [continue reading…]