“I don’t know how long it takes to build a house, but it only took us two days to remove the shattered remains of what appeared to be an entire one that landed in Doug McLean’s front yard,” said Christie Fifer, a Key West artist and former High School teacher who has been leading an assorted team of Key West volunteers in efforts to literally excavate homes and properties from beneath mountains of hurricane debris on Big Pine Key and surrounding areas, following Hurricane Irma. [continue reading…]
On September 26, Sugarloaf Key resident Margit Bisztray posted a call on Facebook for supplies and volunteers to help make and deliver meals around Big Pine Key and surrounding areas, saying “…when your house has no roof, a can of corn is not much good.” She was immediately contacted by Stock Island resident and fellow pro-foodie Layla Barr, and before the two could spell “food is love,” they found themselves organizing a slew of donations and a dedicated team of volunteers who alternately prep and [continue reading…]
The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc. announces a Call to Artists for the 2018 Fine Art Auction, to take place on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Studios of Key West. The submission period for artwork opens on Sunday October 1st and closes on November 10th. To submit an online application and an accompanying photo(s) via the online entry form, go to www.mckeefund.org. Artists will be notified of acceptance no later than December 1st. Due to space and time limitations, we are only [continue reading…]
In the spirit of community and in alignment with their mission of preservation, Key West Art & Historical Society has joined Star of the Sea Foundation and Habitat for Humanity to help support ongoing hurricane Irma recovery efforts throughout the Keys. Specifically, The Society will host and donate proceeds from events they hold throughout the year to aide in the partnering organization’s charity efforts, including the upcoming “Brick House Funk Party” benefit on Thursday, October 26th, and their annual “Back in Time” fundraiser taking place on Wednesday, November [continue reading…]
SUGARLOAF KEY, Florida Keys — Anglers are to pit their skills against the Lower Florida Keys’ wiliest in-water inhabitants during the fourth annual Sugarloaf Showdown, a fundraising fishing tournament scheduled Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4. Presented by the Lower Keys Guides Association, the tournament raises money for the Florida Keys Guides Trust Foundation, which provides funds to assist fishing guides who are recovering from an illness or injury. Organizers say benefiting the foundation is more important than ever this year, following Hurricane Irma’s unwelcome Sept. 10 arrival in the [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioner Richard Payne and Police Chief Donie Lee joined in commending 18-year old Jerika Rudolph for her recent heroic efforts to help victims escape a car that had crashed into the nearshore water. On August 24th, Rudolph was driving on South Roosevelt Blvd when she saw a silver SUV veer toward her. She saw the vehicle continue past her lane, jump up on the sidewalk and fly over the seawall. The vehicle crashed upright in the middle of a channel and began [continue reading…]
Marathon, Florida — Michelle Coldiron and her daughter, Mallory, were just getting their home-based business established when their office, along with both of their homes, were devastated by the floodwaters of Hurricane Irma in Marathon, Florida. Their houses, along with many others in the Florida Keys, were built in the ’70s in a declared “under flood” zone, meaning that they are ineligible for flood insurance. While living so close to sea level does carry inherent risks, the Coldiron family has called the small island home [continue reading…]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard signed a memorandum of agreement with Virginia State University Wednesday as part of the Coast Guard’s Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program. This partnership agreement is designed to optimize outreach and engagement efforts and have them work in conjunction with the Coast Guard’s overall civilian and military officer recruitment efforts. This agreement will also assist VSU, a Historically Black University, by providing additional tuition-saving choices and academic options and solutions for VSU students. In addition, this agreement provides significant research opportunities for [continue reading…]
Good news! Our friends at the Florida Keys Council of the Arts have opened their Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund for Monroe County Artists and Arts Organizations directly affected by Hurricane Irma. Please click HERE to complete their simple application. CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Deadline extended to October 6 to enter Lemonade Stand Gallery’s Annual Juried Small Works Exhibit. The rules are simple – nothing more than 10” in any direction – but the possibilities are endless. Lemonade Stand Gallery has attracted artists from around the world for this juried [continue reading…]
Marathon, FL – Marathon Community Theatre, like nearly every other business and resident in the Florida Keys, took a major hit from Hurricane Irma. The 2017-2018 season will be modified until repairs can be made to the building. At this time, MCT plans to present a Christmas Variety Show in December which will serve not only as a welcome relief from the devastation but also as a fundraiser to help MCT make necessary repairs to the building. In addition, a spring musical, title yet to [continue reading…]
NAPLES, Fla. – Upon further assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Naples Soap Company has announced that it will permanently close its store in Key West, Florida. Naples Soap Company’s Key West location was opened in 2012, located at 128 Duval St. in the heart of downtown Key West. “We have been a member of our beloved Key West community for five years, and it is with a heavy heart that we close our Key West location,” said Deanna Wallin, founder and chief innovation officer [continue reading…]
Parents, volunteers, and staff pulled together over the weekend at The Children’s School to open on Monday, September 25. Board President, Evan Haskell, coordinated the event. He said “providing families with a safe and secure educational environment was paramount to the stability and sense of community that families need right now”.
The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Discovery Saturday on Sept. 16th will feature guests from the Dolphin Research Center who will help children uncover fun facts about dolphin family behavior and learn about the mammal’s amazing abilities. Space is limited. Call 305-809-4750 to register. Discovery Saturday 10-11 a.m., Sept. 16, 2017 Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040 For children in kindergarten through 5th grade The Eco-Discovery Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy [continue reading…]
Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day; in honor of that, the National Key Deer Refuge and our Friends group FAVOR is hosting a beach cleanup at Long Beach on Big Pine Key from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. We are looking for volunteers to help clean this magnificent public beach area so it’ll be a beautiful place to walk, and safer for the Key deer, sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. The Refuge will supply gloves and trash bags, and have water available. Please bring [continue reading…]
Islamorada Hurricane Monument Monday, September 4th 9:00 am The service will include the invocation, presentation of colors, recognition of special guest,singing of the national anthem, guest speakers, history of the hurricane and monument, theplacing of the memorial wreath and the benediction. We encourage everyone to attend in honorof those who perished. For more information please contact Barbara at 305-393-0940 We thank Centennial Bank for sponsoring the wreath, and all our guest speakers and volunteers.
Steve Panariello of Key West and Vienna, Austria, based photographer Andreas Franke (right) meet up at 7 Artists & Friends gallery on Friday, August 18, during a showing of Franke’s signature works – complex creations which involve production of studio images portraying people engaged in everyday activities, composited with photographs taken on submerged ships. The merged images are then mounted on the ships themselves, forming a temporary underwater art gallery and accumulating sea encrustation before retrieval some months later for land-based exhibitions. Franke’s first such [continue reading…]
The Mountains Shall Depart by Robert E. Holzhei has been published by Book Baby & Smith Publishing Companies that distribute throughout the United States and Europe. Writing was a lifelong dream for Holzhei and the words kept nudging at him. The first story was written at Cedarville, Michigan, and was published. “Two authors had an influence as my writing style developed. The book begins being told from the perspective of a young boy growing up in the mid 1940’s, much like To Kill a Mockingbird [continue reading…]
Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum, one of the most highly visited historic locations in Key West, is getting much-needed renovations to its admission area thanks to $70,000 in funding from a Monroe County Tourist Development Council’s brick and mortar grant and in-kind contributions from Monroe County’s Project Management Department. The project, which started July 5 of this year, will run through early October— without impacting the museum’s operations and allowing them to remain open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. “The Society wants to ensure a positive [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Mission Control ArtCamp!, which ran August 7-11, 2017, challenged campers to create an atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. This interstellar adventure propelled the students to a new world and helped them understand what is necessary for human habitation. Camp activities included exploring our galaxy, creating one’s own galaxy, growing space crystals and experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. Key West [continue reading…]
If you are thinking of building a float for the 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade – and you should be! – reserve a space now for the Parade Design Workshop August 27 at The Studios of Key West. The Design Workshop puts you in a room with imaginative yet practical experts—parade and float designers who have hit the pinnacle of crowd pleasing and won awards in the past! This year’s panelists include Marky Pierson, Bob and Sue D’Antonio, Rochelle Eannarino and Sugar Kirk. Marky Pierson is [continue reading…]
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Get into Your Sanctuary Day On Aug. 12, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts its third Get into Your Sanctuary Day to raise awareness about the value of national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation. In addition to a coastal cleanup, visitors can experience a ship-to-shore telecast with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and share photos on the sanctuary’s new story map. Uploading to the story map requires only a few simple steps. Images illustrating how people spend their [continue reading…]
MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot [continue reading…]
On June 5th, in the early morning hours, Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol when he saw smoke billowing form the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon. He called in a fire at that location and other deputies headed his way. As he heard an explosion, he ran toward the fire, concerned about the safety of anyone who might be in the area. Other deputies arrived. At a team, they all began clearing residences in the area, moving boats moored in the vicinity of the fire [continue reading…]
Sheriff commends service to community Sheriff Rick Ramsay recognized leaders in two state law enforcement agencies for their service to the community and their commitment to working with the Sheriff’s Office as community partners. At an awards ceremony held Friday in Marathon, Sheriff Ramsay gave distinguished service awards to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney and Florida Fish and Wildlife Captain Dave Dipre. The two leaders have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship between their agencies and the Sheriff’s Office.
Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Shortly after, she also submitted a gray triggerfish to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program, becoming the first angler to qualify [continue reading…]
STOCK ISLAND, FL – Monroe County’s Bernstein Park on Stock Island is looking a lot more like a grassy oasis these days after nearly 3 acres of sod recently was installed. The new grass is part of the County’s $7.7-million renovation project to turn the park that was prone to flooding into a functional green space the community can enjoy for years to come. Keeping the grass green will be done by using reclaimed water from Key West Resort Utilities. The new park is scheduled to [continue reading…]
Artist Jane Rohrschneider holds a tiny model English Bulldog, one of two faux canines that inhabit an elaborate model of Tennessee Williams’ Duncan Street house, crafted by Rohrschneider and installed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue in Key West. The artist said the approximately 24 square foot model, which is 1/24 scale, took eight months to craft and represents how the home of the great American playwright looked in the 1950s. Since features of the property [continue reading…]
Al-Anon Family Groups, a support group for the friends and families of alcoholics, offers regularly scheduled meetings in Marathon. Monday nights and Friday nights meet at St. Columba Church located at 451 52ndrd Street Gulf in Marathon beginning at 6:00 p.m. A daytime meeting is held during season, October 1 through April 30, on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Marathon United Methodist Church located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families of alcoholics by giving understanding and encouragement to [continue reading…]
MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AND NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST TRAIN TOGETHER ON ROCKLAND KEY ROCKLAND KEY, FL – Alex’s Auto Wrecking and Parts junkyard on Rockland Key was the perfect place for firefighters from Monroe County Fire Rescue and Naval Air Station Key West to get in some extrication training this week. Alex’s donated three cars for the firefighters to use for this life-saving training. Lt. Steve McAnally organized and led the training. Monroe County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Cab Bentley, Capt. Ryan Johnson and firefighters from [continue reading…]
On Wednesday, Equality Florida announced that Former State Representative Joe Saunders is rejoining the organization’s staff as the new Senior Political Director. In this role Saunders will be charged with leading the organization’s civic engagement programs, pro-LGBTQ mobilization efforts, and electoral programs. After nearly a ten year tenure serving as Equality Florida’s Field Director, Saunders ran for and won an east Orlando seat in the Florida House of Representatives, making history in 2012 when he along with David Richardson of Miami Beach, became the first openly [continue reading…]