Apr 212017
 
Abused Horse Finds New Home in Key West

No one who meets Trigger today would believe the shape he was in when he was confiscated from his owner in November, 2016 after a 700 mile ride from South Carolina to Miami. The horse was emaciated, with saddle sores on his back so severe he would not let anyone near him because of the pain. He also had terrible sores in his mouth. His owner had been riding him with the bit in his mouth backwards, he said to “give him better control”. The [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
First Keys' Affordable Housing Development for Seniors Outside of Key West Opens!

Key Largo, FL – On April 20th a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of Monroe County’s only rent restricted, affordable housing for low-income seniors outside of Key West. Paradise Point Senior Living Community residents are 55 years of age or older. The project started leasing in January and the complex will begin a waiting list shortly. Amenities of the newly constructed complex includes: 42 one and two-bedroom apartments, a community room, fitness center, computer lab, landscaped grounds and all units have patios and [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #215, News, Special Event 5 Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Creations Underway: a Q & A with Artist Susann D'Antonio

Creative rebels and rabble-rousers take note— Key West Art & Historical Society wants you now! The 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is ready to roll through downtown Key West from 12:00PM-1:00PM on May 6, and like any good parade, the more registrants, the merrier! The family-friendly cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes promises a kaleidoscope of kinetic conveyances that celebrate imagination, innovation, and the clever sense of satire and recycled metal sculptures of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. This year’s parade [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Date Change for Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party

Attention all Conch Republic ambassadors, dignitaries, patriots and citizens: Due to a non-hostile scheduling breach, this year’s Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm. Hosted by the Conch Republic CIA – sshhh! – who are celebrating their first decade, and the recently formed 82nd Auborne’s branch, $10 admission includes C-rations and other enticing edibles, first drink, entertainment, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and one of [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
“Let’s Tea Party” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center Splashes on Saturday April 29th with A Mermaid Flair

If learning about the island’s holistic and creative business community amid enchanting merfolk lore and delicious complimentary organic teas and lattes sounds like an afternoon made for you, The Green Pineapple Wellness Center’s this month’s “Let’s Tea Party” on 1130 Duval Street has the perfect offering. The free monthly event continues on Saturday, April 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, featuring Southernmost Mermaids Allison Delashmit and Kimberly Wallen of Southernmost Mermaid School and Kdub Designz. Wallen and Delashmit will offer a mystical afternoon mixed with mermaid [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #215, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Volunteers Needed for the I Love Stock Island Spring Clean Up on Earth Day, April 22nd

The I Love Stock Island (ILSI) Initiative will hold their Take Stock in the Rock Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 22nd from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Volunteers may check in at Monroe County Fire Rescue Station #8 – Stock Island at 5655 MacDonald Avenue for gloves, bags and assignments. ILSI is teaming up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Code Enforcement dept., Solid Waste & Public Works departments and Waste Management to help keep Stock Island a better place to live, work and play. [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Arbor Day Tree Planting Event

The City of Key West, the Trophia Butterfly Foundation, and the Monroe County Extension Service want you to come out and get your hands dirty! On Saturday, April 29th the community is urged to join us for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Bayview Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Rakes and shovels will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring gloves, hand shovels, and a great attitude! The Arbor Day tree planting will be held on the Jose Marti side of Bayview Park, [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Divine Dinner and Drag Show at La Te Da to Benefit KWPD Mounted Unit

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 40 ticket holders will experience a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, 1125 Duval Street, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show performed by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth). Ticket proceeds from the dinner, after-dinner entertainment and silent auction will benefit a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses. “The Key West City budget provides for the stable at the Truman [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Putting a Spin on it: Papio Ambassadors prepare for Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was created in honor of the Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanely Papio and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Date Change for Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party

Attention all Conch Republic ambassadors, dignitaries, patriots and citizens: Due to a non-hostile scheduling breach, this year’s Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm. Hosted by the Conch Republic CIA – sshhh! – who are celebrating their first decade, and the recently formed 82nd Auborne’s branch, $10 admission includes C-rations and other enticing edibles, first drink, entertainment, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and one of [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
New Sign Explains Significance of County's Art in Public Places Mural on Stock Island Fire Station

STOCK ISLAND, FL – Are you curious about the significance of the “Dazzle” mural that was painted on Monroe County’s Stock Island Fire Station in 2014 as part of Monroe County’s Art in Public Places program? Now there is sign that explains artist David Harrison Wright’s painting. Monroe County maintenance workers Tony Gartenmayer and Ben Sanchez recently installed the 26- by 31-inch sign upon a keystone coral pedestal. It says: “In honor of Stock Island’s maritime history, artist David Harrison Wright chose the dazzle style [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Raising of the Colors at Fort Zachary Taylor April 21 Kicks Off 35th Conch Republic Independence Celebration

The public is invited to join members of the Conch Republic Navy, the Conch Republic CIA – Sshhh! and the 82nd Auborne’s at Fort Zachary Taylor, Friday, April 21 at high noon for the official raising of the Conch Republic colors. The occasion, undertaken with due pomp and circumstance, kicks off more than a week of Conch Republic Days Celebration events commemorating that fateful day in 1982 when the republic was conceived in strife as “a sovereign state of mind” that “Seceded Where Others Failed.” [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Ambassadors Class 27 Graduates

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 27th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-four enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-week class. They join the more than 500 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens. During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl congratulated the graduates of Class 27. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
City Clerks Celebrate 45 Year Anniversary

Mayor Craig Cates, during the April 4th City Commission meeting, recognized the 45th anniversary of the Florida Association of City Clerks. The association, formed in 1972 to develop the professional status of city clerks in Florida, has 575 members statewide. The Key West City Clerk’s office has three fully certified members of the organization, and the newest member of the office is pursuing certification as well. “The state and is proud to have one of the largest certification programs in the country,” reads the proclamation, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
31 Derelict Vessels Removed From Marquesas Keys During Monroe County-Led Project

MARQUESAS KEYS, FL – A multi-agency project to remove 31 abandoned and derelict vessels from the remote Marquesas Keys was completed Friday, March 31, just in time for the start of bird and turtle nesting seasons. Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office led the $61,200 effort that restored shoreline and nearshore habitats in the Marquesas Keys – a group of islands located about 17 nautical miles west of Key West and within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. These [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
April 15th Earth Day 5K Run/Walk Benefits FAVOR and the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

Are you a runner who appreciates the natural landscape that surrounds you here in the Keys? Do you cringe at the sight of trash on our shoreline when out for your morning jog or walk? In celebration of Earth Day, the friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges FAVOR is partnering with Southernmost Runners club for a 5K Run/Walk race in Key West on Saturday, April 15th at 8:00am. Runners can enjoy a morning race that starts and ends at McCoy Indigenous Park [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Movie Night and Free Food on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County and the Coral City Elks Lodge are hosting an event in light of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The event will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 4pm to 6pm at the Coral City Elks Lodge Conference Room at 1107 Whitehead Street. The movie, “Reflections,” a film written by teens for teens, will be featured. Free pizza, popcorn, soda will be served. All are welcome. For more information, call 305-809-5664.

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
David Bethune Named Director at Gildea Contemporary Gallery

Artist, Author, and Software Developer Brings Exciting Changes to the Art Business Gildea Contemporary Gallery has named David Bethune as Gallery Director where he will join owner Paul Gildea in the day-to-day management of the Southard St. store. “It’s been a dream of mine to run a gallery since I got into the art business,” says Bethune. “I’m thrilled to be working with Paul and representing the highest quality contemporary art in town.” Bethune comes to Gildea Gallery from Millionaire Gallery where he was Sales [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
United Way of the Florida Keys Receives Largest Financial Gift in History

On April 5th, United Way of the Florida Keys received a $90,100 match donation from Publix Charities, the largest individual financial gift in the local nonprofit’s 36-year history. Publix Supermarkets runs a robust workplace campaign for UWFK, giving over $120,000 in donations from individual employees throughout the Keys. Publix is the largest workplace campaign for UWFK and has been steadily increasing their contributions to the Keys community for many years. As part of their generous workplace campaign and match donation, Publix also designates a special [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Bayshore Manor Residents Help Easter Bunny

Residents of Monroe County’s Bayshore Manor assisted living facility on Stock Island helped the Easter Bunny by stuffing hundreds of Easter Eggs for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens. After our residents get finished stuffing the colorful eggs, the Easter Bunny will hide them throughout the botanical garden. The kids have a great time searching for the eggs.

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Florida Keys Swimmers Advance

Several swimmers from the Florida Keys Swim Club advanced to swim in championship swim meets recently. Islamorada swimmers Abbie Sargent, Corley Smith, Courtney Nelson, Zoe Marchetti, and Zybo Marchetti all advanced in their respective age groups to advanced meets in the Florida Gold Coast Swimming region, which represents South Florida swimmers. Zoe swam in Senior Sectionals which is the first step towards national-level competition. She was racing against international athletes as well as Olympian swimmers. Abbie, Corley, and Zoe swam recently in the 2017 FGC [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #213, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Tennessee Williams Exhibit Announces Contest Winners

The Tennessee Williams Exhibit announces winners of the three contests offered as part of its March celebration of the 106th anniversary of William’s birthday. Michele Byrne and Karen Beauprie won first and second place in the professional category of the plein air painting contest and Sandy Curtis and Katharina Arnold won first and second place in the recreational category. Jessica Argyle was first place winner and James Mill second place winner in the short story writing contest. The first and second place winner of the [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #212, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Mckee Artists Fund Grant Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2017 Anne McKee Artists Fund grants. Grant monies are generated by the Fund’s annual fine art auction which was held on February 10th with the donating artists receiving 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work and the McKee Fund receiving the remainder to go toward grants to Florida Keys artists. The McKee Fund awards grants each year in amounts of up to $2,000 to assist with project-based endeavors by individual visual, performance, and literary [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #212, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Barnett Joins FKHSC Board

Dr. Ryan Barnett has joined the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. FKHSC is 1 of 32 Healthy Start Coalitions state-wide created by the Florida Legislature through the vision of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991 to improve the lives of pregnant women and their babies. Each one operates on a local level to address the needs of their communities and provide community oversight and planning to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is an independent 501(c) [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #212, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Papio Who? Key West Art & Historical Society Prepares to Kick off Parade and Honor Pioneering Florida Keys Folk Artist

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade— a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade that celebrates creativity and innovation—is just around the bend, set to roll through downtown Key West on Saturday, May 6th, along with a bevy of special accompanying events on Friday the 5th and Sunday the 7th. While many are “gearing up” their kinetic creations, some might be wondering, just who exactly is Papio, and why a parade named after him? “Barefoot” Stanley Papio was a man whose ingenuity and spirit sparked [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Spring Break Coral Camp

25 youths that participated in the first annual Spring Break Coral Camp last week. Although our days snorkeling in Key West Marine Park, in the back country with Danger Charters and two days at the Reef with Fury and Sebago were chilly, the campers had blast and learned a lot about local Coral Reef Ecosystem. Photo courtesy Reef Relief staff.

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
ESL Students Build New Bridges with Key West Art & Historical Society’s Overseas Railway Workshop

Key West Art & Historical Society took Horace O’Bryant Elementary and Middle School ESL students on a history and engineering journey as they delved into the ‘Overseas Railroad’ STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) workshop on Wednesday, March 22 at Fort East Martello Museum. The hands-on workshop, which ordinarily travels to schools throughout South Florida and is funded by a William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust grant, helps students study the engineering practices of Henry Flager’s principle engineer and seasoned bridge builder Joseph Caroll Meredith [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Conch Republic Seeks Candidates for Royal Family Investiture!

In a benefit for the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund administered by Wesley House Family Services, Rick’s/Durty Harry’s, 202 Duval St, past queen, Leigha Fox and current queen Julie Waters will host the Royal Investiture Party to elect a Royal Family for the Conch Republic on Saturday, April 22nd starting at 6 p.m. Funds raised each year to pay for special items for foster children in Monroe County like, prom dresses, class rings, sports uniforms and equipment, and other items not covered by state dollars. [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »