Hope Unity & Global Equality Inc. (H.U.G.E.) is very honored to announce that Section 93 of the 1.25 mile (worlds longest) Rainbow25 Sea to Sea Flag sewn in Key West will be leading The Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington D.C., Sunday June 11th 2017. Section 93 (eight color), sometimes referred to as the ‘Sacred Cloth Project’, has been proudly presented at many historic moments worldwide, and was in DC for the SCOTUS Marriage Equality hearing in 2015. Originally commissioned in 2003 and created [continue reading…]
Key West showed its stuff this year when it came to the Green Commute Challenge by beating the national average. While 76 percent of the nation drives to work solo, employees on our island are out of their cars 64 percent of the time The 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge sets a rivalry between the city’s largest businesses because these businesses can make the biggest difference in going green. During the week of March 27th to April 2nd, employees from ten of the largest businesses [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [FKMCD] broke ground this morning on the Lower Keys Operational Facility on Big Coppitt. The facility, which is located at 18 Aquamarine Drive, includes a chemical storage and maintenance facility. FKMCD still needs to apply for another permit for a trailer complex that will house administrative offices and a small mosquito identification lab. FKMCD has until the end of March 2018 to vacate their current location at 5224 College Road. The project is currently on track to have the new [continue reading…]
Navy League Key West Council hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Maine Memorial, Key West Cemetery, with guest speaker Capt. Bobby Baker, Naval Air Station Key West commanding officer. American Legion Post 28 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, with guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West commander.
Local Radio Personalities Return to the Airwaves After 8 Years Local tech experts and radio personalities are joining forces to offer an innovative, call-in talk show which invites listeners to call with their most challenging technical questions. The show, titled Keys Genius, premieres Sunday, May 28th at 6pm on FM radio The X 104.9 with live streaming on YouTube. Keys Genius is the brainchild of David Bethune, a longtime resident of Key West and serial entrepreneur. It’s also the new name for his tech consulting [continue reading…]
The Monroe County Education Foundation will recognize the accomplishments and celebrate the graduation of 54 Take Stock in Children scholars on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marathon High School Auditorium. This year the foundation is honored to welcome Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie or Ethiopia as the keynote speaker. Prince Ermias currently serves as the Chairman of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile. The Crown Council is the last surviving Imperial Ethiopian deliberative body. The Crown Council has, in exile, pursued a [continue reading…]
Looking for a unique gift this Father’s Day? Forget the ties and socks – adopt a manatee! For $25, Save the Manatee Club (SMC) will send your dad an adoption certificate, photo, and life history of a real living manatee. Adoptive “parents” will also receive updates on their manatee in the Club’s quarterly newsletter as well as a subscription to Paddle Tales, the Club’s bi-monthly enewsletter. Or for $35, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee program will also receive a free T-shirt with a [continue reading…]
United Way of the Florida Keys is excited to share it will distribute a total of $185,000 in grants to local nonprofit agencies in 2017-18. 15 programs have been identified so far for funding through UWFK’s traditional funding process in one of three United Way focus areas: access to nutritious food for people in critical need; early childhood or after-school care with an educational or positive behavioral component; or safety net services, including information and referral or short-term emergency response. In addition to distributing [continue reading…]
City Commissioner Margaret Romero, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed May 22-26 as Emergency Medical Services Awareness Week. “Our providers are educated and trained to react in a predictable and controlled manner,” she wrote in the proclamation. “They exemplify the dedication of their profession to develop and hone their knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care to our citizens. “Our dispatchers show fortitude under pressure to assess emergencies and initiate lifesaving help and our responders work hard, their energy and compassion are expected [continue reading…]
Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, has been named First Place winner in an international competition to claim the 2017 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award, to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18 in Key West, Florida. Supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, Pettit’s winning entry “Key West Flashpoint” wins him a Whodunit Award trophy, book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, complimentary Mystery Fest Key [continue reading…]
Monroe Special Olympics Athletes, Partners and Coaches to participate in Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games 42 athletes, coaches and volunteers from Monroe County will travel to Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando May 18-22, 2017. Over 2000 athletes, State Wide will be competing in Soccer, Cycling, Bocce, Track and Field, Tennis and Volleyball. Athletes will compete in Bocce, Cycling and Soccer in traditional and Unified Events. A total of 30 athletes, with coaches and volunteers will [continue reading…]
Key West Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed this week Key West Police Week, and Friday May 19th as Law Enforcement Memorial Day. On Friday, May 19th the community will have the opportunity to pay tribute to those brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. The annual Law Enforcement Day Memorial Service begins at 5:30 p.m. at Bayview Park in Key West. Hosted by the Key West Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the ceremony includes a traditional laying [continue reading…]
In recognition of the vital role that our merchants and seamen play in Key West’s history, culture and economy, Mayor Craig Cates proclaimed May 22nd Maritime Day during this week’s City Commission meeting. In times of war and peace, the American Merchant Marine has been dedicated to the orderly flow of goods and materials to and from the shores of our nation. May 22nd marks the anniversary of the day the SS Savannah sailed from U.S. shores in 1819 to Liverpool on the first successful [continue reading…]
People all over the nation sleep a little easier at night knowing that law enforcement officers are out there keeping them safe. These officers dedicate their lives protecting and serving their communities so that residents lives are safe and peaceful. Yet, every year some of them make the ultimate sacrifice for the ease and the security the rest of us enjoy. On Friday, May 19th the community will have the opportunity to pay tribute to those brave men and women who have fallen in the [continue reading…]
Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys presented a check for $11,000 to the Russel F. Sullivan Scholarship Fund. The scholarship enables members of the law enforcement community to further their education. Crime Stoppers board members Steve Torrence and Stanley Rzad presented the check to Scholarship Fund Chairwoman Nancy Bunch.
Many members of Key West’s Haitian community got up to receive a proclamation by Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioner Sam Kaufman recognizing Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage Month. The proclamation notes that “the growth and prosperity of the City of Key West is due in part to an ethnic diversity that includes a substantial and rapidly increasing Haitian population.” Haitian President Dumarsais Estimé started the Flag Day celebration with parades, cultural and athletic events in many cities in Haiti in the 1930s, when he [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19. This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. KWNOW gathers on the third Friday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. For more information or to join, email: email@example.com.
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Art Bike Parade rolled through downtown Key West on Saturday, featuring some two dozen Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bike entries crafted by people of all ages. Co-produced by Wonderdog Studios, the annual rolling cavalcade is held in honor of the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio, a rebellious welder-turned-artist who explored recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty. An exhibit of more than 100 of Papio’s sculptural objects [continue reading…]
At an employee awards ceremony held on Friday, Sheriff Rick Ramsay presented a special award to Veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader. “Dr. Doug” as he is affectionately known, is co-owner of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital and is a world renowned Veterinarian. Sheriff Ramsay thanked him for his 20 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm, where he cares for all of the farm animals, giving them regular checkups and treating injuries and illnesses. “We are extremely grateful for the services he provides to our [continue reading…]
The Key West Police Athletic League and the Key West Police Department is urging the community to participate in Saturday’s Cops N Kids 5K walk/run starting at 8 a.m. at Horace O Bryant School. Participants can sign up on line at www.themeruns.com or sign up the morning of the event. PAL’s programs are designed to get children involved in sports and in educational programs. It provides a safe place where kids can go after school and on weekends. It encourages teamwork and strong self-esteem. Members [continue reading…]
On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office held its quarterly Employee Awards ceremony in Marathon. Employees were recognized for their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the agency. Sheriff Ramsay also recognized his Employees of the First Quarter, 2017. These employees received this award for exemplary and outstanding service to the agency and to the citizens of Monroe County.
U.S. Navy Chaplain Scott P. Mason was the keynote speaker in Key West’s observance of National Day of Prayer at City Hall Thursday. The observance was attended by clergy representing many local places of worship, community members, including Vice Mayor Clayton Lopez and Commissioners Margaret Romero and Sam Kaufman. Reverend and First Lady Magwood of Bethel AME Church took the lead on organizing this gathering sponsored by the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance of the Lower Keys and hosted by the City of Key West.
Each work morning, Monroe County’s supervisor of solid waste and recycling Mike Basham drives along Blimp Road on Cudjoe Key to check for dumped items that need to be collected. At about 7:50 Thursday morning, where the road ends at the boat ramp, he noticed an unusual site: a submerged truck about 100 feet offshore.
On Wednesday evening, April 26, 60 ticket holders experienced a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show extravaganza presented by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth). Co-hosted by La te da proprietor Christopher Rounds and local businesswoman Jane Gardner, an estimated $25,000 raised at the event benefits a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses. “The Key West City budget provides [continue reading…]
This week the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is remembering the death of Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Alexander, who was killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident May 3rd, 1998. Deputy Alexander had just left roll call at the Plantation Key Substation and was on the way to his duty station at the Ocean Reef Resort. He had pulled off of the highway and onto Val Jean Way, in Tavernier. He was stopped at a stop sign at Val Jean Way and Highway U.S. [continue reading…]
MARATHON, FL – Monroe County Emergency Management Director Marty Senterfitt led the County’s annual hurricane preparedness exercise today at the Emergency Operations Center in Marathon. There were 112 participants from 37 entities, including: local, state and federal government agencies; the Sheriff’s Office; utility companies; hospitals; and non-profit organizations. Monroe County Mayor George Neugent and Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem David Rice also attended. This year, the format focused on specific tasks that must be performed in time of disaster. Since he began as the County’s [continue reading…]
TAVERNIER, FL – The Ocean Reef Community Foundation’s (The Foundation) Community Grants Program awarded the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) $29,000 to support its Essential Care Fund. The Essential Care Fund is dedicated to providing emergency funds to the children and youth residing in its residential program; last year serving 106 kids. More often than not, the kids arrive with only the clothes on their back; lacking basic necessities. This grant award makes it possible for the Children’s Shelter to give them what they [continue reading…]
Meet Savannah, the newest member of the Key West Police Department’s Mounted Unit. The tall palomino draft horse was recently donated by Dr. Louis Spelios. Officers Mike Wolf and Matt Johnson rode to Island Dental this afternoon to present Dr. Spelios with a plaque in gratitude for this newest addition to the equine team. The Mounted Unit now consists of Officers Johnson and Wolf, along with Savannah, Scout and Shmoo. The mounted officers can be seen daily in their rounds around the island. Horses provide [continue reading…]
Womankind’s board of directors has promoted Carolyn “Cali” Roberts to the executive director position effective May 1st. Cali has served as the medical center’s assistant director for nine years. Board president Colleen Quirk stated: “Cali is brilliant and has worked hard for Womankind for many years, taking care of everything from fundraisers to IT issues to billing. She knows everything there is to know about our agency. The board feels very fortunate she has accepted the position. Our agency will be in great hands.” Current executive director [continue reading…]
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 in 1994 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 $250,000 to visual artists, writers and performing artists who live in Monroe County. The Fund’s 2017 grant recipients are: [continue reading…]
Reef Relief’s youth education programs grow thanks to Disney Conservation Fund grant! The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since its inception in 1995, DCF has provided approximately $65 million to support conservation programs in 115 countries. For the 3rd year, The Disney Conservation Fund is supporting Reef Relief’s Coral Reef Youth Education Program including the Discover Coral Reefs School Program and Coral Camp for Kids Program. Reef Relief has provided the Discover [continue reading…]
May Sands Montesorri 8th grader Nico Concepcion is congratulated by Rod Delostrinos and May Sands Montesorri Principal Lynn Barras at a recent VFW reception for winning “The Patriots Pen,” a district-wide essay contest that the VFW sponsors annually. Concepcion was also awarded $500 for his essay, entitled “The America I Believe In.” May Sands Montessori is a free, lottery-based public school that is open to all children and strives to reflect the diversity of our community while guiding students in the development of curiosity, self-motivation and respect. For more information or to [continue reading…]
Sara Ayers-Rigsby (center), M.A., RPA, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s, Southeast/Southwest regions, holds images of an earthenware vessel and a rat, set pieces in a game of archaeology based on the 1559 “Emanuel Point” shipwreck. Horace O’Bryant Middle School students learned how time and environment impact sunken ships and their cargo’s, and how wreck sites are documented and preserved at a Key West Art & Historical Society workshop taught by Ayers-Rigsby at Fort East Martello on Friday.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]