Two Key West organizations were awarded for service to the community as recipients of annual giving from the Mystick Krewe of Key West. In check presentation ceremonies two organizations shared 11,500.00. Krewe Captain, Val Marmillion, noted, “Sister Season Fund and the Key West High School Band serve Key West in very different ways and were impacted as Hurricane Irma disrupted our community.” Sister Season Fund focuses its efforts on hospitality industry workers who have been displaced or out of steady work due to storm disruptions [continue reading…]
Wednesday’s City Commission meeting provided a good backdrop for a multi-faceted reunion. Powerboat racers Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson share a unique history with Havana’s Marina Hemingway Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich. Commodore Escrich was the one to welcome Hook and Johnson to Havana last summer when they set a new world record. In August, throttle man Hook and driver Johnson broke the endurance speed record from Key West to Cuba. In a 48-foot Silverhook powerboat, Hook and Johnson traveled the 103 miles from Key West to [continue reading…]
In the weeks following Hurricane Irma, SISTER SEASON FUND, Inc. has provided emergency rental and/or utility assistance to 133 applicants working in the Key West Tourist Industry, totaling over$121,000 in grants. There are at least 40 new applications pending and little funding left. The fund generally awards less than $50,000 in housing and utility grants annually, so this represents a huge increase in assistance, and was only possible due to the generous donations which came in following the storm. “Some applicants have lost their homes, some have [continue reading…]
On October 10, 2017 the First District Court of Appeals heard FIRM’S arguments that the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) acted contrary to Florida law in denying FIRM’s request for an Administrative Hearing concerning the wind insurance rate setting process for Monroe County. FIRM has long believed that the rate setting method used by Citizens Property Insurance (CPIC) and approved by OIR is flawed in many respects and particularly as it is applied to Monroe County. The proceedings can be viewed on the FIRM [continue reading…]
Each year Key West guesthouses, businesses and private homes compete for cash prizes in the Reddy Ice Fantasy Façade ™ Competition. 2017 winners are: tying for 1st Prize in the Private Residence category: Teri Johnston, 1503 Washington Street, with “Key West Cemetery,” and Dawson Whitehurst, 918 Fleming Street, with “Demise of Hurricane Irma.” Winning Guesthouse is Atlantis House, 1401 Atlantic Blvd., with “Halloween Town.” Small Business winner is Banana Café, 1215 Duval Street, with “Ooh La La” and Big Business winner is Sloppy Joe’s, 210 Duval Street, with “Back to Our Beginning.” Honorable mentions for [continue reading…]
Monroe County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy Derick Velez worked with Stanley Switlik School Counselor Chris Willis and Dean of Students Christina Rodriguez to match these LEGO sets, donated by LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, with the children who needed them most at the school. Switlik School is located in one of areas of the county that sustained damage from Hurricane Irma these children come from families most affected by Hurricane Irma.
Womankind, in partnership with Zonta Club of Key West, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation offered free breast cancer screenings, mammogram vouchers, and breast exams to over 20 women in a cancer screening event on August 19 at Womankind’s clinic in Key West. Women were offered free screenings regardless of insurance status. Door prizes and free breakfast were also provided. For more information about Zonta’s services including cancer screenings, visit: www.zontakeywest.com.
The world’s most famous and intriguing haunted doll will be taken out of his secured, glass display case at Fort East Martello Museum for another ride up the Keys to the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at MM 82 in Islamorada (on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost) for a “Haunted Halloween” presentation on Thursday, October 26th by author, ghosthunter, and paranormal researcher David L. Sloan. Doors open at 5:00pm with Sloan’s presentation starting at 6:00pm. “Who better than David Sloan to tell the story of what [continue reading…]
MARATHON, FL – Monroe County’s Parks and Beaches is hosting two “Debris Free” Trick or Treat events on Halloween, Oct. 31. The public is invited to both events, which run from 5 to 7 p.m. Candy will be handed out to kids big and small. The Halloween events will be at: Baypoint Park (behind Baby’s Coffee at MM 15, Saddlebunch Key) Murray Nelson Government Center’s Park (102050 Overseas Highway in Key Largo) ~~~~~~~~~ keysrecovery.org * facebook.com/MonroeCountyFLBOCC/ *@monroecounty
Monroe County Sheriff’s School Resource Sergeant Eric Mixon worked with Sugarloaf School Counselor Rebecca Palomino to match these LEGO sets, donated by LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, with the children who needed them most at the school. Sugarloaf School is located in one of the most damaged parts of Monroe County and the children attending the school come from families most affected by Hurricane Irma.
Parade season has officially begun! First Fantasy Fest, and the Veteran’s Day Parade, then it’s time to plan your float for the upcoming Key West Holiday Parade! Floats can be of any length, but must be maneuverable and no more than 15 feet wide and 12 feet high. Each entry requires monitors. A monitor’s meeting will be held in late November. Entry forms must be received by Monday, November 20th. The parade takes place on Saturday, December 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m. at the corner of White Street [continue reading…]
The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 28th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-one enthusiastic citizens participated in the 14-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 Class 28. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, Margaret Romero and Sam Kauffman [continue reading…]
“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…]