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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
By Land or By Sea, let’s clean up our mangroves and seawall! Commissioner Sam Kaufman invites the public to join him in a kayak cleanup along North Roosevelt from 9 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, March 25th. The cleanup crew will be leaving from Ibis Bay at Sigsbee Road. Parking is limited, so participants are urged to park at either Searstown or Key Plaza and use the crosswalk at Kennedy. Pickers, gloves and trash bags will be provided. Lazy Dog Outfitters and Ibis Bay Paddlesports [continue reading…]
City Manager Jim Scholl, during last night’s City Commission meeting, thanked retiring Transit Director Norman Whitaker for his service to the City. “He brought with him 35 years of experience,” Scholl said, commending him on his accomplishments during his three years with the City: upgrading an aging fleet of buses, bringing a hybrid bus into the fleet, transitioning to a new transit facility. He also commended Whitaker for introducing new rates for seniors, including one day a month when anyone over 60 rides free anywhere. [continue reading…]
City Manager Jim Scholl, the City Commission and the City’s Building Official Ron Wampler last night wished Building Inspector Terrence Richardson a good retirement. Richardson has been with the City for 13 years. The Key West Chamber of Commerce named him Employee of the Year for 2016. Wampler noted that Richardson has four state licenses, and that it will take two people to fill his shoes. Scholl complemented Richardson on his dedication, and added that Richardson has maintained to good working relationship with the contractors [continue reading…]
A new non-profit community substance abuse and mental health treatment agency is opening in Key West. Key Bridge, Inc. will be providing individual and group treatment for clients of all ages and their families. Organized in 2016, they opened their doors to the public this month and offer a complement of services. The staff at Key Bridge offers, substance abuse and mental health counseling, case management, and community resource information all through a generous sliding scale fee with fees starting at $15 for a one-hour [continue reading…]
Officers go all out for elderly man Officers responding to a call Monday found an elderly man in a wheel chair, confused and unable to care for himself. In subsequent days, they made sure he was cared for and spent a day cleaning his house and making sure it was habitable for him when he returns home. The 77 year old man lives in a home on Rock Harbor Drive in Key Largo. On Monday, Sgt. Jason Madnick responded to a call from someone in [continue reading…]
Sam Samaha to be honored for transporting Angel Flight Southeast patients to far-from-home medical appointments. Patients with rare or complicated medical conditions may have to travel hundreds of miles to reach lifesaving treatment. Fouad “Sam” Samaha of Key West, is one of 650 volunteers who donate planes, fuel and time to make sure those Angel Flight Southeast passengers get the care they need while alleviating travel hardships. On Friday, April 7, Samaha will be honored for surpassing 100 missions, at the Dr. Franklin G. Norris [continue reading…]
The Board of Directors of Samuel’s House will present the annual “Women of Integrity and Men of Valor” Honors Dinner on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6pm at the Marriott Beachside Hotel. This year, twelve incredible and men and women will be honored for various philanthropic efforts throughout the Key West community and beyond. Honorees, Family and Friends of the Keys will gather to enjoy a memorable evening, including dinner, an exciting live & silent auction and cash bar. The cost is $70 per person, [continue reading…]
AUDITIONS for Undying Love the Musical to be held April 2nd 1-3pm and April 3rd 11:30-1:30pm, in the Heinen Design Lab on the third floor of The Studios of Key West. Undying Love, a musical by Ben Harrison, will be performed at The Studios of Key West in 2018. SUMMARY Undying Love The Musical is the true life and death adventure of Key West’s legend, Count Carl von Cosel, and his romantic obsession with Elena Milagro Hoyos. It takes place in 1930’s-1940’s Key West. CASTING [continue reading…]
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant Be a hero for kids with cancer! Mar 17, 2017 • 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm At: Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant 320 Grinnell Street, Key West, FL US Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get [continue reading…]
Miami, FL – Ann McNeill, one of the first female general contractors in the state of Florida, who is presently the owner and president of MCO Construction and Services, Inc., MCO Consulting, Inc., and Constructively Speaking, Inc. this past week was selected by The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as one of their 10 outstanding women from all modes of the transportation industry. Also the founder of two nonprofit organizations, the National Association of Black Women in Construction and the International Mastermind Association, McNeill [continue reading…]
Renata Dunn and Danny Coll were married on November 19, 2016 at the Hyatt in Key West, FL. Renata is a partner at the local accounting firm Allen & Coll P.A. Firm is formally known as Jeffrey E Allen P.A. Renata has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing in Europe and USA . She has been working with Jeff Allen for the last 6 years. Renata is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She earned a Master Degree [continue reading…]
March 19, 1-5pm at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Join us in celebrating a decade of picnicking under the pines, and the Save Our Pines organization’s successful campaign to stop the removal of our beautiful shade-providing Australian Pines at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. We will also be raising funds to continue the work necessary to maintain the health and safety of our Pines at Fort Zach. Bring a dish to share, beverages, chairs, and blankets. Napkins, utensils, and water will be kindly provided [continue reading…]
The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold their Annual Luncheon to honor their volunteers, celebrate last year’s accomplishments and share their plans for the future. This year’s honorees are Paula Muehlhauser, Volunteer of the Year; Alison Morales Kerr, Community Partner of the Year; and The Sunshine Grill, Business Partner of the Year. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00 noon, at Beachside Marriott, 3841 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West. Tickets for the luncheon are $32 and may be reserved [continue reading…]
The community could almost hear the strummin’ of the six-string today as they gathered at the Truman Waterfront Park for the groundbreaking for the new amphitheater. Among the shovel-toting dignitaries were members of the City Commission as well as J.L. Jamison, Jimmy Buffett’s stage manager. Jamison has been working as with the City regarding the sound design of the new facility. The amphitheater, which will provide a gathering space for a variety of community events, is expected to be completed in late September.
TAVERNIER, FL – February 28, 2017. The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) hosted the Paradise Paint Out 2017 (PPO) on January 11-19, 2017. This first time event for the Children’s Shelter raised $71,000 which directly benefits their five programs serving the at-risk children and families of Monroe County, Florida. Bill Mann, Co-CEO, Children’s Shelter states “We are grateful for the community support as the monies raised helps to provide the much needed free programming we make available to all residents”. The nine-day paint out [continue reading…]
If your child was choking, would you know what to do? If your baby stopped breathing, do you know how to respond? The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition invites all parents and caregivers to attend a CPR class in Marathon or Key West to learn invaluable life-saving skills. The class will cover infant/child CPR, choking prevention, poison control, shaken baby prevention, and basic first aid. Participants will Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Ready Reference to take home. To keep costs affordable, it is taught by a Red [continue reading…]