Jul 282017
Fort East Martello Receives 2 Million-Dollar Grant for Renovations: ADA Upgrades Complete

The 155 year-old Civil War fort on South Roosevelt Blvd. is getting some much-needed repairs, renovations, and upgrades this summer, thanks to 2 million-dollars in grant funding for various projects from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and the Board of County Commissioners Bricks and Mortar grants. Renovation projects on the Key West Art & Historical Society stewarded museum include roof repairs, brick repointing, a new parking lot for the Pines Park, and ADA upgrades— the latter recently completed by Barracuda Builders of Key West. [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #229, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Jul 212017
Rev. Stephen Braddock Retires as FKOC’s President & Chief Executive Officer After Seventeen Years of Service

The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Inc. announces the retirement of Rev. Stephen Braddock as FKOC’s President & Chief Executive Officer after seventeen years of service.   Rev. Braddock’s long career with FKOC began in 2000 as a planned “short six months” to help the homelessness agency transition to new management.  However, Rev. Braddock remained as a leader not just for FKOC’s mission and growth, but also among homelessness advocates in Monroe County. Under Rev. Braddock’s leadership FKOC has grown from one facility in Key West to [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #228, News, Special Event 2 Responses »
Jul 212017
‘Big Latch On’ Events Promote Breastfeeding in the Florida Keys

International World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated with three local events in Key West, Marathon, and Key Largo during early August. All breastfeeding families and supporters are invited to the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.   Visit “Keys Healthy-Start” Facebook page and check out the Events section. No prior registration is required. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. About the Big Latch On Celebrated in 120 countries, World Breastfeeding Week raises awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
Judge Peary Fowler, Author Ted Geltner at "Voices, Places, Inspirations" Hemingway Days Event

Judge Peary Fowler, president of the Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County board of directors, and Ted Geltner, author of “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews,” view photos of Fowler’s father, Commander Ed Stafford; the photo on the left taken during a visit to author Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba in 1959; the one on the right taken in 1958 when he appeared on the television show, “The $64,000 Dollar Question,” which prompted Hemingway’s Cuba invitation. Geltner was one of several [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
Key West Zonta Club Seeks Applicants For Martina Thurmond Scholarship

Scholarship Program Awards Women Advancing Their Careers The Zonta Club of Key West has opened the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,500 award will be provided to a woman at least 30 years of age enrolled as a new or existing student at Florida Keys Community College, for use to re-enter the workforce, advance her current career or make a career change. Applications must be received by July 28, 2017, and are now available on the club’s website. The scholarship’s namesake, [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
37th Annual Hemingway Days Opening Event, Author Ted Geltner at Custom House Museum, Key West

Luke Geltner, 9, keeps his father, Ted Geltner (left), company during a book signing reception Tuesday evening, July 18, following the author’s presentation, “Hemingway & Harry’s Way” at the Custom House Museum in Key West, Florida. Geltner, whose “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews,” was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2016, shared insights and anecdotes about Harry Crews’ devotion to Hemingway, first as an aspiring writer, later as a teacher of the craft, and foremost as a risk-taking [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
OIRF Preserves Historic Architecture

Old Island Restoration Foundation President, Kelly Friend, presented a check for $8,400.00 to Pastor Denise McLeod of Trinity Presbyterian Church 717 Simonton St. This grant was for upgrading of the electrical in the manse.  Clergy housing allows the ministers to be freed holding other jobs in order to afford living in our high rent city and concentrate on the congregation’s needs. OIRF earns funds to support historic preservation through their annual Home Tour series.  Homes are currently being sought for next season.  Show-worthy houses can be nominated [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
Baby Turtles Hatch on Higgs Beach in Key West for First Time in 3 Decades

It was a sight to behold Sunday night at Monroe County’s Higgs Beach in Key West. At about 9:15 p.m., 104 baby loggerhead turtles – just 2 inches long – waddled as fast as their tiny flippers would take them to their new home in the sea. Ralph Capone, president and founder of the Key West Sea Turtle Club, was excited: “Higgs Beach hasn’t had a successful turtle nest on it since 1985 or ‘86. There’s not enough sand to dig down to find a sweet spot for [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
Mango Fest 2017

It’s mango season and the Key West Police Athletic League is celebrating with Mango Fest 2017 on Saturday, July 15th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Bayview Park. This first annual event features enjoy all things mango: Culinary competitions, mango tastings, mango daiquiris, mango trees and much more. There’ll be music, bounce houses, raffles, local artisans and a live radio broadcast. Mango Fest 2017 benefits the Key West PAL. PAL’s efforts are designed to get children involved in sports and in educational programs. It provides a safe place [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
Save the Manatee Club

Save the Manatee Club, founded by Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, is an international nonprofit conservation organization and the voice for manatees since 1981.   The Club’s mission is to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. Funds from our adoption program go toward emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, and for waterway signage, public awareness and education, research and more.  Read about our efforts to protect the manatees. Go to http://www.savethemanatee.org to learn more.

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
Special Olympics 2018 USA Games- Local Athlete Qualifies

In less than one year – July 1-6, 2018 – more than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather in Seattle to compete before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers. The 2018 USA Games will showcase the limitless talents of people with intellectual disabilities while promoting the barrier-breaking power of sport to promote inclusion and acceptance. To learn more visit https://www.specialolympicsusagames.org/ Among those 4,000 athletes and coaches will be one of our local athletes, [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
Key West Sunrise Rotary Installs 2017-18 President and Board

Gena Parsons, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation communications and outreach specialist, leads the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club as president for 2017-18, succeeding NAS Key West public affairs officer Trice Denny, who continues to serve on the club’s board as past president. Other club officers are George Wallace, president-elect; Stephanie Griffiths, treasurer; Dave Geller, treasurer-elect; Matt Babich, sergeant-at-arms and George Lindner, parliamentarian. Board directors and committee chairs include Scott Duszynski and Ron Demes, community service; Mark Moss, membership; Roger Cousineau, publicity; Stan Rzad, international service; Sue Fowler, administration [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Outgoing CRB Member, Tom Milone, Commended

Mayor Craig Cates, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, commended outgoing Citizens Review Board member Tom Milone for his years of service. Milone has served on the board, which reviews complaints involving the police department, since 2011. He stepped down in June. The commendation is in “recognition of his dedication and commitment to increasing police professionalism through accountability and promoting valued ties between the local community and the Key West Police Department.”  

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Women’s March Florida Supporting Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Women’s March Florida is proud to align with The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) to raise awareness and funds for the upcoming event, “The Convening” hosted on July 20-22 in Orlando, Florida.   The Convening is a training and collaborative planning event to engage grassroots activists in a ballot initiative campaign to restore the basic civil rights of citizens formerly convicted of a felony. Florida is one of only three states that strip all individuals with past felony convictions of their civil rights, including their [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Coral Documentary to Premiere in the Florida Keys

  The landmark documentary “Chasing Coral,” chronicling the unprecedented rate of decline in coral throughout the world’s oceans, premieres in the Florida Keys on July 14 presented by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory, Coral Restoration Foundation and Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). Special, free-admission screenings are scheduled for at the following locations: Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, Key West – 8 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory, 24244 Overseas Highway, Summerland Key – 8 p.m. Marathon Community Park, 200 Ocean, 36th Street, Marathon – 8 p.m.                   [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Reef Relief's 2016-2017 Discover Coral Reefs School Program Reached a New All Time High!

Reef Relief’s Discover Coral Reefs School Program (DCRSP) is a collaborative program between Reef Relief and the Monroe County School District that teaches students a variety of marine science topics with a special focus on the value and importance of our local coral reef ecosystem. The DCRSP has been successfully educating students from grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th for the past 23 years. This school year, the DCRSP taught a new record amount of students! Reef Relief taught 5,216 students through our interactive marine lessons by partnering [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Key Lime Pie Drop

Saturday, July 1, 2017, Key West Art & Historical Society partnered with Key Lime Festival producers David Sloan and Marky Pierson to offer the first Pie Drop in Key West history (that we know of!) from the approximately 86 foot-high observation deck of the approximately 100 foot-tall Key West Lighthouse. The challenge for competitors was to (in advance) create a device or container to protect the pie, deliver it to a targeted area on ground level and keep it from exploding on impact. People of [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
NOAA Names Sarah Fangman and Lisa Symons to Key Posts at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is pleased to announce that Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent, Sarah Fangman, has been selected as the new superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Lisa Symons has been tapped as deputy superintendent of the sanctuary. Aria Remondi, on temporary assignment from NOAA’s Policy Office, will serve as Acting Sanctuary Superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The effective date for these changes is July 23, 2017. Sarah Fangman is currently the superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Lady Conchs Travel Softball Team Wins Tournament

Mayor Craig Cates added a special proclamation to last night’s City Commission agenda to welcome the Key West Lady Conchs 8U Softball Travel Team home by proclaiming a day in their honor. The team won the USSSA South Florida State Tournament, playing six games in three days while amassing a record of five wins and only one loss on their way to the State Championship. “These tremendous young women are an example of what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication, teamwork, and good sportsmanship,” reads the [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Monroe County Administrator Elected President of Florida Association of County Administrators

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi was elected President of the Florida Association of County Managers on Thursday at the Florida Association of County’s Annual Conference & Education Exhibition in West Palm Beach. “It’s an honor to be selected by my fellow board members,” Gastesi said. “It’s beneficial to learn about all the wonderful things other counties are doing around the state and then bring many of those great ideas and practices back to our slice of paradise to improve the [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Graffiti Clean Up Downtown Key West

A huge group of people – including about 30 members of the Sheriff’s Office – turned out last week to clean up the downtown area of the City of Key West. They identified approximately 70 locations where people had painted graffiti and either painted out or cleaned off the unsightly markings. They also scraped stickers off of many street signs, poles and trash containers around the area.

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Fundraiser Friday for the Sheriff’s Animal Farm

There will be a special fundraiser Friday night to raise money for the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm. The fundraiser, sponsored by Sunset Rotary of Key West, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bottlecap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. The event will feature loal Celebrity Bartender Dr. Doug Mader, who is co-owner of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital and who provides medical services for all the animals at the farm. There will also be a special appearance by the famous Animal Farm team, Farmer [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
South Florida Ford & Duncan Ford Family Presented $5,000 Grant To Womankind Of Key West

On Monday, June 26, South Florida Ford and Duncan Ford brought the community together to present Womankind of Key West with a $5,000 grant. Womankind is a medical and wellness center providing high-quality family planning, primary health care, and mental health counseling to people of all income levels. The Duncan Family Breast Cancer Treatment Grant was presented in honor of the family’s longtime efforts to help breast cancer patients become survivors. Through the Duncan Family Breast Cancer Treatment Grant, Womankind will implement an outreach and [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Sheriff’s Office / Florida Sheriff’s Association Summer Camp

  The annual Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) Summer Camp, coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office, is wrapping up today at Horace ‘O Bryant School after a week of fun. The camp hosts between 60 and 70 kids each year. The kids spend the week learning all about law enforcement, and get to visit with the Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Traffic Enforcement, Road Patrol, the Sheriff’s Animal Farm and many other aspects of the agency. The camp is organized by the Sheriff’s [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »