Mar 242017
Mangrove Cleanup Saturday

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…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 242017
Transit Director Whitaker Retire

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…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 242017
Building Inspector Richardson Retires

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…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #211, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 172017
New Community Mental Health Agency Opens in Key West

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…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #210, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Helping a Needy Elderly Man in Key Largo

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:19 am Issue #209, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Mar 102017
Key West Pilot Marks Volunteer Milestone

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:18 am Issue #209, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Mar 102017
Samuels House Presents Women of Integrity Men of Valor

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
AUDITIONS Undying Love

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Owner of MCO Construction and Services, Ann McNeill, Selected by COMTO as Honoree for March 15 Event

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Marriage Announcement

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 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Save the Date: 10th Annual Save Our Pines Picnic

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #209, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Mar 102017
FKHSC Invites Public to Annual Luncheon and Quarterly Meeting

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…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Amphitheater Construction Underway

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.

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Paradise Paint Out Raises $71,000 to Support Monroe County's At-Risk Children and Families

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…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Infant/Child CPR Classes Offered in Marathon and Key West

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…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Parade Winners Awarded Plaques

Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioner Clayton Lopez and City Manager Jim Scholl presented plaques to the organizations whose floats won this season’s holiday parade. Representatives of the following groups accepted the plaques at last week’s City Commission meeting: Mayor’s Cup — Lower Keys Friends Vice Mayor’s Cup — Basilica of St. Mary’s School Tied for the Commissioner’s Cup — Florida Keys Aqueduct and Key West High School Conchettes Honorable Mention – Fifth Street Baptist Church

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 242017
Racing to Save What’s Endangered: Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge’s Outdoor Fest Helps Support These and Other Native Species

For those who live in or visit the Florida Keys for an extended length of time, the sight of a miniscule Key Deer wandering about might not be so unusual. But what about the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly, the Key Largo woodrat, the Key Largo cotton mouse, the Miami Blue butterfly, the Key tree cactus, the Stock Island tree snail, or the American Crocodile? Have you ever happened upon any of these creatures? Did you know they’re federally listed as endangered or [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #207, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 242017
24th Annual Black History Program this Sunday!!  Parade of Kings and Queens! Praise Dancers! and More!

The Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church invites all members of the public to attend the 24th Annual Black History Program Come celebrate with the choir, the poets, and the praise dancers! Join the Parade of Kings and Queens! Please wear you African Attire! Historians are invited to participate. Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3:00 pm 702 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Feb 242017
Food Trucks in Paradise Event Photos

Saturday, February 18 from 12pm-9pm, Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello” program presented the 2nd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival, an event that transformed the Fort East Martello parade grounds into a family and pet-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #207, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
Know Your Fisherman Month

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed February as Know Your Fisherman Month, acknowledging the vital role that our local fishermen play in our economy and our lives. “The Florida Keys commercial fishermen provide our community and our tourist economy with local, fresh, sustainably-caught seafood,” reads the proclamation, and “Key West’s reputation has been built as the seafood capital of the world.” On February 22nd, Keys commercial fishermen, restaurant chefs and community members will come together at the Three Hands Fish Market at Ibis Bay to launch [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
Fran Ford Honored

Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Clayton Lopez joined together to recognize the tireless environmental efforts of Fran Ford. Ford, a long-time Key West resident, has dedicated years of hard work to environmental education and preservation. She was instrumental in founding the Florida Keys Audubon Society and the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust. She has been active for many years with the Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council, the Key West Garden Club and the Botanical Garden Society. “Mrs. Ford has had [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
Free Zonta Journey to Success Career Advancement Workshop

Key West Zonta Club Again Presents “Journey To Success” Workshop Provides Business Skills to Help Women Begin and Advance In Careers The Zonta Club of Key West again presents “Journey to Success” a workshop designed for women and high school students searching for employment or currently working in Key West and the Lower Keys who are ready to enhance their career skills. It will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street in [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
February Cemetery Stoll

The February Cemetery Stroll at the Historic Key West Cemetery will take place on Saturday, February 25th. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling (305) 304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are the Otto Plot, the USS Maine Memorial, the Martires de Cuba Memorial, and the Figueredo [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
Generous Donation to the KWPD Mounted Unit

The Key West Police Mounted Unit this morning accepted $2000 worth of specialty tack and equipment donated through the fundraising efforts of Key West businesswoman Jane Gardner. Officers Matt Johnson and Mike Wolf presented her with a plaque in appreciation of her support. Paco got in on the celebration with a taste of a carrot-topped cupcake!

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
Women in White

The Women in White held a peaceful vigil on the corner of northeast of Eaton St. and Simonton St. in Key West, Fl on Tuesday, February 7th 2017 from 10 AM- 12 noon. The group will be holding a weekly vigil in support of the Resistance. It is a friendly and approachable vigil. The group wears white as a symbol of solidarity with the suffragettes who successfully stood for our right to vote. We vote on Tuesdays. We stand on Tuesdays. However, you may bring [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
KWHS Marching Conchs to Include Actual Conch Shells

Look for the KWHS Marching Conchs to include actual conch shells in future pregame performances! Five musical grade conch shells were donated to the KWHS Band on February 3rd 2017 with the help of Shep Shaw, grandfather of clarinet player, Thatcher Flowers. Shep was enjoying watching the KWHS Marching Conchs perform last Fall when he first suggested a conch shell addition to the show. The Flowers contacted band director, Gary Hernandez, to inquire about the idea of conch shell blowing with the Key West High [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »