Dec 012017
Biggest Loser Returns to the Upper Keys

The Florida Department of Health is partnering with Bayshore Financial Services, PLC in a weight loss competition.  Join the Upper Keys Biggest Loser New Year Challenge, which runs from January 12 through March 9.  Participants weigh in every Friday morning at the Roth Building (50 High Point Rd, Tavernier) anytime between 7 to 9am.  Registration is $30 per person; all proceeds collected from this challenge will go to the top three male and female winners in separate categories.    Last day to sign up is January 19th.   Call 305-853-7394 or email to join.

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #245, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 012017
Transit Operator of the Year

Key West Transit is proud to announce that long-time employee Jean Willy has been selected as Operator of the Year. Willy has been with the Transportation Department for almost 13 years. He began his career as a fleet helper, quickly advancing to apprentice mechanic and then becoming a City bus operator. “Willy’s dedication to his passengers and the department make him truly an asset to the City,” said Transit Director Rod Delostrinos.

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:01 am Issue #245, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Nov 242017
Marine Zoning Presentation December 6th

Chris Bergh, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Conservation for South Florida, will present “Marine Zoning Works for Me” on Wednesday December 6th beginning at 6 PM at the Bottle Cap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. Learn how zoning protects and sustains resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The meeting is sponsored by Last Stand, admission is free. The Nature Conservancy and Last Stand have joined a group of environmental organizations to better educate the public about the upcoming revisions to the management plans for the sanctuary and [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 242017
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  KWNOW gathers on the fourth Wednesday 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:

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #244, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 242017
Lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Key West Historic Seaport on Wednesday, Nov 22

Wednesday’s ceremonial lighting of the Seaport’s Christmas trees, palm trees, ships, shops, restaurants and watering holes, which extend from Lazy Way Lane at the Green Street Plaza to the Ferry Terminal at Grinnell Street, marks the beginning of Key West Holiday Fest, an annual island-wide celebration presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council that continues through December 31. Other Fest highlights include fabulously romantic Holiday Historic Inn Tours, the annual Schooner Wharf Lighted Boat Parade and an [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #244, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
December Featured Poet: Arida Wright

Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology entitled Poets in the Garden, published through a grant by the Anne McKee Fund. Arida began writing poetry in the sixth grade and became involved with the Key West Poetry Guild by reading an original [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Zonta Says No

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed 16 Days of Activism beginning November 25th in honor of an important effort by the Zonta Club of Key West. The effort is aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. “Gender violence and abuse,” reads the proclamation, “can affect women of all ages, living in any community, but it is a topic too often kept secret or highlighted only when horrific acts play out in newspaper and media reports.” This annual observance is particularly important as, nationwide, women are speaking [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Sanctuary Staff as Natural Resource Advisers in Keys Vessel Removal

NOAA LT Rosemary Abbitt oversees the removal of a sunken sailboat west of Fleming Key. The six-hour process was part of post-Hurricane Irma operations with staff from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary serving as natural resource advisers to reduce further impact to sensitive habitat. A Unified Command led by U.S. Coast Guard is assessing and removing more than 1,700 damaged and displaced vessels in the Florida Keys that pose environmental and navigational hazards.

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
I Love Stock Island Holiday Lighting Ceremony Set for Sunday, November 26

Join the fisherman, businesses and Stock Island community as we kickoff and celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting ceremony Sunday, November 26. Lobster traps recovered from hurricane Irma by local fisherman have been collected and used to construct a one-of-a-kind festive trap tree at the corner of Maloney Avenue and 4th Street. The structure will be decorated with hundreds of lights and recycled trap buoys painted by Stock Island artists. The ceremony, which begins at sunset, will offer a chance to socialize over light refreshments [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Ribbons of Gratitude at Montessori Children's School

The toddler families at The Children’s School located on the corner of United and Varela Street have been writing down what they are grateful for onto ribbons each morning during the month of November and then hanging the ribbons from a tree on the playground as a daily reminder that we have so much to be thankful for.  Toddlers like Winston Wofsey, Nora Binder, and Charlie Evans pictured here love to not only watch as the ribbons are added to the tree but to also [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day, Warn Against War with North Korea

Veterans For Peace Send Letter to Trump and Kim Jong-un People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea Signed by Thousands St. Louis, MO.  This weekend, veterans all around the U.S. will celebrate Veterans Day by reclaiming the original November 11holiday, Armistice Day, which marks the end of World War I.  Veterans, family members and supporters in at least 30 U.S. cities will march in Veterans Day parades, hold vigils to remember all who have died in U.S. wars, and solemnly ring bells on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Young Entrepreneur Appearing on ABC's Shark Tank Speaks to Monroe County Schools Students

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces, Jack Bonneau spoke to students at Horace O’Bryant School, Key Largo School, Plantation Key School, and Sugarloaf School to offer advice and words of encouragement. The 11-year-old entrepreneur spoke to more than 1,600 students recently to give them advice on how to thrive in the marketplace. He shared lessons he learned from beginning his own lemonade stand and words of encouragement post Irma. The 7th-grader from STEM Lab School in Colorado said MCSD students [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Sheriff Awards Deputies for Saving Lives

Three deputies received Sheriff’s Medals for lifesaving at an employee awards ceremony held on Friday. Deputies Jean Gonzalez, Ignacio Molina and Dave Campbell received the awards; Deputy Gonzalez was actually honored twice for saving two lives in recent months. Deputy Campbell could not be present at the ceremony to accept, but all of the award recipients will receive a letter of commendation and a ribbon to wear on their uniforms. Deputies Jean Gonzalez and Ignacia Molina were honored for their swift and crucial actions when responding [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Sheriff Receives Recognition for 30 Years of Service

Sheriff Rick Ramsay received a plaque in recognition of his 30 years of service to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at an employee awards ceremony on Friday. Former Sheriff Rick Roth presented the award. Sheriff Ramsay began his career with the Sheriff’s Office upon graduation from the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy in November of 1987. He has worked in almost every area of the Sheriff’s Office since then, including patrol, investigations, special operations and corrections. He ran for Sheriff and was [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Buddy Poppy Days

Key West Mayor Craig Cates, during this week’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed November 7 – 11 as Buddy Poppy Days, in honor of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The poppy has been named the official memorial flower for Veterans of Foreign Wars, as it represents the blood shed by American Service members. Since 1922, the VFW has been making and distributing these symbolic reminders to reiterate that the VFW will never forget their sacrifice. With Veteran’s Day approaching, members of the VFW will be distributing them around town. [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Winners of the 4th Annual Sugarloaf Showdown

26 boats, 60 people, 3 days of fishing Benefiting our Community After an exciting 3 days of fishing around picturesque Sugarloaf Key, points were tallied and stories were told, and victory was determined. Everyone was happy and healthy at the end, which makes us all winners, but some also received awards and acclaim as well. The Tournament: This three-day, catch and release tournament is always open to all anglers and is a fundraising event for the Guides Trust Foundation which supports local guides. This year, 26 [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Teacher & Librarian Scholarship Winners Announced

The Key West Literary Seminar is pleased to announce the selection of its 2018 Teacher and Librarian Scholarship winners. Nineteen teachers and librarians from nine states and the Caribbean island of Dominica have been chosen to receive financial aid packages totaling $20,000. This year’s award winners include teachers and professors at community colleges, city and state universities, and public and private middle and high schools. They teach subjects from English, literature, and writing, to film and Caribbean culture. Librarian winners work at colleges, high schools, [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Mystick Krewe of Key West Donates to Community Organizations

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…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Powerboat Race Generates Honors and Reunion

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…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
Sister Season Fund Awards over $121,000 in Assistance

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…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 272017
First District Court of Appeals Hears FIRM’s Oral Arguments

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…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #240, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 272017
Fantasy Fest Façade Contest Winners Announced

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…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #240, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 272017
Legos Go to Needy Kids

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.

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #240, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 272017
Monroe County Breast Cancer Screening Event

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:

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #240, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Haunted History: Robert the Doll Returns to the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

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…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »