Why is Old Town considered an historic treasure? Where do tax dollars actually go once you’ve paid them? How do police officers know whether there’s a warrant out on the guy on the corner? The answers are just some of the knowledge you’ll gain as a Key West Ambassador.
There is no better way to get to know city government than through the Key West Ambassadors Academy. Registration has begun for Class 26 of the Academy. Applications are posted on the City’s web site at www.keywestcity.com, or you can call Alyson Crean at 305-809-1058. Space is limited, so interested participants are urged to submit the application quickly.
The weekly classes begin on January 7th and wrap up on March 31st. The class meets every Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00, usually at the Eco Discovery Center at the Truman Waterfront. There are many field trips involved in the sessions as well. Be sure and check out the application for further details.
The Ambassador program first convened in 2003. Originally sponsored by the city manager, volunteer ambassadors now help coordinate the 12-week program. During the weekly sessions, representatives of various city departments meet with the group to give an in-depth understanding of the workings of city government.
The list of graduates of the programs looks like a who’s who of Key West that includes city and county commissioners, CEOs and directors of several not for profit organizations. The Ambassador program works under the concept that an educated citizenry is the bedrock of a well-functioning democracy.