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Report vacation rental issues

Florida Keys residents are reminded that Monroe County has a toll-free phone number and email address to report illegal and non-compliant vacation rentals, as well as vacation rental scams. To report issues to the Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office, call 855-422-4540. Issues can also be emailed to mail@monroetaxcollector.com. Callers can choose to identify themselves or[…]

Free responsible vendor training

The Monroe County Coalition in the Florida Keys is offering a free, 90-minute, county-wide training course to members of the food and beverage industry, including discussion of Florida law and checking ID cards. For information, call executive director Susan Moore at 305-849-5929. To schedule training north of Mile Marker 50, call Mark Pacho at 305-522-3375.[…]

Rebate program available

Keys Energy Services’ rebate program for energy efficient appliances and equipment is available for customers seeking assistance in realizing long-term energy savings.  The program includes the following rebate options for residential customers: hot water heater timer ($25); programmable thermostats ($25); ceiling fans ($25); white roof coating ($25); dehumidifiers ($50); dishwashers ($55); room air conditioners ($75);[…]

KEYS earns reporting award

Keys Energy Services recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents[…]

‘Ready, Set, College’ workshop upcoming Sept. 6

The Key West Chamber of Commerce and Florida Keys Community College are joining to help local high school students, their families and guidance counselors navigate the daunting sea of college decisions and deadlines. The free workshop, entitled “Ready, Set, College,” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the library[…]

State educators get free attraction admission

Summer is over and school has started throughout the state, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is thanking Florida educators with its Educator Appreciation Days. Ripley’s attractions in Key West, Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, and Key West will offer free dmission for in-state educators from Sept. 5 to Oct. 15. Teachers, administrators, counselors[…]

KEYS warns customers of area phone scam

Keys Energy Services has once again been made aware of an area scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have energy bill payments wired to fictitious accounts. Customers are informed by phone that a payment is immediately due on their electric account or they will have their service disconnected. They are then[…]

Financial literary classes available

United Way of the Florida Keys is offering free financial literacy classes to anyone interested in improving their budgeting and money management skills.  Two classes are scheduled in Key Largo, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m., at the Center for Independent Living, 103400 Overseas Highway, Suite 243, and Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., at the Key Largo[…]

New owners refresh landmark deli

Don’t panic; the “Closed” sign on the door of the Courthouse Deli is only temporary.  Carla Fry and Curt Dawkins recently bought the popular sandwich shop and convenience store across the street from the Green Parrot Bar. The pair closed the deli recently to complete minor renovations and a major cleaning effort. Fry and Dawkins[…]

CPA offers free accounting help for small businesses

Certified Public Accountant Robert Clark will teach a free “basics of accounting” workshop for small businesses and individuals from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at COAST, 6404 Front St., Stock Island.  The workshop will include help with “Understanding the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement,” and “Which entity is right your business?”[…]