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Lower Keys Chamber honors resourceful students

Growth of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce has enabled the business organization that serves Stock Island to the Seven-Mile Bridge to invest in the future by providing four Self-Reliance Scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating seniors. The award is not an academic one, but rather acknowledges students who have overcome exceptional circumstances. The Chamber’s selection[…]

Local United Way works for working families

United Way of the Florida Keys announced recently that the organization has changed its formal mission statement as part of a new set of strategic goals that will guide the organization’s work. The mission statement of UWFK now states, “United Way of the Florida Keys, the leader in community caring, advocates for increased social consciousness while actively[…]

Key West Chamberawards $31K in scholarships

The Key West Chamber of Commerce continues to be heavily invested in the island’s future, recently awarding more than $31,000 in scholarships to four Key West High School graduates. Tessa Eggers received $27,500 to be dispensed over four years as the recipient of the Honor Roll of 100/Charley P. and Orsolina Toppino Memorial Scholarship. Billie Jo[…]

CFFK awards $65K in grants

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys awarded 12 local nonprofit organizations a total of $65,034 in arts and culture grants. The nonprofit recipients are: Bahama Village Music Program, $6,500; Florida Keys Council of the Arts, $3,000; Gerald Adams Elementary School, $7,604; Impromptu Classical Concerts, $8,000; Key West Theater and Community Stage, $10,000; Marathon Community[…]

UPPER KEYS Foundation supports youth sailing

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, through its 2017 grant program, awarded the Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program $2,650 to support the Key Largo Summer Sailing Camp. The camp will introduce 70 to 90 Florida Keys children to sailing. The grant will also help support full scholarships for 10 to 15 students from low-income families[…]

Groups will host ‘Rock Your Business to Success’

The Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Key West and Marathon chambers of commerce will host a workshop featuring renowned speaker and business development expert Jim Knight on Wednesday, June 28, at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St., Key West. The “Rock Your Business to Success” workshop will take[…]

Trust highlights KEYS building

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation recently presented Keys Energy Services with an honorable mention award in the restoration and rehabilitation category for the renovations to its Service Building at 1001 James St. The award was presented in St. Petersburg, Florida, during the Trust’s 39th annual Preservation Conference. KEYS’ $6.2 million service building renovation project[…]

Free responsible vendor training

The Monroe County Coalition in the 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, south[…]

AHEC receives CFFK grant

Florida Keys Area Health Education Center was awarded $7,000 by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys through its 2017 grant program. The grant will support “Monroe County Children’s Health Centers” which will provide comprehensive integrated direct primary care medical services for students at Gerald Adams Elementary School and Key West High School. The grant[…]

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! launches ‘Superhero Summer’

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions in Florida will unveil their new Superhero Summer this year.  Ripley’s Odditoriums in Key West, Orlando, St. Augustine and Panama City Beach will host Marvel characters throughout the summer, including Spider-Man, who will make an appearance in Key West on Aug. 5. Ripley’s also is seeking nominations for its[…]