The Bottom Line
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bank helps out KWHS Conchettes

As part of its support of local youth athletics and recreation, First State Bank of the Florida Keys is a team sponsor of the Key West High School Conchettes.

First State Bank's support of the Conchettes will help the team perform at the halftime shows, local parades and special events in Key West. The Conchettes, Key West's version of the Rockettes, have been a tradition at Key West High School since 1955.

"Our Conchettes proudly thank First State Bank for their true Conch spirit and ongoing dedication to our community," said Jamie Guzman, KWHS Conchette director, in a press release.

Highsmith returns to Community Foundation

Local attorney Robert E. Highsmith has been appointed to the board of governors of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK). Highsmith, a former CFFK board chairman and board advisor, is a partner in the firm of Koenig, Highsmith and Van Loon, where he specializes in wills, trusts and estates.

"Bobby's experience as an estate planning attorney, philanthropist and civic leader is outstanding and a tremendous asset to the Community Foundation," said Robert Spottswood, board chairman of CFFK, in a press release. "We are very pleased he has agreed to rejoin the Board of Governors."

About the three-year appointment to the CFFK Board, Highsmith said, "I feel strongly about supporting the Community Foundation's mission to increase philanthropy and support the work of nonprofits and the variety of causes in the Keys. I'm pleased to rejoin the board and hopefully continue to make a difference to the important work CFFK does in our community."

Keys man tapped for environmental post

Phil Goodman of Cudjoe Key, a member of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary in Key West, was recently appointed staff officer responsible for all marine safety and environmental protection activities in District 7. The district encompasses the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and most of Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Keys.

Environmental protection of waterways is a rapidly expanding mission of the USCG and auxiliary.

Goodman's promotion to this position was made by Commodore Joel Tyson, commander USCG auxiliary, D7.

This was prompted by Goodman's successful development and execution of innovations to help the USCG and other emergency responders in long-term preparations to protect the fragile environment in the Keys. For the past four years Goodman has been in charge of the auxiliary's pollution prevention and response efforts in the Keys. He now plans to expand these innovations to encompass more of D7.