Sunday, October 7, 2012
Mile Markers


New business signs going up

The city of Key West and the Florida Department of Transportation are preparing new signs to help drivers find the quickest route back to their destination on the now one-way North Roosevelt Boulevard, city spokeswoman Alyson Crean says.

The signs, to be placed on Flagler Avenue and Northside Drive, will be provided by FDOT and installed and maintained by the city. They will alert drivers to shopping plazas, as well as to individual businesses outside those plazas.

"Motorists will find it only takes a couple extra minutes to loop back to the North Roosevelt businesses, and the trip ensures the vitality of these businesses and the workers that rely on them," Crean said in a press release.

For more information, call Doug Bradshaw at 305-809-3792.


Funding will help homeless

The Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (SHAL) is seeking letters of intent from organizations interested in competing for funds to provide "new permanent supportive beds" for homeless individuals and families, according to a press release from Wendy Coles, outgoing director of SHAL.

Up to almost $26,000 may be available for the project over two years, the release says. The formal name is: the 2012 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (CoC NOFA) Housing and Urban Development funds.

Letters of intent should be submitted to SHAL, P.O. Box 2990, Key West, FL 33045, or to by the end of Friday.


Island, Duval St. recognized

The Farmers' Almanac names Key West the best winter weather location nationally in its 2013 edition, and the American Planning Association (APA) designated Duval as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2012.

Rankings for the former were based primarily on meteorological factors, and Key West topped the list for its frost-free climate, warm temperatures, abundant sunshine and low precipitation in winter. Following Key West were San Diego, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Watertown, N.Y., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

Duval Street was ranked under APA's Great Places in America program. Others on the top 10 streets list were Fifth Avenue in New York, Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn., and Main Street in Bozeman, Mont.