Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, October 7, 2012

FLORIDA KEYS

Foreclosure website launched

Keys Island Properties recently launched a new foreclosed properties website at keysislandproperties.com, according to a press release from the business.

The interactive website features property photos, search listings, interactive map pages, an open house calendar and virtual house tours.

"Keys Island Properties looks forward to the responses and feedback from Realtors and prospective buyers on our new enhanced look and superior functionality," said Sales Manager Beth Grooms.

Headquartered in Key West, Keys Island Properties is a marketing and property sales organization offering Keyswide foreclosed residential and commercial properties to consumers, business owners and investors and through the professional Real Estate Agent network.

For more information, visit www.KeysIslandProperties.com, email sales@KeysIslandProperties.com or call Grooms at 305-296-1234.

KEY WEST

Key West named finalist as pretty place

Key West has been named Florida's only finalist in a national competition to find the "Prettiest Painted Places in America." The contest is being sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute and drew nearly 200 entrants from neighborhoods in big cities to small rural towns and historic districts. Entrants were asked to submit up to 20 photographs of representative painted home and business exteriors as well as written information about the community, according to a press release.

The institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paint and coatings, announced on Tuesday 60 finalists from six regions. Entrants were evaluated by a panel of judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting and home improvement.

Key West is one of 10 southeastern regional finalists. Others include downtown Bowling Green, Ky.; Gulf Shores, Ala.; Historic Oakwood in Raleigh, N.C.; Historic Occoquan, Va.; Old Louisville, Ky.; Old Town Alexandria, Va.; Paducah, Ky.; Selma Ward 3, Ala., and historic downtown Smithfield, Va.

Later this month, two communities will be selected from each of the six regions as the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America.

STATE OF FLORIDA

Identity theft scam warning

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced this week that identity thieves are posing as agents of the DBPR and sending unsolicited emails that warn of pending disciplinary action against business licensees. The email tells the recipient to call a department investigator at a toll-free number and provide personal information, according to a press release from the DBPR.

If a business license holder receives such an email from an entity claiming to be from the DBPR, he or she should not respond to the email or call the listed number. Instead, the licensee should contact the department directly at 850-487-1395. Licensees may also log into their online accounts to view any public disciplinary actions.

The department warns licensees against providing personal information to unknown individuals or companies who have made unsolicited contact with them. The press release states that the department will investigate the matter fully and work with law enforcement.