The Bottom Line
Sunday, October 7, 2012

First State honors Luhta, Morales

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently congratulated Jacqueline Luhta, retail business analyst and training officer, and Barbie Morales, the lead teller in the Marathon branch, on their fifth year of employment with the bank.

Luhta joined First State Bank as a sales trainer in 2007 and was promoted to her current position in 2008.

She earned a master's degree in business administration from State University of New York in Utica and a bachelor's degree in communications from Syracuse University.

Barbie Morales joined the bank in 2007 as a part-time teller and courier at the Marathon Office, was promoted to full-time Teller in 2009, and to her current position as in 2010. Morales is the green captain of the Marathon office, a graduate of Key West High School and current Marathon resident.

Mariners Hospital welcomes Beaver

Mariners Hospital recently announced the addition of Earl Beaver to the hospital as manager of dietary services.

A native of Chicago, Beaver is a Florida-certified food safety restaurant manager. He has completed a dietary management program at the University of Florida and is working on a hospitality management degree at the university.

Prior to joining Mariners, Beaver was the food service and catering manager at Mercy Hospital. He started his career in Milwaukee, Wisc., with Hilton, owned a catering service in Miami and then managed restaurants in the South Beach area.

Duval Street makes Top 10

The American Planning Association recently designated Key West's Duval Street as one of the nation's Top 10 "Great Streets" for 2012, according to a press release from the city of Key West.

The designation is part of the association's Great Places in America program. "Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs, the press release states.

The organization singled out the 1-mile Duval Street for its collection of wood-framed Victorian structures, its variety of uses that serve tourists and residents and its unique geographic features.

"It is the front door to the only truly subtropical environment in the continental U.S.," said Mayor Craig Cates. "The street's 190-year history has seen transformation after transformation, from fishing and shipping commercial support area to a Naval town to its present tourist hot spot status."

Through Great Places in America, the APA recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that feature unique and authentic characteristics.

Sixty neighborhoods, 60 streets and 50 public spaces have been designated in 50 states and the District of Columbia since the APA started the program in 2007.