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Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, November 4, 2012

KEY WEST

StayFit helps provide Thanksgiving

StayFit Studio is collecting canned and dry goods through Nov. 20. All donations will benefit Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church's Loaves & Fish Food Pantry for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Collection boxes are located at StayFit Studio, 804 White St., in Key West. Donations will be accepted from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

"We urge our friends and neighbors to support us and help make our Food Drive a success," said Amy Spielberg, StayFit Studio co-owner. "We truly hope to make a difference for locals in need this Thanksgiving."

The Loaves & Fish Food Pantry is a resource provided by and for the Monroe County community, specifically for individuals or families who are either homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or in need.

To contact StayFit Studio visit, www.stayfitstudiokeywest.com.

KEY WEST

Sunset Key makes Top 40

Sunset Key Guest Cottages, part of the Westin Key West Resort, ranked No. 15 in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards naming "Top 40 Florida Resorts."

More than 46,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers participated in the voting process, which scored resorts worldwide in the categories of rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. Sunset Key Guest Cottages received an overall score of 88.2.

In 2012, Sunset Key Guest Cottages introduced a new Spa Cabana on Sunset Key Beach, where guests can enjoy the new Sunset Romance spa package, while indulging the senses in the authentic surroundings of an island oasis.

For information, visit westinsunsetkeycottages.com.

MONROE COUNTY

TDC elects officers, reviews study

A Marathon resident was re-elected Tuesday to chair the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Monroe County Commission's advisory board that coordinates Florida Keys tourism promotion efforts.

Rita Irwin, president and CEO of the Dolphin Research Center, is entering her fourth year as chair.

Key Wester Douglas Wright, vice president of hotel operations for Spottswood Management, was elected vice chairman. Co-treasurers are George Fernandez, co-owner of The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and Key West Mayor Craig Cates.

The TDC also received results of an experiential travel study, coordinated by TDC Market Research Director Jessica Bennett.

The project surveyed travelers on their most memorable Keys experiences.

Snorkeling and recreational fishing topped the list of 16 activities as being most "thrilling and exciting."

Visitors also loved the laidback atmosphere of the Keys. The full study can be seen at www.monroecounty-fl.gov. Once on Click on the Tourist Development Council Market Research section and then on the Experiential Traveler Report link.