Snorkeling Santas wanted
A Key West dive shop wants to set a world record for the most snorkelers dressed as Santa at one site.
The Finz Dive Center is calling on swimmers "of all shapes and sizes" to join the Dec. 23 outing to Sand Key, said owner Robert Trosset. Snorkelers are asked to wear a Santa hat at minimum. An aerial photograph will be submitted to "Guinness World Records."
Some of the proceeds collected by the dive boats will aid Wesley House Family Services' backpack program, which gives needy kids food for the weekend on Fridays. Scuba divers are also welcome.
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Parade float winners named
The city of Key West Tuesday announced the winners from the annual Holiday Parade, which drew more than 70 floats this year on Saturday night.
Honors went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys for best nonprofit float; Key West Sports Academy for best youth group; Affiliated Design & Construction Managers for best commercial entry. Fifth Street Baptist Church earned honorable mention. City officials on Tuesday thanked staff and the hundreds of volunteers who helped with the parade, and named Joe Mather, Nancy D'Amato, Lenny Whitley, Rusty Ennis and Richard Fibisaner in a news release.
Secret Santa stories sought
Citizen reporter Terry Schmida is seeking stories from people in the community who have been on either end of a "secret Santa" gift, in the run-up to the Christmas holiday.
The Citizen is working on a story about the people who reach out to help strangers at this time of year, and the people they've helped. Confidentiality will be respected, if desired, to keep the "secret" in secret Santa alive.
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