The Bottom Line
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Marquesa Hotel tops in Florida

The Marquesa Hotel & Café Marquesa ranked the highest of all Florida hotels in the January World's Best awards issue of Travel & Leisure magazine. Magazine readers vote on the survey, which is based on five criteria: facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. The Marquesa scored 91.6, followed by The Setai on Miami Beach with a score of 90.96, and the Ritz-Carlton Naples with a score of 90.68.

Chamber honors Thomas, Pita The Key West Chamber of Commerce recently joined the city of Key West in honoring Police Officer Rich Thomas and Licensing Administrator Kim Pita as police officer and city employee of the year.

Thomas joined the Key West Police Department in 2004 after a distinguished career in the military. His leadership skills immediately led to responsibilities as a training officer, and Thomas was later instrumental in exposing an illegal prescription drug operation, according to Thomas' commendation.

Pita has worked in the licensing department for 25 years and still treats customers with the highest level of service in a friendly and professional manner, said Carolyn Walker, the city's chief licensing official and Pita's supervisor.

Students learn about nursing

Upper Keys high school students recently took part in the Day in the Life of a Nurse program at Mariners Hospital. Throughout the day, students shadowed registered nurses and the varied work nurses do each day.

Students learned, among other things, how to ventilate a patient. Participants included

Benjamin Cosme, Dori Christmas, Amanda Ihrig, Amanda Ledwith, Timothy Ott, Hunter Risher, Samantha Roberts, Caroline Rosenbalm and Aaron Stack.