Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, January 13, 2013


Gardens Hotel hosts Italian Carnevale

The Sons and Daughters of Italy will present the third annual "Carnevale in Venice, Key West" event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St.

Enter the magical world of Carnevale in Venice, Italy at this masked festival in Key West. Guests will be treated to all things Italian inside the lush tropical garden.

General admission donation is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and a limited number of VIP tables near the band are available for $40 per seat. Entry donation includes homemade Italian hors d'oeuvres from our "Cucina" and Italian dessert. Entertainment includes the Peter Diamond Band, theatrical performers, a cash bar, silent auction and lots of "Viva Italia," according to an event press release.

Start planning your mask and Carnevale attire to compete in the gala costume contest with prizes. Tickets are available at www.keystix.com, by calling 305-295-7676, or at Lady Nails in the Winn-Dixie Plaza. All proceeds benefit the Key West High School Scholarship Fund. For more information call Theresa Freistak at 305-294-3249 or Cindy McCausland at 305-942-9748.


Lower Keys Chamber hosts social

American Caribbean Real Estate will host the January business social for the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at its office on Ramrod Key, Mile Marker 27.5 next to Boondocks.

The event will include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, drinks, business card drawings and the Chamber's 50/50 raffle. The social also offers an opportunity to network with other Lower Keys business representatives.

American Caribbean Real Estate of the Lower Keys is a relatively new business in the Lower Keys, according to a Chamber press release. A $10 per person donation helps support the Chamber.

For more information, call the Chamber at 872-2411 or email officeassist@lowerkeyschamber.com.


Green building codes discussed

The Florida Keys branch of the U.S. Green Building Council will present a Government and Sustainability event from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Key West.

The event will focus on government sustainability policies and codes while providing insight into what is currently in place and what is being developed.

Presenters include Glen Hadwen, environmental programs manager for the city of Miami; Alison Higgins, sustainability coordinator for the city of Key West and Rhonda Haag, sustainability program manager for Monroe County.

Registration will take place from 4-4:30, with presentations in Rooms 1 and 2 of the Gato Building from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Questions, answers and refreshments will take place from 6-7 p.m.

Members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $10. For more information, contact Bill Horn at wphorn@aol.com.