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Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, January 27, 2013

KEY WEST

Free credit seminar

Keys Federal Credit Union and Experian will host a free credit seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Key Plaza branch in Key West. Attendees will learn how credit scores are calculated, how to read a credit report and what to do to raise their credit score.

The event is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are required.

Both members and non-members of Keys Federal Credit Union are welcome to attend.

For more information or to RSVP call 305-293-6500 or email marylou.carn@keysfcu.org.

FLORIDA KEYS

New lodging officers installed

The Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West recently installed its 2013 board of directors. Chair:

Diane Schmidt of the Westin Key West Resort & Marina Vice Chair: Kate Miano of The Gardens Hotel Upper Keys Vice Chair: Stephen Kurutz of Drop Anchor Resort & Marina Treasurer: Clif Taylor of Marriott Beachside Resort Secretary: Armida Averette of the Best Western Key Ambassador Directors: Rob Cummings of the Anchorage Resort & Yacht Club Condo Association; Steve Mungall of Santa Maria Suites; Matt Strahan of Noble House Resorts (Ocean Key Resort and Little Palm Island); Steve Robbins of Sun Hotel Collection; Kelli Fountain of Pier House Resort & Spa Associate Directors: Nadene Grossman Orr of We've Got the Keys; Laura Canavan of Diamonds International

KEY WEST

Yankee Freedom III arrives

The Yankee Freedom III is the new ferry to the Dry Tortugas National Park that replaces the Yankee Freedom II. The new vessel is a 110-foot aluminum catamaran with a stabilizing system for a smoother ride over the 70-mile trip.

The vessel includes many "green" features required by the National Park Service, such as zero discharge, an oil boom and energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the vessel. There are also solar-charged emergency batteries, metal-free bottom paint and a 400-gallon-per-day watermaker, according to a press release from Yankee Freedom, which operates the ferry under a 10-year contract with the park service.

Accommodations include 142 seats, 24 tables, a snack bar and four heads in the air-conditioned main cabin. The upper cabin features a wet bar and seating and tables for 56 passengers and an additional 54 exterior seats on the aft deck.