Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, March 3, 2013


Care company marks 30 years

Griswold Home Care, formerly Griswold Special Care, this year celebrates its 30th year of providing non-medical home care services to elderly and disabled clients.

The company has been pairing clients with caregivers in the Florida Keys for 23 years, said Director Marcia Peters.

The company is a "network of purpose-driven and caring professionals who work with each family to enable independence through non-medical home care services," according to the company website.

Non-medical home care services include bathing, dressing, cooking, transportation and light housekeeping.

For more information, call Peters at 305-296-9997 or visit www.griswoldhomecare.com.


Yankee Freedom opens Tortugas exhibit

Yankee Freedom III, the company that operates the Dry Tortugas ferry, has opened a new, free attraction that highlights the history of Dry Tortugas National Park and Key West's historic seaport.

When the National Park Service awarded the ferry contract to Yankee Freedom, it required the establishment of an interpretive center to help the park service with public outreach.

The center features an 11-foot scale model of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas as it would have appeared in the late 1800s, according to a company press release. It also includes a video depiction of the isolated fort, its history and construction and a mural depicting the maritime history of Key West's harbor.

"The Interpretive Center brings a taste of the experience of the Dry Tortugas to Key West visitors," said Chris Belland, CEO of Yankee Freedom III, LLC.

A grand opening celebration will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the interpretive center, which is located next to the Yankee Freedom ferry dock in the Thompson Fish House building at Key West Bight, at the foot of Margaret Street.

The center will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The grand opening will include speeches by Belland, Monroe County Tourist Development Council Director Harold Wheeler and park service officials.


Chamber helps blvd. businesses

The Key West Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to help businesses on North Roosevelt Boulevard survive the road construction, recently launched a new coupon program called Best of the Boulevard.

The program encourages boulevard businesses to post online coupons on the Chamber's website at www.keywestchamber.org.

The online coupon page will feature special offers or discounts of the business owners' choice, according to a press release. Customers will save money by simply clicking and printing the coupons, and the businesses benefit from the increased exposure and free marketing opportunity.

Participation is free for Chamber members and non-members, the press release states.

For more information or to submit a coupon, call the Chamber at 305-294-2587 or email committees@keywestchamber.org.