Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

Pulitzer winner to speak

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson will speak at 6 p.m. March 22 at The Studios of Key West, 600 White St.

Robinson, a columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post and commentator for MSNBC, will talk about "The New News: Fact, Fiction or Spin?"

In 2009, Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. His columns have explored the war in Iraq and the rebuilding of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. The lecture is free and City Commissioner Clayton Lopez will introduce Robinson. A $45-per-ticket "meet and greet" will follow at 7:30 p.m.

LOWER KEYS

Carruthers speaks at chamber

County Commissioner and Fair Insurance Rates for Monroe County (FIRM) President Heather Carruthers will speak at the next Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 25 at Springers Bar & Grill, 31251 Ave. A, Mile Marker 31.3 on Big Pine Key.

FIRM lobbies in Tallahassee for affordable windstorm coverage. Carruthers will give an update on FIRM's activities and a question and answer period will follow.

Dinners are $20 each and reservations are required.

Call 305-872-2411 or email officeassist@lowerkeyschamber.com.

MARATHON

Code hearing rescheduled

A Code Enforcement hearing about the Overseas Liquor Lounge, 3574 Overseas Highway, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. April 10, at Marathon Fire Station 14, 8900 Overseas Highway, said attorney Richard Warner, who represents the property owner, the Joseph Ardolino estate.

The owner has been at loggerheads with the city over a 2007 ordinance banning liquor sales within 1,500 feet of a church, school or existing businesses that sell liquor.

Marathon is now moving to fine the estate up to $5,000 for not hooking up to the city's new sewer system, and Warner wants to know why. He claims his client is being unfairly targeted.