Friday, March 29, 2013
Mile Markers


Builder's Risk policies back

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the main provider of windstorm coverage in Monroe County, will reinstate Builder's Risk policies, according to the office of Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo.

The Board of Governors of the state's insurer of last resort approved a "targeted reinstatement" for coastal areas at a Friday meeting in Orlando after evaluating risk in the area, Raschein's press release says, noting that the freshman lawmaker had requested the research. Builder's Risk policies, which Citizens had eliminated last year, provide contractor coverage for homes and buildings under construction. The reinstatement now must pass muster with the Office of Insurance Regulation.

Moving mosaic in town

A reception for "The Connections Project -- A Mosaic of the Keys" will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at Royal Furniture in the Searstown Shopping Center, offering live music and appetizers.

The 24-foot-long exhibit comprises some 300 6-by-6 inch works of art by local artists as well as members of the public. Florida Keys Council of the Arts distributed canvases to people from Ocean Reef to Key West. The completed mosaic will be on display until April 2. It will be at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., on April 5 for an Old Town reception during the Upper Duval Street Stroll. For more information, call 305-295-4369 or visit


Donations to be matched

A donor who wants to remain anonymous has pledged to match up to $2,500 in donations to the nonprofit Florida Keys SPCA through March 31.

The proceeds will go toward the care and well-being of the animals, says the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which serves as the animal control agency from Mile Marker 0 to 16.7.

FKSPCA handles more than 2,000 animals a year. No animal is rejected.

Write on check, type in note field online or mention by phone "match." Mail or deliver to: FKSPCA, 5230 College Road, Key West, FL 33040, or go to, or call 305-294-4857.