The Bottom Line
Sunday, May 5, 2013

Whitney joins Mayberry real estate

Realtor Doug Mayberry recently announced the addition of Ian Whitney to the firm as a sales associate.

Whitney has been an active member of the community since moving to the island more than 10 years ago. He has been an advocate for Key West's independently owned and operated small businesses, expanding air service to the island's airport, and sustainable tourism.

He lives in Key West with his partner Justin, who works in the telecommunications industry and is active in statewide politics, according to a press release.

StayFit Studio announces new owner

StayFit Studio recently announced Raquel Robbins-McCarthy as the gym's new owner.

A longtime member and trainer at StayFit, she finalized the acquisition in mid-April, and said she plans to add new equipment and a nutrition program to the operation, according to a press release.

Robbins-McCarthy is a certified trainer, yoga instructor, body builder, massage therapist and nutrition counselor.

"The main goal is to support the health and well-being of all who come to the studio," she said. "We will continue to offer our great community the quality of services our members and guests have come to expect over the years."

For more information visit, or call 305-294-0693.

Taylor marks 5 years at First State

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently congratulated Tracy Taylor, assistant branch operations manager at the boulevard office, on her fifth year with the bank.

Taylor joined First State as a teller in 2008 and later that year was promoted to customer service representative at the Old Town office, and then promoted to her current position in 2011.

A native of Key West, Taylor is a graduate of Key West High School and holds a bachelors degree in marketing and a minor in accounting from the University of Tampa.

Aqueduct Authority honors employees

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority on April 24 recognized several long-term employees on their service anniversaries:

25 years: Mark Joiner and Melinda Rodriguez

20 years: William (Bubba) Osterhoudt, Peter Gomez, Patrick Barroso and Leo (Rudy) Rivas

15 years: Teri Veliz

10 years: Janet Ratcliff and Ronald Moore

Employees of the Quarter: Kathy Rieck and Pamela Albury

William Bastian was named Employee of the Year. He is a plant operator in Florida City. Recipients of the award are nominated by their peers from among the recipients of the quarterly awards.

Bastian has been with FKAA since 1989. He was recognized for his loyal dedication, positive attitude, and commitment to his work, excellent attendance and superior relations with co-workers, according to an FKAA press release