Thursday, May 9, 2013
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KEY WEST

Top building official resigns

John Woodson, the city's 11-year veteran chief building official, announced his resignation Wednesday and gave his last day as June 3.

"I have enjoyed helping the citizens of my hometown with their construction needs," Woodson said in an email obtained by The Citizen.

"I will greatly miss all my co-workers. It has been increasingly difficult to carry out my duties for reasons I will not discuss."

The city hired Woodson on July 23, 2001. His most recent annual salary is $92,978.

KEY WEST

Orchid auction on Saturday

The Key West Police Department LOVE Fund's 2nd Annual Orchid Auction will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Square One Restaurant, 1075 Duval St.

An array of MARC House orchids will be featured in hand-painted and specially decorated pots, each one-of-a-kind. Hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and a cash bar will be offered for a suggested donation of $10 at the door; $5 more buys a paddle to bid.

Established in 2006, the LOVE Fund helps any member of the department in extreme hardship when no other resources are available. It's a federally recognized charitable organization.

STOCK ISLAND

Animal Farm open for moms

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. for Mother's Day, on Sunday. Bring the family to visit horses, Angus the Cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, sloths, Kelsie the Lemur, Kramer the Emu, Patagonian cavies, tortoises, snakes and more. It is free of charge, but donations are welcome.

The farm is just off College Road, under the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/KeysAnimalFarm.