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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fondriest named to TDC board

The proprietor of six boutique hotels in Key West has been named to the board of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the agency responsible for tourism marketing of the Florida Keys & Key West.

Julia Fondriest, founder of Historic Key West Inns, was chosen to serve the final year of Douglas Wright's second term on the TDC board following last month's death of the Key West hotelier.

A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Fondriest oversaw the unification of the Key Lime Inn, Merlin Guesthouse, Chelsea House, Lighthouse Court, Albury Court and Cypress House into the Historic Key West Inns group.

She served nine years on the TDC's District Advisory Committee for Key West and chaired the committee for several of those years.

Fondriest said her goals include working to ensure a strong Florida Keys economy as well as enhanced quality of life for residents.

Square Grouper receives honors

The Lower Keys Chamber recently named the Square Grouper Bar & Grill, 22658 Overseas Hwy., Summerland Key, as its member of the month. Lynn Bell opened the restaurant in September 2003 and has continued to expand and improve to meet the needs of her customer base, according to a press release from the Chamber.

The menu changes yearly and the retail section is constantly featuring new items.

Bell is now turning the second floor into a 100-seat lounge featuring crafted cocktails, small plates and live entertainment.

Fishermen's honors Mearns, Holley, Tedrick

Fishermen's Community Hospital congratulates the second-quarter recipients of its Exemplary Employee Awards Program. The honorees were nominated by their peers and patients for consistently practicing and promoting the Fishermen's Community Hospital values of exemplary professionalism, competency in their jobs and going above and beyond their duties.

Robin Mearns, director of the respiratory/cardiopulmonary department was named manager of the quarter. A 23-year veteran of the hospital, she was praised for her selfless leadership and for being "approachable and a great resource to nurses," states a hospital press release.

Nurse of the Quarter honors went to Amber Holley of the medical-surgical department. The Marathon native has been on the nursing staff since 2006 and was praised by co-workers for her outstanding qualities as a "nurse, patient advocate, co-worker and a team member of the night shift."

Certified Respiratory Therapist P.J. Tedrick was named employee of the quarter. Originally from Ohio, she has been a valued member of the hospital staff since 2007. Lauded for going "above and beyond her assigned duties," Tedrick also has donated her services to the hospital's Relay For Life team.

Lynn Hayes joins American Caribbean

Lynn Hayes has joined American Caribbean Real Estate-Middle & Lower Keys as a sales associate.

Hayes has an extensive background in real estate that began at the age of 19 when she started selling real estate for her father. Since then, Hayes obtained her general contractor's license and has worked as a project manager for a local contractor, with the Monroe County Property Appraiser's office, as a FEMA coordinator, a contractor inspector, a code inspector and a building inspector.

"With her diverse experience in many different facets of real estate, Lynn is a valuable addition to our American Caribbean team," said Ginger Henderson, broker and owner of the firm, which has offices in Marathon and on Ramrod Key.

Lees joins Lower Keys Medical Center

Registered Nurse Craig Lees recently joined Lower Keys Medical Center as the medical surgical unit director. Lees has 24 years experience in the health care industry, Most recently he was director of cardiac, oncology, outpatient infusion and medical/surgical units at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J.

Lees holds associate's and bachelor's degrees in nursing and is working on his master's degree.

In his new position, Lees oversees the unit's day-to-day operations, regulatory readiness and safety and quality accountability, states a hospital press release.