Channel-widening forum Sept. 5
The Key West Chamber of Commerce will hold a town hall meeting open to the public about the proposed feasibility study that would assess the impacts of widening a section of Key West's main ship channel.
Panelists from local political action committees (PACs) will present information and take questions from the public.
Moderated by Ed Scales, the forum will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina, 245 Front St., in the Truman Ballroom on the second floor.
The parking fee will be waived for community members attending the forum.
Cheryl Cates' campaign starts
Friends of Utility Board candidate Cheryl Cates will host a campaign kickoff party in Old Town from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Cates, a Realtor who is married to Mayor Craig Cates, is making her political debut in the Oct. 1 election for the open seat vacated when Lou Hernandez retired this year.
She faces contractor Tim Root and photographer Vidal in the election. If necessary, a runoff will be hold Nov. 5.
On Wednesday, Cates' party is set for 1610 Von Phister St.
Mayor Cates is seeking a third term Oct. 1.
Experts talk reef science Thurs.
A town-hall meeting Thursday will discuss the condition of the coral reef and economic impacts of tourism.
Last Stand and Keys Keeper are sponsoring the event, set for 7 p.m. at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. Admission is free, but tickets will be distributed at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Panelists include Sean Morton of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; David Vaughan of Mote Tropical Research Laboratory; and Aaron Adams of Operations of the Bonefish Tarpon Trust.
Jenna Stauffer will moderate the panel and audience members' questions. The event will not veer into politics, say organizers.