Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, August 25, 2013


COAST was chosen to screen new documentary

COAST, Stock Island's newest hangout and educational outpost, was selected from among thousands of applicants, as one of only 20 locations worldwide to pre-screen the short documentary film, "Compassing."

The screening occurred under the stars on Friday at COAST, 6404 Front St., Stock Island.

"Compassing" is the latest in a series of films produced by Southern California's Cyrus Sutton of www.Korduroy.tv and is sponsored by the brands Reef, Leatherman, and GoPro.

The film is based on one question: What would you do with two months off?

It combines elements of traditional surf films, road movies, and first person footage. The screening at COAST was part of the "Compassing" Parking Lot Tour before the film's widespread release in September.

"I'm a big fan of Korduroy.tv and when I saw they were looking for cool ideas and spaces to hold a pre-screening event, I got in touch and made a pitch. I guess they liked it," said COAST founder Billy Kearins.

The event was one of several projects slated to take place at COAST in the coming months.

For more information, visit www.coastprojects.com or the event page at facebook.com/CoastProjects.


Tot Swap seeks donations and sellers

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is looking for families who would like to sell or donate their children's items at the upcoming Tot Swap fundraiser, a kids' clothing and equipment consignment sale to be held in October in Key West. Parents can clean out their children's closets while supporting families in the community by donating items their children no longer use. Sale proceeds benefit the coalition's programs for pregnant women and babies in Monroe County. Families can also earn money by selling their own items.

Donations of clean and gently used items will be accepted though Oct. 8 at the following locations: Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition office in the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., Key West; Habitat for Humanity's CoConut Closet, 30320 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key.

Large or multiple-item pick up may be available by calling 305-293-8424.

Families also can log on to keyshealthystart.org for instructions on how to list and price their own items to earning 50 to 70 percent of your sold items' profits. Organizations are also encouraged to collectively sell items as a fundraising opportunity.