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1932 Rear Admiral George P. Colvocoresses died at age 85. He was commandant of the Key West Navy Yard from 1904 to 1905.
1946 In a special meeting, the City Commission passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of the beach property at the south end of Duval Street for $37,000.
1951 The 1,000-unit Navy housing project being built on Dredger's Key was named Sigsbee Park for the late Admiral Charles Sigsbee who was Commanding Officer of the Battleship Maine when it was destroyed in Havana Harbor in 1898. The Navy Housing project at the old Army Barracks was named Peary Court for Robert E. Peary, who was stationed in Key West in the 1880s, and later was the first man to go to the North Pole.
1960President Dwight Eisenhower declared the Middle Keys a major disaster area because of damage from Hurricane Donna.
1968 Work began on the 800-foot jetty that provides protection to boats tied up in Key West Bight. The contractor will also dredge a turning basin behind the breakwater. The fill from the dredging was used to fill city property between Simonton and Duval streets.
1982 Former Key West Citizen reporter and Lower Keys historian Pat Parks died in California. Her newspaper column appeared three times a week for 17 years and concentrated on local history and environmental topics.