District 6 meeting Thursday
The October District 6 community meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 300 Catherine St. Park at the Whitehead Street entrance of Willie Ward Park. Due to the renovations there and at Nelson English Park, there are no spots available in front of the center.
Host Commissioner Clayton Lopez and the Key West Police Department will talk about the improvements at the parks, renovations at the Douglass and Police Athletic League gyms, and the status of the Truman Waterfront plans.
The monthly meetings are part of the Police Department's community policing initiative. They provide an open forum to talk frankly with elected officials and local officers.
BIG PINE KEY
Botanical Society meets soon
The Big Pine Botanical Society will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church, 1250 Key Deer Blvd.
Patrick Garvey will speak. He has worked the past two years with Carrfour Supportive Housing's Verde Gardens Program in Homestead, a permanent housing program for families with disabilities connected to a 22-acre farm and market/cafe. Garvey's nonprofit, Growing Hope Initiative (GHI), has engaged and empowered the community to take ownership of the project. Locally, GHI has focused on the Grimal Grove, a forgotten piece of history and agricultural anomaly on Big Pine Key. Garvey will present a film about the grove, which GHI is working to save and restore.
Forum on flood insurance
The Upper Keys Republican Club is sponsoring a Community Forum on Insurance from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Murray Nelson Government Center, Mile Marker 102.
The federal government has enacted legislation that may drastically increase the cost of flood insurance for Florida Keys' homeowners and businesses. The club has assembled a panel including an insurance professional, federal and state government representatives and a member of Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) who will discuss the legislation and efforts to address its impact.
For more information, call Nick Mulick at 305-852-9292 or Vicky Fay at 305-451-5517.