Boater injured in crash
Key Largo resident Donya Fiorentino, 45, was airlifted to a Miami hospital after a flats skiff she was driving ran into the mangroves at Tavernier Creek about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Fiorentino was alone aboard the 1997 18-foot Maverick. She said she was traveling from the oceanside to the bayside when it was cut off by another vessel while making a tight turn, forcing Fiorentino to run into the mangroves to avoid a collision, reports say.
She suffered a 6-by-6-inch cut to her head and scrapes to her chest and arm and was taken to Mariners Hospital before being flown to Miami, reports say. There were no reported citations or arrests.
Artists offer free talk tonight
Two photographers will show and talk about their respective work at a free art talk at 6 p.m. tonight at The Studios of Key West, 600 White St.
Photographers Alexandria Dietz and Rona Chang will take turns discussing their photography in the one-hour event.
Chang, a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art and an artist-in-residence at The Studios, will talk about experiences being a Taiwan native growing up in Queens, N.Y. while spending summers in her homeland.
Dietz, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, has an exhibit on Key West residents opening Oct. 17 in the nonprofit's main hall with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information call 305-296-0458.
Film Festival goes green
The 2nd annual Key West Film Festival, set for Nov. 13-17, will focus on environmental protection by handing out reusable paper shopping bags and having paperless tickets for all events, organizers said this week.
Attendees are encouraged to use the paper bags instead of single-use plastic store bags.
"It not only helps preserve the beauty of this protected ecosystem of which we're all a part, it makes economic sense for everyone concerned," said Festival Director of Operations Nadene Grossman Orr.
The festival is the first business sponsor of the "Got Your Bags? Florida Keys" campaign by Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE).