Fantasy Fest coronation Fri.
The 25th annual Fantasy Fest Royal Coronation Ball will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Southernmost Beach Cafe, 1405 Duval St.
Admission and the first vote costs $5. Voting ends promptly at 8:30 p.m.
This year's candidates Diane May, QMitch Jones, Stephen "Sunshine" Sunday and Shane Hall have been raising money for AIDS Help during the last two months in hopes of raising enough to win the crown of King or Queen of Fantasy Fest.
Priority seating is available for $50 per person, which includes reserved seating and a food buffet, plus one vote. Reservations, which are required for priority seating, may be made by calling Pam DeMala, 305-296-6196.
Marina bids over budget
City staff is asking the City Commission to reject the bids for grounds maintenance for the marinas at Garrison Bight and Key West Bight, since they both exceed budgeted funding.
The only responsive bidder, Charley Toppino and Sons, came in at $42,841 a year for Garrison and $57,542 for the downtown seaport.
The city has budgeted $18,000 a year for trash removal at Garrison and $36,000 annually for Key West Bight.
Staff recommends letting marina staff handle Garrison Bight and re-advertising the Key West Bight service contract. Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.
Wine bandits score 5 cases
Five cases of wine meant for sunset cruise customers were stolen over the weekend from the fenced yard of an Old Town condo complex, police reported.
Thomas Stroh, who owns Catamaran Echo tours, told police he had unloaded the cases from his work van to his lawn off in the 600 block of Grinnell Street on Saturday, believing no one would be able to see them through the fence.
The cases went missing about 1 p.m. Sunday, Stroh told Officer Brenda Sellers. Neighbors said they knew nothing about the theft.
The haul, including three of Chandon California Brut, added up to $825 worth of stolen goods, making it a case of grand theft and burglary.