Trial date set in tattoo lawsuit
A Virginia man who claims the city of Key West violated his constitutional rights in denying him permission to open a new tattoo shop in Old Town will get his day in federal court.
U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez scheduled a trial date of March 20 in Key West at the Sidney M. Aronovitz courthouse, 301 Simonton St.
Brad Buehrle argues the city violated his rights by denying him a permit to open a commercial tattoo business in the historic Duval Street Gulfside District -- specifically in the strip mall at the corner of Simonton and Greene streets that is anchored by Divers Direct.
Tattoo parlors were banned within city limits until 2007, when the city amended its zoning rules to allow a limited number after two parlors filed a lawsuit.
U.S. Rep. Garcia visits Nov. 2
The Tavernier Community Association and the Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations will host Congressman Joe Garcia, D-South Florida, at a town hall meeting Saturday, Nov. 2.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Government Center, Mile Marker 102, bayside, with a cash bar and snacks provided by Federation and TCA members. Garcia will arrive from another engagement later, organizers said, and attendees are welcome to discuss with each other possible questions for him in the meantime.
Blank cards will be provided for people to write down questions for Garcia. Organizers have asked Garcia to speak about flood insurance, the federal budget and U.S. relations with Cuba.
For more information , contact the Kay Thacker at 305-451-3929 or John Hammerstrom at 305-852-8722.
Nyad is Fest parade's leader
Marathon swimming champ Diana Nyad will introduce a documentary that covers her quest to set the world open swim record by making it from Cuba to Key West at 11 a.m. Saturday.
"The Other Shore," will be shown at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton. General admission is $10; Tropic members pay $8. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit art house cinema.
For information and tickets, visit the Tropic box office at 416 Eaton Street in Key West or tropiccinema.com.
Later Saturday, Nyad will serve as Grand Marshal of the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade.
On Labor Day, Nyad, 64, landed on Smathers Beach, after a 53-hour swim from Cuba, making her the first to cross the 103 miles without a shark cage.