The Bottom Line
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Housing authority honors Thomas, Bello

The Key West Housing Authority recently honored two employees on their service anniversaries.

Arthur Thomas celebrated five years with the Housing Authority as a general labor under the direction of William Sing.

He is known for his strong work ethic and he has never let us down, states a press release from the authority.

Oneyda Bello celebrated 15 years with the authority's custodial department.

Bello, affectionately known as Ms. Sweepy, works at the Poinciana and administrative complexes and well as other sites as necessary.

First State recognizes O'Brien for 15 years

First State Bank of the Florida Keys congratulates Jason O'Brien, assistant vice president and Summerland branch manager, on his 15th year with the bank.

O'Brien joined First State Bank as assistant branch manager at the Big Pine branch in 1998, was promoted to customer service officer in 2001, to Sugarloaf branch manager in 2005, Summerland branch manager in 2008, and was his current role in 2011.

O'Brien is a graduate of the Florida School of Banking and Leadership Monroe County, Class XV. He is an active member and a past president and director of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, an active member of Big Pine Key Vineyard Community Church, and a representative of Sugarloaf School's Monroe County District Advisory Council.

He lives in Ramrod Key with his wife and daughters.

NOAA salutes Sunshine Coast Adventures

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recently welcomed Sunshine Coast Adventures of Tavernier into the sanctuary's Blue Star education and conservation program.

Blue Star salutes charter companies that help protect the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem by promoting responsible diving and snorkeling practices, and educating their patrons on the role humans play in reef health.

Sunshine Coast, owned by Capt. Jennifer Maclean, offers sailing lessons and a variety of charter options.

Blue Star operators are required to attend annual training annually on issues affecting coral reefs, sanctuary regulations and coral reef etiquette.

They also must offer conservation related dive courses and participate in activities such as fish counts and reef clean-ups. Operators are re-evaluated every year.