Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, December 22, 2013

Chamber gives $10K to FIRM

The Key West Chamber of Commerce has long recognized the potentially devastating impacts of insurance rate increases and is working to prevent them. As such, the Chamber's board of directors unanimously approved a $10,000 donation to FIRM, the grassroots, nonprofit organization that was created in 2006 to ensure "Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe."

The Chamber's donation will bolster FIRM and help the group continue its mission of fighting "excessive, discriminatory and unaffordable residential, condominium and commercial property insurance rates.


Credit union awards gifts

It's a rewarding time of year at Keys Federal Credit Union. Each week from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, three credit union members are rewarded with a $25 Publix gift card.

One lucky member will win a $500 gift card. Everyone who opens a new auto, boat or personal loan from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win on Jan. 10.

Visit any Keys Federal Credit Union Branch, go to www.KeysFCU.org or call 305-294-6622 for details.

Recent weekly winners included Ariadra "Addy" Islas, Michael Quirk and William Martin.


Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming

Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming to Key West Jan. 17 and 18 as part of a road trip to find and acquire items worthy of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Locals are invited to bring their strange items to the bazaar, where Edward Meyer, vice president of exhibits, will review them all and make on-the-spot offers for worthy items.

"I think Key West has a lot of potential because it's rich in history," said Meyer. "I would love to see some pirate and historic nautical items turn up at this event."

Oddity owners who hope to sell their items at the Bizarre Buying Bazaar should RSVP to Angela Johnson at Johnson@ripleys.com in advance and provide details on their item.

The Bizarre Buying Bazaar will take place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 at Ripley's Key West Odditorium, 108 Duval St.