Friday, January 17, 2014
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Looking at the stars

Larry Halstead, an amateur astronomy for more than 20 years, will return to the Key West Library for three Wednesday evening programs about astronomy.

The programs are free and open to the public and take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, 700 Fleming St. Weather permitting, following each session time will be devoted to actual observation at a nearby open area using your eyes, binoculars and a good amateur telescope.

On Jan. 22, the program covers an introduction and basic astronomy; Jan. 29, telescopes and how they work; Feb. 5 observing tips, etiquette and special topics.

KEY WEST

Sunrise Canal dredging

City commissioners Tuesday will consider approving a $53,000 contract to dredge 375 cubic yards of submerged material from the Sunrise Canal in New Town.

Originally dug at 9 feet, the Sunrise Canal "is obstructed and the canal water quality has deteriorated due to its inhibited ability to flush," city engineer Birch Ohlinger wrote in a memo to city staff.

Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St. The city has already received the permits to dredge. Of five bids received, city staff recommends the lowest one, from Florida Dredge and Dock of Tarpon Springs.

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$348K parking lot project

Postponed last month, the proposed $348,000 parking lot at Fort Street in Bahama Village is on the city commission's agenda.

City staff is recommending the contract go to D. N. Higgins, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., in the amount of $347,924 for construction of 46 vehicle parking spaces, including two ADA accessible spaces and 14 scooter spaces.

Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.

Only two bids were considered: Higgins, and one from Charley Toppino and Sons, which bid $384,642.

The lot will help fix "insufficient parking facilities to meet the demand of residents and visitors," city staff said.