Monday, February 10, 2014
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Equality Florida holds event

Anyone in the Lower Keys interested in Marriage Equality is invited to join Equality Florida staffers on Valentine's Day for "lunch now and legal equality in the future."

A 10:30 a.m. Friday, action for marriage equality is planned at the marriage license bureau at the courthouse on Whitehead Street. A light brunch will follow at 11:30 a.m. at La Te Da.

Elizabeth Schwartz, a leading authority on Florida GLBT family law, and legal counsel on the landmark case challenging Florida's same-sex marriage ban, will provide an update on the latest developments.

To RSVP for the luncheon, or for more information, visit, call Row Iliescu at 305-335-2102 or email


New edition of Fort Taylor book now available

A new second edition of Howard England's "Fort Taylor: A Sleeping Giant Awakens," has been re-released and is now available at two Key West locations, with more to come.

England was the first curator and conservator of the Civil War fort from 1968 through 1976.

In 1977, England compiled and published the first pictorial record of the fort to document the rich history and heritage that was revealed in his eight years of archeological and historical research. His work remains the only historical book written about Fort Zachary Taylor, said England's son, Edward, who published the second edition.

Edward England re-set and re-bound the book into a colorful and more durable volume while still preserving the essence of the original version, he said. adding that his father, the author, would have turned 100 this coming August, making the new edition a timely tribute to England and a fascinating reminder of the important history of Fort Taylor.

The second edition of "Fort Taylor: A Sleeping Giant Awakens," is now available at East Martello Museum and at the concession stand at Fort Taylor. The book soon will be available on and in other local retail outlets. For information, call 937-878-3152.


Flood insurance forum

The League of Women Voters of the Lower Keys will host a Flood Insurance Forum from 10 a.m. to noon March 22 at a location to be announced at a later date.

Quickly rising flood insurance rates affect everyone in the Keys. Whether you are a property owner, potential buyer, or renter working in the service sector, the cost of flood insurance can make living in the Florida Keys cost prohibitive.

Forum attendees will hear about possible legislative solutions, local efforts to solve the problem and the impact on local real estate transactions.