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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

Work begin on soccer field

City crews will be starting work on the sodding of the Truman Waterfront soccer field on Wednesday, which means it will be closed until the new field is completed.

The field will be closed off from the public while the area is cleared, plumbed for irrigation and sodded. It should be open and ready for play by mid-June.

The first step of creating the new field will be to remove the existing grass. Crews will be applying an herbicide, which will appear blue. The next step is to till and grade the entire area. Pipes will be laid, topsoil filled in, then the new sod will be laid down.

Final opportunity for guided cemetery strolls this season

There's one last chance to stroll the historic Key West Cemetery with an insightful guide. Small groups of visitors are escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased on Saturday, March 22. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:20, 9:40, and 10 a.m. Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 305-304-1453.

Among the 10 gravesites on the tour are those of the Navarro family, Piedad Ayala, Frank Booth, the Spottswood family, Dade Lodge, Los Martires de Cuba, and the U.S. Battleship Maine Memorial.

The tour takes approximately 90 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and plan to walk over a mile on uneven ground. Bottled water will be provided.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the fascinating people who have given Key West its colorful and significant character. Space is limited for the tours and pre-registration is required. A donation of $10 (cash or check) per person to the Historic Florida Keys Foundation is recommended.

The cemetery strolls are sponsored by the City of Key West and the Historic Florida Keys Foundation.