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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Keys' Pita retires after 30 years

On May 16, Keys Energy Services' (KEYS) Jerry Pita Jr., retired after 30 years and 11 months of continuous service to the utility.

Pita was originally hired in 1983 when City Electric System still graced the side of the utility's trucks. During his tenure he held numerous positions, including auxiliary operator and tree trimmer prior to completing his career as a journeyman lineman.

Reflecting on the biggest changes that took place during his tenure, Pita said, "The industry itself is always changing, as is the company, and I just did my best to adapt to all the changes."

When asked about his most memorable experience at KEYS, Pita said there were a lot of memories, but the day he became a lineman and the post-hurricane restoration work he did in Long Island, N.Y., after Hurricane Sandy stand out as the most memorable.

Pita was born and raised in Key West and along with his wife, Kim, raised two children, Jessica and Garrett, in the Southernmost City. In mentioning his wife, Pita added nostalgically that, "The girl put up with late-night duty calls, trouble calls and storm work for over 25 years."

In retirement Pita said he hopes to dedicate time to spend with his grandson, Easton, go fishing, relax and generally take it easy as he eases into life as a retiree.

Key Largo Rotary welcomes 2 members

The Key Largo Rotary Club welcomes its newest members, Lt. Alberto Ramirez and Henry Menendez.

Ramirez, station commander of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, has worked for the sheriff's office since 1989 and prior to that served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.

Menendez is the owner of HNO Productions, an event production company. His team currently provides assistance in the production of the Miami Marathon and the coordination of events for Hard Rock Cafe, City of Deerfield Beach and Life Time Fitness.