Mayor named to state panel
Monroe County Mayor George Neugent was named to a statewide committee that will oversee the doling out of fines from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Neugent was named to the Executive Committee of the Gulf Consortium as one of two at-large appointments.
The Gulf Consortium is responsible for the distribution and use of Florida's state share of civil penalties arising from the oil spill.
Friday was the committee's first official meeting; the panel will meet monthly. It next convenes on Feb. 28 in Panama City. Monroe County will host May's gathering.
Palm tree lecture is tonight
The Key West Garden Club will host "How do Your Palm Trees Grow?" from 6 to 7:30 tonight at the West Martello Tower, at 1100 Atlantic Blvd.
Carl Gilley, owner of Carl Gilley Landscape Design of Key West, will make the presentation. He's an expert on native plants and palms and has written a number of articles for The Citizen, including "Considerations for planting palms in the Keys." He will talk about what to do and what not to do when choosing and planting palms, and their proper placement in landscaping. Refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-304-3092.
Free computer classes offered
The Key West library, 700 Fleming St., will offer free computer classes 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in March. Space is limited and registration required.
On March 7, the class will be a basic introduction to the Internet, about email, social websites, toolbars and more. March 14, people who don't have an email account can sign up for one. March 21 will be Facebook for Beginners -- those who want to open an account on the social media site. Facebook II will be offered March 28 for those who already have an account and want to learn more about it. Also, an iPad for Beginners class will be offered at 10 a.m. March 4 and 18; you must bring your iPad. Space limited to seven people. Call 305-292-3595 or visit the Reference Desk at the library.