Hotline helps with insurance
Lower Keys Medical Center is offering help to anyone having trouble signing up for health insurance with the online Marketplace. Anyone needing assistance is invited to call the free help line at 305-294-5531, Ext. 3254, where a certified application counselor can help navigate the insurance exchanges and selection process, enroll in the program and find a physician.
"The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is making it possible for all individuals to have access to health care insurance through The Online Health Insurance Marketplace, but issues with the government website have kept some people from taking advantage of this opportunity," said Nicki Will, CEO of Lower Keys Medical Center, "We want to make that process easier. " The deadline for enrollment is March 31.
First State offers tide charts
First State Bank of the Florida Keys is continuing its commitment to local fishermen and boaters by providing Keyswide tide charts in both hard copy and online formats.
For more than 20 years, First State Bank has been providing the reference guides consisting of daily low and high tide predictions and moon phases.
Tide charts are available online at www.KeysBank.com and at all 11 First State Bank of the Florida Keys branches.
"First State Bank realizes the important economic contribution that marinas, fishermen and recreational boaters play in the Florida Keys," said Ani Madruga, vice president and commercial and residential loan officer. "We're proud to continue providing the tide charts to help ensure a safe and fun boating experience."
The charts are also being distributed to local marine supply stores.
Civil War Days next month
The roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at oceanfront Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Feb. 7-9, during the annual Civil War Heritage Days festival.
Highlights of the family-friendly festival include a parade down Duval Street to the fort, a battle between land forces and schooners, the trial of a blockade runner based on an 1862 court case and living history encampments of Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors in period costume depicting military personnel, craftsmen and musicians.
Visitors can view period crafts demonstrations, tour campsites and learn what soldiers' lives were like in the 1860s.
Daily park admission fees apply. Children ages 5 and under are free.
For information, visit floridastateparks.org/forttaylor/, 305-292-6713.