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Move-Over Act protects utility vehicles

Since 2014 Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) crews have been protected by the Florida Move Over Act as they work alongside local roads and highways to power paradise. The law is meant to protect personnel who work on roads and highways. Specifically, according to the Florida Move Over Act, motorists must: •  Approach law enforcement patrol cars, emergency[…]

Free responsible vendor training available

The Monroe County Coalition in the Keys is offering a free, 90-minute, county-wide training course to members of the food and beverage industry, including discussion of Florida law and checking ID cards. Responsible vendor training gives business owners, managers and staff of establishments that serve alcohol knowledge and skills to help them serve responsibly and[…]

Center honors Simmons as its volunteer of year

The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation recently honored Jean Simmons as Volunteer of the Year during a volunteer appreciation luncheon at the home of board member Phyllis Mitchell and her husband, Bob. Simmons, who serves as a docent nearly every week, was honored for her dedication to the Keys History and Discovery Center. She[…]

Artist earns McKee fund Miriam B. Good Award

Area artist Dr. Lynne Bentley-Kemp has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Anne McKee Artist’s Fund’s Miriam B. Good Award.   Bentley-Kemp is the embodiment of the McKee Fund’s mission to facilitate local artists helping artists, according to a news release from the organization, which made her the perfect choice for the fund’s 2018[…]

KEYS offers Special Needs Registry

In accordance with Florida Statute 252.355, Keys Energy Services is notifying residential customers with special needs of the Special Needs Registry available through the Monroe County Social Services Office.  The registry helps Monroe County Emergency Management Personnel identify residents who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment, or sensory[…]

Key West Chamber honors area teachers

The Key West Chamber of Commerce recently honored a number of teachers serving the community and its students. The recipients were nominated by students and principals for contributing their time and energy to the profession, while helping to shape a positive and lasting educational experience. Each honoree was invited to lunch and received a commemorative plague,[…]

CFFK to present marketing workshop

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys will present a half-day, fast-paced workshop on “Marketing and Social Media Essentials for 2018” on Thursday, March 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Key West Marriott Beachside.  Cost is $50, includes a workbook and tools, and is open to the public. Register online at http://www.cffk.org or[…]

KEYS offers discount to seniors, disabled vets

Enrollment for Keys Energy Services’ discount program for qualifying senior citizens and/or disabled American veterans residential customers is open. Customers who have previously participated in the program must requalify by March 31. Once qualified, customers will receive a $15 discount on their monthly energy bills in 2018. Applications for this program have been mailed to[…]

Income tax preparation aid currently available

Free federal income tax preparation and e‑filing by AARP Tax‑Aide volunteers will be available through April 17th for middle- and low-income taxpayers at the following locations:  • Marathon Senior Center: Tuesdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Feb. 6; • Key Largo Library: Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting Feb.7;  • Big[…]

Ward to lead Irma victims forum

State Attorney Dennis Ward will lead a free Hurricane Irma victims recovery forum on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Marathon Government Center. An expert panel will aid Irma victims with information such as how to file timely, upcoming deadlines, how to submit insurance claims and how to reduce recover time.[…]