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“Dude, my taco’s already full.”

December 5, 2019

LAND TRUST GETS FUNDING

FOR 17 AFFORDABLE HOMES | P. 38

CITY TACKLES FREE PARKING

AND SIDEWALK DINING | P. 4

‘DON’T PUT THAT THERE’

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LOCAL CHATTER

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MANDY MILES

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ertainly, the holiday season is about giving to others, cherishing loved ones and appreciating what we have. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, and Jews fend off darkness with the lights of Chanukah. But all that warmth and goodwill aside, let’s be real. It’s all about the kids. This is their time. The wide-eyed little believers look with awe (or abject terror) at the big man in the red suit. And they dutifully cross off calendar squares as if the day will never come. So for the next few weeks of agonizing anticipation, we at the Weekly have decided to pose our Thursday questions to the island’s littlest locals.

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“I’d buy them a new car.” — Max Pluciennik, age 7.

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COURTHOUSE PARKING, SIDEWALK DINING P CITY APPROVES BOTH

arking pay stations are coming to the formerly free-in-the-evening spaces at the courthouse complex and adjacent 500 block of Thomas Street. The Key West City Commission voted Dec. 3 to add metered parking to those areas. But the news isn’t all bad for Key West and Lower Keys residents who hold one of four different residential or employee parking permits. In deciding to make those areas paid parking lots,

commissioners also decided to add the courthouse parking spaces to the areas that can be used by residents for up to four free hours per day. City residents who pay $20 a year for a residential permit may now park for free for four hours a day in the parking lots at the courthouse, the Angela Street fire station, the Key West Bight, Truman Waterfront and the Park’n’Ride garage. The courthouse parking is also available to employee parking permit

holders and to Lower Keys residential permit holders up to Mile Marker 33, parking director John Wilkins said. “The vote to add the courthouse parking to the residential permit system was only the first of two required public readings, so these decisions won’t be finalized for another month or so, even though I don’t anticipate any increased opposition between now and then,” Wilkins told Keys Weekly on Dec. 4. He added that the city will need a month or so to install signs and pay kiosks, so nothing will change overnight. After parking came dining, and commissioners voted to allow restaurants to set up sidewalk dining in front of their business, provided certain conditions are met. City Manager Greg Veliz proposed the measure as part of the ongoing discussions about revitalizing Duval Street, although the sidewalk dining is not limited to Duval Street. Participating restaurants will have to submit an application and specify their planned table layout to demonstrate that ample space will remain available for pedestrians to continue accessing the sidewalk.


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PHOTO CONTEST

KEY WEST WEEKLY / DECEMBER 05, 2019 TIFFANY DUONG

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KEYS HOLIDAY PHOTO CONTEST Bistro 245 will be closed temporarily from December 1-10 Please excuse our absence as Bistro 245 closes briefly for a few necessary repairs. The restaurant will close on December 1, 2019 after Sunday Brunch, reopening on Decemeber 11. We look forward to seeing you when the work is complete. Thank you for your understanding! 245 FRONT ST | 305.292.4320 | OPENTABLE.COM

A motley crew of tropical Santas gathers at Old City Hall on Greene Street in Key West. Each year for Santa Con, locals get together in costumes for this moveable party on the street. Anyone can join in; that’s the holiday spirit of misfit toys. VIRGINIA WARK/Contributed

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eys Weekly wants to see your photos that capture what the holidays and life in the Keys mean to you. Do you have cool holiday traditions that are distinctively Keysey? Take a picture and submit it. Keys Weekly Newspapers is running a Keys Holiday Photo Contest. The contest is open to everyone, and each entrant can submit up to 10 photos. The only requirement is that photos represent the winter holidays in the Keys. Think boat parades, stockings hung from sail masts and Santas out catching mahi. Top three winners will have their photos featured in the Christ-

mas week newspaper and will earn a surprise Keys swag bag. Email photo submissions to tiffany@keysweekly.com with a short description of where you took it, what it is, and why it represents the holidays in the Keys. Photos will be posted on the Keys Weekly Facebook page for voting and sharing. Deadline for submission is Friday, Dec. 14. By submitting an entry to the photo contest, entrants certify that their participation is not illegal or in violation of any law or regulation and that they own all rights and copyrights to the image(s).

A Christmas Story at Santa Con VIRGINIA WARK/Contributed


COMMUNITY NEWS

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BRIEFLY GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE FOR PRESERVATION PROJECTS The Old Island Restoration Foundation, a Key West institution for 60 years, has grant funding available for projects that preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West. The grant money comes from ticket sales for the foundation’s annual home tours. Individuals and tax-exempt organizations in Key West are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply for grant funding is Friday, Jan. 10. Applications are available at www.oirf.org. More information is at 305-2949501. KEYS TDC EARNS MARKETING AWARDS The Monroe County Tourist Development Council recently received six Florida tourismmarketing awards, including the top award for a 2018 marketing campaign that emphasized the Keys’ tourism viability following Hurricane Irma. The agency also won a silver award in the Sustainable Marketing category for the 2018 “Keys Traveler” magazine that focused on sustainable activities such as coral restoration and catch-and-release fishing. The Keys’ niche marketing and mobile marketing efforts also won silver awards, while radio and print advertising earned two bronze honors.   NOMINATE UNSUNG HEROES BY DEC. 20 The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys hosts the annual Unsung Heroes luncheon every February to recognize the tireless efforts of our community’s volunteers. Each Monroe County nonprofit organization is invited to nominate one unpaid unsung hero. Participation is limited to the first 100 eligible organizations to submit nominations. The nomination deadline is Dec. 20. Only 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations in Monroe County may participate. One unsung hero per nonprofit and one organization representative may attend the event as complimentary guests of the foundation. Additional seats may be reserved for $60 each, on a space-available basis. This event sells out every year, so please return your nomination form as soon as possible. DACHSHUND WALK SET FOR DEC. 31 The 15th annual Key West Dachshund Walk will take place at noon on Dec. 31. All dogs and owners are asked to gather on the courthouse steps at 500 Whitehead St. prior to departure. The three-block parade route goes up Fleming Street to Duval and then over to Appelrouth Lane. (It’s a short route for short legs.) No registration is required. Costumes are encouraged and wiener-dog wannabes are welcome. Please bring a bag of cat or dog food for donation to the Community Pet Pantry. For information, find the Key West Dachshund Walk on Facebook.

SARA MATTHIS

sara@keysweekly.com

MAKE SOME SIMPLE AND STYLISH GIFTS

Most of us are straining our budgets to the bursting point this time of year. That’s why I love the DIY Christmas gift ideas. It can be homemade cookies in hand-decorated tins … or something more elaborate. Here are four ideas to get you started. Pro tip: Do some “experiments” the weekend before you plan on knocking out a set of your DIY gifts — there may be some trial and error to get it just right.

FAUX ‘SHRINKY DINKS’ If you are of a certain vintage (ahem), you’ll remember Shrinky Dinks — a craft popular in the '70s that involved cutting out a shape, coloring it and baking it into a pint sized version in the oven. Now, it’s possible to do the same with something you have at home — No. 6 plastic. Those are the clear plastic boxes that strawberries, for example, come

in at Florida supermarkets. Cut out a shape, add a hole for ribbon or chain, color it, and bake it in the oven at about 350 degrees for three minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The shape will curl up and look ruined at one point, but will eventually flatten out again. Trust the process and think big. A 2-inch circle will shrink down to the size of a dime. The edges can be sharp, too, so file them down with an emery board.

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Find a little tin box, spray-paint it white, and add some washi tape. Add a little succulent plant (either purchased or culled from your own garden) and — voila! — it’s a gift. Add a magnet and the easy-to-make gift can garnish an appliance. Everyone needs a little green inside, even in the Keys.

Cookies and desserts make excellent DIY gifts. But to make yours stand out, think about the packaging. The little Chinese take out boxes are available for purchase on the internet, but a reusable receptacle is even better, such as a little clay pot. Make it look festive by either painting it red and white, or wrapping it in red and white yarn. Add two black buttons to evoke Santa’s suit.

This DIY project is a little more intricate than the others and requires some supplies. First, you need an ink jet printer; laser printers won’t work. Then gather some freezer paper, and some magical Bubble Jet 2000 (the liquid sets the picture onto cotton) and some cotton or linen fabric. Print some favorite photos — family or friends — onto the cotton, trim and sew. Embellish with some embroidery thread and some sequins for extra pizzazz and add a loop to hang on the tree.


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CHANGES AFOOT AT MALLORY SQUARE, ADMIRAL’S CUT

BRIDGING THE GAP? Mallory Square was the subject of much discussion at the Dec. 3 City Commission meeting. CITY OF KEY WEST/Contributed

MANDY MILES

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fter 15 years of refusals, the owners of a waterfront resort finally sound willing to bridge a watery gap that separates their property and the city’s new Truman Waterfront. “A team from the city met (on Dec. 2) with a team from Margaritaville Resort, including owner Mark Walsh,” City Manager Greg Veliz told the city commissioners at their meeting on Dec. 3. “And as of yesterday, they said they have no objections to opening Admiral’s Cut, but they said they’d have some minor conditions that they’ll get to us within 90 days. “But I didn’t get any indication that there would be a ‘no’ in there,” Veliz said. “After waiting 15 years, I thought we could give them 90 days to get us their conditions.” The meeting went well, Veliz said, with everyone expressing a desire to work together, but also needing to outline his or her concerns. Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, with its hotel rooms, marina, waterfront promenade, retail shops and restaurant, is nestled between two city-owned properties, with Mallory Square on one side and Truman Waterfront on the other. A footbridge has long connected Mallory Square with the resort’s neighboring promenade. But no similar bridge connects the far end of the promenade with the East Quay Wall at the city’s Truman Waterfront. Officials have been asking for 15 years to install a footbridge across Admiral’s Cut, the rectangle of water that looks like a large boat slip between the resort and Truman Waterfront. And for 15 years they’ve been shot down, with the resort’s lawyers citing various concerns.

The Key West City Commission last month started discussing their legal options with regard to an eminent domain proceeding in which they would claim an easement to access Admiral’s Cut. The process would have been costly and time-consuming, so Veliz was exceptionally pleased with the outcome of this week’s meeting. That discussion preceded another one involving Mallory Square. Commissioners voted 6-1 to allow the Mallory Square sunset performers and vendors to use the square during the daytime on days that cruise ships are in port. Commissioner Sam Kaufman dissented after asking to postpone the item for further discussion. On such cruise ship days, according to the new agreement, members of the Cultural Preservation Society, which includes the sunset performers and vendors, may set up at 10 a.m. and remain there until the usual set-up time two hours before sunset. The discussion of extended hours on cruise ship days prompted another discussion about the need for shade at Mallory Square. “My concern is that we need to have activity at Mallory Square during the daytime, but we’ll never have that without shade down there, and Karen, the city’s urban forestry manager, cannot plant enough trees to keep it cool down there. We need some sort of shade structures.” Veteran sunset performer Will Soto, who has walked a tightrope at Mallory Square most nights for more than 30 years, echoed the mayor’s concerns. “We’ve long shared your interest in doing something during the day down there, but nine months of the year, it’s honestly 120 degrees on those brick pavers. If we can make shade, then it’ll happen. Otherwise there’s no way you’re gonna get people down there during the day.”

In the end, the CPS members received permission to set up during the day, and the city agreed to explore shade options. In other commission activity, Johnston raised the question of conducting City Commission meetings during the day rather than the evening, as the County Commission does. “I don’t want to spend a lot of political capital or time on this if there’s no support at all, but I will say the idea has strong support from our city staff. And I know the county gets a great deal of support from its staff by having their meetings during the workday,” Johnston said. Commissioner Billy Wardlow acknowledged that it would be nice to have each city department head in attendance or at least available to answer questions during their meetings, but Wardlow and all other commissioners expressed concern about the public’s access to the meetings. “Can we have further discussion on this at an upcoming workshop?” Commissioner Jimmy Weekley asked. “I’m concerned about the public interest. I think we need further discussion and time to speak with our constituents about it.” Weekley and others pointed out that daytime meetings are fine for retired officials and those who own their own business, but there may be issues with the two lawyers on the commission if they’re needed in court on meeting days. No decision was made Tuesday, and Johnston asked each commissioner to do some homework over the holidays and find out how their constituents would feel about daytime meetings.


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SMALL SPACES, BIG IMPACT

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DON’T GET CUT OFF THIS HURRICANE SEASON

OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE ACCESSORY UNIT RENTALS MANDY MILES mandy@keysweekly.com

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ey West officials are breaking ground, taking action and making decisions to enable and encourage the construction of new housing for island workers. But another, little known and largely untapped, housing option has existed for years, and is just now receiving attention: accessory units. Also known as mother-in-law cottages, they’re small structures — 300 to 600 square feet — that often sit behind or alongside a private residence. And since 2013, the city has allowed homeowners to rent out existing accessory structures and even build new ones, provided the rent is affordable and the tenant is a permanent Key West resident. Additional rules exist to regulate the use of accessory units as affordable housing options, but “I think accessory units probably have more potential than anything to help our housing situation,” Mayor Teri Johnston said during the Dec. 3 City Commission meeting, while thanking Commissioner Sam Kaufman for including them in his discussion of housing goals for 2020. “I personally wonder why we don’t have more accessory units (rented out as affordable housing),” Kaufman said. “What can we do to promote it? Maybe we can ask our Planning Department about what we can do.” The discussion was similar to a proposal long championed by then-City Commissioner Margaret Romero that calls for

ACCESSORY UNIT preserving the city’s long-term rental inventory by providing incentives to the landlords who are providing affordable housing to working residents. Kaufman on Tuesday added that some of the regulations surrounding accessory units might be prohibitive, including the setback rule that requires an accessory unit to be 25 feet from the rear property line. “Realistically, do our residents have 25 feet of setback space?” Kaufman asked. The mayor echoed his enthusiasm for accessory units and his concerns about restrictions and setback requirements. “I don’t know the rationale behind the setbacks, either,” she said. “And I couldn’t believe that when we had our workshop with them a few months ago, local Realtors had no idea accessory units were allowed in single-family zoning districts, which are our largest zoning districts. If we change our setback rules, someone could build a 400- to 600-squarefoot unit that would generate income for them and perhaps enable them to remain in their home while providing permanent housing for a working resident. It seems like a winwin to me, but it’s the best-kept secret in the city. We need a strategy to educate people that these opportunities exist.”

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GOOD DEEDS Monroe County Property Transfers

Listing Office

Selling Office

Sold Date

RE/MAX All Keys Real Estate Conch Realty Keys Country Realty Ocean Sotheby's International Ocean Sotheby's International American Caribbean Real Estate FlatFee.com

Coldwell Banker Schmitt Conch Realty Keys Country Realty Ocean Sotheby's International Ocean Sotheby's International LoKation Real Estate RE/MAX Keys To The Key

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Coastal Realty RE/MAX All Keys Keys Holiday Real Estate

Coastal Realty Coldwell Banker Schmitt BHHS Freewheeler Realty

11/27/2019 $ 11/26/2019 $ 11/26/2019 $

665,000.00 425,000.00 290,000.00

$ $ $

665,000.00 415,000.00 278,000.00

Century 21 Island Life Coastal Realty

Outside Of MLS - FKBR American Caribbean Real Estate

12/3/2019 $ 11/26/2019 $

674,900.00 399,000.00

$ $

632,500.00 385,000.00

Hawks Cay Resort Sales

Hawks Cay Resort Sales

11/25/2019 $

519,900.00

$

490,000.00

Key Colony Beach Realty

RE/MAX All Keys

11/26/2019 $

850,000.00

$

770,000.00

Coldwell Banker Schmitt Coldwell Banker Schmitt Coldwell Banker Schmitt Florida Keys Realty, Inc.

Lokation Real Estate Coldwell Banker Schmitt Island Breeze Realty, LLC Coldwell Banker Schmitt

12/3/2019 12/2/2019 11/26/2019 11/26/2019

$ $ $ $

565,000.00 825,000.00 450,000.00 595,000.00

$ $ $ $

550,000.00 825,000.00 440,000.00 525,000.00

RE/MAX All Keys Real Estate Coldwell Banker Schmitt Coldwell Banker Schmitt

Coldwell Banker Schmitt BHHS Knight & Gardner Realty Coldwell Banker Schmitt

11/27/2019 $ 11/29/2019 $ 11/29/2019 $

579,999.00 575,000.00 565,000.00

$ $ $

550,000.00 560,000.00 530,000.00

31033 Hollerich Dr 30971 Avenue A 30331 Falcon Ln

BHHS Keys Real Estate

Florida Keys Real Estate Group

11/26/2019 $

415,000.00

$

399,000.00

383 Les Rohde

Coldwell Banker Schmitt

Coldwell Banker Schmitt

11/29/2019 $

750,000.00

$

650,000.00 Lot 14

Waterfront Keys Realty Inc.

Florida Keys Real Estate Group

11/29/2019 $

133,000.00

$

131,000.00

Coldwell Banker Schmitt

Florida Keys Realty

12/3/2019 $

329,000.00

$

315,000.00

BHHS Knight & Gardner Realty Bascom Grooms Real Estate Keller Williams KW Compass Truman & Co. Ocean Sotheby's International Preferred Properties Coldwell Banker Schmitt Coldwell Banker Schmitt Royal Palms Realty Preferred Properties Keller Williams KW Compass Truman & Co. Truman & Co.

BHHS Keys Real Estate Coastal Collection Keller Williams KW Compass Ocean Sotheby's International Vacasa Florida Preferred Properties Coastal Collection Coldwell Banker Schmitt Lokation Real Estate Preferred Properties Coastal Collection Preferred Properties Coastal Collection

595,000.00 549,000.00 500,000.00 1,250,000.00 235,000.00 575,000.00 288,000.00 529,900.00 845,000.00 1,395,000.00 620,000.00 4,500,000.00 1,195,000.00

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

560,000.00 525,000.00 436,800.00 1,150,000.00 220,000.00 550,000.00 275,000.00 515,000.00 825,000.00 1,200,000.00 620,000.00 4,500,000.00 1,100,000.00

Key Largo

Plantation Key

Upper Matecumbe Key Duck Key

Key Colony Marathon

Big Pine Key

Ramrod Key

Summerland Key Cudjoe Key Geiger Key Key West

11/25/2019 11/27/2019 11/25/2019 11/25/2019 11/26/2019 12/3/2019 12/3/2019 11/26/2019 11/27/2019 11/29/2019 11/25/2019 11/27/2019 12/2/2019

List Price

Sold Price

$ 495,000.00 $ 1,589,000.00 $ 399,950.00 $ 725,000.00 $ 599,000.00 $ 455,000.00 $ 699,000.00

$ 460,000.00 $ 1,522,500.00 $ 310,000.00 $ 700,000.00 $ 500,000.00 $ 430,000.00 $ 690,000.00

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Street #

Yr Blt

Style

1973 1988 1978 1971

Single Fam Single Fam Mobile Hom Single Fam

3 5 3 3

2019 Single Fam 1981 Mobile Hom

234 Azalea St 88181 Old Hwy, #21A 87455 Old Hwy, #119 203 Dogwood Ln 79901 Overseas Hwy, #504

50 43 607 1106 1104 131 162

Street Name Bahama Ave 43 Bounty Ln Jade Dr Heron Rd Heron Rd Atlantic Ave Normandy Dr

Tot Beds Wtrfrnt MM

3 5

No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

100 98 96 96 96 93 92.5

2003 Single Fam 1979 Condo 1977 Condo

4 3 2

No Yes Yes

90 88 87.5

1952 Single Fam 1976 Condo

2 2

No Yes

82.5 80

1997 Townhouse

2

Yes

61

2000 Single Fam

3

Yes

53.5

1978 1997 2015 1986

2 3 3 2

Yes Yes No Yes

52 51.5 50.5 48

1974 Single Fam 1993 Commercial 1986 Single Fam

2 0 3

Yes No Yes

31 31 30.5

2007 Single Fam

3

Yes

27

N/A

Lots

0

Yes

25

701 Spanish Main Dr, #500

N/A

Lots

0

No

23

308 Pisces Ln

1986 Mobile Hom

2

Yes

9

1953 1963 1972 1950 1980 1967 1980 1987 1995 1947 1933 1958 1968

3 3 3 8 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 5 2

No No Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No

4 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1

6006 Marina Villa 260 5th St 9300 7766 921 1500

Aviation Blvd Aviation Blvd 66th St Overseas Hwy, #304

Shore Dr

3519 1325 2905 1220 3312 2601 3312 1800 1901 1525 904 1100 904

Flagler Ave 20th St Venetian Dr 2nd St Northside Dr, #412 Roosevelt Blvd, #202A Northside Dr, #608 Atlantic Blvd, C219 Roosevelt Blvd, #302S Von Phister St Truman Ave Flagler Ave Olivia St

Half Duple Single Fam Single Fam Condo

Single Fam Single Fam Single Fam Multi-Unit Condo Condo Condo Condo Condo Single Fam Multi-Unit Single Fam Single Fam

Based on information found in the Key West Association of Realtors® MLS from November 25th, 2019 to December 3rd, 2019.

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SEEN AROUND TOWN

KEY WEST WEEKLY / DECEMBER 05, 2019

CITY TREE LIGHTING BRIGHTENS BAYVIEW PARK

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he relative cool front arrived just in time Monday evening for the city’s annual Christmas treelighting at Bayview Park. Parents chased jacket-clad kids as the Horace O’Bryant Middle School Band belted out holiday tunes. Key West city officials, former and current, offered a few words of goodwill. Just moments after 6 p.m., a young volunteer flipped the switch to “turn on” the holiday season in Key West, lighting the towering tree and adjacent menorah just as the blare of a fire engine heralded the arrival of the big man in red. Santa greeted the crowds and took his seat in a waiting sleigh to pose for photos and pull chocolate coins from kids’ ears. — Weekly Staff report

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MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly 1. City Commissioner Billy Wardlow offers warm holiday wishes. 2. Santa pulls a coin from the ear of a surprised little one.

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3. ‘Christmas Fairies’ Joyce Straiton and Sue Huffaker share the holiday magic.

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6. The crowds were at Bayview Park Monday night, but the holiday spirit shines at City Hall as well. 7. Two-year-old Haley Vidal wears a shirt that says, ‘Santa is my bestie.’


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ike a war-weary veteran limping home from battle, damaged and unrecognizable, the historic Schooner Western Union made it back to Key West last week, a shell of its former self. But Key West shipwright artisan Thomas Avery is on the job. “Our lovely Key West can rebuild her today as well as she was built here the first time,” Avery posted on his Facebook page. The flagship of both Key West and the State of Florida once serviced the underwater telegraph cables that enabled communication between Key West and Cuba, then eventually became a tourist attraction, offering sunset sails and charters. The schooner was towed home last week without sails, masts or even rails around the deck, from

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a boatyard in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where she had been docked for restoration work since the summer of 2016. Then funding ran out and storage bills started accruing. The struggles continued with the deaths in recent years of three leaders of the restoration efforts, Bill Barry, Capt. Frank Holden and Richard Manley. But the ship’s fiercest supporters, including former Key West mayor Craig Cates, aren’t giving up, and maritime project manager Cristian Swanson was optimistic on Tuesday that the ship can still be returned to operating condition. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. With enough financial support and technical expertise, this schooner can definitely sail again,” Swanson said at 3-D Boatyard on Stock Island’s Shrimp Road, where the 1939 vessel now sits in the water. “And I don’t think there’s any shortage of support for this ship. She’s in good hands with Thomas Avery. I’ve just been tasked with making sure she doesn’t sink at the dock before the work on her resumes.”

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MISFIT TOYS

KEY WEST WEEKLY / DECEMBER 05, 2019

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A FRESHWATER CONCH CONSIDERS ‘HOME’

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hen Thomas Wolfe said, “You can’t go home again,” he may have been correct in his assessment of the way we evolve and change after moving on, and the way “home” itself moves on without us until it resembles something entirely different. His perspective, however, illuminated the world from the finite viewpoint of 1930s mobility. Of course, wise sage Miranda Lambert reiterated the sentiment about 80 years later, so there must be some enduring truth in the concept. So, in an era of boundless mobility and transient homesteading, can we ever really go home again? Nothing tests the theory quite like the approaching holidays. The week of Christmas 2012, I threw on snow boots in Virginia and changed into flip flops two days later upon pulling our U-Haul into Key West. We were hardset on making a home, and making it fast. Our daughter was 6 years old at the time, so ensuring holiday magic was priority number one. We had a Christmas tree in our living room by the end of our first day here — even though we didn’t have a sofa. We muddled through that year, bought some furniture and marveled at what then seemed to be an exotic island abode. is artistic director of the Studios of Key West. She earned a graduate degree from Harvard, rescued a 300-pound sea turtle and nabbed the title of Key West Ms. Gay Pride, Luckily her wife, daughter and crazed terrier put up with it.

This December, we all attain the status of “freshwater Conchs” (transplants who have been on the island for seven years). For me, this also marks the longest time I’ve ever lived anywhere. The concept of home is a tricky one. Does it refer to a point of origin, or an adopted construct we develop later in adulthood? When you grow up moving every few years, you get accustomed to the rhythm and learn to find adventure in the new. Of course, it also means your psyche jostles a bit when someone asks, “So where are you from?” Umm … here? Or no, that’s too new and doesn’t make sense. The town I just moved from? Where I was born? Where my extended family lives? There were always about four different answers on the tip of my tongue that held some truth/resonance, but none felt wholly genuine. Last summer I drove through the town where I was born — I hadn’t laid eyes on Quincy, Illinois in over 20 years and didn’t know one soul to call for lunch. I’m happy to report the local pizza place was as phenomenal as I remembered, but this place wasn’t home. It’s an oversimplification to say home is where you make it, but the theory contains a kernel of truth. For those of us who haven’t lived consistently in the same town, and who don’t have a family home to which we return, home is a convergence of choice and circumstance. Over my seven years in Key West, I’ve found a community, made friends and carved a career path. I’ve learned the shallow

waters surrounding our island and am as comfortable on the reef as I was on the hiking trails I memorized during my decade in Virginia. Home isn’t geography or landscape, though. It’s nothing without people. The fact that nearly everyone living in Key West is “from” somewhere else probably helps galvanize that sense of belonging, and fortunately for me, I’ve found many kindred castaways here. In true holiday fashion, we are an island of misfit toys. This year, I’m leaving home (Key West) for a few days to go home (Illinois). I’ve never lived in the town I’m visiting, but my mom has spent a decade there and I’ve logged enough frequent flyer miles on the route between South Florida and Central Illinois to count for something. I can traverse its highways on pure muscle memory and look across the cornfields to see Interstate exits that lead to my old college, north to my high school home, or south to St. Louis, where my family gathers year after year for special celebrations. When I’m in this home, I find nothing odd about consuming three forms of corn in one meal, or having pie twice a day. I remember the way cold cracks your skin and the smell of the air before snow starts falling. Midwest or Key West, I feel fortunate that the concept of home contains multitudes for me. I’m also thankful to be alive in a moment when I can wake up for a run on a sweltering beach and go to bed with snow falling outside.

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The internet collectively lost its mind when Peloton released its newest holiday commercial for the upscale, at-home spin bikes. It features a delighted husband gifting his beautiful wife with a marvelous piece of machinery. It has evoked a shoot storm of sexism accusations and some devastating mockery. There are a few, spinners of course, who defend the ad. Here’s our helpful take on …

BUY | RC ‘PAPER’ AIRPLANE Uncommon Goods is selling a paper (actually crash-proof carbon fiber) airplane that you can control with your smartphone. Follow the folding instructions, attach a Bluetooth-enabled device, and download the app. The planes, available in two sizes, come with a variety of templates for different designs.

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WATCH | THE IRISHMAN This Netflix film directed by Martin Scorsese looks into the life of truck driver turned top hit man in Frank Sheeran in America during the 1950s. The three-hour, 29-minute film includes stars such as Robert De Niro, who plays Sheeran, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Working up the ranks as top hit man, Sheeran also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.

6. Grease 5. A membership to the National Assault Rifle Association 4. At-home pregnancy test 3. Expired, stone-ground mustard 2. A 1-year subscription to the Florida Keys Keynoter 1. Impact storm windows — made by Tesla

LISTEN | SLOW BURN Listen to the true-crime story about the deaths of rappers Biggie Smalls, then 24 years old, and Tupac Shakur, then 25. The Slow Burn podcast formerly delved into political subject matter like Watergate and Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings, before turning to the biggest mystery in hip hop’s beginnings: Who shot Biggie? Who shot Tupac?


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KEY WEST HISTORY

Ernest Hemingway and Joe Russell in Key West. FLORIDA MEMORY PROJECT/Contributed

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oseph Stanford Russell, born Dec. 9, 1889, was known by his friends as Josie. He is most famously remembered for his bar, Sloppy Joe’s. Raised in Key West, he worked several jobs, charter boat guide and rumrunner among them. He also befriended Ernest Hemingway who called him Josie Grunts. In Hemingway’s book, “To Have and Have Not,” the character of Freddy, who operated Freddy’s Bar, was based on Josie Grunts. On Dec. 5, 1933, he rented a Greene Street bar known as the Blind Pig for $3 a week. Isaac Wolkowsky owned the building. Russell named the bar Sloppy Joe’s. It is recognized today as Captain Tony’s Saloon. In 1938, when Wolkowsky threatened to raise the rent on the building by $1 a week, Russell let his lease expire and, in a midnight case of subterfuge, bought drinks for anyone who would help him remove the contents of the bar. The motley crew carried it piece by piece down Greene Street to Sloppy Joe’s new location at what had been the Victoria Restaurant, home to the island’s longest bar, at 201 Duval Street on May 5, 1938. Joseph Stanford Russell would die of a heart attack two years later, in 1941. He is buried in the Key West Cemetery. Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center.

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SAVE THE DATE Dec. 5-7 • 3rd Annual COAST is Clear Music & Arts Festival, all day at various venues in Key West’s Bahama Village neighborhood. Thursday, Dec. 5 • Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 8 p.m. at Key West Theater. Friday, Dec. 6 • Holiday Historic Inn Tours, 6 p.m. at a variety of inns. Visit keywestholidayfest.com or call 305-296-4959. • Pet pictures with Santa, 6 p.m. at the ”Nautical Christmas Tree” on William Street, Key West. $20 cash donation benefits Boys and Girls Club. • The Holiday-themed “1st Friday on Fleming” at 6 p.m. in the 500 block of Fleming Street, Key West. Saturday, Dec. 7 • Key West Hometown Holiday Parade, 7 p.m., Truman Avenue to Duval Street. Sunday, Dec. 8 • Holiday Affordapalooza family festival hosted by Florida Keys Community Land Trust at 12:30 p.m. on Bailey Road, Big Pine Key. • 3rd Annual Eaton Street Christmas Stroll, 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Key West. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra present “Shout the Good News” at 7:30 p.m. at Big Pine Methodist Church. Wednesday, Dec. 11 • A Peter White Christmas featuring Huge Groove, Vincent Ingall & Lindsey Webster, 8 p.m. at Key West Theater.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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DR. STANLEY SACK

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s I write this, World AIDS Day is coming right up on Dec. 1, and it will have just occurred as you read this. It’s a particularly noteworthy day here in Key West; I can think of very few communities our size that have been as affected by the disease and its virus. Over the years, we’ve made progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV. And some of the best news has involved infants. As the beginning of the epidemic, up to about one third of babies born to HIV-positive mothers would become infected. Now, with proper treatment, infant infection can be less than 1 percent. But with Dec. 1 approaching, this got me reflecting: how are we doing with our teens and young adults? What’s different, and are we making a difference? For help in answering these questions, I turned to Scott Pridgen, executive director of AH Monroe. He says that there are around 12 to 18 new HIV infections per year in Monroe County, mostly in the 26 to 40 age group. It’s not as much of a problem as in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but as he points out, “One is one too many.” And the per capita rate is still relatively high in Monroe County. As far as youth goes, according to CDC statistics, although the rate of full-blown AIDS is down, the rate of HIV infection is pretty steady. And sadly, Florida has one of the highest rates of both in the country. Adolescent medicine has tried to stay on top of the problem. Studying what works in the under-18 population isn’t always easy due to research difficulties in this age group. That said, there have been changes in recent years that we hope will make a difference.

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HIV & YOUNG PEOPLE First off, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all Dr. Stanley Sack patients receive routine HIV testing beginning at age 16. (It’s probably not a bad idea for us old geezers to get the test periodically, too.) AH Monroe continues to do risk assessment and HIV testing in teens and young adults, and can work with patients and families to get them plugged into services should a result be positive. Second of all, as much as we can and do preach abstinence/waiting and, failing that, safer sex practices to our teen population, it’s heartening to know that pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is now approved for adolescents. Per Pridgen, PrEP is available for youth here in the Keys, and AH can pass along the resources where the medication can be obtained. We boomers who have been around for this whole thing, whether or not we became infected, are very excited to still be here in our 50s, 60s and 70s. And there continue to be advances that hold some promise that HIV might be even less of a problem in the future. Meanwhile, let’s take what we know now and continue to lower the risk of infection and disease for our youth. If we can bring the numbers down, and especially if we can get them to zero, that will really be something to celebrate.

HEALTH CARE COSTS? YEAH, IT’S A PROBLEM CHAMBER HEAD TALKS COST-SHARING SOLUTIONS

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e all know about the lack of affordable housing in the Keys. But what about health care and health insurance? Even those with insurance have to meet a deductible, and until that happens, go ahead and swipe that credit card, or empty that savings account. Many Keys workers are one illness, ER visit, or accident away from more debt than they can handle. More than 19% of Monroe County residents are uninsured — almost twice the national average — according to our Florida Department of Health in Monroe County. We need competition in the marketplace and better transparency regarding the cost of medical services. (Hospitals finally have to reveal their pricing sheets.) While both sides of the political aisle have their own ideas and agendas, there is something happening right under our noses, and right here in the Keys. This option has been around for decades, but is now open to an even larger population on a national scale — Medical Cost Sharing, or MCS. In a nutshell, a large group of like-minded people band together to share medical costs with their group, or community as they call it. No it’s not socialism, nor communism; because it’s neither free nor equal for everyone. There is strength in numbers, and this premise/solution utilizes that strength. The system also breeds responsible living and use of healthcare, thereby bringing down the costs of care within the community. It also eliminates hidden fees, price gouging, etc. And it frees users from health care networks. It puts the patient in control.

We have a version of MCS right here in the Florida Keys called Keys To Health, and it uses MCS programs to offer affordable healthcare solutions to businesses, locals, families, etc. More importantly, those who join become part of a national community, which as I mentioned, spreads the risk and allows the community to be solvent and financially healthy. Keys To Health products are on average 50% to 60% less expensive than traditional health insurance plans from Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, etc., and they don’t sacrifice solutions that will work to keep you, your family and staff healthy. The Weekly Newspapers recently featured Keys To Health in an article that’s available at KeysWeekly.com. There is no silver bullet when it comes to the costs of health care, but there are multi-modal solutions that can get us closer to a fix. I believe Keys To Health is one of them. Find more information at Keys2Health.org. — Daniel Samess is the CEO of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Email him at ceo@ floridakeysmarathon.com or call 305-743-5417.


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lorida Keys History and Discovery Foundation (FKHDF) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of December. The Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. The foundation was selected as the December beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the WinnDixie in Tavernier, located at MM 91.5. The foundation will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during December, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

“We are honored to have been chosen by our local WinnDixie market,” said Jill Miranda Baker, executive director of the Foundation. “Every dollar helps us to further our goal of preserving and sharing the tremendous history and unique ecology of the Florida Keys.” The foundation, a not-forprofit based in Islamorada, operates Keys History & Discovery Center. Founded in 2013, the foundation has created a history and discovery center which accurately reflects the Florida Keys in a multifaceted and interactive environment. More information is at www. keysdiscovery.com. More information on the Community Bag Program is at seg.bags4mycause.com. — Contributed

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ON STAGE

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AGING GRACEFULLY… ‘TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS’ OPENS RED BARN’S 40TH SEASON

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ow does a professional theater open its 40th anniversary season? What play could encompass all that’s been accomplished on stage and provide patrons with a kind of love letter for their support? Does that play even exist? Such was the dilemma artistic director Joy Hawkins faced in finding the first show of the 40th season at Key West’s iconic Red Barn Theatre. Hawkins nailed it. “Tiny Beautiful Things” will launch the theater’s landmark season when it opens Tuesday, Dec. 10. Critics and fans run out of adjectives when describing the play that’s based on a book by Cheryl Strayed. “Powerful, endearing, lovely, illuminating, often funny, sometimes heart-rending and always relatable,” they’ve all been used. “Tiny Beautiful Things” was adapted for the stage by Broadway and film star Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) from Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name. Strayed is also known for her recent book and film “Wild.” “Tiny Beautiful Things” runs from Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 4 at The Red Barn Theatre, located at 319 Duval St., behind the Key West Woman’s Club. The play shares the story of Sugar, a non-descript homemaker in a non-descript town who suddenly inherits an online advice column. Having no experience that would be relevant to the task, Sugar just starts winging it, dispensing what she calls a kind of “radical sincerity” to those whose letters she receives. (Spoiler Alert: “Sugar” was the nom de plume of author Strayed, who, between 2010 and 2012, actually wrote an advice column for an online literary magazine. Her book – and now this play – chronicles those years and her experiences.) Key West’s Nicole Nurenberg takes on the role of Sugar, supported by David Black, Morgan Fraga Pierson and Arthur Crocker as the various letter writers who interact with Sugar online. Hawkins directs. Audience members will see themselves and share something with one or more of the letter writers.

The cast of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ includes, from left, David Black, director Joy Hawkins, Nicole Nurenberg (seated), Arthur Crocker and Morgan Fraga Pierson. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

The beautifully written “Tiny Beautiful Things” shows audiences the similarities of the problems we all face and the burdens we all shoulder. We all grieve for lost loved ones. We struggle to let go of grudges and forgive someone. Some of the letters Sugar receives are wacky, many are ribald (this is certainly an adult play) and a few are profoundly sad. Each writer is seeking some sort of help or advice. Sugar never claims to have actual solutions to the writers’ harrowing problems, so she shares in her replies some of her own experiences with addiction, abuse, chaos and loss. In doing so, she teaches us all how to pick ourselves up after tragedy. She insists it’s the “tiny, beautiful things” that make up the love that pulls us from the abyss. It’s the reaching-out that helps us move past what we don’t need anyway and leave our worst selves behind.

“TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS” Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 4. The Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St., behind the Key West Woman’s Club. For tickets, visit redbarntheatre.com or call the box office at 305-296-9911.

A reduced-price preview will take place Monday, Dec. 9. Opening night ticketholders for the Dec. 10 premiere are invited to join cast and crew for an opening night party after the performance that evening. For those planning their holidays, there will be a special Christmas Night performance (no performance Christmas Eve) and another on New Year’s Eve (no performance New Year’s Day). All curtains are at 8 pm. The play runs about 80 minutes with no intermission. — Contributed


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MILES TO GO

MANDY MILES has been living in and writing about Key West and the Florida Keys since 1998. She lives in Old Town with her husband, Capt. Stan Miles, a longtime charter fisherman.

WRITING BETWEEN THE LINES

There’s a secret language that exists among journalists and I may lose my press credentials for revealing some of our secrets here today. But in the age of fake news accusations and overly opinionated cable news networks, I figured I’d come clean and let readers in on a few of our trade secrets. First, as a reporter, always blame an editor for inserting or failing to fix a mistake in a story. And second, use your words. We news folks occasionally write between the lines, so to speak. And while our linguistic code is pretty universal within our industry, it’s often lost on our readers. So allow me to translate a few common journalistic jabs: When we write “Officials,” it‘s because no one wants to read — or type — the long-winded bureaucratic titles of government employees and private sector executives Admittedly, “recently,” translates to, “within the past few weeks, but l don‘t have the precise date in front of me, and it’s not particularly relevant to the story.” “Controversial” means “juicy and worth reading past the headline.” “Outspoken” means “rabidly seething devotee.”

And then there are a few more subjective nuances. In our job, the most important things anyone can do to gain our trust and respect are telling the truth and returning our calls before deadline. That said, consider the following statements: “Joe Key could not be reached for immediate comment late Thursday.” Sounds OK, right? Translation: No hard feelings. It was a late-breaking story and I didn’t even try to reach him until late in the afternoon or even early evening. And then there’s, “Joe Key declined to comment.” Translation: He called or texted us back, but either isn’t authorized to comment or was advised by his lawyer not to say a word. Again, no hard feelings, and thanks for getting back to me, Joe. But then we get into, “Joe Key refused to return repeated phone calls, emails and text messages left throughout the day Wednesday.” Translation: This chucklehead has been intentionally dodging me all day. I know he’s not on a plane. His assistant already sold him down the river. No one is that unreachable these days. So the next time you’re reading a news article, see if you can tell who fits into which category. Just don’t tell anyone where you learned our language.

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hopping’s only half the battle if you’re sending those toys, electronics and household goodies to your loved ones afar. To ensure your gifts get to their destination safe and sound, here are some tips courtesy of Sharon Silva, owner and operator of UPS Stores in Marathon and Key Largo. • Pack your gifts with bubble packs and bubble wrap only. Any other packing material will not have enough cushioning to protect the item shipped. If you need to file for a damage claim and used any other packing material besides bubble packs and bubble wrap, the claim will be denied automatically. • Use new shipping boxes only as they have higher resistance to outside pressure from other boxes during transportation, thus avoiding damages to your shipped items.

• Pay close attention to delivery time for the destination that you need to ship your gifts. After the first week of December, UPS is not guaranteeing any ground service delivery time due to very high volume of packages shipped that time of the year. The only services with delivery dates and time guaranteed are the next-day air, second-day air and 3-day air delivery where it is available. • Due to a very high volume of Amazon.com returns, be patient when you bring it to return at The UPS Stores as its priority in December are to pack & ship Christmas gifts. • Use the earlier morning hours to ship your gifts. The afternoons are very busy and you may have to wait in a long line to be attended. • Bring a smile with you. We promise to give one back as well!

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GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE... AUCTION OFFERS AFFORDABLE FINE ART

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esley House Family Services will host a live art auction on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Hemingway Rum Co., 201 Simonton St., Key West. The auction will feature nearly 50 pieces from the heirloom fine art collection of the late Judge Tegan Slaton, and his widow, Rosemary Enright, who will donate the auction proceeds to the Inez Martin Child Development Center operated by Wesley House. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres donated and prepared by the Iron Chefs and signature rum drinks by the Hemingway Rum Co. Enright and Slaton have been fierce supporters of Wesley House and its programs for Florida Keys children. Enright was also a board member for a number of years. “As a pair, they gave an enormous amount of their time and tal-

ents to protect the children of our community,” said Sharon Hirsch, community development coordinator for Wesley House. The two were also avid art collectors. Slaton’s mother, Mae, was an art teacher and master potter. Much of the pottery that will be auctioned is from her collection and many pieces were likely created by her. The live auction will feature nearly 50 pieces of pottery and framed art. “We wanted this auction to be accessible to as many people as possible, so we’ve set some of the opening bids as low as $20, which will allow everyone to take home a special piece of art for themselves or someone else this holiday season,” Hirsch said. She added that bidding paddles cost $20, but that fee will be applied to a purchase. Auction items may be previewed at wesleyhouse.org. — Contributed

Pottery and paintings from the collection of the late Judge Tegan Slaton and his widow, Rosemary Enright, will be auctioned off on Dec. 8. CONTRIBUTED

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF DONATION WHERE DO ALL THESE ‘NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS’ GO?

John and Paula Tishok take to the streets of Key West riding a pair of handcrafted papier mâché dolphin bicycles during the 2018 Lighted Bike Ride that collects new toys for needy families. CAROL TEDESCO/Florida Keys News Bureau

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ew, unwrapped toys. Everybody seems to be collecting them, and most people are happy to buy and donate a few this time of year. A new, unwrapped toy is even the price of admission to enter the Lighted Bike Rides that Wesley House Family Services sponsors each year in the three regions of the Florida Keys. But where do all these toys go? Who distributes them? And who decides which kids receive what? Sharon Hirsch, community development director for Wesley House, spent some time with Keys Weekly explaining the agency’s Holiday Helpers program — and letting everyone know what happens to those new, unwrapped toys. “Last year, our Holiday Helpers program helped 1,200 families with a total of 3,000 to 4,000 kids throughout the Florida Keys have a magical Christmas,” Hirsch said, adding that Wesley House takes the lead, but partners with dozens of organizations, businesses, clubs and individuals. She explained that the donated toys in each region of the Keys are sorted and categorized by age and gender. Struggling families

receive referral forms from charitable agencies that recognize their needs. “We sort all the toys and set up a ‘shop’ for two days in each area of the county,” Hirsch said. “We’ve been setting up the Key West shop at St. Mary’s the past couple of years, which has worked out wonderfully. This year it will be open Dec. 16 and 17.” Each parent with a referral form is invited to come through the holiday shop in their region on a designated day and time. They can browse the selection and choose the free, new toys that they know their children will want. “They get to pick three gifts for each child, plus each kid gets a stuffed animal and stocking stuffers,” Hirsch said. “We even provide gift wrap.” Too many Keys kids have never bothered to write a Christmas wish list, and they gave up on Santa long before they should have. So the Wesley House Holiday Helpers program enables parents to provide some Christmas magic for their children.


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HOLIDAY COOKING

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y name is Daniella DeLucia, and I’ve lived in Islamorada since I was a tot. My parents and I used to go to Lorelei every Sunday for jerk chicken. In fact, my dad and I fell through their old, wooden dock and into the water years ago before they remodeled; and still, we remain loyal patrons. And I lost count years ago of how many servers at various restaurants suggested the fish tacos. But lately, I’ve been craving something different. I needed more variety in my diet — something I couldn’t find on an Islamorada menu, so I decided to start cooking. But there was one (slightly embarrassing) problem: I’m 25 and just now learning to cook. But I know I’m not alone. As a single girl working full-time, I don’t have the time or energy to find a recipe, shop for ingredients, and then actually prepare a homecooked meal. Frozen dinners became my go-to. I was open to meal kit delivery services, but they don’t deliver to the Keys. When I discovered that Publix and Winn Dixie deliver groceries to my door, my cooking took off. It’s changed my life — I shop less, cook more, see more friends, and even have lost weight. I’m happier and healthier.

Publix delivers through a phone app called Instacart. When I search online for recipes on any major recipe website such as Food Network, All Recipes, etc., I use the “Get Ingredients” button to add all items from my chosen recipe to my Instacart. I remove items l already have in my kitchen (i.e., salt) and make customizations. The technology is smart and remembers brands I prefer. Then, I choose when to have my groceries delivered, and I don’t even need to be home when they arrive (unless I order alcohol). This simple grocery service has taken the stress out of meal prep for me, which has actually allowed me to cook a decent dinner. There are other perks. Last summer, my boyfriend Edward Mallon and I ordered Instacart while we prepped the Contender cabin for our trip from Islamorada to the Bahamas. Within two hours, we stood in the trailered boat as an Instacart delivery man lifted and handed us multiple cases of water, beer and snacks for our voyage. Amazed, Edward exclaimed, “He definitely earned his tip that day!” The most common question I get asked is, “Do the shoppers choose good quality produce?” Yes — avoiding faulty fruit isn’t rocket science. Also, Instacart

keeps shoppers accountable by prompting users to rate them. You can also leave special instructions. For example, I wrote “Super squishy please!” as a special instruction for my avocado. Voila! A couple hours later, I had a perfectly ripe avocado for my instant guacamole. The service has helped my friends and family who live far away from a grocery store. Debra Jiovenetta, resident of Lower Matecumbe, used to drive 40 minutes to the Key Largo Publix before they built the new store in Islamorada. She exclaimed, “I wish I knew about this app sooner! I will definitely utilize the app on holiday weekends when the traffic is backed up.” Shipt is the Winn-Dixie equivalent of Instacart. I signed up for a free trial with Shipt to compare the grocery delivery services. The cost and the interface were nearly identical. One night I entered my entire shopping list into both apps. Each item was never the same price, but the total for both orders was almost exactly the same. So, if you are deciding which service to use, I recommend deciding based on whose products you prefer. The drawback to using a grocery delivery service is that prices on the apps are slightly higher than in-store. For example, a Publix coconut oil via Instacart is $4.55 versus $4.05 in store. I rationalize that time is money; five minutes of shopping time is at least worth the 50-cent markup. With all the time I save using a grocery delivery service, I cook gourmet dinners five nights a week now; frozen dinners are in the past; and I feel a sense of pride when I make a great tasting meal for my family and friends. It’s well past time that this Italian Conch learned her way around the kitchen. Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any company/service.

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AND THAT’S A (GREEN) WRAP! GREEN GIFT-WRAPPING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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opefully you and your credit cards survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday in one piece, and you’ve finished all your holiday shopping. While you catch your breath, we wanted to bring something to your attention — gift wrapping. Originally created from spare envelope liners by stationary store moguls Rollie and Joyce Hall (of Hallmark fame) in 1917, wrapping paper has become a huge industry world-wide. The sheer magnitude of colors, sparkles, and shine available today is enough to dazzle even the grouchiest grinch. But these embellishments come at a price — to consumers and to the environment. The global gift-wrapping industry was valued at $15.1 billion in 2018. Most wrapping paper is eagerly ripped up and then tossed in the trash. The fancier the paper, the less likely it can be recycled. The same goes for metallic bows, tinsel, glitter and decorative tape. Some wrapping papers are lined with plastics to make them more durable or shiny, which also makes them harder to recycle. Here in the Keys, we’re all committed to keeping our environment healthy and our lives sustainable. So, as we cruise on through the holiday season, we wanted to suggest some non-traditional ways to wrap those presents that are good for your wallet and better for the Earth. And, they’re pretty enough that even the big man himself would approve! ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES • Brown paper bags – simple, chic and easy. Available at most stationery and craft stores, the bags can be personalized with messages or designs. And, they’re totally recyclable. Embellish with some holly or Christmas berries. • Upcycle tins and boxes – decorate old tins and boxes you already own to put gifts in. You can use paints, tapes, and fabric to give an old box a new look. Throw on some twine with a cute pinecone for a festive touch. • Tea towels, scarves, or other fabric wraps – it’s reusable afterward and is a great, sustainable way to wrap presents. • Mason jars – tie a cute twine ribbon and a sprig of cinnamon on the jar. Works great for small items like jewelry.

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THINGS TO AVOID • Glitter-encrusted anything and confetti – that shine is not recyclable. Most glitters are tiny microplastics that can end up polluting our oceans. • Laminated, metallic or textured papers – not recyclable. • Fancy holiday cards – because of the glitter and decorations, these also are not recyclable. • Ribbons – most are vinyl or other nonrecyclable products and go straight to the landfill. If you receive any, save them for next year. 1. Cut-up paper bags or brown kraft paper is a great alternative if you still want to rip open gifts but want to help the earth. Top it with yarn and a small ornament for a simple, classy gift! LIVEKINDLY.COM/Contributed 2. Using old newspapers as wrapping paper is a cheap and classy way to do something different for the holidays. Decorate with twine and some holiday cheer. PEBBLE MAG/Contributed 3. Furoshiki is the Japanese art of fabric gift wrapping. You can use a tea towel or scarf to achieve a similar, eco-friendly look. THE ART OF SIMPLE/Contributed


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COMMUNITY NEWS

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

‘NOW IS TIME TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD’

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he Board of Directors of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation encourages you to participate in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Restoration Blueprint process. Now is the time to have your voice heard to determine the management actions and tools that will protect our marine environment that supports our local economy and way of life. The foundation works alongside, yet independently of, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, focusing on the restoration and management of our most valuable asset, the marine world we all share. As a nonprofit, we look forward to working with everyone to support responsible, sustainable marine activity within the Keys. In response to public concerns about threats facing the Florida Keys, the Sanctuary released its Restoration Blueprint, and, as the guiding interest of the foundation, we lend our support to this endeavor. Successful management of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary relies on all of us: residents, businesses, as well as tourists. Together, we can be part of the solution. We are all aware of the assaults on our marine system. In an effort to protect and restore critical marine habitats in the Florida Keys, the sanctuary is proposing changes to its boundary, marine zones, regulations and management plan that embodies what has been learned through more than 20 years of cutting-edge science, technical experience and local community involvement. The proposals before us now are a result of more than 70 public meetings and 200 recommendations from the Sanctuary Advisory Council, which is composed of local citizens. In short, the alternatives offered to the current management plan and tools were devised transparently, and in concert with citizens and stakeholders. The ecosystem-based approach provides sanctuary management with the platform to address a wide variety of issues including the coral reef ecosystem, water quality and increased human use with the aim of long-term sustainability. Action is needed to help the Florida Keys marine environment recover and become more resilient. We need

our marine environment for our own economic stability. In July of this year, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation released a study showing that economic activity generated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is responsible for contributing $4.4 billion and 43,000 jobs across the state of Florida, with 60% of jobs in the Florida Keys connected to the marine ecosystem. Understanding the economic impact of the sanctuary’s resources is critical. The sanctuary is an irreplaceable treasure that will require careful management to maintain and enhance its splendor. The process of managing our marine system relies on input from you. The Restoration Blueprint is easily viewable online at www. floridakeys.noaa.gov/blueprint. An interactive map enables citizens to move to areas that may be of particular interest, recognizing that residents of Key Largo may have comments that a resident of Key West would not. Key to this public process is the word comment. The website provides instruction on how to present comments in response to the sanctuary’s proposals, and this portal is open until the end of January. As representatives of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, we ask you to participate. The Restoration Blueprint is complex by nature of the needs for access while sustaining the valuable resources. It will take all of us to find a balance. We do, however, believe the time is past due to act. The Restoration Blueprint is a starting point for all of us to become involved. Our foundation is involved daily in the betterment of our marine environment. The Restoration Blueprint now enables you to be involved as well at this critical time. Please help us chart a viable future and join us in support of meaningful change for the Florida Keys and the waters that surround us. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Board of Directors Tom Davidson Stephen Frink Peter Liashek Bruce Popham Russell Post

ESCAPING THE HEAT

FIRE CAPTAIN RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS

From left, Capt. Eric Sellers, Mark Sellers. Capt. Keith Sellers, Chief Michael Davila, Capt. John Sellers and City Manager Greg Veliz wish Capt. John Sellers well on his retirement. ALYSON CREAN/City of Key West

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ey West Fire Chief Michael Davila on Dec. 3 honored retiring Capt. John Sellers after 30 years of service to the Key West Fire Department. Firefighting is a family affair for Sellers, who followed his brother, Mark Sellers, to the department in 1989. After that, brother Keith Sellers also joined them, while brother Eric works for Monroe County Fire and Rescue. John Sellers was promoted from firefighter to driver/engineer in 2003. He promoted again in 2010, this time to captain. “He has provided great leadership and exceptional service,” Davila said. “He’s an example of what the Key West Fire Department stands for, serving the citizens and guests of our island. He has worked his whole career to improve

the quality of service our department provides to save lives and protect property.” During his threedecade career, Sellers was certified as a life safety inspector, live fire instructor and was one of the first urban search and rescue team members on the department. “Congratulations to John for your 30 years of service in the Key West Fire Department,” said Davila. “We all hope you enjoy a long and happy retirement.” — Contributed


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RESTORATION BLUEPRINT Stakeholders weigh in on Sanctuary proposal NOAA’s Restoration Blueprint was introduced at the Sanctuary Advisory Council’s meeting in August, and the community has been buzzing about it since. The proposal seeks to balance the need to bring our marine environments back to health while still promoting the economies and industries depending on those resources. Four alternatives were presented, but constituents were invited to comment upon as much or as little of the proposals as they wanted – whether that be a specific reef, certain regulations, or an entire alternative. Alternative 3, the sanctuary’s preferred plan, would result in major changes in terms of expanded boundaries, additional zoning, tighter regulation and a new management plan. Keys Weekly spoke with environmentalists and stakeholders in affected industries about NOAA’s Restoration Blueprint. Here’s what the community has to say:

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada. Members will discuss NOAA’s proposed changes to the sanctuary’s boundaries, marine zones, regulations and management plan. Public oral and written comment on the Restoration Blueprint will be accepted at the meeting. Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

My name is Joe Weatherby. I have been a professional captain, diver, fisherman, snorkeler, unsuccessful treasure hunter and constant conservationist in the Florida Keys and Key West for over 30 years. I have spent my entire adult life working in and around these waters, primarily engaged in augmenting fishing and diving opportunities through the creation of artificial reefs. I initially joined the SAC to make sure artificial reefs were not eliminated as part of a solution to rapidly disappearing marine habitat. Given the catastrophic decline in the state of our environment, I’m not surprised this community is up in arms. I did not oppose the initial formation of the FKNMS, as I believed we needed to do SOMETHING. Now, 30 years on, things are worse environmentally, but I believe the causes for this are likely bigger than we are currently considering. The Restoration Blueprint is in DRAFT form. I have been asked to listen to my community’s comments regarding especially scuba diving activities in the Lower Keys. I am doing that. Sanctuary officials have said repeatedly that after this first round of comments, written and oral, there would be another version or more of the Blueprint. I expect that. I understand the mistrust that exists, given the turbulent history between the FKNMS and the community. I also regularly see the reef dead and dying and believe that all who live here should attend the meetings and provide written and oral comment to make things better. I do not believe that the FKNMS is correct regarding many of the suggestions offered in the Blueprint, but the sanctuary has the distinction of being the only group trying to plan something better. I sat in many, many meetings listening to science and offering input based on years of observation underwater. I listened to people I respect offer their own observations as well. I, too, have honed my own powers of observation in the water through years of practice. There are some things I can see: I can see that artificial reefs work and work well. The notion often put forth that “the jury is still out on artificial reefs” is nonsense. The verdict on artificial reefs has been in for centuries. The artificial reefs deployed in the FKNMS may be the only observable working changes in the FKNMS since the beginning. The State of Florida, with over 2,500 permitted artificial reefs and 400 ships deployed since the mid-‘80s, is in the artificial reefs business because it works. We need more NOW! As stated, I’m not a scientist, and certainly not a fisheries biologist. But I do see fish stocks declining. I haven’t seen a Nassau grouper in the water in 10 years. My (unexpressed) ideas around fisheries center around not killing fish when they’re pregnant. When I hear (never observed) of chumming for pregnant mutton snapper with amberjack roe, my instinct is that we ought to be looking at the issue a little more closely. At every single meeting I’ve attended over the years the first and most prominent issue cited by all in the room is water quality. We all agree that this is issue number 1, yet it’s not even mentioned in the Restoration Blueprint. It absolutely needs to be. We have spent millions of dollars on studies, salaries, vehicles, travel and marketing of our Sanctuary. A water test costs $100, yet we do not use them. I think the stinky and alternately tea-colored or electric lime-green liquid coming south from Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee, the St. Lucie and Everglades through the sluices is not water at all, but toxic waste. We’ve had the coral version of ebola coming down the east coast and biblical plague of fish die-offs down the west. There’s poison in our water. And we need to address that before we do anything else in the marine sanctuary that is our shared backyard. — Capt. Joe Weatherby is a proWeatherby Captain Joe and artiptain, diver fessional ca has lived e H . eveloper d ef re l a ci fi an 30 for more th in Key West the sinkearheaded years. He sp enberg artificial and ing of the V as been a West and h ey K reef off e Sanctuember of th volunteer m the past r fo Council ry so vi d A ary y holds the He currentl nine years. nting the seat represe Lower Keys . dive industry

The Restoration Blueprint is available at floridakeys. noaa.gov/blueprint. NOAA is taking public comment on the proposals through Jan. 31, 2020. Comments may be submitted online at www.regulations.gov (docket number NOAA-NOS-2019-0094). 

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JOHN CHRISTOPHER FINE www.keysweekly.com

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lorida Keys diving took center stage in Orlando last month as local shops and businesses made the trek for the annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association’s international convention. The largest event of its kind, the exposition held in late November brings together ocean interest and conservation organizations, as well as manufacturers and dealers of marine and diving equipment. This year, 10,000 participants attended the weeklong event. Among the Keys diving contingent was Capt. Spencer Slate, who was selected to receive DEMA’s Reaching Out Award. The honor recognizes people involved with ocean interest activities and conservation who have contributed to diving and marine education over long careers. Slate has been teaching diving and guiding divers in the Florida Keys for over 40 years. His shop and dive boats are based in Tavernier, where he conducts regular “Creature Features.” The Reaching Out Award recognized Slate as a veteran dive instructor who has shared his vast knowledge of the ocean environment with thousands of divers. Slate’s affinity for marine creatures includes his permitted feeding of ocean animals. Divers can see moray eels up close without fear. These encounters provide educational opportunities as Slate teaches guests about animal behavior in the wild. Many divers never get to see and experience ocean creatures in the wild. Some visitors to the Keys live in areas where they have been trained in quarries and fresh water lakes. Slate teaches novice divers to appreciate nature underwater.

Slate, his daughter, Sky, of Islander Snorkel & Tours, and veteran Keys treasure diver Carl Fismer were on hand to answer questions about Keys diving, meet old friends and make new ones as stopped by with interest in diving in the Keys. Also on hand was History of Diving Museum executive director and Keys resident Lisa Jean Mongelia, who was presented with the Scuba Schools International Platinum Diver Award. Mongelia has been diving since 1978 and amassed more than 5,000 dives. Scott Jones of Dive News Wire nominated Mongelia. Jones was at DEMA when a huge chocolate cake was ceremoniously cut at the History of Diving Museum-Dive News Wire booth. Key Dives owner Michael Goldberg was present to offer congratulations on behalf of dive operators in the keys. Also present was Sally Bauer, member of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. As a recipient of diving and ocean activities’ highest award and election last year to the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, she participated in the academy’s annual dinner and award ceremony. Bauer and her late husband, Joe, founded the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada — one of the world’s foremost maritime educational attractions. Reefs off the Florida Keys are among the most beautiful and important in the world. Major conservation efforts have protected and conserved these world heritage marine resources. Keys residents, divers, dive operators and marine educators were singled out for well-deserved high honors and accolades at DEMA. The convention in Orlando was a winning occasion for the Keys and its acknowledgment of the talented and dedicated divers.

JOHN CHRISTOPHER FINE/Contributed 1. Capt. Spencer Slate of Slate’s Dive Center; Capt. Sky Moore of Islander Girls Snorkel & Tours; and Carl Fismer, veteran Keys treasure diver, attend the annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association’s international convention in Orlando last month. 2. History of Diving Museum executive director and Keys resident Lisa Jean Mongelia is pictured next to a chocolate cake to celebrate her Scuba Schools International Platinum Diver Award. Also pictured is Scott Jones of News Wire Radio. 3. Sally Bauer, right, founder of the History of Diving Museum, poses with Patti Gross, History of Diving Museum board member.


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CHECKING THE FORECAST FLORIDA KEYS HOSTS CLIMATE SUMMIT ERIN STOVER SICKMEN

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t’s Tuesday afternoon and the Casa Marina Resort is buzzing with more than the usual tourist activity. A man wearing a tie-dyed shirt and sporting a long grey ponytail chats animatedly with a clean-cut architect in a sleek, tailored suit. And they’re obviously in total agreement about the topic swimming between them. This is the 11th annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, a gathering of representatives from all levels of state and county government, as well as private corporations, to address climate change mitigation strategies. The summit annually brings roughly 500 thinkers and leaders from business, government, higher education and nonprofits to the table for important conversations. The December event marks the first time since 2015 that the summit has been held in Monroe County. When faced with distressing information, often the most solace can be found in facts. Knowing that experts — medical, legal and otherwise — are on the case is reassuring. The summit, hosted by Monroe County in collaboration with the City of Key West, the City of Marathon and the Village of Islamorada, provides volumes of valuable data. Leaders from fields ranging from public works to infrastructure development firms were on hand to put their heads together and share potential solutions for dealing with rising waters. The 2019 theme, “Bridging the Gap,” refers to the work being done by Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. The compact is a formal collective formed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties in January 2010 as a way to coordinate adaptation activities across county lines, and in conjunction with federal, state, regional, municipal, nonprofit, academic and private sector partners. In the

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi joins an innovation panel at the climate summit moderated by Kristin Jacobs, executive director of Resiliency Florida. KRISTEN LIVENGOOD/Monroe County

past 10 years, the four compact counties have worked diligently to address climate change, sea level rise, flooding and potential economic fallout. Essentially, the compact allows counties, which are witnessing the effects of climate change firsthand, to write the rulebook. The county officials, who are on the ground daily, are empowered to set standards for the adaptation plans that will directly affect their communities. The compact’s work is widely recognized as one of the nation’s best examples of climate action. The gathering aims to build a bridge between concepts and execution, between ideas that have been proposed and the actual implementation that must now happen. “Having the presence of the state’s resilience officer (Julia Nesheiwat) and the commissioner of agriculture (Nicole “Nikki” Fried) at the summit shows the state’s commitment to climate action,” said Rhonda Haag, Monroe County’s resilience officer. “This truly is ‘bridging the gap’ between state and local resilience collaboration efforts.” The summit was successful in its endeavor to provide information and options leading to the next steps. Teams of scientists, including a group recently featured on “60 Minutes,” provided up-to-date details of what low-lying coastal areas can expect in the next 20 and next 100 years. Everyone in attendance knows something has to be done, but three big questions remain: What to do, how to do it and how much it will cost?

Corporations, like Jacobs, a resilience planning tech firm with 50,000 employees worldwide, 400 offices and an annual revenue stream of $12 billion, stepped up to provide some possible solutions at every threat level and price point. The firm explained how it quantifies the information provided by scientists, then develops cost/ benefit analyses for companies, a realistic and necessary step for government and corporate decision-making. While it’s reassuring to know that the juggernauts of the technical industry are tackling issues pertaining to highways and major construction, it’s also encouraging to see the grassroots efforts available for individuals and smaller businesses. Representatives from local government provided insights into what has worked at the ground level, while regional universities like Florida International University shared their efforts for developing solutions that directly pertain to South Florida. The summit took place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Key West, with Mayor Teri Johnston welcoming the attendees and thanking them for working on solutions. She ticked off some of the Keys’ vulnerabilities, with a drinking water supply that has to cross more than 40 bridges to get to Key West, and 60 miles of roads within the city that need to be elevated. “Are we glad you’re here? You betcha,” she said to open the summit.


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onroe County School Board member Mindy Conn was recently appointed chairwoman by her fellow board members. The position typically rotates among board members every year, but outgoing chairman Bobby Highsmith held the seat for two years. Conn represents District 3 in the Lower Keys, but all voters in Monroe County elect all five school board members. As she claims her spot in the middle seat of the board dais, Conn sat down to answer 20 questions about her new role and emerging priorities. What year were you first elected? I was first elected in August of 2016 and I am coming up for reelection in 2020. What district do you represent, or are school board members elected to serve countywide? As a school board member, I believe it is my duty to represent the entire school district. However, I live in District 3 and that is the position for which I am elected. Do you have children who are attending or have attended Monroe County schools? My daughter, Emily, now 20, is a junior at the University of Florida and started at Sugarloaf School as a kindergartner. My son Josh, now 17, is a senior at Key West High School and started at Sugarloaf School in pre-K. What prompted you to run for the Monroe County School Board? Was there a specific issue or item of concern? I had never thought of myself as an elected official. In December 2015 a number of people in the community asked me if I would be willing to run for school board. While it was never my plan, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

How involved were you with the schools, the school district and the school board prior to running for office and being elected? Prior to the school board I was very involved in our schools and school district. I was a substitute teacher, school volunteer, on the SAC committee and SAC chair and I sat on the District Advisory Caption family photo XXXX Committee, while it existed. I was a TSIC mentor and later In your opinion, what are the three most a TSIC college coach and worked as an AVID pressing issues facing the Monroe County coach.  School District? I believe that the most important and pressing issue is the funding of How long have you lived in the Florida Keys? our public schools. Many of the issues we face Were you involved with the public school come from a lack of funding. School safety, system in any prior cities of residence? teacher pay, reduced programming; even I have lived in the Florida Keys since October feeding our students would not be an issue if 2001. As an assistant New York State attorney schools were properly funded.   general I was involved in an outreach program where we taught inner city students of New If funding weren’t an issue, approvals were York City public schools about their rights and responsibilities as well as lessons about the law. guaranteed, anything was possible, what immediate additions, improvements or However, once my children were born it was changes would you make in the school very important to me to be even more directly district? My immediate actions would be free involved in the public school system, as that is meals for all students, an increase in pay for all where our children spend the majority of their staff, state-of-the-art facilities and athletic fields childhood. at every school and an unlimited array of career and technical education programs for our Since joining the school board, you have students. I would also add enhanced programbuilt a reputation as someone willing ming for ESE students and increase academic to question the administration and ask programming options for all students. Finally, questions about decisions that have been I would increase the number of mental health made or actions that haven’t been taken. counselors, social workers, life skills coaches How would you describe the relationship and security personnel in order to further enbetween the school board and the school hance school safety. district administration?  I believe the relationship is a good one. While the job of the school You have specifically requested that your board is to create policy, I believe it is important title be “chairwoman” rather than “chair.” to be knowledgeable about the day-to-day Describe the importance, in your opinion, operations, as well as listening and talking to of having a female leader in the middle seat staff, teachers, parents and students.  When casting the final vote? My request is simply to everyone is focused on success, we are all able be referred to as the woman I am. This is the to work together toward that goal. Communication is the key and I believe that good communi- only reason I prefer the title of chairwoman. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a cation will always lead to future and continued role model for girls and young women in our success for our schools. schools in this new position of leadership.


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“MANY OF THE ISSUES WE FACE COME FROM A LACK OF FUNDING.” What do you see as the role of the board chairwoman? What’s the job description you would define for yourself? I would prefer to let my role evolve rather than to define it. For now, my priority will be keeping communication open among the board, administration, schools and community.   How does the role of the chair differ from that of a board member? The main difference, in my opinion, is that I am communicating with the public in a much greater capacity. I will not only be leading the school board meetings but also communicating with the community via radio on a regular basis. What, if any, changes would you propose for how the board operates or how the meetings are set up? The main change is one that we as a school board have discussed with administration. Mainly, making sure that the workshops focus on issues about which the school board either wants more information or further discussion. How much input does the board receive from the public? And do you feel it’s sufficient? I receive much input from the public through email, text and phone calls. Because of the importance of community input, I continue to try new ways to connect with the public. Members of the public also have an opportunity for input at every school board meeting. How much communication occurs between the school board and the school district administration? And is that sufficient, in your opinion? There is constant and continuous communication between myself and the school district administration as well as many of the staff working under the administration. There is always room for improvement when it comes to communication.

Since being elected to the school board, what has surprised you most about being an elected official? The real surprise is not so much being an elected official, but rather the work it takes to become an elected official of a countywide seat. I commend any individual who takes on that responsibility in order to represent and work on behalf of our Keys community, in any capacity. When does your term in office end, and do you intend to run again? My term ends in November 2020 and my experience has been incredibly rewarding. I have seen the good work done and look forward to continuing my efforts in the future. For these reasons and more, I do intend to run again in 2020.

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What’s the most important decision the school board has made since you were elected? I believe every decision is an important one and treat them all as such. What are your hopes for the transition from Superintendent Mark Porter to Superintendent Theresa Axford, and the replacement of some outgoing district administrators? My hopes and expectations are always that we continue to grow, improve and succeed. I believe the transition from Mr. Porter to Mrs. Axford will be a smooth one and the replacement of outgoing administrators will succeed if we make certain to find the right people for the right jobs.  What question do you wish we had asked, and how would you answer it? What is the best way to reach me? The best way to reach me is through email at Mindy.conn@ keysschools.com. I look forward to hearing from anyone with questions, concerns, suggestions or positive feedback regarding the great things happening in our school district.

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all them what you will — Big Pine Key’s “Cottages” or “Maggie Houses” — but the phase 1 homes are done. The tenants will move into the third 760-square-foot stilted home sometime this month or in early January, and the tenants of the fourth cottage soon after. This is the work of the Florida Keys Community Land Trust, and the Holiday Affordapalooza serves to kick off the 2020 capital fundraising campaign to move phase 2 along. That will mean 11 more island families living in decent homes with affordable rents. “Right now we have five homes in the permitting stage for Phase 2,” said Maggie Whitcomb, founder of the land trust. “And we want to let the locals know we are still working.”

“We gotta get these houses off the ground.” — Maggie Whitcomb, founder, Florida Keys Community Land Trust

The Keys Weekly got a sneak preview of Sunday’s big reveal, fittingly held at the site of the former Seahorse RV park. The Florida Keys Community Land Trust recently received $7.5 million in grant funding from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, using Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) money. The land trust intends to build 17 storm-resilient, single-family rental homes at the former RV park. The homes will be for families earning paychecks in the Keys at or below 80% of the average median income. The land trust has also secured $1.1 million in conventional financing from CenterState Bank.

In the land trust’s iteration of affordable housing, the land is owned by the trust, the homes are deeded affordable for 99 years and the homes are for rent. Whitcomb said she hopes there is room to grow the planned village, complete with green space, into more than 17 homes. “We think this is one of the missing pieces of the puzzle,” said Whitcomb, “the ability to house working families who want to rent a home.” While the floor plans of the Phase 1 homes are small, there are soaring ceilings in the living room-kitchen areas and master bedroom. Long windows let the light into the stilted Conch-style homes that perch perfectly on relatively compact lots — about 50 by 100 feet. The Phase 1 homes come furnished, and the furniture will belong to the first tenants, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Miami’s St. Vincent de Paul. “The St. Vincent DePaul Archdiocese is about helping people and they approached us about being a part of this project. So, when the first tenants move in, they become owners of this furniture forever,” she said, gesturing to the plush charcoal couches and functional tables with spare lines. Lindsey Anderson, the executive director of the land trust, said she is currently reviewing bids for phase 2 — the five homes on separate lots that are clustered in the same neighborhood.

Top: Michelle Echeverria and her family say of the Florida Keys Community Land Trust, “They did this for us. It’s an amazing opportunity.” CONTRIBUTED Left: The Kawzinsky-Ullrich children play in their new home. Mom says affordable rent means the family has more time to spend together, and less working to pay the rent.

“Our goal is to get construction costs under $200 a square foot,” Anderson said. Whitcomb said none of the progress so far or plans for the future would be possible without the partnerships the land trust has formed with other agencies, organizations and private donors. The recent CDBG-DR grants were co-authored by Rural Neighborhoods, which is performing similar work in South Florida, and which was also founded after a major storm, Hurricane Andrew. But Whitcomb said going forward, the emphasis will shift toward combining affordable housing needs with

The public is invited on Sunday, Dec. 8 to the Holiday Affordapalooza fundraiser at the former Seahorse RV Park on Bailey Road on Big Pine Key. The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes refreshments, a live band, the Centennial Bank Weenie Wagon, sand sculpture by Chris Guinto, Farmer Jeannie and Mo (the Sloth), touch-a-truck opportunities for kids plus face painting, and photos with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cups as this will be a “green” event.

sustainable communities that are also resilient to sea-level rise and storm surge. The first homes completed by the Florida Keys CLT were made possible by grants by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Community Foundation, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, United Way of the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys Hurricane Recovery Foundation. Florida Keys CLT also partners with Habitat for Humanity of the Lower Keys to help process applications. For more information about the Florida Keys Community Land Trust, visit affordablekeys.org. To watch a video featuring the land trust tenants visit vimeo.com and search “Our Florida Keys CLT Families.” To learn more about the Affordapalooza, or sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please call Lindsey Anderson at 917-9414633 or email Lindsey@affordablekeys.com.


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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 3:00 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Pursuant to F.S. § 50.0211(3)(a), all published competitive solicitation notices can be viewed at: www. floridapublicnotices.com, a searchable Statewide repository for all published legal notices. Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from DemandStar by Onvia at www.demandstar.com OR www.monroecountybids.com. The Public Record is available at the Monroe County Purchasing Office located in the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Room 2-213, Key West, Florida. All responses must be sealed and must be submitted to the Monroe County Purchasing Office. Publish: December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF SEIZURE Tavernier Mini Storage, 135 Hood Ave, Tavernier, FL 33070, will sell or otherwise dispose of the contents of the following unit to satisfy the delinquent storage lien. All contents in: Containers: Yard 38 & Yard 39 – Patricia Morrow Unit: C-47 - Mark Dupre Sale of all Goods, December 22, 2019 at 10:00AM. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/23/2019, 10:00 am at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/all bids. WBAVA33598KX87782 2008 BMW Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/25/2019, 10:00 am at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/all bids. JM3ER293980173023 2008 MAZDA Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wheatons Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/28/2019, 10:00 am at 101500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Wheatons Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/all bids. 1FTHX25H7PKA92568 1993 FORD 2FTRF17274CA37130 2004 FORD Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION

LEGAL NOTICES FILE NO.: 19-CP-000198-K IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ROBERT M. DELVECCHIO, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Robert M. DelVecchio, deceased, whose date of death was March 5, 2019, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: December 5, 2019. Personal Representative: Gail D. DelVecchio 735 Blackbeard Road Little Torch Key, Florida 33042 Attorney for Personal Representative: Seth E. Ellis, Esq. Florida Bar Number: 0060933 E-mail: seth@ellis-law.com Brett E. Halperin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 109695 E-Mail: brett@ellis-law.com ELLIS LAW GROUP PL 4755 Technology Way Suite 205 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 Telephone: (561) 910-7500 Fax: (561) 910-7501 Secondary E-Mail: service@ ellis-law.com Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-000203-K IN RE: THE ESTATE OF EDITH NECKLES, DECEASED. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of EDITH NECKLES, deceased, whose date of death was September 4, 2019, and whose Social Security Number was XXXXX-XXXX, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS

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Email: ujwplaw@gmail.com Secondary Email: ujwplawfirm@ yahoo.com Florida Bar Number: 382035 Urban J. W. Patterson, P.A. P.O. Box 783 Islamorada, FL 33036 Telephone: 305-664-5065 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

to it on: Marlen Herrera Cabral, 6709 Shrimp Road, Apt 209, Key West, FL 33040, USA, on or before December 28, 2019, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Monroe County Clerk of Court, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the address(es) on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: 11/18/2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Jaquelyn Fonseca Deputy Clerk Publish: November 28, December 5, 12 & 19, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 2019-CP-120-P IN RE: ESTATE OF SHIRLEY FAYE ALBURY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SHIRLEY FAYE ALBURY, deceased, whose date of death was August 22, 2019, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, FL 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: November 28, 2019 Personal Representative: GEORGE W. STROUD 238 Apache Street Tavernier, FL 33070 Attorney for Personal Representative: Urban J. W. Patterson

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 44-2019-CP-127-P IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ROBERT LYNN MITCHELL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Robert Lynn Mitchell, deceased, whose date of death was August 10, 2019 and the last four digits of whose social security number is 4474, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publication of this notice is the 28th day of November, 2019. Personal Representative: Phyllis Tomlinson Mitchell Law Office of Jack Bridges P.O. Box 1714 Tavernier, Florida 33070 (305) 664-9690 Attorney for Personal Representative: Jack Bridges P.O. Box 1714 Tavernier, Florida 33070-1714 (305) 664-9690 Fla. Bar No. 0175950 Publish: November 28 and December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 19-DR-985-K Division: CIVIL MARLEN HERRERA CABRAL, Petitioner, and RODRIGO A CARRASCO GONZALEZ Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: RODRIGO ALONSO CARRASCO GONZALEZ LOS CLAVELES 374 CERRIELOS SANTIAGE DE CHILE YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 19-DR-979-K Division: Family ANNE PIERMAN LOMONT, Petitioner and ARISTIDI DRAGHICI Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION OF PATERNITY TO: Aristidi Draghici Respondent’s last known address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Petition of Paternity has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on: Anne Pierman Lomont, P.O. Box 5135, Key West, FL 33045, on or before December 21st, 2019, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Monroe County Clerk of Court, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the address(es) on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: 11/14/2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Jaquelyn Fonseca Deputy Clerk Publish: November 21, 28, December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 19-DR-1018-K Division: Family LYUBOV BITEMIROVA, Petitioner and BAUYRZHAN BITEMIROV Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: BAUYRZHAN BITEMIROV Respondent’s last known address: MAYSKAYA ST. 5-5 TYULKUBAS RG. SASTOBE VILLAGE, KAZAKSTAN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on: Lyubov Bitemirova, 1661 Dunlap Dr #2, Key West, FL 33040, on or before January 5, 2020, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Monroe County Clerk of Court, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the address(es) on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: December 3, 2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Jaquelyn Fonseca Deputy Clerk Publish: December 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

VS. CARL E. DICK, et. al Defendant And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2018-CA-924-K WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 20TH day of November, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit E31, Week 26, Beach House, Condominium, according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Pursuant to IN REM SUMMARY FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AS TO COUNT(S) I, UNIT E31, WEEK 26, AGAINST ROBERT LEON THOMAS, JR.; THE ESTATE OF AMANDA WYATT THOMAS; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES WHO CLAIM AN INTEREST AGAINST AMANDA WYATT THOMAS, DECEASED entered in a case pending in said Court, the 19TH day of November, 2019 Style of which is: BEACH HOUSE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP, A FLORIDA Plaintiff, VS. ROBERT LEON THOMAS, JR, et. al Defendant And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2018-CA-485-K WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 20TH day of November, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 19th day of November, 2019. Kevin Madok, CPA, Clerk CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Civil Division By: Shonta Mcleod Deputy Clerk NOTICE TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in court proceedings you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Not later than five working days prior to the proceeding, please contact the Court Administrator’s office, at the Freeman Justice Center, 302 St. 2nd Floor, Key West, FL 33040. Telephone: (305) 292-3423 or via the Florida Relay Center. To make calls through the Florida Relay Center, you may dial 7-1-1 or use the following toll free access numbers: 1-800-955-8771 (TTY); 1-877-955-8260 (VCO); 1-800955-8770 (Voice); 1-800-955-1339 (ASCII); 1-877-955-5334 (STS); 1-877-955-8707 (French Creole – available from 8 a.m. – 2a.m. daily) Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case No: 44-2018-CA-924-K NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Kevin Madok, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 13th day of January, 2020 at 11 o’clock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street, Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit 5512, Week 50, Annual Windward Pointe, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Pursuant to IN REM FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AFTER DEFAULT AS TO UNIT 5512, WEEK 50, AGAINST CARL E. DICK AND LINDA GIRL DICK entered in a case pending in said Court, the 19TH day of November, 2019 Style of which is: WINDWARD POINTE II, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Plaintiff,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case No: 44-2018-CA-485-K NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Kevin Madok, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 13th day of January, 2020 at 11 o’clock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street, Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for CASH the Following described property situated in Monroe County, Florida, to wit: Unit 5613, Week 27, Even Year Biennial Windward Pointe, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Pursuant to IN REM FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AFTER DEFAULT AS TO COUNT(S) II, UNIT 5613, WEEK 27, AGAINST GIOVANNI RESTREPO AND MARIA INES RESTREPO entered in a case pending in said Court, the 19TH day of November, 2019 Style of which is: WINDWARD POINTE II, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Plaintiff, VS. STEPHANIE CAROL MILLER, et. al Defendant And the Docket Number of which is Number 44-2018-CA-720-K WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 20TH day of November, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Florida Statute 45.031: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case No: 44-2018-CA-485-K NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Kevin Madok, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Florida, will, on the 13th day of January, 2020 at 11 o’clock a.m., at 500 Whitehead Street, Monroe County, in the City of Key West, Florida, offer for sale

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2019-CA-597-K DIVISION: Civil Windward Pointe II, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Plaintiff, vs. Jannielisa Abreu, et al. Defendants. ____________ / PUBLISH 2 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS NOTICE OF ACTION AS TO COUNT(S) COUNT XI AGAINST DEFENDANT RICHARD RAYMOND BOGERT To: RICHARD RAYMOND BOGERT 557 NORWICH ROAD PLAINFIELD, CT 06374 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against Defendant(s) RICHARD RAYMOND BOGERT, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described; YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to enforce a lien on the following described property in Monroe County, Florida: COUNT XI Unit 5614, Week 29, Even Year Biennial Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). Contract No.: 2-20999 has been filed against you; and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on NICHOLAS A. WOO, Plaintiff’s attorney, P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 432165028, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031429 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. STEPHEN TYRRELL POWELL; BARBARA E. SHIRVIS Obligor _________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Stephen Tyrrell Powell, 514 Beechwood Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 Barbara E. Shirvis, 514 Beechwood Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5621, Week 20, Annual Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Doc # 2215673 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $5,059.86 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to

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LEGAL NOTICES the Lienholder in the amount of $5,059.86. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031716 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. BRUCE DAVID RUMBLE; DEBORAH LEE RUMBLE Obligor ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Bruce David Rumble, 27171 Bear Drive, Willits, CA 95490 and Deborah Lee Rumble, 27171 Bear Drive, Willits, CA 95490 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30AM in La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit B14, Week 24, Beach House Condominium, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 547 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $4,932.62 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $4,932.62. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the

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above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031734 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. STEVEN GLEN BROWN; HEATHER LEE BROWN Obligor ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Steven Glen Brown, 20110 Poplar Hill Creek Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and Heather Lee Brown, 20110 Poplar Hill Creek Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30AM in La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit D24, Week 48, Beach House Condominium, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 547 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $3,764.23 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $3,764.23. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-031741 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. CARLOS CALIXTE CHARLES; MARCIA ALEXIS CHARLES Obligor ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Carlos Calixte Charles, 112-30 Northern Boulevard, Apartment 6F, Corona, NY 11368 and Marcia Alexis Charles, 112-30 Northern Boulevard, Apartment 6F, Corona, NY 11368 Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 9:30AM in La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit B11, Week 45, Beach House Condominium, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 547 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $2,439.78 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $2,439.78. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus,


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • LEGAL NOTICES OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: December 5 & 12, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE CONTRACT NO.: 2-9103 FILE NO.: 18-031550 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. KENNETH JOSEPH HYDUK; JACQUELINE MAE HYDUK Obligor(s) ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Kenneth Joseph Hyduk, 142 Greenward Way South, North Olmsted, OH 44070, United States of America Jacqueline Mae Hyduk, 142 Greenward Way South, North Olmsted, OH 44070, United States of America Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5134, Week 5, Annual Windward Pointe, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 page 543 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $2,221.99 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $2,221.99. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019

LEGAL NOTICES The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE CONTRACT NO.: 2-19545 FILE NO.: 18-031793 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. GUILLERMO RIVAS Obligor(s) _______________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Guillermo Rivas, 4409 Effie Street, Bellaire, TX 77401, United States of America Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5313, Week 32, Odd Year Biennial Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 543 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $2,591.01 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $2,591.01. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE CONTRACT NO.: 2-14771 FILE NO.: 18-032100 WINDWARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF

305.743.0844

LEGAL NOTICES

AUTOS WANTED

KEY WEST, INC., A CORPORATION NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Lienholder, vs. JON-ROI VEGA Obligor(s) ________________/ TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TO: Jon-Roi Vega, 30321 Southwest 172nd Court, Homestead, FL 33030, United States of America Notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2020, at 8:30 AM in the offices of La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, the following described Timeshare Ownership Interest at Windward Pointe Condominium will be offered for sale: Unit 5411, Week 34, Annual Windward Pointe Condominium, a Leasehold Condominium (“Condominium”), according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1803, Page 844, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to the sale is the failure to pay assessments as set forth in the Claim(s) of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in Official Records Book 2959 Page 543 of the public records of Monroe County, Florida. The amount secured by the assessment lien is for unpaid assessments, accrued interest, plus interest accruing at a per diem rate of $0.00 together with the costs of this proceeding and sale and all other amounts secured by the Claim of Lien, for a total amount due as of the date of the sale of $4,214.51 (“Amount Secured by the Lien”). The Obligor has the right to cure this default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest up to the date the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $4,214.51. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. Any person, other than the Obligor as of the date of recording this Notice of Sale, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale of the above property, if any, must file a claim. The successful bidder may be responsible for any and all unpaid condominium assessments that come due up to the time of transfer of title, including those owed by the Obligor or prior owner. If the successful bidder fails to pay the amounts due to the Trustee to certify the sale by 5:00 p.m. the day after the sale, the second highest bidder at the sale may elect to purchase the timeshare ownership interest. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028, Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: November 28 & December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

ALL YEARS! Junk or Used. Cars - Vans Trucks- Running or Not. $CASH$ 305-332-0483

BOAT SLIPS FOR RENT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN that on December 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard, at the Murray Nelson Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida, will hold a public hearing to consider approval of the following County resolution: A RESOLUTION OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA ANNOUNCING NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE COUNTY BEGINNING WITH THE TAX BILL ISSUED IN NOVEMBER 2020 FOR CANAL RESTORATION PROJECTS ON CANALS IN BIG PINE KEY AND KEY LARGO; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY; PROVIDING FOR THE MAILING OF THIS RESOLUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A full copy of the resolution may be obtained by calling the Monroe County Attorney’s Office at (305) 292-3470. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, F.S., if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. ADA Assistance: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator's office at (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., no later than five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call ‘711.’ KEVIN MADOK, Clerk of the Circuit Court and ex officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida Publish: November 14, 21, 28 and December 5, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Liveaboard Boat Slips available in Marathon. Protected dockage, parking, bathrooms, laundry on premises, pool. $1,200/month incl. utilities. 3 0 5 - 3 9 3 - 1 9 9 9

BOATS FOR SALE Avon Dive Boat w/ Johnson 30HP Motor. Located in Grassy Key. $2,000 217-6178261 ro 217-617-8251 ‘95 Intrepid CC 28’ ‘98 Yamahas X225 - low hours. Too many options to list. Appraisal was $72,400 w/trailer. Asking $55,000 OBO. Located in Marathon. Please call after 1pm (305) 743-6505

EMPLOYMENT UPPER KEYS HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED - Part time, weekends & Holidays a must. Must speak English. Apply in person: MM98, Rock Reef Resort. Project Manager -Upper Keys Must have ability to schedule & organize multiple people & trades. and pass background check. Send resume to admin@cbtconstruct. com 305-852-3002 Hiring for Clerical position in Upper Keys. Accounts Payable/ Telephone. Send resume to: admin@cbtconstruct. com 305-852-3002 HIRED!!

EMPLOYMENT MIDDLE KEYS SWEET SAVANNAH’S is now hiring part-time or full-time positions. Must be available for weekend shifts and have a clean driving record for event deliveries. Position will be crossed trained for FOH, baking and deliveries. Other positions available are day-time sales clerk and part-time baker. Please apply in person at 8919 overseas Hwy, Marathon Fl. NO CALLS. We are looking for some Bartenders. Apply in person at American Legion Post 0154, 4115 Overseas Highway, Marathon Experienced, motivated electricians needed in the Middle Keys. Contact Meacham Electric at 305-481-0058.


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES 305.743.0844 • CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • •305.743.0844 EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT

Winchman for lobster & crab boats. Conch Key mm63. Must me motivated and of good character. $200.00 - $250.00 per day based on experience. Full time year round position. Call Gary at 305-393-1415

involved parties. Salary, health insurance. Fax resume to 3058 7 2 - 4 0 4 1 . HIRED!!

Help wanted - Big Time Bait and Tackle competitive wages and working 30-40 hrs a week. Contact manager Erich Yankovich 239-910-0878 IMMEDIATELY HIRING: Hideaway Cafe on Grassy Key: Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher & Prep. Call for appointment 305-289-1554 Experienced Diesel Technician wanted. Tools and experience is a must. Electronic engine diagnostic experience preferred. Opportunity for growth and training available for qualified applicants. Florida Keys Diesel Repair, 531 107th Street, Marathon. 305-289-2070 City of Marathon - Job Openings: Wastewater Plant Operator Trainee , Public Works Maintenance Worker. EOE, FULL BENEFITS www.ci.marathon.fl.us The Island Gift Shops (Marooned In Marathon 1 & 2) are looking for happy responsible employees to complement our current staff. PART TIME HOURS in a fun environment (good fit for second job) and retirees are welcome!  Apply in person at Marooned In Marathon, 11528 Overseas Highway. Key Colony Inn NOW HIRING AM/PM SERVERS. Apply in person: 700 Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach, FL or call for details: (305) 743-0100 Experienced help only needed for all positions. Apply in person MonFri 10-11am at Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, Knights Key Blvd. Marathon Barracuda Grill now hiring experienced Servers for evening shifts. Apply in person 4290 Overseas Highway, Marathon 305-743-3314 HIRED!!

EMPLOYMENT LOWER KEYS Busy title agency on Big Pine Key seeking a highly organized, detail and customer service oriented individual, who is computer savvy and can handle a fast paced environment. Duties include managing closing files, coordination with Realtors, sellers, buyers, and lenders, regularly updating all

HOUSING FOR RENT UPPER KEYS

PRIVATE COLLECTOR WANTS Rolex, Dive Watches and Pilot Watches. Old Model Military Clocks & W a t c h e s . Call 305-743-4578

LONG TERM RENTAL in Plantation Lake Estates, Private community, two story 3BR/3BA unfurn. concrete block home, large carport & back yard, homeowners park w/boat ramp/dock, new A/C, W/D, screened in patio. Avail. end of Jan. $2,500/mo. 5016 1 4 - 1 2 3 4

HOMES FOR SALE

HOUSING WANTED

MIDDLE KEYS

MIDDLE KEYS

Bay Front 2BR/2BA 4th Floor Unit for sale by owner in Marathon. Million dollar view – you can see 7 Mile Bridge, Ocean & Gulf. 32’ Boat Dockage. Covered Parking. $535,000 (305)916-0536

Local small independent contractor looking to share house in KCB or Marathon. Willing to pay 1st/2nd/last and small sec. deposit. References available. Call Brian 610-961-1957

HOBBIES /COLLECT.

HOUSING FOR RENT MIDDLE KEYS 1/2 Duplex Studio Apartment for rent. Centrally located in Marathon, private backyard. $1,400/month includes utilities. F/L/$500 Deposit. 305-731-5588 AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MARATHON: Rooms available for short or long term rentals. Single: $720/ month; Double $1,150/ month; Plus tax; F/L/S. Units provide an ideal option to temporary or long term housing. Furnished with bunk beds, full kitchen with all utensils, tables, desks, coin operated washer & dryer. Residents share the kitchen, bathroom and dining areas. Linens, towels ,consumables, not provided. For information: Bob Brayman 305743-5929 bbrayman@ hallsdiving.com

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT in Marathon: Office/Retail Space, 1500sf w/additional 2 covered porches incl. Open water views, US-1 frontage, $2700/month. Also small Office Space $500/month. Wifi & Utilities included. Onsite storage & or yard space available - prices by size. Call 305-743-7277 Small office space available for rent. Great location on U.S. 1 in Tavernier. Conveniently located to everything. 305-394-0530

Short term rental in Key Colony Beach, 4BR/4BA - 2 story home with pool, on large canal w/deep dockage. Call 305-743-3338 3BR / 2 1/2 BA Townhome in Marathon - Sister’s Creek. Available Jan. 1, 2020. $2,200/ month 618-559-9143 Long-term rental available in Marathon. 1BR/1BA unfurnished 1/2 Duplex. $1,500/month + utilities. F/L/S 305-4816887 RENTED!!

HOUSING FOR RENT UPPER KEYS

“Uplifting the human spirit since 1973”

THE GUIDANCE/CARE CENTER, Inc.

KEY WEST

OCEAN KEY RESORT & SPA IS HIRING!

Behavior Health Therapist (Children) Case Manager Crisis Counselor Data Clerk Front Desk Specialist (Bilingual a +)

MARATHON

Sous Chef Front Desk Agent Bell/Valet Attendant Retail Sales Associate • Licensed Massage Therapist* • Licensed Nail Tech*

RNs and LPNs (3 shifts) (PT& FT) (Lead) & Behavioral Health Technicians (3 shifts) Peer Support Specialist (2), (base location flexible) Driver CDL (base location flexible) Crisis Counselor Assisted Living Night Monitor (free housing!) Assisted Living Direct Care Worker Drop In Technician Care Coordinator (Family)

Apply online at:

Community Action Team Leader (base location flexible) Adult Case Manager Behavioral Health Counselor Peer Support Specialist

*FL license required

www.noblehousehotels.com/careers

Apply in person at: Zero Duval St.

Come see why our employees love to call Ocean Key home! Great pay, amazing benefits, & an awesome team! EOE

KEY LARGO

Background and drug screen req. GREAT BENEFITS! Check out all available positions at: www.westcare.com EEOC/DFWP

ROGO LOTS FOR SALE

FOR SALE: 2 Marathon ROGO lots with letters. 4 ROGO points. $30,000 Text LOTS to 305-393-2515 and leave name & number.

RV LOTS FOR RENT

3BR/2BA New Construction Duplex on stilts in Key Colony Beach. Annual lease. Call 786-970-4905

The Guidance/Care Center, Inc. a division of

Large RV Lot for Rent in Marathon. Full hook up. $800/month plus utilities. 305-943-0789

YARD SALES

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE - SAT. DEC. 7 from 8am-1pm. Rain or Shine. Furniture - indoor & outdoor, lamps, linens, Coach pocketbook, glass top white wicker desk & chair, brown wooden desk, entertainment center, corner shelf, wicker TV cart on wheels, white very sturdy bookshelf, life jackets, watercraft jackets, hammocks, hand weights 20 & 25 lbs., liquor/bar cabinet, backgammon/ checkers table, assortment of art, pictures, etc. & many accessories. New white toilet & pedestal sink. 1134 Bulevar De Palmas, Marathon (Take Sombrero Beach Rd. to beach approx. 2 miles then turn right on Avenida Primiceria and follow signs.)

Immediate opening for a HVAC Service Technician Upper & Middle Keys. Great Pay • Paid Holidays • Sick Pay • Medical Insurance • Paid Vacation

Apply in person 171 Hood Ave • MM 91.5 • Tavernier p 305-852-2960 • f 305-852-0656

MARATHON GARBAGE SERVICE We are now hiring for the following positions:

Diesel Mechanic Truck Helpers CDL Drivers Applicants must apply in person to be considered. 4290 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

WE ARE HIRING FOR HIGH SEASON! If you have experience in Hospitality, like to interact with our Guests and be part of an amazing Team, come and join us. Please apply online for some of our open positions: islabellabeachresort.oasisrecruit.com 1 Knight’s Key Blvd (MM 47) Marathon


ENVIRONMENT

KEY WEST WEEKLY / DECEMBER 05, 2019

RECYCLING REMINDERS COUNTY TALKS TRASH — AND RECYCLING

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Household Hazardous Waste

Drop-off Day

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park • 1801 White St.

Residential ONLY Paint, stains, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers, roofing compounds, waste oil (five gallons maximum), resins and solvents, adhesives and caulks, corrosives and acids, cleaning products, and automotive fluids. Monroe County solid waste director Cheryl Sullivan, left, joins Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Coldiron at the Waste Management recycling facility in Pembroke Pines. KRISTEN LIVENGOOD/Monroe County

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onroe County officials followed the Florida Keys’ rubbish and recycling recently to Pembroke Pines, where they toured the South Florida recycling center. In addition to Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Coldiron, solid waste director Cheryl Sullivan and Florida Keys Waste Management director Greg Sullivan, representatives from Marathon Garbage Service, Keys Sanitary and the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce attended. “I was very excited to see municipalities, leaders and businesses come together to see and understand the challenges that surround recycling,” said Cheryl Sullivan. “It starts with changing current habits and behaviors regarding how to correctly recycle, and also how to reduce, reuse and repurpose.” The county contracts with four private operators in the Keys to collect recyclables, whcih then are shipped to the recycling center to be sorted. Since the center is singlestream, recyclers in Monroe County need not separate papers and plastics. All recycling can be combined in the same 64-gallon provided container. Recyclables from Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties are processed and sorted at the site, then put into bales and shipped to customers who buy it. Each bale contains about 2,000 pounds of a sorted item. Greg Sullivan said recycling can be confusing, especially with

plastics. The recycling center accepts plastics numbered 1-5, but he offered an easy way to remember what plastic can be recycled. Milk jugs, water bottles, and bath products all fall within the standard of “if the neck is smaller than the body, it can be recycled.” Red Solo cups do not meet that standard. “According to a municipal solid waste report, only 1 out of 3 plastic water bottles make it to a recycling center,” Cheryl Sullivan said. And if more than 10 percent of the submitted recycling is contaminated, it goes to a landfill instead. Tin, aluminum, cartons, cardboard and newspaper are always accepted. But the following items CANNOT be recycled: plastic grocery bags (can be brought back to grocery store), food waste, Styrofoam, furniture (including plastic outdoor furniture), toys, plastic plant containers (can be returned to garden store), garden hoses, hangers, electric wires, sporting goods, clothing, pots and pans, yard waste, hazardous materials and chemicals and propane tanks, especially the small Coleman camping tanks. For more information on recycling in unincorporated Monroe County, visit www.monroecounty-fl. gov/recycling. Videos of the recycling center tour can be found at www.facebook.com/monroecountybocc. — Contributed

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STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Untangle Your Finances

KEY WEST WEEKLY / DECEMBER 05, 2019

The Key West Weekly is proud to partner with Key West High School faculty and students in choosing “The Student of the Week.” Recipients are chosen on qualifications including academic standing, athletics, outstanding achievements, community involvement, individuality and moral fortitude. We thank our future leaders and KWHS for allowing us to share in a weekly dose of “Conch Pride,” and for giving us a glimpse into their world.

Apply Today! Call 305-294-6622

Go to KeysFCU.org

Visit us in Key West, Big Pine or Marathon *Close a new Auto, Boat or Personal Loan from 11/18/19 to 12/28/19 to be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 Publix Gift Card. No purchase necessary. Visit KeysFCU.org for details. Subject to credit approval. Restrictions may apply. Membership is open to everyone who lives or works in the Florida Keys.

What class has best prepared you for life after graduation? AP Chemistry, because it really taught me that in order to succeed, you have to give it your all, but you can’t do it alone. What advice would you give to underclassmen? No matter what you’re doing, make sure you’re having fun and making good memories. What’s your favorite social media channel, whom do you follow? Instagram, because seeing others live their best life inspires me to do the same. What do you want to be remembered for at Key West High School? I hope I can be remembered as someone who made a positive impact on the school, its students, staff and the community. What three things do you want to accomplish before your 10-year reunion? I hope to have completed my education, be doing something I love and have achieved my dream of visiting all seven continents. Will you make the Keys your permanent home? Probably not. I think it’s time to explore a bit to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person. Finish this sentence: Living in the Keys has taught me … how to be open and accepting of all people, no matter their backgrounds or beliefs, and to live each day making memories that will last forever.

SENIOR

Enjoy a chance to WIN a $500 Publix Gift Card when you get a Keys Auto, Boat or Holiday Loan with fast local service, great rates and affordable payments at Keys FCU!*

What organizations are you involved with at KWHS? Television production has given me the opportunity to travel and meet so many different people while doing something I love. I’m also in National Honor Society and Keys to be the Change.

DIVYA NAVANI

Who has been your biggest inspiration at KWHS? Mr. Edward Smith has been such a positive and optimistic force who is so dedicated to not only making sure his students succeed, while having a great time.


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Both full or part time positions available at Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort.

NOW HIRING

Marathon, Big Pine Key & Stock Island Locations $15 per hour to start FT Employees are eligible to participate in our health, dental, vision, Life Insurance. PTO and Profit Sharing is available to every member of our team (conditions apply). HOW TO APPLY: Go to mytomthumb.com or call Cleveland (786) 295-5307.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS NEEDED!

Line Cook, Servers, Host, Housekeepers, Night Auditor, Front Desk Agent and Food Runners. Excellent Benefit Package

Monroe County School District

Apply in person at 1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon or email resume to hr@spottswood.com

Salary $15.80- $23.20/hour

EOE/m/f/d/v

Key West, Sugarloaf and Upper Keys (3 work locations)

JOB OPENINGS

• No Experience Required

GUEST SERVICE AGENT TELEPHONE AGENT NIGHT AUDITOR BELLMAN

• Benefits • CDL Training Provided work as a Bus Aide while training • Full Time or Flexible

Excellent Benefit Package EOE M/F/D/V

Part Time Hours 6 to 9 am or 1 or 2 to 5 pm Apply online: www.keysschools.com

EOE m/f/d/v

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Please email resume to hr@spottswood.com

Detention Deputy Trainee: D’Asign Source is seeking the following professionals. Overtime and benefits are available. For full details & additional openings, please visit DAsignSource.com/careers

Architects

We have openings for Intern Architects, Emerging Professionals, and Production Architects. Experience in High End Residential design is a plus.

Junior Interior Designer

1+ year experience with basic interior architecture detailing. Strong knowledge of AutoCAD, Revit, and 20/20 a plus.

Warehouse & Delivery Crew D’Asign Source is looking for a hardworking Warehouse & Delivery Crew member. Must have reliable transportation, be on time and organized. Must have a valid driver’s license. CDL a plus.

NOW HIRING Front Desk Agent Chief Steward Maitre D’ Houseman Room Attendants Engineering Pizza Cook Host – AM/PM Overnight Prep Cook Bartenders Servers Line Cooks Bellman Reservations Sales Agent Spa Coordinator Massage Therapist If you have a passion for guest service and hospitality, please apply

careers@bungalowskeylargo.com

Bungalows Key Largo is an EOE

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is accepting Preliminary Applications for Detention Deputy Trainee Academy starting January 2020. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will pay for your new career (tuition, books, salary). Preliminary Applications must be completed and received by December 6, 2019. Starting salary $37,236. Apply on line at www.keysso.net or contact Charles Slebodnick at cslebodnick@keysso.net or 305 292-7044. EEO/AAP.

SUDOKU

SOLUTION

Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

is now hiring for Afternoon & Evening Shifts. Please Apply In Person 8919 Overseas Hwy, Marathon


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We Also Repair & Replace Patio Door Screens

Please remember, you must be 21 to purchase alcohol.

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Sales - Service - Installation 1700 N. Roosevelt Blvd #2, Key West

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1075 Duval St Located in Duval Square 305.433.1290

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athomekeywest.com

305-743-7454

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3229 Flager Ave Suite 102 305.517.6582

in Key West since 1997

METAL ROOFING

SPECIALIST 305-664-1010 www.roofer.pro


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Key West’s Ultimate Garden Venue

ernest hemingway home & museum 305.393.2444 •

hemingwayhome.com

IMPROVING LIVES ONE SMILE AT A TIME! From left to right: Dr. Hector Guzman D.D.S, Dr. David McDonald D.M.D Dr. Natalia Vazquez-Marrero D.M.D and Dr. Oscar Rodriguez D.M.D

Located at 2758 N. Roosevelt Blvd. (in the Overseas Market) • Key West, FL 33040 Phone 305.294.9914 • Fax 305.295.9691 • doc@docguzman.com • www.docguzman.com


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