July 2017 News

July 2017 News

July 2017 Newsletter 
A Word from the Director
We hope you are having a wonderful summer! While we are on the break from our monthly meetings, your Chamber continues to work hard on preparing for the upcoming season. We suggest that you check and update your information on your Chamber profile so it is accurate on our online directory. 
As always, we are here to serve you. We are only a phone call or email away, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you. We will see you at our next luncheon meeting on Wednesday, September 6th.
Scholarship Awards


This year's Scholarship winners are: 

Jonathan Augustin

Gavin Buck

Kevin Louis-Jean

Grace Sievert

Corley Smith

    We thank all of the participants. We received many outstanding applications from very talented individuals; it was a very difficult decision to make.  

    Thank you once again to those who participated in this year's Golf Tournament and 
    made these scholarships possible. 

    Awardees are to be recognized at our

    Welcome New Members!

    Eastern Exterminating
    Justin Storey

    Sands of the Keys 
    John Ribble

    Revised Closing Date for Card Sound Toll
    Monroe County has changed the closing date of the Card Sound Toll to September 1, 2017 instead of August 1, 2017 as previously communicated. The reason for this is that FPL needs additional time to relocate their power lines and this must be done prior to the start of the toll construction.  They will be posting signs and issuing press releases to alert drivers of the change.  Tolls will be collected and discount tickets will continue to be accepted until the closure on September 1st.  Any unused tickets may be returned for a refund.
    The total length of time that the toll will be closed will remain the same: 189 days.  The revised date for the All Electronic Tolling System to begin operation will be March 9, 2018.

    Business Spotlight

    Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape Expands Operations to new Florida City Location

    Florida City, FL, July 24, 2017 - On June 30th, 2017, Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape purchased 100 N Krome Ave, a 12,000 SF warehouse and office building on 2.2 acres in Florida City off the corner of Palm Drive and Krome Avenue - 2 blocks away from US1 and the Florida Turnpike.

    Reef Tropical will be expanding their major operational departments of Pool Construction, Pool Repair, Landscape Maintenance, Tree Service and Landscape Installation into the new space. They will continue to fully utilize their existing space in Ocean Reef Club for certain operational divisions along with customer service and sales.

    This expansion was centered around the company's need to grow beyond Monroe County into Miami-Dade for pool construction, repair and maintenance. In addition to this logistical requirement, Reef Tropical's staff members, who live primarily in Miami-Dade County, will have a safer and easier commute to work. From this location, Human Resources can also recruit talented and experienced workers, vendors and subcontractors to serve their customers future needs.

    "This expansion symbolizes the dedication and sacrifices of our staff over the past 20 years," said Claude Kershner IV, President of Reef Tropical. Claude added, "Ocean Reef Club is our home base and we will always have an office and a friendly face for our customers there. Yet, the Florida City location makes perfect sense for vehicle and equipment parking, deliveries, storage, proximity to our staff and new team member recruitment." Management and staff at Reef Tropical share similar excitement and hope for the future with this vision.
    The plan is to be fully operational in the new building by the beginning of September 2017. There will be an open house and ribbon cutting shortly after. New relationships with local politicians and charitable organizations are already being formed.

    Claude Kershner III, CEO of Reef Tropical said, "We are so excited about this new building and what it means for our team. We have a major opportunity to not only better service our customer base but also contribute towards the economy and betterment of Florida City." He added that "Our legacy at Reef Tropical lies in the people we serve which includes our staff, our community and our customers. This building will be a major stepping stone in Reef Tropical's quest to serve."

    Pre qualified Artist Opportunity, Art in Public Places

    Monroe County Art in Public Places Committee announces to all pre-qualified artists a new project: Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center in Key Largo. The goal of the project is to place site specific art work on the rear of the building on either side of the walkway. Artists may propose artwork for this targeted space, or present a cohesive proposal for a different space. All proposed artwork shall be original and site specific.

     The maximum art budget amount, inclusive of all costs for artists, including installation, is $8,800.00 for this exterior project. Signage is provided by the County. These funds were generated by the 1% art ordinance for the Magnolia Street Building renovation.

    The facility has 31,200 square feet of office space and a community room with seating for 275 where commission meetings, theater and concerts are held. The first and second floors include office space for Monroe County Planning and Building Departments (including permitting), the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and other County administrative offices. A 2-story lobby space connects the areas with a second floor bridge.  Ranging from performing arts to community elections, the events that will take place at this location are unlimited in scope. The vernacular design of the building includes metal roofs and wide overhangs.

    Located in Key Largo at mile marker 102.5, the site opens to a spectacular bayfront view. The facility serves as an outdoor and indoor community gathering space. The passive bayside park has sitting areas and a great lawn for both public and private events. Artwork that is low maintenance, child and family friendly, will be given preference.

    For more information, and to apply, please download and print the RFP from the Quick Links on our website at  Application deadline for RFP is August 24, 2017 by 3:00 pm EST.

    Questions please contact: Elizabeth Young, Executive Director, Florida Keys Council of the Arts: 
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