New Listing at 415 Amelia St

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New Listing at 415 Amelia St

415 Amelia St | $1,049,500

Old Town charmer with tons of tropical flair & detached one bedroom guest cottage. Both delightful structures surround a large pool & patio perfect for Key West style entertaining. Open floor plan, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings & French doors all open up to the pool for the very desirable indoor/ outdoor living. Enjoy a downstairs master bedroom as well as an upstairs loft den or extra bedroom or. Fenced for privacy with a rare carport & parking for 2 cars, all just a half block off of Duval St. & the fine restaurants, galleries & shops located there. 

 

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New Listing at 1013 Truman Ave

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New Listing at 1013 Truman Ave

Awesome mixed use building in the transient receivership zone!

1013 Truman Ave | $945,000

Wonderfully renovated in 1997, this extremely handsome mixed-use building is a Key West Classic. A commercial unit downstairs with 1 1/2 baths and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment upstairs, covered off-street parking in the rear of the building and tons of historic charm. There is a huge unfinished attic that for the creative out there would be an excellent project. Centrally located on Truman Avenue, this building is also zoned HNC-1 which is a transient license receivership area, giving even more potential to a future project. Property is tenant occupied so current photos are unavailable, pictures are from when tenants took occupancy about 5 years ago.

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New Listing at 1215 Truman Ave

Check out this awesome chance for a classic conch house to be renovated to your liking!

1215 Truman Ave | $1,049,000

Historic Conch house on great corner in the Meadows. Classic lines and built prior to to 1912, it has lots of Dade County pine throughout & is perfect for a home & home office with close proximity to White St, the “Local’s Duval St”. Relaxing pool area with a wonderfully spacious lanai surround it. A front porch and upstairs balcony off the front enhance the charm of the home.  3 bedrooms (possibly 4), second floor balcony, tall ceilings, huge attic space and a rare carport make this one special. Its ready and ripe for renovation to create your dream home.

 

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Open House Today at Enclave on Riviera!

From 1:00-3:00 Sunday, March 12, 2017

 

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Key West Association of Realtors FIRM Event

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Key West Association of Realtors FIRM Event

Dozens of Realtors and concerned residents gathered at "Stop the Rising Tide" of flood insurance last week at The Gardens Hotel to help raise funds for the insurance lobbying group FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates Monroe) and enjoy a beach-style picnic. The Weekly caught up some attendees that were willing to pose for the week's newspaper.  John Spottswood has recently joined the Board for FIRM and looks forward to helping the cause.

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Equality Florida’s Season Of Support Begins

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Equality Florida’s Season Of Support Begins

C.S Gillbert

An elegant party hosted by Jack and Terri Spottswood last Thursday honored Equality Florida’s major local donors and host committee members – and was a special tribute to Key West’s 2014 Service and Leadership award winner, Stephen Marrone. The event kicked off the countdown to the annual Gala on March 29, 6 till 8:30 p.m. at the Gardens Hotel.

Equality Florida, founded in 1997, is the state’s largest organization dedicated to obtaining equal civil rights for Florida’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. On Jan. 21 the group, together with six same-sex couples, filed a Right to Marry case in Miami-Dade challenging Florida’s discriminatory ban on same sex marriage.

On Friday, Valentine’s Day, the organization hosted a Get Engaged Summit at La Te Da at which 15 couples or individuals of varied orientations testified before video cameras as to what marriage means to them and/or what marriage equality would mean. They and another dozen-plus staffers, volunteers and guests heard updates from EqFl Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer and Elizabeth Schwartz, P.A. of Miami, “two of the most highly sought after and recognized authorities on marriage equality in Florida” said staffer Row Iliescu.

Pollitzer, a former Key West resident, is a familiar face in town, having guided local host committees since the very beginning. The key to defeating bigotry and discrimination is familiarity, he said. “Above 90 percent of Americans say they have someone in their lives — a parent, a child, a relative, a friend, a neighbor, a teammate — who is gay.” Marriage is important, he said. He spoke of his own 1999 “symbolic wedding” in South Carolina to his partner, Christopher, after they had been together for five years, and how he saw the light of understanding and acceptance appear in formerly doubtful relatives’ eyes.

“Thank you for your courage,” he said to those who testified before the cameras. “It’s the most powerful weapon we have.”

Schwartz, a nationally-known specialist in the field of GLBT civil rights and lead attorney in the marriage suit, told the crowd that “since the Windsor case took down the federal ban, statewide bans cannot stand” and in the Miami-Dade case, “ I’m optimistic that we’re going to prevail.” About 500 state benefits come with marriage, she said, including inheritance, hospital visits and medical decisions. “Divorce is also regulated by the state – 17 states have same-sex marriage, and if you get married in any of those places and want to split up, you have to move back to that state for a year and establish residence.” She called it being “wed-locked.”

Denying people the right to marry “is very clearly unconstitutional,” she said and  concluded that she expects a decision in the local case within two years.

“Key West has always provided Equality Florida with enormous support and its annual fundraiser is one of the largest in the state,” said Iliescu, who with Evie Evers Kling, local host committee chair, served as coordinator of both the party and the summit. “The Gala is a free event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend,” she said. For more information go to eqfl.org.

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