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Youth Advisory Board Makes Recommendations to City Commission

2/6/03 Key West At the City Commission meeting Tuesday night, the Youth Advisory Board presented their recommendations for the Truman Annex Waterfront Development.  Each member of the Board presented one of the ideas for development that would benefit the youth of Key West.  The recommendations are:

1) Extend the boardwalk/harborwalk so that it connects to the Hilton Pier, which in turn connects to Mallory Square.  This could be a part of an eventual walkway that could perhaps someday extend to the Bight.

2) Golf Putting Green, along with equipment rental stuff for golf, and other activities (Beach towels, Frisbees, basketball, etc.).

3) A small space on the property where remote control cars could race once or twice a week.  An increasingly popular sport, it was noted that the cars are not that loud and would not require an extensive amount of space.

4) An amphitheatre with permanent seating that could also be used for an outdoor movie theatre.  This could be made available to local groups, such as those from the high school, to use as a fundraising opportunity for special events.

5) Basketball and outdoor racquetball courts.  It was stated that there are not any new courts in Key West and the older ones that exist are not in good repair.

6) Develop the former Navy Mess Hall building as a vocational education center, where local residents, especially the youth of Key West, could learn skills that could allow them to excel in a tourism economy.  This could include culinary arts and restaurant and hotel management.

The Youth Advisory Board consists of seven Key West High School students appointed by the City Commission. The members of the Board are Alexandra Almeda Christina Boza, Bert Budde, Tiffany Curry, Nick Grassi, and Heidi Taylor, with Commissioner Merili McCoy serving as Commission liaison.


Jay Gewin, Executive Assistant to the Mayor & City Commission

Kelly L. Haglund, Public Information Officer


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