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