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KEYS DONATES $1K TO KEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

08/29/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $1,000 to Key West High School (KWHS) athletics for the 2014-2015 school year. KEYS donation, along with others from the community, will be used for facility improvements, athletic trainer supplies, transportation, and many other needs.

“KEYS is a long-time supporter of KWHS athletics, and we are pleased to once again help student athletes achieve success on the playing fields,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Utility Board Member Barry Barroso, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, KWHS Athletic Director Neda Preston, Utility Board Members Charlie Bradford and Tim Root.


UTILITY BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE SHARE OF RADIO SYSTEM

08/28/2014 ~ The Utility Board recently approved a payment to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in the amount of $348,343.42 for Keys Energy Services (KEYS) share of a new local 800 megahertz (MHz) Radio System.

The MCSO is in the process of replacing their aging 800 MHz radio system, which is shared by 41 local agencies. The total cost of the new Motorola system is approximately $4.1-million. KEYS currently has 129 radios on the system, which represents 8.431-percent of the subscribers.

“This local partnership is a great example of local agencies working together with a common goal and realizing the benefits of economies of scale,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


KEYS OFFICES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY

08/25/2014 ~ In observance of Labor Day, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Monday, September 1st.

KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 8:00A.


FLORIDA LINEWORKERS HONORED WITH SPECIAL DAY

08/22/2014 ~ August 26th is designated Lineworker Appreciation Day in Florida. Electric utilities across the state will be honoring the men and women across Florida that work tirelessly in varying conditions to make sure our lights stay on.

The commemoration of Lineworker Appreciation Day at the end of August holds particular significance to the employees of Keys Energy Services, who lost their co-worker, Lineman Josh Yarbrough, two years ago on August 30th. Yarbrough died tragically in the line of duty.

In 2012, the Florida House of Representatives introduced a resolution honoring the thousands of men and women risking their lives every day ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state. The resolution, sponsored by Representative Seth McKell (R-Lakeland), designated August 26, 2012, as “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in the State of Florida. Electric utilities across Florida continue to recognize August 26th as Lineworker Appreciation Day.

Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, noted the daily demands endured by lineworkers. “When you stop and consider the complexity of the nation’s power grid,” he explained, “the essential role of the lineworker comes into sharper focus. As a group, they’re responsible for maintaining the nation’s more than 5-million miles of power lines in all kinds of weather and hazards and do so 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL PHONE SCAM

08/18/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has once again been made aware of a local scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have energy bill payments wired to fictitious accounts.

Under the scam, residential and commercial customers are being informed that their electric account is scheduled to be disconnected for non-payment. They are then instructed to wire the payment to a fictitious account to avoid immediate disconnection of service. The scammers appear to be using the pressure of having service disconnected as a means to have victims erroneously wire money. Well informed individuals have prevented the fraud from being perpetrated, but all KEYS’ customers are advised to remain vigilant to avoid falling prey to the scam.

If customers are unsure of the authenticity of a call and need to verify its legitimacy, they should contact KEYS at (305) 295-1000 and ask to speak with a Customer Services representative to check the status of their account.


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