Florida Keys

Rainbow crosswalks get the OK for Key West

Rainbow-colored crosswalks are coming to Duval and Petronia streets in Key West.

City Manager Jim Scholl said at Tuesday's City Commission meeting that the Key West Business Guild agreed to pay for the crosswalks. The cost is $4,000.

Key West Business Guild Executive Director Matt Hon said the guild is committed to paying $2,000, which was initially proposed, while the other $2,000 has come from individual donations.

"We had several folks that came forward that wanted to show their support of the project and made donations either to the city of Key West or the KWBG to help cover the costs," he said.

The crosswalks, which will be permanent, are scheduled for installation May 28. They'll officially be unveiled June 10 at the start of Key West Pride, which runs through June 14.

"A great way for the city of Key West to roll out the red carpet, or should we say the rainbow carpet to welcome our visitors," Hon said.

The city will install the crosswalks, whose stripes will alternate between rainbow colors and white, according to Parking Director John Wilkins.

"We are using color thermoplastic for this rainbow design," Wilkins said.

The Southernmost City won't be unique in its rainbow crosswalks. San Francisco's Castro District has had four rainbow crosswalks since October. Other cities with them include Austin, Texas, Philadelphia and Hollywood, Calif. The Sacramento, Calif., government has OK'd similar crosswalks in that city.

Also Tuesday:

  • The commission approved a $34,000 slip-and-fall claim for Barbara Turner, 66. The Indiana native was visiting Key West with her family in June 2013 when she tripped over a brick planter border on South Street and fell onto an iron decorative planter fence.
  • City Attorney Shawn Smith said that Assistant City Attorney Chris Bridger is leaving to pursue his private practice. Bridger makes $66,300 and his last day is May 31. Smith said he's "debating" a replacement.

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