Where do tax dollars go once you’ve paid them? How does such a small island handle its wastewater and stormwater while protecting nearshore waters? What do school resource officers do? The answers are just some of the knowledge you’ll gain as a Key West Ambassador.
There is no better way to know the city government than through the Key West Ambassadors Academy. Registration begins tomorrow for Class 36 of the Academy. Applications are available on the City’s website at www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov. Just click on “my Government” and then “ambassadors,” and you’ll find an online application, or you can call Alyson Crean at 305-809-1058. Space is limited, so interested participants are urged to apply quickly.
The weekly classes begin on January 6, 2022, and wrap up on March 31. The class meets every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., usually at the City Hall, 1300 White Street. There are many field trips involved in the sessions as well.
The Ambassadors program first convened in 2003. Initially sponsored by the city manager. Volunteer ambassadors now help coordinate the 13-week program. During the weekly sessions, representatives of various City departments meet with the group to give an in-depth understanding of the workings of the City government.
The list of graduates of the programs looks like a who’s who of Key West that includes city and county commissioners, CEOs, and directors of several not-for-profit organizations. The Ambassadors program works under the concept that an educated citizenry is the bedrock of a well-functioning democracy.