RAISING THE BEAM – Hospital construction moves forward

Fishermen’s Community Hospital hosts a small celebration as the last beam of the hospital is lifted into place on June 10. The hospital was destroyed by Hurricane Irma and is being rebuilt at the same site. Speakers included hospital CEO Rick Freeburg and Jay Hershoff, Fishermens & Mariners Hospital Board Chairman. Guests were asked to sign the beam before it was installed. Pictured from left are Jeff Smith, Fishermen’s Community Hospital Advisory Board member; Jane Packard, foundation board member; Hershoff; state Rep. Holly Raschein; and County Commissioners Michelle Coldiron and Craig Cates. BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly

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Started my photojournalist at age 14 with the prestigious “Mustang News” (Gardner Jr. High newsletter). I spent 25 years as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Lansing, retiring to the Keys in 2006 with my wife Lori to open Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography in Marathon. www.Shadypalmphotography.com