Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Easter Seals

As part of my test of the Jetson electric scooter from Costco I rode out to College Road on Stock Island where I haven't been recently. I cam across a construction site.
This open space used to house the Easter Seals and now is apparently schuelded to be rebuilt as housing.
They say there will be 104  affordable housing units on the land which sounds pretty good ina  town with a huge housing shortage. However no one ever seems to define what the term"affordable" really means. Usually it ends up looking like 250-300 thousand dollars to buy or $2200 a month to renta  two bedroom which is not always that affordable for many bar and hotel workers. 
When in doubt I turn to Wikipedia and as I have no idea who the Easter Seals are (or were in this case) this is what I found:
Easterseals (formerly known as Easter Seals founded in 1919 as the National Society for Crippled Children)[2] is an American 501(c)3 nonprofit providing disability services, with additional support areas serving veterans and military families, seniors, and caregivers.
Easterseals addresses the needs of individuals and families throughout the lifespan – from inclusive child care to respite care – in order to help people "reach for their full potential."[3]
Easterseals meets the standards of the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance.
The name "Easter Seals" derived from an earlier fundraising program: beginning in 1934, colorful adhesive seals, the size of postage stamps, were sold around Easter; purchasers stuck these on mailed envelopes to demonstrate their support for the organization. Because of the program’s success, the organization changed its name from "the National Society for Crippled Children" to "Easter Seals." They have since changed their name to "Easterseals."
I took the picture above of their building just over a year ago but nowadays they apparently have relocated o North Roosevelt Boulevard so the work continues even as construction takes place on College Road.
The northern half of Stock Island was annexed to the city of Key West and the arc of College Road is home to many services critical to the city's operation. The original impulse to annex the land was to build housing and a gold course here but College Road is home to the Florida Keys Community College soon to be renamed by the state legislature, also the hospital, Gerald Adams School, the SPCA and the city transit bus depot newly uilt where the old garbage transfer station and waste burning plant used to live.
There is the homeless shelter, a marina, condominiums and the Sheriff's headquarters and jails for adults and juveniles. So it is no surprise to see buses and ambulances traveling the street.
And soon between the botanical gardens and the gold course, next to the water pumping station we should see 104 units of housing.