Class 32 gathers on the steps at City Hall for their graduation ceremony in 2019. Class 33 grads were honored for their participation virtually.

Ambassadors Academy Applications being Accepted

Where do tax dollars actually go once you’ve paid them? How does such a small island handle its wastewater and storm water while protecting nearshore waters? How does the City manage its marinas? The answers are just some of the knowledge you’ll gain as a Key West Ambassador.

The City of Key West is kicking off the first Ambassadors Academy class since the pandemic struck. And we’re doing it a little differently. The class will be hybrid, with a mix of on-line participation, in-person sessions, and some facility tours. As always, the City will be following strict CDC guidelines: social distance, temperatures taken, and everyone must wear a mask. Class size is limited.

There is no better way to get to know city government than through the Key West Ambassadors Academy. Registration has begun for Class 34 of the Academy. Applications are posted on the City’s web site at, or you can call Alyson Crean at 305-809-1058 or email

The weekly classes begin on March 25th and wrap up on May 7th. The class meets every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for seven weeks.

The Ambassadors program first convened in 2003. During the weekly sessions, representatives of various City departments meet with the group – virtually or in safe limited sessions — to give an in-depth understanding of the workings of 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.