Jul 222016
 
Photo: Google Earth

Photo: Google Earth

by Arnaud and Naja Girard…….

Remember, the first time you drove down US 1 all the way to Key West? We would like to take you from that glittering vision of hundreds of little green islands suspended over endless turquoise waters and sit you down in the boardroom of the County Commissioners who are in charge of protecting that whole magical expanse called the Florida Keys.

Few issues in Monroe County have stirred as much passion and cloak and dagger plots as the development of those offshore islands.

According to a 2015 report by biologist Curtis Kruer there are over 1,900 acres of privately owned offshore islands in unincorporated Monroe County. But while a 7,500 sf build-able lot on Key West’s Sunset Key sells for almost 4 million dollars, a similarly sized piece of land with no building permit allocation on nearby Wisteria Island would be almost worthless.

This week, Barton Smith, attorney for the would-be developers of Wisteria Island went, once again, before the County Commission. Continue reading »

Jul 222016
 
Man Booked on February Attempted Murder

Attempted murder suspect returned to Monroe County to face charges A Big Coppitt Key man wanted for attempted murder was arrested in Miami-Dade County July 18th. He was returned to Monroe County on Wednesday to face the charges against him. 26 year old Yordan Alvarez is accused of striking the victim in the neck with a broken bottle on February 7th of this year. The incident took place at 316 Avenue D on Big Coppitt Key. The victim – 39 year old Oleimys Abal Clemente [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Affordable Workforce Housing Regulations: Public Workshop

City of Key West Seeks Public Input on Affordable Housing Regulations as part of the City’s Land Development Regulations Update Workshop to be held July 28, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park. The City of Key West Planning and Zoning Department will host a public workshop on July 28th at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park focusing on updates to the City’s Land Development Regulations (LDR). The updates are required by State law in order to be [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #175, Issue #176, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 222016
 
BOCC Certifies Aggregate Millage Rate for FY 2017 Proposed Budget

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners on Monday certified an aggregate millage rate of 3.5244 – expected to be the lowest in the state of Florida – for its proposed $457 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017. This rate is 5.4% less than last year’s rate, resulting in about $60 less in property taxes for a home with a taxable property value of $300,000. This rate also is .08% below rollback (meaning the rate is generating less total revenue for the County than last [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 222016
 
BOCC Pursuing Stock Island Property for Working Waterfront

BOCC ACCEPTS WORKING WATERFRONT GRANT TO PURSUE PURCHASE OF “GULF SEAFOOD” ON STOCK ISLAND MARTAHON – To help preserve precious working waterfront in the Florida Keys, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved partnering with the Florida Communities Trust to purchase an 8-acre property, formerly known as “Gulf Seafood,” on Stock Island. The County earmarked $5 million in sales tax revenue more than a year ago for the property at 6021 Peninsula Avenue. At its recent meeting, the BOCC voted to accept a [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Monroe County Sheriff To Sponsor Local 'National Night Out' Events Keys Wide

National Night Out – Mark your calendars and have some fun! On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Sheriff’s Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys. The goal of National Night Out [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Crime Report

Caregiver for elderly man steals his money. A woman who cares for elderly people who need assistance was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing money from a 95 year old Tavernier man. 52 year old Nancy Bevis was previously arrested on July 2nd for two similar cases involving theft from two elderly women. In this newest case, Bevis allegedly wrote unauthorized checks and altered checks to larger amounts than they were originally written for. She allegedly stole over $2,000 from the victim before the crimes were [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
9/11: 28 Pages Later

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In December of 2002, Congress released its report on the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.” Part of that report, anyway: 28 pages remained classified until July 15, 2016, when they were finally presented to the public with significant redactions. Why the long wait, and what do the 28 pages reveal? If we’re to believe the headlines in Saudi media (e.g. Al Arabiya) and mainstream American media (e.g. Time and the [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #176 2 Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Please Bear With Me---Just Wanted To Describe A Simple Telecast...

by John Donnelly……. Former President of the United States, GW Bush, sometimes referred to as ‘baby bush’; made a disturbing spectacle of himself during the funeral service for those Dallas Police Officers recently murdered. Having dyed what’s left of his hair with a brownish feculent colored substance; the visual impression formed in the minds of my assembled guests, viewing this tribute, was one of shock and distress. The application of some type of liquid or paste on his head, exacted an unwelcomed reaction. It accentuated [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #176, John Donnelly No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Just Messiahing with You

by Kim Pederson……. We attended the staged reading of a new play the other night called The Return. In it, a world famous newscaster announces he is Jesus Christ and has returned out of concern for the sorry state of, well, everything. Thinking about the idea of a second coming took me to a memory of a Roy Buchanan song entitled “The Messiah Will Come Again.” Buchanan is an amazing guitarist who, sad to say, should have all microphones immediately cut off at the slightest [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #176, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Fraternities

by Kirby Congdon…… Having been brought up in a rural, one-horse farm, I was used to being alone and doing without group approval. Unconsciously my stance was that I would be compromising my integrity if I were to accept the standards of a world that had always found me lacking in regard sports and the obligatory skills that went with them, or in regard to school with its competitive approach toward any accomplishment. I was only comfortable when I could be myself without being compared [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #176, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Keep Mosquitios Away!

Dear Editor, Worried about Zika Virus? Place a dab of Vick’s Vapor rub behind each ear and on ankles! The strong odor will keep mosquitio’s at bay! The cedar leaf oil is a natural insect repellant. The odor of menthol and camphor in Vicks also acts as a repellant. Bob Holzhei/St. Johns, Michigan

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jul 222016
 
Mosquito Control: Friends, It Jest Ain't So!

Dear Editor, Recently we’ve read some pretty wild claims about Mosquito Control Board commissioners. We’ve read that they earn outrageous amounts of money and that they do little or nothing. Friends, it jest ain’t so! Here’s the facts: Mosquito Control Board members are elected officials. They meet between 14-16 times per year. The meetings are held in various places up and down the Keys. Usually, on their meeting days, they hold a public meeting, when that meeting is concluded, then other work shop meetings are [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Rude, Ignorant, Inconsiderate? Human Beings?

Dear Editor, This is not an unusual sight in the Big Pine Key WinnDixie. I’m an 80% wounded warrior and when I pulled into the parking lot it was pouring rain. So some Moron thought that it would be Kool to watch the cripple get out of the vehicle and stumble around and take care of your stupidity. I’m putting the Gypsies Curse on you so that your children treat you with the same Disrespect that you treat cripple people From: Dr. Geno

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Two Day Sport Lobster Season is Next Week

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone the two day sport lobster season is coming up next week. Anyone who plans to participate catching lobster in Monroe County during the two day season on July 27th and 28th should make sure to familiarize themselves with both state law and with local ordinances in the Florida Keys. Additionally, Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone who lives here and who is visiting: marine thefts are a real problem in the Florida Keys and thieves [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Hospital Celebrates Employee Milestones and Recognizes Outstanding Achievement

Lower Keys Medical Center recently held its annual associate recognition dinner at the Grand Key Double Tree Resort. Employees honored at the event were praised for their commitment, compassion and loyalty by Robin Lockwood, M.D., Chairman of the Board, and Michael McIvor, M.D., Chief of Staff. Forty individuals were recognized for achieving five-year milestones in service – 5 years, 10 years, all the way to 30 years of service. Collectively, the honorees have cared for patients and the Key West community for 390 years. “Words [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Hometown Announces Change in the August 8, Agenda

Although Hometown acted in good faith in scheduling all candidates for United States Representative to appear at the August 8, Forum, the Board of Directors of Hometown! now believes that it is inappropriate to have Republican Carlos Curbelo and Jose Peixoto, NPA, participate in this forum when neither will be on the August 30 ballot. After further review, the Board has elected to strictly enforce the rules regarding Hometown’s primary forums—and even though Jose Peixoto campaigned as a Republican at the “Call for Candidates,” and [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Ms. Wheelchair Florida to Hold Press Conference Friday

The City of Key West is hosting a press conference by Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016 at 10 a.m., July 22 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 300 Catherine St. Please join us in welcoming her! Heather Taylor is flying to major cities across Florida to highlight accessibility changes for persons with disabilities and raising awareness about Dysautonomia. “I am excited to be visiting your beautiful city as part of a national news media event called, Ms. Wheelchair Florida Takes Flight,” said Heather. When Randall [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Early Sign-up Open for 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair, Discount for Key West Vendors

Early sign-up for the 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 has opened. Key West-based vendors get a 10 percent discount. Now thru August 8, food vendors can contact the Fantasy Fest Street Fair team at 305-296-1817 or streetfair@marketsharecompany.com for early access to vending locations for the exciting and well-attended Fantasy Fest Street Fair. Visit fantasyfest.com for applications and contact the Street Fair team for open locations and early sign-up fees. Any vendors hoping to bring a food truck [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Reduction in Election Monitors Related to the Shelby County Decision Gutting the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it will significantly reduce the number of election monitors deployed to safeguard the November General Election due to the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision in 2013 to gut a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act: “Election monitors play a critical role in protecting voting rights, especially for voters of color and others who have historically [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #176, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, July 21 thru Wednesday, July 27 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings FESTIVALS/FUNDRAISERS Thru Sunday, July 24 Hemingway Days The 36th annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest and a birthday party commemorating Ernest’s July 21st birthday. Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); (305) 797-0579 (literary) hemingwaydays.net Saturday Chili Cook-off to benefit the Sister Season Fund, 3 PM To [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Art, Issue #176, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle – The Most Magical Night Coming to Fort East Martello on August 6

Artists and dreamers of all ages take heed. On Saturday, August 6 from 6-10 pm, Fort East Martello will be aglow with a family-friendly evening steeped in ancient belief, celebration, and ritual that surround the magic of fairies and spirits, and the celestial power of dreams. The 10th Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream & Spectacle, co-produced by the Key West Art & Historical Society and Michael Shields’ Java Studios, is a night of creative expression, feasting, dancing, singing, and theatrical antics celebrating the art and artists [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #176, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Bold New Strokes by Greg Sobran at SALT Gallery: Special Preview on August 6

“Key West is an architectural epicenter,” says Greg Sobran, an acclaimed impressionistic painter who travels extensively to capture his subjects. His newest exhibit— “Recent Paintings from Near and Far” – opens Saturday, August 6 from 6pm-8pm at SALT Gallery, featuring more than a dozen new oil-on-linen vistas of our island and select others from Sobran’s travels. Sobran began his journeys to Key West in the 70s when he “was a hippie and it was a dusty old town,” he jokes. Lured by the island’s tropical [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Art, Issue #176, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212016
 
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Native American Craftsman ArtCamp! Sparks New Flame For Campers

During a week when augmented reality gadget games swept across the nation, kids at Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! were outside discovering island life as it was in the 1500s, building forts, throwing spears, and drinking from mud holes with life straws. The camp, in operation for over thirty years, aims to inspire a greater sense of place and historical understanding about our island home. This week’s theme was dedicated to the craftsmanship and traditions of Native American culture—in this case, the Calusa [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Art, Issue #176, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
THE BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST DEMOCRACY IS A FIVE-MINUTE CONVERSATION WITH THE AVERAGE VOTER. MAYBE NOT SO TRUE IN KEY WEST-- BECAUSE OF THE HOMETOWN! POLITICAL FORUMS

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. I typically resist starting anything I write with a quote from somebody famous. But I’m going to break my rule this time. In fact, I’m going to quote Winston Churchill twice, starting with: “Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Most Americans agree that democracy is a superior form of government. But we have a problem. To make our democratic system work best, an informed electorate is essential. [continue reading…]

Jul 152016
 
Pokemon Go! Key West

Video by Sabrina Walsh and Alexis Girard d’Albissin Special thanks to Alexis Girard d’Albissin and Sabrina Walsh [Key West High grads – home from college for the summer – experimenting with video documentary production.]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #175 No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Crime Report

Two charged with burglary Two Stock Island women were arrested today for a burglary that took place at a Stock Island residence on March 31st. The victim lives on 2nd Terrace. He told deputies he and his wife left the house in the morning and locked the doors. When they returned that evening, they found the house in disarray and many items stolen including a large amount of jewelry, a gun, sunglasses, several purses, an Apple MacBook, an iPad, a PlayStation, an Xbox, a safe [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Unclaimed Bond Money

Sheriff releases list of unclaimed bond funds The Sheriff’s Office would like to return unclaimed bond money. Anyone who is owed such funds has until September 1st to claim them. A list of unclaimed funds is featured on the Sheriff’s Office web site, www.keysso.net. It is also posted on the Sheriff’s blog at floridakeyssheriff.blogspot.com and on their Facebook page at MCSO-Florida Keys. The money is now in the custody of Sheriff Rick Ramsay and unless it is claimed on or before September 1, 2016, the [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »