* Featured Story *Last Day At Chapman’s House
Whether ‘Old Man Chapman’ will finally be swindled out of his house is no longer up for debate. Last Monday a red 8” X 6” legal notice was taped to his door at 221 Petronia Street. It read: “Final Notice of Eviction” and directed the Monroe County Sheriff to remove any person from the premises on Tuesday.
“It’s tomorrow. Tuesday is tomorrow,” said Chapman on the phone, “Where am I going to put my things? My clothes? My wife’s clothes? Our grandson’s clothes? What am I going to do?” It was 9:30 am. The beginning of a long day – which was going to involve Sheriff’s deputies, pro bono attorneys, a Judge, New York bankers, someone known as “Coconut Man,” and Mr. James Matthew Chapman. Mr. Chapman, the one-man-lighted-parade, who has been photographed thousands of times by tourists as he rides his Christmas-tree-like tricycle, blasting soul music, up and down Duval Street. [...full article]
Bahama VillageGoombay: Another Betrayal?
Conspiracy theories are running wild over the City Commission’s decision to give control of the African-Caribbean Goombay Festival to a group dominated by white businessmen. “This decision was a slap in the face,” says Glenwood Lopez. He is Chairman of a group supported by eleven Bahama Village non-profit organizations that came together to reclaim the event.
“They took away the 6.6 acres and now it’s Goombay,” says David, a resident of Bahama Village.
One belief is that the decision was somehow usurped during the Commission meeting and that the vote was actually a tie. In fact, the ballot does show that Commissioner Billy Wardlow actually cast his vote for the “Bahama Village Coalition.” The only group referred to as a “Bahama Village coalition” during the July 1st Commission meeting was the group led by Mr. Glenwood Lopez. [...full article]