Nov 182017

From Monroe County Sheriff’s Office:

UPDATE: Tuesday November 21, 2017

Detectives release homicide victim’s identity

Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives say they have notified the next of kin for the man who was stabbed to death on Stock Island Friday night.

The victim is identified as 59 year old Mathew Bonnett of 5650 Laurel Avenue on Stock Island.

Bonnett was a neighbor of the robbery victims and was on the scene apparently attempting to help his neighbors when he was stabbed to death just after 8 p.m. at 5700 Laurel Avenue on Stock Island.

Detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at


November 18, 2017:

Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives are investigating what appears to be a robbery in which one man was stabbed to death and a woman was cut on the neck with a knife. Continue reading »

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Nov 172017



Rick Boettger

by Rick Boettger…….

We are taking a break from detailing the individual Monroe County Commissioners’ Ethics violations to report on Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners’ meeting at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. It was a doozy. We will continue with Commissioners Kolhage (“It’s All Danny’s Fault if We Lose”) and Murphy (“His Weirdness”) in the next two weeks.

For Tuesday’s meeting, I wanted to follow up on Commissioner Heather Carruthers’ assertion about it being common for the BOCC to squander hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars without blinking an eye. She convinced her fellow commissioners to spend another $100k extending the ever-losing SUFA lawsuit some years ago with the following sharp reasoning: “And honestly, I mean, you know, a hundred thousand dollars does sound like a lot of money to a lot of people, but we make decisions all the time about things that I think might be even less justifiable spending that kind of money.”

So I went over the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting and, sure enough, I found an item that would squander well over $100,000 of our tax money. (Do these pop up every month, or did I just get lucky?) Continue reading »

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am * Featured Story *, ~ Column ~, Issue #243, Rick Boettger 18 Responses »
Nov 172017

Former Chief Justice Roy Moore [official portrait, Supreme Court of Alabama]

by Thomas L. Knapp…….

It’s hard to be objective about Roy Moore. Ever since his days as circuit judge of Etowah County, Alabama, he’s been a hero to religious conservatives and the bane of civil libertarians. The former powered his two elections to the office of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, on his promise to “return God to our public life and restore the moral foundation of our law.” The latter effected his two removals from that office over his insistence that his religious beliefs trump the law (including the US Constitution).

That Moore is one of America’s most controversial political figures shouldn’t distract us from the most obvious and important question concerning the latest controversy: Did he, as alleged in a Washington Post expose,  engage in sexual activities with a 14-year-old girl (and other minors) while he was a thirty-something prosecutor? Continue reading »

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Nov 172017
The Honest Ads Act: "Fundamental Rights," Real and Imagined

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Wikipedia defines “moral panic” as “a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society” and notes that A Dictionary of Sociology attributes the cultivation of moral panics to “moral entrepreneurs and the mass media.” We’re well into the second year of a moral panic drummed up by Democrats and “Never Trump” Republicans for the purpose of nullifying the outcome of the 2016 presidential election — removing US president Donald Trump from [continue reading…]

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Nov 172017
Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As US president Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing the sights of the Far East. Back home he faces a Republican Party torn by scandalous allegations against its candidate for US Senate from Alabama, a likely bruising fight over tax “reform,” and more of the constant nipping at his heels by “Russiagate” special counsel Robert Mueller. Oh, and Articles of Impeachment introduced in [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #243, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Nov 172017
Continued Temporary Rental Assistance

If you are a homeowner or renter getting rental assistance from FEMA and still have a need for that funding and are eligible for it, you should complete and submit an application for Continued Rental Assistance. FEMA may provide up to two months of initial rental assistance for eligible applicants. You may qualify for continued assistance if you: Demonstrate your disaster-related financial need; and Show you are developing a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. A contractor’s estimate of repairs can point [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #243, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 172017
December Featured Poet: Arida Wright

Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology entitled Poets in the Garden, published through a grant by the Anne McKee Fund. Arida began writing poetry in the sixth grade and became involved with the Key West Poetry Guild by reading an original [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Are You Alive?

by Kim Pederson……. Last week on Late Night, Stephen Colbert did a rather lame segment on sex with robots. He took the opportunity to tell the world that a company is manufacturing sexbots and selling them for as much as $15,000. Today, these are just glorified sex dolls with voice recordings, what Kate Devlin describes as looking like “bad 1980s store mannequins” in her TED Talk “Sex Robots.” But the company producing them claims that eventually they will have artificial intelligence and become increasingly more humanlike in [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #243, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Nov 172017
Zonta Says No

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed 16 Days of Activism beginning November 25th in honor of an important effort by the Zonta Club of Key West. The effort is aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. “Gender violence and abuse,” reads the proclamation, “can affect women of all ages, living in any community, but it is a topic too often kept secret or highlighted only when horrific acts play out in newspaper and media reports.” This annual observance is particularly important as, nationwide, women are speaking [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Sanctuary Staff as Natural Resource Advisers in Keys Vessel Removal

NOAA LT Rosemary Abbitt oversees the removal of a sunken sailboat west of Fleming Key. The six-hour process was part of post-Hurricane Irma operations with staff from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary serving as natural resource advisers to reduce further impact to sensitive habitat. A Unified Command led by U.S. Coast Guard is assessing and removing more than 1,700 damaged and displaced vessels in the Florida Keys that pose environmental and navigational hazards.

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Get Festive and Shop with a Cause at the May Sands Montessori Holiday Bazaar Held at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery

Celebrate the oncoming holidays while supporting island artisans and free public Montessori education in Key West during the May Sands Montessori’s Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 1 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery, located at 301 Whitehead St.  The free event will feature Key West’s finest artisans, festive music, and delectable desserts and drinks to help invoke the spirit of the season. The First Flight garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland with “snow” and the festive sounds of DJ Chaka, where children and [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #243, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 172017
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Weekly Drawing Sessions at Fort East Martello Museum

Select your medium of choice and join Annamarie Giordano in Life Drawing sessions at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays through December 11, 2017. Her three-hour workshops feature nude models in short and long poses and are open to all levels of artists. Sessions are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Register online at or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. Though drop-ins are welcome, advanced registration is encouraged as is early arrival for set-up.  Some materials will be available on site for purchase if needed.  Your [continue reading…]

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Nov 172017
The Loons Play the Porch, Friday Nov. 17

The Porch, 429 Caroline Street, Key West The Loons Friday 11/17 7-10 The Loons are a couple of, well, loons, who believe in the magic of music, who believe that music is meant to be enjoyed for the way it can move the hearts, spirits, and thoughts of those who hear it – not just sell drinks and food. The fun they have performing transfers to the audience, and a good time is had by all. Unusual instrumentation including mandolin, ukulele, and dulcimer, even conch, kazoo, [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #243, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 172017
Run, Rudolph, Run: Register Now for the Festive One Human Race Colorful 5K and Jingle Jog Hosted by May Sands Montessori

Get fit with festival-like 5k fun as May Sands Montessori hosts their 7th annual One Human Race Colorful Run and Jingle Jog on Sunday, December 3rd from 8:00am-11:00am.  The holiday-themed run and after-party is a perfect way to celebrate the 5k season and gives back with registration fees that support free public Montessori education in Key West.  Runners are encouraged to embrace the season’s spirit and dress in their favorite holiday costume garb or winter whites, and Santa’s speedy elves will be on hand to offer [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #243, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 172017
Shop with Purpose: Key West Art & Historical Society Joins National “Museum Store Sunday” Campaign

Transcend the typical retail experience during Key West Art & Historical Society’s participation in “Museum Store Sunday,” set for Sunday, November 26 from 9:30am – 4:30pm at their three museum stores located at the Custom House, Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters, and Fort East Martello Museums. The international shop-for-a-cause campaign and event organized by the Museum Store Association aims to be the global annual day to “Be a Patron,” where consumers can shop conscientiously and support museum stores and their missions. More than 300 museums—from three continents, ten countries, and 49 states—are [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #243, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 172017
Coast Guard, Turtle Hospital Crews Release 150-Pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle Near Key West

The Coast Guard and Turtle Hospital personnel released a rehabilitated 150-pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle to the wild off Sunset Key near Key West, Thursday morning. A Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrew and personnel from the Turtle Hospital released Drifter, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, back to the wild. Drifter was rescued from fishing line that was part of storm debris from Hurricane Irma and rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Key West.

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Nov 172017
I Love Stock Island Holiday Lighting Ceremony Set for Sunday, November 26

Join the fisherman, businesses and Stock Island community as we kickoff and celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting ceremony Sunday, November 26. Lobster traps recovered from hurricane Irma by local fisherman have been collected and used to construct a one-of-a-kind festive trap tree at the corner of Maloney Avenue and 4th Street. The structure will be decorated with hundreds of lights and recycled trap buoys painted by Stock Island artists. The ceremony, which begins at sunset, will offer a chance to socialize over light refreshments [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Ribbons of Gratitude at Montessori Children's School

The toddler families at The Children’s School located on the corner of United and Varela Street have been writing down what they are grateful for onto ribbons each morning during the month of November and then hanging the ribbons from a tree on the playground as a daily reminder that we have so much to be thankful for.  Toddlers like Winston Wofsey, Nora Binder, and Charlie Evans pictured here love to not only watch as the ribbons are added to the tree but to also [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #243, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 172017
Cruise into the Fabulous 50’s at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Second Annual “Back In Time” Fundraising Bash

Pull out your most stylin’ 50’s threads and cruise with your baby over to Key West Art & Historical Society’s second annual “Back in Time” fundraiser, Wednesday, November 29 from 5pm – 10pm at the Custom House Museum and Margaritaville Resort. This year’s gala celebrates the Custom House’s 126th anniversary in fabulous 50’s style with event proceeds supporting the ongoing preservation needs of Key West’s architectural crown jewel, while also benefitting Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane recovery efforts. The bash warms up from 5pm-6:30 pm on the veranda of the Custom [continue reading…]

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