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“I was the first to qualify as a Uber driver in Key West,” says Hank Allen with a look of disillusionment. We caught up with him on the steps of the Monroe County court house last Tuesday where he was on his way in to face the criminal charges the City of Key West had brought against him for driving his Uber car without a City permit.

Just what Uber is [or isn’t] depends entirely on who you talk to. According to its foes, Uber is nothing more than a Taxi company that uses a smartphone app as a dispatch system and is attempting to simply bypass every licensing and insurance requirement out there. However, according to Uber, the company is strictly a technology firm – it doesn’t own any vehicles and Uber drivers are not “employees.”

The San Francisco based company is a $40 billion new technology sensation and its “ride-sharing” system is rapidly invading the antiquated, and arguably, overpriced world of taxicabs. Continue reading »

Jul 032015
 
Hostage Standoff on Duval Street: “In typical Key West fashion: 'Nothing' happens in the most spectacular way.” ~ Mike Mongo

  UPDATE Thursday July 2, 3:35 pm by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The 911 call went something like this: ‘I stabbed my wife. I stabbed her in the chest and the abdomen, both. I have a shotgun. I’m in my room at Duval House and I’m holding my 13-year old niece hostage.’ KWPD went running, [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Uncle Bobby's Magic Sofa

Thanks to MC COUSCOUS and BRIA ANSARA for allowing us to share their incredible music video:  ‘SLOW DOWN’ [IF YOU’RE STILL ON THE HOMEPAGE: Click on the headline above and the following links will ‘come to life’. FACEBOOK   YOUTUBE    WEBSITE

Jul 032015
 
Tony Yaniz Reelection Bid District IV

Four years ago my neighbors and friends suggested I seek the District IV Commissioner seat. Together we formed a coalition of families, senior citizens, Key West youth and workers and identified a Fresh Approach platform: Accessibility and Transparency. I’ve listened and worked hard and learned. I strongly believe I have kept the promises I made [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Death by a Thousand Cuts

by Kim Pederson……. I started reading Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel The Water Knife a few days ago. To give you a capsule summary, here’s how Jason Heller’s NPR article “The Water Knife Cuts Deep” describes the book: In his equally powerful sophomore novel [after The Windup Girl], The Water Knife, he [Bacigalupi] takes a similar approach [more…]

Jul 032015
 
American Exceptionalism

by Alex Symington……. I would have thought by now nothing would surprise me, but the reaction to my essay last week on guns and racism was an eye-opener for a couple of reasons. Last week I committed the journalistic cardinal sin of writing about TWO subjects at the same time and inadvertently discovered which is more [more…]

Jul 032015
 
GUNS

  by Jerome Grapel…….   Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, amongst many others, as well as the death toll taken on a daily basis within the confines of the world’s most advanced nation (as they tell us here in the good ‘ol US of A) — Guns. We’re talking a lot about guns lately. Perhaps it is [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Breed Airedales - Get Airedales

by John Donnelly……. An un-awakened consciousness, triggers all manner of mayhem and confusion. I’m not startled by the acts of horror, violence and degradation that are committed by human beings. There aren’t any limits to the violence and pain that an individual will inflict upon another; after they’ve been brainwashed, duped and deluded via an [more…]

Jul 032015
 
God

by Kirby Congdon……. My readers are younger and want to be au currant. Heaven and hell are bribes or threats for them and they dismiss the two categories as uneducated and dishonest references. This still leaves us with “God” to relieve us of the inexplicable, the uncontrollable or the unbearable. The term God is almost an [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Chicken of the Trees

Yes folks they do taste like chicken–iguanas. They are an invasive species and should be dealt with as required–Killed. All U bunny huggers get a life. If you want to do something positive stop the government from euthanizing kitties & puppies. Back to imported pests. There are NO laws protecting these reptiles. It is shown [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Mandatory Drug Testing

Dear Editor: In light of all the problems that have been brought to light regarding the BOCC, the FKAA, and the CRWS and the latest editorial in the KW Citizen something Must be done. For a Public agency to use Extortion to force Select property owners into giving up their property rights when they have [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Redemption

Dear Editor, Having been disgraced, seriously injured and punished for his mistakes; at what point in time shall a man be forgiven? Perseverating upon another’s imperfection is the mark of a weak and enfeebled individual, fearful that their own flaws and shortcomings may be called to light. For many years Randy Acevedo served the children, [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Secondhand Smoke Citizens Advisory Board

by Dorothy Harden…… Did you know that under the 2014 Florida Statutes Chapter 386? The Duty of the Department of Health 386.01 Sanitary nuisance. A sanitary nuisance is the commission of any act, by an individual, municipality, organization, or corporation, or the keeping, maintaining, propagation, existence, or permission of anything, by an individual. municipality, organization, or [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Veterans Call on Israel to Free International Flotilla, End Siege of Gaza

U.S. State Department Should Demand Immediate Release of all Passengers St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace applauds the international Freedom Flotilla 3, including prominent VFP member, Colonel Ann Wright (USAR Retired), and the courage of all who attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza this week. We deplore the Israeli government’s illegal seizure, in [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Financial Literacy in School

Are Schools Failing Students When It Comes To Money Matters? Educators Must Make Financial Literacy A Priority, Says CEO Of Society For Financial Awareness Something may be missing as high school seniors across America accept their diplomas this graduation season. Those years of K-12 learning likely provided them opportunities to learn about historic figures, find Canada on [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum Undergoes Phase II of Larger Restoration Effort

While not apparent to those passing by, one of Key West’s most prominent national landmarks is currently undergoing major renovation. The Custom House— the red brick, award-winning museum that towers over Mallory’s historic seaport— is undergoing a complete overhaul to update the fire suppression, electrical and plumbing systems. “This phase of the renovation targets some [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, July 2 thru Wednesday, July 8 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS and EXHIBITONS Thursday Anja Marais, Being Shore to Ocean Opening Reception The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. tskw.org Also on view, 3rd floor gallery, Summer Solstice Watercolors Exhibit, [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Plantation Key School Project Moving Forward

The Monroe County School Board met on Tuesday, June 24, 2015. Pat Lefere Executive Director of Operations and Planning introduced Michael Skrodinsky the new Facilities Planner for the Monroe County School District. At the meeting, the School Board discussed moving forward on the Plantation Key School construction project. This effort will replace the existing school [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Beachgoers Asked to "Fish, Swim, and Play from 50 Yards Away"

(Washington, D.C., June 29, 2015) As millions of vacationing Americans head to their nearest beach destination for surf and sun this summer, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is urging beachgoers to be mindful of the many beach-nesting birds that will be tending to their nests and newly hatched young. “Young birds have a tough go of [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Manatee Summer Adoption

Save the Manatee Club, an international nonprofit organization, was co-founded in 1981 by world-renowned singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett. Funds from our adoption program go toward emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, and for waterway signage, public awareness and education, research and more. Read about our manatee conservation efforts at: savethemanatee.org/smchist.htm.

Jul 032015
 
KWFD Reminder: Be Safe!

The Key West Fire Department is reminding everyone to use extra safety precautions as we go into the Fourth of July holiday. That means stay away from any kind of home fireworks and, instead, enjoy the public display off White Street Pier. “Remember, if it explodes or if it flies, it’s illegal,” said Key West [more…]

Jul 032015
 
LWV Fifth Tuesday Social

  The Fifth Tuesday social hosted by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters this week featured highlights of the legislative session and the recent Florida State LWV Convention held in Del Ray Beach. The reports were given by local league President Joan Wallin and Treasurer Sandy Bergin, delegates to the convention. Initiatives coming out [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Environment Florida Report

Report: Florida leadership critical foundation for an international agreement on climate [St. Petersburg, FL] – Florida is poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut the seventh most global warming pollution of any state in the country. [more…]

Jul 022015
 
Mysterious Hostage Standoff on Duval:  A Hoax

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Developing story… A hoax… Key West police shut down the 800 block of Duval Street at about 7 p.m. last night amid reports of a “possibly armed person” having barricaded himself inside a bed and breakfast. According to police spokesperson, Alyson Crean, a man had called police claiming he had knifed a woman in [more…]

Jun 302015
 
Uber Fires Back...

This just in from spokesperson, Bill Gibbons, on behalf of Uber in response to KWPD’s announcement today that Uber drivers in Key West that don’t possess a vehicle-for-hire license will be arrested beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2015: “It is unconscionable that the city would seek to limit safe, reliable transportation ahead of one of the deadliest weekends [more…]