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Sep 222017
The United States & America

by Art Winstanley……. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – (A. Lincoln) I want to make a pivotal distinction here. . . The “United States” and “America” are not necessarily the same thing. 240 years ago, the British Empire waged war against the America because America was hell-bent and determined to be free and independent of an oppressive government. “WE THE PEOPLE” are America.

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:41 pm Editorial, Issue #235 No Responses »
Sep 222017
Monroe County Working on Temporary Housing for Residents Who Lost Homes During Irma

  MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKING ON SECURING TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES WERE DESTROYED OR SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA Monroe County Emergency Management has been working with federal, state and the Keys municipalities since Hurricane Irma struck to secure temporary housing for residents whose homes were either destroyed or damaged to the point they are uninhabitable and do not have insurance.

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 3:14 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 222017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man shot by coworker in Key Largo Two Alabama men were in an altercation Thursday night. One man shot the other twice. The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where he is reported to be in stable condition. According to the suspect and his co-workers, the 48 year old victim, Michael Sproul, and the 53 year old suspect, Jerome Gant got into a confrontation earlier in the day during which Sproul pulled a knife and threatened Gant. He also reportedly hit Gant in the [continue reading…]

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 2:30 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 152017
In Case You Missed It - The State of Trump’s Assault on the EPA

With so much going on, many people know little about the Trump Administration’s assault on the environmental safeguards that protect our children’s health and the nation’s economic growth. That’s why we’re launching EDAF ICYMI, a weekly digest of the top stories affecting environmental policy. We’ll be keeping it short and to the point, so you can stay on top of key developments each week. Political Leaders Weaken EPA’s Response to Hurricane Harvey In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt heeded chemical industry lobbyists and delayed a safety rule that would have required additional future safeguards to [continue reading…]

 September 15, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #235, News No Responses »
Sep 082017
President Trump’s Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Severely Impact Harvey & Other Disaster Response

Growing public health and environmental dangers, such as those in Texas resulting from Harvey, are exactly what EPA deals with daily and what the agency is in the midst of dealing with right now. But these critical EPA programs that address public health threats are under unprecedented assault. The Trump administration proposes a massive 30% cut to the agency, a budget reduction greater than any other department or agency, and one that would return its real budget to mid-1970s levels. Political leaders in Washington and [continue reading…]

 September 8, 2017  Posted by at 3:55 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 082017
FIRM Aggressively Fighting Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is moving on several fronts in its efforts to protect the citizens of Monroe County from further windstorm rate increases proposed by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens). On August 23 several FIRM Board members, business leaders, and Monroe County residents testified at the annual rate hearing conducted by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). All opposed the latest Citizens proposed rate increase for Monroe County. OIR will render a decision by late September. To view the hearing you [continue reading…]

 September 8, 2017  Posted by at 3:02 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 012017
Hometown! Sponsors Candidate Workshop

Hometown! — Key West’s and Monroe County’s voting community’s signature resource for candidate and election information is sponsoring a Workshop for those running, or considering a run for elected office in 2018. The Workshop is set for September 16, starting at 8:30 am at the Marriott Beachside. Hometown especially urges all first time candidates to attend. The Workshop offers a full schedule of campaign topics, including deciding to run, campaign plans, budget and fundraising, messaging, speeches & debates, marketing and election rules and paperwork. Speakers [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #234, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 012017
U.S. Special Counsel Blasts Klamath Irrigator Slush Fund

Findings of Illegality and Waste Fail to Spark Bureau of Reclamation Reform Washington, DC — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation misappropriated millions to improperly subsidize irrigators to the detriment of the environment, according to findings of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) transmitted to President Trump this month. The action validates charges leveled by Reclamation whistleblowers represented by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The two Reclamation whistleblowers, Todd Pederson and Keith Schultz, documented that their agency illegally gave $32 million to irrigators in [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #234, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 012017
Veteran Organization Condemns Trump Administration Announcement to Further Militarize the Police

St. Louis, MO.  – Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will lift limits on the 1033 program to once again allow local police departments access to surplus military equipment such as grenade launchers, high caliber weapons, tracked vehicles that look like tanks and bayonets. Veterans For Peace condemns the Trump administration’s choice to allow more combat equipment to be transferred from the Pentagon to domestic police forces.  As veterans who have used military equipment to train for war and in combat, [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Editorial, Issue #234 No Responses »
Sep 012017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman arrested for leaving baby in car A Key Largo woman was arrested Sunday evening for leaving a baby in a vehicle while she went grocery shopping. The one year old child was left sleeping in the running vehicle for 36 minutes while 30 year old Yanese Tejada went into Publix in Key Largo. She told Deputy Ignacio Molina she left the motor running and the air conditioning on. She said she didn’t want to wake the child, who was sleeping in a car seat. She said [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #234, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 012017
Discovery Saturday Dives into Dolphin Behavior

The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Discovery Saturday on Sept. 16th will feature guests from the Dolphin Research Center who will help children uncover fun facts about dolphin family behavior and learn about the mammal’s amazing abilities. Space is limited. Call 305-809-4750 to register. Discovery Saturday 10-11 a.m., Sept. 16, 2017 Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040 For children in kindergarten through 5th grade The Eco-Discovery Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #234, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 012017
SALT Gallery Hosts Katie Holtkamp’s “The Little Things”: Opening Reception September 1

  Beginning Friday Sep. 1, SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will host local artist Katie Holtkamp’s newest offerings for the entire month of September. The show, entitled “The Little Things,” will feature Katie’s mixed media paintings, which exalt the simple things that continue to make her fall in love with Key West. To celebrate Katie’s newest pieces, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sep. 1. Katie was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and grew [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #234, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
The Global Impact of the Florida Keys: Commodore Porter, Pirates and the Navy

Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., has been tapped to speak about the legendary Commodore David Porter (1780-1843) and his anti-piracy efforts at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the U.S. Naval Academy, September 14-15, 2017, underscoring the importance of Key West in the context of America’s maritime history. This will be the fourth time that Convertito, a recognized maritime history expert, has been invited to present at the bi-annual conference, which brings together an international roster of scholars to discuss maritime [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
The Heritage of Our Underwater World: Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving. The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
Sister Hazel to Headline Key West Theater

Platinum-selling group,  Sister Hazel, will be bringing their “We Got it All Tonight” 2017 tour to play Key West Theater in Key West, FL Saturday, September 30. Fans can expect a high energy show with some brand-new Sister Hazel songs like “Karaoke Song” and “That Kind of Beautiful” as well as popular fan favorites like “All For You.” A limited number of exclusive VIP Experiences will also be available for sale. These packages include access to a Sister Hazel pre-show event, extensive Q & A [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #234, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
We’re Off to See the Wizard- and a Whole Lot More: Key West Burlesque Season of Extravaganzas Kicks Off October 20

Key West Burlesque is set to scintillate across the island’s many stages with its eleventh October-May season line-up of seductive shows that expand beyond traditional burlesque borders. Follow the yellow brick road starting Friday, October 20th to the Waterfront Playhouse with “The Wizard of Oz” and brace yourself for more as Key West Burlesque favorites Moana Amour, Aurora Natrix, Miss Jenna Beth, Shelly Watson, Nick Locapo, Key West Burlesque dancers and more “flesh out” a roster of performers that will knock your socks off while slowly removing theirs. [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
National Key Deer Refuge Beach Cleanup –Sat. Sept. 16th

Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day; in honor of that, the National Key Deer Refuge and our Friends group FAVOR is hosting a beach cleanup at Long Beach on Big Pine Key from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help clean this magnificent public beach area so it’ll be a beautiful place to walk, and safer for the Key deer, sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. The Refuge will supply gloves and trash bags, and have water available.  Please bring [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #234, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 012017
Womankind Earmarks Oct. 23rd For BRAzaar - It's Signature Fashion Show and Live Auction Fundraiser

Womankind Sets Date for BRAzaar Event During Fantasy Fest Sexy Fundraiser Showcases Artist Designed Bras for Auction Womankind has announced the return of its signature fundraiser, BRAzaar, which is set for Monday, October 23. This year’s BRAzaar will be held at the beautiful Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street. The Womankind BRAzaar is a unique live-auction fundraiser event that kicks off Fantasy Fest week in Key West. Local models will sashay down the runway with one-of-a-kind decorated bras created by local professional artists, [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
Monroe County's Card Sound Bridge Tollbooth Closes to Make Way for New All-Electronic System

NORTH KEY LARGO – Ken “Cowboy” Murray got a lot of hugs, handshakes, well-wishes and gifts Thursday morning as he collected tolls for the last time at Monroe County’s Card Sound Bridge Tollbooth. At midnight, the manned tollbooth will close for good. Construction will soon begin on an All Electronic Tolling System. The new system will not accept cash – only SunPass® or drivers will get a bill in the mail through TOLL-BY-PLATE. The new system is scheduled to begin operation March 9, 2018. During the expected 189 [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #234, News, Public Notice No Responses »