At about 8:30 Wednesday morning, Key West Police responded to an anonymous tip that someone was selling spice – an illegal synthetic cannabinoid –at Bayview Park. The tipster provided a detailed description of the subject and named him by name.
An alleged drug dealer, out on bond after being arrested in October, is back in jail facing further felony charges. Benjamin Lawrence, 31, was facing three felony counts for selling crack cocaine and two other felony charges for using a communication device for drug sales. After Lawrence posted $145,000 in bail, the Key West Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit purchased crack cocaine from Lawrence during an undercover operation.
Dear Editor, Our Florida Mosquito Control Authority is considering term limiting themselves. I salute them. However a board member seems to be set on setting the term limits so high that the entire purpose of term limiting would be nullified. A member is suggesting that terms be limited to a total of 16 years…16 years. That is just too darned long. The President of the United States is limited to 8 years in office. That’s enough. In Florida our Governor is limited to 8 years [continue reading…]
Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop A Sheriff’s detective arrested two women after a traffic stop in the city of Key West when he found them to be in possession of drugs and a gun. The detective spotted the green Kia Soul southbound on Trinity Drive just after 7 p.m. He saw the car run the stop sign and turn right on Northside Drive, then quickly accelerate. As he was following the car, he measured its speed at 50 miles per hour in [continue reading…]
No one who meets Trigger today would believe the shape he was in when he was confiscated from his owner in November, 2016 after a 700 mile ride from South Carolina to Miami. The horse was emaciated, with saddle sores on his back so severe he would not let anyone near him because of the pain. He also had terrible sores in his mouth. His owner had been riding him with the bit in his mouth backwards, he said to “give him better control”. The [continue reading…]
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in conjunction with MosquitoMate (www.mosquitomate.com), released 20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on Stock Island Tuesday as part of a field trial of a new control method. The field trial involves the release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a naturally-occurring bacterium called Wolbachia. When a Wolbachia-infected male mates with a wild female Aedes aegypti, the resulting eggs do not hatch. During the 12 week evaluation, a thousand male mosquitoes, which do not bite, will be released from [continue reading…]
At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed exciting new lionfish removal incentive opportunities and also approved management changes to the king mackerel fishery. 2017 Lionfish Challenge FWC staff gave a report to the Commission reviewing the successes and lessons learned from the 2016 lionfish removal incentive programs and proposing the implementation of a new and exciting statewide 2017 Lionfish Challenge. More than 164,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters between May and December 2016 thanks to members [continue reading…]
Key Largo, FL – On April 20th a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of Monroe County’s only rent restricted, affordable housing for low-income seniors outside of Key West. Paradise Point Senior Living Community residents are 55 years of age or older. The project started leasing in January and the complex will begin a waiting list shortly. Amenities of the newly constructed complex includes: 42 one and two-bedroom apartments, a community room, fitness center, computer lab, landscaped grounds and all units have patios and [continue reading…]
The bald eagle is one of the great conservation success stories. The bald eagle was removed from state listing in 2008 and since that time, the number of nesting eagles in Florida has continued to increase. With a healthy eagle population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is updating management efforts and conservation actions. Historically, bald eagles have faced many challenges. Habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and pesticides greatly reduced eagle numbers in the United States. The Florida eagle population has soared since the [continue reading…]
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?— The work of late Master Cuban photographer Raúl Corrales is on exhibit until May 4 at SALT Gallery in Key West, featuring a portfolio of images that offer a compelling documentary and a rare opportunity for fine art collectors, Cuban history and Hemingway buffs, and photography enthusiasts alike. Included are images Corrales captured of Hemingway and his Cuban fisherman friend who inspired The Old Man and the Sea, and several from Corrales’ best-known work—the Cuban Revolution. Images like the [continue reading…]
Creative rebels and rabble-rousers take note— Key West Art & Historical Society wants you now! The 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is ready to roll through downtown Key West from 12:00PM-1:00PM on May 6, and like any good parade, the more registrants, the merrier! The family-friendly cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes promises a kaleidoscope of kinetic conveyances that celebrate imagination, innovation, and the clever sense of satire and recycled metal sculptures of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. This year’s parade [continue reading…]
Key West has long been known for its kinetic energy, but on May 6 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, it’s about to become quite literal when the 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade rolls through downtown Key West with its cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes. The Parade celebrates creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation— key ingredients in kinetic parades across the county. The [continue reading…]
Attention all Conch Republic ambassadors, dignitaries, patriots and citizens: Due to a non-hostile scheduling breach, this year’s Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm. Hosted by the Conch Republic CIA – sshhh! – who are celebrating their first decade, and the recently formed 82nd Auborne’s branch, $10 admission includes C-rations and other enticing edibles, first drink, entertainment, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and one of [continue reading…]
If learning about the island’s holistic and creative business community amid enchanting merfolk lore and delicious complimentary organic teas and lattes sounds like an afternoon made for you, The Green Pineapple Wellness Center’s this month’s “Let’s Tea Party” on 1130 Duval Street has the perfect offering. The free monthly event continues on Saturday, April 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, featuring Southernmost Mermaids Allison Delashmit and Kimberly Wallen of Southernmost Mermaid School and Kdub Designz. Wallen and Delashmit will offer a mystical afternoon mixed with mermaid [continue reading…]
On Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00PM– 7:00PM, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes author and National Geographic News Contributing Editor Willie Drye to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum as Distinguished Speaker Series guest. Described by eminent meteorologist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as “a reporter with decades of experience and a real knack for exploring the human dimensions of a natural disaster,” Drye’s book, “Storm of the Century: The Labor [continue reading…]
The I Love Stock Island (ILSI) Initiative will hold their Take Stock in the Rock Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 22nd from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Volunteers may check in at Monroe County Fire Rescue Station #8 – Stock Island at 5655 MacDonald Avenue for gloves, bags and assignments. ILSI is teaming up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Code Enforcement dept., Solid Waste & Public Works departments and Waste Management to help keep Stock Island a better place to live, work and play. [continue reading…]
The Key West Community Sailing Center will be offering a youth summer program again this year for students ages 6 to 17. All classes will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be ten, one week sessions, running Monday through Friday. The dates for these sessions will be: June 12 to June 16 – Beginner Class (9-17 years) June 19 to June 23 – Beginner Class (9-17 years) June 26 to July 30 – Intermediate Class (9-17 years) July 3 to July 7 [continue reading…]
The City of Key West, the Trophia Butterfly Foundation, and the Monroe County Extension Service want you to come out and get your hands dirty! On Saturday, April 29th the community is urged to join us for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Bayview Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Rakes and shovels will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring gloves, hand shovels, and a great attitude! The Arbor Day tree planting will be held on the Jose Marti side of Bayview Park, [continue reading…]
If your business hasn’t signed up yet for weekend recycling, there’s still time. The City of Key West and Waste Management are teaming up to offer weekend commercial recycling starting on Earth Day – April 22nd. The service will be helpful for businesses that need pickups six days a week, or those whose busiest days are over the weekend. And commercial recycling accounts can save a business money. For more information, contact Key West Solid Waste Coordinator Dee Dee Green at 305-809-3776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy McAllister Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon Texas singer-songwriter Randy McAllister and his band will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s late-night gig, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., April 24 – 30. McAllister’s brings a winning combination of great performance, original compositions and the credibility of a Grammy nominee to the Hog’s Breath. McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. His music has been hailed as some of the most original and innovative being played today. While comparison’s are [continue reading…]
Police Chief Donie Lee welcomed Phillip Rossborough, of Kennebunk, Maine, to Key West today. The high school student was in town on vacation with his family, and had a special gift to present to the Key West Police Department. Rossborough wove Thin Blue Line wristbands for every Key West Police officer. He started making the bands after the ambush-killing of five police officers in Dallas. Nine other officers were injured in the 2016 incident. Rossborough says that attack and other unrest around the country moved [continue reading…]
The Key West Women’s Club donated box-loads of healing happiness to the Key West Police Department today. Clark and Jean Shannon presented Chief Donie Lee with a slew of teddy bears that will be used by officers to comfort kids in difficult situations. Our sincere thanks to the Key West Women’s Club!
On Friday morning, Monroe County Emergency Management Director Marty Senterfitt was interviewed by Jeff Tavss, executive producer at WPLG Local 10, for the TV station’s upcoming Hurricane Season 2017 Special. The special features meteorologist Max Mayfield, the former director of the National Hurricane Center. It is scheduled to air May 26 at 8 p.m., just days before the June 1 official start to the 2017 hurricane season. Senterfitt spoke about Monroe County’s preparedness for tropical storms. He also explained the challenges emergency management face in the [continue reading…]
Monroe County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a serious house fire at 424 County Road on Stock Island on Wednesday at 10:19 a.m. The house was occupied by three people at the time of the fire and all were able to get out on their own. Two persons were uninjured and one person was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center for evaluation. Firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt and Sugarloaf stations responded within 4 minutes of the call. Engine 9 of Big Coppitt supplied [continue reading…]
Efforts to protect Key deer from a recent New World screwworm outbreak reached an important milestone this week, surpassing 90 days without a confirmed screwworm-infested animal. The milestone represents a significant reduction in the risk of additional reinfestation of the screwworm, which threatened not just Key deer, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but people, wildlife, domesticated animals and livestock. The administration of oral doses to Key deer of anti-parasitic medicine has been stopped following this week’s milestone.
The American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million and consists of alligators of every size. They are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem, but should be regarded with caution and respect. During spring when temperatures rise, alligators become more active. Although alligator incidents are rare, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida [continue reading…]
Florida Congressmen Carlos Curbelo and Charlie Crist have re-introduced the Flood Insurance Fairness Act that would require the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide rate relief to Americans paying flood insurance for non-primary residences. “Across the country rental properties like those affected by this bill not only serve as primary income for many landlords, but also provide reasonably priced housing for the workforce in our coastal communities,” said Curbelo. “This bill is critical to South Florida, especially for residents of the Florida Keys that [continue reading…]
On Wednesday, May 3, from 10-11am, Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special Curator-led tour of the acclaimed current Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum exhibit “The Navy in Key West.” The tour is free, but museum admission rates apply (KWAHS members enjoy free museum admission). Reservations (maximum 15 guests) are required. The symbiotic relationship between the U.S. Navy and Key West extends as far back as the 1820s. For nearly two centuries, the two have journeyed through periods of menacing pirates, [continue reading…]
A Key West man was arrested for cocaine trafficking and possession of a large amount of marijuana after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Monroe-HIDTA task force stopped a van driven by 61 year old Paul Fraga at 2 p.m. on Atlantic Boulevard in Key West. The van had illegal window tinting on it, precipitating the stop. A strong odor of marijuana was noticeable inside the vehicle as the detectives spoke with Fraga at the driver’s side window. “We informed Fraga [continue reading…]