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May 262017
 
Officers Stops Traffic for Turtle

Key West Police officers are often called upon to rescue dogs and sometimes kittens, but this week they had a call that could only happen while protecting paradise. Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, a concerned citizen reported seeing a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs on the Bridle Path across the street from Smather’s Beach. When officers arrived, they found the gigantic animal attempting to cross the four-lane South Roosevelt Blvd. and return to the ocean. They immediately set up a perimeter – blocking traffic to ensure [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
 
Key West Group to Lead Equality March in Washington, DC

Hope Unity & Global Equality Inc. (H.U.G.E.) is very honored to announce that Section 93 of the 1.25 mile (worlds longest) Rainbow25 Sea to Sea Flag sewn in Key West will be leading The Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington D.C., Sunday June 11th 2017. Section 93 (eight color), sometimes referred to as the ‘Sacred Cloth Project’, has been proudly presented at many historic moments worldwide, and was in DC for the SCOTUS Marriage Equality hearing in 2015. Originally commissioned in 2003 and created [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Stock Island man charged with gun possession Deputies arrested a Stock Island man Wednesday afternoon for improperly exhibiting a firearm and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sheriff’s dispatchers received reports just before 5 p.m. of a man waving a black colored revolver around at the Tom Thumb convenience store on Stock Island. Another caller reported shots fired at  a nearby trailer park on Maloney Avenue. Deputies Jenna Moeller and Freddy Rodriguez responded. The caller said the man with the gun was [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
 
Green Commute Winners Announced

Key West showed its stuff this year when it came to the Green Commute Challenge by beating the national average. While 76 percent of the nation drives to work solo, employees on our island are out of their cars 64 percent of the time The 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge sets a rivalry between the city’s largest businesses because these businesses can make the biggest difference in going green. During the week of March 27th to April 2nd, employees from ten of the largest businesses [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
FWC Uncovers Major Alligator Violations in Long-Term Covert Investigation

On Wednesday, May 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida’s laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. These serious charges include first-, second- and third-degree felonies. These charges are the result of a multiyear undercover operation initiated in 2015 by the FWC Division of Law Enforcement’s Investigations Section. FWC undercover [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
 
FDLE Recognizes National Missing Children's Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FDLE recognized National Missing Children’s Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017. “As we head into the summer months, I urge parents and caregivers to remind children about staying safe,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “I encourage you to take advantage of the online safety tools and resources available. When a child does go missing, the timely awareness of concerned citizens is often vital to law enforcement in recovering that child quickly and safely. Please sign up to be notified when there is [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
 
FKMCD Breaks Ground at Lower Keys Operational Facility

Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [FKMCD] broke ground this morning on the Lower Keys Operational Facility on Big Coppitt. The facility, which is located at 18 Aquamarine Drive, includes a chemical storage and maintenance facility. FKMCD still needs to apply for another permit for a trailer complex that will house administrative offices and a small mosquito identification lab. FKMCD has until the end of March 2018 to vacate their current location at 5224 College Road. The project is currently on track to have the new [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Memorial Day Ceremonies Scheduled for Monday

Navy League Key West Council hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Maine Memorial, Key West Cemetery, with guest speaker Capt. Bobby Baker, Naval Air Station Key West commanding officer. American Legion Post 28 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, with guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West commander.

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Keys Genius Tackles Callers’ Tech Questions with New Call-In Radio Show

Local Radio Personalities Return to the Airwaves After 8 Years Local tech experts and radio personalities are joining forces to offer an innovative, call-in talk show which invites listeners to call with their most challenging technical questions. The show, titled Keys Genius, premieres Sunday, May 28th at 6pm on FM radio The X 104.9 with live streaming on YouTube. Keys Genius is the brainchild of David Bethune, a longtime resident of Key West and serial entrepreneur. It’s also the new name for his tech consulting [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Q&A with John Hemingway – Special Guest Speaker at Upcoming Mystery Fest Key West

Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017. The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the “Murder In Key [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #220, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective Novel on June 9 at 801 Cabaret

On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. “Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2106: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. “Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Take Stock in Children Graduation: May 27th

The Monroe County Education Foundation will recognize the accomplishments and celebrate the graduation of 54 Take Stock in Children scholars on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marathon High School Auditorium. This year the foundation is honored to welcome Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie or Ethiopia as the keynote speaker. Prince Ermias currently serves as the Chairman of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile. The Crown Council is the last surviving Imperial Ethiopian deliberative body. The Crown Council has, in exile, pursued a [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Last Call for June 1 Contest Deadline: One Mystery Fest Key West Guest Will Nab Cameo Role in Author Meg Muldoon’s Next Novel

Those who have registered to attend the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West by midnight June 1 will be entered in a drawing to win a cameo ‘walk-on’ role in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next “Christmas River” series novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August. Muldoon, a former news reporter and author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles, is slated to be a featured panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
"Key West, en Plein Air" Featured Artist Nancy Henning

The Key West Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of “Key West, en Plein Air” featuring the works of local artist Nancy Henning. Join us Friday, June 2nd from 5-7pm for the opening reception: sip a glass of wine, enjoy a lite snack, and visit with the artist. A resident since 2005 Nancy Henning has a passion for painting on the streets of Key West, in the open air. This special exhibition of her recent work bespeaks to the tropical beauty and vibrant colors of the [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Art, Issue #220, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Photographer Blackburn Shows Works

Local photographer Larry Blackburn will again show his photographic works on Friday, June 2nd from 6-9 pm as part of the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll.  The exhibit will feature new photographs of familiar sights around Key West as well as images captured in the South American country of Ecuador.  The photographs are printed on different mediums including canvas, metal, metallic paper and acrylic.  The exhibit will take place at the newest gallery in Key West, “The Salty Gallery” which is located at 1114 [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #220, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Donavon Frankenreiter, George Winston Just Announced at the Key West Theater

Donavon Frankenreiter’s new album, “The Heart,” officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter’s second decade as a solo recording artist. It’s been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He’s raising a family and nurturing two creative careers – on onstage, on in the waves – but on top of all that, he’s still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he names his [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #220, Music, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Workshop on Cataloging Your Photograph Collection

Do you have a collection of old photographs that you’d like to organize but aren’t sure how to start? On Thursday, June 8 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Custom House Museum, Key West Art & Historical Society hosts a “Cataloging Your Photograph Collection” workshop series that invites people to learn what museums do with their photograph collections, and why it is important to digitize, catalog or just simply preserve them for future generations. Space is limited to two students per session due to limited scanning stations; [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello Offers New Sessions for Tweens and Teens aged 10-16

Youth aged 10-16 can join in on the cultural immersion fun while engaging their passion for the arts and the environment with Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp!, beginning June 12th through June 30th with three sessions: Teen Fossil Camp June 12– June 16, Pinhole Photography Camp: Technique June 19- June 23, and Pinhole Photography Camp: Creating a Body of Work June 26-June 30. The Teen Fossil Camp guides students in learning how to sculpt and cast bones working with tools in clay, plaster, [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #220, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Watch for Manatees When Out on the Water

  The summer season has arrived and that can mean crowded conditions on Florida’s waterways. Save the Manatee Club encourages the boating community to watch for manatees when out on the water. “Last year was a record year for manatees killed by watercraft in Florida, and many more manatees suffered injuries from boat strikes,” said Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club Executive Director. “Watercraft-related manatee mortality is the leading identified cause of manatee death in Florida.” Manatees usually swim about 3 – 5 miles per [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #220, Water World No Responses »
May 262017
 
Adopt-A-Manatee® for the Wild-At-Heart Kind of Dad

Looking for a unique gift this Father’s Day?  Forget the ties and socks – adopt a manatee!  For $25, Save the Manatee Club (SMC) will send your dad an adoption certificate, photo, and life history of a real living manatee. Adoptive “parents” will also receive updates on their manatee in the Club’s quarterly newsletter as well as a subscription to Paddle Tales, the Club’s bi-monthly enewsletter.  Or for $35, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee program will also receive a free T-shirt with a [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Newly Renovated Flagler Exhibit Opening Event Friday Evening, May 26

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Newly Renovated “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” Exhibit Re-opens to the Public Key West Art & Historical Society’s newly-renovated permanent “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” exhibit debuts Friday evening, May 26, with a special opening event on the second floor of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The Society welcomes members of the public to the exhibit opening from 6:00pm-7:00pm, with a suggested donation of $10 for non-members, and free VIP access [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Reiki Training at Unity of the Keys, June 10 and 11

Certified Reiki Master Ann Maisch returns to Unity of the Keys for a weekend of Reiki Training. Each level of training offers transformational self-healing techniques and includes protocol for treating of self and others. There are no prerequisites; anyone can learn this simple and profoundly healing discipline. Classes offered are Reiki Level One Attunement, Level Two Attunement and Reiki Master. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call 305-296-5888 or visit Unityofthekeys.org for more information. You have healing hands! Join us to awaken your [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Key West Theater School for the Performing Arts Hosts Children’s Summer Camp

The Key West Theater School for the Performing Arts will be holding a multidisciplinary theatrical summer camp from July 17–21. The camp will focus on teaching students acting, singing, and dancing as well as the vocabulary of the theater, in addition to how to collaborate, fail forward, and create their own art so they have a chance to live in the world successfully as artists, should they choose to do so. If they choose another path, they will still have a deep understanding of and [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Tennessee Williams Exhibit Seeks Volunteers

The Tennessee Williams Exhibit is seeking volunteers to welcome guests on Sunday afternoons from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Exhibit location, 513 Truman Avenue.  The goal of the Exhibit is to keep the legacy alive of one of the greatest American writers of the last century. It offers visitors an entertaining and informative self-guided tour as well as curator led tours. Included in the Exhibit is the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia available to the public. It includes an extensive collection of photographs, [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
United Way of the Florida Keys Announces $185,000 in 2017-18 Community Impact Grants

  United Way of the Florida Keys is excited to share it will distribute a total of $185,000 in grants to local nonprofit agencies in 2017-18. 15 programs have been identified so far for funding through UWFK’s traditional funding process in one of three United Way focus areas: access to nutritious food for people in critical need; early childhood or after-school care with an educational or positive behavioral component; or safety net services, including information and referral or short-term emergency response. In addition to distributing [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Key West BrewFest 2017 on Tap for Labor Day Weekend

Tickets go on sale June 1 for Key West BrewFest, the annual Labor Day weekend event that draws beer lovers to the Southernmost City and raises money for college scholarships and other worthy local causes supported by Key West Sunrise Rotary. This will be the eighth year the club has sponsored the popular fundraising event that includes beer brunches, dinners and parties. The Signature Tasting Festival with samples of nearly 200 beers will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, on South Beach at the Southernmost [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
“Let’s Tea Party” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center to Feature Key West Chiropractic’s Dr. Ryan Barnett

If learning about health, healing, and well-being while sipping delicious complimentary organic teas and lattes sounds like an afternoon made for you, be sure to save the date for this month’s “Let’s Tea Party” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center located at 1130 Duval Street. The free gathering features Dr. Ryan Barnett of Key West Chiropractic and will be held on Saturday, May 27th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Dr. Barnett believes health and wellness is a journey of progress and improvement. A Key West native [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations Contributes to FIRM

The Board of Directors of FIRM thanks the Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. (the Federation) for its generous donation in the amount of $1,000.00. In April, FIRM President Mel Montagne addressed the Federation at a meeting in the Key Largo Library. “FIRM especially appreciates the support of homeowners associations, because they demonstrate the community spirit behind our mission,” explained Montagne. “At FIRM we believe that the strong sense of community in Monroe County and the commitment to our common goals are [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #220, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 262017
 
Emergency Medical Services Awareness Week

City Commissioner Margaret Romero, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed May 22-26 as Emergency Medical Services Awareness Week. “Our providers are educated and trained to react in a predictable and controlled manner,” she wrote in the proclamation. “They exemplify the dedication of their profession to develop and hone their knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care to our citizens. “Our dispatchers show fortitude under pressure to assess emergencies and initiate lifesaving help and our responders work hard, their energy and compassion are expected [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #220, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 262017
 
Call to Artists: Poster Contest for OIRF Home Tours

The Old Island Restoration Foundation is looking for an image to be used in the 2017-2018 Home Tour posters and advertising.  Artists are invited to submit artwork that captures the OIRF mission (to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West) and appeals to the people who go on our Home Tours. Artwork can be any medium or size, but must be reproducible to an 11×8.5 inch horizontal image.  The winning artist will be awarded a prize of $200 and theircreation will appear on [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

The Jessie Brown Band Returns to the Hog’s Breath Saloon Jessie Brown, a singer-songwriter from Indiana, returns at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., May 29 – June 4, with her band, 10 pm – 2 am. Growing up in the heartland of Indiana, Jessie has been passionate about music since she was a little girl. Her family was part of a touring southern gospel group, and Jessie traveled and sang with them starting at age three until she was 13. “I didn’t have [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #220, Music, What To Do No Responses »
May 192017
 
Homestead Teen Charged with Grand Theft From Employer

An 18 year old Homestead girl was arrested, charged with stealing over $4,000 from her employer, the Winn Dixie grocery store in Tavernier. The manager of the store met with Deputy Ben Elmore Saturday at 5 p.m. He told the deputy he had completed an internal theft investigation. The suspect, Alyssa Beeler,  was there as well. The manager said his investigation showed Beeler worked in customer service and was issuing refunds with no customer involved, pocketing the money herself. On several occasions she also allegedly [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 1:01 am News No Responses »
May 192017
 
Deputy Wants Help Identifying Theft Suspects

Deputy Shannon Jones says she wants the public’s assistance identifying suspects in a theft case. The theft took place May 13th at a business called Cool Guys Stuff, LLC on 23rd Street in Marathon. Employees called the Sheriff’s Office after they noticed items missing from the store. Before calling, the employees reviewed video from the store’s surveillance cameras. They found two suspects who were seen taking the items from the store. The video shows a young man and a young woman walking into the store [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Florida Voting Rights Activist to Rally in Key West

SAY YES TO SECOND CHANCES: CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE FELON VOTER RIGHTS COMES TO KEY WEST Florida Voting-Rights Activist to Speak at Coral City Elks Lodge Florida is the largest of only three states that permanently bars citizens with felony convictions from voting in all cases except with approval through the clemency process. Mr. Desmond Meade, an attorney and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, will be speaking at the Coral City Elks Lodge, 1107 Whitehead St., on Saturday, May 27, at 4 p.m. The [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Term Limits

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Term limits are on the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority board meeting next Tuesday. The meeting will be at 10:30 AM in their Stock Island offices/boardroom. The Bug Board is considering term limiting themselves. It’s hard to think of a more courageous or worthwhile endeavor on the part of any elected public officials. The effort is being lead by Board Chair, Phil Goodman. Mr. Goodman attempted to put term limits in place a number of years ago, but long term [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #219, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
May 192017
 
Simonton & Greene Street Parking Garage Proposals: Community Meeting

Key West City Commissioners have been receiving a significant number of e-mails from community members concerning the proposals to build parking garages in Old Town Key West. Community meeting on June 1, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the Waterfront Brewery. Hosted by Commissioner Sam Kaufman, District II. See the details on the Facebook event page. JOIN OTHER MEMBERS OF THE KEY WEST COMMUNITY TO SHARE VIEWS AND LISTEN TO OTHERS ABOUT THE PARKING GARAGE PROPOSALS. SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER: Should the City build a parking [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Warrants Issued for illegal dumping in state park / one arrest made Sgt. Joel Slough would like the public’s assistance locating two suspects in an illegal dumping case. On May 2nd just before noon, Sgt. Slough was at Curry Hammock State Park checking on a report of an illegal campsite set up on park property. He located the campsite along with its two occupants, 46 year old Tillman Erwin and 42 year old Candice Lee. They were warned they were trespassing on park property. Sgt. Slough [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 192017
 
Highlights from Monroe County's BOCC May 2017 Meeting

MONROE COUNTY BOCC APPROVES STEPS TO MORE AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE VACATION RENTAL ORDINANCE, A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR GULF SEAFOOD PROPERTY AND TERMINATION OF ENERGY 3 YARD WASTE CONTRACT The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners held its monthly meeting Wednesday at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. Here are some highlights: Commission takes several steps to more aggressively enforce the County’s vacation rental ordinance. The Commission directed County staff to begin filing complaints with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation against real estate [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #219, News, Public Notice No Responses »