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Apr 142017
 
It's National Poetry Month / Celebrating Black American Poetry

by Malcolm Willison……. The Key West Poetry Guild held its annual reading to celebrate Black American poetry at the AME Zion Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. It is also appropriate to consider this event as an important preliminary to the April celebration of National Poetry Month. Vicki Boguzewski, a coordinator of the Poetry Guild and organizer of this event, introduced each reader with brief relevant material on the development of Black American poetry. The first reader was Felix Pradas, who discussed the [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Art, Issue #214 No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Monroe County Officials Spend Busy Week in State Capital Advocating for the Keys

Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson spent a busy few days in Tallahassee last week to advocate for legislation and appropriations important to the Florida Keys – and to participate in various meetings involving County issues. County officials attended a Cabinet Aides meeting, which is a precursor to the more formal Cabinet meeting next week that releases Monroe County’s annual Area of Critical State Concern report. The Aides also received a report about the progress [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
More School Taxes, Less Accountability

by Capt Ed Davidson, former School Board member……. Dear Editor, After attending more than 400 School Board meetings over the years, some unfortunate tendencies have become both clear, and chronic. Worst of these is the School District bureaucracy’s tendency to become self-justifying and lacking in transparency during periods when there was no Taxpayer Watchdog on the Board with the grit to worry more about getting it right, than getting along; about going to the mat instead of going with the flow – and such compliant, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Term Limits

Dear Editor: Well folks, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority met last Tuesday. The issue of term limits was discussed. It appears that most of the Commissioners are in favor of term limiting the board. To quote Martha Stewart, “that is a very good thing”. But it looks like some commissioners seem to be in favor of term limits of 12 to 16 years. It looks like your input has made a difference. Dear Friends: term limits are a “very good thing” but such a [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Fortunes Made and Lost in the Florida Keys

The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host this month’s free audio/visual presentation by the late historian and archaeologist Irving R Eyster on Monday, April 17th at Island Community Church, MM 83 at 6:30 P.M. The presentation will show many of the industries and businesses from the past going back to the early 1800’s through today. Many fortunes were made and lost in the Florida Keys. Indians had trade here long ago. Stories of the wreckers, the salt industry, the tobacco factories in Key West, pineapple farming, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Divine Dinner and Drag Show at La Te Da to Benefit KWPD Mounted Unit

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 40 ticket holders will experience a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, 1125 Duval Street, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show performed by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth). Ticket proceeds from the dinner, after-dinner entertainment and silent auction will benefit a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses. “The Key West City budget provides for the stable at the Truman [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Blues Legend Popa Chubby at the Green Parrot, April 21-23

After a sold out 5-country European tour Blues legend Popa Chubby brings it on home for some featured US dates in January and February. The Chubbster will be playing selections from his new release “The Catfish”, as well as selections from Chubby’s prolific 25 year career. www.popachubby.com. Green Parrot, April 21 and Alril 22, 5:30 and 10:30. April 23, 5:30 Soundcheck.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #214, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Akron’s ‘Highway 61 Band’ Plays The Hog’s Breath Saloon Akron, Ohio’s “Highway 61 Band” returns to the Hog’s Breath Saloon, playing the late-shift gig, April 17 – 23, playing the late-night gig, 10 pm – 2 am The Highway 61 Band has not changed its commitment to the harmonica driven roots of rock and boogie blues. The bands line up today features: Mike Lenz: guitar, harmonica, vocals; Pat Hughes: bass and vocals;Paul Labins: drums, vocals, and Bob Moughler: vocals and harmonica. The Highway 61 Band [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #214, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Putting a Spin on it: Papio Ambassadors prepare for Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was created in honor of the Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanely Papio and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series to Highlight Cold War Archeology of South Florida

On Thursday, April 20 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum. Ayers-Rigsby will offer a presentation that will explore former top secret sites associated with the Cold War that were located in the Everglades and throughout South Florida. “Cold War archaeology is part of what archaeologists often refer to as [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
25 Years of Leadership

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed April as Leadership Monroe County Month in honor of that program’s 25th anniversary. Leadership Monroe County is a non-profit, community leadership program that has been educating and informing County leaders since 1992. Its long-term goals are to develop strong, dedicated leaders working for a sense of community throughout Monroe County and the City of Key West. Since its creation, over 550 leaders from the county’s business community, government entities, military installations, education system, medical profession, non-profit organizations, creative arts industries, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
April is Fair Housing Month

Key West Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday proclaimed April as Fair Housing and Community Development Month. Although federal law prohibits housing discrimination, Key West takes particular pride in its acceptance of our “one human family.” The City of Key West, through its housing and community development programs administered by the Key West Housing Authority with the support of the Key West Association of Realtors, civil rights groups and community development organizations supports the Federal Fair Housing Act and the principles it embodies.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #214, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
29 Points of Interest Trolley Tours

Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents “29 Points of Interest” A Trolley Tour through Time On the islands of Islamorada April 15th Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. The tours begin at 10:00 and 11:30 am. Tours will take approximately one hour. Reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased on site. Adults are $15.00 a person, children six and under are free. A staffed tent will provide information, ticket purchase, books, t-shirts, historic photographs and memorabilia for sale. Join us for a colorful and much acclaimed historical [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Sally Wernicoff Sculpture Show Held Over at Gildea Gallery

Local Sculptor Enjoys Big Sales with New Works in Stone Following on the tremendous success of her first one woman show, Visions in Stone, Gildea Contemporary Gallery on Southard St. has extended the show dates to allow more of Sally Wernicoff’s fans to view and purchase the unique works in alabaster, marble, and clay. “We couldn’t be happier with our sculpture,” says local art collector Sylvia Weinberg who showed up early for the opening with her husband Samy in order to get first pick of [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #214, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Dr. Bill Irwin to Speak at Key West Botanical Garden, "GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: Separating Fact From Fear"

Saturday, April 15 at 1:30pm at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Dr. Bill Irwin, Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College, will give a presentation on “GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: separating fact from fear.” Meet at the Chapel in the KWTF&BG on College Road – turn at the light on U.S. 1. Free for members and students; $5 for non-members. Call 305-296-1504 or visit kwbgs.org. As the human population continues to grow, efficient food production becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, the agriculture [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Date Change for Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party

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…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
New Sign Explains Significance of County's Art in Public Places Mural on Stock Island Fire Station

STOCK ISLAND, FL – Are you curious about the significance of the “Dazzle” mural that was painted on Monroe County’s Stock Island Fire Station in 2014 as part of Monroe County’s Art in Public Places program? Now there is sign that explains artist David Harrison Wright’s painting. Monroe County maintenance workers Tony Gartenmayer and Ben Sanchez recently installed the 26- by 31-inch sign upon a keystone coral pedestal. It says: “In honor of Stock Island’s maritime history, artist David Harrison Wright chose the dazzle style [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Raising of the Colors at Fort Zachary Taylor April 21 Kicks Off 35th Conch Republic Independence Celebration

The public is invited to join members of the Conch Republic Navy, the Conch Republic CIA – Sshhh! and the 82nd Auborne’s at Fort Zachary Taylor, Friday, April 21 at high noon for the official raising of the Conch Republic colors. The occasion, undertaken with due pomp and circumstance, kicks off more than a week of Conch Republic Days Celebration events commemorating that fateful day in 1982 when the republic was conceived in strife as “a sovereign state of mind” that “Seceded Where Others Failed.” [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
5th Annual Associate Members Show

The Key West Art Center celebrates the 5th Annual Associate Members’ Show with an opening reception on Saturday, April 15th from 5 to 7 PM. The show will feature work in a variety of mediums by artists who help support the Art Center. Invite your friends to come and see a diverse show that will capture your imagination. Be reminded once more of the creativity and talent that is so prevalent in Key West, reflecting the natural inspiring beauty of our island. The Key West [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Art, Issue #214, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Ambassadors Class 27 Graduates

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 27th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-four enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-week class. They join the more than 500 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens. During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl congratulated the graduates of Class 27. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
City Clerks Celebrate 45 Year Anniversary

Mayor Craig Cates, during the April 4th City Commission meeting, recognized the 45th anniversary of the Florida Association of City Clerks. The association, formed in 1972 to develop the professional status of city clerks in Florida, has 575 members statewide. The Key West City Clerk’s office has three fully certified members of the organization, and the newest member of the office is pursuing certification as well. “The state and is proud to have one of the largest certification programs in the country,” reads the proclamation, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #214, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
FKHSC's Safety Program Assists Keys Parents

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is working hard to make child safety education and supplies available to all Keys parents, and to ensure that Keys children are all riding in appropriate car seats when passengers in a vehicle. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the Child Safety Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm, at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church (2610 Flagler Ave, Key West). Certified car seat technicians will be available to check installation on car seats already installed, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #214, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Our First Amendment Right To Assemble - ACLU Town Hall April 13th

by M.J. Taylor……. Did you know that Nelson Mandela was labeled a ‘terrorist by the US government as recently as 2008? The label was not removed until 18 years after his release from prison, 15 years after he was awarded the Nobel peace prize, and 14 years after his election as President of South Africa. An act of Congress in 2008 removed that label 5 years before his death. Nelson Mandela was not protected by our First Amendment, a Constitutional protection many US citizens take [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Column ~, Issue #213, Public Notice 1 Response »
Apr 072017
 
Men Wanted for Outstanding Warrants

Stock Island man wanted for stealing boat, altering ID numbers A Stock Island man is wanted on an outstanding warrant for stealing a boat from a Stock Island marina and changing the Florida ID numbers on it. The 13 foot Boston Whaler was stolen on October 7th from Hurricane Hole Marina. The boat, with two 50 hp engines on it, was on a trailer at the marina. Surveillance video of the theft shows a light blue Lincoln with a dark blue top towing the vehicle [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #213, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

  Big Pine man arrested for fleeing A Big Pine Key man was arrested Thursday evening for fleeing from a traffic stop. Deputy Ryan Chlebanowski was on patrol at the 10 mile marker of the highway just before 8 p.m. when he saw a suspicious vehicle. The Dodge Caravan was parked on the side of the road, facing traffic; the driver was inside. Deputy Chlebanowski stopped his patrol car behind the van to ask the driver what he was doing there. The driver, later identified [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #213, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
It’s Show Time!

Dear Editor, Term limits may actually be coming to Monroe County. On Tuesday the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board is scheduled to have a discussion on the issue. Look, good governance demands term limits, we need them. Long term incumbency tends to jade public officials. Far too often they become more concerned with their relationships with each other and their relationships with their contributors. Especially deep pocket contributors who have special interests. Some will argue that incumbency brings experience and knowledge to the job, but [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #213, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »