Representatives from Naval Air Station Key West will meet with community members Wednesday, July 30, to discuss sites on the air station and former Navy properties in the Lower Keys that require environmental cleanup or monitoring.
The annual Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting takes place in the meeting room of the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at 35 East Quay Road, Key West, at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
The air station’s RAB mission is to establish a forum with the community, regulators and NAS Key West for the input and exchange of information in an open and interactive dialogue concerning the installation’s environmental program. Continue reading
Want to learn more about Permaculture and how you can utilize Permaculture design ethics and principles in your life and community?
Permadigm Initiative will be teaching a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course with Keys Native, Ashley Moore and invited speakers – hosted by Earth & Sea Farm on Upper Sugarloaf Key. Through hands on and classroom experiences, students will gain knowledge and skills in a broad array of subjects such as organic gardening, integrated pest management, natural building, sustainable technology, traditional ecological knowledge, mycology, bee keeping, water harvesting and conservation, design processes, social resiliency and more. This extended course is for aspiring or experienced gardeners, farmers, community organizers, land planners, builders and any active, engaged citizen seeking positive change.
Permaculture is the design and creation of ecological human habitats and food production systems based on the successful patterns exhibited in nature. It is a design method that has been applied worldwide at every level, from homesteading and agriculture to community planning and national policy. Permaculture offers tangible solutions to the many pressing ecological issues of our time, such as how to sustainably meet the basic needs of food, energy and shelter, how to revitalize our communities and restore our watersheds. Permaculture explores both land use ethics and community building movements, merging for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, energy systems, microclimates, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive and resilient communities.
The course price is $ 599 including a PDC Certificate. We hope you will join us to learn about how Permaculture can change your life and offer hope for our future.
There is so much darkness in my mind,
one never knows what one will find.
There is so much trouble in our life,
we live in a world so much strife.
Senseless wars for money to be made,
all at the expense of the lower pay grade.
Chemical weapons and IED’s,
soldiers returning with “soul disease” Continue reading
State Senator Dwight Bullard will be guest of honor at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters‘ Fifth Tuesday social on July 29, 5 till 7 p.m. at the New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square.
Senator Bullard is a professional educator and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee. In his tenure in the legislature, he has also been very active on issues of health care and justice.
LKLWV’s Fifth Tuesdays are an informal opportunity for league members and other interested constituents to get to know an elected official or community leader. “These gatherings have generated quite a bit of local interest and we know the Senator’s constituents down here in the Lower Keys will be thrilled to have the chance to hear his thoughts on the many issues affecting us, especially in this informal setting,“ said Joy Brown Taylor, the chapter’s founding vice president and current Voter Services Committee chair.
Duval Square is located at the corner of Duval and Virginia streets; there is customer parking off Simonton. The event will be held in the patio restaurant’s air conditioned party room. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available throughout, Brown Taylor said, noting that Bullard would speak informally at about 5:30 p.m. and a question and answer session would follow.
For additional details, please phone her at (305) 587-7833.
The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm. This event is open to all citizens of Key West.
The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse. There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.
Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum. She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question. This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.
All three candidates had been invited to participate. Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.
For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at email@example.com.
Thursday, July 31st during happy hour 5-8p, the Lazy Gecko will be hosting a fundraiser for Key West’s Mr. Chapman.
Mr. Chapman has had some housing issues arise and he and his family need Key West’s support!
We will have a fundraising raffle & many places around town have donated silent auction items. Items include gift certificates from Hot Tin Roof – Key West, Blackfin Bistro, Antonia’s Restaurant, Vinos on Duval, Santiago’s Bodega Key West, Michael’s, Paradise Tattoo, a private chef dinner for up to 8 guests from Great Events, 2 night stay at Gateway Canyons in Colorado, wine from Flora Springs Winery in Napa, artwork & more is coming every day!
There will also be a Lighted bike parade at sundown with Mr. Chapman himself! 20 lighted fat-tire bikes will be raffled for use during the parade, donated by KeyWestBicycles.com. Anyone & everyone is welcome to bring their lights & join the parade!
For those that can’t make it, we have a GoFundMe set up.
Don’t have your dream bubble burst! Come to the design workshop and get some good advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”
The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.
This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality, by getting resourceful tips from previous award winners on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling.
Presenters will include legendary local ﬂoat designer Rick Worth who continues to create awe-inspiring works of parade art. Multiple-award winner Sue D’Antonio who designed and mastered walking groups which will give any large float a run for it’s money. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and potentially award winning!
Download a parade application at FantasyFest.com. It includes the basic rules, regulations and the fees. This year’s parade will be Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest ofﬁce at 305.296.1817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West. The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians. So he named the island, Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !
Enjoy! — Big Tuna
PART ONE OF ISLAND OF BONES SERIES… Continue reading
The organizers of Fantasy Fest have announced that Early Selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors. Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1.
All other vendors wishing to participate should note the following: the Food Vendor Lottery will be held Tuesday, August 26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. Arts & Crafts booths are available through the festival office. The selection process for the not-for-profit Liquor Booths will be announced in August..
For information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 296-1817 email@example.com.
Key West Sunrise Rotary welcomed Greer Cornell, Casa Marina Resort human resources assistant director, as its 79th member on July 18. Membership committee chair Sue Fowler installed Cornell as her sponsor and spouse Charlie Mench presented her Rotary pin.
The Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic was founded in 1988 to become the first Rotary Club in the Lower Keys to allow women members. Sunrise Rotary meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point.
Peter came to Key West
On a full moon night,
His sole purpose
Was fun and delight
He led a group
Called the Conch Republic,
And I’m sure everyone
Is better for it
Our passports were as real
As Monopoly money,
Some folks traveled using them
And that’s pretty funny Continue reading
Richard Grusin, Board Chairman for Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice), is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Perry Arnold, Rick Freeburg and Stuart Kaufman to their Board of Directors.
“We are extremely energized by the leadership and commitment to serve that our new directors have made in support of this agency and its mission of care,” said Grusin.
Dr. Perry Arnold
Dr. Perry Arnold, who received his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas, served in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Department of Indian Health prior to completing his USPHS residency in Radiology.
Dr. Arnold practiced general and Interventional Radiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore for 27 years before developing and operating the first free-standing interventional access center for dialysis patients in the United States. The center focused on dialysis access care as well as training other physicians on how to successfully treat dialysis dysfunction.
Prior to retiring in Key West in 2005, Dr. Arnold was a part-time member of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution faculty for 29 years and then worked part-time in New York for six years. Dr. Arnold was a volunteer physician for VNA/Hospice in 2005 and 2006 and serves on the City of Key West’s Board of Art in Public Places. Continue reading
I would be remiss as a candidate for the mosquito control board if I did not address the potential threat of the fresh water mosquito borne Chikungunya virus which has made its way to Florida. The Florida Health Dept. has reported that the two South Florida residents who had contracted the virus in-State, have recovered, and that there was “no broad risk” to the health of the general public. There have been no reported deaths from the illness despite the thousands who have contracted it in the Caribbean.
My understanding of this illness is that it is somewhat like Dengue but attacks the joints with inflammation and may be more painful but of shorter duration, recovery being about one week but possibly more. Once a person has Chikungunya they become immune to having it again.
Monroe County residents certainly remember Dengue and West Nile and several of my friends are affected with Malaria, gotten elsewhere, all illnesses from the fresh water mosquito. I am making this distinction from the salt marsh mosquito because Key West, as an urban island, has a predominance of the fresh water type and mosquito control may at some point be spraying pesticides (adulticides) in addition to stepping up their use of larvicides to combat this new and potential threat from Chikungunya. Continue reading
At their June 16, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) announced their 2014/2015 Board of Directors and Board Officers. Front Row Left : Theresa Faber, Michele White, Mel Montagne (President), Michael Kiraly; Second Row Left : Laura Burchard (Admin. Aide), Heather Carruthers (Vice President), Steve Russ and Third Row Left : Phil Wilson (Treasurer), Lee Cummings, Carol Schreck (Secretary). Not shown: John Barrett, Ava Bianchino, Kate DeLoach, Robert Gold, John Littriello and Joe Walsh.
FIRM is a county-wide grassroots organization whose mission it is to achieve residential, condominium and commercial property insurance rates in Monroe County that are neither excessive, discriminatory, nor unaffordable and ensure appropriate physical and financial protection for Keys property in order to sustain and support our communities.
Issue #72 — Friday, July 25, 2014
* Featured Story *Reenactment Points To Asphyxiation
“Your safe word is “no” and if you can’t talk, move your arms.” The woman lies down on the beach resting on her stomach, hands behind her back. To be clear, we’re not shooting a bondage movie. This is South Beach, at the end of Duval Street, where 61-year-old Charles Eimers died last Thanksgiving Day while being arrested by Key West police officers. The woman on the sand is Naja Girard of The Blue Paper. We were trying to understand, through a reenactment, the most troubling part of the tragedy: the cause of death itself.
Medical Examiner E. Hunt Scheuerman’s autopsy report shows no physical evidence that can directly establish the cause of Eimers’ death. However, circumstantial evidence led him to rule out asphyxiation.
This is what he wrote:
“FDLE’s investigation concluded that his face was not forced into the sand, but rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand. Audio recordings from the event revealed that Mr. Eimers repeatedly said “No.” Such verbalization would not have been possible if he had been smothering in the sand.” (more…)
NewsTHE EIMERS CASE: Witness Claims Police Intimidation Tactics Will Not Deter Him
“To be honest with you, I am really nervous about the whole thing. I think they’re going to bother him or something,” says L, whose friend P was subpoenaed to testify before the Grand Jury in the Charles Eimers case last Wednesday.
While P was testifying, two squad cars were parked in front of his house, one blocking his driveway. His friend, concerned about the strange coincidence, texted him a photo of the police cars.
On a recent occasion, officer Gary Lee Lovette, who was one of the officers who arrested Eimers last Thanksgiving, reportedly pushed P’s shopping cart violently out of his way at a Publix grocery store.
P had spoken with the Blue Paper after Eimers’ death revealing certain behavior and incriminating admissions by Key West police officer Lovette. After P was finally interviewed by FDLE, he says Lovette’s attitude became threatening. (more…)
Bahama VillageAmazing Showing of Support For Old Man Chapman!
“He had gray shoes. That’s the only thing I could tell about him because he had a hood on his head and a noose around his neck. When I saw what was going to happen, I almost fell off the tree. I jumped, sorry I had even wanted to know what was happening on the other side of that wall, and I ran. I ran home as fast as I could.”
For years now, sitting in his yard at the corner of Petronia and Chapman Lane, ‘Old Man Chapman’ has been telling the stories of a far side of Key West that few can remember.
“It was right over there, where the post office is,” says Chapman, “There were no police or justice of the peace. They were lynching a negro. That’s the way it was in those days.”
Now that Chapman’s funky world of lighted tricycle, banana bunches and crowing chickens is being squeezed out by bank foreclosure, his stories seem more precious than ever. (more…)
Michael WelberFouling Our Nest Part II: Let Us Spray
Anyone who has lived in the Keys for any length of time knows that the ground we live on is very porous. Made up of either coral or limestone rock, the surface of these islands resembles flat colanders, allowing everything that falls on it to eventually pass directly through the ground to the salt water below, a mere few feet.
When the contractors dug trenches for the sewers in Marathon, those cavities immediately filled with salt water that rose and fell with the tide. As a result, anything that is sprayed or poured onto the thin skin that separates us from the ocean below finds its way into that ocean.
So, for example, herbicides that anyone sprays throughout the Keys would not only kill weeds and other plants but also would eventually become part of the ecosystems in our oceans.
Who sprays in the Keys?