Key Largo Residents Claim Disproportionate Distribution of Tax Dollars / Request Fair Funding For Wastewater Systems

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During the month of November the Tavernir Community Association, the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, and the Key Largo Federation of Homeowners, representing a broad cross section of Key Largo taxpayers, passed resolutions respectfully urging the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners and the Key Largo Wastewater District to come to equitable terms to resolve “the disproportionate distribution of tax dollars specifically with respect to the funding of the Key Largo area wastewater system.”  [click on highlighted above to view the resolutions]

According to a joint press release sent out by the organizations listed above, Upper Key’s  taxpayers  in  the  Key  Largo  Wastewater  District  are  paying,   on average,  $ 1,200 more per EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit), and $ 4,500 more for grinder pumps than their neighbors in the Lower Key’s. Additionally they state that Monroe County has allocated 20 million dollars to the Key Largo Area while the remainder of unincorporated Monroe County has received 120 million dollars (six time as much), for the equivalent number of constituents. The organizations represent hundreds of residents who believe it is not fair that the taxpayers of Key Largo “should have to pay the costs of their own waste water systems and subsidize the wastewater systems of other taxpayers.”

Hold Your Head Up! Hold Your Head Up!

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(Human Spine, US-PD)

In 1972, the British progressive rock group Argent released a single called “Hold Your Head Up.” If you look up the lyrics, that line is basically the entire song, repeated over and over. (For trivia buffs, Argent was founded by Rod Argent, who was with The Zombies before that.) I thought of this song not because I was having a moment of nostalgia for the 1970s, but because I just read an article from The Atlantic titled “What Texting Does to the Spine.”

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Key West Chalk Festival 2014 Sidewalk Celebration Moved to Sunday

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Kansas City based artist Joan Finn works on a Carmen Miranda inspired piece at the 2014 Key West Chalk Festival, taking place now along the promenade at Key West’s Truman Waterfront. Artists will continue chalking until Sunday afternoon, when judging and awards will take place. Sunday’s events also include a Sidewalk Celebration, with artisans, entertainment and a children’s chalking area.

Organizers of the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, a performance art event where artists use chalk as their medium and the pavement surface as their canvas, have announced that due to persistent rain, the festive Sidewalk Celebration featuring artisans and entertainment, originally scheduled for 10am to 5pm, Saturday, November 22 has been moved to Sunday, November 23.

Likewise, artwork judging and awards, originally set for Saturday have been rescheduled for Sunday, to allow the artists more time in which to complete their works. The public is welcome to come watch the artists create on Saturday as well as Sunday. All events take place on the promenade adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Waterfront.

Presented by the Key West Art in Public Places Board. For more information contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804.

More than 800,000 Americans, Hundreds of Businesses Support Clean Water

St. Petersburg, FL – More than 800,000 Americans and 250 small businesses support restoring Clean Water Act protections to all of the nation’s rivers and streams, Environment Florida said as a key deadline to submit comments comes to a close.

“Our waters are where we fish, boat, and swim,” said Ally Fields, Clean Water Advocate for Environment America. “This show of public support is just one more reason we should be doing everything we can to protect our rivers and streams.”

“The last election clearly shows Floridians overwhelmingly support protecting our environment,” said Jennifer Rubiello, field organizer with Environment Florida. “What could be more important than keeping Florida’s waters clean?”

Outdoor outfitters, river guides, brewers, and restaurants from Oregon to Florida were among the hundreds of businesses who voiced their support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, which will protect drinking water supplies for more than 117 million Americans. Continue reading

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, November 14 thru Wednesday, November 19 (DUP)

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, November 20 thru Wednesday, November 26

Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

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Events Brochure for Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 – Deadline – Friday, November 21

Please check your listings on our calendar at keysarts.mhsoftware.com, and verify that your event information for January, February and March 2015 is correct. If you do not see your event or need to make any updates, email your information to calendar@keysarts.com. Include: Event Name, Start Date/End Date, Start Time/End Time, Location, Contact Info and a brief Description. Continue reading

The Women’s Journal Writing Group 4-Week Session – Begins December 4th

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Do you need a peaceful place to write out your jumbled thoughts or your unspoken dreams?  Do you want to write a family history or more poems?

The 4-week Women’s Journal Writing Group, beginning December 4th in Key West, is a place where women can safely let thoughts tumble out of their bellies, leaving their critics, their monkey minds, behind.

The group meets for one 90- minute session each week and is led by Key West writer, Susan Wadia-Ells.  The upcoming group will meet in Old Town, Thursday afternoons (3:30 -5PM) Dec 4, 11 & 18 and again on Jan 8. Continue reading

Equality Florida to Honor Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala

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Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will present the Voice for Equality award to Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at the 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala.

The gala takes place on Saturday, March 28 at The Gardens Hotel.

Past recipients include Constance Gilbert, Jon Allen, Jimmy Weekley, Rudy Molinet, Judge David Audlin, Heather Carruthers, Wayne LaRue Smith and Daniel Skahen.

Aaron and Lee are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.  They made history on July 17, 2014 when Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor; the first judge to declare Florida’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.  Their case has been consolidated with one in Miami-Dade County, where Equality Florida Institute and six plaintiff couples are plaintiffs in a similar lawsuit to overturn the discriminatory ban.  The consolidated case is now pending in the Third District Court of Appeals in Miami. Continue reading