A hundred or so Key Westers gathered on Thanksgiving night on South Beach for the anniversary of Charles Eimers’ death. Tourist for a day, Mr. Eimers met with a controversial death on November 28th of last year within 24 hours of his arrival in Key West.

“I myself am just not ready emotionally to attend,” wrote Joshua Eimers, Charles’ youngest son.   Instead, the family sent a wooden cross and a heartfelt message which was read aloud by Rick Boettger. Continue reading

THE LOVE LANE GANG! They’re Just Plain Fun!

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Photo credit: Carol Tedesco

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem!

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that melds Hot Club gypsy jazz with island flourishes. Also, Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and rarer gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras. Continue reading

Three Author Book Presentation and Signing at Smokin’ Tuna, Saturday 3-5 pm


Rusty The Writer

Three author book presentation and signing at Smokin’ Tuna from 3-5 pm this Saturday, November 29. Local authors Joel Narlock, Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez, and Rusty Hodgdon will present and sign their new novels: Joel, Drone Games; Edgardo, Funerals of Key West; and Rusty, The Phantom Writer. Come and talk to them, review their new and existing works, and enjoy free snacks, wine and beer!

Cost of Living in Key West vs. Salary

Dear Editor,

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is currently advertising for a “Child Protective Investigator” in Key West. The salary range is $ 39,600.00 under the “Other Personnel Services” (OPS) status of no benefits except health insurance. All non-Key West applicants should be aware of the October 31, 2014 Key West Citizen newspaper report that stated Nicole Mayo a planner with the City of Key West resigned declaring, “I can’t afford to live here anymore on my salary.” Mayo’s resigning salary was $ 44,402 after six years of employment.

How can the DCF “leadership” attempt to hire a qualified person knowing the high economic requirements of Key West? Why burden a CPI with the stress of “just getting by” when doing one of the most important jobs in Key West?

Ironically, it was last year that a Miami-Dade DCF CPI supervisor was caught substitute teaching 50 days within eight months during his paid DCF 50 work days.

Unlike most Key West jobs the CPI can’t receive tips.

Mike Sawyer

Denver, CO

With Friends Like These…


“Buck up, Job. You’re getting what you deserve. Isn’t that what everyone wants?” (William Blake illustration of Job’s tormentors, 1792, US-PD)

Once in a while the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day email comes up with something surprising. Today the “word” was “Job’s comforter.” The term describes “a person who discourages or depresses while seemingly giving comfort and consolation.” The MW people offer this example to illustrate: “Danny, a reliable Job’s comforter, assured Shane that the girl who’d broken his heart had always been out of his league.” Continue reading

Poetry Guild Spotlights Malcolm Willison, Sunday December 7th

Malcolm Willison

Key West Poetry Guild will, on Sunday, Dec. 7, spotlight the much published international traveler and snowbird Malcolm Willison. The meeting will be held at Andy’s Cabana, a new outdoor venue at 308 Petronia St., beginning at 7 p.m.

As featured poet, Willison will read a selection of work that ranges, in his words, “from the personal to the political, across time, place, community, and family, people and relationships, myth, history and events, hours, seasons, and weather, skies and clouds, cities and countrysides, mountains and waters, geology and evolution, and voyages by road, rail, water, and air, with the arts and dreams, and some songs in various styles.” Continue reading

GUEST EDITORIAL: The Real Story Behind the Resistance to Deep Well Wastewater Disposal

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As a member of Dump the Pumps and worrying that the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System [CRWS] is deeply flawed, I have been privy to documents and people associated with the group and some people you might want to call “whistleblowers” who are FKAA employees or contractors. Here’s some of what I have gleaned from these sources:

~~Harry Powel


The Cudjoe Regional Wastewater treatment plant currently under construction at the Cudjoe landfill has been challenged for its intended use of shallow injection wells for effluent disposal​. There are a couple of property owner associations that fund the Dig Deep Cudjoe group that was formed to fight for deep well disposal of the partially treated wastewater​. Rumor suggests that they may believe that FKAA is looking for a way to say to the County, “The science says we need a deep well.” Hence their optimism arising from FKAA’s offer to do a baseline study and 5 year monitoring near the Cudjoe treatment plant. That way ​FKAA can save face and begin deep well design and construction as if they are being environmentally responsible. Ha!

The motives and agenda of FKAA may be very different than what the POAs imagine. There may be still more trickery and deceit involved, as many have come to expect from FKAA.​ Consider the following…​ Continue reading

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, November 28 thru Wednesday, December 3rd

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar


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


Key West Happenings



Christine Cordone and John Blenkinsopp Opening Reception, 11:30 AM

Art@830 Gallery, 830 Caroline St. 295-9595. Continue reading