Lee Dunn is certainly entitled to his opinion about the Peary Court redevelopment plan. But to say that “White Street Partners [is] sneaking in under the radar” is far from the truth, as are his statements that “With the exception of two 8 inch by 10 inch placards affixed obscurely to the existing Peary Court fence, there has been NO notice given to the public” and “ NO meetings with the general public as promised last year when their original plans were shut down.”
On Feb. 13, 2013, shortly after “the original plans were shut down” (i.e., withdrawn at a HARC meeting), I received and immediately responded to an inquiry from Tharon Dunn concerning the planning process going forward. On Feb. 24, I received an e-mail from neighborhood spokesman Steve Dawkins, who also requested a description of the process going forward, to which I immediately responded. That information was, in turn, circulated among the many neighbors on Steve’s Peary Court e-mail blast list. Continue reading
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) invites the public to their Key West Annual Meeting at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave., 2nd Fl, in Key West on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. FIRM President and County Commissioner Heather Carruthers and FIRM Executive Director Chic Wagner will provide an update on FIRM’s recent successes and activities, 2014 legislative priorities for ensuring fair flood and windstorm insurance rates for property owners in the Keys, and how each policyholder can actively help reduce insurance rates.
Highlighted will be the status on the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act and FIRM’s independent Windstorm Risk Remodeling and Analysis Initiative – a step towards a truly accurate wind risk profile which is essential to helping Keys’ policyholders identify possible alternatives to Citizens. Additionally, FIRM will provide suggestions on how premiums may be lowered, what homeowner mitigation measures make sense and how policyholders can help FIRM achieve fair insurance rates in Monroe.
For more information call FIRM at (305) 294-3476
Writing Down the Bones: A Women’s Journal Writing Workshop is now accepting new members for March. The weekly experiential group is designed for women who want to write more, for those who have never written, and for all who have stories to tell. The group becomes a safe place for women to leave their logical, critical, monkey minds behind, and write from the heart and the belly. Each group is limited to ten members. There is a choice of either an afternoon or an evening session offered in March.
Group leader, Key West writer, Susan Wadia-Ells, holds a PhD in women’s autobiographical writing and has studied journal writing methodology with Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, and with the James Laughlin Award/Lamont Poetry Prize winner, Minnie Bruce Pratt.
Cost of the four- week session is $ 120.
For more information, email@example.com or 978 578 1546.
The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, March 15th from 10-5 and Sunday, March 16th form 11-5 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.
The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights and workshops offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, channeling, numerology, shamanic healing, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. You can participate in a drumming workshop, learn about dowsing rods and the art of healing. Listen to the harp music while enjoying delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies in the tropical backyard garden. Bring a friend and enjoy a day filled with insights and delights.
The Intuitive Arts Fair celebrates the Spring Equinox “We are welcoming Spring with the 4th Annual Intuitive Arts Fair to replenish body, mind and spirit. We hope everyone will come out and step into Spring with new insights, inspirations and intentions.” said Rev. Marney Brown, one of the fair’s organizers and owner of Good Food Conspiracy.
Admission is free. For more information call Debra Kupchok at 305- 872-4750.
The Old Island Restoration Foundation has awarded 5 grants for projects that assist in preserving the architectural and/or cultural history of Key West.
The announcement ceremony was part of the Sunday, March 2nd, “Thank You” brunch for OIRF volunteers who assist at The Oldest House Museum and the annual House Tours. It is only with the help of over 200 volunteers and the homeowners willing to open their private property to hundreds of ticket-holding visitors that the Foundation is able to raise enough funds to maintain The Oldest House with a portion left over for these grants.
This year’s recipients are:
First Congregational Church of Key West – $ 7,500.00. This 122 year old historic structure is in need of substantial roof repair. Without OIRF assistance the risk of damage to the structure is significant.
Kevin May and Bob Green, Trustees Continue reading
Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Chief Billy on bass, world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, and special guest Joe LePage playing fiddle, squeezebox, and harmonicas all month long, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday 6 – 9 PM. Also, with the currently relaxed security status, you can see them (and a great view of the sunset over the water) every Wednesday 6 – 9 PM at Sunset Lounge on Sigsbee Navy Base.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear..They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.
The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known 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.
Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, banjo, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.
But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!
Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM, and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They also will be playing at Blue Heaven Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 PM.
Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading
THE OLD FAMILY HOME – Life and Work in Key West
Houses, small and large, sheltered generations of those carving out a life on this rock island. They also were places of business or investments…not unlike today. Into the five old abodes in the Historic District, extensive renovations breathed new life, allowing them to continue useful existence for current and future residents.
The tour is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available in advance. For credit card purchase, buy tickets online at www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501. Tickets are also available for purchase by check or cash at: Capital Bank, (Old Town & North Roosevelt Branches in Key West; MM30.4, Big Pine; 2348 Overseas Highway, Marathon); and Royal Furniture (3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd.). During tour hours, tickets will be sold at the featured houses – cash or check, please.
Featured Houses: Continue reading
“Native People/Native Plants”
March Special Presentations at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
A grant from the Florida Humanities Council has made possible a series of public presentations on traditional utilization of plants.
“Down the Garden Path: Envisioning a Prehistoric Medical System”
Michele Williams, PhD, RPA
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Nature Chapel – Free Admission
Prehistoric home health as it would have been practiced in Florida and beyond depended on native plants and the communal knowledge of medical plants carried through the generations by mothers, aunts, and grandmothers as they cared for their families. Continue reading
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As an artist, this is very exciting for me. This is the first time my art has graced the cover of an album filled with music created by someone I respect. I hope it won’t be the last of these sorts of exchanges and I wanted to share the music and the art with everybody I could think of who many enjoy it. The process was quite rewarding.
Morgan O’Kane is an interesting man and his story is worth perusing as well. As per so many of us who make art and music for a living, he has come from the bottom of many a place and chosen to remain true to his unique craft. This is something I can appreciate. Also, much of the music relates to elements of the sea and sailing, which is something I, and a lot of you, also enjoy hearing, smelling, seein or tasting about, so here you go.
I leave you with a quote from Kim, my sister,
“The idea that we can go back, that it’s a thing anyone would try to do in the first place, is so foreign to me. The Great Whatever is supposed to change you, alter the place you were. That’s its gig, its nature. Go with it, but mind the rocks and shoals, darlin.”
White Street Partners is sneaking in under the radar…again… with a new plan to develop Peary Court. With the exception of two 8 inch by 10 inch placards affixed obscurely to the existing Peary Court fence, there has been NO notice given to the public regarding their highly evolved plans to create an unprecedented 24 acre “Olde Towne” development at Peary Court. There has been NO official notice in anything of record, NO articles in the local newspapers, NO mention on radio or TV or the internet, NO meetings with the general public as promised last year when their original plans were shut down. And yet, on this coming Monday evening at 5:30 PM at the Old City Hall on Greene Street, HARC will review this massive proposal and make a decision to give it the green light. I’m not kidding. This whole proposal, one shot by HARC, this Monday night.
How can this be? How can a project of of this scale in the middle of and at the gateway to Old Town get so far with so little oversight?
In a last minute meeting this Sunday arranged at great effort by Meadows residents with WSP representatives (Donna Bosold, formerly of HARC, and Jim Hendricks, formerly face man for Pritam Singh at Truman Annex), we were shown only small scale plot plans of their new proposal. They felt the architectural drawings were too complicated for them, and certainly for us, to understand, and were therefore deliberately with held. Continue reading
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TV and fiction writer Hy Conrad is next presenter at the Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, March 10, 6:00 p.m., Studios of Key West, 600 White Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Conrad is best known as one of the original scriptwriters for the quirky ground-breaking TV detective series, Monk. He worked on the show for all eight seasons, the final two as Co-Executive Producer. The show received three Edgar Nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” But his creativity goes far beyond Monk, including ten books of short puzzle-mysteries (translated into fourteen languages), the comedy/mystery stage drama Home Exchange (performed two years ago in Key West), a humorous guide for dog-owners (Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know), and continuing film and TV production (Little Monk and White Collar). Now he has begun a series of novels, beginning with Mr. Monk Helps Himself (2013) and Mr. Monk Gets on Board (2014). Appropriately, Conrad’s lecture topic is “Transferring a Beloved TV Character into Books”.
The Friends of the Key West Library weekly lecture series is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Last lecturer of this season is the dean of public opinion polls, Lou Harris, March 17. FOL’s newsletter is located at http://friendsofthekeywestlibrary.org.
There are a few facts regarding the adult education program that shed a different light on the previous reporting that informed readers need to know.
First – the new director of the program was only appointed at the end of July for the year involved in the audit. The Master Calendar for the program had already been prepared by the previous director, on one hand this is no excuse, but given the fact that this was not the only program under said director’s assignment, a reasonable person is able to understand. The Department of Education (DOE) adult education comprehensive course codes contain four (4) different course codes, this in and of itself are enough to digest, coupled with six additional programs unrelated to adult education, but important to student achievement are under the direction of this one individual. Couple that with the fact there are seven different locations to which this individual must travel to oversee the course work being undertaken by the students involved, add to that course changes in the additional programs, state requirement updates that must be addressed, one might easily say – “Wait a minute, let’s see what has been corrected since the audit findings (which by the way are for the 2012-2013 school year) were realized.” Continue reading
Today’s headlines are full of stories highlighting the fallout of masterful con men. This epidemic comes in a myriad of degrees and forms and each of them is sure to leave a wake of destruction in the lives of those who cross paths with such dangerous men.
Good Morning Florida Keys’ Jenna Stauffer and co-producer Paul Hardt have spent the past couple of months working on a documentary entitled Inevitable Harm. It’s a powerful story that is based on the utter destruction a con artist can cause and even when initially perceived to be his accomplice, the strength one woman has to overcome it.
To find out more and to support the making of Inevitable Harm, the documentary click here.
The expert guest featured in the documentary is Sandra L. Brown from The Institute of Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education. She will be in Key West for filming in April and during her visit, the team will be hosting a community lecture entitled “How to Spot a Dangerous Man,” as well as an agency training for professionals which will highlight the hallmark disorders and dynamics in relationships of impending inevitable harm. As Sandra says, pathology has always existed and it always will therefore, the most any of us can to is educate.
People were not the only ones that were evicted when the Simonton Street Trailer Park was sold to developers….living in close harmony for generations with the park occupants was a colony of Pandas. In this photo from my archives that I shot for Solares Hill Newspaper in 1987, you can see two adults in the foreground (one up a tree) and several babies frolicking in the background.
They lived happily on the Bamboo stands that were scattered through the park, and the little ones would often lie down with cranky Park babies until they fell asleep.
But here is the Park today… Continue reading
Cody Romano was one of the presenters at “frank,” an annual gathering in Gainesville for social change communicators and public relations specialists. Cody, who went to Gerald Adams Elementary School and graduated from UF, is a developer for Mobiquity, a mobile software company in Boston. He works with various clients such as Biogen developing apps for patients with neurological disorders, and Hasbro, creating video games that kill exploding aliens and adding technology to their game “Life.” Romano spoke about his side project, “Geopackages,” an app that promotes social change through location-based storytelling. Cody is the son of Womankind executive director Kim Romano.
Check out Cody’s website http://codyromano.com/ [Kudos to Cody .... and Gerald Adams Elementary!!]
The United States Navy came to Key West in 1823. At the time, Key West was a remote outpost in Florida, at first a Territory of the United States established in 1822, and in 1845 admitted as the 27th state of the U.S.
During the period from 1823 until the beginning of the United States Civil War in 1860, the Navy maintained a continuous presence in Key West, pursuing marauding pirates and maintaining control over shipping lanes between ports on the Atlantic seaboard and in the Gulf of Mexico. Although Florida seceded from the United States and joined the Confederate States of America for the duration of the war, the Union government continued to control ports and sea lanes. Continue reading
A month-long series of celebrations will mark the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Key West’s own Tennessee Williams, beginning with the first in a quartet of Monday evening screenings of classic films adapted from his award-winning plays. “The Rose Tattoo” will be presented at the Tropic Cinema on March 3 at 6 p.m., immediately following a 5:30 opening reception.
Filmed in Key West and premiered at the San Carlos Institute in 1955, the movie starred Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani, who won the year’s Academy Award for Best Actress. Continue reading
Jose Marti Drive will be closed to traffic on Friday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. A flagman will be on duty to assist vehicles leaving the parking area, or any emergency situation.
Issue #51 — Friday, February 28, 2014
* Featured Story *Is Bahama Village Being Dispossessed of its 6.6 Acres at Truman Waterfront?
“The City is derailing a plan which would be good, not just for Bahama Village, but for all of Key West,” says Bob Kelly, a longtime advocate for Bahama Village, Key West’s predominantly black neighborhood, “A vibrant Bahamian community in the Village would be an extraordinary asset to the Key West tourism economy.”
A plan had been designed by local architect Bert Bender for the extension of the Village into the Truman Waterfront, the 33-acre parcel donated to the City by the US Navy in 2002. Bender’s plan was both bold and conventional. It extended the Village’s traditional street grid, but also had some unique features such as green space on the rooftops and mixed commercial space with affordable housing in a single structure.
“I liked all those vegetable gardens on the rooftops, imagine that – in Key West – all those green spaces suspended by the sea. And having a business space at street level and an apartment upstairs,” says Jamaican David, a Bahama Village resident, “that was a real good idea.” (more…)
Water WorldDerelict Tugboat Set To Cost Hundreds of Thousands to Monroe County
“My phone’s about to die! I am drifting southwest of Key West! I need to get off this boat before it’s too late!”
Using the last few minutes of airtime left on his cell phone Stephen Freer would explain how the dock master at a Stock Island marina had towed him and his 150-ton dilapidated tugboat out to sea and how he had left him there, miles from shore, with no radio, no pumps, no steering or propulsion, and no food or water.
Stephen, 66, is retired and lives on $ 800/month social security and until that afternoon had never been on a boat at sea before. He’d used all of his savings to buy into this great Craig’s List “bargain”: a 1943 tugboat called “Tilly”. (more…)
NewsCitizen Review Board Concerned About Eimers In-Custody Death
“I am deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of Charles Eimers,” CRB [Citizen Review Board] member Tom Milone said Wednesday.
The controversy about the Thanksgiving morning death on South Beach of 61-year old Charles Eimers continues to grow. Thousands of people have reviewed the video of Charles Eimer’s arrest published by The Blue Paper and have been disturbed by the irreconcilable differences between the events shown in the video and the account initially proffered by the police department.
“There is particular concern over the use of prone restraint,” says Tom Milone, “We’re considering reviewing the procedures in light of the incident with Charles Eimers and the growing concern about the risk of using that method in the sand.” The CRB has asked the police department to explain the existing polices at their next scheduled meeting.
The question, says David Paul Horan, attorney for the Eimers’ family, “is where do you use the prone restraint method? Would you use it in the water? Should you use it in the sand?” (more…)