Mar 272015
 
FKAA Reverses Position on Deep Injection Well

by JD Adler… In a press release dated March 25th, the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) announced their decision to request funding from the Monroe County Commission to build a deep injection well at the Cudjoe regional wastewater treatment plant. Their decision was based on a preliminary report from Dr. Briceno of Florida International University who […]

Mar 202015
 
Cudjoe Shallow Wells Need Deeper Look

by JD Adler… Environmental attorneys Caron Balkany and Christopher Byrd have issued a 60 day notice of intent to sue the government on behalf of local fisherman Mike Laudicina, due to failure to acquire proper review for the shallow well injection of municipal sewage in the Cudjoe Key area. They have issued a press release stating […]

Mar 202015
 
Fractured Department--Free Falling In Disrepair...

by John Donnelly… The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has a significant number of ineffective leaders, compromised supervisors and rogue agents being recycled within their ranks. A plethora of documents and investigative reports have surfaced, attesting to this fact. A local (Key West) FDLE special agent is alleged to have violated her own “Ethical […]

Mar 202015
 
Letter to Editor: Ethics and Science

Editor:   The Key West Citizen ran an editorial on Sunday (3/8) that makes an appeal to science as the reason to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven and, eventually, the Lower Keys to prevent a dengue fever outbreak. While most reasonable people applaud the advances science has made in our society, including profoundly […]

Mar 132015
 
Inept Justices Rule Against Monroe

by Rick Boettger… The Third Court of Appeals has ruled that private corpations owning rental housing located on federally owned land associated with a military base do NOT have to pay local real estate taxes. This costs us here in Monroe almost $8 million/year in educational costs for those children, costs the rest of us […]

Feb 132015
 
THE CRUCIFIXION OF BILL De BLASIO

by Jerome Grapel Although I have not lived there for almost 50 years, I was born and raised in New York City and almost all my extended family still lives there. Anyone hearing the way I speak English can attest to the fact I still carry some of this place around with me — and […]

 February 13, 2015  Posted by on February 13, 2015 Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #101 Tagged with: , , , , ,  18 Responses »

A Note from Roger Cousineau, Candidate for Mosquito Control Board District 2

 
A Note from Roger Cousineau, Candidate for Mosquito Control Board District 2

I am Roger Cousineau, and I am running to be your Mosquito Control District Commissioner in District 2. I’m a 20 year resident of the Keys. I have a BA in English, served in the US Army, am a former school teacher, an active real estate agent for the past 18 years, and a volunteer […]

 October 31, 2014  Posted by on October 31, 2014 Island Voices Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »

Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

 
Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

Here we are, another celebration of Columbus Day has passed, and every year it gets just a little bit more embarrassing, bordering on surreal. We citizens of the United States are slowly waking up to the reality that the Americas were heavily populated by natives and doing just fine without European “civilization”. The fact that […]

Making Smart Medicare Choices for 2015

 
Making Smart Medicare Choices for 2015

As we head into autumn, people with Medicare once again need to consider their options for next year. Even if you like the coverage you have now, you should spend at least a few minutes making sure it will still meet your needs next year. Here are some key questions that people with Medicare should ask. […]

 September 19, 2014  Posted by on September 19, 2014 ~ Column ~ Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA

 
Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA

The U.S. Navy has refused to release a public document that proves they lied. This well-documented chronicle of lies and obstruction is not likely to bring justice, but the beauty of the internet is the lies are very public. Having repeated those lies on October 31, 2013, the Navy has restarted their five-year Statute-of-Limitations clock. […]

 September 19, 2014  Posted by on September 19, 2014 ~ Column ~ Tagged with: , , , ,  6 Responses »

In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

 
In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

[Note from the editor:  In case you missed Dr. Murray’s article last week [which was inadvertently posted late last Friday – my bad] … here it is again… No one pays attention to School District affairs like Dr. Murray…] Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one […]

Over-Development, Cronyism, and Corruption in the Middle Keys

 
Over-Development, Cronyism, and Corruption in the Middle Keys

Cities and towns love development. The more the better. More money – for rich people – more tourists, and more – low paying – jobs. That’s partly why the Marathon City Council rubberstamped a proposal to redevelop the Sombrero Country Club into what will become Florida Keys Resort. The newly approved development may also endanger […]

 September 5, 2014  Posted by on September 5, 2014 Michael Welber Tagged with: , , , ,  5 Responses »

UPDATE: New Charges in Ethics Complaint Against George Neugent

 
UPDATE: New Charges in Ethics Complaint Against George Neugent

I previously reported on the formal ethics complaint I filed with the state of Florida against George Neugent for his actions bankrupting Stand Up for Animals in order to award their contract to his friends. I also reported on Neugent’s breaking of his signed oath on his financial disclosure Form 6 with numerous errors showing […]

 September 5, 2014  Posted by on September 5, 2014 * Featured Story *, Rick Boettger, ~ Column ~ Tagged with: , ,  5 Responses »

It’s The Law, Man

 
It’s The Law, Man

Wasting police time; wasting taxpayer dollars There aren’t many issues that Americans agree on in this era of divisive politics. The country has been fractured by innumerable partisan confrontations from foreign wars to immigration to birth control. And yet a clear majority of people in the United States do consistently agree on one issue: legalization […]

 August 29, 2014  Posted by on August 29, 2014 Michael Welber Tagged with: ,  9 Responses »

It’s Hot! It’s Exciting!! Nobody’s heard of it!!!

 
It’s Hot! It’s Exciting!! Nobody’s heard of it!!!

What is it? GreenKeys! Yes, exclamation point. That’s how terrific it is. Terrific! So what is GreenKeys!? It’s hard to say precisely. It seems to partially be an outreach effort by the expensive consultant hired by the county whose task it is to design how the Keys will implement its climate action plan and update […]

 August 22, 2014  Posted by on August 22, 2014 Michael Welber Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »

Kessler and Jones, Yes; Neugent, No

 
Kessler and Jones, Yes; Neugent, No

It’s political season, and I’m limiting my picks to the three I feel most strongly and knowledgeable about. I understand the financial accounting in the School District for their board race, the law for Mark Jones’ re-election, and George Neugent’s numerous ethical flaws. Stu Kessler is probably the most expert candidate for his position we […]

 August 22, 2014  Posted by on August 22, 2014 Rick Boettger, ~ Column ~ Tagged with: ,  4 Responses »

PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN KEY WEST: Three Different Ballots

 
PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN KEY WEST: Three Different Ballots

I need to start this column with a lecture. If you want to consider yourself a good citizen, you should be registered to vote and you should vote in every election. If you are a non-voter and this statement offends you, so be it. Voting is important because elections have consequences. And this is especially […]

 August 15, 2014  Posted by on August 15, 2014 Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »