Jul 312015
 
Water Quality Disaster: Whistleblower Accuses Department of Health

by Bud Meaker and Arnaud Girard……. A whistleblower claims the Department of Health (DOH) has turned a blind eye for years on thousands of gallons of sewage that has been seeping into Florida Keys waters. “It’s their duty, their legal obligation under Florida Statutes to monitor the performance of all on-site sewer systems in the Keys, [more…]

Jul 242015
 
The Code of the Sea Gypsy Tribe

by Ray Jason……. This is the conclusion of my short trilogy dealing with the Sea Gypsy Tribe in a post-Apocalyptic scenario. In order to understand it, I would encourage you to take a few minutes and read my two prior installments entitled The Stranger Arrives and The Shattering. ******* Hello again, Stranger. Our medical volunteers [more…]

Jul 172015
 
The Shattering

by Ray Jason……. This is a continuation of my fictional depiction of one possible Collapse scenario. If you have not read my previous essay, “The Stranger Arrives,” this new one will not make much sense to you. So it would be best to read the previous essay here and spend a few minutes with that piece. [more…]

Jul 102015
 
The Stranger Arrives

by Ray Jason……. Welcome, Stranger! We are the Pelican/Slocum Sea Gypsy Tribe. I am currently our Spokesperson – a position that rotates regularly in our clan. Congratulations on surviving The Descent and the Shattering. While you are regaining your strength, we will provide you food, water, shelter, medicine and perhaps most importantly – emotional comfort [more…]

Jul 102015
 
WWD (World Water Dilemma): Part 2

by Kim Pederson……. Gizmodo recently posted an article by Annalee Newitz titled “NASA: We Are Going to Europa.” The piece features a short video from the agency called “Alien Ocean: NASA’s Mission to Europa.” Ostensibly, the goal is to gather information on the liquid ocean beneath the moon’s frozen exterior and determine, if possible, if [more…]

Jul 102015
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Staff Member Celebrates 15 Years of Service

On July 10, Key West Art & Historical Society’s Gerri Sidoti celebrates fifteen years of service with the island’s oldest non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the culture and heritage of the Florida Keys. Sidoti has “played a fundamental role in helping craft the Society’s identity, reinforcing its commitment to the mission and giving [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Uncle Bobby's Magic Sofa

Thanks to MC COUSCOUS and BRIA ANSARA for allowing us to share their incredible music video:  ‘SLOW DOWN’ [IF YOU’RE STILL ON THE HOMEPAGE: Click on the headline above and the following links will ‘come to life’. FACEBOOK   YOUTUBE    WEBSITE

Jul 032015
 
Tony Yaniz Reelection Bid District IV

Four years ago my neighbors and friends suggested I seek the District IV Commissioner seat. Together we formed a coalition of families, senior citizens, Key West youth and workers and identified a Fresh Approach platform: Accessibility and Transparency. I’ve listened and worked hard and learned. I strongly believe I have kept the promises I made [more…]

Jul 032015
 
God

by Kirby Congdon……. My readers are younger and want to be au currant. Heaven and hell are bribes or threats for them and they dismiss the two categories as uneducated and dishonest references. This still leaves us with “God” to relieve us of the inexplicable, the uncontrollable or the unbearable. The term God is almost an [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Introducing the Secondhand Smoke Citizens Advisory Board

by Dorothy Harden… Did you know that in 1985, Florida became the first state to strip local governments of the ability to adopt laws that restrict smoking in public places and workplaces? Preemption of tobacco control issues is the tobacco industry’s #1 legislative goal. The industry knew that if local governments adopted smoke free laws for [more…]

Jun 192015
 
Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle event at Fort East Martello welcomes all in its co-creation. On Saturday, June 20 from 5-11 pm, historic Fort East Martello will be transformed into a magical world where all are invited to discover their dreams and creativity in celebration of Midsummer’s Eve. The family-friendly Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle—co-produced [more…]

Jun 122015
 
Sister Season Fund Survivors Save-the-Date June 28

Sunday FunDay Needs People, Prizes Sunday Fun-Day, the 38th annual Survivors Party, is set for June 28 from 2 till 6 p.m. at Rick’s Bar, upstairs. Sister Season Fund, Locals Helping Locals, will again host this traditionally fabulous afternoon of food, entertainment, raffles and, historically, one of the biggest silent auctions in the Keys. Volunteers [more…]

Jun 122015
 
A Night with the Greens; A Night of Debauchery & Mayhem [June 12th]

Larry Baeder Joins The Greens for Sister Season Fund-raiser  Backspace Friday June 12th The Sister Season Fund helps wait staff, cab drivers, cooks, bar tenders and other locals employed in the tourist-related industries. Most hard-working individuals, who represent the infrastructure of Key West’s tourism, do not receive employee benefits and suffer tremendously when emergencies strike. [more…]

Jun 052015
 
Apartment Hunting in Key West Can Be Full of Surprises...

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..   Nina and Naomi Newton go apartment hunting with mom in Old Town Key West. What they find keeps them laughing for days….    

Jun 052015
 
Jenna Stauffer and Good Morning Florida Keys Featuring Kids Wish Network

Cameron Bonney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. She immediately started chemotherapy treatment. After seven rounds of the harrowing treatment and two bone marrow transplants, Cameron still faced more issues. In June 2010, Cameron’s body rejected her second bone marrow transplant, and she was diagnosed with chronic scleradormatous. This [more…]

Jun 052015
 
Seventy-Two to Zero

by Bryan Baese…………… I was on the back patio of a mail center in Key Largo when the greeting came from the foliage that topped the pergola in the adjoining retail space. HELLO. The voice was high pitched, slightly metallic, and had a back-of-the-throat kind of sound to it. I never saw the speaker but [more…]

May 222015
 
Local Musician Releases Keys Inspired CD

Composer / arranger/ songwriter and Grammy member Glenn Finnan currently divides his time between the Philadelphia area and Key West, with the hopes of soon calling Key West his permanent home. Glenn first came to Key West in 2012 to play clarinet with the South Florida Symphony. He fell in love with the city at [more…]

Mar 202015
 
Genesis of the Keys Coalition

by Tim Gratz, Program Policy Chair, Keys Coalition… It really all began eight years ago this month. That is when the movie “Amazing Grace” was released. “Amazing Grace” has a brief scene with John Newton, the former slave-trader who wrote the lyrics to what became the popular hymn “Amazing Grace” but the film really tells [more…]

Feb 192015
 
Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

by John Gish… A cultural bomb is going off daily at the Regal Cinema here. The just released “Fifty Shades of Grey” will forever change the sexual mores of America.  It’s a provocative, erotic drama of a hot, young couple embarking on what is known as a consensual, dominant-submissive sexual relationship, which is nothing new [more…]