Apr 172015
 
3 out of 4 Key Haven Residents Oppose Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

by Michael Welber… By a wide margin, Key Haven residents oppose the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in their neighborhood. At its next board meeting, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, is likely to approve a contract with British company Oxitec, which breeds the mosquitoes. Mosquito Control plans to release the insects this spring if […]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by on April 17, 2015 Issue #110, Michael Welber Tagged with: , , , , ,  2 Responses »
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 […]

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 »

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 »

Fouling Our Nest Part II: Let Us Spray

 
Fouling Our Nest Part II: Let Us Spray

Anyone who has lived in the Keys for any length of time knows that the ground we live on is very porous. Made up of either coral or limestone rock, the surface of these islands resembles flat colanders, allowing everything that falls on it to eventually pass directly through the ground to the salt water […]

 July 25, 2014  Posted by on July 25, 2014 Michael Welber Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »

Fouling Our Nest Part 1: Mosquito Control and the Ecology of the Keys

 
Fouling Our Nest Part 1:  Mosquito Control and the Ecology of the Keys

 I woke up this afternoon I saw both cars were gone I felt so low down deep inside I threw my drink across the lawn  — Martin Mull, Shaker Heights Blues I read in the Keynoter that the president of the gated and very wealthy Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo pleaded for an […]

Murder-for-hire Perpetrator Gets Maximum Allowable Sentence

 
Murder-for-hire Perpetrator Gets Maximum Allowable Sentence

“I am the victim. My life has changed dramatically.” So said an emotional Bruce Schmitt at a court session for the man who tried to have him killed. At the session, a clearly frustrated U.S. federal judge, Jose E. Martinez, imposed the maximum allowable ten-year sentence on admitted murder-for-hire perpetrator Dennis Zecca in a sentencing […]

Let ‘em fry!

 
Let ‘em fry!

  Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test, [the poor] fail, and for this they are despised. – George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, 1933 Apparently it never rains in the Keys. And the hot sun doesn’t beat down mercilessly. That must be the thinking of the local […]

BOOK REVIEW: Sustainable [R]evolution [North Atlantic Books]

 
BOOK REVIEW: Sustainable [R]evolution  [North Atlantic Books]

Reading Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox’s new book is both exhilarating and depressing. Exhilarating because the volume describes in varying detail more than 62 ecovillages, urban farms, and communities from all over the world working toward sustainability. But the paperback is also a downer because it highlights what can be accomplished but isn’t in almost […]

 July 1, 2014  Posted by on July 1, 2014 Michael Welber Tagged with: ,  No Responses »

More Bull from Marathon City Council

 
More Bull from Marathon City Council

  The Marathon City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend as much as $ 9,250 to investigate the true cost associated with moving a historic Fresnel lighthouse lens back to Marathon. – Florida Keys Keynoter This is not a joke. Well, not an actual meant-to-be-funny-joke anyway. It might be Vice Mayor Chris Bull’s idea of […]

Welber on Welber: Special Interest Trumps Climate Action

 
Welber on Welber: Special Interest Trumps Climate Action

“I’m very proud of that,” Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent said after looking through the climate assessment last week. “I’m very proud to be part of an initiation in a region that contains millions of people.” – Neugent commenting on praise for four-county compact that produced the Southeast Regional Action Plan Blue Paper We want […]

No Truth To Name Change Rumors In Middle Keys

 
No Truth To Name Change Rumors In Middle Keys

Rumors raced around the Middle Keys this week that Marathon was changing the city’s name to The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce City, Inc. A Blue Paper investigation revealed that, evidence to the contrary, the city would remain as Marathon despite heavy influence by the Chamber. Nor would Marathon now be called Schmittville or Ramsayburg. […]

 May 23, 2014  Posted by on May 23, 2014 Michael Welber 1 Response »

Sacred Cows and Hypocrisy at City Hall

 
Sacred Cows and Hypocrisy at City Hall

When Key West city commissioners voted to override staff recommendations and choose a higher bid for trash pickup, people in the audience were stunned. But no one was more stunned than Jody Smith Williams. Smith Williams played a central role in getting the city to hire Kessler Consulting. Their job was to study how trash […]