Mar 132015
"Free Dog Lady!" / Local Resort Uses Police To Grab Public Land

Article by JD Adler, Video by Arnaud Girard and Naja Girard…. Free Dog Lady! Saturday, February 7th, 2015: Key West native and charter boat captain, Kelsey Haas, heads to the Ocean Key Resort & Spa with her dog Mali to see one of her favorite bands, The Revivalists, perform on Sunset Pier at the foot of Duval Street. The band, transfixed by the cute little doggie, invites her onto the stage. After dancing for a few joyful minutes, Kelsey and Mali return to the floor. Facing the stage, she [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 3:14 am * Featured Story *, Issue #105, JD Adler 23 Responses »
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 shoulder, to say nothing about police, fire, roads, etc. The reasons the court gave were simply wrong. They say the Navy retains control over the property. But the point of [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 3:10 am Editorial, Issue #105, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
Mar 132015
Candy Coated School Accounting

by Dr. Larry Murray… The next time a student comes by and asks you to buy something or otherwise financially support a school activity, ask how much money is in his school’s internal account.  He will probably have no idea.  In fact, he will probably not know what an internal account is. However, as a taxpayer, you should. Each school maintains an internal account in which it houses all the money from all those fundraisers from car washes to candy sales. The rules and regulations [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 3:06 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #105 2 Responses »
Mar 132015
Why War is Bad

 by Jerome Grapel… (This essay was written at a time when the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was making its way into the world’s consciousness. More than a decade later, the horrifying chaos now prevailing in the region is sickening proof of the colossal blunder the American invasion was.)     As I write this essay, the second Bush Oil War has become the fiasco it always deserved to be. The latest piece of firewood thrown onto the flames of this madness is the graphic international diffusion [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 3:05 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #105 46 Responses »
Mar 132015
Stop Shallow Sewage Wells in the Florida Keys, March 22nd

What’s wrong with Shallow Sewage Wells in the Florida Keys? Well, do you enjoy seafood, diving or snorkeling, fishing, bird and marine life? We’re about to start swimming in sewage effluent. Our County Commissioners are refusing to pay for a Deep Well to dispose of more than 30 million gallons a month of partially treated sewage effluent. Instead, they want to use four shallow wells cased only to 80 feet into the porous limestone of the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. It will rise to [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 3:00 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event, Water World No Responses »
Mar 132015
Transgender Mosquitoes, Threat or Menace

by Michael Alan The first thing they tell you about serious writing is: do not, under any circumstances, write about anything serious. Everyone says so, and it is true, it tends to piss people off. What you should do is come up with a really good title. That is the key to it all. Readers can read the title and then they know exactly what you are going to say. That way they do not have to read the article per se and they can [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #105, Michael Alan No Responses »
Mar 132015
Letter to the Editor

It used to be you could expect some fairly unsophisticated and unprofessional behavior from the 435 odd members of the house, but one could always rely on cooler more restrained heads in the senate. We found out this week that is no longer the case. We saw forty seven Republican Senators shoot off a letter to Tehran to explain how they feel the president is over stepping his authority (he isn’t) when it comes to negotiating with Iran on nuclear arms. This following on the [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #105, Letter to the Editor 16 Responses »
Mar 132015
Catastrophic Progress

by Ray Jason, The Sea Gypsy Philosopher… The deep serenity down here in the Archipelago of Bliss soothes and inspires me. Sometimes AVENTURA and I find a tiny lagoon that is so tranquil that the silence almost seems to speak. In many spots the Jungle runs all the way down to the Sea. Such symbolism comforts me, because they are both such essential incubators of Life. Last week I found a bay so sublime that the voice of Nature was louder than the clamor of [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:35 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #105 3 Responses »
Mar 132015
Save Our Pines, March 15

March 15, 2015 • 1–5pm • Under the Pines @ Fort Zachary Taylor   Come celebrate with us under the pines at Fort Zach on Sunday, March 15th, from 1-5 pm! This annual event marks the 7 year anniversary of the Save Our Pines organization and its successful campaign to stop the removal of our beautiful shade-providing Australian Pine trees at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Also, thanks to Mayor Cates’ Proclamation, the third Sunday of March is now officially Save Our Pines Day! Signed Pines [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:30 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
328,000 LGBT Workers in Florida Lack Statewide Protections

LOS ANGELES — About 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, 31 counties and municipalities in Florida have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but about 46% of Florida’s workforce is not covered by these laws. “A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:20 am Issue #105, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 132015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar March 12-18

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, March 12th thru Wednesday, March 18th Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS SATURDAY Legendary Locals Opening Reception, 5 PM Gallery on Greene. 305-294-1669. Mario Sanchez, Jeff MacNelly, Suzie dePoo, George Carey, William Copley, Henry La Cagnina, Jay Gogin, John Kiraly, Joe Loeber, Makiki, Monty Triz, Norma Renner, Olga Manosalvas, Papito Suarez, Robert Franke, Van Eno, Vivian Lang. CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS (thru April 4) Docent Training Class Offered, 9 AM The Key [continue reading…]

Mar 132015
Key West Art & Historical Society in New Orleans

Key West Art & Historical Society Curator to Represent Key West in New Orleans This month, the Key West Art & Historical Society moves beyond its local borders to New Orleans to encourage the world to explore some of the art, history and culture of Key West at the nationally recognized Odgen Museum of Southern Art, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival and the Tennessee Williams Scholar Conference. Curator Cori Convertito ushered Key West’s presence there last week— along with philanthropist David Wolkowsky—to help [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:10 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 132015
Southernmost Car Club Poker Rod Run March 15th

The Florida Keys SOUTHERNMOST Car Club sponsors the annual POKER ROD RUN March 15th, this Sunday at 11AM. Automobiles of all types are invited to attend. Many customs, classics, street rods, and conch cruisers will participate. The Event starts at Sugarloaf Lodge mm17 and at 3:30 winner will be announced followed by a picnic . A 50/50 and other prizes will be awarded. The cost to participants is $15.00 and $5.00 for additional riders also includes the picnic. Youngsters with their parents are welcome to [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:05 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Historian and novelist Les Standiford is next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, March 16, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Standiford will discuss his latest work, “Desperate Sons” (2012), a nonfiction thriller that explores the pre-Revolutionary activities of the Sons of Liberty, including John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry. His numerous other works include the eight-book John Deal mystery series as well as “Bringing [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:00 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
Monroe County Familiarization Program, March 19

Key West, FL…On March 19, the Key West Association of Realtors is presenting “Get to Know Monroe,” a county-wide program intended to help educate realtors and residents about Monroe County’s departments and services. Beginning at 1 p.m. department heads from permitting, planning, code enforcement, HARC, Mosquito Control and more will brief the public on department how-to’s and other basics. To accommodate the expected crowd, the familiarization program will take place at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue. Because informational handouts and other brochures will [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:55 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
Anfinson’s “Underglimmer” at Salt Island Provisions Gallery

Artist Eric Anfinson is more comfortable painting on large canvases, as demonstrated by more than 12 years of exhibiting his work locally and nationally. But on Saturday, March 21, from 7- 10 pm, the artist reveals a series of small oil paintings on linen-primed panels at Salt Island Provisions Gallery –paintings that have challenged the artist to a new level of growth and understanding in his work as a painter. “It has been a practice of being uncomfortable and patient,” says Anfinson, whose distinct figurative [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:50 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 132015
DECODA to Wrap Up Impromptu Classical Concert's 2015 Season

Continuing their commitment to offer the most talented and accomplished of the new generation of virtuosic chamber music ensembles, The Board of Impromptu Classical Concerts proudly presents New York’s DECODA in concert Sunday, March 22, at 4:00 pm, St. Paul’s Church. The first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, DECODA, in their first Key West performance, will present “a less traditional program that features ours rather unique instrumentation”, notes Alicia Lee, clarinet player and the group’s project leader. “We will be presenting a mix of [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:45 am Issue #105, Music, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
15TH Annual Equality Florida Key West Gala, March 28TH

The 15th Annual Equality Florida Key West Gala will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 6:30-8:30 pm at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street. This event is free and open to the public, although Equality Florida is hopeful that guests will be inspired to donate to support its work. Equality Florida is the largest statewide organization dedicated to securing justice and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida’s highest honor, the Voice For Equality award, will be presented to Aaron [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:40 am Issue #105, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
Love Lane Gang- Key West Live Music

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, swing, and jug band music from the 1930s and [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:35 am Issue #105, Music, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 132015
Southernmost Magnolia- Key West Live Music

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 Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, 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 – [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am Issue #105, Music, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 132015
The Greens: Authentic Blue Grass & Civil War Jazz

  Tired of cover bands? Looking for some authentic blue grass and civil war jazz? The Greens have sprung up this season!! “We wanted to bring a new thing to Key West, where jazz and old -time roots music would meet,” said stand-up bass player, Steve LaPierre, who recently joined forces with beloved Key West banjo player Jason Shore, to craft this new sound in town. Lead vocalist and musical virtuoso, Gary Mackey, on  fiddle and mandolin from Dolly Parton’s Nashville Band, along with 26 [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:23 am Issue #105, Music, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 132015
Youth Leaders Meet Supervisor

Youth Leaders from the Keys to Be the Change group at Key West High School met their lead personal sponsor this week, Gerald “Moe” Mosher, Senior Vice President at Historic Tours of America. Moe has been supporting the endeavors of Keys to Be the Change, Inc. this year behind the scenes. With his support and that of many others, students  from Monroe County will be traveling to Florida State University in April to attend the Peace Jam Leadership Conference at the School for Leadership and [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #105, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 132015
Public Defender and USCG Officer Join Key West Sunrise Rotary

Public defender and USCG officer join Key West Sunrise Rotary Key West Sunrise Rotary welcomed another couple as members. Anna Kenerly serves as an assistant public defender with the 16th Judicial Circuit and her husband Eric is an operations petty officer on the USCGC Sawfish. The ceremony included Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler, sponsor Tevis Wernicoff and President Ron Demes. The Kenerlys are expecting a baby boy in July.   The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets on Fridays at 7 [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #105, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 132015

FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) has incorporated a newly formed 501(c)(3) tax-deductible sister organization, known officially as FIRMKeys. FIRM and FIRMKeys share the same mission and leadership.  Operating together as FIRM, both organizations continue the fight for fair and affordable windstorm and flood insurance programs for the Florida Keys. Members now may make tax-deductible contributions to FIRMKeys, or non-deductible contributions to FIRM’s lobbying arm, to be known as FIRM PAC. FIRMKeys will focus on the educational, research, storm damage prevention and mitigation elements of insurance rate control. FIRMKeys [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #105, Public Notice No Responses »