Mar 272015
TSKW Artist Studio Tours Comes to Stock Island

The Studios of Key West ventures off the rock to Stock Island, “the Brooklyn of Key West,” for their annual Artist Studio Tours on Saturday March 28 from 12-4pm . Sculptor Cindy Wynn’s phantasmagorical metal shop anchors the Tour, with optional transportation to and from the Tour stops made easy by Old Town Trolley. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at or by calling 305-296-0458. Trolley transportation is included in the ticket price. Visitors can peer into the workspaces of Stock Island creatives including Jimmy [continue reading…]

 March 27, 2015  Posted by at 3:07 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #106, Special Events No Responses »
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 that Monroe County and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) have utilized a “fake” environmental assessment report to support their contention that this method is safe. Their concerns spring from [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 4:00 am * Featured Story *, Issue #106, JD Adler, Water World 2 Responses »
Mar 202015
US Law Enforcement Kills with Impunity-- Especially When the Victim is Black,  Part 1:

Genocide of African-Americans by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D., Tulane University Emerita… The respected investigative journalism organization, ProPublica,[i] recently concluded, using the FBI’s woefully incomplete statistics on “justifiable” civilian killings by law enforcement (see Huggins, The Blue Paper #102), that between 2010 and 2012, “young black males…were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts—[in fact] 21 times greater….” While I would confidently agree that Blacks stand a far greater chance than Whites of being killed by law enforcement, [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:55 am Editorial, Issue #106, Martha Huggins 9 Responses »
Mar 202015
Guest Column: On Human Trafficking

by Reverend Dr. Magby…. I am Rev Dr Gwendolyn D. Magby. For nearly 13 years it has been my privilege to pastor Trinity Presbyterian Church, “The Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart and the Friendliest Church This Side of Heaven,” located at 717 Simonton Street, I am also the chair of Keys Coalition and it is in that capacity that I wrote this essay on human trafficking, to bring increased awareness of the issue in our community. I start [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:50 am Editorial, Issue #106 1 Response »
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 the story of William Wilberforce, a member of Parliament who fought, with just a few followers, to end the slave trade in England, a fight that took him twenty years [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:45 am Island Voices, Issue #106 No Responses »
Mar 202015
Barbarism Du Jour

by Alex Symington… As Louis Petrone’s article, “Mass Killings Common” in KonkLIFE (link below) pointed out there is nothing new to the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, referring to the latest incarnation that is ISIS. I could not agree more. Mr. Petrone recalled several examples of atrocities, starting with “our own backyard”, of mass killings and beheadings of Native Americans upon the arrival of the English to their shores and murders and beheadings of African salves that had the audacity to rebel against their [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #106 10 Responses »
Mar 202015
A Red Tag for Noah

 by Michael Alan… The earliest record of a code enforcement action was in the book of Genesis: “Good morning, Mr. Noah, do you have a permit for that?”  I myself am building a boat in my backyard, just like Noah. Naturally, there were certain problems to consider. How I would get it out to the street when it was finished topped the list. Whether I needed a permit to build it did not enter into it. I guess, like Noah, I felt that God had [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:35 am Editorial, Issue #106, Michael Alan No Responses »
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 Standards” on how to conduct an accurate and viable investigation. In addition to disregarding these policy guidelines, it appears that this agent may have broken the law regarding her questionable [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:30 am Issue #106, John Donnelly, Uncategorized 11 Responses »
Mar 202015
Fifty (less Fifty) Shades of Gray

by Kim Pederson… It’s hard not to think about the word “hypocrisy” when you watch The Daily Show. On Thursday’s program (March 12), host Jon Stewart had New Jersey governor Chris Christy in the cross-hairs. Governor Christy apparently saw fit to bypass the courts in a $9 billion environmental suit against ExxonMobil for polluting waters around its NJ refineries and settle for $225 million. He then spent that paltry money on filling holes in the NJ budget rather than restoration efforts. He tried to sell [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:25 am Issue #106, Kim Pederson No 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 important medical discoveries, those same people know that strong ethical oversight must accompany good science. Science provides important information but without ethical oversight and good sense we also get hydrogen [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:20 am Issue #106, Letter to the Editor, Michael Welber 1 Response »
Mar 202015
Spring Break Volunteers Help Water Quality Study

Two Tallahassee oceanography grad students and an Environmental Policy instructor chose a different way to spend their Spring Break this week. They came to Key West as volunteers to take algae samples for a project sponsored by the Stop Shallow Sewage Wells in the Florida Keys Campaign. Anne Michelle Harvey has a masters degree in Aquatic Environmental Sciences and also a law degree. Alexandra Harper is working on her Ph.D. in Marine Chemistry at Florida State University and Erin Canter, a microbiology lab technician in [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:12 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Mar 202015
Benefit to Stop Shallow Sewage Wells, March 22

What’s wrong with Shallow Sewage Wells in the Florida Keys? Dr. David Vaughan, Director, Tropical Research Laboratory at Mote Marine will explain and show slides of the coral nursery project he runs on Summerland and his concerns about the impact of shallow sewage well injection on the quality of the water on which his baby corals depend. Come to the Stop Shallow Sewage Wells Benefit this Sunday March 22 from 3-6 at the Sugarloaf Lodge Tikki Bar. MM 17. The local group, Stop Shallow Sewage [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:10 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Mar 202015
Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer Featuring Key West Food Tours

Good Morning Florida Keys enjoys a tasting and cultural tour from “Made in Key West Food Tours.” Analise Smith explains the idea behind this delightful tour that includes delicious and authentic Florida Keys food, as well as fascinating historical, architectural and cultural insights into the island’s roots. Much more from Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer here.

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:00 am Dining, Issue #106 No Responses »
Mar 202015
Womankind's Croquet Tournament, March 21-22

Womankind’s 10th Annual Croquet Tournament on Mr. Ed Knight’s gorgeous oceanfront estate is taking place this weekend! On Saturday, March 21st, from 9am-1:pm, for only $15 you can gain entry to his private island off of South Roosevelt Ave, watch the croquet games, and eat bagels from Goldman’s Deli and then a boxed lunch including a croissant sandwich provided by Cole’z Peace.  Enjoy Bloody Marys, Mimosas and a few other tasty concoctions at the cash bar.  Everyone is asked to dress in white—but “Key West [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:54 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 202015
Gallery on Greene Presents Tropical Elevations, March 21st

Curating an important collection of Key West art with an emphasis on works of authentic, historic importance and local charm, from 1934 to present day, gallery director Nance Frank brings tremendous personal commitment and enthusiasm for art and collectors. The gallery seeks to satisfy both the casual art buyer and the established collector in the primary and secondary markets with works by Mario Sanchez, Peter Vey, Jeff MacNelly, Bruce McGarey, Mike Rooney, Mike Peters, Tennessee Williams (The Playwright), Suzie DePoo, James Kerr, Harriet Frank, Priscilla [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:50 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #106, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 202015
March, 2015 at the Key West Theater

FRINGE THEATER PRESENTS ORSON’S SHADOW by Austin Pendleton Directed by Tony Award Recipient Dennis Zacek Orson’s Shadow runs TWO WEEKS ONLY…. Please note date change: March 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street Curtain is 8pm. Get your tickets today! An irreverent reimagining of a real-life event, Orson’s Shadow depicts the backstage collision of rampaging egos as Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Tynan court Orson Welles to direct at the newly-created National Theater in London. Directed by legend Dennis Zacek [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #106, Theater No Responses »
Mar 202015
Rhoades Leads Discussion on Tennessee Williams at Tropic

“Everything in his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life.” The quote, a succinct summary of Tennessee Williams life as a playwright, is by Elia Kazan, Broadway director of many of Williams’ most successful plays. As part of the Tennessee Williams March Birthday Celebration offered by the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, Shirrel Rhoades, local film critic, writer, and founder of Absolutely Amazing eBooks, will introduce and lead a forum discussion about William’ life and plays at the Tropic Cinema, 2:00pm, Sunday, March 29. [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:40 am Issue #106, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 202015
Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, March 23rd

Political analyst Lou Harris, in conversation with radio host Richard Grusin, is last speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, March 23, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (A brief Friends of the Library annual members meeting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.) Harris will discuss national and international issues with Grusin, and there will be time left for questions from the audience. For more than a half-century, [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:33 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 202015
Crab Molesters Face up to 10 Years

On Wednesday, May 18, 2015, a Key West jury took less than two hours to find both Romualdo Ricardo Salado and Christopher J. Payne guilty of one count of Molestation of Another’s Stone Crab Trap by a Commercial Harvester.   Mr. Salado and Mr. Payne were found not guilty of a second count involving the same allegation.    Prior to the jury being selected, both Mr. Salado and Mr. Payne had entered an open plea to one count of Possession of Undersized Stone Crab.  The sentencing for [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:30 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Mar 202015
10 Year Sentence for Lewd Behavior and Battery by Adult on Minor

On Tuesday, March 17, in the Marathon Circuit Court, Defendant Angel Lopez-Santana entered a plea to 1 count of Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a Victim aged 12-16, a 2nd degree felony, 1 Count of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct by a person 18 years or older on a victim 16 years or younger, also a 2nd degree Felony, and 1 count of Sheltering an Unmarried Minor Runaway, a 1st degree misdemeanor.  The above incidents occurred between March 19th and March 26th 2012.  The defendant was sentenced to 10 years Florida [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:25 am Issue #106, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 202015
Crime Stoppers Donates $10,000 to Scholarship Fund

Board members of Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys today (3/16/15) presented a check for $10,000 to the Russell Sullivan Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, named for the retired FBI agent and endowed by his wife in his memory, provides scholarships for Key West Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office employees who wish to further their education. Crime Stoppers is dedicated to helping law enforcement in Monroe County, Florida solve crimes by offering a cash reward for information leading to crime tips.    

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:20 am Issue #106, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 202015
Randall Smith promoted to Sgt. of KWPD

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee swore in the newly-promoted Sgt. Randall Smith during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Sgt. Smith has served with the Key West Police Department since 2005. Before coming to the Department, Sgt. Smith worked as an insurance fraud investigator. He is the son of a retired Coral Springs Police Department sergeant. In his time with the Key West Police, he has served as a special operations detective, the team leader of the Dive Team, and, like his father, an internal affairs inspector. [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:15 am Issue #106, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 202015
Urban Forester Guest at LWV Fifth Tuesday Social, March 31

Karen DiMaria, Key West urban forestry manager, will be the guest speaker at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters “Fifth Tuesday” social event on March 31 from 5 until 7 p.m., at the New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square, Key West. DiMaria advises the Key West Tree Commission and is responsible for developing and implementing the complicated tree regulations that preserve Key West’s native and non-native canopy. She is no stranger to the complications and controversies interwoven with the regulations. Key West, like most [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:10 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 202015
8 FKSC Swimmers Compete in Short Course Junior Olympics

Coral Springs, March 6, 7, 8:  Swimmers from the Florida Keys Swim Club competed in the Florida Gold Coast Short Course Junior Olympics 14 and Under Championships in Coral Springs at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The Florida Keys Swim Club draws Keys kids from age 6-18 Keys-wide. Five time Olympic medalist Jon Olsen, head coach for 14 years of FKSC noted: “We had swimmers qualify in and in compete in over 30 events –the most we have ever had.  We have been building up [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:05 am Issue #106, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 202015
Angel Flight Southeast Recognizes Top Pilots for their Efforts

Three South Florida volunteer pilots will be honored for transporting patients to far-from-home medical appointments. Leesburg Fla. (March 16, 2015) – For someone facing a life-threatening illness, the prospect of getting specialized treatment is daunting. Especially when that specialized care is only available hundreds of miles from home.  A tremendous amount of preparation and coordination is needed and can be further complicated when the life-saving treatment leaves the patient with debilitating side effects. These patients need angels to help them survive and Greg Banfield, David [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 2:00 am Issue #106, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 202015
Key West Sunrise Rotary welcomes another couple

  Key West Sunrise Rotary installed Brian and Julie Doe as its newest members. Brian, a Boomtown systems engineer, and Julie, a Fidelity Investments program director, are the second couple to join the club this month. They were sponsored by George and Julie Wallace. The ceremony included Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler and President Ron Demes. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point.

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 1:55 am Issue #106, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 202015
ORIF Supports Historic Botanical Garden

Thanks to a grant from OIRF, the historic Botanical Garden on Stock Island will be getting a new entry gate installed. The Garden first opened its gates in 1936 as part of the Federal Economic Recovery Act project to lift Key West out of bankruptcy through tourism. OIRF raises funds for protecting the Oldest House and other historic sites in Key West by holding four tours of private homes each winter season. The House Tours were first held in 1960. For more information on grants, [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 1:50 am Issue #106, Public Notice No Responses »