Jul 172015
Federal Licensing Board Briefed on Threats to South Florida’s Wetlands from FPL’s Proposed Turkey Point Nuclear Reactors

Local groups and concerned citizens continue to challenge federal licensing. Washington, DC (July 16, 2015) Today a three-judge panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Atomic Safety Licensing Board, will hear arguments from those challenging FPL’s request for a federal license to build two additional nuclear reactors at their existing Turkey Point facility in Miami-Dade County. The hearing’s focus is on a contention filed in April that the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) recently issued by the NRC fails to adequately discuss and [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #123, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 172015

Your summer vacation has never been so productive and fun!! Key West Modern Dance provides a unique study experience with teachers from major American dance companies. The program’s faculty include current and former artists from: Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, David Parsons Dance, Limòn Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Giordano Dance Chicago and many other trailblazers and up-and-coming artists. THE PROGRAM is one week, with 18 dance classes in technique and repertory. A full Study Package [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #123, Special Events 1 Response »
Jul 172015
The Onion?

by Alex Symington……. What a fascinating country we live in! A country where, not only, can a billionaire gas bag with a dead cat on his head be a legitimate presidential contender, but also find people out there that support him! In these early days The Donald is actually out in front of the perennial pack of right wing republican radicals. As I said, fascinating. Trump’s gloves-off openly xenophobic and racist remarks have struck a chord with a demographic we have become all too familiar [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Alex Symington, Issue #123 7 Responses »
Jul 172015
Et tu, Brute..?

by John Donnelly……. If Obama, Clinton and the Bushes (28 years worth of American presidents) had put forth the effort to become illumined leaders, and worked together with the world’s heads of state, they could have within a few years banished war and poverty from the earth. What an abject waste these presidents have been, when compared to the power they wield and the unlimited possibilities they squandered. Weakened by the chronic exposure we’ve undergone via the propaganda and prescribed indoctrinations rendered to us by [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #123, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Jul 172015
Poems and Lyrics

by Kirby Congdon……. Many creative people are able to combine their own lyrics with their own music. To be able to bring two different mediums together is impressive. It is rather like having a dancer perform on stage with castanets, a piano or a full orchestra. How can one’s mind fit the rhythm of language into the complex construction of a music score without crashing and bringing the curtain down before the clue? There is melody and sound, the restrictions of a key, a mood, along [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #123, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
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. ******* During what our tribe calls The Descent, the initial problem was economic. But it soon became societal. The threads of decency and compassion that normally hold the human tapestry [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Island Voices, Issue #123, Water World 1 Response »
Jul 172015
Eggs or Egg Shells?

by Kim Pederson……. It’s a phrase that gets bandied about often, especially with regard to politicians and extraspecially during times of presidential campaigns: “weasel words.” In case it slipped your mind, a “weasel word,” according to Merriam-Webster, is “a word used in order to evade or retreat from a direct or forthright statement or position.” I knew that but I did not know where this derogatory originated. Merriam-Webster helps out here also: Some people believe that weasels can suck the insides out of an egg [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #123, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Jul 172015
All Properties in the Lower Keys Condemned

Dear Editor, Picture this. All properties from Lower Sugarloaf thru the 7Mile Bridge CONDEMNED!! WTF, consider this, all properties connected, system up and running, ALL Septic tanks Destroyed and then the massive system failure happened that those Loco Environmentalists predicted. The property owners have No place to flush. This will constitute a Severe Health Hazzard Condemning ALL PROPERTIES in the CRWS. Let’s not forget what all this Raw sewage spilling over the ground will do contaminating the food and water sources of the Endangered species [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #123, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 172015
The Mandate

Dear Editor, The State mandated that the Keys be sewered period. The voters chose to enact a tax to help fund this mandated sewer. I have searched high and low, used every resource and trick known and nowhere could I find, in the mandate or the Enactment of the Voters the authority or direction given to the Monroe Country Board of Country Commission to divert $14,000,000 and GIVE it to the FDOT to repair a dilapidated bridge access to a City of Marathon Tourist Attraction. [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #123, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 172015
Give Randy Acevedo Another Chance?

Dear Editor, The letters supporting Randy Acevedo from some of his friends are all warm and fuzzy, and are no doubt from a few well-intended citizens. Nevertheless, have we collectively drank the Kool-Aid which produces total memory loss? Or worse yet, are we simply returning the proverbial fox to his favorite hen house? It begs the question, why would Monroe County School Board Commissioners even consider Randy Acevedo for this position as Assistant Coach to our vulnerable students, especially after he looked the other way [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #123, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 172015
New Exhibit Opening: Lighthouses of the Florida Reef

Lighthouses of the Florida Reef is being presented in partnership with Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation and Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) in the first of a series of Keys-wide collaborative efforts. Curators Brad Bertelli and Cori Convertito collaborated to create the exhibits. The Keys History & Discovery Center, located at MM 82 in Islamorada, will focus on the series of lighthouses marking the reef line between Hillsboro Inlet and Alligator Reef, visible from the beach at The Islander Resort, a Guy [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
Prepare for Low-Impact Lobstering

by NOAA, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary……. Lobster season is one of the busiest times in the Florida Keys, as thousands of visitors and residents hit the waters in search of one of their favorite delicacies, the Florida spiny lobster. With smart choices, you can lower your impact on sensitive coral reefs and other natural resources that you are here to enjoy. Start by learning lobster regulations for the Florida Keys, as detailed in the Monroe County lobster brochure. It all boils down to being safe [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #123, Water World No Responses »
Jul 172015
28th Annual Reef Relief Membership Meeting

Monday, July 27, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Casa Marina Reef Relief’s 28th Annual membership Meeting is July 27th at the Casa Marina Resort located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This year, we discuss coral restoration, wastewater treatment in the Lower Keys and the 2015 State Legislation session. This meeting’s presenters include State Representative Holly Raschein to discuss the legislature, Dr. David Vaughan, Executive Director of M.O.T.E.’s Tropical Research Lab, and Mark Songer of Last Stand to discuss the Cudjoe Regional [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #123, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 172015
Hemingway Days Kick Off at Custom House Museum with Presentation from Author and Angler Timothy O’Brien

Hemingway Days kick off at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 21, at the Custom House Museum with a special presentation, exhibit tour and birthday cake reception to commemorate Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth 116 years ago. “Key West Art & Historical Society is proud to be partnering with the Hemingway Days Festival to further Key West’s literary legacy,” says KWAHS Executive Director Michael Gieda. “It is an honor to host the opening event and be part of the excitement and insights on Hemingway and his [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
Key West Art & Historical Society to Honor Celebrated Photographer in Exhibit at Custom House Museum

Beginning Thursday, July 16, Arthur Rothstein, one of the most important and influential photojournalists in American history, is to be featured at the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum, with more than 40 pieces of the photographer’s work to be exhibited. The show will feature a selection of iconic black-and-white images taken during Rothstein’s assignment with the Farm Security Administration—a program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of his New Deal to help struggling farmers—where he was “instructed to visit [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, July 16 thru Wednesday, July 22 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along White St, including Artists @ the Armory, Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery and hIPSO facto at the Coffee Mill Dance Studio. Friday Arthur Rothstein, Assignment Key West 1938 Photography Opening Reception, 5:30 PM The Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. kwahs.org Arthur [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #123, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »
Jul 172015
Mystery Writers Key West Fest Announces Walk-On Role Winner

Rusty Hodgdon, of Key West, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next novel. The “character placement” prize contest was an early registration promotion for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set to take place August 14-16 at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel. “As an author and aficionado of mystery novels, I am thrilled and honored to be part of a work by Heather Graham, one of the greatest writers in the genre,” [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
Two Keys Characters to Take the Rap for Upcoming Star-Studded Celebration of Sleuthing

Back in 2013, two fairly conspicuous Keys characters – Michael Haskins and Shirrel Rhoades – put their heads together and hatched a plot to further advance Key West’s literary foot-print both locally, nationally and internationally, and stir up some fun in the process. “Key West has a remarkable literary tradition that we wanted to build on, as well as a provocative reputation for mystery and intrigue. Our goal was to create an ongoing vehicle to celebrate that Key West is still a writer’s paradise,” said [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #123 No Responses »
Jul 172015
New Board Leadership at The Studios

On July 1, for the first time in seven years, The Studios of Key West welcomed a new Board President. Janet Hinkle takes the reins from Rosi Ware, who’s led the organization with spectacular success for the past seven years. Ware will stay on the Board, and its Executive Committee, as “Immediate Past President,” serving at Hinkle’s side and continuing to lend her prodigious energy and experience to the organization. Hinkle has served as Vice Chair of The Studios for the past year, and represents [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #123, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 172015
From Rosi Ware: Thanks for Your Feedback!

A Huge Thank You to everyone who took time to complete our survey and provide us with excellent feedback, which we will be taking on board as we start planning our next season’s program and our short & long term strategic planning for the organization! We are thrilled that overall you think we are doing a good job in providing great exhibitions, concerts and workshops, but you have also indicated a number of areas where we can improve going forward – our aim is satisfy [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Art, Issue #123, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 172015
Parkinson's Support Group Available

A support group for people with Parkinson’s disease is being formed in Key West. It is, however, not just for those diagnosed with the disease but also for their family members, friends and caregivers as well. The group will meet monthly at a local restaurant at lunchtime, with meetings lasting about an hour and a half. The meetings are informal and, except for lunch, there is no cost. For information please phone Bill at (305) 296-9814 or Glenn at (787) 361-4612.

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #123, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 172015
AMIkids Takes Students Back to the Water for 2015 Dive Challenge

AMIkids Inc., a nationally-recognized, nonprofit organization that empowers kids to discover their potential and separate their troubled past from a bright future, will hold its annual AMIkids Dive Challenge from July 20-23 in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park at 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037. This exciting event provides AMIkids’ top students from over eight states across the country a once in a lifetime experience as a reward for rigorous work developing into responsible, productive members of their community as they get SCUBA [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Summer Monthly Ice Cream Social

This coming Saturday, July 18th. 4 to 7pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles and trucks of all years and makes. If it’s cool and on wheels it will be here. The fun event, as always, is at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key (MM17). Prizes and cold beverages at the Tiki Bar are available. The Club’s sound system will provide 50’s and 60’s music. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. This [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
Bus Stop Change

Effective Saturday, August 1st Key West Transit buses will no longer enter or provide service inside of the Key Plaza Shopping Center (in front of Kmart). Instead, all routes will service the stop at the bus shelter on Kennedy Dr. in front of the BB&T Bank/Comcast building. In addition, Key West Transit will be establishing a new stop with a shelter on North Roosevelt Blvd. just west of the Key Plaza Shopping Center entrance in front of the Verizon Store. Key West Transit apologizes for [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #123, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 172015
Sister Season To Benefit From Dead Picnic

On Sunday July 19th Pour Decisions Bar & Patio, the side bar of Cowboy Bill’s, will be hosting a Grateful Dead Benefit Picnic for Sister Season Fund. The great Mary Spear will be playing and singing live 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Hosted by The X Key West and Errin for the BottleCap, there will be Dancing Bear Pinatas full of great prizes. free picnic food, Dancing Bear shot specials and special The X Key West Tie Dyed Shirt giveaways. Sister Season Fund is the [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #123, Special Events No Responses »
Jul 172015
Love Lane Gang - They're Just Plain Fun!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. They have revamped their lineup and material, resulting in a sound that is stronger than ever. The addition of Lance Taylor on guitar and vocals and his smartly written songs add more depth to the already wide-ranging repertoire. The highly esteemed Leah Orlikowski adds her strong vocals and stage presence to the act. Fiddler Guy Tittes has added cello to his arsenal, and when [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #123, Music No Responses »