Jul 242015
103 Bins, Zero Flies

by Rick Boettger……. I really like Tony Yaniz. He was the lone Commissioner who fought to get two-way traffic back to North Roosevelt Boulevard, saving desperate local businesses. I know he is always on the job, and believe he always tries to do what is good for his district and the city. But on returning to twice/week garbage pickup, we respectfully disagree, as in “Tony, you gotta be kiddin’ me!” We met by chance last Wednesday afternoon and I asked if I could get city [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am * Featured Story *, Issue #124, Rick Boettger 6 Responses »
Jul 242015
More Housing Crisis Fallout: The Chapman Family Community Farewell - Bike Auction & Fundraiser

The Chapman Family Community Farewell  Bike Auction & Fundraiser Sunday July 26, 2015 4:00 TO 9:00 pm HOG’S BREATH SALOON 400 Front Street (Duval and Front Street)   Live Auction of Mr. Chapman’s Bike and Ongoing Raffle of other Donations throughout the Event. Table will be set up outside the Bar on the Duval Street Side. Special Happy Hour Food and Drink Prices. Live Local Music (Chad Burch and Chris Toler plus a special appearance by Patrick and the Swayzee’s) You don’t want to miss [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #124, Special Events 1 Response »
Jul 242015
The American Nightmare

  by Jerome Grapel…….. [5/15, Spain.  This essay was the offspring  of a previous essay called “News From America,” where I discussed the Spanish reaction to the racial unrest in Baltimore, Md.] As mentioned in the essay “News From America”, other than giving me an idea as to what the Spaniards are paying attention to, this article had no educational value for me. But it did get me to thinking about our struggle with racism in America and where we’ve gone since the days of [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #124 2 Responses »
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 have informed me that yesterday, for the first time since your arrival, you were able to speak. That delighted our tribe immensely. However, we were even more pleased to learn [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:31 am Island Voices, Issue #124, Water World 7 Responses »
Jul 242015
The Faint Breeze of Enthusiasm

by Kim Pederson……. We hear it (and say it) all the time. We should do this. We should do that. Everyone should act differently. Everyone should follow the Golden Rule. We must save the planet. We must wipe out ISIS. We have to balance the budget (national and personal). So many things that should be done, in our minds, and so many things that do not get done. This could be for one simple reason: we know what needs to be done but we don’t [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #124, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Jul 242015
Rhyme and Verse

by Kirby Congdon……. The term, “poem,” resonates. Robert Frost said, appropriately enough, that “poet” is also a praise word. It’s presumptuous to assign it to oneself. In the world of literature the term “verse” also has baggage with it that suggests another kind of self-congratulation. One gets a lot of verse and rhymes in the poetry groups who feel that their hobby will somehow work out as a poem. It never does. In their haste to produce work for the next get-together no time is allowed [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #124, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Jul 242015
Another View on Uber

Dear Editor, In addition to your good story on Uber economics and regulation, the thing that I miss in Key West is Uber’s convenience. When you arrive at your destination, you just get out. No fumbling for cash or 3 minutes in some ancient ink-based credit card ritual. The drivers are very incented to earn their 5 stars for each ride, and their cumulative rating is visible before you get in the cab. Uber now or Uber later. It is a superior, digital approach to [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #124, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Jul 242015
Open Letter to Mayor Cates and City Commissioners

Dear Mayor Cates and City Commissioners: Now that I have read that the White St. Partners’ approval of the $55m offer excludes the acreage available for 48 more affordables, I cannot support this purchase. At $350K per unit, I have to ask: 1. Can we do better buying up existing condos and paying condo fees, avoiding adding existing staff for maintenance, and applying the same regulations and requirements currently done on existing units controlled by the Housing Authority. (See my May letter) 2. Can we [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Editorial, Issue #124 No Responses »
Jul 242015
Bernie Sanders for President; Key West Organizing Meeting

Wednesday July 29, 6:30 pm; The Gardens Hotel Bernie-for-President supporters take note!! Join other Democrats, progressives, independents and even some normally apolitical folks this Wednesday, as we begin organizing the Lower Keys for Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, July 29th at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street. Bernie will do a live telecast at 7PM. To register for Wednesday’s meeting, go to www.berniesanders.com and click on “Attend a Meeting” or call/text: 978 578 1546 or email [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #124, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 242015
Secondhand Smoke Citizens Advisory Board

by Dottie Harden……. Did you know? Secondhand Smoke kills 1,200 people a day in the U.S. The more I work on secondhand smoke issues the more amazed that secondhand smoke is connected to the entire community, our health, children, pets, the air we breathe, our streets, trees, plants, beaches and our ocean. It is not just a person smoking a cigarette! It is what he/she does with that cigarette and what is going on around him or her when they are smoking. Is a child inhaling [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #124, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 242015
Mid Year Stats Show Key West Crime Drop

Crime in Key West dropped over the past six months, when compared to the first half of 2014. Violent crime is down by 26 percent compared to the first six months of 2014, and overall crime is down by 6.2 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These numbers are compiled for the first six months of the year, and then again for an overall annual tally. These statistics are compiled for the [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #124, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 242015
Your Chance to Join in: Visioning and CRA Work Plan for Bahama Village

  Save The Date – July 28 and 29, 2015 Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center – 35 East Quay Road Roundtable Meeting Sessions Day 1: Tuesday, July 28 from 9 to 4 Day 2: Wednesday July 29 from 9 to 2:30 Public Community Meeting Tuesday, July 28 from 6 to 8 For the Fiscal Yer 2010, the BVRAC and Community Redevelopment Agency have funded a Work Plan that is intended to guide and prioritize future improvements and spending on CRA projects within Bahama Village. The new Work Plan [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Bahama Village, Issue #124 No Responses »
Jul 242015
Revealing Black Men During National Black Family Month

By Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters……. July is National Black Family Month, which is a good time to take a moment to celebrate the role of Black men in their families and in society at large. Let’s take a moment to reveal Black men to America. Let’s upend the stereotypes and honor what is best about the men who are raising children in our communities and our country. Tell somebody that according to the U.S. Army, Black men serve this country in uniform at a [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Bahama Village, Issue #124 No Responses »
Jul 242015
<Monroe /> COMPUTE$ to Expand!

  The Monroe County School District received word from benefactors John Padget and Jacob Dekker that they are supporting an extension and an expansion of the COMPUTE$ program. COMPUTE$ is a student incentive program that rewards students for their achievement of industry recognized Microsoft certifications. “ COMPUTE$ has proven to be an outstanding program and I am excited to announce that it is continuing and will also be expanding,” Superintendent Mark Porter announced today. Porter added, “The intended outcome of providing a catalyst to encourage [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #124, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 242015
Property Appraiser Joins Key West Sunrise Rotary

Key West Sunrise Rotary installed Monroe County Property Appraiser Scott Russell as its newest member. The July 17 ceremony included Russell’s sponsor Hal Barrett, Sunrise Rotary President Jim Scholl and Membership Chair Sue Fowler. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, provides community service, supports charities and funds college scholarships through events including Brewfest, Poker Run and a golf tournament.

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #124, Public Notice No Responses »