Aug 142015
DOH Orders Boondocks Restaurant to Reduce Seating by Two-Thirds Due to Environmental Violations

by Naja and Arnaud Girard….. “I am sitting under the huge tiki hut roof and all I can think of is: Am I going to do it or not?” All around him people, hundreds of them, are having dinner, drinking, listening to the band of young local musicians, having a great time. Only the owners of the restaurant know what our man is up to: The Boondocks Restaurant, a few miles from Key West, is, according to our whistleblower, dumping thousands of gallons of wastewater onto [continue reading…]

Aug 142015
It's Never Easy Being Green

by Kim Pederson……. Some friends here in Key West recently started a Kickstarter campaign for a feature film The Curse of the Spongeman. Reading about the project and seeing their short film precursor made me think about one of the movies that inspired the filmmakers: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (CFBL). The original “camporredy” (campy horror comedy) came out in 1954, filmed in black and white and 3D. It had two sequels, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us, that I [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #127, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Aug 142015
Societal Reflections of A Monster

by John Donnelly……. It’s difficult for me to understand the mindset and thought process of an individual, when as a member of law-enforcement or the Armed Forces they abuse, injure or kill an unarmed prisoner under their control. The United States Marines that I served with were hardened and resourceful; pledging their last measure of devotion to one another and the innocent Vietnamese civilians dependent upon them for their very lives. We were determined to optimize our chances of survival and mission success, while cognizant [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #127, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Aug 142015
An Opinion

by Kirby Congdon……. If you are twelve, or even under that, you can’t wait to grow out of childhood and get into your teens and be somebody. Then you anticipate being twenty-one because then, at last, you are a grown-up. You can vote, drink, experiment, have a career, run away from home and tell people off. Of course, thirty ends it all. Youth is over. You’re middle aged and stuck there for the next thirty. The decade from sixty to seventy is usually just an [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #127, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Aug 142015
Random Thoughts and Questions

by Alex Symington……. If the American Civil War hadn’t happened back in 1860 does anyone out there believe it never would have happened and enslavement of Africans and their descendants would be ongoing to this day? If you answered, “yes” you may stop reading now and go back to your bunker with your guns and canned goods. The answer is, of course, it was inevitable. The economic engine of the southern “one percent” antebellum days of African slave labor was unsustainable and doomed by the [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Alex Symington, Issue #127 32 Responses »
Aug 142015
The Archipelago of Bliss

by Ray Jason……. It’s early morning down here in the Banana Latitudes, and I am savoring the languor of the Tropics. Sitting in the shade, with my back against the mast, I notice a small cayuco emerge from a nearby creek and steer directly towards me. Suddenly it feels like I have been swept back to the era of Captain Cook when the natives would row out to the visiting ships to trade with the sailors. However, this local trader turns out to be a [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Island Voices, Issue #127 3 Responses »
Aug 142015
Billing for No Service Rendered

Dear Editor, It has been published that FKAA will be charging their sewer customers a fee for usage once the notice to hook up is posted Even if there is no connection. No turds have been processed by the Mandated sewer, no service rendered. So how can they bill for no service rendered? A long time ago, before anyone wants to admit, the FKAA was also committing dubious billing practices, causing the South Florida Water Management District to go down to Key West and take [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #127, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Aug 142015
Libertarian Party of the Florida Keys Calls For Repeal of Uber Ban

Dear Editor, The ride sharing app Uber is a service that has received widely held praise by consumers and Uber employee’s alike. As with many innovative new technologies, Uber has been caught in the crossfire between the costumers that enjoy the service, and the industry that it poses the greatest threat. The city of Key West’s decision to outlaw the use of Uber reveals the relationship between the city and the monopolistic and dying dinosaur taxi industry which feels endangered by it. If one hundred [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #127, Letter to the Editor 7 Responses »
Aug 142015
Bald And Golden Eagles Victorious: Court Invalidates 30-Year "Eagle Take" Rule

Feds’ Violation of Environmental Laws Cited The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Jose has ruled that the Department of the Interior violated federal laws when it created a final regulation allowing wind energy and some other companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The court decision invalidates the rule. American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a plaintiff in the lawsuit, hailed the decision. “We are pleased that the courts agreed with us [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #127, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 142015
Park Service Mislead the Public on Plant Harvest Plan

Public Comment Reopened Due to Unsupported Statements in Federal Register Notice The National Park Service reopened public comment on a controversial plan to allow Indian tribes to remove park trees and other plants after it was revealed that the Agency had provided no factual basis for key official statements supporting the plan, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The unusual action comes in response to a PEER lawsuit charging the National Park Service (NPS) with violating the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #127, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 142015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, August 13 thru Wednesday, August 19 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings CLASSES and WORKSHOPS The Studios of Key West – Classes and Workshops: Painting and drawing, writing and reading, Photo and Mixed Media, Culinary Arts, Kids and Teens, Music Performance and movement. 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. DANCE Fridays and Wednesdays Salsa and Salsa Rueda too Dance Class, 7 PM Wednesdays at 8 PM: Cha Cha Dance Class. All levels, drop in class, no [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #127, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »
Aug 142015
Public Workshops Focus on Future

The City of Key West Planning and Zoning Department will host a 2-day public workshop on September 2nd and 3rd at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park focusing on updates to the City’s Land Development Regulations. The updates are required by state law in order to be consistent with the most recent update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which occurred in 2013. Wednesday’s workshop will focus on landscape, signage, and urban design, while Thursday’s workshop will address green building, adaptation planning and disaster planning. [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #127, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 142015
SHAL Monthly Report July 2015

Report to the City of Key West For July 2015 THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS SHAL’s crackerjack team of Case Managers, Amy Yancich, Channing Lamar, under the working supervision of Client Services Manager Elicia Pintabona performed 500 client services in the month of July. That’s a 63% increase in services over the previous three-month average. They attributed the increase to our new (donated) Rural Health Network location, increased time from Amy and Channing, and a new expanded schedule set up that Elicia put together. Elicia and her [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #127, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 142015
Surf’s Up at Fort East Martello

Donavon Frankenreiter concert will be a wave the whole family can drop in on. At the beginning of this month, acoustic-smooth Donavon Frankenreiter kicked off his East coast tour and will amble down beach towns to land amid the southernmost city on Sunday, August 30 for his East coast finale concert at the historic Fort East Martello’s parade grounds located just steps away from the Atlantic. Frankenreiter first rocked his chops to the roar of the waves while still a boy living in Southern California [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #127, Music No Responses »
Aug 142015
Fundraiser for Xena Fund

Saturday, August 15th Key West Wine News One Year Anniversary Party to benefit Xena Fund 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm $20 Vino’s on Duval and Grand Vin Wine Bar 810 Duval St. and 1107 Duval St. Come help us celebrate one year of the Key West Wine News and help our local charity Xena Fund! For $20, you will get one glass of wine at Grand Vin and one glass at Vino’s. You can start the party at either location and both locations will have [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #127, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 142015
Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled

  Get expert advice on how to do your creepy, creative best! Wondering how groups come up with such fabulous ideas and make them a rolling, marching, floating reality every year at the Fantasy Fest Parade? Find out all the winning secrets at the Fantasy Fest 2015 Parade Design Workshop, Thursday, August 20 at 5:30 pm in the Grand Cayman Room at the Pier House at 1 Duval Street in Key West. The free workshop is a chance for prospective parade participants – new [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #127, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 142015
Key West BrewFest

More thirst-quenching Key West BrewFest on tap for Labor Day weekend In its sixth year, Key West BrewFest expands to three dozen events over six days including the Signature Tasting Festival featuring nearly 200 beers and a second-line parade to the after-party. Originated in 2010 by Key West Sunrise Rotary and the Southernmost Beach Resort, Key West BrewFest has raised more than $150,000 for college scholarships and charitable causes. Brewfest 2015 kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a party at Waterfront Brewery, dinner at [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #127, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 142015
Key West Rotary Clubs Welcome New District Governor

The three Rotary Clubs in Key West welcomed the new District 6990 governor with a reception at the Custom House Museum and speaking opportunities at club meetings this week. Club presidents presented Larry Herman with a variety of gifts including a Mario Sanchez painting. At the Friday morning meeting of Key West Sunrise Rotary, President Jim Scholl gave Herman with a coconut hand painted by Wendy Lefere, wife of noon Rotary member Pat Lefere. District 6990 comprises more than 50 clubs in Monroe, Miami-Dade and [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #127 No Responses »
Aug 142015
27th Annual Royal Coronation Tickets

FANTASY FEST CORONATION BALL 2015 GALACTIC CARNIVAL Friday, October 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval Thank you for continued support of AIDS Help and the people we serve. We would like to let you know tickets are for the 27th Annual Royal Coronation are now available for purchase on KeysTix, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #127, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 142015
Bringing Back the Fort

Key West Art & Historical Society partners with Key West Concerts to promote community events. On Sunday, August 30, historic Fort East Martello’s parade grounds at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. will come to life with the acoustic-smooth sound and folky, island vibes of pro surfer-turned-musician Donavon Frankenreiter and young Australian Cody Simpson as part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s partnership with Key West Concerts. The family-friendly concert is part of the KWAHS Music At Martello Series and will feature a “festival-like” atmosphere with artist [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #127, Music No Responses »