by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Oxymoron is defined as a figure of speech that is incongruous and seemingly self-contradictory. Thus, I present to you the phrase “parking in Old Town.” The problem here is not that there is no place to park in Old Town. There are lots of places to park. It’s just that there are often more drivers looking for parking spaces– usually free parking spaces– than there are spaces. And it’s not like city commissioners and city managers haven’t been trying to address [continue reading…]
Florida Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) this week announced the filing of legislation to create the Florida Keys Stewardship Act, her top legislative priority for the 2016 Legislative Session. The Senate companion bill will be introduced by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby). House Bill 447 seeks to invest $25 million per year for 10 years into the Florida Keys’ most significant environmental needs, including nearshore water quality, restoration and protection through wastewater, stormwater and canal water restoration; water supply protection; and land investment for critical habitat [continue reading…]
Why stress about parking and traffic to see this year’s Fantasy Fest parade when you can ride the shuttle? Let Key West Transit’s Safe Ride do the driving! The shuttle begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and runs continuously until 2 a.m. Fare is just $2 per trip on the local route and $4 per trip for the Lower Keys Shuttle. The shuttles cover Key West and Stock Island, as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle between Marathon and Key West. The downtown drop off point [continue reading…]
Kim Romano, executive director of Womankind, issued a reminder to Fantasy Fest revelers to enjoy the action safely: “We see more patients for emergency birth control and STI screenings on the Mondays after Fantasy Fest than any other day of the year.” Free condoms are available at Womankind, 1511 Truman Ave., all week.
The board of directors of Last Stand invites our members, supporters and all interested citizens to a neighborhood information forum, “Hot Topics and Current Issues”, beginning at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 5th at the Bottle Cap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street in Key West. Board members will give brief presentations, followed by questions and comments, on a variety of hot topics, including: Affordable Housing Projects -What the Monroe County Affordable Housing Committee has been working on -Last Stand’s position on the referendum questions for acquisition [continue reading…]
One-on-one assistance with trained counselors to walk you through the process with ease. Sunday, Nov. 1st from 9am – 5pm at Womenkind 1511 Truman Avenue, Key West FL 33040 Phone: 305-804-3257. Please make sure to have this important information with you: Social Security Numbers of everyone applying Document numbers for eligible immigrants who want health coverage Birth dates of everyone applying Paystubs, W-2 forms, or other Information about your family’s income Policy/member numbers for any current health coverage Information about health coverage from a job [continue reading…]
by Alex Symington……. I recently watched a first-rate documentary about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Crash of ’29 and the inception and successful creation of the Works Progress Administration, better know as the WPA. “Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA” written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras and partner Terri Templeton is a lovingly crafted, historically significant work of art in its own right. Most Americans are aware of the ambitious effort by our federal government to employ Americans during the Great Depression of [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. I tend to have instances of jealousy frequently but not about what you might expect. I am jealous of brilliant people. I am jealous, for example, of someone intelligent enough to think up and understand the “sinuosity index.” Such individuals write papers with titles like “Hydrogeomorphic Significance of Sinuosity Index in Relation to River Instability.” I came across the term in a Poem-a-Day email. The idea of sinuosity is simple enough. The word simply means a curve, bend, or turn. Thus, something [continue reading…]
by Jerome Grapel……. I recently saw an interview with the philosopher Sam Harris. Harris has made his mark in the world defending the atheist position against the tidal wave of religious acceptance that is the status quo for most of the world. Being that I am not a “believer”, and being that such a mind set almost always goes unrepresented and extremely under estimated in the American narrative, I’ve always been fond of Harris’s work. It is usually precise, empirical, and easily digestible. But he [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. The ramifications of an irreverent society devoid of ethics and integrity, constitute a tipping point whereby the satiated irrelevancies and ideologies of a vacuous culture; births confusion, restlessness and distrust. As discontent increases it saturates the vacuum created by a civilization lacking forthrightness and veracity. Without a credible scientific standard to evaluate ourselves and the world about us, discomfort and instability will manifest proportionally to one’s inner disturbance. Lacking verifiable truths and facts required to accurately assess the progress and direction of [continue reading…]
by Kirby Congdon……. When so much of the world has been overcome by a kind of fad that claims that any inheritance belongs to those who overlook civilization. They emphasize their own belief in eternal bliss instead. This satisfies the need for power by the powerful. In contrast, one can worry about the ineffectiveness of essayists who hammer away at the benefits of poetry. This suggests a conundrum like giving blessings and love to the barbarian whose bomb already has a fuse burning and whose only purpose is the destruction of [continue reading…]
Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins *** Bagwidth History*** Years ago, Ferling’s father, Big Roid Bagwidth, sent him a handwritten letter. It was the only communication Ferling received from his father since Big Roid went out for diapers fifty some years ago and, although Ferling didn’t know it at the time, he received the letter just days after Big Roid died. Big Roid’s simple two-page note to his son began, “I guano die [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, Law enforcement individuals are endorsing the passage of HB163 and SB300, which will include Florida with the other 45 states that allow some form of Open Carry. The Vast majority of Florida Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers believe that criminals are less likely to target victims that they know are armed and prepared. In a study done by the University of Massachusetts for the US Justice Dept. over 1800 Violent Convicts were queried on target selection and who were potential victims. 81% [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, Regarding FKAA’s most recent threats to folks who do not connect to the sewer system within 30 days of a notice to connect or who refuse FKAA demands to “grant” an easement: Just say no. No easement ever, hook up in about a year. We’ve checked with local legal counsel who say that despite FKAA’s written and verbal threats, FKAA has no legal authority to require the easements or to penalize people who refuse to grant them. Counsel gave the following opinions: 1. [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, It’s not the FKAA that decided to select 3000 units to be installed in the Lower Keys. Monroe County, with the 3 to 2 majority of the BOCC approval, Directed, Authorized, and Approved Payments to the FKAA to make it happen. And what about these Extorted Easements? An FKAA official commented that the FKAA would just as soon put the grinder pumps on the road BUT Monroe County will Not authorize and Pay for the traffic bearing cover and electricity to run their [continue reading…]
United States Marine Corps 240th Birthday Celebration To Be Held At The American Legion Post 333, In Key Largo On November 10th, At 6PM… All Are Welcome…Please Join Us For A Magnificent Blend Of Sumptuous Food, Extraordinary Cake, Spectacular Music And Dancing… If You Desire To Have An Enjoyable Evening, Please Be Our Guest…Come Join Us… The American Legion Post Address is 2 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo, FL 33037… For Further Information call us at 305.900.7530…Hope To See You There…
In preparation for their upcoming exhibit, “Bars, Brews and Blues: Carousing in Key West,” the Key West Art & Historical Society actively seeks stories from citizens with Key West bar carousing adventures to share. Be part of the oral history component of this exhibit by calling 305-295-6563. The exhibit will open November 20, 2015 and runs through March 29, 2016 at the Custom House Museum, located at 281 Front Street. The Bryan gallery will be recreated to resemble of one of Key West’s most historic [continue reading…]
The Key West Art & Historical Society will host a closing party to conclude Assignment Key West 1938: Arthur Rothstein Photographs at the Custom House Museum on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:30 pm. The evening will include a lecture by Rothstein’s daughter, Dr. Ann Rothstein-Segan, and a rare opportunity to acquire the actual exhibit images— museum-quality reproductions from the Arthur Rothstein Archive. The immensely popular exhibit of more than 40 pieces of Rothstein’s iconic black-and-white images represent the famed photographer’s perspective of Depression-era Key West. [continue reading…]
The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc. announces a Call to Artists for the 2016 Fine Art Auction, to take place Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Fort East Martello Museum. The submission period for artwork opens on Sunday November 1 and closes on December 12. To submit an online application and an accompanying photo via the online entry form, go to www.mckeefund.org and click the “Call to Artists” button. Due to space limitations, we are only able to accept 60 entries. The [continue reading…]
Brian Gordon Sinclair, author of Hemingway On Stage, will kick off Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series with a farewell performance of Adios Ernesto: The Last Words of Ernest Hemingway on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00pm at the Tropic Cinema. Considered the foremost dramatic interpreter of Ernest Hemingway in the world today, Sinclair has written and performed a series of seven Hemingway plays since 2001, five of which have premiered at the Hemingway Days Festival in Key West. Collectively known as The [continue reading…]
Thursday, October 29 thru Wednesday, November 4 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings DANCE Tuesdays New Dance Class – American Tango, 7:30 PM 7 week session, singles and couples welcome. Dance Factory, 906 Kennedy Dr. 305-304-8184. dancefactorykeywest.com FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS Thursday The Smallest Parade in the Universe, 5 PM This inaugural event features floats that are 18 inches wide, 12 inches long and 18 inches tall and PG 13. Sponsored and created by the Key West [continue reading…]
November is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot Month and we want you to help us make a difference, and there are two opportunities to do so. One is the Business Recycling Campaign. Help businesses that want to recycle be successful and save money. This effort ties in with brand new Green Business Certification. In addition, we need help staffing a booth on Nov 8th and 21st for recycling events. For more information, contact Key West Sustainability Coordinator Alison Higgins at 305-809-3726 or email her at [continue reading…]
Join us KEPart Studio – Gallery located at 534 Fleming Street, Thursday, November 5, from 5 – 7 pm where we will kick off ticket sales for the 2016 events and unveil our official 2016 Poster by local watercolor artist Kevin Peterson. Enjoy a complimentary wine bar, get a peek at the event lineup for 2016 and get a chance to buy a Limited Edition Original poster signed by the artist. This is a free event and open to the public. Contact Mark Certonio for [continue reading…]
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee today swore in Officer Antonio Ane. Officer Ane worked for the KWPD from May of 2011 until last December when he left for a brief stint on the mainland. Officer Ane is a native Floridian who grew up in South Dade County. He is a graduate of the Miami Dade School of Justice.
Margarita Mann has been named Key West Transit’s Driver of the Quarter for July through Sept, 2015. Margarita first started driving a bus for Key West Transit in 2003. She left a couple times but always comes back. She recently rejoined the City in June of this year, and everyone is glad to have her back. She loves driving the bus and the passengers all know and appreciate her. Margarita drives the local city routes.
Key West Transit Director Norman Whitaker today named Jack Mooneyham Driver of the Year for 2015. Jack has been with Key West Transit since January, 2013. He is a dependable and reliable driver who is always ready to go the extra step to serve the community. Jack drives the Lower Keys Shuttle and is based out of Marathon.