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Stock Island Shootout Revisited:  A Closer Look at Felony Traffic Stops

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Following the shootout that nearly killed a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy on Stock Island on October 24, 2015, Sheriff Rick Ramsey issued an order making it mandatory for all officers to wear their bullet proof vests when in the field.  [Deputy Josh Gordon who had been shot in the chest by a suspect had been saved by his bulletproof vest that night.] The documentary above takes a closer look at safety concerns for deputies and innocent bystanders during Felony Traffic Stops involving armed and [continue reading…]

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What You Don't Know About the Humble Beginnings of the Sunset Celebration in Key West

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Key West’s daily celebration of sunset is famous around the world. Today, “going to sunset” is a must-do for millions of tourists who visit the Southernmost City every year. Lots of locals, too. And it’s more than just the spectacle of the sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s also a festival, featuring street performers, a vast variety of arts and crafts, as well as food carts and more. But the celebration wasn’t always this elaborate. In the February 4, [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:52 am * Featured Story *, Island Voices, Issue #140 1 Response »
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Dear Editor, So how does this work? In The City of Marathon there are 167 grinder pumps. Every one of them are in the ROW. NO resident was extorted to give up their private property, to hire an electric contractor, to pay for electricity for the pumps, extra permits, etc.. Their pumps were just put in the ROW. So why does the BOCC want to discriminate against the TAXPAYERS in the CRWS. Does it have anything to do with the 2.7 MILLION DOLLARS the BOCC [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #140, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
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United States Marine Corps' 240th Birthday Celebration

Letter To The Editor: It was my family’s good fortune to attend the United States Marine Corps’ 240th birthday celebration. An energetic and riveted audience was treated to an extraordinary presentation by John Donnelly and Norm Higgins at the American Legion Post 333 in Key Largo. The ceremony was compelling and captivating, as Mr. Donnelly’s powerful and inspirational message was delivered cogently and eloquently to a large audience, which had assembled for the event. Mr. Higgins’s brilliant rendition of the Commandant’s Message provided those in [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #140, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
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Veterans Recall the Original Intent of November 11th

In over 50 major cities and small towns, members of Veterans For Peace gathered across the nation to celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible, we must end it now. They are reclaiming the original intention of that day with a worldwide call for peace in the face of the rising tide of global violence and war. In their recent statement concerning November 11th, celebrated as [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #140, Public Notice 2 Responses »
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Bait and Switch

by Alex Symington……. As so many celebrate (and rightly so) Obama’s smack down of the Keystone Pipeline project as a victory for environmentalists and a validation of the science of global warming, there is an even greater threat the president is soft peddling, yet with corporate media collusion managing to keep on the down low. This is a bit of razzle dazzle, bait and switch. While we are dancing in the streets at the death of the Keystone project Obama is quietly ushering in the [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #140 5 Responses »
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"Podemos": A Year Later

by Jerome Grapel……. (6/15, Spain) (“Podemos” is a new political party that has made its debut in Spanish politics about a year and a half ago. I consider it one of the first credible challenges to the current form of capitalism that has bullied its way to world dominance. Optimism would be too strong a word for its future, but, as of now, they are still in the game and seem to be gaining ground. This essay is an expression of hope for its growth [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #140 5 Responses »
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All for Nought

by Kim Pederson……. I read a science-fiction short story a long long time ago (and in a mental galaxy far far away, no doubt) called “The Nine Billion Names of God” written by SF icon Arthur C. Clarke. In the story, two Western computer experts are hired by Tibetan monks to do programming that will help the monks list and print out all the names of God [their capital G], which they think is the reason the universe was created. Once the naming is complete, [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #140, Kim Pederson No Responses »
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Kirby Congdon: A Look Back

by Kirby Congdon……. This writer remarked once to a professional writer that his novels were the easy way to toss off a poem. He never forgave me for my presumption! I mention these references to suggest the thoughtful depths that poetry may reach in describing one of a poet’s concerns: people and lives. While the poetry mileu is a difficult one in which to get any attention there is still a sense of brotherhood that I do not see in other branches of the literary [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #140, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
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Classical Guitarist Martina Bevis to Perform with CoffeeMill Dancers at Tennessee Williams Theatre

You are listening to Marina Bevis perform her beautiful rendition of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.” Martina Bevis, classical guitarist from Prague, returns to the Tennessee Williams Theatre for “Strings of Rock and Roll” on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM for a collaborative evening of music and dance. Bevis will depart from her conservatory-trained roots to play rock and roll classics and will be joined by members of the CoffeeMill dance community as they perform contemporary choreography [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #140, Music No Responses »
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Zack Seemiller at The Studios of Key West

Don’t miss a very Special Evening with Zack Seemiller Join Key West’s iconic Rockstar/Comedian Zack Seemiller for a special evening at The Studios of Key West on Friday November 13, 2015 at 8pm. This special concert will feature Live music and Comedy from Zack Seemiller and his All Star band, including appearances from Seemiller’s alter egos ‘Orlando from Miami’ and ‘Nashville Star Chevy Chestnuts’. Tickets available at The Studios of Key West located at 533 Eaton Street. Proceeds from the show will go to Hunger [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #140, Music No Responses »
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HOLST + LANGER :: Walk on White

Join us for the evening as we launch the eagerly awaited first collection November 19 at Harrison Gallery – 825 White Street HOLST + LANGER is not only a name for distinctive, luxurious fashion, but an atelier for the eco-conscious client who believes in responsible shopping and environmental sustainability. Committed to utilizing textiles that work in harmony with our surroundings and climate, they carefully hand-select only the highest quality of organic fabrics made from sensuous silk, crisp cotton, and cool linen. Along with a small [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #140 No Responses »
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Key West Art & Historical Society Offers a “Spirited” History with New Exhibit on Key West Bars at Custom House Museum

If ever a place could embrace spirits and revelry as part of its heritage, Key West would have to be it. On Friday, November 20, from 6:00PM-7:30PM, Key West Art & Historical Society opens the doors to the Custom House Museum on 281 Front Street to present its newest exhibit: Bars, Blues & Brews: A History of Carousing in Key West. But just why IS Key West so notorious for its history of imbibing & carousing? “A loaded question, indeed!” says KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #140, Special Events No Responses »
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Jazz Legend Michael Gillis Beats Cancer, Returns to the Stage

It’s been a hell of a year for Michael Gillis. While in the hospital fighting stage 4 cancer, he endured emergency surgery on his back when an infection was discovered that was dissolving his spine. A few weeks after surgery his ribs got broken in a car accident, and he was nearly killed by his double dose of radiation and chemotherapy treatments, with airlifts twice to Miami. Michael Gillis is a local jazz guitar master who has performed with James Brown, The Count Basie All [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #140, Music No Responses »
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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, November 12 thru Wednesday, November 18 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTS COUNCIL Saturday Culture Crawl, 3 PM Connect with the ARTS on a Culture Crawl you won’t soon forget! Klikaklu mobile app will provide a series of clues to lead you to cultural icons of Old Town Key West. Register a team at Back to The Hard Rock Cafe for awards, music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Florida Keys Council of the Arts, [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #140, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
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Italian Mandolin at Salute! On The Beach

And now, ladies and gentlemen, for your dining and dancing pleasure … Salute! On The Beach and Steve Gibson present: Stefano on the mandolino, playing well-known Italian tunes, country dance melodies from the Abruzzo region, and also music from Greece, Russia, France, and the Caribbean, to enhance your evening out on the town. Enjoy delicious bistro food, a beautiful view of the sea, and delightful music, all at once. This is the best place to start the weekend. Yes, dancing is encouraged – just try [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #140, Music No Responses »
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Coming Live from New Orleans:  Dirty Bourbon River Show

“A circus-like barrage of sound serving as entrance music for a magical mystery tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys” – Rory Callais, Offbeat The Local Shows: Wednesday, Thursday, December 2-3: The Green Parrot, 601 Whitehead St., Key West, FL 9 pm on 12/2, 6 and 9 pm on 12/3 no cover Taking it back on the road after their acclaimed (AXS, mxdwn) IMPORTANT THINGS HUMANS SHOULD KNOW 4 month national album release tour, the Crescent City’s own Dirty Bourbon River Show will be coming to [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #140, Music No Responses »
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Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Back in the Ford*** The Ford Fairlane ran cool at ninety-five miles an hour on the Florida Turnpike and there was plenty of air. The damp, dirt-scented breeze sucked fast through the Ford and bitch-slapped a green Pine Tree deodorizer hanging from Fakyah’s middle finger. Blu bought the stinky tree and a six-pack of Schlitz at the Guzzle gas station. He was trying to soften her up [continue reading…]

Nov 132015
Smart Ride 2015

Mayor Craig Cates honored the riders and crew of the upcoming SMART Ride – Southernmost AIDS/HIV Ride during this week’s City Commission meeting. Over the course of two days, the riders will cover more than 165 miles. In preparation, they endured long hours of training and the elements in order to raise awareness. According to the proclamation, which names November 14th as Smart Ride Day, “these individuals ride to prove to themselves they cannot be easily taken by the disease and that they cannot and [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #140, Special Event No Responses »
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16 Days of Activism

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed 16 Days of Activism Against Violence beginning November 25th in honor of an important effort by the Zonta Club of Key West. The effort is aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. “Gender violence and abuse,” reads the proclamation, “can affect women of all ages, living in any community, but it is a topic too often kept secret or highlighted only when horrific acts play out in newspaper and media reports.” The Zonta Club of Key West, which includes [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #140, Public Notice No Responses »
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Key West Transit Attends Florida Conference

Key West Transit Director Norman Whitaker and Grants Manager Carolyn Haia recently attended the annual Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) conference in Daytona, Florida. During the combined conference and training, Haia was recognized for completing the three month Florida Department of Transportation sponsored Drug and Alcohol Manager Certificate Program. Key West Transit Lead Bus Maintenance Technician Shane Harmon also attended. He was one of just nine individuals who were nominated for FDOT’s recognition as the number one bus maintenance technician in the State of Florida. [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #140, Public Notice No Responses »
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New Trophy To Recognize Young Sailors at Key West Race Week 2016 to be Presented by Sailing World

As a gold-level sponsor of Quantum Key West Race Week 2016, hosted by the Storm Trysail Club, Sailing World Magazine’s editorial team announced today the creation of a new trophy to recognize the most outstanding performance of the regatta’s youngest team. “For the sport to be sustainable we need younger sailors engaged at all levels, not just in junior sailing but also at top-tier events such as Key West Race Week,” Sailing World editor Dave Reed said. “The intent with this trophy is simple: to [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #140, Water World No Responses »
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Volunteers Needed to Cleanup Boca Chica Rd.

  Reef Relief is hosting a cleanup on Friday, November 20th from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Volunteers will meet the Reef Relief staff at 9:00am on Boca Chica Rd. Look for the Reef Relief sign. Volunteer check-in will start at 9:00am and the cleanup will finish at 12:00pm. Please RSVP to Reef Relief by email at The mangroves of Boca Chica Rd. are home to many of the reef fish, sea turtles, birds and manatees. Trash that is not properly disposed of can quickly make [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #140, Public Notice No Responses »
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Fish Providing Casual Fine Dining to the Lower Keys

Key West, FL Mile Marker 14.5 on the Overseas Highway is home to the Lower Keys newest 150 seat full service restaurant and bar. Business partners Matt McKnight, Matt Moline and Jason Gwynne opened the stilted waterfront property at 3100 Overseas Highway as Fish on October 21, 2015. Fish is the third establishment for McKnight and Moline as they also own Hurricane Hole Fresh Seafood Grill on Stock Island and the Conch Shack, a popular downtown fast food venue on the 100-block of Duval Street. The partners are not [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Dining, Issue #140 No Responses »
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Shop at the Annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale and Fundraiser

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition reminds all Keys families that it’s time to shop for their children at the annual Tot Swap consignment sale & fundraiser. The sale runs November 11-15 and will be held next to K-Mart in Key West. This is a great chance to buy quality children’s items at a discounted price while supporting a good cause. Sale hours are: November 11, 5:30-7:00 pm, Early Bird Pre-Sale for Consignors ($10 admission for general public) November 12-14, 10 am-6 pm, Open to [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #140, Special Events No Responses »