Jan 222016
Guest Column: The $9.5 Million Toppino Contracts FKAA Lied About

by Margaret Blank……. Getting information from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) is like pulling teeth sometimes. Good thing I don’t mind pulling teeth. A while back, I asked the FKAA to provide a list of subcontractors on all it’s current projects. It is standard practice to require a contractor to provide a list of subcontractors. I got back this response saying that their contract documents include no such requirement. That is so bizarre, I felt compelled to dig deeper. I read through the contract documents [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am * Featured Story *, Editorial, Issue #150 15 Responses »
Jan 222016
Let’s Write a Play:  Scripting the Economics, Science, and Politics of Death: “Fifteen Shameful Lethal Acts”

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. In 1940, my father-in-law, George Findlay Willison, created and edited, Let’s Write a Play (Harper), a compendium of plays written by children attending the Hessian Hills School that he Co-Directed (1929-1935). A private progressive school located in New York State’s Croton-on-Hudson, designed in the spirit of John Dewey and other progressive educators, was fertile soil for eliciting the best from youthful minds. In 2016, I am transforming George’s work and his collaborative spirit into a project of ‘interactive journalism’: Will [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am * Featured Story *, Issue #150, Martha Huggins 13 Responses »
Jan 222016
About School District Transparency: "Right and Proper Trumps Legal Every Time"

Chairman Griffiths: I have had an opportunity to read all of the documents that you sent me regarding the rules, regulations and procedures for conducting School Board regular meetings, particularly with regard to the preparation and execution of agendas. You are correct that School Board policy for agendas, “Electronic Posting of Agenda and Agenda-Related Documents,” is more stringent than the state requires and I applaud the Board for that. Unfortunately, the agenda procedures outlined are, as often as not, honored in the breach. Phrased differently, [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:07 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #150 No Responses »
Jan 222016
Crocodile Found in Swimming Pool [video]

Homeowner on Lower Matecumbe Key at the 77 mile marker of the highway called this morning around 7:30 to report finding this 8ft crocodile in his swimming pool. Sheriff’s Office and Fish and Wildlife officers worked together and the crocodile was safely removed and returned to the ocean. Thanks to Lt. David Carey for supplying the photo and to FWC Officer Rewa Schroth for taking this video! [optin-cat id=”26188″]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #150, News No Responses »
Jan 222016
Article I, Section 9

by Kim Pederson……. A friend recently gave me a copy of The Constitution of the United States of America. It comes in a small blue booklet published by the American Civil Liberties Union. His comment was that everyone should have one of these on hand. I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read the entire Constitution, although I’m betting I am in the company of millions in this omission. So I decided to rectify this lapse of civic duty. I got stuck fairly quickly, [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #150, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Jan 222016
Why War is Bad

by Jerome Grapel……. (This essay was written at a time when the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was making its way into the world’s consciousness. More than a decade later, the horrifying chaos now prevailing in the region is sickening proof of the colossal blunder the American invasion was.) (5/04) As I write this essay, the second Bush Oil War has become the fiasco it always deserved to be. The latest piece of firewood thrown onto the flames of this madness is the graphic international diffusion [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #150 13 Responses »
Jan 222016
A Most Unusual Ship

by Ray Jason……. Three magnificent Tall Ships sailed into the Archipelago of Bliss yesterday and anchored only 200 yards away from AVENTURA. I consider the sailing ship humanity’s finest blend of form and function – or as I prefer to describe it – beauty and purpose. So, seeing such majestic examples of this artistry had my heart astir. Because the evening light was insufficient for my camera, I decided to row over early this morning to snap some photos. But one ship had left just [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Island Voices, Issue #150 1 Response »
Jan 222016
Enjoy it While it Lasts!

Dear Editor, You’d better enjoy these low gas prices while you can. Just read that the head of British Petroleum (BP) said OIL Prices Will Rise. How many of you remember back in ’72-’73 when the government created Oil Shortage, which was another big LIE perpetuated by them claiming we were running out of oil. I had talked to some employees of Badger Pipeline and was advised of the lie. I was told of the oil tankers anchored offshore waiting to unload because there was NO [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #150, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jan 222016
The Strange Establishment Backlash Against Bernie Sanders

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights [Campaign], in Planned Parenthood,” Democratic presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on January 19. “But you know what, Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time and some of these groups are part of the establishment.” The comment in reply to Maddow’s query as to his feelings about those groups endorsing Clinton’s campaign rather than his own, produced an immediate and bizarre backlash from both Clinton [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #150 4 Responses »
Jan 222016
Illegal Profits from Polluting Florida Go Untouched

State Fines for Even Serious Hazardous Waste Violations Are Evaporating Tallahassee — Laws protecting Florida from illegal discharges of hazardous wastes have become a virtual dead letter under the Scott administration, according to a new analysis of enforcement files released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Even dangerous and repeat violations draw either no enforcement action at all or fines that are dramatically below assessment guidelines. Among the roughly 75,000 facilities currently permitted by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are hazardous waste [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #150, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 222016
Key West Crime Down

The Key West Police Department’s end of year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows overall crime dropped by almost 11 percent in 2015. The most dramatic drop was a reduction in robberies, which dropped by 50 percent over 2014. In 2015 there were 20 robberies, compared to the 40 reported in 2014. Violent crime dropped by over 20 percent in 2015. Burglaries dropped by nearly 17 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #150, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
Explorer Post Learns About Leadership

Upper Keys Explorer Post 905 learned about leadership from Retired Army Colonel James Peterson, a West Point graduate who served in Vietnam and was an instructor at the Army War College. He travels the U.S. and teaches the subject to business leaders. Topics included understanding people and how to inspire others. Left to right, Colen Peterson, Explorers Tyler Callahan and Terry Cooper, SRO Dep. Larry O’Neill, Explorers Chris Dotschay, Jayden Gattorno, Michael Anchetta and SRO Dep. Dave Stark.

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #150, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 222016
Key West Art & Historical Society to Present the Film “Hello, Hemingway” at the Custom House Museum

The Key West Art & Historical Society will present “Hello, Hemingway” at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 4 in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum. “Hello, Hemingway” follows the story of a young, impoverished Cuban girl who aspires to obtain a scholarship in America during the Batista regime and uses her famous neighbor’s novel “The Old Man and the Sea” to draw parallels to her own life. The film reveals a study of Cuba right before the revolution and also a [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #150, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 222016
Collaborative Art Installation Led by Vera Vasek Exhibited at Fort East Martello

On Friday, February 5 from 5:30PM-7:00PM, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to “I AM in Your Dream,” a reception for the exhibition inspired by Artist Vera Vasek’s “Which Way Is Up” workshop in the Society’s adolescent and adult education program, “Outside The Lines.” The reception will take place at Fort East Martello on the second floor of the citadel. More than a dozen students from Key West High School, Key West Collegiate Academy, and two home-schooled teens gathered over four consecutive [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Art, Issue #150, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 222016
Nicole Smith Named Monroe County School District Teacher of the Year

Horace O’Bryant School Teacher selected as Monroe County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Superintendent Mark T. Porter is pleased to announce HOB teacher Nicole Smith as Monroe County’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Smith currently teaches 7th and 8th grade math at HOB School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Nicole has been teaching at HOB since 2013. She also taught at Key Largo Elementary School. Nicole’s classroom is enhanced by her [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #150, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to Hold Four Workshops in the Keys

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD FOUR WORKSHOPS TO SEEK PUBIC INPUT ON “VACANT LOT REDUCTION AND HOTEL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM” The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will hold a series of public workshops to take public comment regarding its proposed rule called the “Vacant Lot Reduction and Hotel Opportunity Program.”  The program would authorize issuance of up to 300 hotel units to up to three local governments within the Florida Keys in exchange for retirement of up to 900 vacant lots at a [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #150, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 222016
Explore Priscilla Coote’s ‘Escape to Cuba’ at Gallery on Greene, opening Saturday, Feb. 6.

  Cuba couldn’t wait. And Priscilla Coote couldn’t look away. The Key West artist recently spent two weeks in the close-but-closed Caribbean country and she’s been painting the entire experience since her return. Gallery on Greene will showcase Coote’s resulting body of work in a two-week show entitled “Escape to Cuba,” which opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. “I’ve seen most of the Caribbean, but Cuba was something entirely different and exciting,” said Coote, who has lived [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #150, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 222016
Artists Deborah Goldman and Carol Tedesco to Exhibit at KEPart Studio-Gallery

Thursday, February 4, 2016 marks the opening of “Layers,” a joint showing of individual works by visual artist Deborah Goldman and photographer Carol Tedesco at KEPart Studio Gallery located at 534 Fleming Street. The exhibit will open to the public with a wine and cheese reception from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The two have been friends for more than a decade and have previously exhibited together at the Emily Harvey Gallery in New York in the 2009 “A Book About Death” exhibit. In this [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #150, What To Do No Responses »