Mar 042016
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: Charles Eimers Death-in-Custody

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The image of the gray PT Cruiser parked sideways on South Beach with the huddle of Key West police officers who’d just realized the man they’d piled on top of had stopped breathing is probably going to remain in the memories of Key Westers for a long time. What went wrong on that Thanksgiving morning in 2013 has been the center of considerable controversy. “My dad always had this dream of spending a winter in Key West,” Treavor Eimers, Charles [continue reading…]

Mar 042016
The Devil is in the Details

Dear Editor, They say, “The Devil is in the details.” So true when it comes to the March 15 referendums on Peary Court. We citizens of Key West are offered what appear to be two similar referendums. But, read more carefully. One is titled: “Authorization to purchase Peary Court to use as workforce housing.” Nothing in this referendum mentions “affordable” housing! It seeks to purchase, use, and hold the property for workforce housing. “Workforce housing” requires 70% or more of residents’ household income be from [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #156, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Mar 042016

by City Commissioner Richard Payne…….. In the last few weeks leading up to the March 15th Referendum election I have been frequently asked whether the City taxpayers would be in any way responsible for payment of the bonds/mortgage should the City find that the rents from the residences at Peary Court are insufficient to repay the loan? The answer to this question is an emphatic unequivocal No. I insisted that the referendum language be added to assure all citizens voting that the indebtedness will be [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices, Issue #156 22 Responses »
Mar 042016
OPINION: Vote "No" on Peary Court Purchase

by Diane Beruldsen……. I attended recent  affordable housing workshops and felt there were many people who were not getting listened to. The meetings scaled over concerns that the group being protected (those who can afford to pay $2400/month in rent) were the wrong group to protect. For this reason, I wanted to hear the opinions of people in the streets of City of Key West. I set out Sunday, February 28th on bicycle, into Key West and approached anyone I came across to ask if they had an [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am ~ Opinion ~, Island Voices, Issue #156 21 Responses »
Mar 042016
Homeless Log Date: 3 March 2016, Key West Asteroid

by Sloan Bashinsky……. During this past Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, City Attorney Shawn Smith advised the mayor and city commissioners that the U.S. Department of Justice had determined there was no prosecutable offense in the Charles Eimers death in police custody case, which the blue paper broke and continued vigorously investigating and reporting through and past the city settling, on advice of defense counsel, with Eimer’s estate for $900,000, which was $100,000 under the city’s insurance policy limits. Arnaud Girard’s first of many “cartoons” [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices, Issue #156 1 Response »
Mar 042016
Commissioners Honor Victims of Slavery

  Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioners Clayton Lopez and Sam Kaufman joined the national day of remembrance for victims of the slave trade by proclaiming March 25th International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Corey Malcolm, the Director of Archaeology and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, accepted the proclamation. “We  here in Key west are fortunate to have with us today — from shipwrecks to cemeteries — a remarkable array of historical reminders from the transatlantic slave [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #156, News, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 042016
The Face that Launched a Thousand Quips

by Kim Pederson……. You may be surprised to learn that, amid the tragicomical chaos of the 2016 presidential hi-jinks, we have a quadrennial candidate we can all turn to in relief on November 8: Alfred E. Neuman. Alfie has been in the POTUS race many times before and has a Facebook page to prove it (I guess). Still one hesitates. While he might be a tempting candidate, one who certainly fits right in terms of experience and policy proposals with other choices this year, what [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #156, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Mar 042016
Rosalind Brackenbury Book Signing

Reminiscent of Camus’s The Fall, The Third Swimmer makes us ask who are we to one another. And in the end does being human mean that we are capable of love? –Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace Book Signing Schedule: March 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Books & Books March 12 at 5 p.m. at Old Island Books (signing only) March 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Cafe con Libros at the Monroe County Library War and Its Aftermath, and a Marriage in Need of [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #156, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
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 Bullet Holes in Canada  (Click here for previous chapter) Oakley Holmes Perkins sat in the back of a eighteen-foot Old Hickory wooden canoe. His wife of fifty years, Ethel Allyn Perkins, sat in the bow. Their Indian guide, named Too, floated nearby in his canoe. Oakley and Ethel were separate, yet together, as they had been since the first day of marriage. Oakley, an avid fisherman, hunched [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #156, Literature No Responses »
Mar 042016
Reality TV

by Alex Symington……. I’ve tried to remain silent, hoping Donald Trump would finally say or do something so outrageous that he would have to bow out of his race for the ultimate bully pulpit. He has said, “I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and people would still vote for me.” That didn’t do it. He has called Mexicans rapists and murderers, demanded all Muslims be kept out of the country indefinitely, called Pope Francis a stupid weakling, yet he is reserving judgement on the [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #156 No Responses »
Mar 042016
Will Space Become Heaven? Not likely

by Paul Williams……. The first thing Bernie Sanders has to do as Ringmaster, after he puts down the Bat phone with Putin, is to wrangle the new herd of privatizing Space Monkeys back into line where they belong. It seems the modern replacement units for Morgan, Rockefeller and Ford have decided that, for them, the sky should not be the limit. Teslas are all right on Broadway or the Champs Elysee, but – why just go global when your kids could inherit the whole Universe? [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #156, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 042016
LWV Offers GOTV 'Antidote to Fear'

  The theme of this election year’s work for the Lower Keys League of Women Voters will be “Get Out the Vote (GOTV): Your Antidote to Fear,” members affirmed at the nonpartisan organization’s annual meeting this week. New officers and directors, limited to two-year terms, were elected as well. Presiding for President Joan Wallin, who was ill, was Director-at-Large Linda Grist Cunningham. “The 2016 elections offer the league and its members significant challenges, especially in Key West and the Lower Keys. Voter registration in Monroe [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #156, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 042016
On Flying

by  Kirby Congdon……. After a plane crash in 1962 the New York Times appealed to our general sense of forebearance, urging the public to accommodate the risk of air travel for the sake of progress. Progress of what? this writer asked in an essay. Profit? Investment? The population explosion? The convenience of business? Our response suggested abandoning air travel altogether, not that this writer could afford it anyway. Now this writer, 54 years later, seems inured to catastrophe. He flies whenever the seasons change. He [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #156, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Mar 042016
Floridians Deserve an Accountable and Transparent Budgeting Process

While most Floridians are working and going to school this week, elected officials in Tallahassee are considering how to spend an eye-popping $80 billion of your hard-earned tax money. That’s nearly $4,000 for every adult and child in the Sunshine State. Too few Floridians have the time to keep an eye on Tallahassee to make sure lawmakers are making prudent decisions with your money. That’s why Florida TaxWatch – the state’s premier independent government watchdog group – is on the job. It is part of [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Editorial, Issue #156 No Responses »
Mar 042016
SPJ Joins Groups Urging EPA to Continue Running Public Notices in Newspapers

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists supports the Public Notice Resource Center and 43 newspaper associations in filing comments urging the Environmental Protection Agency not to deprive the public of newspaper notices relating to the approval of permits under the Clean Air Act. EPA is considering notifying the public about CAA permits only on a government website. On Dec. 29, EPA announced its intention to reduce the public notice it currently provides in connection with most CAA actions by eliminating the requirement that the [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #156, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 042016
Key West Health and Rehab Fundraisers

Key West Health and Rehab is a private, nonprofit organization, and is a qualified charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Key West Health and Rehab is home to 97 residents including senior citizens who can no longer medically care for themselves and who require physical, mental, occupational and/or speech rehabilitation. We also do outpatient therapy for several young head trauma patients. Key West Health and Rehab is having two fundraising events. The first event is the Business Guild Mixer on March [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #156, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
Buckle Up!

The Key West Police Department is once again joining a statewide effort to educate motorists about the importance of using seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign is a two-week long program aimed at reminding drivers that seatbelts save lives. Between March 1st and March 14th, law enforcement officers throughout the state will be conducting round-the-clock sweeps for motorists who fail to fasten the safety belts. During this campaign, it’s also a good time to remind parents that child restraints are vital, and they [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #156, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 042016
International Women's Day March 8

  Key West National Organization for Women (KWNOW) will host a demonstration to commemorate International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8 from 5 until 6 the corners of N. Roosevelt Blvd. and Palm Ave. All women and men who support quality are invited to attend and create a sign to carry on an issue they feel passionate about — equal pay for equal work, reproductive rights, etc. A variety of signs will also be available. For details please phone (305) 393-7844.

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #156, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 042016
Three Floridians Haven Been Chosen as National Women’s History Month 2016 Honorees

March is National Women’s History Month and the 2016 theme is Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. This year’s Honorees were chosen for their influence in public service and government leadership. Often overlooked and undervalued, they have individually and collectively dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. Women from diverse backgrounds in all levels of public service and government are essential in forming a more perfect union. The three Floridians chosen [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #156, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 042016
OIRF March House Tours

Old Island Restoration Foundation presents its last House Tour of the Season on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th from 10-4. Through five private residences, “Cottage Living: Homes fit to a Key” explores the challenge of packing the conveniences of modern living into our homes, especially on small lots and under historic preservation constraints. Details and tickets at

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #156, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY Art@830 Local Artists Group Show, 5 PM 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595. Edgar Heap of Birds, Pamela Kostmayer Opening Receptions, 6 PM The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton S. 305-296-0458. Scott Gruppe Artist Reception, 6 PM Debra Butler Design Studio, 612 Fleming St. By the Book, Christine Fifer Artist Reception, 6 PM KEPart Studio – Gallery, 534 [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #156, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
8th Annual Plein Air Key West

The Key West Art Center will kick off it’s 8th Annual Plein Air Key West with a demonstration by plein air painter Mike Rooney on Friday, March 11th. At 4:00 pm Mike Rooney, who is this year’s plein air judge, will share some of his plein air tips and techniques at this event which is free and open to the public. A meet-the-artist receptions follows Mike’s demonstration and artists may pre-register for the Plein Air Key West event. The Plein Air Key West painting day [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #156, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
80th Year Celebration at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

March 12th, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden celebrates its 80th year of growing! You are invited to join in the festivities lakeside with buffet dinner catered by NY Pasta Garden (includes fish, chicken and pork selections), dancing to a DJ “spinning platters” from the last 8 decade (from Gershwin to Gaga!), silent auction and open bar. Leave with a commemorative wine glass. Tickets are $50 and are limited; available at the Garden’s Visitor Center on College Road [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #156, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
Graduating Project Alert Class

These kids, from Mrs. Kate Hofstetter’s class at Treasure Village Montessori School, are celebrating. They just graduated an 11 week intensive drug, alcohol, and tobacco resistance course called Project Alert. Project Alert helps kids in 7th grade learn about the consequences of giving in to peer pressure as it relates to alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Each lesson has a specific topic, and kids act out skits during which they get to practice resistance skills. The last class ended with students writing a commitment essay [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #156, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 042016
Southernmost Magnolia at New Venue as well as B.O.'s Fish Wagon Thursdays

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass, and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #156, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
Axiom Brass Quintet to Bring its Majestic Sound to Key West

The final concert of Impromptu Classical Concerts highly successful 2016 season brings the exciting sounds of the Axiom Brass Quintet to St. Paul’s Church, on Sunday, March 13 at 4:00pm. The ensemble is comprised of Dorival Puccini, Jr. and Kristofer Hammond, trumpets; Jacob DiEdwardo, horn; Serdar Cizmeci, Trombone and Kevin Harrison, tuba. Glorious music from Europe and The Americas are featured. Axiom Brass Quintet spokes-person, the aptly-named Dorival Puccini, Jr. discusses the concert: “The program is a blend of early music which fits the majestic [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #156, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
Badke String Quartet Performs Cycle of Life

Once again St. Paul’s Church was the venue for another stirring Impromptu Classical Concerts presentation. UK-based musicians The Badke String Quartet performed selections by iconic Romantic composers Franz Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert as well as contemporary composer Ian Wilson. The Quartet – Charlotte Scott, violin; Emma Parker, violin; Jon Thorne, viola; and Nathaniel Boyd; cello – brought their full sound and precise technique to Haydn’s four movement “Quartet, Op 76 No 5”. Key West winter resident and sometime pianist Bruce Casady was in attendance. [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #156, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 042016
Meg Cabot is Final Speaker At Key West Friends of the Library March 14

The last, but definitely not least, speaker at the Key West Friends of the Library speaker series is the New York Times best-selling novel author, Meg Cabot. The prolific local author will speak on Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. Her talk will take place at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free and seating is available on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 5:30. Before heading off to college and declaring a major, Meg Cabot met a stranger [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #156, Literature, What To Do No Responses »