Mar 112016
Commissioner Romero Shares More Information about Peary Court Property

by City Commissioner Margaret Romero……. This note is to update you on recent information I obtained after meetings with Management teams at Keys Energy and Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority regarding Peary Court and the City’s possible exposures and unknown costs. KEYS ENERGY Easement for transmission poles along Palm Ave which sit inside the Peary Court perimeter have yet to be transferred from the current owners to Keys Energy. o   KEYS has an agreement for the owners to do this – but the owners have yet [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Island Voices, Issue #157 2 Responses »
Mar 112016
PEARY COURT: It's Just Another Development

by Harry Powell, It’s just another development for Pete’s sake, so nothing special or what we really need. It’s not a “good deal. ” Commissioner Romero is correct. The resolution earmarking “profits to an affordable housing trust fund” is clearly a marketing ploy to convince the voters that “this is a good deal.” Some City officials are asking us to worship this sacred cow of Peary Court “in the name of affordable housing.” It’s not what we need to buy. There is likely going to [continue reading…]

Mar 112016
Voting Really Matters

To the Editor: Here we are a week away from election day, and I’m wondering: is anyone else out there feeling as conflicted and fearful as I am? I know, though, that the foundation of our democracy (democratic republic, actually, but same difference) is the true and collective will of the people, and the only was to determine that is at the ballot box. I know this election season is crazy-making. I know I’d often like to toss the TV out a window. I know [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #157, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 112016
Doorways to Nescience: Mind the Gap

by Kim Pederson……. You may have noticed (I certainly have) that doorways have a pernicious ability to cause short-term memory loss. You’re sitting at your desk or lounging on the back deck reading a book when suddenly you stand up, stride with great purpose into the next room, and, after three steps (it’s always three for me), stop short in blank bewilderment. “Self?” you ask yourself, “Why the [expletive of choice] did I come in here?” You may be relieved (or dismayed) to learn that [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #157, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Mar 112016
Flower Conroy

by Kirby Congdon……. Flower Conroy The Awful Suicidal Swans by Flower Conroy 6 x 9 paperback, 40 p. Headmistress Press, 2014 60 Shipview Lane Sequim, WA 98382 $10.00 How can one not be amused when an adult book of poetry is brought out by a publishing house called the Headmistress Press? We have come so far since I was aiming my own poems half a dozen decades ago at the polite poetry editor of The New York Times! Miss Conroy’s book of poems reminds me [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #157, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Mar 112016
Charges Mount Against Key West Man in Multiple Cases

A Key West man faces numerous charges on numerous separate cases including operating a chop shop, burglary, grand theft, fleeing and eluding police and assaulting law enforcement officers. The cases began to mount against 18 year old Adrian Diaz on February 8th, when a Key West Police detective asked the Sheriff’s Office to help transport Diaz to jail. He was being arrested by that agency at his residence on Verde Drive, Big Coppitt Key, on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #157, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112016
Man Flees from Deputies, Abandons Child

A man fled on foot from deputies, abandoning a small child in his car Wednesday night. Key West Police got a call around 10 p.m. from a woman asking them to check on her husband and small child. She said her husband picked up their one year old son from the Lighthouse Academy that afternoon. She said she hadn’t heard from him since between 5 and 5:30 p.m. She said he’d never done that before and she was worried. Deputy David Lariz met with Key [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #157, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112016
Group Saves Dog's Life

Dr. Gerry Diethelm of Marathon Veterinary Hospital presented a commendation to Sheriff’s Sgt. Spenser Bryan, Communications Officer Amanda Robinson and Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Christine Gracy. The group was responsible for saving a dog’s life. The owners of the dog were rushing the dog to the Vet hospital because it was dying. They became stuck in a lengthy traffic delay due to a serious accident on the Seven Mile Bridge. Working together these three got the dog through traffic and to the hospital in time [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #157, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112016

Hundreds of meters below the surface of the ocean, Laura Robinson probes the steep slopes of massive undersea mountains. She’s on the hunt for thousand-year-old corals that she can test in a nuclear reactor to discover how the ocean changes over time. By studying the history of the earth, Robinson hopes to find clues of what might happen in the future.

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #157 No Responses »
Mar 112016

In 1946 the historic building first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Today, the Truman Little White House is a public, living, Key West museum as well as a retreat and place of government business by our nation’s leaders.

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Island Voices, Issue #157 No Responses »
Mar 112016
March Cemetery Stroll

The last Cemetery Stroll of the 2016 season is planned for Saturday, March 19, 2016. During the stroll, three groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:00 a.m. They will depart from inside the Windsor Lane gate on 4th Ave. Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 305-304-1453. A donation of $10 (cash or check) per person to the Historic [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #157, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 112016
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 It’s Been a Pleasure  (Click here for previous chapter) I was in the reception room reading and overheard. “It has been a pleasure speaking with you this afternoon, Mrs. Weiner-Wood. You made distinct, if not noticeable progress during our session.” Dr. Silo Cornhull tilted his zero- gravity chair upright. “I’m afraid our time, our precious time, my dear Mrs. Weiner-Wood, is up for now… for today…Ah, Mrs. [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #157, Literature No Responses »
Mar 112016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, MARCH 10 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Saturday Endless Summer, Mike Rooney Opening Reception, 5 PM Plein aire artist. Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St. Carol McArdle: The Magic of the Mangrove Opening Reception, 6 PM McArdle, oil painter, unveils her newest works of mangroves, sea grapes and aquatic birds. Rockhouse Masterpieces, 330 Julia St. DANCE Wednesday Stars of New York City Ballet, 8 PM A [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #157, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 112016
Acclaimed Florida Artist, Carol McArdle has Solo Show in Rockhouse Gallery

If you love our tropical coastal scenery, birds and wildlife you will want to catch McArdle’s Art Show Carol McArdle’s realism art captures the beauty of Florida’s tropical scenery and wildlife that we love. Carol McArdle is one of Florida’s best known professional nationally recognized painters of tropical landscapes, waterscapes, birds and wildlife and now McArdle’s work is represented by Rockhouse Gallery. To celebrate the public is invited to an exciting solo show of McArdle’s paintings. Carol McArdle will be at Rockhouse Gallery to meet [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #157, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 112016
Great Egg Hunt Returns to Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

The hunt is on! Saturday, March 19th beginning at 10am, children will be divided into three age groups to see who can find the hidden prize-filled “eggs”, including the special “golden” one. Other festivities of Migration Mania include games, arts & crafts, Nancy Forrester’s exotic birds, butterflies from the Conservatory, bounce house and a “selfie” corner with costumes to borrow for a special image. Of course, there will be a native plant sale, prize drawings, and refreshments. Member families and children under 3 are admitted [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #157, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 112016
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week at Florida Keys Outlet Center

CELEBRATE TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK AT FLORIDA KEYS OUTLET CENTER Teachers invited to enjoy special perks from March 19-27 WHAT: Class dismissed! Area teachers are invited to Florida Keys Outlet Center for extra savings during their teacher appreciation special event from March 19-27. Throughout the event, teachers are invited to pick up Florida Keys Outlet Center swag bags filled with a coupon book, a discount sheet, extra coupons and a free gift! To receive a swag bag, shoppers must present a valid teacher or faculty ID [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #157, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 112016
Three Promoted to Sergeant

Three members of the Sheriff’s Office were promoted to sergeant recently. Sgt. Sheila Seago is assigned to the Islamorada Sheriff’s district; Sgt.s Scott Ward and Bobby Burkett are assigned to the Upper Keys District Seven, which includes the area from Tavernier to Key Largo.

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #157, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112016
Mystery Writers Key West Fest Announces 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition and Award

The Mystery Writers Key West Fest has announced a call for entries for this year’s Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12 in Key West, Florida. Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #157, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 112016
Key West Resident Earns Wheaton Dean’s List Honors

NORTON, Mass. (Grassroots Newswire)  Claire Young, a resident of Key West (33040) has been honored with placement on the Dean’s List at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., for the fall 2015 semester. A member of Wheaton’s Class of 2019, she is the daughter of Elizabeth Young and Gary Young, LMT. Wheaton is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Norton, Mass., with a 1,600-member student body drawn from 39 states and 72 countries. The college emphasizes the combination of rigorous academic study and real-world experience. [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #157, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 112016
Sheriff Honors Employees of the Year

Last week, the Sheriff’s Office held its Employee of the Year award ceremony in Marathon. The five award winners are from all areas of the Sheriff’s Office – law enforcement, corrections, support, reserves and the explorer program. “The people chosen to be Employees of the Year are truly the best of the best – they have proven themselves to be outstanding employees, as well as outstanding contributors to the community they serve,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. The Employees of the Year are chosen from all [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #157, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112016
3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest

Renowned mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will infiltrate the island where Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found their inspiration during the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12, 2016. Open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike— MWKWF 2016 welcomes keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, and special guest authors Timothy Hallinan, Heather Graham and James O. Born along with a criminally stellar hit-list of some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #157, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »