Mar 182016
ONE MILLION DOLLAR Settlement in Matthew Murphy Police Tasing Case

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Two years ago when we asked where Matthew Shaun Murphy was we were given records showing that Murphy was a criminal at large; his name on the FDLE “Wanted” list. When we asked to see FDLE’s investigative report we were told there wasn’t one. But after spending a month verifying rumors of Murphy’s death at the hands of a KWPD officer, we found him… in Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He had been there for over 3 years, left in a [continue reading…]

Mar 182016

Commentary by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Over 56% of voters said “No” to the purchase of Peary Court in spite of the housing crisis. The $55 Million project to save 157 units rented at $2400/month appeared an uphill battle from the start. “Jimmy [Commissioner Weekley] is saying he prays that Peary Court tenants will not be evicted by the next owner,” says citizen advocate Christine Russel, “I think Jimmy and others who pushed this should pray the mysterious next owner pays at least $55 Million [continue reading…]

Mar 182016
Dummies Guide to Vacation Rentals – by ‘B. Vigilant’

‘How to convert a marina into a vacation rental resort in 7 easy steps’ Step 1 – Find a full service marina that for over three decades has provided local fisherman and visitors with services such as: A tackle shop with tackle and fishing gear, bait, food and drinks, A docking station with diesel, and non-ethanol fuel, A boat launching ramp and storage area for vehicles and trailers, Forklift services and dry rack storage for boats (optional), Inboard diesel and outboard engine mechanic shops on [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am * Featured Story *, Island Voices, Issue #158 3 Responses »
Mar 182016
Harry Bethel Puts Local Hospital on the Hot Seat...

An Open Letter to the Lower Keys Hospital District Board and To all Elected State, County, City and Public Agency Officials. Dear Mr. Levin and District Board Members, I am a Conch and a resident of Key West. I have served on the boards of many Keys Institutions and have served as a Key West City Commissioner. There are 4 generations of Bethels living in Key West as I write this letter. By virtue of my standing in the community I come into contact with [continue reading…]

Mar 182016
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going / Go Bernie!

2016 is not a time for politics as usual, especially for a progressive person who is forced to watch the deterioration of his nation and its founders’ dreams of freedom and justice for all. Our government has been virtually high-jacked by corporations, which have always been the bane of the 13- states that ratified the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions — with its attendant Bill of Rights. Corporations not “We the People” are now in political control with their astronomical wealth. The American middle-class [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #158, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 182016
Animal Control

Letter to the Editor: The Upper Keys animal shelter still has the highest kill rate of all the animal shelters in the Keys. By far. According to numbers submitted to Monroe County, the Upper Keys took in 736 cats and dogs in 2015. They euthanized 468 or 64%. Compare that to the Middle Keys shelter which euthanized only 19% percent of370 cats and dogs received or to the Lower Keys shelter which euthanized only 22% of 1025 cats and dogs received. Why is there such [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #158, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Mar 182016
Polynesian Sailing Ship Hōkūleʻa Will Dock in Key West!

Globe Trekking Canoe To Land in Key West on Wednesday Renowned artist and conservationist Wyland has been added as a guest crew member aboard the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s globe-trekking voyaging canoe, the Hōkūle`a (Ho ku lay a), as it continues on the next leg of its journey from Cuba to Key West Bight Marina. Depending on ocean conditions, the vessel is expected to arrive on Wednesday or Thursday morning. The canoe, along with its sister vessel, the Hikianalia, is traveling over 60,000 nautical miles around [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #158, News, Water World No Responses »
Mar 182016
Inmate Tries to Strangle Deputy

A Monroe County corrections deputy was attacked by an inmate last Thursday according to Sheriff’s spokeswoman, Becky Herrin. Deputy Leonard Alonzo was working in one of the jail’s housing units that day. Inmates are supposed to wear identification tags and when Deputy Alonzo noticed 31 year old Darvin Cano-Murillo was not wearing his, he told him to go get it. Murillo reportedly refused to comply and refused the deputy’s order to return to his bunk. Deputy Alonzo called for assistance. As he was waiting for [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #158, News No Responses »
Mar 182016

Key West Police Detectives last night arrest one suspect for the home invasion robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning. Alijah Aliiku Helmar, 16, was charged with three felony counts for robbery and home invasion with a firearm, battery and grand theft. A second suspect is still at large. The incident occurred about 3:20 Wednesday morning at 1101 Petronia St. One of the victims says he was awakened in his bed by a man choking him. He was able to call out to his roommate. During [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #158, News No Responses »
Mar 182016
Detectives Need Help Locating Attempted Murder Suspect

A man who allegedly stabbed another man with a broken bottle on Big Coppitt Key in February is wanted for attempted murder. Detectives say they need people’s help locating him. On February 7th at 11:30 p.m., Deputies Alexandra Davis and Wendy Negron were dispatched to a medical emergency on Avenue D, Big Coppitt Key. When they arrived, they found 39 year old Oleimys Clemente bleeding from a large cut on his neck. Two women – his sister and his ex-girlfriend – were attempting to help [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #158, News No Responses »
Mar 182016
Marathon Man Arrested for Theft of Fishing Gear

  A Marathon man is under arrest, charged with stealing fishing gear from friends of his who live in a Marathon trailer park. The victims called the Sheriff’s Office on March 11th. They said they’d been gone for two weeks and had returned to their home at Galway Bay RV Park to find all their rods and reels stolen from their living room, along with two fishing belts and three fishing lures. Deputy Jamie Hughes Buxton responded to take a report. The victims had cameras [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #158, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 182016
FAVORite People of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Lead Wildlife Biologist Kate Watts

Kate Watts monitors vegetation in the pine rockland ecosystem on Big Pine Key. Watts serves as Lead Wildlife Biologist for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, overseeing biologists, technicians and interns at the refuges in the lower Keys. “Although a scientist by trade, I find that it is extremely important to translate the technical parts of my job into concepts that the public can relate to,” she says. “By providing ways for people to connect with nature, science and the outdoors, I feel like [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #158, Public Notice, Special Events No Responses »
Mar 182016
When Cowardice is Courage

by Ray Jason……. Some fictional philosophy… Dearest Sister, It happened on the fifth midnight raid. It was on that mission that I “snapped.” But that is definitely the wrong word. Because what truly happened is that I finally “saw.” My vision came into focus so suddenly and shockingly that it reminded me of lightning at night – instantly the flash reveals a startling landscape that only moments before had been stormy darkness. But what suddenly came into view with brilliant luminosity was not “things” but [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Island Voices, Issue #158 No Responses »
Mar 182016
Election 2016: "One Person, One Vote" Kills Real Choice

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As you may have noticed, we’re in the middle of yet another American presidential election (our 57th). The news is full of musings about party primaries and delegate counts and possible brokered conventions, but if things proceed as usual, as many as 130 million Americans will cast votes in November. A winner will be declared based on popular votes in the states as transmuted into a total of 538 electoral votes (if no candidate receives at least 270 such votes, the [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #158 No Responses »
Mar 182016

We don’t have to live in a world where 99 percent of rapists get away with it, says TED Fellow Jessica Ladd. With Callisto, a new platform for college students to confidentially report sexual assault, Ladd is helping survivors get the support and justice they deserve while respecting their privacy concerns. “We can create a world where there’s a real deterrent to violating the rights of another human being,” she says.

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #158 No Responses »
Mar 182016
A Tale of the Quadruple F

by Kim Pederson……. So here’s the story. Act I. There’s this duke, see, who likes to have a life of pleasure with as many women as possible. The duke has a hunchback court jester who likes to taunt the men cuckolded by the duke. He also tells the duke that he, the duke, should just arrest the husband of any woman that he, the duke, is interested in seducing and send him, the husband, off to prison or kill him, the husband that is. The [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #158, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Mar 182016
Cindy Wynn, Open Studio

Cindy’s studio is just one of 6 stops on the 2016 Artist Studio Tours, produced by The Studios of Key West. Spend the afternoon of March 19 on Stock Island, “the Brooklyn of Key West,” visiting the studios of tiny home builders, painters, jewelry and furniture makers, welders, stone carvers and more! Access to over two dozen studios is only $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at The Studios in advance, or at Cindy’s studio on the day of the tour. Find details at [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:23 am Art, Issue #158, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
Book Review: Better Living Through Criticism / How to Think About Art,  Pleasure, Beauty and Truth

Better Living Through Criticism How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth O. Scott 277p, Penguin Press, 2016 Having noticed the down-to-earth reviews of poetry books that A. O. Scott has written for the large presses, I bought this book. I winced at the title’s assertion of a right way to do things but the text itself was, once more, provocative, inviting, knowledgeable and thoughtful without saying so. Right down this reader’s back alley! In an introductory chapter an imaginary reader, defending himself, remarks, [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #158, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Mar 182016
Painter Eric Anfinson to be Featured Artist at SALT Gallery: Exhibit Preview on April 2

Artist Eric Anfinson is compelled by the human form and the sense of intimacy color can create; his latest paintings explore the power of red to serve as both parameter and container for emotional impact. “Red” will be revealed in a special preview on Saturday, April 2, from 6pm-8pm at SALT Gallery at SALT Island Provisions on 830 Fleming Street, with a celebration to include refreshments and live music from acoustic singer-songwriter Lance Taylor. The exhibit will feature approximately 15 new oil paintings on linen [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:21 am Art, Issue #158, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
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 “Check-Out Time”  (Click here for previous chapter) … Jordan whined. ”There’s no little bottles of shampoo, no body lotion, no shower cap, nothing! The toilet paper isn’t even folded! You cheap ass!” The crooked croupiers looked at each other. “Chill, I’m not your mother,” Alan said bravely and moved to relieve himself. “Jordan, look at this!” “Not now, Alan.” But curiosity drew Jordan to the bowl. The [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #158, Literature No Responses »
Mar 182016
Axiom Brass Quintet Completes Impromptu Concerts 2016 Season

Sweeping in from the Mid-West, Chicago-based Axiom String Quintet brought Impromptu Classical Concerts 2016 season to a highly successful conclusion. The Quintet – Dorival Puccini, Jr. & Kristofer Hammond, Trumpets; Jacob DiEdwardo, Horn; Serdar Cizmeci, Trombone; Kevin Harrison, Tuba – offered an eclectic program which ranged from Elizabethan Dances (Holborne), Bach Fugues, contemporary selections (Hillborg, McLoskey), and concluded with a near-mandatory, and always welcome inclusion in every au courant chamber music ensemble’s repertoire – a fiery Nuevo Tango piece by Brazilian composer Astor Piazzolla, Witold [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #158, Music No Responses »
Mar 182016
Students Break Stereotypes with Sanctuary Cleanup

It’s no secret that college students hop from bar to bar in the Florida Keys for spring break, but one group of students broke with stereotypes when they picked up trash at bars of a different kind: protected sandbars. For the fourth year in a row, students from the University of Florida’s Alpha Zeta fraternity chose to donate time from their spring break to help clean up marine debris from sandbars and shorelines in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The only active Alpha Zeta chapter [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #158, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 182016
Volunteers Needed for Taste of Key West 2016

The April 18th ‘Taste of Key West 2016’, to benefit AIDS Help, is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions, according to Executive Director Scott Pridgen. “Staging ‘Taste of Key West’ would be unthinkable without our corps of volunteers, who man sales and information booths, direct a seamless flow of hungry, thirsty patrons and even drop by food booths to see if they need anything,” says Pridgen. “In a town where second jobs are common and free time precious, the greatest gift you can offer [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Dining, Island Voices, Issue #158, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
Florida Keys Endangered Species: 8 Easy Ways You Can Help

Threatened. Endangered. Extinct. Scientists estimate that up to one-third of U.S. species are at increased risk of extinction. Yet when we look out over the 400,00 acres of wildlife that make up the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge complex, we see a natural beauty that is nothing short of stunning. The truth is, these areas are designated as refuges and federal wilderness areas for a reason— Crocodile Lake NWR, National Key Deer Refuge, Great White Heron NWR and Key West NWR are home to some [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #158, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 182016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar  THURSDAY, MARCH 17 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

  Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Tennessee Williams Gallery – Opening Reception, 5:30 PM New permanent exhibit/installation of Tennessee William’s paintings, 2nd floor of the Custom House Museum. Key West Art & Historical Society, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. The Key West Plein Air Painters – Armory Show, 6 PM Key West subjects painted in the open air by some of Key West’s finest artists. The Armory, 600 White St. Walk on [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #158, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
Key West Art and Historical Society Events

New Permanent Exhibit – Tennessee Williams: The Playwright & the Painter KWAHS is pleased to announce the opening of our newest permanent gallery dedicated to the paintings of long-time Key West resident, Tennessee Williams. On permanent loan through the generosity of David Wolkowsky, the exhibit contains 15 paintings completed by Williams that delve into a variety of subject matters. Plein Air Painting Contest On Saturday, March 19, artists are invited to do a painting of the Waterfront Playhouse, located at 310 Wall St. in Mallory [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #158, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
Key West Student to be Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service at Award Presentation

Sydney Hamilton of Key West, a senior at Key West High School, will be presented with an engraved silver medallion to recognize her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of Florida’s top two youth volunteers of 2016. Presentation information: Date: Friday, March 18 Time: 2 p.m. Event: Spring pep rally Location: Key West High School gymnasium, 2100 Flagler Avenue, Key West Contact: Gavin Townsend, (305) 293-1549 Sydney started “Sydney’s Hope Project” two years ago to provide games, supervise craft projects and [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #158, Special Event No Responses »