Apr 012016
Bernstein Loses Wisteria Island on a Technicality

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. This week FEB Corporation and Roger Bernstein, the wannabe owners/developers of Wisteria Island, have lost their case before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. When most local politicians seemed all too ready to allow real estate moguls to build their posh hotel resort, who would have thought that an old Navy letter penned almost a century ago was going to place the federal government in front of the bulldozer and save the last desert island in Key West harbor? The [continue reading…]

Apr 012016
BLOOD ON DUVAL: Update on Duval Street Shooting [surveillance video]

New charges have been filed in the Duval Street shooting case and prosecutors want to put him back behind bars now — this time without bail. Derek Michael David, 34, was released on bail following a March 21st shooting that wounded three people. The shooting happened at about 1:25 a.m. in the area of Rick’s Bar.  Surveillance video from the bar reportedly shows David at one point dragging a woman [his wife] down Charles Street and knocking her to the ground. Two men are seen running over [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:49 am * Featured Story *, Issue #160, News 2 Responses »
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Key West’s 1985 “Bubba Bust” / The Back Story: So Much Worse Than You Think

by Frank Brownell……. Every time I read a story that references the “Bubba Bust” trial of Deputy Police Chief Raymond Casamayor and his fellow defendants, I boil over with outrage. I was the reporter for the Key West Citizen who covered both of the trials in U.S. District Court in 1985 that resulted from the federal indictment handed down in 1984. The reason why I get so worked up about this is because I sat through four months of testimony listening to how the federal [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices, Issue #160 2 Responses »
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Let’s Keep the Park a Park and Not Build a Big Development Project

by Ben Volpian……. As an Advisory Board member of the Truman Waterfront Park, but commenting here strictly as a private citizen, I would like to make a comparison between my Park Plan and two other plans – the Truman Waterfront Master Plan and a Conceptual Plan that was recently released to the public. First, my Park Plan: I have preserved a great deal of open space while still taking under consideration the need and/or the stated REQUIREMENT of having revenue producing features. Two open spaces [continue reading…]

Apr 012016
Senator Flores Calls for Select Committee to Investigate Water Quality

MIAMI, Fla. – Senator Anitere Flores has called for a Select Committee to be created by the State Legislature to address recent findings of potential contamination to the Biscayne Bay Aquifer. “This is a potentially serious environmental and health hazard for people across South Dade and the Florida Keys. I want to make sure that the state is doing everything in its power to protect the water supply that is so vital to our state.” said Senator Flores. Over the past few weeks local officials [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #160, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Lower Keys sheriff’s detectives and the KWPD Criminal investigative unit work together to conduct quarterly pawn shop inspections to ensure compliance with state laws. The most recent inspection took place on March 30, 2016.  There were no violations found. Detectives inspected each business for the following: Current emergency contact information, scale inspection sticker (precious metal weighing), business license. Each pawn shop was audited on three Regional Automated Property Information Database (RAPID) transaction forms to verify all information was correctly filled out, including the name of [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #160, News 1 Response »
Apr 012016
The Voting Delusion

  by Ray Jason……. This November, I heartily encourage all Americans to exercise their civic duty by going to the polls and voting for one of the dignified Presidential candidates that have amazed us this election cycle with their wisdom and compassion. Got ya! APRIL FOOLS DAY!!! Unfortunately, this is not a laughing matter. A large segment of the U.S. population is now very aware of the fact that our political and economic systems have become totally corrupt. And yet these knowledgeable people still cling [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #160 No Responses »
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The Case for Defuzzification

by Kim Pederson……. I stumbled across and over an odd phrase in a work assignment a few days ago: Basic Defuzzification Distribution Method. What the…? I knew it was a statistical things from the context but beyond that I had no clue. To make things more clear, or to defuzzify if you will, defuzzification refers to “the process of producing a quantifiable result in fuzzy logic.” Hmm. What we have here is a failure to defuzzify. Forging ahead stoically, however, fuzzy logic is, well, you [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #160, Kim Pederson No Responses »
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Portents When the sun fell down its light, having failed, went out. The sullen moon, unstable, mourned a sky gone black. With all that, can this world’s end find some way back? Even dawn is late when night is done and the sun, cautious, arrives delayed. Our last lost hope for a final truth is gone. Those who are patient hang along for the ride to learn, soon enough. Their end of time, being timeless, is forever, as it procrastinates in designing fate, making us [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #160, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
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Preserving Walls for our Future: Stabilization of Ft. Jefferson

Preserving Walls for our Future: Stabilization of Ft. Jefferson— Although this coastal defense fortification never had to fire a shot, Fort Jefferson has battled the extreme marine environment of the Straits of Florida for over 150 years. Dry Tortugas National Park Cultural Resources Specialist Kelly Jean Clark has planned, managed, and documented its preservation projects while handling compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act throughout the park for nearly a decade. On Thursday, April 14, Clark will offer a brief history of the park and [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #160, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 thru WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Daily, April 1 thru July 31 Key West Art Garden, 10 AM Showcasing local art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. 5210 College Rd., Key West. 305-296-1504. kwbgs.org Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #160, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
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The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels and other military and civilian aerial performances will fill the skies of the Florida Keys on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, at the Naval Air Station Key West “Southernmost Air Spectacular” air show at Boca Chica Field. Admission and parking are free. The gates open at 9 a.m. and the show will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Blue Angels flying at 2:30 p.m. Boca Chica Field is located at MM 8 on U.S. [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #160, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 012016
Air Show Could Cause Traffic Issues

This weekend is the NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular. The event is expected to attract lots of people and may cause periodic traffic slow-downs in the area of the Boca Chica four-lane on Highway U.S. One. Everyone attending, and those traveling through the area on Saturday and Sunday should be aware of the potential for traffic back-ups due to this event and should plan accordingly. There may be traffic congestion both days, particularly between the hours of 8 – 10 a.m. and 3 – [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #160, News, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
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Rick Worth Artist Demonstration at Key West Art Center - Friday, April 8, 4pm

The Key West Art Center welcomes Rick Worth as special guest following the monthly members’ meeting on Friday, April 8th. The member meeting begins at 3:30 pm; immediately following, at 4 pm, Rick will give a painting demonstration. Rick’s demonstration is free and open to the public and everyone is invited to stay for a festive social hour following his ​demonstration. Rick will share some of his tips and techniques he shows aspiring painters of all ages at his popular “Painting Boot Camp” classes at [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #160, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 012016
Custom Made in the Florida Keys: Mario Sanchez at Work

Custom Made in the Florida Keys: Mario Sanchez at Work— “Every generation should tell the next one about its ancestors” was a statement often made by Key West’s celebrated folk artist Mario Sanchez, whose painted woodcarvings provide insights into the island’s rich culture and traditions while illustrating the diversity of the people who lived here. This historic photograph, donated to the Society by Ida Woodward Barron, shows Sanchez carving one of the 600 pieces he produced during his 70 year career and is one of [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #160, What To Do No Responses »
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ARTIST RECEPTION/EXHIBITION: R. M. Walter - Opening Reception - Friday April 1, 5 -7 PM

R.M. Walter’s new body of work focuses on the sky “…and what effects various conditions, such as clouds, have on the light and color I perceive.” Atmosphere, is comprised of small canvases, painted en plein air, and larger studio works. These works were made possible, in part, through a grant from the Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys. The show will be on exhibit April 1 – 14 and is part of a series of featured artist shows at the Key West Art [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #160, What To Do No Responses »
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3 Jewish Divas Concert, April 9

  Congregation B’nai Zion is gifting the community with a rare—perhaps unique—international tour of cultural Judaism via a Saturday, April 9 concert titled 3 Jewish Divas. At 7:30 p.m. Vicky Rosenblatt, Melody Cooper and Nancy 3 Hoffman present music from their varied heritages that include Sephardic, Yiddish and French songs. All are professional singers and musicians. Victoria Yahia Rosenblatt was born in Alexandria, Egypt of a Sephardic father from Morocco and Turkey and an Ashkenazi mother with a Yiddish-speaking family from Roumania. They did not [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #160, Music, What To Do No Responses »
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Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers Ramble Down to Key West to Perform Concert at Fort East Martello

Singer and musician Amy Helm and her band The Handsome Strangers will perform an outdoor evening concert on Saturday, April 16, at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. They will perform from Helm’s debut “Didn’t It Rain,” an album saturated with a roots-rock vibe and recorded in her father’s barn in Woodstock, N.Y., home of the Midnight Ramble. “When we first learned of the opportunity to bring down Amy Helm, we jumped right on it,” says Key West Concerts co-producer Evan Haskell. “She [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #160, Music, What To Do No Responses »
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'Most Fun with Clothes On' at Sister Season Fund Show Sunday

“Islands in the Sun,” the 4th annual Southernmost Fashion Show to benefit Sister Season Fund, will be held Sunday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Southernmost Mansion. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first model will step onto the poolside runway at 6 p.m., according to SSF Vice President Julie Hanson, chair of the show. Over 20 local models will showcase the latest styles of ten local shops, including Graffiti, Sargasso, Isles Styles, French Kiss, Jolie Boutique, Mikey Mo’s, Stingray Steve’s, Madison Ave, [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #160, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Third Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run Offers Fun “Run” For Moo-vers of Any Athletic Ability

The world’s only zero K bridge run is quickly moo-ving upon us with the Third Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run set to go on Sunday, April 10. The festive “anyone can be an athlete” event includes a pre-race/preregistration gathering starting at 10:00am on the Key West side of the bridge, the race kick-off at noon, and an after-race awards celebration featuring live music, food trucks, and a full bar at 12:01 at Key West Botanical Gardens. The humorous run began as a joke among [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #160, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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La Concha Key West Celebrates Its 90th Birthday

The Historic Landmark Hotel Offers Commemorative Events and Specials in honor of its Anniversary Celebration La Concha Key West, the shining star of Duval Street presenting a chic and lively atmosphere, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year with a host of events and guest experiences to honor its historical significance as one of the island’s most legendary hotels. An historic landmark Key West property, La Concha Key West is known for its deep and colorful roots within Key West’s history, famous for regularly hosting a [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #160, News, Special Event No Responses »
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Monroe County Officials Meet with Governor and Florida Cabinet to Discuss Work Progress

MONROE COUNTY OFFICIALS MEET WITH GOVERNOR AND FLORIDA CABINET TO DISCUSS WORK PROGRESS IN AREA OF CRITICAL STATE CONCERN PROGRAM Officials from Monroe County and the municipalities in the Florida Keys met Tuesday in Tallahassee with Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet (Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam). The four state officials sit as the Administration Commission that oversee places designated as an Area of Critical State Concern. The Florida Keys and the City of Key West have [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #160, News, Public Notice No Responses »