Apr 082016
Key West’s Black Community Fighting for Survival

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Even though the debate at City Hall this week was not officially about race, it shed an unflattering light on Key West’s cultural divide in ways that no journalist could express better than the passionate speakers did on Tuesday night. You’re just going to have to listen for yourself and be amazed. But before you click on the video, we need to make you privy to a few basic facts and to the one little secret that no one “in the know” that night had [continue reading…]

Apr 082016

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. The presence of the US Navy in Key West dates back to 1822, when Lt. Commander Matthew C. Perry sailed the Navy schooner Shark into Key West Harbor and claimed the island for the United States. Only about 100 people lived here at that time. Although Florida had become a US territory a year earlier, there were still some questions about the ownership of the Keys. Keep in mind that even after the 13 American colonies had declared independence from British [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
Affordable Rental Nightmare

by Cindy Cody……. I have just realized that I never need to go to Disneyland ever again. If you want the wildest ride in your life do what I just did. I listed a nice clean 2-bedroom mobile home with a big yard cheap on Craig’s List. That’s when it started. I am looking for a long-term renter that takes care of the yard and let’s me know if something needs fixing. It’s 24 hours later and I am tearing out my hair on the [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
Oxitec EA and FONSI Public Review and Comment Period Extended

FDA EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON OXITEC’S DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND PRELIMINARY FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) announced today that they are extending the public review and comment period on the preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and Oxitec’s draft Environmental Assessment on Oxitec’s OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito. The original public review and comment period, which began on March 14, 2016, was for 30 days. The FDA has extended the comment period for 30 additional days and [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:16 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Responders Commended by Mayor and City Commission

The City Commission last Tuesday night issued a grateful commendation to the professional men and women who responded to the recent shooting on Duval Street. Key West Police officers, detectives and dispatchers, the Key West Fire and Rescue, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy and a civilian on the street were all named for their roles in the quick response to the incident. On March 21, 2016, three innocent bystanders were shot and wounded in the early morning hours on lower Duval Street, an event which [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:14 am Issue #161, Public Notice 5 Responses »
Apr 082016
An Important Note Re: Fantasy Fest 2016

Mr. Robbins, Mayor and Commissioners, My name is Brian Kelly. I have lived in Key West full-time since late 2003. I would like to throw my two cents in on this subject. Every few years, I attend the Fantasy Fest parade, culminating the end of the largest invasion of my town. I am not offended by the raucous parties nor the varying degrees of dress, or more appropriately, undress. I am grossed out, however, by the grandmas and grandpas that manage to lose their inhibitions, [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:12 am Island Voices, Issue #161, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Apr 082016
Hometown!'s "Call for Candidates" is April 11/ A Must for the Voters of this Community

Key West, April 11,2016, Hometown!’s “Call for Candidates” at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m. Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown!, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters: Please join us on Monday, April 11, 2016, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming 2016 elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant at Higgs Beach in Key West, at 5 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations. All [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:10 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:08 am Issue #161 No Responses »
Apr 082016
Senator Flores Praises Governor Scott for Signing Bill to Protect Consumers

Senate Bill 912 Deters Elaborate Defrauding Schemes Miami– Today, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 912, Fraudulent Activities Associated with Payment Systems, sponsored by Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami). The bill protects Florida consumers by increasing the penalties for criminals who steal financial information from customers at gas stations. “I am grateful for the support of Governor Scott on this bill to protect Florida consumers and for Commissioner Putnam’s work in identifying these sophisticated schemes to defraud the public,” said Senator Flores. “Working with [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:06 am Issue #161, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Pebble Mine Pseudo-Conspiracy Entraps EPA Retiree

Phil North Subpoenaed from Australia for Deposition in Farfetched Lawsuit Washington, DC — In a wacky, only-in-Washington drama, a mine company charges a retired low-level U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worker with masterminding the demise of its multi-billion dollar copper scheme, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Called Pebble Mine, the project would straddle – and critics fear jeopardize – the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery. The proposed Pebble Mine is on life support after EPA accepted a protest by local tribes and exercised [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:04 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Veterans Express Condolences to the Victims of Terrorism And Call for a New Approach to Confront It

St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace is appalled by the ongoing acts of political violence in Brussels, Belgium, in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, in Iraq, in dozens of other places across the globe and most recently in Lahore, Pakistan. As a community of veterans, military families and friends, many of us know the pain of losing a loved one to violence. We offer our deeply felt condolences to the families and communities affected. We mourn with you and you are in our thoughts as we [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:02 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Government Should Give Us All a Break. A Bathroom Break, That Is.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Apparently government solved all of society’s real problems while I wasn’t looking. Woo hoo! Violent crime has been eradicated. The Islamist terror threat is no more. Poverty? Everyone’s a millionaire with a Rolls in the driveway. Heck, the Cubs may even win the pennant this year. At least I have to assume all that’s been taken care of. Otherwise the politicians wouldn’t have time to argue over who gets to use which bathroom. And that’s what they’re doing, soooo … Charlotte, [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:00 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #161 No Responses »
Apr 082016
Libertarian Candidate for State Attorney

Key West attorney and youth advocate Shad Neiss yesterday threw his hat in the ring for the post of State Attorney for the 16th Circuit (Monroe County) as a candidate for the Libertarian Party. Neiss, who has a history of public interest law and advocacy, first joined his family in Key West in 1995 and has been in private practice since 2008. The graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is running on a reform platform to 1) reduce plea bargains for [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:58 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Gullible's Travels

by Kim Pederson……. So remember back in 2000 when we were all freaked out about the flesh-eating bananas? If you picked the wrong bunch of imported fruit, necrotizing fasciitis (NF) would leap onto your skin and turn it into livid purple boils before it all slid off into a steaming pile of derma, etc., at your feet. The nice folks who sent out the mass email about this were also good enough to inform us of the FDA’s shocking NF cover-up. People were understandably upset. [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:54 am Issue #161, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Apr 082016
Small Talk

Small Talk When an admirer told the soprano,”I loved your aria,” she replied, “It’s written for a falsetto you know.” Her acquaintance answered, “Well, I’ve cheated in my time, too..” “No,” the singer explained, “I don’t mean false. I mean like a coloratura!” The man nodded tactfully. “Oh yeah? Who would know? You could always pass for a white person.” The lady was more explicit. I’m referring to the range of the aria.” “You sing on a ranch. What area is that in?” Finally the [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:52 am Issue #161, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Apr 082016
Flagler’s Tenacity: The Story of the Over-Sea Railroad Presented at Custom House Museum

Flagler’s tenacity: the story of the Over-Sea railroad presented at Custom House Museum—In spite of engineering challenges and an inhospitable environment, Henry Morrison Flagler accomplished his dream of completing the 128-mile railway. But there is more to the story than an amazing engineering feat; there were also challenges related to capital versus labor tensions, the government’s overreaching influence, and the media’s interest in capitalizing on those tensions. On Thursday, April 21, John Blades, Director Emeritus of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, will offer a presentation [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:49 am Issue #161, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
With a Rebel Yell: Remembering Artist Stanley Papio

There’s a kinetic parade coming to town on May 14th that celebrates creativity, innovation, and a Florida Keys man well ahead of his time: Stanley Papio, a folk artist with a clever sense of satire and a tenacity that continues to reverberate 34 years after his passing. “Barefoot” Stanley Papio arrived in Key Largo in 1949, when the upper Keys were little more than an isolated stretch of highway on U.S. 1. He contentedly lived at Mile Marker 101 for many years, using his welding [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:48 am Art, Issue #161, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Taking the Musical “Helm” with Concert at the Fort

Taking the musical “Helm” with concert at the Fort—Fans of “The Band” take note: singer and musician Amy Helm and her band The Handsome Strangers debut her roots-rock vibe album “Didn’t It Rain” with a tour that rambles down to Key West for an outdoor evening concert on Saturday, April 16, at Fort East Martello as part of the “Music at Martello” series. The daughter of drummer and vocalist Levon Helm of The Band and acclaimed singer-songwriter Libby Titus (who has penned compositions for Linda [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:46 am Issue #161, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, April 7 thru Wednesday, April 13 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Friday Rick Worth – Artist Demonstration, 4 PM Rick will share some of his tips and techniques. Free and open to the public. Key West Art Center & Gallery, 301 Front St. 305-294-1241. keywestartcenter.com Thursday First Thursdays Art Walk, 6 PM Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Caroline Street extending along Simonton, Eaton and Fleming Streets. Friday The Connections [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
Southernmost Magnolia at 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…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:42 am Issue #161, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Tennessee Williams Classic Film Forum, April 18

The Tennessee Williams Classic Film Forum is being offered again on Monday, April 18 at the Tropic Cinema. The event begins with a champagne reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the forum at 6 p.m. Discussion, led by film Shirrel Rhoades, will explore how Williams’ plays and movies often reflect the lifetime experiences of the famous playwright. The forum is co-sponsored by the Tropic Cinema and the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit. Tickets are available at the Tropic Cinema. For Information, contact Dennis Beaver at [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:40 am Issue #161, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
New York Times Bestselling Author Robert K. Tanenbaum to Headline Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, acclaimed author of three true-crime books and twenty-seven novels – including the celebrated Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi crime/legal thriller series – is to headline a hit list of mystery writers and true-crime experts at the 2016 Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12 in Key West, Florida. Through a series of panels, presentations and social events, Fest guests will get the inside view from Tanenbaum and other high-profile mystery genre luminaries, including Los Angeles-based [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:38 am Issue #161, Literature, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Habana Key West Express at The Studios of Key West

AN EXHIBITION AT THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST 533 Eaton Street Opens Tonight: Thursday, April 7, 6-8pm On View: April 7-28 Gallery Hours at The Studios of Key West: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm Reynerìo Tamayo, one of Cuba’s superstar visual artists, is featured at The Studios of Key West in April. No longer a stranger to Key West after three visits – including 2014’s landmark exhibit One Race: The Human Race – Tamayo uses his art to embark on a “Ferry Express” from his home country, directing [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:36 am Art, Issue #161, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Conch Republic Royal Investiture

Conch Republic Days Supports Wesley House Foster Children CALLING ALL CANDIDATES! Claim your position in the Conch Republic Family. Any serious or silly rank or position is acceptable, except King, Mel Fisher will always be King. In the event of multiple candidates for the lofty position of Queen and because there can only be one Queen of the Conch Republic, the candidate earning the most votes will assume the title of Queen. Others will be deemed “Queen(s) in Waiting.” On April 23rd , from 8-11 [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:32 am Issue #161, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Help Us Clean Up on Earth Day!

This Earth Day, April 22nd, the City of Key West is hosting Earth Day’s Great American Clean Up, a Drive It Home Campaign by Keep Key West Beautiful! We are looking for volunteers to clean up different parts of the island. We will provide bags and gloves for your clean up. You can register ahead of time or come by Bayview Park any time between 9 a.m. and noon to receive a cleanup location and supplies. Starting at 11a.m. we will have a truck collecting [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:30 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Key West Zonta Club Receives Community Foundation Grant for Their Journey to Success Project

Key West Zonta ClubReceives Community Foundation Grant Award Women’s “Journey to Success” Career Advancement Workshop To Be Expanded The Zonta Club of Key West has received a Community Foundation of the Florida Keys grant award from its new “Vision 20/20” Florida Keys Future Fund. The $4,000 award allows members of the Zonta service club to further develop its new “Journey To Success” workshop, debuted in January, designed to enhance the skills of women and high school students in Key West and the Lower Keys seeking [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:26 am Issue #161 No Responses »
Apr 082016
Saturday Evening: Distinguished Speaker John C. Watts to Present “A Brief History of American Radio Drama”

This Saturday, April 9, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, the Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House for “A Brief History of American Radio Drama,” a presentation by John C. Watts, artistic director for the Arts Radio Network Theatre Project, “A Brief History of American Radio Drama.” Watts has spent the past 25 years as a producer for both audio and video productions and is in Key West this week for the recording of “Rebecca,” [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:24 am Issue #161, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Florida Keys Swim Club -- March Short Course Junior Olympics

Seven FKSC Swimmers Compete in Short Course Junior Olympics—Two Advance The Florida Keys Swim Club had 7 swimmers competing in the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics last month. Individual qualifiers were Abbie Sargent, Corley Smith, Zoe Marchetti, and Caroline Hoff. Also swimming a relay were Layne Smith, Chrislyn Lowell, and Maria Grant. All seven swimmers were up against the best 14 &Under athletes in all of South Florida. Abbie Sargent had multiple top 5 finishes and as a result of being the fastest 9 years [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:22 am Issue #161, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 082016
Who Will Land Walk-On Role in New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Black’s Next Mystery?

In an unexpected plot twist, organizers of the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black’s next novel. Black, a professional forensic scientist and author of a series of acclaimed forensic thrillers, is slated to be a featured panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, a gathering of true-crime, mystery, and suspense writers and fans to be held in Key West, Florida, June 10-12. [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:20 am Issue #161, Literature, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
Cow Key Channel Bridge Run, Last Call

Faster than a speeding bullet? Not necessary says the Grand Moobah of The Cow Key Channel Bridge Run — Cow Key Girl (Carolyn Cooper) is caped and ready for the world’s only zero K bridge run which takes place Sunday, April 10 starting on the Key West side of the 360-foot long bridge. 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 [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:18 am Issue #161, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 082016
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet in Marathon

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Marathon, Florida, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The morning session includes presentations by sanctuary staff and Curtis Kruer, Conservation Consultant, on vessel impacts to shallow water habitats and highlights the current and potential suite of management options to mitigate such impacts. At 11:00 a.m., Lieutenant Commander Michelle Comeaux, U.S. Coast Guard, will discuss the Coast Guard’s role in pollution hazard assessment and pollution removal from [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:17 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Marathon vs. Key West – Mayors Water Challenge

Who’s More Water Wise? Marathon or Key West? The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1- 30, is a community service campaign to see which cities can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges to reduce water and energy usage. Locally, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is joining in as a neutral party to help all residents conserve water. To participate, residents of Key West and Marathon can register online via mywaterpledge.com or Facebook, and then make a [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:14 am Issue #161, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 082016
Seven Mile Bridge Run will Impact Traffic Saturday

On Saturday, April 9th the Seven Mile Bridge Run will shut down traffic both north and south for two and a half hours at the Seven Mile Bridge. Travelers should plan to be across the bridge by 6:30 a.m. to avoid being stuck on one side or the other. Traffic flow will resume at 9 a.m., but usually takes at least an hour after that to get back to normal flow. [optin-cat id=”26188″]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:12 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe - Seeking nominations for Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is now accepting nominations of individuals interested in serving on their Board of Directors. FIRM, a grassroots organization formed in February, 2006 is comprised of homeowners and residents who are united to fight against excessive, discriminatory and unaffordable residential, condominium and commercial property insurance rates. Additional information on FIRM membership and activities can be found at www.firmkeys.org. This is a very dynamic Board with active Legislative, Fundraising, and Media/Communications Committees. Responsibilities include monthly Board [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:08 am Issue #161, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 082016
Charting the Course to Excellence: Thank You for Your Support

Twice in the past 18 months the electorate of Monroe County has approved the renewal of financial resources for the Monroe County Schools. In November, 2014, 64% of the voters approved a ten year extension of a ½ cent sales tax for capital projects, technology and school security, and more recently on March 15th nearly 72% of the voters approved a four year renewal of a ½ mill to be used for operating expenses. Both of these initiatives provide essential resources for the Monroe County [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:06 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #161 No Responses »