Apr 292016
Peary Court: Plan B

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. After 58% of voters rejected the purchase of Peary Court six weeks ago, some City Commissioners have a new plan: give the City’s affordable housing funds to a private company that wants to buy the entire former Navy housing complex on White Street for 60 million dollars. The City would pay the buyer 12.5 million. In exchange, the buyer would deed restrict the 157 existing units and any other units constructed on the 24 plus acre property for use as [continue reading…]

Apr 292016
Warning! Kidnapping Scam

A Key Largo man was scammed out of $2,500 because he believed his wife was kidnapped. The 30 year old man told Deputy Gil Gonzalez he received a call Friday at 10 a.m. from a man – “Mike” –  who claimed to have his wife; Mike said the victim’s wife was involved in a car crash and had killed Mike’s son in the crash. Mike said after the crash he kidnapped her. He claimed to be a drug dealer and said he did not want [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #164, News No Responses »
Apr 292016

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Why does a chicken cross the road? No matter what the answer might be, one thing is certain in Key West– the chickens are always crossing the road. And in most instances, those of us who are driving cars or riding mopeds give them the right-of-way. Key West’s chickens are part of the color and history of the island. After all, they’ve been here for at least 200 years– or even longer. Some say that chickens came with the pirates who [continue reading…]

Apr 292016
President Dilma Rousseff and Male Politicos’ Gender Crisis

by Martha K. Huggins, PhD……. As votes accumulated for President Dilma’s lower-house impeachment, “Good Bye, Dear” (Tchau Querida!) spread across the placards gripped by political opposition’s men and some women. Brazil’s Senate may soon try the country’s first woman president for “corruption” and if impeached Dilma Rousseff will be stripped of presidential powers for some of the alleged crimes committed by lower-house and senate legislators. The chutzpah of federal legislators should not surprise me, having done research in Brazil for 40 years on police, crime, and [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #164, Martha Huggins No Responses »
Apr 292016
“The Voice From the Other Side of the Band Room Controversy”   

Dear Editor: On January 20, 2016, the six (6) members of the City Commissioners voted to approve funding for the “White Boxing” of the Douglass School Band Room & Shop Building and held their vote on whether the building should house the Roosevelt Sands Health Clinic.  The members of the Frederick Douglass School Black Educators Memorial Project (FDSBEMP) had asked for consideration to be given to the fact that Commissioner Clayton Lopez had met with and promised their group over a 5 year period that [continue reading…]

Apr 292016
Peary Court:  The People Said No

Dear Editor, So now we know what PLAN B was for Peary Court, should the March referendum fail as it did. We had been told there were other buyers waiting in the wings…. but they weren’t interested in the deal the city was offered for $55 Million – they wanted MORE for LESS! And it looks like they may get it, despite the voters’ wishes. With a great NEED for ACTUAL affordable housing we need to look at the pros and cons of this latest [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #164, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Apr 292016
Officer Dedicated to Illegal Rentals

The City of Key West now has a code compliance officer dedicated to the City’s vacation rental ordinance. According to the City’s code of ordinances, all short term rentals of 30 days or less must be licensed. Illegal rentals often disrupt residential neighborhoods. Illegal vacation rentals have been on the rise, and the City Commission recently authorized the dedication of a full time code compliance officer to address the problem. Anyone who suspects illegal vacation rentals can call Code Compliance at 305-809-3731 or 305-809-3740. Or [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice 13 Responses »
Apr 292016
Fire Chief Announces Retirement

After nearly 43 years with the Key West Fire Department and a decade at its helm, Fire Chief David Fraga has announced his retirement. In a letter to City Manager Jim Scholl, Chief Fraga wrote, “On November 7, 2015, I completed my 42nd year of service with the fire department, and May will mark my 10th year as Chief. I have been blessed to have had the honor, privilege, and the opportunity to serve in that capacity for all those years.” Chief Fraga has dedicated [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 292016
Sea Gypsy Nocturne #1

by Ray Jason……. In a far anchorage of the Archipelago of Bliss, the thick tropical night heat had glistened my little ship. As I came on deck, I was delighted to find her shimmering with moon glow. A single night bird was calling for a mate – or perhaps it was just saluting the almost unbearable beauty. I was carrying a pitcher of water to pour over myself with the hope of cooling down enough to go back to sleep. After dousing myself, I stood [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Island Voices, Issue #164 No Responses »
Apr 292016
Eric Greinke

by Kirby Congdon……. Pulling a new collection of poetry out of its envelope, I flipped through the pages and two poems caught my eye. These were intimate poems, an obituary of a dog emphasizing our need for a pet rather than the other way around, and a meditation on a public institution for those on disability. In this second one the narrator describes his attempt to handle the situation, closing his poem with “I finally fell away, imaginary wings broken.” Both poems were in a [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #164, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Apr 292016
The Coming Desperatora

by Kim Pederson……. So what to do if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination and becomes the next POTUS. (He would no doubt change the acronym to TRUMPUS with his first executive order and the White House to Casa Trump with his second.) Fortunately, for all of us who soon may be adopting the expatriate lifestyle, Business Insider has just published an article titled “14 of the most affordable places for Americans to retire [feel free to substitute “flee” here] outside the United States.” We [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #164, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Apr 292016
Coming to the Tropic Cinema on May 15--A Film that Key West Art Lovers will Love

“Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish” is a documentary of the life of Mr. Barrish, a well-known artist from Pacifica, California. It has been shown at numerous Jewish film festivals throughout the country. Here is an article about its showing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival– Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish The film will be shown at the Tropic Cinema in Key West on Sunday, May 15, at 4 pm in the Peggy Dow theater. There will [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #164, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
National Park Tourism in Florida Creates $934.9 Million in Economic Benefit

New report shows visitor spending supports nearly 10,000 jobs in Florida. ATLANTA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,639,979 visitors to national parks in Florida spent $643 million in the state in 2015. That spending resulted in 9,922 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $934.9 million. “The national parks of Florida attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Stan Austin, Southeast Regional Director. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #164, News No Responses »
Apr 292016
Tinkham Exhibit Opening at SALT Gallery

SAILING INTO SALT—“AD Tinkham is a born old master that lives quietly among us in the purity of his artistic integrity,” says writer and painter Annie Dillard, friend and collector of the acclaimed painter’s work. “Running Home” (30”X40,” oil on canvas) is one of several paintings to be revealed in a special preview on Saturday, May 7th from 6pm-8pm at SALT Gallery at SALT Island Provisions on 830 Fleming Street. The exhibit— “A Sailing Life”— will feature new paintings showcasing the fluency of his marine [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #164, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
Photographer Blackburn to Show Works

Local photographer Larry Blackburn will again show his photographic works on Friday, May 6th in conjunction with the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll. The showing, entitled “Scene in Key West” will continue to feature recent additions to his collection of many familiar sights around Key West that Larry feels fortunate to experience on a daily basis, along with many of your favorites from previous exhibits. The photographs will be printed on several media types including canvas, metal and metallic paper along with new acrylic [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #164, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
KWPD Donates to Operation Graduation

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee and School Resource Officer Deglys Chavarria presented Key West High School teacher Monica Fletchall a check for $2500 for Operation Graduation yesterday. This outstanding program provides an all-night get together of fun. It keeps our grads safe and drug and alcohol free while they dance, eat, watch movies and win great prizes.

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 292016
Key West Art & Historical Society Honors Pioneering Folk Artist Stanley Papio with Permanent Exhibit Opening

Stanley Papio saw art where others saw junk. The rebellious welder-turned-metal-artist transformed the metal collection piled high in his yard into extraordinary works of art, many of them comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers who wanted him to conform to their imposed zoning laws. 34 years after his death, Key West Art & Historical Society is proud to present the permanent exhibit of the pioneering Florida Keys folk artist. Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel opens Saturday, May 14th with a special reception from 5:30pm-7:00pm [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #164, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
Key West Zonta Club’s 34th Radio Day Event

Annual Event Supports Zonta Club’s Community Programs for Women and Girls The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its 34th Annual Radio Day on Friday, April 29th from 5-8 pm, at the BottleCap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. A live remote broadcast on WEOW 92.7 with Rude Girl will showcase pre-recorded radio spots by local businesses that support the Club’s mission. The event includes music by Total Recall; an outdoor block party with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and games; a fabulous silent auction; celebrity bartenders; [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #164, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles to Appear for 2 weeks in Key West!

On June 17th – June 29th eight times Grammy elected and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Australian blues artist Michael Charles will claim the stage at Chicagos and embrace you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty one years and thirty two releases of his original music. Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers.   As [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #164, Music No Responses »
Apr 292016
The Papio WHAT? 5 Fun Facts About the Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade

Key West Art & Historical Society brings the island’s creativity to a new level of celebration with its inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade on Saturday, May 14th, with additional festivities on Friday and Sunday as well. Here’s the low-down if you’re just now tuning in: 1. LET’S GET KINETIC! It’s a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade! Think art with parts that move. Watch the one-hour cavalcade on May 14th wind down Duval Street, or BE in the parade (register first at papioskineticparade.com) [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:15 am Art, Issue #164, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, April 28 thru Wednesday, May 4 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Friday The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys 2016 – Closing Reception, 5:30 PM Last chance! Come see 400 original 6×6 canvases. Hors d’oeuvres and libations, free parking. Make a permanent Connection by making a Donation and Collecting a canvas. Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369. keysarts.com In Focus: Photographs from the Permanent Collection – Opening Reception, 5:30 PM [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #164, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016

American Legion Post 145 in Islamorada will be recognizing a sworn officer monthly from both Key Largo and Islamorada. This month, Sheriff’s Office Sergeants Gregg Johnson and Tom Kiffney were recognized “for their commitment to the citizens of Monroe County.” Johnson has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in 2010; Kiffney has been with the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 and was promoted in 1996. First Vice Commander Angela Glover ( also pictured) presented them with certificates, “Thank you” challenge [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 292016
Queen Mother 33 May 9, 2016

33rd Annual Queen Mother Pageant is a “Dragorama” Evening Gowns, Stilettos and Jeweled Crowns, it must be time for The 33rd Annual Queen Mother Pageant, presented by John “Ma” Evans Productions and La Te Da will be on Monday, May 9, 2016 This must see Key West tradition benefits Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys and One Human Family. Taking over Duval Street in front of La Te Da (1125 Duval), contestants compete in categories such as “evening gown,” “talent” and of [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #164, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
Donations to Seacamp

The folks at Seacamp on Big Pine Key were very grateful that Sgt. David Smith thought of them when he heard about all this fishing equipment from Director Diane O’Dell in our Property Division. Also among the items donated from our property division was a telescope found abandoned on the side of the road. All the items will be used for their various educational programs for kids.

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #164, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 292016
Celebrate Student Appreciation Month at Florida Keys Outlet Center

Students invited to enjoy special perks from May 1-31 WHAT: School’s (almost) out for the summer! Local and visiting students are invited to Florida Keys Outlet Center from May 1-31 to take advantage of Student Appreciation Month, which is sponsored by Betolli Vending. Throughout the event, students are invited to stop by Simon Guest Services booth or the Management Office, located in the food court, to pick up Florida Keys Outlet Center swag bags filled with a coupon book, a discount sheet, extra coupons and [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #164, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 292016
Southernmost Magnolia at Salty Angler this Saturday

Southernmost Magnolia play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be playing this Saturday from 7-10 PM at The Salty Angler 1114 Duval St. This new addition to the restaurant scene has some of the best barbecue on the island, as well as an excellent beer selection. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #164, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 292016
BottleCap Blue Room Hosts Over the Moon Fundraiser for FKHSC

  Fundraiser for the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition The BottleCap Blue Room will host an Over the Moon benefit for the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition on Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8 pm. The winners of the Over the Moon Challenge will be announced and their prizes presented. In addition, the evening will feature a pop-up boutique for shopping, celebrity bartenders, “Wheel of Fortune” prizes, face painting, games for kids, a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, appetizers….AND…a chance to purchase tickets for a [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #164, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »