Jul 222016
 
Affordable Workforce Housing Regulations: Public Workshop

City of Key West Seeks Public Input on Affordable Housing Regulations as part of the City’s Land Development Regulations Update Workshop to be held July 28, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park. The City of Key West Planning and Zoning Department will host a public workshop on July 28th at the Eco-Discovery Center in Truman Waterfront Park focusing on updates to the City’s Land Development Regulations (LDR). The updates are required by State law in order to be [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #175, Issue #176, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 152016
 
THE BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST DEMOCRACY IS A FIVE-MINUTE CONVERSATION WITH THE AVERAGE VOTER. MAYBE NOT SO TRUE IN KEY WEST-- BECAUSE OF THE HOMETOWN! POLITICAL FORUMS

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. I typically resist starting anything I write with a quote from somebody famous. But I’m going to break my rule this time. In fact, I’m going to quote Winston Churchill twice, starting with: “Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Most Americans agree that democracy is a superior form of government. But we have a problem. To make our democratic system work best, an informed electorate is essential. [continue reading…]

Jul 152016
 
Pokemon Go! Key West

Video by Sabrina Walsh and Alexis Girard d’Albissin Special thanks to Alexis Girard d’Albissin and Sabrina Walsh [Key West High grads – home from college for the summer – experimenting with video documentary production.]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #175 No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Crime Report

Two charged with burglary Two Stock Island women were arrested today for a burglary that took place at a Stock Island residence on March 31st. The victim lives on 2nd Terrace. He told deputies he and his wife left the house in the morning and locked the doors. When they returned that evening, they found the house in disarray and many items stolen including a large amount of jewelry, a gun, sunglasses, several purses, an Apple MacBook, an iPad, a PlayStation, an Xbox, a safe [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Unclaimed Bond Money

Sheriff releases list of unclaimed bond funds The Sheriff’s Office would like to return unclaimed bond money. Anyone who is owed such funds has until September 1st to claim them. A list of unclaimed funds is featured on the Sheriff’s Office web site, www.keysso.net. It is also posted on the Sheriff’s blog at floridakeyssheriff.blogspot.com and on their Facebook page at MCSO-Florida Keys. The money is now in the custody of Sheriff Rick Ramsay and unless it is claimed on or before September 1, 2016, the [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Wake Up and Smell the Sugar Browning

by Kim Pederson……. Just a few blogs ago, I wrote about how complexitional coffee is, that is, about the intricacy of its potpourri of elements. I left out the aroma side of the story, however, for which I now make amends with this blog. In having a wee look at this topic, I discovered, with the help of the Serious Eats website, that “once you start to equate flavors in coffee with other things you taste all the time, unlocking the brew’s mysteries becomes a [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #175, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
On Simplicity

by Kirby Congdon……. The division between the races in this country began in first grade. But even Miss Brode, who taught it, did nothing about it. I told her that the problem was the Great Depression, but she didn’t listen. Well, it took me a couple of decades to verablize my advice. However, my third-grade teacher did speak up. She said that kids who could not come to school because they had no shoes were welcome anyway. I have gone without shoes so often at the [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #175, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Jul 152016
 
Eight Days in Cuba June 2016 - The Good the Bad and the Future!

  by Dottie Harden, City Ambassador Key West……. We took Havana Air from Key West so much better than driving to Miami and what a great fight it was. Thank you Havana Air. Our trip to Cuba is one we will never forget, it was full of surprises! The enthusiasm and excitement of the Cuban people made us excited. What we were told was nothing of what we would experience. This is only my perspective and our trip was only eight days long but we did try to [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #175, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Blue/Green Algae

Dear Editor: This is in regards to the toxic sludge that’s heading our way. Many on the west coast are determined to send it south but that’s not the answer. The Everglades is choked out due to development and can’t handle it and the way they rerouted the flow of water doesn’t allow it like it did in the past. So what to do? After contacting the Corps of Engineers at each lock thru the water ways that come from Lake O to Ft Myers I learned [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #175, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Campaign Kickoff

Steve K. Smith, running for reelection to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board invites the public to his campaign event on Friday July 15, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Bottle Cap on Simonton Street. Meet Steve and learn about mosquito control, Zika, and what Mosquito Control does to protect our health. Hors d’Oeuvres and cash bar provided. You are invited to Bottlecap Lounge Friday, July 15, 5-7:30PM for Steve’s CAMPAIGN KICKOFF PARTY and enjoy Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Mayor Carruthers Receives Advocacy Award from Florida Association of Counties

ORANGE COUNTY – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Monroe County Commissioner Carruthers with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the recent 2016 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County. “It has been and continues to be a gratifying experience to work with fellow Commissioners around the state on federal issues that impact all of our 67 diverse counties,” Carruthers said. “I look forward to more progress in the future, and thank FAC for this recognition.” As a Chair of the FAC Federal Committee, [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Community Meeting for Park Renovation

Help Us Improve Your Community Park! The City of Key West is holding two community meetings to hear from residents regarding their desires for the redevelopment of Cozumel Park. The meetings will be held at the park, located at the corner of 19th Street and Donald Ave. Thursday, July 14th at 6 p.m. Thursday July 28th at 6 p.m. Community Services staff will be on hand to talk individually with members of the community, walk the park, and show the overall vision for the park’s [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, July 14 thru Wednesday, July 20 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings DANCE CLASSES/WORKSHOP Thru Saturday Key West Modern Dance 2016, 10:30 AM Week-long dance workshop in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance, Repertory and Composition, with instructors from the most celebrated dance companies. 13 years and up. Coffee Mill Dance Studio, 605 A Simonton St. 305-296-9982. keywestmoderndance.com FESTIVALS/FUNDRAISERS Friday/Saturday Mel Fisher Days Commemorating Mel Fisher’s famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #175, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Monroe County School District 2015-2016 School and District Grades Released

The Monroe County School District announces the release of the 2015-2016 preliminary school and district grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. The 2015-2016 school and district grades represent the first year where the revised school accountability system takes full effect with the inclusion of a new “learning gains” component that is designed to ensure that all students are making progress toward improved achievement as measured by the Florida Standards Assessments/Florida Statewide Assessments in English Language Arts (grades 3-10), Mathematics (grades 3-8), Science [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #175, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Save the Date: Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle Set for August 6

Key West Art & Historical Society and Java Studios present the 10th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle, a family-friendly revelry that celebrates the Keys creative community with music, poetry, painting, feasting, dancing, singing, hooping, theatrical antics, winged sprites and summer’s night magic. The playful and spontaneous celebration will cast its magic at the historic Fort East Martello Museum in Key West on on Saturday, August 6 from 6-10pm. “It all begins with a dream,” says community arts advocate Michael Shields, who founded the event [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #175, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Call for Artists for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Calling all musicians, actors, painters, card-readers, filmmakers, poets, dancers, storytellers, jugglers, fire-breathers, clowns, fairies, nymphs, and satyrs to take the stage and celebrate the arts in our community on Saturday, August 6 from 6-10pm at the 10th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the historic Fort East Martello Museum in Key West. Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios and the Key West Art & Historical Society to benefit KWAHS children’s educational programs, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community and gives [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #175, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Last Chance to See Tropical Botanical Photographs by Nancy Spiewak at SALT Gallery

Tropical Botanics at SALT Gallery— Nancy Spiewak’s new photographs commemorate botanical life in the tropics, featuring over a dozen archival pigment prints exhibited at the gallery until the end of July. “Nancy’s Botanicals transform the ordinary into extraordinary,” says SALT Gallery owner Jeffrey Cardenas. “Her images—a seed pod, a coconut husk, a pattern in the leaf of a sea grape—remind us to never overlook the glory of nature in the simplest of its incarnations.” For more information, call 305.896.2980, visit NancySpiewak.com, or stop by the [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #175, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Reef Perkins' Latest Book Sinks to New Low

A blow-up sex doll, gems and beer … Deep Air Is Funnier Than a Screen Door in a Submarine! You Can Instantly Own Reef Perkins’ New Book for only $3.99   “There’s nothing funny about hit men, insurance scammers, loansharking bookmakers or leaky love dolls, but Perkins allows us to see the outlandishness of it all,” writes former Key West journalist Mark Howell. “He makes us smile and laugh with his plots and the insane characters that parade through the pages of Deep Air .A blow-up sex [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #175, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES INSTALLS COLORFUL BENCHES MADE FROM PROPANE TANKS AT MARATHON COURTHOUSE

  The Monroe County Marathon Courthouse is a little more colorful with the recent installation of an eye-catching turquoise bench and sky blue loveseat created by California artist Colin Selig. He makes them from an unlikely source: salvage propane tanks once used to heat homes. His functional sculptures are part of the County’s 1% Art in Public Places program. “These benches create a lovely, quiet space for people who visit and work at the Courthouse,” said Elizabeth Young, Executive Director of the Florida Keys Council [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #175 No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Hemingway Scholar to Share Rare Insights at Custom House Museum During Hemingway Days 2016

On Thursday, July 21 at 5pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents internationally acclaimed Hemingway scholar Nancy Sindelar, PhD in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum in conjunction with Hemingway Days 2016. Sindelar will offer “People and Places That Influenced Ernest Hemingway,” an hour-long presentation that highlights the people, places, and activities that shaped the legendary author. Author of the 176 page “Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work,” published by Rowman & Littlefield, [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #175, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
United Way of the Florida Keys to “Stuff the Bus” this Summer

This summer, United Way of the Florida Keys will collect school supplies to distribute to over 8,000 Keys students. Florida Keys children need school supplies such as pencils, binders, notebooks, and backpacks as part of their studies. But some local families can’t afford these basic supplies. That’s why United Way of the Florida Keys and community partners are supporting the annual “Stuff the Bus” event, an effort that last year produced 16 pallets of school supplies for distribution to Monroe County schools throughout the Keys. [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Volunteers Needed for Florida Keys Water Watch Program

Volunteers are needed for Florida Keys Water Watch (FKWW), an educational program developed by The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the Monroe County Extension Service. Volunteers receive free training and equipment to collect water quality data from the more than 170 miles of manmade canals throughout the island chain. Florida Keys Water Watch is designed to raise awareness of the importance of water quality, which has been adversely affected by development. Beginning in the 1950s, canals were dug out to [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Turns Spotlight on Literary Icon and Fishing Legend Ernest Hemingway During Hemingway Days 2016

There’s nothing stuffy about a museum that rolls up its shirtsleeves to serve cake and rum for one of its most acclaimed island legends. Key West Art & Historical Society joins this year’s Hemingway Days, a six-day commemoration set for Tuesday through Sunday, July 19-24 that celebrates Ernest Hemingway and his Key West legacy and lifestyle with an exhibit spotlight and presentation that applauds the people and places that influenced him. Tuesday, July 19, KWAHS Hemingway Days celebrations at the Custom House Museum kick off [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #175, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »