Jul 292016
County Mayor Pro Tem George Neugent Found in Violation and Facing Sanctions on Three Ethics Charges

  by Rick Boettger……. On Friday the Florida Ethics Commission meeting in Tallahassee concluded a 21-month investigation of long-serving George Neugent by finding “probable cause” he violated two ethical laws a total of three times. He got off, as expected, on the charge that initiated my investigation of his affairs: the destruction of SUFA, Stand Up For Animals, and its director, Linda Gottwald, in 2010. My second charge was clear. I saw his financial disclosure forms for two recent years and they were so poorly [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 9:27 pm * Featured Story *, Issue #177, News, Rick Boettger 14 Responses »
Jul 292016
Voters Have the Opportunity to Remove State Attorney Catherine Vogel From Office in November

*****JOURNALISM AS A CONTACT SPORT***** Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Election Day this year is November 8. That may seem like a long time away, but it’s not too early to remind you that State Attorney Catherine Vogel– in my opinion the most corrupt state attorney in recent memory– is up for reelection. It’s not too early to remind voters of her on-purpose incompetence in “prosecuting” the Key West police officers who allegedly murdered 62-year-old Charles Eimers on the beach here on Thanksgiving Day 2013. [continue reading…]

Jul 292016
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: FKAA $3 Million Contract for Toppino

by Margaret Blank……. Posted this week on www.bigpinekey.com: The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) board is getting ready to award a $3 million contract to one of their own, Richard Toppino. Toppino is a FKAA board member with a high potential for conflicts of interest. His family business, Charley Toppino & Sons, has done millions of dollars worth of business with the FKAA over the years – a fact that the FKAA has repeatedly tried to hide. Toppino was appointed to the FKAA board in December 2015. [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #177 7 Responses »
Jul 292016
Hometowns! First Primary Q. and A. Forum Event at TSKW

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” ― Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing JOIN HOMETOWN There was no charge for the July 25, 2016, event. We would appreciate, however, your consideration about becoming a 2016 member, if you have not already done so. You can join this year by using your credit card through PayPal: Just Click on the “JOIN HOMETOWN” icon on the Home Page at www.hometownkeywest.com Or, simply send Hometown! your name, address, telephone number and email address with your [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #177, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 292016
Crime Report

Marathon man arrested Saturday for stealing truck A Marathon man was arrested Saturday after he stole his girlfriend’s truck. The owner of the 2006 GMC truck called the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday to report her truck stolen. She said she knew her boyfriend, 46 year old Roger Green, stole the truck because she saw him driving it. She said she and her sister went out on Saturday evening; she said Green found her in a local bar and asked to borrow the truck. She said [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #177, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 292016
Crime Drops in Key West

Crime in Key West dropped by almost 23 percent for the first six months of the year when compared to the first half of 2015. Burglaries dropped a significant 49 percent. Non-violent crime is down by 23 percent compared to the first six months of 2016, and aggravated assaults decreased by 20 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These numbers are compiled for the first six months of the year, and then [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #177, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 292016
Monroe County BOCC Becomes First County Commission in State to Receive Gold Standard Of Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance

MARATHON – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is the first employer or business in the Florida Keys – and the first County Commission in the state – to receive the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance’s Gold Standard Worksite Wellness Award. The County has had a “No Tobacco Use” policy for employees since Jan. 1, 2015. But for this award, the County met the gold standard by providing its employees with benefits that include a prescription plan that covers all seven of the FDA-approved tobacco [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #177, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 292016
HSAB Makes Recommendations: 26 Nonprofits to Split Proposed $2 million in County Funding

Monroe County’s Human Services Advisory Board has issued its Fiscal Year 2017 recommendations on how to distribute $2 million that is earmarked in the proposed County budget for nonprofits that provide health and human services for citizens of the Keys. HSAB funding was budgeted for $1.92 million, same as FY 2016. But Commissioner Sylvia Murphy requested that the amount be increased to $2 million, a 3.75 percent increase. Murphy, the BOCC liaison to the HSAB, said she knows the importance of the work done by [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #177, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 292016
Watercraft, Algae are Double Whammy for Manatees in 2016

Op Ed by Katie Tripp, Ph.D. Director of Science & Conservation Save the Manatee Club The number of watercraft-related manatee deaths has been ticking steadily upward since the start of the year. Cheaper gas, a recovering economy, a mild winter, and a HOT summer have meant lots of boating in Florida. The current record for manatee watercraft deaths was set in 2009. That year, through mid-July, there were 58 manatees killed by boats in Florida waters. This year, through that same time period, 67 manatees [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #177 No Responses »
Jul 292016
Family Planning Funds Cut as Zika Spreads

Dear Editors: You shouldn’t have to be a rich adult in order to avoid pregnancy. Now that we’re finally making progress toward reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy and reducing the number of abortions, why is it that some in Congress want to go back in time, especially as the Zika virus looms? Teen and unplanned pregnancy and birth rates have reached an historic 40-year low, thanks, in part, to increased access to contraception and other family planning services, much of which is supported by [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #177, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 292016
Zika Is Not Going Away

Dear Editor, ZIKA is not going away. The big real estate money moguls are pushing hard to make you forget that it is a real and present danger to our community. It is my opinion that they fear for their profits. They push back against high profile efforts to use every safe and effective weapon in the battle against ZIKA. The weapon they oppose is the use of genetic engineering/genetic modification in killing the mosquitoes that spread ZIKA. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Florida [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #177, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »