Aug 122016
New Development at Sunset Marina: Commercial Slip Owners Cry Foul

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Liveaboards and low-income renters may not be the only victims of the Sunset Marina development agreement approved last month by the City Commission. Sunset Marina’s $2700/month “affordable housing” project appears to have also cheated small commercial boat owners out of over 100 legally required parking spaces. By the look of things, developers may also be lining things up to cheat the building department on permit fees by an estimated $125,000 [by misrepresenting construction costs by nearly 7 million dollars.]

Aug 122016
Part Two of an Evaluation of the Risks vs. Benefits of the Proposed Release of GMO Mosquitoes in Florida

by By David McKalip, M.D…… Risk: The OX513A bugs could establish a new subspecies and actually survive in nature. Implications: The FDA thinks the risk of this is low, but bases their conclusions on some assumptions that are not entirely accurate. However if the survival rate, percentage of females released or genetic assumptions are wrong, then the GMO mosquito could establish itself permanently. Introduction to Part II. The FDA has approved a genetic experiment on humanity and the ecosystem in Key West Florida. They propose to [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #179 3 Responses »
Aug 122016
Sheriff's Report

Man charged with sexual activity with a minor A Key Colony Beach man is in jail charged with sexual activity with a minor. 25 year old Dominic Portelli is accused of having a sexual relationship with a young girl; it allegedly started in 2015 when the victim was 15, continuing until July of this year with the victim being 16 years of age. The victim’s grandmother noticed changes in her behavior; she checked the girl’s cell phone, which is paid for and owned by the [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
FBI Miami and Key West Police Department Host Active Shooter Training

Miami – The FBI and Key West Police Department have been hosting a series of conferences this week of August 8th to address responses to active shooter scenarios. The conferences discuss best practices and lessons learned from various active shooter incident responses. Monday’s class was entitled Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events or CRASE. The course is designed to reinforce the Avoid, Deny and Defend strategy and provides information about surviving an active shooter event. The four hour course is attended by Monroe County School District officials, hospital [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
What the Dickens?

by Kim Pederson……. My new word for today is “corpus” (plural: corpora). According to my good friend Merriam-Webster (or is it my good friends Merriam and Webster?), a corpus is the whole body or total amount of writings of a particular kind or on a particular subject, such as the total production of a writer, e.g., the Dickens corpus. Seeing this reminded me of a Roger Rosenblatt essay in The New York Times called “To a Writer, a Body of Work Is a Taunt.” Roger [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #179, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Aug 122016
Florida's Drinking Problem - Unsafe Water

Widespread Potable Water Violations but Virtually Nonexistent Enforcement Tallahassee — More than one in eight public water systems in Florida is afflicted with pollution-related violations, many involving unsafe fecal or chemical contamination, according to official figures compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Yet despite hundreds of recent drinking water violations, Florida enforcement efforts have shrunk to almost undetectable levels. In a report entitled “Don’t Drink the Water –Collapse of Florida’s Safe Drinking Water Enforcement Program,” PEER analyzes raw numbers obtained from the Florida [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
ZIKA Index Case Monroe County

Dear Editor, Monroe County now has its index ZIKA case. ZIKA in Monroe County is no longer a hypothetical. It is here. It is a real, not a theoretical, threat to our health. Especially the unborn. Enough is enough. It is time to use all the safe, proven, and effective weapons we have at our disposal to fight ZIKA. It is time for The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board to ignore the threats and posturing of the special interests of big real estate, and to [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #179, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Aug 122016
Bread & Circuses

Dear Editor, Let’s look at the Olympic Games for what they are. A Gigantic Money Making Machine. Once upon a time the Olympics was about Amateurs competing in the Classic field events and they were interesting But boring, and boring means No Money. So then a group of Big Money people got together and said, hay-if we get this Un-Boring We can make Lots of money so let’s create new games that more people will spend lots of money supporting their game, and another Big [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #179, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Aug 122016
Monroe County BOCC Supports Amendment 4 that Provides Tax Breaks for Solar Installations

On the Aug. 30th primary ballot, Florida voters will decide the fate of the bipartisan Amendment 4, which provides tax breaks for both residential and commercial property owners who install solar energy devices or other renewable energy equipment, beginning in 2018 and lasting for 20 years. These tax breaks mean the property owners would not have to pay additional property taxes on their residences or businesses when property values increase due to the addition of solar panels or other renewable energy equipment. Florida currently has [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Aug 122016
Keys Community Partners Go Door-to-Door to Educate on Zap Zika Campaign

Community partners of the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County engaged in a door-to-door Zika Community Outreach and Education event on Wednesday, August 10. Thirty five volunteers showed up at the Gato Building in Key West for the event from the following agencies: the Department of Health, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, the US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Naval Branch Health Clinic, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Medical Reserve Corp, Monroe County Extension Service, and Florida Keys Community College. Volunteers hung information [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
Florida’s State Teachers Union Pays 43 Employees at Least $100K

By William Patrick – From……. Next week, students and teachers will meet in classrooms across the state to begin a new public school year. A new year also means another round of dues for the state teachers union. The Florida Education Association is the largest labor union in Florida. It’s an affiliate of national powerhouses American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association, and it has dozens of local affiliates under its statewide banner. The FEA promises to provide its 128,264 members “a voice on [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #179 No Responses »
Aug 122016
For Every Action There Is A Reaction...

by John Donnelly……. Conditioned into believing that this delusive creation (material world) is solid and real; continues to cause many civilizations confusion, suffering and pain. Throughout the ages enlightened individuals have attained a state of awareness and consciousness, whereby they were able to pierce through the veils of indoctrinated ignorance, which had determined that this transitory creation has an objective existence. Many scientists, logicians and metaphysicians serving as pioneers and trailblazer in the field of quantum physics were persecuted and labeled as heretics. Some were [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #179, John Donnelly 9 Responses »
Aug 122016
Back to School Summer Jammy Jam

The Key West Police Athletic League and the Key West Police Department are hosting a Back to School Summer Jammy Jam from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th at Nelson English Park. This free family event is a chance for kids to enjoy hot dogs and burgers, sno-cones and bounce houses. There will be free back-to-school supplies bike helmets and lights There will even be a bike raffle. And parents will appreciate the free haircuts! Come end your kids’ summer with a [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
Annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale

Are your closets overflowing with unused children’s clothes and other items?  Now is the time to clean out your closets and make some extra cash, or donate your items to support a local non-profit! The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is holding their annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale, to be held in Key West September 13-18.  The sale will be held next to the Key West K-mart and is open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to shop. Accepted consignment sale items include new or [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #179, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 122016
The Big Latch On in Monroe County

The Florida Department of Health Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program, in partnership with the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, hosted the Big Latch On in Islamorada and Key West last weekend. Nine babies in Monroe County successfully latched on with 17,223 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record. The Big Latch On supports communities with identifying and growing opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion. The event was part of World Breastfeeding Week, a global effort led by the World [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #179, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 122016
New Yoga Workshop at Shakti Yoga Offers Personal Practice Enrichment and Professional Credential Opportunities

Miami-based yoga master Ruslan Kleytman visits Shakti Yoga on Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21 to offer a series of workshops that allow participants the opportunity to enrich their health while improving their personal practice and, if desired, gain the confidence, knowledge, and tools to become an effective teacher with a Yoga Alliance accredited CEUS and a 300 Teacher Training Certification. The three-day workshop weekend is the second in a monthly series of ten total workshop installments that offer a combination of lecture and [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #179, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 122016
Cuisine Creatives Plot Conch Revival Picnic

The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West have teamed up to present a picnic style Conch heritage dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard, Paul Menta, Dave Furman, Martin Liz, Ryan Shapiro and Doug Shook, featuring a variety of classic Key West/Conch recipes, some inspired by the postwar Key West Woman’s Club Cookbook edited by Wilhelmina Harvey and other books in the Key West Public Library collection. For tickets and information visit

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #179, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 122016
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “Toyen”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Art as History, History as Art” film series continues this Thursday, August 18 at 6:00 pm in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with “Toyen,” an original portrait of Marie Cermínová, one of the most provocative artists of the 20th century. Toyen co-founded the surrealist movement in her native Prague, survived the Nazis and the Communists, maintained artistic and personal relationships with artists Jindrich Heisler (whom she hid during WWII) and [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Art, Issue #179, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 122016
New Fire Truck Arrives

The Key West Fire Department yesterday took delivery on its new Pierce Pumper Truck at the Station #1. The shiny new engine #7 will replace a nine year old engine in front line use, part of the Department’s strategy to keep its lifesaving equipment up to date. “Our strategic plan ensures that, as older equipment begins to need more costly maintenance, we update our fleet,” said Fire Chief Michael Davila. “This state-of-the-art engine incorporates important firefighter and public safety features.” The City Commission approved the [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #179, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 122016
Sign-up is Open for 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Food and arts & crafts vendors are invited to sign-up for the 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. The Friday Street Fair is one of the key attractions of Fantasy Fest, creating an exuberant street party along Duval Street. Food vendors of all types are invited to come feed the hungry party-goers and the arts & crafts fair focuses on handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind art works. You never know what you’ll find. On Saturday, the Street Fair Promenade [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #179, News, Special Event No Responses »