Aug 302016
Florida Keys Refuges Complex Ready for Prescribed Fires on Big Pine Key This Week

  With the recent rainfall on Big Pine Key, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is prepared to apply prescribed fire in three locations within the National Key Deer Refuge at the end of this week or this weekend (September 1-3, 2016).  When weather conditions are within the fire plan know as a “prescription”, crews are able to safely and effectively apply prescribed fire in the Refuge.  The interagency team is closely monitoring weather conditions at this time, preparing for the appropriate window for fire [continue reading…]

 August 30, 2016  Posted by at 6:33 pm Issue #181, News 1 Response »
Aug 262016
Crime Pays in Key West, Especially When you Get Caught

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Prominent businessman Ed Swift got caught again illegally renting to tourists. The Conch Train owner and, ironically, advocate for affordable housing, was reported this week by The Keynoter as having been set up, again, by code enforcement officials who went undercover and rented two of his condo units at Key Cove Landing for 6 nights for roughly $600 a night. That was, apparently, the third time in a little over a year.  Swift certainly made a mistake. Or did he? [continue reading…]

Aug 262016
Tropical Disturbance Expected to Remain Weak When Reaches the Florida Keys

MARATHON – The tropical disturbance that is now 520 miles east-southeast of Key West remains weak and disorganized. It is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone by the time it reaches the Keys, according to the National Weather Service in Key West. “This is very good news,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said. Impacts of the tropical disturbance will be felt in the Keys on Sunday and Monday. It is expected to bring periods of heavy rainfall, with the possibility of [continue reading…]

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Aug 262016
An Austrian Startup Is Mapping the Ocean

Ocean Maps is making an app out of Florida’s best dive sites Ocean Maps, an Austrian startup, is the world’s first company to create 3D underwater maps and turn them into an interactive application that can be used by divers and businesses alike. This month, Ocean Maps undertook the venture of mapping the dive sites in Florida, all the way from the Keys through Miami and aims to have the maps in app format by the fall of this year. Ocean Maps originated from the [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #181, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
The Ten Commandments of the Lords of War

by Ray Jason……. 1. Thou shalt not notice that those of us who start the wars never fight and die in the wars – and neither do our families and our friends. 2. Thou shalt never describe War with words like “despicable,” “sick” and “repellant,” but shall instead use only approved words such as “heroic,” “glorious” and “necessary.” 3. Thou shalt overlook the core Truth that War is the deliberate murder of innocent people with whom you have no grievance and who have done you [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Island Voices, Issue #181 1 Response »
Aug 262016
The Indestructibility of Art

by Kim Pederson……. Confluence is an interesting word. In strict terms, it means a place of coming together (which reflects, confluentially, on the blog I posted yesterday). The word appears most often in “confluence” with references to rivers and streams but it can apply to other things as well (meaning us). Yesterday, I experienced a strange confluence. I saw the video clip of the former ISIS member confessing at his trial at The Hague to destroying historical buildings in Timbuktu in Mali. Also yesterday, I [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #181, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Aug 262016
Travel Advice for the Islamo-FraidyCat Set

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On August 18, three siblings boarded an EasyJet flight at London’s Stansted airport. Maryam, Sakina and Ali Dharas were en route to Italy for a holiday. But before the flight could take off, they were asked to debark for questioning by police. Another passenger, apparently an amateur detective, deduced that because they are brown people and the two sisters wear hijabs — Muslim head scarves — they must be Islamic State terrorists. Which, of course, they weren’t. The plane eventually took [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #181, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Aug 262016
War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On July 28, London’s Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, aka “the Old Bailey,” announced the conviction of Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on charges of “inviting support for a proscribed organization” (the Islamic State). He’ll be sentenced, likely to a long stint in prison, in September. On August 18, social networking service Twitter announced that it has suspended 360,000 user accounts since mid-2015 — 235,000 of them just since February — for “promoting extremism.” While Twitter is theoretically a private [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #181, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Aug 262016
Art and Politics

by Kirby Congdon……. This writer believes in keeping up with his own times. When the poet, Quincy Troupe was showing his remembrance of the trumpeter, Miles Davis (1926 – 1991), in a publication tour in Key West back in 2000, this correspondent hastened to buy a copy and read it right away, like this summer. Well, it’s only 16 years later. The milieu of Miles Davis was not one this listener had ever sought out, but after reading Quincy Troupe’s book I felt close to both [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #181, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 262016
Statement of Support for Renewable Energy Tax Abatement, Amendment 4 Ballot Initiative

To run a successful business, you must be able to control your costs. However, rising energy costs and increasing energy demands threaten a diverse array of Florida businesses and strain existing capacities to access affordable energy throughout the state. We deserve to control our energy costs and opt for plentiful, clean, renewable energy. That’s why we, the undersigned businesses, urge fellow business owners as well as all Floridians to vote yes on Amendment 4, The Florida Tax Exemptions for Renewable Energy Measure, which will appear [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #181, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
Veterans for Joe Garcia

Dear Editor, I am a Vietnam veteran supporting Joe Garcia for Congress. Joe was there for us in some hard times for us Veterans. There was one Doctor in the Key West VA clinic, the next was a hundred miles away and 10 thousand Veterans in between. Miami VA said to bad no more Doctors. I called Congressman Joe Garcia, he said I’m on it. Joe went personally to the Miami VA Headquarters. It was hair teeth and eyeballs but he got us our Doctor [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #181, Letter to the Editor No Responses »