Sep 302016
Part I: Shady Management; Shady Dealings—For-Profit Health Care in Key West

Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D……. The Physicians’ Hippocratic Oath includes the sacred pledge to serve “according to my ability and judgment, prescribe a regimen for the health of the sick; …[and] utterly reject harm and mischief.”  Just in case such a pledge becomes unimportant with health care’s profitability,  “hospital districts” and their boards of directors sometimes become a community’s watch dog over healthcare operations.  For its part, the Board of the ‘Lower Keys Hospital District’ oversees “hospitals, medical facilities, and other health care related facilities and [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:10 am * Featured Story *, Issue #186, Martha Huggins 7 Responses »
Sep 302016
Guest Commentary Regarding the Key West Mosquito Operations Center

Smoke, Mirrors, and Kick the Can … by Steve K. Smith……. ‘We saved the taxpayers $2 Million!’ said the FKMCD chair recently on US1 radio. Chairman Goodman, the majority did NOT save the taxpayers any money. Our taxes will go up this year and for the next two years. What the majority did was delay the inevitable and wasted an additional million or so of our taxpayer dollars. I do not support their decision. The City of Key West decided we had to move, we [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #186 13 Responses »
Sep 302016
GMO Mosquitoes and the Selling of Bad Science

by David Bethune……. Dear Editor, Your most recent letter from Water Lagraves, GMO mosquito advocate, brings out a number of important issues in an already complex and multi-sided debated. Let me contribute some additional clarity and perspective so that informed citizens may make their own choice without undue influence from outside interests. I must first dismiss the ad hominem attacks as exactly that. While I’m delighted that Mr. Lagraves finds my original social media posts “slick and professional,” I create them voluntarily out of genuine concern [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #186, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Sep 302016
The Save the Skeeter Squad

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Thursday, August 30th 2016. Florida’s Department of Health in its daily ZIKA reports states: “There are three new non-travel related cases today in Miami-Dade County, one is associated with the Miami-Beach investigation.” “There are 16 new travel related cases today, five in Miami-Dade, three in Palm Beach, two in Broward, two in Orange, one in Polk and three involving pregnant women.” It is astonishing and shameful that some folks are so hysterically opposed to the use of all safe and [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #186, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Sep 302016
Property Insurance Rate Increase

by Ron Cole……. To the Editors: Response – “Rate hike won’t be taken lightly” by Mel Montague, FIRM Regarding FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates for Monroe) board president Mel Montagne’s letter regarding proposed 2017 windstorm property insurance rate increases and threat to “seek redress through the courts” – Thank you on behalf of all Monroe County residents and property owners. How much longer do you think the issue (& consequences) of “climate engineering” can be concealed from the general public – the federal government’s “gag order” on [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #186, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 302016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Stolen truck recovered; Homestead man arrested A stolen F350 truck has been recovered and a Homestead man was arrested for fleeing from deputies in it early on Saturday. Deputies in the Upper Keys are on particular alert when it comes to large pickup trucks because a number of them have been stolen within the past few months. When Deputy Matthew O’Neill spotted a white F350 truck at 6 a.m. northbound on U.S. One at the 97 mile marker of the highway, he asked dispatchers to [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
Support Needed for Boys and Girls Club

If you could give a child a safe place to go after school would you? What about helping kids get better grades and go on to college. Or giving them time to explore new worlds and discover hidden talents? You can help-we all can-by showing our support for after school programs in Key West. The Boys and Girls Club of the Keys will host this year’s nationwide recognition of the important role that after school programs play in our communities. Be part of a national [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #186, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 302016
US Military Aid: Thai-ed to Torture

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Amnesty International’s mission is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.” Unsurprisingly, the organization’s latest report collects “first-hand testimony of survivors, court documents, medical records and various other forms of evidence relating to 74 cases of torture” in Thailand and urges that country’s legislature and military government to follow through on their claimed commitments to bring an end to the practice. After [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #186, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Sep 302016
One Millionth of One Percent

by Kim Pederson……. “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.” This quote from Thomas Edison appears in the lead paragraph of The Book of General Ignorance. In that same paragraph, authors John Mitchinson and John Lloyd make this observation: “There’s an idea going about that the human race basically understands how the universe works…. Regrettably, that’s not the case.” They then go on to ask and answer 230 trivia-jewel questions like “What’s the name of the tallest mountain in the world?” and [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #186, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Sep 302016

With the stillness in the morning, can this silence predate the begining of time? Or do those colors in the farthest depths of the sky howl and rage like a brain gone dry? Dawn comes like a whisper. A solitary bird flies by. Mute witness, ignorant of how or why or what survives there and then, I can still identify with here and now and for the moment assert I am, once more, alive.              Kirby Congdon

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #186, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Sep 302016
Key West Qualifies for Flood Insurance Discount

Beginning Monday, all flood insurance policy holders in Key West will receive a 15 percent discount on their rates. FEMA – which administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – will announce on October 3rd the discount, which will affect the nearly 8,000 policy holders in the city and save, collectively, $1.5 million annually. The discount is the result of six years of painstaking work, which included a major revamping of the building permitting & inspection process, so the City could demonstrate it’s exceeding the [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
Flood Insurance Discounts For Unincorporated Monroe County Beginning October 1st

NEW FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUM DISCOUNTS TO TAKE EFFECT FOR POLICYHOLDERS IN UNINCORPORATED MONROE COUNTY MARATHON – Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, residents and business owners in Unincorporated Monroe County became eligible for federal flood insurance discounts. These discounts are expected to result in more than $3.6 million in annual savings to the County’s 15,000 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders – an average of $233 per policy. The discounts are due to the County’s active participation in the Community Rating System (CRS). This voluntary incentive program [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
Two Non-Binding Referenda Questions Regarding Duck Key Security District On November Ballot

DUCK KEY – On the November 2016 general election ballot, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners has placed two non-binding referenda questions that affect the Duck Key Security District, an entity that was created in 1992 and provides enhanced security services to the residents of Duck Key. These questions are only for Duck Key registered voters. The County had been approached by the Duck Key Security District Advisory Board and other residents of Duck Key to consider the idea of replacing the Security District [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
Official Fantasy Fest® 2016 Artwork Announced

Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 25, at 5 PM Fantasy Fest is pleased to release the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2016 posters and T-shirts. This year’s theme of  “Political Voodoo and Ballot Box Barbarians ” conjured up some zany ideas, but only one devilish design won the election. We are thrilled to announce the official poster and T-shirts will feature artwork designed by Jane Rohrschneider. Rohrschneider, better know as “Key West Jane” is primarily a mosaic artist. You can see Rohrschneider’s [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:45 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #186 No Responses »
Sep 302016
Fantasy Fest Street Fair Liquor Booths Available

Only three of the prized liquor sales booths for Fantasy Fest’s 2016 Street Fair, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 are still available. These booths have earned their reputation as excellent fundraisers for the nonprofits that provide critical services in our community. Call the Fantasy Fest office at 296-1817 for more information and be prepared to provide your organizations 501c3 paperwork to be eligible for a festival liquor sales booth.

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #186, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 302016
Trout Unlimited Launches Digital Report: We are Public Lands

Interactive report shows importance of public lands to the people who use them SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The United States has 640 million acres of public lands that belong to every man, woman and child lucky enough to call themselves Americans. Today, that birthright is under threat from private special interests that want to sell them off under the guise of “transferring” them to the states. In honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, Trout Unlimited is releasing a [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
Wounded Veterans Find Healing Waters in Islamorada

Sixteen wounded veterans were recently hosted by local volunteers and fishing guides out of Worldwide Sportsman. The veterans had two days of guided fly and spin fishing on the flats of Florida Bay and the patch reefs of Islamorada. Veterans came from as far away as Wyoming and caught snook, permit, tarpon, and mangrove snapper. The event was coordinated by local and national non-profits. The Tavernier Elks Lodge, through its Vets on the Water outreach program, led local logistics and provided fundraising support. The sixteen [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
Thousands of Indian Remains Left in Bureaucratic Limbo

OSC Finds Cataloging and Repatriation Requirements Remain “Goal, Not Reality” Washington, DC — A vast trove of Native American human remains and artifacts dug up in federal irrigation projects sit in boxes in violation of a law requiring they be inventoried and repatriated, according to a finding by the U.S. Special Counsel in a whistleblower disclosure filed through Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Nor have any remains been returned to the Indian tribes and descendants to whom they rightfully belong, which is the purpose [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
Join Hometown and Attend the Sixth and Final Q. and A. Forum--October 17 at TSKW, 5PM

Hometown Newsletter – October 2016 HOMETOWN! is pleased to announce its Sixth and Final Event of the 2016 political season QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES ON THE NOVEMBER 8, GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida MONDAY, October 17, 2016, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM Hometown’s objective is to encourage qualified residents to run for elected office, to provide a platform for the candidates to explain their goals, and to encourage higher levels of voter participation [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
OIRF Assists KW Women's Club

Dawn Martin received a check from Kelly Friend, President of OIRF. This payment was a grant to assist in storm-hardening the windows of the Hellings House, the brick Victorian mansion at 319 Duval that has served as home for the Women’s Club since 1940. Funds to support preservation of historic structures are raised through Old Island Restoration Foundation’s annual “House Tour” series. Homes are currently being selected for the up-coming season. To nominate a house for inclusion, please e-mail or call Teri at 305-294-9501. [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #186, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 302016
Custom House Photo Contest

CUSTOM HOUSE PHOTO CONTEST– Like to take photos? Love costume parties? In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Key West’s iconic Custom House building, Key West Art & Historical Society has announced a photo contest. Here’s how it works: Go to and upload one or more photos you have taken of the Custom House – inside or out. One winner from each of three separate categories—Color, Black & White, and Nighttime—will be determined by the amount of “likes” uploaded images receive. Winners will receive [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #186, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 302016
Key West Art & Historical Society Celebrates Fantasy Fest Altruism and the Candidates Behind it

Brace yourselves—it’s that time of year again, where 50,000 costumed (or semi-costumed) revelers arrive to party hardy, Fantasy Fest style. The Key West Art & Historical Society joins in on the carousing by paying homage to the altruism of the world-renowned island festival that provides integral funds for AIDS Help with a new exhibit titled Fantasy Island, which runs October 7th – 30th, and with Royal Retrospective: A Look Back at the Kings & Queens of Fantasy Fest, a special, all-candidate AIDS Help fundraiser celebration [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #186, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 302016
Blackburn Shows Photographic Works

Local photographer Larry Blackburn will show his photographic works on Friday, October 7th as part of the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll. The exhibit, entitled “Absence or Presence of Color,” will feature new photographs of familiar sights around Key West as well as images captured in the South American country of Ecuador. The photographs are printed on different media types including canvas, metal, metallic paper and acrylic. The exhibit will take place inside of Duval Square at 1075 Duval Street in Key West from [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #186, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 302016
Salvador Dali Exhibition Coming to Key West!

SALVADOR DALI: THE ARGILLET COLLECTION Key West’s Venerable Key West Gallery Presents the Art Event of the Season. Collection on Exhibition & Available for Acquisition November 7th, 2016 through November 12th, 2016 Special Appearances by Madame Christine Argillet Madame Christine Argillet to accompany rare and extraordinary collection of Salvador Dali’s and Pierre Argillet’s collaborative works of original etchings, Aubusson Tapestries & original watercolors. Key West Gallery, Key West’s most prestigious fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #186, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 302016
Key West Theater Concert Calendar

All shows on sale Wednesday, September 28th at noon. Marshall Tucker Band December 3rd, 2016 8pm From their first LP in 1973, to their powerful stage presence today, the Marshall Tucker Band has played countless concert venues around the world. With the success of the Volunteer Jam Tour, and 1999 release of Gospel, the good ol’ boys from Spartanburg, South Carolina remain as a powerful force in the world of music. The Marshall Tucker Band has wowed critics and influenced major country acts like Alabama, [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #186, Music, What To Do No Responses »