Oct 082016
New World Screwworm Information for Boaters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of New World screwworms in Monroe County on October 3, 2016.  Florida’s endangered Key deer population on Big Pine and No Name keys have already suffered losses due to this infestation. A few pets in the local area exhibited potentially similar infestations over the past two months, though no larvae were collected and tested in those cases.  Rapid and thorough response efforts are imperative to save this endangered species and prevent the spread to people and other [continue reading…]

 October 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #187 No Responses »
Oct 072016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Miami man charged with driving recklessly A Miami man was arrested Saturday night after a deputy saw him driving recklessly, passing vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway in Islamorada. Deputy Annette Simo was on patrol at 10:45 p.m. at the 83 mile marker when she saw a dark colored pickup truck speeding and passing a number of vehicles on the northbound shoulder of the roadway. When she got behind the truck and turned on her lights and siren, the truck failed to stop. It [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
Clown-Related Threats in Key West School

It looks as though Key West is not immune to viral trends, including clown sightings. The Key West Police Department wants to warn students and parents that the current trend of clown sightings can be disturbing and disruptive. Across the country, social media and the press have been reporting a trend of alleged sightings of people being dressed up as clowns and often behaving menacingly. There are reports of clowns hovering at the edge of wooded areas and clowns walking around with knives or machetes. [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
Help Make FKMCD Great Again

by Ralph De Palma…… The recent endorsements by the Keynoter for Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are amazing contortions. First they endorse the opponent of Steve K Murray-Smith because Steve is a FKMCD Board Member and the Board is responsible for the current fiscal mess. Then they quickly twist into a pretzel and endorse Commissioner “I’ll Say Anything To Get Re-elected” Jill Cranney-Gage because of her “fiscal experience” and she is on the same Board that created the fiscal mess and voted for everyone of [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #187, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Oct 072016
GM Mosquitoes: Forget the What-Ifs; Zika is a Public Health Emergency

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: On Saturday, 10/1, the national news and the Miami Herald reported that more Zika carrying mosquitoes had just been trapped in Miami Dade. On Saturday, 10/1, the Fla Health Dept reported that there were 11 new cases of ZIKA in Florida. As of that date there were 808 known Zika cases in Florida…most of them in Broward and Dade. More than 1 in 10 of the cases involve pregnant women. Now there are at least 5 known Zika cases in Monroe [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #187, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Oct 072016
School District Declares "Gorilla" War on Employee Speech

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Teachers’ aide Jane Wood Allen “has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools,” the Georgia district announced on October 3. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district.” The district’s announcement omits specifics (“[a]s this is a personnel matter, the district will provide not further comment”), leaving the casual observer to assume that she must have tried to force a Muslim or Jewish student to eat pork, or perhaps to segregate student [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #187, Thomas L. Knapp 2 Responses »
Oct 072016
Papers, Please: Polling Place Edition

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On September 30, a federal judge threw a new wrench into Wisconsin’s voter ID law, ordering an investigation into whether the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles employees properly implemented measures to ensure availability of identity documents to prospective voters. Those employees seem to caught in the middle, torn between assisting the disproportionately African-American poor in getting “documented” on one hand, and fulfilling Republican politicians’ aims of suppressing black voter turnout on the other. Cue world’s smallest violin. At one time — [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #187, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Oct 072016
Key West Collecting for Bahamian Aid

The Florida Keys are teaming up to provide recovery assistance to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey and City Manager Jim Scholl have coordinated with Bahamian Defense Force Commander Bethel to provide some assistance. The Bahamian Defense Force has been docked in Key West Harbor to stay out of the path of Hurricane Matthew. We are currently collecting cases of bottled water as well as diapers for the ships to take back to The Bahamas when they return. [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #187, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 072016
Getting Plotto

by Kim Pederson……. Everyone looks for guidance. Some things, many things, in fact an innumerable number of things are too hard for us to figure out on our own. We are all “dummies” in one way or another and, given how much there is to know, that’s not a surprise nor a slur. We can’t know it all, even though some people like to give that impression (no names will or need be mentioned here). Fortunately, there always seems to be someone willing to help [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #187, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Oct 072016

Each leaf that falls is its own monument for the life it had leaving a shadow’s shape, each edge enterred in the depths of air providing our summer with a season’s name and my own body with a time inside the brain defining those eternities a man would claim with every sense of his being as always or forever in the present tense, like an elegant fence standing alone surrouning a memorial’s weather-proof stone. Kirby Congon

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #187, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Oct 072016
Orwellia and Huxlandia

by Ray Jason……. Two of the most enduring novels of the 20th Century are Aldous Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and George Orwell’s 1984. Unfortunately, these dark masterpieces have proven to be stunningly prophetic. Much of the grim, totalitarian future that they predicted has already materialized. And we are steadily careening towards a nightmarish Tommorowland even more diabolical than they predicted. Each author foresaw a bleak future where the Individual was completely subordinate to the State. Fortunately, we have not yet fully descended into a serf-like, [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Island Voices, Issue #187 1 Response »
Oct 072016
Methodically Extinguishing--The Last Full Measure Of Devotion...

by John Donnelly……. Such confusion and self-righteous indignation coming from the crusaders sitting comfortably behind their computer screens in the safety of their air-conditioned abodes, condemning the conduct of those facing a committed, effective and credible enemy; whose murderous pursuits have grown exponentially, while morphing into an epidemic of genocidal proportions. With meager and scant interest, lacking any real skin in the game; how quaint and sanctimonious of the media and journalistic elites to critique and judge the conduct of those fighting against an enraged [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #187, John Donnelly No Responses »
Oct 072016
Pro Bono Legal Clinic

A Joint “Pilot” Project of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. and 16th Circuit Pro Bono Committee Clinic Schedule: October 14. 2016 December 16, 2016 February 10, 2017 What does the Pro Bono Legal Clinic cover? Small Claims Court matters which involve disputes of $5,000 or less. Landlord Tenant issues such as evictions or poor housing conditions. Simple Divorces Simple Probate How Do I Get an Appointment to Attend a Clinic? Appointments are scheduled by phone. To make an appointment, call 1-877- 715-7464 You will be [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
Monroe County Fire Rescue Puts Out Boat Fire on Little Torch Key

LITTLE TORCH KEY – Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at 10:45 Wednesday morning to a fire of two boats that were side-by-side on trailers at a residence on Leeward Road on Little Torch Key. A crew from Station 13 performed a quick attack, rapidly knocking down the fire. Crews from Station 11 and Station 10 assisted in completely extinguishing the fire. Nobody was injured. The owner of the boats was on scene. Fire Chief James Callahan said the fire has been ruled accidental.

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
Children's School Scholarship Fundraiser

Ten local businesses will be donating 20% of their proceeds this Saturday, October 8th to The Children’s School Scholarship Fund. By shopping, dining or playing at Isle Style, Jean-Pierre Klifa, We-Cycle, Mellow Cafe & Gastropub, De La Gallery, Seam Shoppe, coastprojects.com, sweetestknights.com, Jimmy Lane Real Estate, and Fly Away Cafe you will be helping to provide a Montessori education to children in the community who would otherwise not be able to afford it. The Children’s School provides a complete and authentic Montessori environment that fosters [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #187, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 072016
Civil Rights Group Applauds OAS for 1st U.S. Election Observation Mission in the U.S.

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement applauding the Organization of American States for sending its first ever election observation mission to the United States. The announcement comes after the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) announced that it would send a mission of 500 observers to monitor the 2016 election—a tenfold increase from its 2012 delegation. Both announcements come as the Trump campaign has reiterated its call for supporters to intimidate [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 072016
President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 3, 2016, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts that have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
Last Stand opposes Florida Amendment One and is recommending a NO vote on November 8th.

  This Amendment, titled the “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice,” was drafted by statewide utilities in order to control how Floridians can install and use solar panels on their own properties.  The campaign to pass the Amendment is funded by Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy and Tampa Electric and is designed to protect their monopoly markets and profits. Florida is one of only five states that specifically prohibit companies from installing solar panels on homes or businesses and then selling the [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #187 No Responses »
Oct 072016
Florida Wildlife Federation Encourages Citizens To Vote NO on Amendment 1

The Florida Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to Oppose Amendment 1 which will appear on the November 8th General Election Ballot. The Federation believes Amendment 1 will inhibit the growth of solar power in the State of Florida even as the state experiences climate change impacts brought on by the use of fossils fuels which cause global warming. As the state at the most risk from sea level rise, we must promote, not inhibit, the use of clean sources of energy. Below is [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
County's Pumpout Service for Boaters Will Resume Friday

Monroe County’s pumpout service provider for boats, Pumpout USA, will resume mobile vessel pumpout service on Friday. They also will be providing limited service on Saturday to try and catch up with vessels that were not serviced over the past several days due to the storm. Boaters can call Pumpout USA at (305) 900-0263 to find out if pumpout service will be available in their areas over the next several days. Pumpout USA will be monitoring storm activity over the weekend and adjusting service next [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
Sheriff’s Office Remembers Deputy Frank Adams this Week, Killed in the Line of Duty October 7, 1901

This week the Sheriff’s Office remembers the anniversary of the death of Deputy Frank Adams. Adams was killed in the line of duty on October 7th, 1901. Deputy Frank Adams was the first of seven Sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty in Monroe County. Deputy Adams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had interfered with him in the discharge of his duty. The shooting occurred after two drunken men started fighting near Jackson Square in Key West. They [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #187, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 072016
Get Ready for Halloween and Zombie Bike Ride with these Creative Workshops at Fort East Martello Museum

Looking to explore your Halloween gore with some theatrical make-up tips or celebrate the spirits of those you love, Day-of-the-Dead style? Enjoy a day at the Garrison at Fort East Martello Museum with two family-friendly workshops presented by Key West Art & Historical Society on October 15.

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #187, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 072016
SUP Invitational Oct. 15-16 benefits Special Olympics-Monroe County

Athletes of all levels are welcome on Higgs Beach in Key West Oct. 15-16 for the 5th Annual Stand Up Paddle Invitational, a two-mile paddleboard race and beach obstacle course supporting Special Olympics Florida-Monroe County. The beachside luau and race day activities are open to the public. The invitational begins on Friday at 3 p.m. with the Lazy Dog SUP Clinic teaching basic paddle technique, safety practices and tips on the race course. The Preferred Properties Beachside Luau catered by New York Pasta Garden and [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #187, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 072016
Eat, Drink and Support Education!

Who doesn’t like Italian? On Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30 -9 pm, dine at Mangia Mangia (900 Southard – corner of Margaret). You’ll indulge your cravings with a clear conscience, knowing that 20% of that evening’s profits will be donated to support the educational programs at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. More details at www.kwbgs.org or call 305-296-1504.

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #187, News, Special Event No Responses »