Oct 282016
This Week in the Arts Oct. 27- Nov. 2

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 27- Wednesday, November 2 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. KEY WEST ARTIST EXHIBITS Thursday-Saturday Dual Exhibition: Bill Mack & Gary M. Welton Key West Gallery, 601 Duval St. keywestgallery.com Thursday 3 PM Felix the Cat and His Pal Zazoo Fine Art Gallery, 622 Duval St., Key West 305-407-7307 FESTIVAL & FUNDRAISERS Thursday 5 PM Smallest Parade in the Universe Waterfront Brewery, Corner of Caroline and William Streets Benefit [continue reading…]

Oct 142016
National Key Deer Refuge Responds to Screw Worm Infestation / Eighty Key Deer Have Died To Date

The National Key Deer Refuge (NKDR) is currently working with international, federal, state and local authorities to eradicate the New World screwworm from the lower Florida Keys.  Eighty Key Deer have died as a result of the infestation thus far. Screwworms are fly larvae (maggots) that can infest warm-blooded animals. They enter an animal’s skin, usually through an open wound and feed on living tissue. Screwworms were eradicated from the U.S. in the 1960’s, but their presence on the refuge was confirmed on September 30th [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 4:10 pm * Featured Story *, Environment, Issue #188 No Responses »
Oct 142016
Mosquito Control District: Wolbachia Mosquito Trials Possible for Key Largo and/or Stock Island Areas in 2017

October 14, 2016, Monroe County – The Pesticide Registration Evaluation Committee of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has recommended approval, based on data supplied, for MosquitoMate (www.mosquitomate.com) to perform a field trial in Monroe County. This field trial, in conjunction with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), will involve the release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a bacterium named Wolbachia pipientis. The trial will be to test the effectiveness of releasing these mosquitoes in suppressing and eliminating the Aedes [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 2:31 pm * Featured Story *, Issue #188 2 Responses »
Oct 142016

by John Prosser……. In the last few weeks, I have read several newspaper articles that included quotes, and heard a radio interview with FKAA’s Executive Director that were fraught with misinformation. FKAA appears to be intentionally misleading public opinion concerning the recent lawsuit against coerced placement of sewage pump stations on private property. Zuelch claimed that the DOAH already heard a similar complaint: “we have been here before.” He claimed the grinders were judged fine. That is untrue. The Dump the Pumps complaint protested construction permits [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Oct 142016
Trauma Star vs. LifeNet Fees

by Larry Murray……. Editor: Recent reports suggest that the Sheriff’s Department Trauma Star medical evacuation program should break even this year and be in the black in 2017. That indeed is good news. Given those reports, I contacted the Sheriff’s Department regarding Trauma Star costs. Finance Director Mike Rice provided me with the following data. A medical evacuation from Lower Keys Medical Center to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami costs $24,471. Costs from Fishermen’s Hospital and Mariners Hospital to Ryder Trauma Center are $21,353 and [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #188, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 142016
1021. One thousand and twenty one. FLORIDA ZIKA CASES

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: As of 10/13 The Florida Department of Health was reporting on 1,014 known cases of ZIKA in Florida. More than 10% of those cases involve pregnant women. That’s only the “known” cases. 80% of cases are asymptomatic. It was only about a week ago that they were reporting on 980 known cases. The count has more than doubled in the last 60 days. Last week it was reported that even more ZIKA infected mosquitoes had been trapped in Miami. ZIKA [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Oct 142016

by Erika Biddle……. Last century the US led the world in renewable energy research and production, and Jimmy Carter’s White House was the first government building in the world to install solar panels on its roof. For a time, the United States led the world in developing renewable energy. The Carter administration’s Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) made the dream of a renewable energy economy so real that it set off alarms in the oil-rich countries of the Middle East. “The big powers are seriously trying [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Oct 142016
Who's Pulling Mr. Zuelch's Strings?

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr. Ret…….. Editor, Kurt Zuelch, what hat is He wearing when he’s speaking. Everyone knows that Mr. Zuelch, the Former States Attorney, IS the executive director of the FKAA and when he speaks it is in his Official capacity as ED. HOWEVER! if Mr. Zuelch is being queried about THE CRWS, Mr. Zuelch has NO official position other then the head of a Construction Co. In the Context of The CRWS, FKAA DOES NOT exist. The entity formally known as the FKAA [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 142016
War Crimes: John Kerry's Really Got Some Kind of Nerve

by Thomas L. Knapp……. US Secretary of State John Kerry opined (in an October 7 appearance with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault) that Russian military actions in Syria “beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes.” French President Francois Hollande echoed the sentiment. Kerry might want to keep the fate of his German predecessor, Joachim von Ribbentrop, in mind when making such statements. Ribbentrop, Hitler’s Foreign Minister, was hanged after trial at Nuremberg. Kerry complains that Russian forces — in Syria helping that country’s government [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #188, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Oct 142016
Surveillance State 2016: Orwell was an Optimist

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Reuters reports that troubled Internet giant Yahoo! “complied with a classified US government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI.” According to surveillance experts consulted by Reuters it’s probably “the first case to surface of a US Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.” Disturbing? Yes. Surprising? [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #188, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Oct 142016
Federal Agency's Illegal Piggy Bank Broken Up

Auditors Find Reclamation “Wasted” Millions in Drought & Wildlife Relief Funds Washington, DC — A federal water agency misspent millions of dollars intended for fish and wildlife and drought relief in the Klamath Basin on irrigator subsidies, according to new audit report which confirms charges leveled last year by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The federal agency, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, disputes these findings and, while the payments have ended, it refuses to change its practices to prevent future abuse or to recoup [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
It Warn't So. I Tried It.

by Kim Pederson……. The September 2016 issue of Scientific American features an editorial titled “The Tweets We Hold to be Self-Evident.” The op-ed subtitle reads “The US presidential election shows how far the political conversation has degenerated from the nation’s founding principles of truth and evidence.” The editors go on to quote Huck Finn saying “It warn’t so. I tried it.” and call this “one of the most powerful lines in American literature because “a respect for evidence is not just part of the national [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #188, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Oct 142016
The Huxlandia Trap

by Ray Jason……. In my previous essay I tried to convince you that two of the great masterpieces of 20th Century literature have been disturbingly accurate in predicting the Human Trajectory. In George Orwell’s iconic 1984, he argued that humankind faces a totalitarian future where every individual is controlled and monitored by the State. “Submit or die” might be the most accurate way to describe his dark vision. Aldous Huxley, in his prophetic BRAVE NEW WORLD, suggested that the State would dominate the masses not [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Island Voices, Issue #188 2 Responses »
Oct 142016
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once. - - - - William Shakespeare "Julius Caesar" (2.2)

by John Donnelly……. The 200,000 + children and civilians murdered in Syria, have not fared very well under the Obama and Clinton Regime. Of note, 25% of those killed by explosive weapons in this hell hole have been women and children. Since Obama publicly threatened the Syrian leader, while Clinton was Secretary of State, with his “Red Line” strategy; the slaughter of “Innocence” has exponentially increased. Obama’s targeted drone strikes and bombings of at least 2 “Doctors Without Borders Hospitals”, along with assorted civilian deaths [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #188, John Donnelly No Responses »
Oct 142016

Perspectives We know the room where we live and the window’s familiar view. Here is where a space, confirmed, is the place a mind can feel at home as its body speeds with each day’s turn on the very edge of this earth’s rim. A spider also spins and, suspended, hangs its weight before my face. With studied care it takes me in as some distant kin that floats like him as we stare immersed at our busy worlds of boundless air where even silence [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #188, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Oct 142016
Get Your Eerie On at Fort East Martello with “Night of the Living Dead” Outdoor Film Showing

What’s better than a good horror film at Halloween than a nighttime, outdoor viewing of a classic at a haunted fort? Pack your lawn chairs, blankets, and courage and head over to Fort East Martello on Wednesday October 19 from 6pm – 8pm for Key West Art & Historical Society’s Fort Fright Night, featuring “Night of the Living Dead,” the enduring 1968 classic that helped define the zombie film genre. Director George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” was an instant monster hit nearly fifty [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #188, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 142016
DID YOU KNOW? Five Fantasy Fest Fun Facts to Get the “Royal Retrospective” Party Started

No matter how many mojitos you might have had during former Key West Fantasy Fests, the spectacle of colorfully-costumed people and the steady stream of looming, Mardi-Gras-like floats cannot be easily forgotten. But how much do you actually know about this world-renowned island festival and some of the very important people within it? Carouse your way over to the Custom House Museum and join the Key West Art & Historical Society in celebrating Fantasy Fest with Fantasy Island: A History of Fantasy Fest, an exhibition [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #188, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 142016
34th Annual Headdress Ball

Business Guild Presents 34th annual Headdress Ball, The Premier Gay and Lesbian Event of Fantasy Fest. Revelers hoping to make “headlines” in Key West can take center stage Thursday, Oct. 27, at the 34th annual Headdress Ball. The glamorous gala is to be held under a gigantic tent at Key West’s Truman Waterfront, located at the end of Southard Street beyond Truman Annex. Entrants wearing elaborate masks, cowls, bonnets and other headgear — many decorated with feathers, sequins and unexpected or bizarre accessories — are [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #188, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 142016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Second man charged after fleeing from detectives A second suspect was arrested in connection with a search warrant, served on September 22nd in Tavernier. The warrant was served at 582 Beach Road in Tavernier. 37 year old Francisco Guevara was arrested at the scene on multiple drug charges. Jeremy Haigh, 40 years old of North Rock Harbor fled on foot from the residence when detectives arrived. As he fled, he threw a cigarette box toward a canal behind the house. The box landed on a boat [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
King Tides Causing Nuisance Flooding in Low-Lying Areas of Monroe County

Monroe County, FL – For the next week, nuisance coastal flooding will occur in parts of Monroe County due to “King Tides.” These tides occur each spring and fall when the locations of the Earth, moon and sun combine to produce the highest tidal effects of the year. This year, the tides are compounded by a full moon (Hunter’s Moon or Super Moon) on Sunday as well as winds, Gulf Stream current and atmospheric pressure. The tides are expected to reach their maximum predicted levels [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe Press Release Contesting Citizens Rate Increase

Residents’ Advocacy Group Formally Contests Windstorm Insurance Rate Increase as Excessive On behalf of property owners across Monroe County, Florida, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) formally petitioned Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) to request relief from its proposed 8.9% windstorm insurance rate increase. In his letter dated October 7, 2016 (available at FIRMKeys.org) FIRM President Mel Montagne asserted FIRM’s contention that the proposed increase is excessive, discriminatory, and actuarially unsound. Extensive data in support of FIRM’s assertion is included. As Florida’s property insurer of last resort, Citizens is [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Trauma Star Flew Record 471 Patients During FY 2016

MARATHON – Monroe County’s Trauma Star helicopter flew 471 patients from locations throughout the Keys to hospitals in Miami during fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30. This a record number for a fiscal year, and is 86 more patients than the previous high of 385, set in fiscal year 2015. During July, August and September, the life-saving air ambulance flew 35 trauma victims. Trauma Star, which is a joint effort of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Fire Rescue, is on track [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Romero Community Meeting - Wednesday, October 19th

What: Commissioner Romero Community Meeting When: Wednesday, October 19th Where: Marriott Beachside Hotel Time: 6:00 PM Agenda Topics: Hospital Matters Funding for Youth / Non-Profits Parking Fee Increase Waterfront Update – Amphitheater Mosquitos and Flies City Hall Vehicles for Hire  … and other topics as time allows As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. This will give attendees time to reach their chosen location for viewing the presidential debate which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT. You are [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Public Meeting on Big Pine Key Regarding Screwworm

BIG PINE KEY – Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem George Neugent is hosting a public meeting this Saturday to address the screwworm fly infestation and aggressive eradication response that is underway on Big Pine and No Name keys. A panel of federal, state and local experts will explain all you’ve ever wanted to know about screwworm flies. The panel will outline the rapid response to save the endangered Key deer population and eradicate the invasive pest before it can spread and do even more harm. [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Free Screwworm Screening for Pets

Winn-Dixie Parking Lot 251 Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 9 to 11:30 a.m. BIG PINE KEY – The Florida Keys SPCA is hosting a free screwworm screening for pets. Veterinarians Nelly Amador-Jehn and Joe Fisch with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local veterinarians Doug Mader and Gerry Diethelm will conduct the screenings. They take just a few minutes to complete. If an infestation is found, pet owners will be directed to immediately see their veterinarian for [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Zombie Bike Ride and Family-Friendly Celebration at Fort East Martello Creeping Up

Calling all zombies: brush off the graveyard dust and break out your wheels— it’s time for the world-famous Zombie Bike Ride. WeCycle’s 6th Annual Zombie Bike Ride is ready to roll on Sunday, October 23, beginning at 2pm with a family-friendly, pre-event celebration at Fort East Martello, a civil war-era fort home to Robert the Doll and stewarded by Key West Art & Historical Society. Origniated by WeCycle owner Evan Haskell and WonderDog Studios Director Marky Pierson, the famed, four-mile, pedaling parade of ghouls on [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #188, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 142016
School Board and Teachers' Union Reach Tentative Agreement

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2016-2018 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts. During the final negotiation session on Friday, October 7th, after fifteen previous sessions during the spring and summer months, representatives for the MCSB and the UTM reached mutually agreed upon terms and conditions for teachers and school related personnel for the 2016-2017/2017-2018 school years. Holly Hummell-Gorman, President of the UTM stated, “We are very pleased with the results of our [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »