Nov 042016
Is Local Politics Getting in the Way of Public Safety?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. It’s 4:45 p.m. in New Town, Key West.  A silver Honda has just crashed into the car of two rangers from Dry Tortugas National Park. The Honda driver, reeking of alcohol, is stumbling away from the scene toward Duck Avenue. He is Robert Bethel, the 34-year-old son of Harry Bethel, a former City Commissioner.

Nov 042016
National Key Deer Refuge Establishes Medication Stations for Backcountry Key Deer Population

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wildlife veterinarians continue to work to select the best techniques for administering screwworm preventative treatments to healthy Key deer.  To date, most of the over 1000 preventative treatment doses of the anti-parasitic Doramectin have been administered on Big Pine Key with the help of over 170 refuge volunteers assisting Service employees. While 75% of the Key deer population lives on Big Pine and No Name Keys, Service employees and our partners [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:14 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 042016
From the Sheriff's Crime Reports

Argument leads to knife threats A Stock Island man is in jail charged with threating his friend with a knife after an argument. The two men were downtown Key West Thursday night and were on their way home in the early morning hours when they got into an argument at about 2:30 a.m. The suspect, 23 year old Alberto Hernandez, was driving and pulled up to his 11th Avenue home. The argument continued and became physical; Hernandez hit his friend in the face in the [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 042016
Mosquito Control: Rebuttal

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Last Friday Ralph DePalma wrote a letter to the editor slamming certain members of the current Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board and promoting the candidacy of certain persons now competing for a seat on that Board. He wrote in support of incumbent candidate Commissioner Steve Smith and others. Mr. DePalma’s letter made good reading if you are a fan of fiction. But it is redolent with the aroma of sour grapes and mendacity. While you’re reading what follows please consider that [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #191, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 042016
Some Mosquito Control Candidates Funded by Anti-GMO PAC

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: When I first heard the wailing and rage that a large American operation with ties to Britain had been spending money on a local PAC to influence the vote on the Key Haven Oxitec field trial….I yawned and said “so what”…this is America, free speech rules. There is much more to the story. An examination of public records reveals that a current Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board member and two candidates for the board have taken substantial sums of money from [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:07 am Issue #191, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 042016
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Temporary Closures – November 9th-14th, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be closing Boca Grande Key, Woman Key, and the Marquesas Keys in Key West National Wildlife Refuge from November 9-14, 2016. All beach access will be closed to the public to protect wildlife and critical habitat from disturbance. These islands are all part of the Federal Wilderness System. Historically there has been extreme disturbance from boaters at this time of year in these areas and these closures aim to eliminate such impacts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 042016
Divisiveness & Conflict Sweeping Through The Nation....Good Fortune, Security & Equanimity Can Be Reinstituted Locally....

by John Donnelly……. “Truthfulness, Accountability, Competence & A Sound Mind”; are qualities usually “Required of a State Attorney”. Given their unbridled power and authority over our lives; they must be stable and fit to govern. During this election cycle , the integrity and uprightness of the citizens residing in Monroe County, will be assessed via the ethical bearing and character of the State Attorney they elect. Returning a confused and duplicitous individual to this esteemed position, with inordinate power and influence; will be a societal [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #191, John Donnelly No Responses »
Nov 042016
Habitat for Humanity and American Legion Post 168 Need Your Help!

Habitat for Humanity is partnering with William Weech American Legion Post 168 and needs volunteers to assist with efforts to restore the historic building located at 803 Emma Street in Key West. Structural repairs on the building have been completed, and the next step is painting the exterior. A group of Habitat volunteers from the University of Miami recently spent two days at the post doing some initial prep work, and volunteer work days are scheduled for November 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th to help [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #191, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
State Wants $77 Million Back from Taxpayer-Funded Incentive Deal that Went Awry

by William Patrick……. Gov. Rick Scott has a soft spot for taxpayer-funded business incentive deals, but regarding one of the biggest incentive busts in the state’s history the Scott administration is demanding accountability – about $77 million worth. In a sharply-worded letter to the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Inc., the Department of Economic Opportunity accuses the California-based medical research institute of “material default” on its contract, while attempting to distinguish its own incentive dealings from the type that led to the apparent debacle. [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 042016
Dakota Access Versus the American Way

by Thomas L. Knapp……. CNN reports that protesters from around the world continue to congregate in North Dakota in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and their struggle to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through (or placed so as to negatively affect) tribal lands. The issues and the divide between sides seem to be fairly conventional: Promises of jobs and economic growth motivate the pipeline’s supporters. Its opponents cite environmental concerns (especially the prospective damage to tribal lands) and allege violations of the [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #191, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Nov 042016
Culture Isn't Property. Copying Isn't Stealing.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. I used to love Halloween. Not just as a kid, but also as an adult taking my own children out for church “trunk or treat” events and to selected neighborhood homes (we lived a few blocks from the house where the events The Exorcist was based on occurred; in fact, friends still live in that very house; spooky!). No store-bought costumes for my progeny — we spent weeks thinking about and designing and sewing and modifying theirs. So much for that [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #191, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Nov 042016
Looking Astern

by Ray Jason……. A few hours into every long voyage there comes a precious moment. Most sailors pay it no heed – but I never miss it. Suddenly, the gradually thinning margin of land and sea disappears. The land has drowned. The sea surrounds. The domain of Humanity has vanished. The realm of Nature is resurrected. Now my only companions reside in the sea and the sky. The only laws are timeless and elemental – the mighty ocean currents and the churning atmospheric systems. Most [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #191 1 Response »
Nov 042016
Want to Do Better? Bring More Brains!

by Kim Pederson……. So in the previous blog I mentioned that the bright side of the Higgs doomsday ball of instant death (BID) that may eradicate us at any moment (either that or 10 to the 100 years from now, which would be better since Medicare and Social Security would have run out by then) was that the BID would “save us” from the space brain threat. More specifically, it would “do away with a paradoxical menagerie of disembodied intelligent beings that shouldn’t exist.” At [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #191, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Nov 042016
Martha de Poo

by Kirby Congdon……. Taking a second look at someone’s art work often helps you access it. I have had several looks at the watercolors of Martha de Poo and am invariably delighted with their elan, their spontaneity and easy skill. At least it looks easy. In a century of intense technology on the back of our wrists, it is a relief to let go and live for a while in someone else’s imagination. Ms. de Poo’s subjects are familiar enough. A pervasive light permeates the structure [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #191, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Nov 042016
KWPD to Sponsor Recruits

The Key West Police Department is looking for motivated candidates who want to become police officers. The police department is looking to sponsor several academy recruits in the upcoming session of the Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice. These sponsorships are a rare opportunity to be hired by the Key West Police Department and earn a salary while working toward becoming a sworn officer. In addition, these academy recruits will not have to worry about tuition, uniforms, fees, [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 042016
Domestic Abuse Shelter Regains State Certification

Marathon Shores, Fla – Monroe County’s only domestic violence center, Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS), regained their state certification from Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), lifting a six-month temporary suspension. As required by DCF’s May 3rd emergency order, DAS worked collaboratively with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) and Victim Response, Inc. (The Lodge) to change its management and operations to ensure that the agency can maintain services in a sustainable manner over the long term. “Our goal from the very beginning [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 042016
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…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Art, Issue #191, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
This Week in the Arts Nov. 3 - Nov. 9

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, November 3 – Wednesday, November 9 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. KEY WEST ARTIST EXHIBITS Thursday American Epic: Hollywood Posters 6:00 PM The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., Key West The vivid colors and stunning graphics are as iconic as the films themselves. Exhibit runs until November 24. Lucy Stevens Reception 6:00 PM The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., Key West Vintage first run [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Art, Issue #191, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
Painter Rebecca Bennett Featured Artist at SALT Gallery: Exhibit Preview on November 5th

“Every day, the tropical light just rakes across vegetation, streets, and homes, creating these amazing lights and darks,” says Key West painter Rebecca Bennett, whose observations of the environment around her influence her work greatly. SALT Gallery celebrates Bennett’s newest exhibit and welcomes the public to a special preview from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, November 5 at their 830 Fleming Street location. Bennett’s exhibit features more than 20 small realist abstractionist works of oils on paper framed in shadow boxes, highlighting her deft plein-air ability to [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Art, Issue #191, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
Weekly Life Drawing Sessions at the Museums

WEEKLY LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS AT THE MUSEUMS: Select your museum and medium of choice and join Key West Art & Historical Society for an evening of life drawing as they host weekly, 3-hour sessions with Annamarie Giordano, featuring nude models in short and long poses. Sessions run Tuesdays, November 8th though December 13th from 11:00AM to 2:00PM at Fort East Martello Museum and one Wednesday night session on November 9th from 5:00PM to 7:00 PM at the Custom House Museum. Sessions are $20 for members [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Art, Issue #191, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
Keeping it Cool at the Custom House Museum

Though the reigning beauty of the Custom House is apparent, the painstaking efforts the Key West Art & Historical Society puts forth to preserve it may not be. Neck-deep in a 6-phase Custom House restoration plan proposed by the building’s original restoration architect Bert Bender of Bender and Associates Architects, P.A., the Key West Art & Historical Society turns their efforts towards an updated climate control system. With 16 years since it one was installed, it is in dire need of improvement. Though the price [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #191, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
Zonta Club of Key West ABC 5K Race on November 5th

Zonta Club of Key West ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) Event Serves Uninsured and Underinsured Lower Keys Women 24th Annual 5K Race provides crucial preventive services for locals in need The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its Annual ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) 5K Walk/Run starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 5th at Salute Restaurant on Higgs Beach, with registration beginning at 7:00 AM. The event raises money to cover mammograms, thin-prep pap tests, and other diagnostic and preventive measures for women in the [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #191, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 042016
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Joel Nelson Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon Local troubadour Joel Nelson plays the at the Hog’s Breath Saloon outdoor stage Nov. 8 – 10, from 1 – 5 p.m. Nelson has been a popular afternoon entertainer at the Hog’s Breath for some time now, so stop by and see why he helps fill the restaurant and bar during the luncheon afternoons. For more information, call 296-4222. Cliff Cody Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #191, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 042016
Epidemiologist Retires with 27 Years of Service to DOH-Monroe

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County staff celebrated the retirement of Jean Barber, BSN, RN. Barber bid an emotional farewell after a vocal solo by the department’s HIV Prevention and Training Consultant, Clayton Lopez, to “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Barber was the Epidemiologist for the department for over 27 years. She coordinated staff members and volunteers for innumerable Public Health events in Monroe County, including the Key West 2009-2010 Dengue outbreak. Barber also oversaw and investigated all emerging disease and [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #191, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 042016
Buddy Poppy Days

Key West Mayor Craig Cates, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed November 7 – 11 as Buddy Poppy Days, in honor of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The poppy has been named the official memorial flower for Veterans of Foreign Wars, as it represents the blood shed by American Service members. Since 1922, the VFW has been making and distributing these symbolic reminders to reiterate that the VFW will never forget their sacrifice. With Veteran’s Day approaching, members of the VFW will be distributing them around [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #191, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 042016
F-35s at NAS Key West

An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, takes off at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field November 2. VFA-101 is at NAS Key West to train and qualify F-35C aircrew and maintenance professionals to operate safely and effectively as part of a Carrier Strike Group at sea. NAS Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #191, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Nov 042016
2016 Key West World Championship Powerboat Races -Special Local Regulation

U.S. COAST GUARD SECTOR KEY WEST REGULATED AREA 1. The 2016 Key West World Championship Powerboat Races will be held on November 9, 11, and 13, 2016 on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off of Key West Harbor, Key West, FL. 2. A Special Local Regulation encompassing the race course, safety buffer zone and spectator area has been established by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Key West, FL. 3. This Special Local Regulation will be enforced from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 042016
Free Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Conference Nov. 14 in Key West

Monroe County’s Social Services Department is hosting the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Conference on Monday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave. in Key West. It’s free and open to the public. The ADI’s training series is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and methods of coping to family caregivers, professionals and others involved in the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Session topics: Managing Alzheimer’s Disease, The Importance of Community Resources, Safety for [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice No Responses »