If you don’t know the back story on the Wisteria Island ownership dispute have a look at our Blue Paper Wisteria Island stories here.
by Rick Boettger……. I’m writing this mainly for Cynthia, who is depressed and scared. There is no way I can “cheer you up” if you hate our new President-Elect, but I’m hoping you’ll take the gun out of your mouth. It is not as bad as you think. The Republic will survive, maybe even thrive. The actual good news? TED CRUZ. If nothing else, Donald saved us from a true extremist Tea Partier. Compared to Ted’s, Donald’s policies are highly enlightened. The ones I like [continue reading…]
A Tavernier man is under arrest charged with murdering his girlfriend over the weekend at their home on Atlantic Circle Drive. The autopsy on the body of 47 year old Jade Dixon revealed the cause of death was manual strangulation. Her body was found in the bedroom of the home she shared with 44 year old Jeremy Stigler on Monday after Stigler came to the Sheriff’s Office substation on Plantation Key at 10:30 a.m. He walked in to the substation, said Dixon was dead and [continue reading…]
A Broward County man is being sought for the attempted murder of a New York man Sunday at a concert in Islamorada. 26 year old Kemar Ricardo Dennis of Plantation, Florida allegedly stabbed the victim, 33 year old Rodger Harrison in the abdomen Sunday at 9:45 p.m. Harrison was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami for treatment of his life threatening injuries, including lacerations to his liver.
MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County’s Planning Department is asking a random sample of employers to participate in a survey about jobs and housing. This survey is a vital component of the County’s effort to address affordable/workforce housing needs. The County asks that the approximately 3,000 employers who receive the survey return it using the postage-paid envelope or complete it online, within 10 days of receiving the survey. Employers may respond anonymously. The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete. The survey is being administered [continue reading…]
MONROE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING: CANAL RESTORATION PROGRAM Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, 9 a.m. Marathon Government Center 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL MARATHON, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is holding a special meeting Nov. 14 in Marathon to discuss the County’s Canal Restoration Program. The Commission will determine if and how to proceed with a plan to restore 229 impaired canals in unincorporated Monroe County that do not meet State water quality standards. The discussion also could include how to finance [continue reading…]
COMMUNITY OUTREACH TO ADDRESS THE NEW WORLD SCREWWORM INFESTATION AND ERADICATION RESPONSE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Lower Keys BIG PINE KEY, FL – Monroe County BOCC, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County and the UF/IFAS/Monroe County Extension Service are partnering to host three door-to-door community outreach sessions on Nov. 17 and 18 to address the New World screwworm infestation and eradication response in the Lower Keys. We need volunteers from the community to help in the effort. WHERE: BIG PINE KEY AND NEARBY [continue reading…]
Tallahassee, Fla.—In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the department will issue a Zika virus update each week day. Updates will include a Zika case count by county and information to keep Floridians informed and prepared. In order to keep the public informed, the department has posted our investigation process here. As a result of a change in the CDC national case definition for Zika, the department is updating the daily Zika update [continue reading…]
by Commissioner Margaret Romero……. Below you will find the following topics and an overview of what was discussed / reviewed at our community meeting on October 19th. I handed out to each attendee a questionnaire as they entered the meeting area and asked that they complete the sheet. All forms were submitted anonymously – no age, district, address or name. Only information of the topics was gathered. If there were questions regarding the topics covered in the meeting on the form, I have included those [continue reading…]
On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful [continue reading…]
by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Dear Editor, Just read this week that Janet Reno just passed away. Janet was a Florida girl who is remembered as being the 1st Female US Attorney. However, Janet’s most important action taken on her watch was to send the “Illegal Alien” back where he came from. There was extreme pressure from the Government and the Cuban population of Miami to let Elian Gonzolez stay in Miami with his grandparents. Elian’s Father and Elian himself wanted him to be back in Cuba. [continue reading…]
by Rick Roberts……. Who has noticed how whiny the press is that Trump won? At least give him a shot at it? $10,000,000,000,000 in expenditure and the guy before him was still the worst president EVER! He f-ing blew that much money and still sucked more than any president ever has. Trump can’t be worse, only equal, it just can’t be any worse. You will all get this email in a few years with your biting replies and realize he did what you thought he [continue reading…]
by Eugene Nanay….. It’s NOT about the Noise, it’s NOT about the Law, it’s about THE MONEY 💰. Heard this famous quote on US1 radio from Mayor Weekly In response to the winers and crybabies complaining about the noise the motorcycles make when Peterson’s Porker Run/Key West Bike Week comes to town. Well, it appears that you are getting what you wished for. Just heard that the Key West Rotary club is pulling the plug on the sponsorship. When the folks at Peterson’s Harley Davidson [continue reading…]
by Greg Daniels, KES Advisory Committee Representative District 2……. Dear Editor, The Keys Energy Services board voted in 2002 to change the name of “City Electric System” to “Keys Energy Services”. One of the reasons for this change was electric system no longer just served the citizens of Key West, but the entire Lower Keys. The new name, Keys Energy Services better reflected the utility and their customers and services. The inclusive attitude of the Keys Energy Board is continuing today with a move to [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. Admittedly, it’s kind of a wonky catchphrase. We have Shakespeare to thank for it, as we do many other cliches that were not cliches when he wrote them but rather snarky little gems of intellect and wit (or more laconically, SLGIWisms, pronounced “sill-geh-wiz-ems”). What am I talking about? See if this rings any bells. Let it work; For tis sport to have the enginer [military engineer] Hoist with his own petar[d]; and ‘t shall go hard But I will delve one yard [continue reading…]
by Kirby Congdon……. When my mother showed me pictures of the hopeful candidates for the Presidency I, being a conservative, indicated my preference and pointed at the portrait of Herbert Hoover who was featured on the front page with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I managed to get over my disappointment, being very young. When I grew older, a high school teacher had a piece of furniture with legs that was a radio about three feet high with elaborate embroidery a few feet square covering the speaker. We [continue reading…]
Veterans Challenging Islamophobia, a group of veterans dedicated to confronting bigotry and intolerance, release a statement regarding the election of Donald Trump. Donald J. Trump will be sworn in on January 20th, 2017 as the 45th President of the United States. Throughout this past year we have called upon Mr. Trump to abandon his divisive anti-Muslim rhetoric. He has done more to legitimize bigotry and create division than arguably any one person has done in the United States in decades. As people of conscience, [continue reading…]
November kicks off a fundraising campaign for the KWPD Mounted Police unit horses, a drive for a beloved community asset launched by Key West resident and business owner Jane Gardner, proprietor of Jane Gardner Interiors at 328 Simonton Street. The mounted unit presently has three horses and two officers. Why a fundraiser for the horses? The City budget provides for the stable at the Truman Waterfront, feed, hay, and basic equipment. But it is public fundraising that provides for emergency veterinarian expenses, certain specialty tack [continue reading…]
Beginning December 1st, seniors in Monroe County will enjoy a new lower rate for public transit. The Lower Keys Shuttle will be just one dollar for a one-way trip to anyone aged 60 or over. An additional senior discount will occur on the second Saturday of every month beginning December 10th. On that one day a month, seniors ride free all day — either in town or on the Lower Keys Shuttle. For more information, visit www.kwtransit.com
The Key Largo Bridge Run this Saturday is expected to disrupt traffic flow in the Key Largo area. Northbound lanes of the bridge will be closed from 5:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. All northbound vehicles will be rerouted during this time onto County Road 905 and Card Sound Road. If you plan to travel through the area during this time, plan extra time for your trip.
In the climate-controlled fourth floor collection room of the Custom House Museum, Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D, holds an acid-free storage box containing a rare set of boxing gloves owned and worn by the late author and Key West resident Ernest Hemingway. On Wednesday, November 16 from 6-7pm, Convertito, who is curator for all three historic landmarks stewarded by KWAHS, welcomes the public to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum, 281 [continue reading…]
In honor of the men and women of the armed forces who have served our nation, The U.S. Navy is sponsoring this year’s Veterans Day Parade. The parade begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 11th on Duval Street at Catherine. The parade will proceed down Duval to Front Street. Bus service will only serve the Simonton side of Duval Street from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Last week the City Commission passed a proclamation in recognition of veterans “who have served this great nation [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed 16 Days of Activism Against Violence beginning November 25th in honor of an important effort by the Zonta Club of Key West. The effort is aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. “Gender violence and abuse,” reads the proclamation, “can affect women of all ages, living in any community, but it is a topic too often kept secret or highlighted only when horrific acts play out in newspaper and media reports.” The Zonta Club of Key West, which includes [continue reading…]
Palmetto Bay, Fla. — The Everglades Foundation’s (The Foundation) “Road Trip to Restoration” rolled into Islamorada, Florida, last Sunday night, concluding a 12-day, 22-city bus tour to build support for incoming Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s (R-Stuart) plan to stop outbreaks of toxic algae by building a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). “Even after 1,976 miles, this is just the beginning,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation. “We won’t stop until the legislature adopts incoming [continue reading…]
On Thursday, November 17, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum for a presentation by Distinguished Speaker Series guest Karen Chase, author of ‘FDR on His Houseboat – The Larooco Log, 1924-1926.’ In 1921, more than a decade before he was to become President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt suffered partial paralysis and lost the use of his legs. In 1923, believing that [continue reading…]
Monroe County, FL – Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is working hard to make child safety education and supplies available to all Keys parents, and to ensure that Keys children are all riding in appropriate car seats when passengers in a vehicle. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the Child Safety Event on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Gato Building parking lot (1100 Simonton St, Key West). Certified car seat technicians will be available to check installation [continue reading…]
Deb Kik oil painting demonstration at Key West Art Center Friday, November 11, 2016 4:00 pm, following Art Center Member Meeting at 3:30 pm Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., Key West Local artist Deb Kik will demonstrate her oil painting technique to the membership of the Key West Art Center after their monthly meeting on Friday, November 11th. Kik, who exhibits at Sodu Gallery on Duval St., enjoys experimenting with various mediums and artistic styles. Kik especially enjoys portraiture. After finding that almost [continue reading…]
AWARD WINNING COMEDIAN PAULA POUNDSTONE TO PLAY THE KEY WEST THEATER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22nd On Thursday, December 22nd, The Key West Theater in Key West, FL welcomes comedian Paula Poundstone. “On Thursday December 22nd, we’ll all be ho-ho-hoing at the Key West Theater in Key West, Florida” says Poundstone. Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone’s quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT…DON’T [continue reading…]
Come get your party on with one of Key West’s oldest cultural institutions on one of the prettiest verandas in Key West. Key West Art & Historical Society members and those with an interest in supporting Key West’s arts and history are invited to celebrate sunset and happy hour on Friday, November 18 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm while enjoying complimentary libations and refreshments at the 125-year-old Custom House. For more than sixty years, Society members have helped promote the cultural heritage of the Florida Keys. [continue reading…]
November 19th the City of Key West invites you to celebrate America Recycles Day at the Key West Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens from 10am – 2pm! There will be a Recycled Robot Art Contest that will take place in the Garden Chapel from 10am-noon. City of Key West Students from public, private and home schools are welcome to enter! Ages 5- 18 can enter. Sculptures must be fabricated from 100% ReUsed, Recycled, or found [continue reading…]
Zack Seemiller At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Zack Seemiller will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., Nov. 14, 1 – 5 pm. Zack was the lead singer with the Groove Yard Band, a popular local band that broke up in the early 2000s. Zack, who has a voice that reminds many of a young Bob Dylan, said his music is a mixture of folk and rock and, along with his original songs, he draws off an eclectic list of rock ‘n’ roll. [continue reading…]
Monroe County’s Solid Waste Department took in 1,760 pounds of household hazardous waste and 1,640 pounds of electronic waste during a special collection Nov. 4 at the Marathon Public Works Yard. Some electronics contain poisonous chemicals that can be toxic to both humans and the environment. Recycling electronic waste properly prevents these chemicals from escaping into the environment. It also allows materials to be reused and re-engineered for new and innovative products.
Florida Department of Health in Monroe County staff celebrated the departure of Kathy Rodgers, Business Manager for the department. She was hired by FDOH-Monroe in July 2008 as an Accountant IV. She was promoted to Business Manager in May of 2009, the position she held until her departure on November 1, 2016. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Framington State College in Massachusetts, and earned an M.B.A. from FIU in 2014. Kathy will continue her distinguished career in accounting and business management [continue reading…]
City Manager Jim Scholl and Building Official Ron Wampler this week commended Gerzale “Gigi” Curry-Hill for her 20 years of dedicated service to the City. During this week’s City Commission meeting, they presented her with a gold watch and a City medal honoring her years of service. “Gigi’s the sort of person that comes in early and stays late,” said Wampler. “She is always there to help.” “She always has a smile on her face,” said Scholl. “She’s just a great City employee.” Curry-Hill has [continue reading…]
Please join us on Nov. 18th from 6-8pm upstairs at Bagatelle as we celebrate the act of supporting Kat’s Hat in its mission to help Key West Families during the Holiday Season. One of a kind pieces of art created by 5 local artists will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Families. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and live music. Come Share the Spirit of Giving with us. It is pleasantly infectious.