Nov 182016
Outlaw Member Involved in Greene Street Bar Brawl Arrested / Suing St. Pete Police

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. A Hillsborough County firefighter and active member of the Outlaw motorcycle gang has been identified as one of the assailants in a bar room brawl that occurred during the annual Poker Run in Key West in September. Clinton Neal Walker, 33, was captured on surveillance video at Rumors Lounge on September 27th punching a man repeatedly in the face.  Law enforcement agencies had been forewarned that members of the Outlaw motorcycle gang would be coming to Key West during the [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:09 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice 7 Responses »
Nov 182016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Employee charged with stealing truck, trailer and bobcat An 18 year old Key Largo man was arrested Wednesday, charged with stealing a truck with a trailer and bobcat attached to it from his employer. The owner of the equipment told Deputy Nicholas Thaler the theft took place on October 30th from his Tavernier residence. He said his employee, 18 year old Manuel Hernandez, was washing the 2015 Ford F450 dump truck which had an equipment trailer carrying a 2016 Bobcat on it. He said he [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 182016
December 2016: A Republic, if You Can Keep it

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As I write this column, nearly 2.5 million people have signed a petition seeking to overturn the outcome of the November 8 national vote and make Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump, the next president of the United States. The petitioners are asking presidential electors, chosen by the voters of their states to support Trump, to instead “faithlessly” cast their votes for Clinton on December 19. “Faithless” electors are nothing new. The only electoral vote ever won by a Libertarian presidential [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #193, Thomas L. Knapp 15 Responses »
Nov 182016
We Train Soldiers for War. Let's Train Them to Come Home, Too

Before soldiers are sent into combat, they’re trained on how to function in an immensely dangerous environment. But they also need training on how to return from the battlefield to civilian life, says psychologist Hector Garcia. Applying the same principles used to prepare soldiers for war, Garcia is helping veterans suffering from PTSD get their lives back.

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #193 1 Response »
Nov 182016
The Sea Gypsy Path to True Freedom

by Ray Jason……. During the shrill cacophony of the U.S. election campaign, many friends and strangers asked me why I did not comment on it. The reason is because I try to observe the world as a philosopher – and not as a pundit. My belief is that pundits assess the short-term flux of events, whereas philosophers examine the long-term trends and consequences. Here are some of my conclusions. Intriguingly, they might provide some comfort to both camps – those devastated by the results and [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Island Voices, Issue #193 No Responses »
Nov 182016
To Whom the Finger Points

by Kim Pederson……. Since Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election, there’s been mucho finger pointing. Hillary and her senior staff were too arrogant and overconfident. The Democrats ignored/shunned the locals in all the wrong places. The gobsmacked media gave DT too much free attention and Hillary too little. The FBI director deliberately torpedoed the Dem’s chances at the last minute. No one (except DT perhaps) saw the outcome coming and everyone (except DT perhaps) was shocked by it. But, as I’ve discovered, we [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #193, Kim Pederson 4 Responses »
Nov 182016
A Conclusion

by Kirby Congdon……. I first heard the word “hubris” in school when it described a hero in ancient literature who was too impressed by his own ego. I winced when Hillary said naughty black people should be “brought to heel” and taught how to behave. I winced when an upper-class business man, Donald Trump, said, “I seen,” instead of simply saying “I saw.” Both people have cut corners in their own personal development as politicians and as leaders. I see now that my vote lacked [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #193, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Nov 182016
Big Pine Key Florida.circa..........2066

Dear Editor, by John Gerace……. An Excerpt from an upcoming true to life novel……… Oliver found himself riding on the 200 Mile per hour electro-magnetic monorail that went from Atlanta down to Key West………. As the 200 m.p.h. train crossed the East coast of Big Pine he heard a voice come over the intercom……. ‘ Ladys and Gentlemen………out your right window is the Island of Big Pine’ Once upon a time it was home to the now extinct Key Deer… and yes there used to [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 182016
Anti GMO FaceBook Groups Serve Up Lie Pie

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, As of today there are more than 1177 reported cases of Zika in Florida. There are no 8 known cases n our Keys community. The other day “Never Again”, probably the loudest anti-GMM voice on Facebook, served up yet another lie pie. It was a noxious pastry chock full of falsehoods and seasoned with mendacity. Never Again has no respect for your intelligence. They believe you to be sufficiently inane to not check them for truth. They claimed that Oxitec was [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 182016
Building 103 as the Boxing Gym

by Paul Williams……. Dear Editors, There is, perhaps, a readily available solution to the cultural threat posed by locating a citywide, multi – ethnic boxing gym 50 feet from Shine Forbes’s old house… uh, even though Kermit, himself, might have been fine with precisely that picture. Other people are not. They wish something else could be arranged. Well, it could; but Islanders, Both white and black, would, first, actually have to Stop for a moment and Think …. about what a suitable PAL alternative might [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 182016
Are We Being Fooled Again?

by Eugene E Nanay Jr. ……. Dear Editor, Climate Change, it’s been going on for Billions of years without Man’s help. Don’t believe me, ask the Rocks. Lately there is a growing movement that is claiming that man and his machines Are what’s causing this phenomenon. A study in 2010 showed that Human activity was Estimated to be in 35Billion MetricTones of CO2 thrown into the atmosphere annually. Now the Industrial Revolution started Approximately 270 years ago. You figure the math. Now let’s look at [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 182016
The JFK Assassination: A Summary of Key Points and Theories

by Ben Volpian……. In remembrance of the anniversary of the JFK assassination [November 22, 1963], I present a summary of key points and theories, of which some findings are new and brought to light after decades of research and the use of state-of-the-art technology: 1) The Magic Bullet Theory that a single bullet hit both JFK and Gov. Connally has been proven to be entirely possible. The jump seat that Gov. Connally was sitting in was actually to the left of JFK and lower and [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Editorial, Issue #193 5 Responses »
Nov 182016
Monroe County To Choose Firm for Mooring Field Feasibility Study

BOCA CHICA BASIN, FL – At the next Board of County Commissioners meeting Nov. 22 at the Harvey Government Center in Key West, Monroe County will take another step toward trying to create a managed public mooring field for liveaboard and transient boaters. The Commission will select a firm to conduct a “detailed” feasibility study for a mooring field at the popular anchorage site at Boca Chica Basin in the Lower Keys. The study that will provide detailed benthic (ecology of the bottom of the [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 182016
Holiday Message from Sheriff Rick Ramsay

Make this a happy holiday season – don’t drink and drive The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force watching out for drunk and unsafe drivers this Thanksgiving weekend and during the month of December with the goal of making sure holiday travel is as safe as possible here in the Florida Keys. Deputies will be concentrating their efforts on drunk drivers, improper passing and other unsafe driving practices throughout the upcoming season in an effort to save lives and make this holiday [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 182016
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer Boating Skills Class

The U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla 13-1 two-day Boating Skills and Seamanship Class will be offered on Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 10th from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 Quay Rd, Key West. Upon successful completion of the course students will be awarded a certificate which meets the licensing requirements for the State of Florida Boating Education ID card. Instructors include Captain Kathy, Captain Sean and other local Auxiliary members. Before Florida Keys boaters take to the waters, know [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #193, Water World No Responses »
Nov 182016
Hogfish Conservation Measures and Boundaries Set

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several conservation measures that are consistent with federal rules and set a new state management boundary for hogfish at the November meeting in St. Petersburg. “Hogfish is an economically important species that is popular with the diving and angling community,” said Chairman Brian Yablonski. “This was not an easy decision, but will help balance the species’ needs while still offering opportunities for anglers.” Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 182016
Architect Bert Bender to Discuss Custom House Restoration at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series

The majestic, red brick building located near the seaport’s edge hasn’t always looked so dignified. After sitting abandoned for close to 30 years, it was purchased by the State of Florida’s Land Acquisition Advisory Council in 1991 then leased to the Key West Art & Historical Society for use as a museum. This is where Architect Bert Bender stepped in. Join Bender on Monday, November 28th, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, as he discusses the Custom House Restoration in the Helmerich Learning Center at the Custom House Museum [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
New I Love Stock Island Festival Offers More Than 50 Events and Activities Thanksgiving Weekend

The I Love Stock Island Festival is a city-wide event Thanksgiving weekend, November 25-27, 2016 celebrating the heritage and history of Stock Island. Not limited to any one specific venue or happening, guests are invited to experience three full days of free & ticketed events showcasing Stock Island’s culinary, entertainment, artistic, cultural & historic gems. There are four ‘signature events’ that I Love Stock Island is presenting and many events and activities being offered by individual Stock Island businesses. The Festival kicks off Friday Nov. [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
Hog's Breath Hog Trot 5K

Run off that turkey at the 23rd Annual Hog’s Breath 5K Hog Trot, Saturday Nov. 26, 2016. Race starts 8 am, course runs through Old Town and Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Online registration until Nov. 23 at or register at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St. Race package pick up at the Hog’s Breath Saloon Friday, Nov. 25, 5-7 pm and 7 am Saturday, Nov. 26. Free t-shirt for first 300 entries, after race raffle with great prizes. Partial proceeds to benefit [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
Art @ Happy Hour

Collections, Key West & The Lost Kitchen Happy Hour Wednesday, November 23rd Collections, Key West – Gift Shows for the Holidays! New artists works, arts & antiques from the past. Each show will build upon the next all the way up to Christmas! Join us for a step back into old Key West. 6810 Front Street, Stock Island Just down the dock from the Hog Fish, look for the red doors! Carpool if you can, parking can be a trick! 1st show – Happy Hour [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
Back in Time Fundraiser, November 30

Back in Time Fundraiser Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Celebrate the Custom House’s 125th Anniversary and support the crown jewel of Key West’s ongoing restoration needs. Period costumes encouraged. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at the Custom House followed by dinner, music and dancing at the Westin Resort & Marina. For more information, or to purchase a table, please contact Kim Livingston, Membership Coordinator, at ext. 106. Scotti Merrill Preservation Award Honoring Scotti Merrill in memoriam for her pioneering efforts and leadership in preserving [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
Show Off Your Ugly Holiday T Shirt! - December Fundraiser

Kick off the Holidays by proudly wearing your Ugly Holiday T Shirt on Thursday December 8th and help support the efforts of Kids Come First. Bring a new light weight sweatshirts(s)- children/teenager (all sizes) – You will help fill the shelves of the Kids Come First Closet benefiting the needs of the children throughout Monroe County, Suggested $10.00 donation if you do not have a sweat shirt to donate. Event runs from 5 to 7 pm at Blue Macaw with light appetizers, (cash bar) raffles [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
‘Warm Springs’ Will Screen at the Custom House Museum on Tuesday, November 22

Tuesday, November 22, at 6 p.m., ‘Warm Springs’ will be screened in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The multi-Emmy winning 2005 film stars Kenneth Branagh as Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his pre-presidency struggle with polio and the personal transformation that commenced upon his discovery of the warm mineral waters of Warm Springs, Georgia – where he eventually established the world’s first polio rehabilitation center – and the other disabled people he encounters [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #193, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
2017 McKee Fund Events

The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 10, 2017 for their annual fine art auction. This year, the auction will take place at The Studios of Key West. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar. The auction preview will be from January 30th until February [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #193, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
Youth Ambassadors Class I Graduated!

The first-ever Key West Youth Ambassadors Class last night graduated eight Key West High School students. This amazing group learned about City government and conducted its own City Commission meeting. Congratulations, Youth Ambassadors, the City of Key West is proud of the future you represent. A huge thank you also goes out to Lisette Carey, who coordinated the class, and Ambassadors Tiffany Pellicier and Gigi Varnum for their tireless volunteer work!

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #193, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 182016
MCSO Assessment for Continued National Accreditation

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES ON-SITE ASSESSMENT TO SEEK CONTINUED NATIONAL ACCREDITATION The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be undergoing the process of national re-accreditation in December. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive in the Florida Keys on December 11, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. “This assessment is a voluntary process to gain and maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 182016
Remembering Fallen Officer: David Cormier – Killed November 19th, 1989

This week, members of the Sheriff’s Office are remembering an officer who was killed in the line of duty November 19th, 1989. David J. Cormier, 31 years old, was a reserve deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office when he died November 19, 1989, from injuries he received when the patrol car he was riding in collided with a pick-up truck. The collision occurred about 10:55 p.m., on U.S. Highway 1 on Plantation Key at Mile Marker 87.5. Deputy Joseph Ferraro and Reserve Deputy Cormier [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 182016
Go "Back in Time with Custom House 125th Anniversary Celebration

Melody G Moore and Bob Bowersox channel historic elegance in preparation for “Back In Time” – Key West Art & Historical Society’s formal fundraiser with a history twist- set for Wednesday, November 30 from 5pm – 10pm. Break out your timely fashions and celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Custom House with an evening of revelry and cocktails on the veranda of the island’s architectural crown jewel located on 281 Front Street followed by dinner, music, and dancing at the Westin Resort. Party proceeds will [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
Fire Chief Honored for 30 Years of Service

The City Commission and the community had the opportunity this week to honor Key West Fire Chief Michael Davila for his 30 years of service to the City of Key West. “Chief Davila has served in almost every position in the department since he came aboard in 1986,” said City Manager Jim Scholl. Chief Davila was a captain in several capacities until he was appointed as Fire Marshal in 2008. A year later he was appointed Division Chief of Operations. In June of this year, [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 182016
Students to Move Full STEM Ahead with Key West Art & Historical Society and the Overseas Railway

The American industrialist, developer and philanthropist Henry Flagler built luxury hotels; and then built railroads to link the hotels, founding the Florida East Coast Railway. Now Key West Art & Historical Society will take students on a history and engineering journey as they launch both a new ‘Overseas Railroad’ traveling STEM-based workshop (science, technology, engineering and math) and pop-up exhibit, funded by a recently won, $100,000 William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust grant and host a hands-on bridge building workshop for children led by KWAHS [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club SHOW & SHINE this Sunday, November 20th

This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm. The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key, MM17. Prizes, 50/50 good food and cold beverages are available. The Club’s new sound system will provide 50’s and 60’s music. Bring the kids to [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #193, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »