Dec 162016
Deputy Needs Help Identifying Suspects

A Sheriff’s deputy investigating a credit card fraud case is asking for the public’s help to identify three suspects. The victim called to report his credit card number was being used fraudulently on December 6th. He said the suspects had used his credit card number at the Walgreen’s pharmacy in Marathon on 109th Street just before 10 p.m.

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #197, News No Responses »
Dec 162016
Vandenberg Wreck Added in Ocean Maps' Florida App

HOYT S. VANDENBERG IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN INTERACTIVE 3D DIVE MAP One month after the successful release of Ocean Maps’ Florida Scuba Diving App including more than 60 interactive 3D underwater maps the next highlight is coming: The world-famous wreck of the Vandenberg can be explored virtually now. The Florida Scuba Diving App by Ocean Maps is available in the Google Play and App Store. The USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg served as a navy ship for the United States Armed Forces. After serving, [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Dec 162016
BOCC Approves Transferring 169 Affordable Allocations to Marathon and Reserving 96 for Rockland Key Project

  KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Dec. 14 in Key Largo, the City of Marathon requested that the County transfer 218 of its affordable allocation units to the municipality for four shovel-ready projects and to deed restrict 34 existing market rate units at eight locations to affordable units. After a lively discussion, the Commission voted to transfer 135 affordable allocation units for two of the Marathon projects (HTG Crystal Cove Resort and Keys Affordable Development III). Both [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 162016
Mayor Seeking Appointees

Key West Mayor Craig Cates is seeking interested members of the community for appointment to the Contractor’s Examining Board. The openings are for one roofer and two citizens at large. Members of the board serve two year terms. Interested parties must either be residents of Key West or work or own a business licensed to operate within city limits. For more information, contact Lissette Carey at 305-809-3844 or go to

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 162016
Servergate/Hackergate: The Case of the Investigatory Double Standard

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On December 9, US president Barack Obama ordered a “review” of — an investigation into — alleged Russian hacking aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lauded Obama’s order, which seems aimed at, well, influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. On December 19, the electors chosen by voters on November 8 will meet in their respective state capitals to choose the next president of the United States. Under the [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #197, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Dec 162016
Trump on Military Spending: An Encouraging Sign

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As on most issues, president-elect Donald Trump has been all over the map on military issues throughout his campaign and post-campaign pronouncements. One day he muses about disbanding NATO, the next day he promises to “rebuild” the US military, which is already by far not just the most well-funded war machine, but the most well-funded enterprise of any kind on Planet Earth (the 2017 US military budget exceeds Wal-Mart’s 2015 gross revenues by about $100 billion). He’s hard to pin down. [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #197, Thomas L. Knapp 6 Responses »
Dec 162016
Florida Reefs Resilience Program Monitoring Shows Less Coral Bleaching than Previous Years, but More Prevalence of Disease

Big Pine Key, FL — December 12, 2016 The Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) announces the results of its Disturbance Response Monitoring (DRM) for summer 2016. In contrast to the past two years, analysis of data collected on Florida’s shallow coral reefs from Dry Tortugas to Martin County from August through October of 2016 revealed mild to moderate coral bleaching. Despite a relatively mild bleaching season areas of widespread coral disease were prevalent among the surveyed sites. For the 2016 DRM season, FRRP reports that 162 [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 162016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two charged with gun threats Two Stock Island men are in jail charged with threatening a couple with guns Saturday night on Stock Island. Deputies responded to Stock Island Apartments on 3rd Avenue at 9:30 p.m. to reports of a dispute involving guns. When they arrived, they found the two victims. The suspects had fled the area. The 17 year old female victim said she and her 18 year old boyfriend were walking to the parking lot of the apartment complex when a Dodge Charger [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 162016

by Ray Jason…….          It was my very first day in the Archipelago of Bliss, and I sat savoring a meal in a waterfront restaurant.  Even though the food was excellent, what was even better was the fact that I was not bouncing around while I ate it.  After two weeks of sailing here from Key West, it was sublime to be motionless. Before my fish sandwich arrived, a wrinkled, old fisherman rowed up to the restaurant dock in a small cayuco that was hand-carved [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Island Voices, Issue #197, Water World No Responses »
Dec 162016
Putting an End to Folly

by Kim Pederson……. Back in the fifteenth century, some believed that madness, depression, and stupidity were caused by something called “the stone of folly” or “stone of madness.” Said rock was purportedly inside the skulls of the afflicted personages, so, logically, the cure would be to open up the cranium and take the stone out (click this link for an “interesting” demonstration). Thankfully, as Jessica Parker tells us in her article “The Stone of Madness,” such operations were likely never done, except perhaps on stage [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #197, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 162016
SAVE THE DATE: Get Wild in the Four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Second Annual Outdoor Fest Set for March 17th-20th, 2017

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR announce their second annual Outdoor Fest—a week of action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—set for Saturday, March 11th through Saturday, March 18th. The event location spans the four national wildlife refuges established in the Florida Keys – National Key Deer, Crocodile Lake, Great White Heron, and Key West National Wildlife Refuges—and features expert-guided birding, nature walks, and boat trips; evening wildlife programs; nature [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #197, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
Dick Moody

by Kirby Congdon……. This past week I went to a showing of Dick Moody’s paintings at the new Gildea Gallery in midtown on southward near the Bank of America. Mr Moody has been a vibrant figure having designed a large, impressive, and contemporary shark for Key West on College Road. I saw, now, a new gift in his use of paint. He is an accurate and provocative professional doing pictorial scenes with a sense of humor on the side. Besides physically presenting in long, slim [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #197, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Dec 162016
It's Time for Term Limits - They Work

by Walter LaGraves……. Dear Editor: Thank God and Greyhound it’s gone…the election season is gone. Nonetheless we should give much thought to the wind that is sweeping our nation. It heralds a fundamental sea change in American governance. It’s clear that America is fed up with politics as usual, recently the Democrats have suffered crushing defeat after crushing defeat. The tsunami of change has impacted local, county, state, and federal governance. Recent national polling reveals that nearly 75% of likely voters support term limits for [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #197, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Dec 162016
Sheriff’s Office Participates in State Campaign: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

This holiday season the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out looking for drunk drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. With the holidays comes an increase in parties and celebrations. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that any decision to drive while impaired can have serious and even deadly consequences. Nationally in 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 29 percent (10,265) died in crashes where the driver [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 162016
The Everglades Foundation Partners with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to Save the Everglades through Literacy

Miami, Fla. – SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Everglades Foundation, Inc. announced a new partnership focused on educating young Floridians about the importance of saving America’s Everglades. Through the Everglades Literacy Curriculum, teachers help students understand the immeasurable ecological and economic impact of the Everglades ecosystem and why saving this national treasure is important to all Floridians and more than 70 threatened and endangered species that call it home. To watch a video on the partnership, please visit The Everglades Literacy Program is [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #197, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 162016
Everglades Restoration: Enough Reports / We Need Storage

CISRERP Releases Biennial Review on Progress of Everglades Restoration Palmetto Bay, Fla. – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP), a non-governmental body charged with providing Congress with independent and objective scientific information, this week released its sixth biennial review on the progress of Everglades restoration. The 2016 findings underscored declarations by more than 200 scientists that critical water storage outlined in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is falling far behind what is [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Environment, Issue #197, Water World 1 Response »
Dec 162016
New Eagle Management Rule Leaves Eagles at Risk

Washington, D.C.,: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) today released the final version of its long-anticipated revised eagle management plan. American Bird Conservancy’s initial assessment finds some positive elements in the rule, including a promise that eagle mortality data will be collected by independent, third-party experts using standardized methods. But we also see significant weaknesses and omissions. “While we are pleased with some aspects of the new rule, including increased transparency and independence of eagle kill data, we still have some serious concerns,” said [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Environment, Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 162016
Stock Island Woodworkers/Artists Carve Their Way into the Pages of a Hemingway Novel

Island art collectors take note: on December 15th and 16th from 5pm-8pm and Sunday the 18th from 10am-5pm, a pop-up gallery with a speakeasy feel will open its doors for an exhibit featuring “Old Key West” artists, ranging from the acclaimed late folk artist Mario Sanchez to the wood artist Karen Wray. In addition to Sanchez are Makiki and Jay Gogin, present-day furniture builders Jimmy Wray and Kris Roehrig, painters Molly Goodwin, Martha Cook and Tobias MacGregor, and metal artist/jeweler Pamela McLeod. Adding to the [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #197, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum

Get into the holiday spirit with Key West Art & Historical Society’s inaugural Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Wednesday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and promenade of the Custom House Museum. The free event will feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, and a spectacular holiday light show, along with free entrance into the museum and its two stories of exhibits. “It’s going to be an authentic holiday shopping experience and a great way for the Society [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #197, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “Welcome To This House”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues on Thursday, December 22 at 6:00pm in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with Welcome To This House, a feature documentary film creates a layered portrait of the person behind poet Elizabeth Bishop, from her childhood in Nova Scotia to her death in 1979. Part essay, part historical documentary, the 2015 film showcases interviews with poets, friends, and scholars that provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Director [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #197, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
This Week in the Arts Dec. 15-21

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, December 15 – Wednesday, December 21 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. KEY WEST ARTIST EXHIBITS/RECEPTIONS Thursday, 6 PM Walk on White, Exhibitions & receptions at galleries & shops along White St, including Artists @ the Armory, Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery. Stock Island Woodworkers/Artists Thursday, Friday & Sunday Safe Harbour Marina down the dock from the Hogfish 305-923-4778, THEATER Thursday – Sunday Nutcracker Key West Tennessee Williams Theater, [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #197, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club CHRISTMAS SHOW on the Key West Harbor

Sunday December 18th, Noon to 4pm, Custom cars, Antiques, Classics, Sports Cars, Street rods and Pickup Trucks will fill the parking lot at The Conch Republic Seafood Company, Green & Elizabeth St’s. for our annual Christmas Show & Shine. The event will be the eighth year collecting unwrapped toys for the children at the Monroe County Domestic Abuse Shelter. Seven trophies will be presented for Best Paint, Engine, Interior, Original, Custom and Best in Show. Bring a gift to vote for the ” Peoples Choice”. [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #197, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
Southernmost Magnolia at B.O.'s Fish Wagon Thursdays

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass, and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #197, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
1/15: Beloved Troubadour Jonathan Edwards @ Key West Theater

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan is likely [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #197, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 162016
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 Dec. 21 – 22, 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. Billy Nemec Duo returns to the Hog’s Breath Saloon Billy Nemec, lead guitarist of The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, an early jazz, swing group [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #197, Music, What To Do No Responses »