Dec 302016
Oceanside Marina: Bait & Switch

December 30, 2016 by Naja Girard……. He is renowned for his real estate prowess, selling 100-million-dollar hotels in Key West as if they are going out of style: Parrot Key Resort on Roosevelt Boulevard in 2014 sold for $100,000,000 and only 1 year later, in March of 2015, The Marker near Key West Bight sold for $96,250,000). Pritam Singh, dubbed the Donald Trump of the Keys, is now ready to unveil his latest creation: Ocean’s Edge Key West on Stock Island (the old Oceanside Marina). People will say, “It’s [continue reading…]

Dec 302016
GUEST COMMENTARY: PEER Follows Up on FKAA's Fake Environmental Assessment

by Margaret Blank……. Keys media generally serves to downplay the failings of FKAA officials. FKAA documents reveal that Toppino has done over $20 million with the FKAA in the last ten years – $12.4 million of that on the Cudjoe Regional project alone, despite public reports of only $1,000,000 in FKAA contracts. Not only that, Toppino benefited heavily from questionable bid shuffling on the now-failing Big Coppitt project, the details of the bidding process closely guarded from the public. If you want to know how [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #199, Margaret Blank 4 Responses »
Dec 302016
Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi's Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, As we are about to ring in the New Year, Monroe County’s Board of County Commissioners and our County government staff are proud of what was done to enhance the lives of our citizens and visitors this past year. Below are the some of our top accomplishments for 2016. 1. Passage of the 2016 Florida Keys Stewardship Act: The County’s legislative team worked together with State Rep. Holly Raschein, Sen. Anitere Flores and the Key’s municipalities to pass this new state legislation. It [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #199, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Dec 302016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man charged with multiple burglaries on Little Torch Key A Little Torch Key man is in jail charged with multiple burglaries on Little Torch Key. Deputies responded to Lobster Tail Trail on Little Torch Key Christmas morning to reports of multiple vehicle burglaries. When they arrived, they began speaking with victims and discovered two attempted residential burglaries and a boat burglary as well. Investigations led officers to a home on Coral Shores Road, Little Torch Key. They identified several people who lived in the house [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #199, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 302016
"We're in the Clown Car to Crazy Town"

That is how one federal employee explained why he could not predict what would happen to the environmental program where he works in the coming months. While the impending Trump presidency shares some hallmarks of previous transitions under Reagan and George W. Bush, there are fundamental differences. So, while PEER has been to this rodeo before, we have not seen this set of crazy cowpokes. One big difference is how capricious and changeable the Trump campaign and transition has been. One day he says human-induced [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #199 No Responses »
Dec 302016
About That Foreign Meddling in US Presidential Elections ...

by Thomas L. Knapp……. So we had an election and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won it. If I had all the ink that’s been spilled on why and how Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I’d be an ink tycoon. Much of what passes for analysis focuses on alleged “foreign meddling” in the election. There certainly was some of that. There always is. But some meddlers get more attention than others. Mainstream anti-Trump opinion leaders claim that the Russian government, at the [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #199, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Dec 302016
Three Teens Saved from Capsized Vessel

  Marine Deputy James Hager found and rescued three Orange County, California teens today from a capsized vessel offshore of Little Torch Key. The boys, 18 year old Zachary and 16 year old Jacob Sowder and 18 year old Brent Shishido, were on board a 22 foot rental boat about 2.5 miles off of the ocean side. They were anchored in about 30 feet of water when their boat started taking on water. By the time they got the anchor line cut, the boat had [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #199, News, Special Event 2 Responses »
Dec 302016
Flora and Fauna of the Florida Keys Course Enrollment

FIU has opened enrollment for our third semester (January – April 2017) of Flora and Fauna of the Florida Keys. This course consists of ten classes, each one a Saturday morning field trip (walking on easy trails) through a different part of the Florida Keys. Use the active link above to access the course registration website.

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #199, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 302016
Veterans Apologize to Japan For Using Nuclear Weapons

St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military family members, released an apology to the people of Japan for U.S. usage of nuclear weapons. This apology is in conjunction with a call to President Obama to also apologize to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Pearl Harbor. Veterans For Peace expresses our deepest condolences to all those who were killed and maimed, and to their families. We apologize to the Hibakusha, the survivors of [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #199, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 302016
New Coming-of-Age Novel Recalls South Florida in the Stormy 1960s

Author Book Signing and Q&A Friday, January 6 at 6:00 PM Books and Books at The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040 Laced with humor and peopled with colorful characters, The Skinny Years, by award-winning author Raul Ramos y Sanchez, recalls South Florida during the 1960s, a decade rocked by the seismic shocks of the cold war, the civil rights movement and the hippie counter culture. Called “gritty and witty” by Foreword Reviews, The Skinny Years is drawn from memories [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #199, Literature, What To Do No Responses »