Jan 202017
Oceanside Marina: It's Getting Worse...

by Naja Girard……. The cloud over the new Oceanside Marina hotel is getting darker. For months questions have been lingering about the appearance of a luxury 175-room hotel on Stock Island when only 17 hotel building rights (called “transient ROGO’s”) were on file for the project (instead of 175). Well, things just got worse. There is good reason, this week, to question whether 12 of those lone 17 transient (hotel) ROGO’s even existed or whether they were created out of thin air using false documents. It [continue reading…]

Jan 202017
Key West and President Trump

LOCALS TALK ABOUT NEW PRESIDENT FEATURING ED RUSSO, AUTHOR OF “DONALD J. TRUMP: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HERO” by Arnaud Girard……. Donald Trump is now our President. What might be the effect, good or bad, of the new presidency on our lives, the local environment, businesses, our local school system, our relations with Cuba and more? Where local economy and new immigration policy collide Key West’s is booming.  Old fish houses and RV parks with handfuls of employees have been replaced by sprawling restaurants and high class hotels. [continue reading…]

Jan 202017
Health Care in Key West:  Knowing the Unknowable

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. I never thought that I would quote former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald “Rummy” Rumsfeld.  But I have been driven to his epistemology of  “know-ability” by my frustrating search for the “Primary Care Clinic” funded to the tune of a half-million dollars annually by the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District (LFKHD).  Donald Rumsfeld, the master of using power to deliver ‘strategized confusion,’ explained on February 12, 2002, that US government’s knowledge about Iraq’s passing of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am * Featured Story *, Issue #202, Martha Huggins 4 Responses »
Jan 202017
About that "Passive Park" at Truman Waterfront: Harry Bethel's Open Letter to the Mayor and City Commissioners

Mayor and Commissioners, I just want to say that I was on the Commission when we acquired the Navy property at the Truman Waterfront and I believe Commissioner Weekley was also on the Commission at that specific time. When we obtained the property there was no doubt it was very clear to the entire Commission that this was the last piece of waterfront property on the island for the residents of our Community. The intent was to turn this property into a VERY NICE passive [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #202, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jan 202017
Another Welch by Zuelch, Claims New Shallow Sewage Well Lawsuit

by Dump The Pumps……. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is in violation of a settlement agreement it signed last year to end litigation requiring a deep well for Cudjoe Regional and restricting use of the shallow wells only for backup, according to new litigation filed last Monday. Don DeMaria and Mike Laudicina, the two commercial fishermen who sued FKAA in 2015 to require the deep well, now allege that FKAA and the Department of Environmental Protection are intentionally violating the settlement agreement. “It’s another welch by Zeulch,” said DeMaria. [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #202, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jan 202017
FWF Continues to Push Legislature to Do the Will of the People

The Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) and its allies continue the legal battle to ensure that our state government uses the funding from the Water and Land Legacy Amendment, approved by 75% of voters in 2014 (Amendment 1), as the voters directed: to acquire and restore our remaining natural areas. On January 10, 2017, the Federation filed its Amended Complaint against the Florida Legislature, Florida Senate and House leaders and state agencies, specifically, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
Samaritans Save Children

Three Key West children were saved from drowning Saturday by quick-thinking Good Samaritans. Rev. Daniel John Anspach had just come home to his West Isle apartment when he noticed three kids at the pool. From his second floor balcony, he observed them jump into the pool’s deep end. He watched for a few seconds and realized they did not surface. His nearby neighbor Diana Reshetko Rosa and her father Anatoly Reshetko also saw the incident, and all three heroes bolted to the children’s rescue. Anspach [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
Monroe County Takes Steps to Address Sea Level Rise on Road Projects

Monroe County took several steps Wednesday to create a framework for dealing with County roads that need to be adapted to sea-level rise. This continues the small County’s leadership in addressing climate change adaptation at the local level. At its January monthly meeting, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners first adopted the final report of the “Monroe County Tidal Flooding Pilot Roads Project” for the Twin Lakes community in Key Largo and the Sands community on Big Pine Key. The BOCC also approved moving [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
A Reminder: What Insurance Is

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Elections have consequences,” outgoing US president Barack Obama once told Republican congressional leaders, and “I won.” He was right. One consequence of the 2016 election, in which the Republican Party maintained its House and Senate majorities and got a president of their own party, is the near-certain, near-future repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” What will replace ObamaCare? That’s far less clear, but president-elect Donald Trump, in a January 14 interview with the New York Times, promises “insurance for [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #202, Thomas L. Knapp 4 Responses »
Jan 202017
Running With The Bulls: Ernest Hemingway’s Grandson John to Offer Presentation at the San Carlos Institute as Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker

In 1926, Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” portrayed a dangerous, 875-meter run with bulls in Pamplona, which would subsequently become one of the most famous events in the world because of it. On Thursday, January 26 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Hemingway’s grandson and Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker guest John Hemingway will appear at the San Carlos Institute to present his own unique experience with the run and the Pamplona Posse affiliated with it. Every morning at 8am [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Monroe County Global Leaders Essay Contest Deadline Extended to February 1st!

The Experiment in International Living invites Monroe County, FL, high school students to enter our Global Leaders Essay Contest. Ten (10) to fifteen (15) winners will be chosen to receive competitive scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to one full scholarship, toward an Experiment program for this summer. Scholarships can be applied toward the program fee for any of the more than 30 programs in 20-plus countries. The Experiment offers.* Additional need-based financial aid will be made available to those who exhibit need in the application process. [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #202 No Responses »
Jan 202017
Mr. Science 600 B.C.

by Kim Pederson……. So, static electricity. Not something you think about every day. Not something you likely consider even on those days when your hair suddenly decides to jump up and go off in search of the invisible Van de Graaff generator someone or something just turned on in the room. Not even when you notice the cat hairs clinging to your t-shirt appear to be auditioning for some yet-to-be-announced Fantasia sequel. I’m only thinking about it now because of a Salon article that popped [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #202, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jan 202017
Social Engineering for Dummies

by Ray Jason……. There is only one town here in the Archipelago of Bliss, and although it is in a beautiful seaside location, it has avoided the curse of gentrification. You would never confuse it with a cutesy, sterile, tourist destination that beckons to the cruise ships. But even though it fails the “postcard perfect” test – it gets an A for Authenticity. And it would get an F from any Social Engineer. In my previous essay, I discussed how those who are obsessed with [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Island Voices, Issue #202 No Responses »
Jan 202017
FKMCD Swears In New Commissioners

Florida Keys Mosquito Control District swore in three commissioners prior to its January 17, 2017, Board Meeting in Marathon, Florida. Commissioners Brandon Pinder, Stanley Zuba, MD, and Jill Cranney-Gage were officially sworn in for their new four-year terms by the Honorable Ruth Becker. Commissioner Cranney-Gage represents District 1 (Portion of Key West through Key Haven). Commissioner Pinder represents District 3 (Portion of Key West). Commissioner Zuba represents District 4 (Marathon – except for Gulf side up to 64th street – up to Plantation Key). ~~~~~~~~ [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
Romero Community Meeting - Monday, February 6th

Please hold your calendar open for our upcoming community meeting. The meeting will again be held at the Marriott Beachside starting at 6 PM. As with our prior community meetings, my expectation is that it will last about 1 hour. I will send out an agenda approximately 10 days prior to the meeting. If you would like a particular topic addressed, please send me back a note. As always, this meeting is open to the community, not just the voters of District 5. Please feel [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
Valentine’s Day Free Weddings!

February 14, 2017 Free weddings and holy union ceremonies for locals of Monroe County. Provided to couples are the minister, the church, bouquet/boutonnière to borrow, taped music, and the opportunity to take pictures in the sanctuary and garden area. Couples must register together, at the church office. Please call Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center at 305-296-5888 for a registration appointment time. Weddings and holy union ceremonies will be conducted on Valentine’s Day at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, noon, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Unity [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #202, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 202017
Bid on Fine Art to Support Keys Artists at February 10 Anne McKee Artist's Fund Auction

Attendees can bid on the works of over 50 Florida Keys artists, ranging from renowned masters to emerging talents, at the Anne McKee Artists Fund fine art auction on Friday, Feb. 10th.​ The annual auction raises money for project-based grants to Monroe County visual, literary and performing artists. This year the auction will be held at The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street. The doors will open at 7pm and the auction will begin at 8pm under the guidance of auctioneer Tom Luna. [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
23rd Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival Announces New Attractions

Held as a fundraiser for the tiny historic island called Pigeon Key in the tropical Florida Keys, the two-day juried Pigeon Key Art Festival attracts exemplary artists and quality buyers from across the globe. The event takes place February 4 & 5 at the Marathon Community Park, MM49, Marathon FL. and offers more than 70 fine artists and craftsmen, delicious local cuisine and live art and auction by preeminent celebrity marine life artist, Wyland. Enjoy historical reenactments, entertainment, children’s activities and educational programming highlighting the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Friends of KW Library Jan. 23 Curt Richter

Famed photographer Curt Richter to speak at lecture series On Monday, Jan. 23, the Key West Friends of the Library welcome Curt Richter as speaker at their lecture series. The talks take place at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. The presentation is at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Richter has spent many years visiting Key West getting to know its people and its arts community. He has captured the city’s uniqueness [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Art, Issue #202, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Friends of the Library Speaker Frank Deford - Jan. 30

Sports writer and broadcaster Frank Deford to speak on January 30 Monday, Jan. 30, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Frank Deford to their Speaker Series podium. Lectures are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. The talks begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first serve basis. Frank Deford is a well-known sports writer and broadcaster. He wrote his first piece for Sports Illustrated in 1962, and is currently the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Naked Wanted Woman Arrested for Hitting Deputy A woman wanted on an outstanding warrant answered her door with no clothes on when deputies went there to serve the warrant. She then attacked the deputies and threatened to kill them. 53 year old Kim Larman of Silver Springs Drive in Key Largo was wanted for contempt of court reference a violation of an injunction for stalking. Sgt. Scott Ward and Deputy Christopher Kilmurray knocked on her door at 9 p.m. Wednesday. She answered the door completely [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
Paid Police Sponsorships Available

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…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Tom Hambright to Give Encore Presentation at Tropic Cinema

Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Tom Hambright to Give Encore Presentation at Tropic Cinema Due to popular demand, Key West Art & Historical Society will offer an encore presentation by Florida Historian and Former Navy Patrolman Tom Hambright on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00pm at the Tropic Cinema as part of The Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Hambright, a Retired Lieutenant Commander, will recount important events and his own personal experiences with the Navy in Key West. Tickets are available at [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Key West Art & Historical Society Celebrates Members with Free Porch Party Happy Hour

Key West Art & Historical Society Celebrates Members with Free Porch Party Happy Hour 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, January 20 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm while enjoying complimentary libations and refreshments at the Custom House Museum. For more than [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Thomas Mann Workshop: Registration Now Open

Register Now for workshop held on February 8 & 9, 2017, 9:30-4:00 each day Registration is open for the Thomas Mann Found Object Sandwich Workshop hosted by the Key West Art Center. This renowned jewelry artist will teach a two-day course on Personal Pin Making – The Photo Assemblage Brooch. Students are encouraged to bring photographs (old or new) and found objects such as buttons, heirloom jewelry or materials they find on the streets or in nature, and industrial materials (chain, electronic parts, etc.). These [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #202, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Pedestrian Bridge in Key Largo

Friday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. Mile Marker 103.6, south end of bridge on bay side KEY LARGO – A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Jan. 20 to celebrate the opening of a new 125-foot-long, 11.5-foot-wide pedestrian bridge over Marvin Adams Waterway. The pedestrian bridge completes the U.S. 1 Bayside Shared Use Path, which stretches from approximately mile marker 100 to 106. “This is a very special day for those of us who walk, jog, bike or just want to go from our hotel to [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #202, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 202017
Manatees Make Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts

Get creative this Valentine’s Day – do something extra special. Few gifts could rival a real, living manatee from Save the Manatee Club. Manatee gift adoptions given as a Valentine’s Day gift help to educate others about this unique, gentle marine mammal and also support the Club’s many conservation programs. Anita McCarthy from Fernandina Beach, Florida, decided to adopt a manatee for her “very special guy,” Kent Andres, also from the same locale, after visiting Blue Spring State Park, in Orange City, Florida. “I had [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #202, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 202017
SAVE THE DATE: Party Like a Hemingway with Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Philip Greene and John Hemingway

Connoisseurs of the cocktail will be intoxicated by “The Hemingway Experience,” a special Key West Art & Historical Society party and presentation set for Friday, January 27 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum courtyard, featuring special guests John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, and Phil Greene, mixologist and author of “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.” Greene, an attorney, writer, cocktail historian, and co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, will offer an evening of anecdotes, [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Reef Relief Spring Break Coral Camp

  Don’t Wait for Summer to Dive into Coral Camp! Join us for Spring Break Coral Camp for Kids! Reef Relief is now offering Spring Break Coral Camp 2017! Summer is coming early this year at Reef Relief! We are so excited to announce that we will be holding a week of Coral Camp this spring break! 6-12 year old youths will have the chance to explore and learn about our surrounding marine environment through exciting educational activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center in [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #202, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Key West Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Chennault

Key West Sunrise Rotary recently installed marketing and fundraising consultant Michelle Chennault as its third new member of 2017. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, provides community service, supports charities and funds college scholarships through events including BrewFest and a golf tournament. The club meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Marriott Beachside Hotel.

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #202, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 202017
Ashu Plays Impromptu Concert on Jan. 29

Solo saxophonist Ashu gives Impromptu Concert performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 29 Highly-regarded saxophone master Ashu, aka Ashu Kejariwal, will give his first Key West performance at an Impromptu Concert, at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. He’ll be accompanied by pianist Winston Choi. Ashu has been demonstrating to his audiences for some time that the saxophone can excel in classical concert music. “It’s really an incredible instrument,” Ashu has said. “It can play with such [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #202, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
John Hiatt at the Key West Theater

  Rams Head Promotions and Key West Theater announce John Hiatt on March 20th. Tickets on sale Wednesday, January 18th at 12 p.m. In April, the folk collective led by Scott and Seth Avett will launch their 2016 Spring Tour, making a stop in Baltimore at Pier Six Pavilion on June 3 & 4. The band will be releasing Live, Vol. Four, recorded during their 2014-2015 New Year’s Eve concert in Raleigh, NC, as a CD / DVD on December 18, 2015. The Avett Brothers’ [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #202, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
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…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #202, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Atlanta’s Mike Veal Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Mike Veal Band, Atlanta’s favorite party band brings its energy and excitement to the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., Jan. 23 – 29, rocking the night stage from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. The band plays a hot combination of blues, rock, and funk. Diverse musical backgrounds and regional influences color each member’s contribution to the tight sound for which the band is admired. Atlanta partiers and club patrons throughout the Southeast know the band [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #202, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202017
Sheriff’s Honors Members of the Quarter

On Friday in a ceremony in Marathon, the Sheriff’s Office recognized its members of the fourth quarter for 2016. These members were chosen for this honor due to exceptional service during the period of October – December of 2016. Left to right, Sheriff Rick Ramsay; Explorer of the Quarter Mako Geide; Deputy of the Quarter Alexandra Davis; Detention Deputy of the Quarter Anthony Lopez and Support member of the Quarter Human Resources Specialist Suzanne Alexander.

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #202, News, Special Event No Responses »