Feb 242017
Policing the Homeless:  Following and Ignoring “Threat Matrix” Guidelines

Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. Policing democracy is tough. Tasked to ‘protect and serve,’ police carry out their work within a political system that often makes them an instrument of competing political and economic interests. Far too commonly, police take the fall for the irregular, shifting, and highly political expectations of government officials.  Case in point  ‘management’ of  the homeless.  “Economic development,” which of course includes building and protecting tourism, has a very specific aesthetic:  There should be no visibly homeless people in Key West’s “One [continue reading…]

Feb 242017
Public Censure Makes George the Mayor, as Rest of Commission Is Worse Than George on Financial Reporting

by Rick Boettger……. I went to the County Commission meeting when it came to my neighborhood on Feb 15th in order to object to George Neugent, as the Commission’s honorary Mayor, giving ceremonial recognition to a local nonprofit that teaches leadership. My objection was threefold: First, they voted George in as Mayor within a month of his getting public censure and reprimand by the Florida Commission on Ethics. Second, the Commission sued the innocent members of a nonprofit board for two years, until it was [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:08 am * Featured Story *, ~ Column ~, Issue #207, Rick Boettger 6 Responses »
Feb 242017

Why LifeNet’s Proposal Must Be Addressed Guest Editorial by Mike Allen…….. It affects every resident of the Keys and everyone who visits. It has a direct impact on your personal safety, your family’s safety, and it could even affect the region’s tourism industry. It is the situation that has left the Keys’ air ambulance services in limbo. As you may have heard or read, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently voted to purchase an additional helicopter for Trauma Star, the county-run emergency air ambulance [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Editorial, Issue #207 4 Responses »
Feb 242017
FAVORite Events of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges- Run with Deer 5K

FAVORite Events of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges- Run with Deer 5K— Sheia Burghardt of Summerland Key trails an endangered Key deer at the finish line during a 5K in Big Pine Key last October. Another Big Pine Key race- the 3nd annual “Run with Deer” 5K run/walk is set for Saturday, March 18th, 2017, starting and ending at Big Pine Community Park on Sands Rd and wandering through rural roads located within the boundaries of the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #207, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242017
Florida's Shenanigans Make a Great Case for (Re-)Separation of Ballot and State

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In mid-February, Florida’s Division of Elections stripped the state’s third largest political party of its official recognition. Tallahassee’s excuse for ending the Independent Party’s ability to put candidates on the ballot and disenfranchising its 260,000-plus registered voters? The party organization’s 2014 financial audit wasn’t conducted by a Certified Public Accountant. Florida law doesn’t specify any such CPA requirement, and even if it did this dirty trick would exemplify the real purpose of so-called “ballot access laws”: To safeguard the Republican and [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #207, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 242017
Sheriff's Crime Report

New York man found in the water, dead Sheriff’s detectives and the Medical Examiner say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a 68 year old New York man, found in the water at an Islamorada resort early today. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Smuggler’s Cove Resort at the 85.5 mile marker of the highway at 3:30 a.m. to do a welfare check on 58 year old Dennis O’Rourke. O’Rourke was in the Keys visiting from Hicksville, New York. The [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
Secondhand Store

Who were you, out there, furnishing our home, composing our music, writing our books, or you, strangers, anonymous, who first wore my clothes, broke in my boots, provided my bibelots? And who are you, now, fingering my poems, reading my letters, discarding the irrelevant, putting aside the dispensable, dismissing what’s unessential, burning up the obsolete, rejecting the weak, the decrepit, the lame, or on top of your deep heaps of debris in their garbage pits, throwing away my name? Kirby Congdon  

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #207, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Feb 242017
An Exercise in Portendity

by Kim Pederson……. On April 20, 2016, Merriam-Webster posted this article in its A Thing about Words blog: “2,000 New Words and Senses Added to Merriam-Webster Unabridged.” Thankfully, it didn’t list all 2,000 words and senses, just a few to give you a taste of what’s new and now “official” in our language. These are words like “waggle dance” (what bees do), “dipsogenic” (producing thirst), “ICYMI” (in case you missed this it stands for “in case you missed it”),”hella” (extremely or much of), and “dox” [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #207, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 242017
Racing to Save What’s Endangered: Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge’s Outdoor Fest Helps Support These and Other Native Species

For those who live in or visit the Florida Keys for an extended length of time, the sight of a miniscule Key Deer wandering about might not be so unusual. But what about the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly, the Key Largo woodrat, the Key Largo cotton mouse, the Miami Blue butterfly, the Key tree cactus, the Stock Island tree snail, or the American Crocodile? Have you ever happened upon any of these creatures? Did you know they’re federally listed as endangered or [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #207, News, Special Event No Responses »