Mar 312017
Is Key West Military Housing Making People Sick?

March 31, 2017 by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. [Story summary below, please see video above] For over a month we’ve been following the stories of military families who claim that living on base on Sigsbee Island is making them sick. They say something in those houses is causing an alarming number of health issues and their children are the main victims.

Mar 312017
Sanctuary Cities and DoJ Funding: The Hypocrisy of Jeff Sessions

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In a surprise White House appearance on March 27, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intent to make America’s cities less safe and more vulnerable to crime unless he gets his way. He didn’t say it quite like that, of course. In fact, he asserted the opposite, accusing so-called “sanctuary cities” of “mak[ing] our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets” and conditioning future grants from the US Department of Justice’s Office of Justice on certification [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #212, Thomas L. Knapp 6 Responses »
Mar 312017
Rudd Re-Declares Governments' Lost War on Strong Encryption

by Thomas L. Knapp……. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is upset. She considers it “unacceptable” that she can’t read your private chat messages and wants that fixed. Naturally, she publicly ties her demand that you surrender your privacy to the fight against terrorism. Fortunately, Rudd won’t get her way. That’s not because her demand is evil and wrong-headed, although it is. It’s because her demand is impossible to implement.

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #212, Thomas L. Knapp 2 Responses »
Mar 312017
Q&A with Tito Davis, Author of Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive

What if tomorrow, you had to leave your family, your home, and everything you’ve ever known to become a fugitive in a country where you couldn’t even speak the language?   Do you think you’d survive? Dan “Tito” Davis did. In his real-life memoir, Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive, written while serving a 10-year prison sentence, he details his shocking story of the 13 years he spent on the run from the United States federal government. Davis was released in 2015 and [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #212, Literature, What To Do 1 Response »
Mar 312017
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) Offers Free Flood Mitigation Workshops throughout Monroe County

FIRM wants to help you “Keep Your Head Above Water” with a series of flood mitigation workshops. The first workshop is in Key Largo at the Murray Nelson Government Center on March 30, followed by Key West on April 6 at the Harvey Government Center, and finishing in Marathon at the Marathon Government Center on April 11.  All workshops will be held in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers from 5:30-7:30 pm. You can pre-register by calling FIRM at 305-294-3476, emailing, or signing up [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Trauma Star's Two Helicopters Transport Five People in One Shift Sunday

AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE ALREADY HAS AIR LIFTED 202 PEOPLE IN 2017 On Sunday evening, Monroe County’s Trauma Star air ambulance service had the busiest day in its history. In just a four-hour period, Trauma Star responded to two vehicle accidents 53 miles apart and a stabbing, transporting five people to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. A sixth person was air lifted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Air Rescue. As of March 26, Trauma Star’s two medically equipped helicopters – which can carry [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key Largo man charged with burglary A Key Largo man was arrested last Friday, charged with burglarizing a the business he works for. 37 year old Jerry Duckworth works for All American Towing and Tires in Key Largo. On Wednesday the owner of the business called the Sheriff’s Office to report an electric drill valued at $660 missing from his business. He told Deputy Bryan Branco he had surveillance cameras on his property. He said he’d reviewed the video and it showed his employee, Duckworth, [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Make US 1 Safer

Dear Editor, What can be done or who can we put pressure on to make US1 safer? Just recently there was yet ANOTHER head on crash where multiple people were air lifted. At certain areas on US1 there are “rumble” bumps that are either embedded into the white line or grooves that have been carved into the road. GREAT!!! But that does not solve the head on problem because BOTH of these warning systems are on the outside to warn against a driver running off [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #212, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 312017
"Tom Walker LIED"

Dear Editor, When Tom Walker “claimed” that the CRWS would be processing 964,000 gal. in raw sewage per day using the 40%/25% estimated agricultural usage he was so full of CACA his breath smelled. I CHALLENGE Tom Walker to come up with Any DOCUMENTATION of agricultural usage to substantiate Tom Wakers WILD ASS GUESS. I personally use 0(ZERO) gallons of FKAA water to irrigate my crops as I lived on a cistern supplied water for 9 (nine) years before Hurricane Georges and then I got [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #212, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 312017
Sheriff’s Office Nationally Reaccredited – Receives Excellence Award

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was nationally reaccredited this past weekend at the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement conference held in Mobile, Alabama. Sheriff Rick Ramsay traveled to Mobile to accept the reaccreditation and to accept the added “Excellence Award”. Requirements for receiving the Excellence Award are arduous, requiring compliance with CALEA’s Gold Standard Assessment model, a more rigorous form of assessment that measures both compliance with accreditation requirements as well as the impact of accreditation on an agency. This gold standard model involves [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Book Review: "The Only True Power is in Connection", Poems by Andrea K. Willison

by Kirby Congdon……. A feminist literary magazine, 13th Moon, originally promoted the publication of poems by the late Andrea K. Willison. The collection, consisting of 91 poems, is entitled The Only True Power is in Connection. These words are the roots of a poem in themselves. They suggest the solidity of this author’s work and why there have been several printings of the book. My curiosity was immediately piqued by the first three lines when I opened the book in a perfect binding of 152 [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #212, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Mar 312017
Paradise Lost-Paradise Found

by Bob Holzhei……. Six miles out from shore in the waters of the ocean called the Atlantic, aboard a 21-foot Sea Cat center console, the fishing trip of a lifetime began. The anchor was lowered and shrimp were used as bait on the number one long shanked hook. Even though 25-pound Spider Wire was on the open-faced reel either a Mackerel or Barracuda cut the line. Twelve-pound Flora Carbon, a lighter line was more successful in landing fish. Also, used as bait was Ballyhoo, cut [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #212, Water World No Responses »
Mar 312017
Florida Department of Health Address County Health Rankings

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and acknowledges the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool recently released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort, [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
New Silver Airline Service to Key West

Silver Airways Announces New Non-Stop West Palm Beach – Key West Service and Slashes Fares Up to 50% with No Change Fee Freedom Fares* Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Silver Airways’ has announced it will start new non-stop service between West Palm Beach and Key West on May 25, 2017, and has slashed its fares up to 50 percent with its low Freedom Fares*. In addition to substantial savings, Freedom Fares provide travelers flexibility to change their flights with no change fees. Silver’s new West Palm [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
New Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Nature Center Completes Phase One

“We are extremely excited that the first phase of our new nature center is now complete,” said Refuge Manager Daniel Clark. “However, the work is only just beginning as we continue to move forward to open our doors in the summer of 2018 pending funding. Our vision for this nature center is a community gathering place for both locals and visitors where they can learn about the many special plants and animals that can only be found in the Florida Keys. We look forward to [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Domestic Abuse Shelter Hires New Executive Director

Marathon Shores, Fla – The Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS) Board of Directors today announced the hiring of Sheryl Schwab, MS, LMHC as the agency’s new Executive Director. In making the announcement, DAS Board Chair Jennifer Powell said, “Sheryl is an experienced leader having served in several of the state’s certified domestic violence centers. Her commitment to domestic violence survivors and their children is evident in her passion for our important work.” Schwab began her career in the domestic violence services arena at Women in [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
 Margaritaville Resort Joins Papio’s Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach with Donation

Magaritaville Key West Resort & Marina recently joined Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Papio’s Pals” with a $3500 donation towards their Kinetic Coaches in the schools’ education program for the second annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Bike Parade. Six groups of students will be assisted by the Kinetic Coaches over the course of six weeks in the creation of their kinetic sculpture float for the May 6 parade. The parade is the centerpiece of a full weekend of kinetic revelry running May 5-7, inspired by [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
Meet Steve King: Papio Ambassador & Kinetic Sculpture Float Artist

Craftsman and inventor Steve King is one of several artists selected to be a “Papio Ambassador” for the Second Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a mobile sculpture and art-bike processional that will roll through downtown Key West on Saturday, May 6, powered by the creativity and whimsy of artists and assemblers of all ages. King has been awarded $500 to help him with his creation, an amount divvied from more than $8,000 in support funds available for select artists [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
Key West Art & Historical Society Launches “Museums & Me” Programs for Children and Families: First Partner is Oldest House Museum

Young children and their parents have an opportunity to learn more about their cultural heritage through the efforts of the Key West Art & Historical Society with a series of museum programs tailored just for them. Their newest partnership is with with the Oldest House Museum, located at 322 Duval Street, which is stewarded by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Together, on Saturday, April 15th from 10:00am -11:30 am, the two organizations will offer a fun-packed morning of bubble play on the Oldest House lawn. [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
Tennessee Williams Exhibit Announces Contest Winners

The Tennessee Williams Exhibit announces winners of the three contests offered as part of its March celebration of the 106th anniversary of William’s birthday. Michele Byrne and Karen Beauprie won first and second place in the professional category of the plein air painting contest and Sandy Curtis and Katharina Arnold won first and second place in the recreational category. Jessica Argyle was first place winner and James Mill second place winner in the short story writing contest. The first and second place winner of the [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #212, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 312017
Mckee Artists Fund Grant Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2017 Anne McKee Artists Fund grants. Grant monies are generated by the Fund’s annual fine art auction which was held on February 10th with the donating artists receiving 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work and the McKee Fund receiving the remainder to go toward grants to Florida Keys artists. The McKee Fund awards grants each year in amounts of up to $2,000 to assist with project-based endeavors by individual visual, performance, and literary [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #212, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 312017
Public Meeting for Stock Island Roadway Improvement Design Project

  Monroe County Engineering Department is designing a roadway improvement project for Stock Island. A Public Outreach Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Stock Island Fire Station #8, 5655 MacDonald Avenue, Stock Island. The project limits will extend along MacDonald, Maloney and Peninsular avenues. While the project construction start date has not yet been established, this meeting is an opportunity for the public to understand the projected scope of the project and to have input [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 312017
Seven Mile Bridge Run will Impact Traffic

On Saturday, April 1st the Seven Mile Bridge Run will shut down traffic both north and south for two and a half hours at the Seven Mile Bridge. Travelers should plan to be across the bridge by 6:30 a.m. to avoid being stuck on one side or the other. Traffic flow will resume at 9 a.m., but usually takes at least an hour after that to get back to normal flow. Please plan any travel accordingly and please be patient during the traffic disruption.

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #212, News, Public Notice No Responses »