The Key West man accused of shooting a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the chest in an October 2015 firefight on Stock Island has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Sadly, automobile accidents are a common occurrence these days in the Southernmost City. Last Saturday’s car/scooter accident on Truman and White was tragic, leaving a Delray Beach police officer dead and a second officer seriously injured, and according to the initial police report, released on Thursday, the driver of the car may have been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
Monroe County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a serious house fire at 424 County Road on Stock Island on Wednesday at 10:19 a.m. The house was occupied by three people at the time of the fire and all were able to get out on their own. Two persons were uninjured and one person was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center for evaluation. Firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt and Sugarloaf stations responded within 4 minutes of the call. Engine 9 of Big Coppitt supplied [continue reading…]
Efforts to protect Key deer from a recent New World screwworm outbreak reached an important milestone this week, surpassing 90 days without a confirmed screwworm-infested animal. The milestone represents a significant reduction in the risk of additional reinfestation of the screwworm, which threatened not just Key deer, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but people, wildlife, domesticated animals and livestock. The administration of oral doses to Key deer of anti-parasitic medicine has been stopped following this week’s milestone.
by Thomas L. Knapp……. At the beginning of their first terms in office, US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were invited (and accepted the invitation) to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies in South Bend, Indiana. This year, university president Father John Jenkins tried to avoid an obvious and seemingly inevitable controversy by snubbing new US president Donald Trump, going instead with a “safe” speaker: Vice president Mike Pence. Not safe enough, Father Jenkins. In fact, according to student protesters, [continue reading…]
The American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million and consists of alligators of every size. They are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem, but should be regarded with caution and respect. During spring when temperatures rise, alligators become more active. Although alligator incidents are rare, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida [continue reading…]
Florida Congressmen Carlos Curbelo and Charlie Crist have re-introduced the Flood Insurance Fairness Act that would require the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide rate relief to Americans paying flood insurance for non-primary residences. “Across the country rental properties like those affected by this bill not only serve as primary income for many landlords, but also provide reasonably priced housing for the workforce in our coastal communities,” said Curbelo. “This bill is critical to South Florida, especially for residents of the Florida Keys that [continue reading…]
On Wednesday, May 3, from 10-11am, Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special Curator-led tour of the acclaimed current Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum exhibit “The Navy in Key West.” The tour is free, but museum admission rates apply (KWAHS members enjoy free museum admission). Reservations (maximum 15 guests) are required. The symbiotic relationship between the U.S. Navy and Key West extends as far back as the 1820s. For nearly two centuries, the two have journeyed through periods of menacing pirates, [continue reading…]
A Key West man was arrested for cocaine trafficking and possession of a large amount of marijuana after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Monroe-HIDTA task force stopped a van driven by 61 year old Paul Fraga at 2 p.m. on Atlantic Boulevard in Key West. The van had illegal window tinting on it, precipitating the stop. A strong odor of marijuana was noticeable inside the vehicle as the detectives spoke with Fraga at the driver’s side window. “We informed Fraga [continue reading…]
by Malcolm Willison……. The Key West Poetry Guild held its annual reading to celebrate Black American poetry at the AME Zion Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. It is also appropriate to consider this event as an important preliminary to the April celebration of National Poetry Month. Vicki Boguzewski, a coordinator of the Poetry Guild and organizer of this event, introduced each reader with brief relevant material on the development of Black American poetry. The first reader was Felix Pradas, who discussed the [continue reading…]
Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson spent a busy few days in Tallahassee last week to advocate for legislation and appropriations important to the Florida Keys – and to participate in various meetings involving County issues. County officials attended a Cabinet Aides meeting, which is a precursor to the more formal Cabinet meeting next week that releases Monroe County’s annual Area of Critical State Concern report. The Aides also received a report about the progress [continue reading…]
by Capt Ed Davidson, former School Board member……. Dear Editor, After attending more than 400 School Board meetings over the years, some unfortunate tendencies have become both clear, and chronic. Worst of these is the School District bureaucracy’s tendency to become self-justifying and lacking in transparency during periods when there was no Taxpayer Watchdog on the Board with the grit to worry more about getting it right, than getting along; about going to the mat instead of going with the flow – and such compliant, [continue reading…]
Dear Editor: Well folks, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority met last Tuesday. The issue of term limits was discussed. It appears that most of the Commissioners are in favor of term limiting the board. To quote Martha Stewart, “that is a very good thing”. But it looks like some commissioners seem to be in favor of term limits of 12 to 16 years. It looks like your input has made a difference. Dear Friends: term limits are a “very good thing” but such a [continue reading…]
Dear Ms Rashein, Please inform the people who you represent why the State of Florida continues to Discriminate against the CHILDREN going to school at the Big Pine school??? All up and down SR-5 there are Marked School Zones. Even Religious schools. Some of these school zones actually have Traffic lights and uniformed officers monitoring the intersection. However not on Big Pine Key. What the State has chosen to Protect our children on this Widened portion is SR-5 is four (4) removable traffic cones with small [continue reading…]
ATTENTION SHOPPERS!!! Have you noticed lately the Unbelievable prices advertised in the Local Flyers??? Porterhouse $5.99/lb, New York Strip, $4.99, T-Bone $5.99, Rib Eyes $5.99. USDA INSPECTED. I’ve been Cooking since I was 6 years old and I haven’t seen prices this low in 10-15years. There must be a gimmick, so I did some calling and found out that this advertised beef is NOT American Beef. It was born, grew up in either Australia or Mexico, then shipped here, inspected by the USDA inspector and [continue reading…]
The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host this month’s free audio/visual presentation by the late historian and archaeologist Irving R Eyster on Monday, April 17th at Island Community Church, MM 83 at 6:30 P.M. The presentation will show many of the industries and businesses from the past going back to the early 1800’s through today. Many fortunes were made and lost in the Florida Keys. Indians had trade here long ago. Stories of the wreckers, the salt industry, the tobacco factories in Key West, pineapple farming, [continue reading…]
On Wednesday evening, April 26, 40 ticket holders will experience a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, 1125 Duval Street, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show performed by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth). Ticket proceeds from the dinner, after-dinner entertainment and silent auction will benefit a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses. “The Key West City budget provides for the stable at the Truman [continue reading…]
After a sold out 5-country European tour Blues legend Popa Chubby brings it on home for some featured US dates in January and February. The Chubbster will be playing selections from his new release “The Catfish”, as well as selections from Chubby’s prolific 25 year career. www.popachubby.com. Green Parrot, April 21 and Alril 22, 5:30 and 10:30. April 23, 5:30 Soundcheck.
Akron’s ‘Highway 61 Band’ Plays The Hog’s Breath Saloon Akron, Ohio’s “Highway 61 Band” returns to the Hog’s Breath Saloon, playing the late-shift gig, April 17 – 23, playing the late-night gig, 10 pm – 2 am The Highway 61 Band has not changed its commitment to the harmonica driven roots of rock and boogie blues. The bands line up today features: Mike Lenz: guitar, harmonica, vocals; Pat Hughes: bass and vocals;Paul Labins: drums, vocals, and Bob Moughler: vocals and harmonica. The Highway 61 Band [continue reading…]
The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was created in honor of the Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanely Papio and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
On Thursday, April 20 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum. Ayers-Rigsby will offer a presentation that will explore former top secret sites associated with the Cold War that were located in the Everglades and throughout South Florida. “Cold War archaeology is part of what archaeologists often refer to as [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed April as Leadership Monroe County Month in honor of that program’s 25th anniversary. Leadership Monroe County is a non-profit, community leadership program that has been educating and informing County leaders since 1992. Its long-term goals are to develop strong, dedicated leaders working for a sense of community throughout Monroe County and the City of Key West. Since its creation, over 550 leaders from the county’s business community, government entities, military installations, education system, medical profession, non-profit organizations, creative arts industries, [continue reading…]
Key West Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday proclaimed April as Fair Housing and Community Development Month. Although federal law prohibits housing discrimination, Key West takes particular pride in its acceptance of our “one human family.” The City of Key West, through its housing and community development programs administered by the Key West Housing Authority with the support of the Key West Association of Realtors, civil rights groups and community development organizations supports the Federal Fair Housing Act and the principles it embodies.
Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents “29 Points of Interest” A Trolley Tour through Time On the islands of Islamorada April 15th Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. The tours begin at 10:00 and 11:30 am. Tours will take approximately one hour. Reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased on site. Adults are $15.00 a person, children six and under are free. A staffed tent will provide information, ticket purchase, books, t-shirts, historic photographs and memorabilia for sale. Join us for a colorful and much acclaimed historical [continue reading…]
Local Sculptor Enjoys Big Sales with New Works in Stone Following on the tremendous success of her first one woman show, Visions in Stone, Gildea Contemporary Gallery on Southard St. has extended the show dates to allow more of Sally Wernicoff’s fans to view and purchase the unique works in alabaster, marble, and clay. “We couldn’t be happier with our sculpture,” says local art collector Sylvia Weinberg who showed up early for the opening with her husband Samy in order to get first pick of [continue reading…]
Saturday, April 15 at 1:30pm at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Dr. Bill Irwin, Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College, will give a presentation on “GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: separating fact from fear.” Meet at the Chapel in the KWTF&BG on College Road – turn at the light on U.S. 1. Free for members and students; $5 for non-members. Call 305-296-1504 or visit kwbgs.org. As the human population continues to grow, efficient food production becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, the agriculture [continue reading…]
Attention all Conch Republic ambassadors, dignitaries, patriots and citizens: Due to a non-hostile scheduling breach, this year’s Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm. Hosted by the Conch Republic CIA – sshhh! – who are celebrating their first decade, and the recently formed 82nd Auborne’s branch, $10 admission includes C-rations and other enticing edibles, first drink, entertainment, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and one of [continue reading…]
STOCK ISLAND, FL – Are you curious about the significance of the “Dazzle” mural that was painted on Monroe County’s Stock Island Fire Station in 2014 as part of Monroe County’s Art in Public Places program? Now there is sign that explains artist David Harrison Wright’s painting. Monroe County maintenance workers Tony Gartenmayer and Ben Sanchez recently installed the 26- by 31-inch sign upon a keystone coral pedestal. It says: “In honor of Stock Island’s maritime history, artist David Harrison Wright chose the dazzle style [continue reading…]
The public is invited to join members of the Conch Republic Navy, the Conch Republic CIA – Sshhh! and the 82nd Auborne’s at Fort Zachary Taylor, Friday, April 21 at high noon for the official raising of the Conch Republic colors. The occasion, undertaken with due pomp and circumstance, kicks off more than a week of Conch Republic Days Celebration events commemorating that fateful day in 1982 when the republic was conceived in strife as “a sovereign state of mind” that “Seceded Where Others Failed.” [continue reading…]
The Key West Art Center celebrates the 5th Annual Associate Members’ Show with an opening reception on Saturday, April 15th from 5 to 7 PM. The show will feature work in a variety of mediums by artists who help support the Art Center. Invite your friends to come and see a diverse show that will capture your imagination. Be reminded once more of the creativity and talent that is so prevalent in Key West, reflecting the natural inspiring beauty of our island. The Key West [continue reading…]
The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 27th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-four enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-week class. They join the more than 500 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens. During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl congratulated the graduates of Class 27. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates, during the April 4th City Commission meeting, recognized the 45th anniversary of the Florida Association of City Clerks. The association, formed in 1972 to develop the professional status of city clerks in Florida, has 575 members statewide. The Key West City Clerk’s office has three fully certified members of the organization, and the newest member of the office is pursuing certification as well. “The state and is proud to have one of the largest certification programs in the country,” reads the proclamation, [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is working hard to make child safety education and supplies available to all Keys parents, and to ensure that Keys children are all riding in appropriate car seats when passengers in a vehicle. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the Child Safety Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm, at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church (2610 Flagler Ave, Key West). Certified car seat technicians will be available to check installation on car seats already installed, [continue reading…]