Apr 212017
Alleged Drug Dealer Back in Jail

An alleged drug dealer, out on bond after being arrested in October, is back in jail facing further felony charges. Benjamin Lawrence, 31, was facing three felony counts for selling crack cocaine and two other felony charges for using a communication device for drug sales. After Lawrence posted $145,000 in bail, the Key West Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit purchased crack cocaine from Lawrence during an undercover operation.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #215, News No Responses »
Apr 212017
"Buy American, Hire American" is Anti-American

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On April 18, US president Donald Trump visited the Kenosha, Wisconsin headquarters of Snap-on to speak in front of an American flag made of the company’s tools and publicly sign an executive order titled “Hire American, Buy American.” The order itself is small beans — it just orders four federal agency heads (Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and State) to “review” policies and recommend changes that tend toward hiring and spending domestically instead of abroad. But such changes would just increase Americans’ [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #215, Thomas L. Knapp 8 Responses »
Apr 212017
Riding a Big Ball of Wibbly Wobbly*

by Kim Pederson……. In his book Time Travel, author James Gleick provides, according to the jacket blurb, “a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.” I’m only into the first chapter so far, but Gleick seems to be living up to the blurbomise [book jacket promise of stellar content]. It all began, in literature at least, with H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, as Gleick describes: Our hero fiddles with [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #215, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Apr 212017
Where Is the Funding Coming From?

Editor: The School Board has voted unanimously to purchase a piece of land on Stock Island for $3.25 million to locate its new transportation center. There was no discussion as to why this piece of land as opposed to any other is so important as to pay above the appraised value. The land also contains a building about which there was no discussion as to its condition and usability. More importantly, the School District plans to do its due diligence regarding the property after the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #215, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 212017
Term Limits

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Our Florida Mosquito Control Authority is considering term limiting themselves. I salute them. However a board member seems to be set on setting the term limits so high that the entire purpose of term limiting would be nullified. A member is suggesting that terms be limited to a total of 16 years…16 years. That is just too darned long. The President of the United States is limited to 8 years in office. That’s enough. In Florida our Governor is limited [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #215, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 212017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop A Sheriff’s detective arrested two women after a traffic stop in the city of Key West when he found them to be in possession of drugs and a gun. The detective spotted the green Kia Soul southbound on Trinity Drive just after 7 p.m. He saw the car run the stop sign and turn right on Northside Drive, then quickly accelerate. As he was following the car, he measured its speed at 50 miles per hour in [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Abused Horse Finds New Home in Key West

No one who meets Trigger today would believe the shape he was in when he was confiscated from his owner in November, 2016 after a 700 mile ride from South Carolina to Miami. The horse was emaciated, with saddle sores on his back so severe he would not let anyone near him because of the pain. He also had terrible sores in his mouth. His owner had been riding him with the bit in his mouth backwards, he said to “give him better control”. The [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
FKMCD Releases Wolbachia Mosquitoes on Stock Island

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in conjunction with MosquitoMate (www.mosquitomate.com), released 20,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on Stock Island Tuesday as part of a field trial of a new control method. The field trial involves the release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a naturally-occurring bacterium called Wolbachia. When a Wolbachia-infected male mates with a wild female Aedes aegypti, the resulting eggs do not hatch. During the 12 week evaluation, a thousand male mosquitoes, which do not bite, will be released from [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Lionfish and King Mackerel Among Marine Topics Discussed by FWC

At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed exciting new lionfish removal incentive opportunities and also approved management changes to the king mackerel fishery. 2017 Lionfish Challenge FWC staff gave a report to the Commission reviewing the successes and lessons learned from the 2016 lionfish removal incentive programs and proposing the implementation of a new and exciting statewide 2017 Lionfish Challenge. More than 164,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters between May and December 2016 thanks to members [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
First Keys' Affordable Housing Development for Seniors Outside of Key West Opens!

Key Largo, FL – On April 20th a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of Monroe County’s only rent restricted, affordable housing for low-income seniors outside of Key West. Paradise Point Senior Living Community residents are 55 years of age or older. The project started leasing in January and the complex will begin a waiting list shortly. Amenities of the newly constructed complex includes: 42 one and two-bedroom apartments, a community room, fitness center, computer lab, landscaped grounds and all units have patios and [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #215, News, Special Event 5 Responses »
Apr 212017
FWC Updates Management Efforts as Number of Nesting Eagles Continues to Increase

The bald eagle is one of the great conservation success stories. The bald eagle was removed from state listing in 2008 and since that time, the number of nesting eagles in Florida has continued to increase. With a healthy eagle population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is updating management efforts and conservation actions. Historically, bald eagles have faced many challenges. Habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and pesticides greatly reduced eagle numbers in the United States. The Florida eagle population has soared since the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Last Call: Cuban Master Photographer Raúl Corrales Exhibit of Rare Hemingway, Cojimar, and Cuban Revolution Images at SALT Gallery

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?— The work of late Master Cuban photographer Raúl Corrales is on exhibit until May 4 at SALT Gallery in Key West, featuring a portfolio of images that offer a compelling documentary and a rare opportunity for fine art collectors, Cuban history and Hemingway buffs, and photography enthusiasts alike. Included are images Corrales captured of Hemingway and his Cuban fisherman friend who inspired The Old Man and the Sea, and several from Corrales’ best-known work—the Cuban Revolution. Images like the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #215, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Creations Underway: a Q & A with Artist Susann D'Antonio

Creative rebels and rabble-rousers take note— Key West Art & Historical Society wants you now! The 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is ready to roll through downtown Key West from 12:00PM-1:00PM on May 6, and like any good parade, the more registrants, the merrier! The family-friendly cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes promises a kaleidoscope of kinetic conveyances that celebrate imagination, innovation, and the clever sense of satire and recycled metal sculptures of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. This year’s parade [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
Nation’s Kinetic Parade Craze Hits Key West with 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Set for May 6

Key West has long been known for its kinetic energy, but on May 6 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, it’s about to become quite literal when the 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade rolls through downtown Key West with its cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes. The Parade celebrates creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation— key ingredients in kinetic parades across the county. The [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #215, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
Date Change for Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party

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…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
“Let’s Tea Party” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center Splashes on Saturday April 29th with A Mermaid Flair

If learning about the island’s holistic and creative business community amid enchanting merfolk lore and delicious complimentary organic teas and lattes sounds like an afternoon made for you, The Green Pineapple Wellness Center’s this month’s “Let’s Tea Party” on 1130 Duval Street has the perfect offering. The free monthly event continues on Saturday, April 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, featuring Southernmost Mermaids Allison Delashmit and Kimberly Wallen of Southernmost Mermaid School and Kdub Designz. Wallen and Delashmit will offer a mystical afternoon mixed with mermaid [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #215, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
Willie Drye, Author of “Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935” to Appear as Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series Guest

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00PM– 7:00PM, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes author and National Geographic News Contributing Editor Willie Drye to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum as Distinguished Speaker Series guest. Described by eminent meteorologist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as “a reporter with decades of experience and a real knack for exploring the human dimensions of a natural disaster,” Drye’s book, “Storm of the Century: The Labor [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #215, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
Volunteers Needed for the I Love Stock Island Spring Clean Up on Earth Day, April 22nd

The I Love Stock Island (ILSI) Initiative will hold their Take Stock in the Rock Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 22nd from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Volunteers may check in at Monroe County Fire Rescue Station #8 – Stock Island at 5655 MacDonald Avenue for gloves, bags and assignments. ILSI is teaming up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Code Enforcement dept., Solid Waste & Public Works departments and Waste Management to help keep Stock Island a better place to live, work and play. [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
Youth Summer Sailing Camp

The Key West Community Sailing Center will be offering a youth summer program again this year for students ages 6 to 17. All classes will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be ten, one week sessions, running Monday through Friday. The dates for these sessions will be: June 12 to June 16 – Beginner Class (9-17 years) June 19 to June 23 – Beginner Class (9-17 years) June 26 to July 30 – Intermediate Class (9-17 years) July 3 to July 7 [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #215, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
Arbor Day Tree Planting Event

The City of Key West, the Trophia Butterfly Foundation, and the Monroe County Extension Service want you to come out and get your hands dirty! On Saturday, April 29th the community is urged to join us for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Bayview Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Rakes and shovels will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring gloves, hand shovels, and a great attitude! The Arbor Day tree planting will be held on the Jose Marti side of Bayview Park, [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #215, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 212017
Saturday Commercial Recycling Starts Soon!

If your business hasn’t signed up yet for weekend recycling, there’s still time. The City of Key West and Waste Management are teaming up to offer weekend commercial recycling starting on Earth Day – April 22nd. The service will be helpful for businesses that need pickups six days a week, or those whose busiest days are over the weekend. And commercial recycling accounts can save a business money. For more information, contact Key West Solid Waste Coordinator Dee Dee Green at 305-809-3776 or dgreen@cityofkeywest-fl.gov

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Randy McAllister Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon Texas singer-songwriter Randy McAllister and his band will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s late-night gig, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., April 24 – 30. McAllister’s brings a winning combination of great performance, original compositions and the credibility of a Grammy nominee to the Hog’s Breath. McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. His music has been hailed as some of the most original and innovative being played today. While comparison’s are [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #215, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
KWPD Gets Thank you from Northern Neighbor

Police Chief Donie Lee welcomed Phillip Rossborough, of Kennebunk, Maine, to Key West today. The high school student was in town on vacation with his family, and had a special gift to present to the Key West Police Department. Rossborough wove Thin Blue Line wristbands for every Key West Police officer. He started making the bands after the ambush-killing of five police officers in Dallas. Nine other officers were injured in the 2016 incident. Rossborough says that attack and other unrest around the country moved [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #215, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 212017
Boxes of Bears!

The Key West Women’s Club donated box-loads of healing happiness to the Key West Police Department today. Clark and Jean Shannon presented Chief Donie Lee with a slew of teddy bears that will be used by officers to comfort kids in difficult situations. Our sincere thanks to the Key West Women’s Club!  

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #215 No Responses »