Jun 092017
Women's March Florida Key's Statement Re-Sheriff's Lack of Policy

Women’s March Florida Keys Demands a Clear Policy from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Regarding the Questioning of Florida Keys Residents about their Immigration Status As Monroe County residents and constituents we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Department regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning.  As there is no clear policy or [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 11 Responses »
Jun 092017
A FOND FAREWELL / LifeNet Closes Key West Base

Guest Editorial William Deans, flight nurse and long-time Key West resident……. Call it six degrees of separation, or maybe just how a tight-knit community works: with LifeNet operating in the Florida Keys for ten years, it’s hard to find a resident who doesn’t know someone whose life has been touched by air ambulance service.

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Editorial, Issue #222 No Responses »
Jun 092017
Ed Russo Appointed to Planning Board

Commissioner Sam Kaufman has chosen Mr. Ed Russo as his Planning Board Appointee to serve out the remainder of former planning board member Crisity Spottswood’s term. Ms. Spottswood was appointed by former Commissioner Mark Rossi, and just recently stepped down after three years of service to the board. Commissioner Kaufman conducted a series of interviews with potential candidates and found Mr. Russo to be a great fit for the Planning Board. Mr. Russo comes with a keen understanding of the environment has an extensive and [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 092017
Monroe County Has Begun Surveying Neighborhoods that Repeatedly Flood

This week, Monroe County staff and their contractors began surveying neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. This “Repetitive Loss Area Analysis” is part of an ongoing effort to obtain greater discounts for most of the 15,000 flood insurance policy holders in unincorporated Monroe County through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards required by the National Flood Insurance Program – to protect [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Rejection Slip

  Rejection Slip Is there any tension that one can mention deeper than the apprehension of condescension in the printed invention that says “your ability to write with facility has held our attention. Good luck elsewhere.” In practising hypocrisy it takes agility to convey civility with such serene duplicity. Kirby Congdon

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #222, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jun 092017
Surely We're All Mad People

by Kim Pederson……. “Surely we’re all mad people, and they whom we think are, are not.” This line from Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy (TRT) appears on the title page of Joe Orton’s play What the Butler Saw. TRT was first performed in 1606 and then published in 1607. It has been described as a subversive black comedy. Orton’s play is one also, as are his other works Loot and Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Some examples of SBCs in film are Nurse Betty, Pink Flamingos, They [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #222, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jun 092017
Pruitt Moves to Politicize Superfund Cleanups

New Policy Enables Administrator to Bypass Staff and Dispense Favors to Industry   Washington, DC — The Trump-appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to take personal control of all major toxic cleanup operations under the Superfund program, according to an agency memo posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  This new arrangement allows him to bypass staff experts and confer one-side benefits on corporate polluters. The May 22, 2017 memo by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt directs that all decisionmaking on [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Critter Cam Goes Live in Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

  A Live, Local, “Critter Cam” has been established on a backcountry island in the National Key Deer Refuge.  The camera is focused on a pair of nesting white-crowned pigeons, who currently are incubating two eggs in their nest.  We welcome the public to view the live video feed at their convenience by visiting either the National Key Deer Refuge or the Great White Heron National Wildlife Websites and then clicking on the critter cam links. www.fws.gov/refuge/National_ Key_Deer_Refuge/ or go DIRECTLY to the CRITTER CAM [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Southeastern Grocers Issues Voluntary Recall 

Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs sold in all Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más stores  JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, is issuing a voluntary recall of Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs. This product was sold in an 8-ounce package. The recall is due to undeclared allergens found in the product. This product was sold in Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and in Fresco y Más stores stores in Florida. The [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man charged with multiple drugs A Marathon man was arrested after deputies found him in possession of numerous different kinds of drugs. Deputy Matthew Cory responded to the parking lot of the Overseas Lounge at 1 a.m. after dispatchers received reports of someone passed out in a truck. When the deputy arrived, he located 37 year old Hayes Culbertson sitting in his truck, scratching off lottery tickets. He approached the truck and, as Culbertson rolled down the window to talk to Deputy Cory, the deputy [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
June 15th Proclaimed 'Gilbert Baker Day'!

Key West City Commission Chambers were filled Tuesday as the community kicked off Pride Fest. And part of the celebration of this city’s solidarity against intolerance, Mayor Craig Cates proclaimed June 15th Gilbert Baker Day in honor of the creator of the rainbow flag. Baker created the flag in 1978 in honor of his friend Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Milk, who was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, was assassinated in 1978. [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #222 No Responses »
Jun 092017
Department of Health Hosting Upcoming Community Meetings

~ Florida Department of Health in Monroe will be presenting public health survey results for Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently completed three community health assessments involving resident input in the Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach. The department is inviting members of the community to participate in three upcoming community meetings where research specialists will be presenting the results of these assessments. These three communities were chosen as part of the department’s Community [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Castaways Against Cancer - Kayaking for the Cure

18th Annual Tour American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kayaking Team Cancer affects all of us in one way or another. You may have a family member who has battled the disease or a friend or a co-worker. Cancer can not only do physical damage to the body, but can leave permanent scars on its victims and their loved ones. These are the people for whom we paddle. The mission of the Castaways Against Cancer is two-fold. The goal is to not only find a [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
New Card Sound Bridge Electronic Toll

SPEED-REDUCING ELEMENTS DESIGNED INTO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CARD SOUND BRIDGE ELECTRONIC TOLL NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new electronic toll at the Card Sound Bridge in North Key Largo will begin Aug. 1, with a scheduled completion date of Feb. 8, 2018. No tolls will be collected during this time. The last hand-collected tolls will take place July 31. At that point, unused discount tickets can be returned for a refund. The construction phase of the project will start with the demolition [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Gerald Adams Elementary Groundbreaking

GERALD ADAMS ADMINISTRATORS READY TO BREAK GROUND, AJAX BUILDING CORPORATION READY TO BEGIN THE NEW BUILD   WHO:   Gerald Adams Elementary students, staff, and administrators; Ajax Building Corporation; Harvard Jolly Architects; invited guests WHAT: Gerald Adams Elementary School students, staff and faculty are ready to break ground and start constructing a new building. Ajax Construction and Harvard Jolly Architects are working with the District to improve the learning space at Gerald Adams. WHEN: Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am WHERE:  Gerald Adams Elementary [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 092017
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Grant Opportunities/Deadlines

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Call to Artists Requests for Grant Proposals, Deadline June 30, 5pm The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is seeking Monroe County artists of all genres (visual, music, dance, literary, etc.) to apply for two grant opportunities. The deadline for Artists in Schools and Special Projects grants is June 30 at 5 pm. Online applications can be found at www.keysarts.com or click application links below. Artists in Schools The Artists in Schools Grant program invites teaching artists in [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Pride Week 2017

Mayor Craig Cates helped kick off a week of celebration by proclaiming June 7th through the 11th as Key West Pride Week. Since the late 1970s, the Key West Business Guild has been promoting Key West as a LGBT travel destination. “Key West made history by electing the first openly gay Mayor,” reads the proclamation. In addition, this community “presented the world with the Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag and has always been a leader of LGBT rights and protections for our nation.” The city’s [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Q&A with Mystery Fest Key West Guest Author Randy Rawls

Soon to appear as a headlining author at the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West, June 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, author Randy Rawls is a man of mystery. He’s past-president of the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas private-eye series, the Tom Jeffries South Florida private-eye series, and the Beth Bowman South Florida private-eye series, as well as short stories in various anthologies. His latest, “Justice Secured,” is a standalone featuring Josh Hawkins, ex-Army [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
It’s About Crime: The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, June 16-18

How does one disarm a bomb? How many bullets does a particular type of firearm hold? What’s the perfect poison? Writers and fans of all genres can get the inside scoop on these questions and more at the 4th annual Mystery Fest Key West, running June 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., in Key West, Florida. “Anyone who writes successfully knows that credibility in details is what separates the pros from the ‘cons,’” said Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
Equality March and Rally for Unity and Pride

EQUALITY MARCH AND RALLY WILL BE THE GRAND FINALE AT THIS YEAR’S PRIDE PARADE ON JUNE 11 Women’s March Florida Keys Chapter to host Equality March and Rally for Unity and Pride on June 11. The Equality March will end at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with an Equality Rally. Speakers include Stuart Milk (the nephew of Harvey Milk), County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, and others. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is a grassroots movement taking place June 11 in more than 110 cities across [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Teacher and Librarian Scholarship Deadline is June 15

The Key West Literary Seminar is offering full scholarships to teachers and librarians from around the country to attend this year’s Seminar, “Writers of the Caribbean,” held January 11-14, 2018, at the San Carlos Institute in Key West. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 15. Scholarship packages include a full waiver of the Seminar registration fee of $575 and need-based financial assistance to offset lodging costs. Scholarships for local teachers and librarians are also available through arrangements with the Key West Public Library, Key [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Dr. Bruce Boros Day

The Key West City Commission last night paid tribute to retiring cardiovascular specialist Dr. Bruce Boros for his extensive service to the community by naming June 6th as Dr. Bruce Boros Day. Throughout his 32-year career, Dr. Boros has cared for the community with all his heart. In the early 1980s, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, he resurrected and formed the local Lower Keys Heart Council which dedicated all funds to local needs, particularly to those families with children who needed financial assistance [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Doctor’s Simple Tips For Parents to Help Kids Beat the Heat During this Sizzling Summer

Parents reminded not to wait for child to says they are thirsty Summertime is here which means kids are out of school and temperatures are rising. That combination has Dr. Mayrene Hernandez reminding parents about the signs of dehydration in kids and sharing tips to keep their little ones hydrated. Dr. Hernandez, United Healthcare Group’s (www.uhc.com/) Florida Medical Director, says hydration is particularly important for children as they have higher water requirements than adults. Their cooling system isn’t fully developed. The surface area of a child [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Dump the Pump Day

Thursday, June 15th is National Dump the Pump Day and the City of Key West is urging everyone to use public transportation. This marks the 12th annual Dump the Pump Day celebration promoting energy-saving public transit. The city remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and we urge the community to do the same. If you haven’t tried the bus, give it a shot. You may find that traveling to work in air conditioned comfort may just suit your lifestyle while reducing the number of [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Future Firefighter Scholarship

Key West High School graduating student Billie Jo Carter is the recipient of the Richard and Nina Wardlow Memorial Scholarship. The award was presented during Class Night by Key West Fire Department’s Captain David Zarate, the first recipient of this award 20 years ago, and Captain Jason Barroso the Fire Academy facilitator. Billie Jo was a student in this year’s fire academy. She plans to use the money to further her firefighting education and become a firefighter with the Key West Fire Department. She is [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »