Jul 212017
The Wedding Boom: County Sees No Evil

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. She’s an amazing photographer: photos of endangered birds standing on the flats, manatees drifting over the seagrass beds. I point to an extraordinary shot of the sunset. “Well, the place is called Sunset Cove,” observes Louise with a smile. Along with her husband, Louise Lindsay has lived within that secret corner of Key Largo for the past 30 years. But like many others in the Keys, she now fears that the quiet peaceful days are over. Business, you see, has discovered their [continue reading…]

Jul 212017
Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The latest healthcare initiative from the Trump administration and the Republican Party’s leaders in Congress seems set to sink just like the last version. Mitch McConnell can’t seem to round up the votes to push it through the Senate, if anything the House is more likely to tear apart than pass the Senate version, and the White House isn’t getting anywhere with its attempt to mobilize the nation’s governors behind attempts to modify the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” Good. Even [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #228, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Jul 212017
Vehicular Assaults, Gridlock & Environmental Destruction...Endanger Our Lives & Islands...

by John Donnelly……. Being scolded and threatened by individuals visiting the Florida Keys with their large vehicles and trailers as they create traffic jams and dangerous driving conditions for the citizens that live here, because we’ve asked our County Commissioners to decrease their destructive impact, via the creation of a “toll road” for entry onto our islands, identifies a certain type of contempt, insensitivity and indifference for the safety and basic needs of Monroe County residents.

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #228, John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jul 212017
Social Amenities

by Kirby Congdon……. We love you, dear heart, even if you are queer. We only want you to relax and learn how normal people behave, you odd number, you! At least you got new shoes and gave up on those cowboy boots. It’s so nice when we don’t have to explain who you are any more. The power of love is so positive! Isn’t it? I said, isn’t it?!

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #228, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jul 212017
Consider the (D)evolution of Self

by Kim Pederson……. There are many ways to achieve the simulacrum of immortality, some purposeful, some accidental, some beneficent, some destructive, some self-serving, some selfless. Since no one outside the realm of fiction can (yet) achieve real physical immortality (more specifically “exemption from death or annihilation”), those who pursue it or have it thrust upon them end up in the “exemption from oblivion, lasting fame” category. One such person is Steve Jobs, the Apple guru who gave us the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, to name [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #228, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 212017
Two Day Sport Lobster Season is Next Week

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone the two day sport lobster season is coming up next week. Anyone who plans to participate catching lobster in Monroe County during the two day season on July 26th and 27th should make sure to familiarize themselves with both state law and with local ordinances in the Florida Keys. Details and information can be found at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltw ater/recreational/lobster/ Additionally, Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone who lives here and who is visiting: marine thefts commonly happen in the [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #228, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 212017
Rev. Stephen Braddock Retires as FKOC’s President & Chief Executive Officer After Seventeen Years of Service

The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Inc. announces the retirement of Rev. Stephen Braddock as FKOC’s President & Chief Executive Officer after seventeen years of service.   Rev. Braddock’s long career with FKOC began in 2000 as a planned “short six months” to help the homelessness agency transition to new management.  However, Rev. Braddock remained as a leader not just for FKOC’s mission and growth, but also among homelessness advocates in Monroe County. Under Rev. Braddock’s leadership FKOC has grown from one facility in Key West to [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #228, News, Special Event 2 Responses »
Jul 212017
‘Big Latch On’ Events Promote Breastfeeding in the Florida Keys

International World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated with three local events in Key West, Marathon, and Key Largo during early August. All breastfeeding families and supporters are invited to the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.   Visit “Keys Healthy-Start” Facebook page and check out the Events section. No prior registration is required. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. About the Big Latch On Celebrated in 120 countries, World Breastfeeding Week raises awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
Judge Peary Fowler, Author Ted Geltner at "Voices, Places, Inspirations" Hemingway Days Event

Judge Peary Fowler, president of the Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County board of directors, and Ted Geltner, author of “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews,” view photos of Fowler’s father, Commander Ed Stafford; the photo on the left taken during a visit to author Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba in 1959; the one on the right taken in 1958 when he appeared on the television show, “The $64,000 Dollar Question,” which prompted Hemingway’s Cuba invitation. Geltner was one of several [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
LAST CALL: Martha Hubbard Photography Exhibit at SALT Gallery

PICTURE PERFECT “POSTCARDS”:  “I am inspired by the old style of postcards and what they tell you about a place,” says photographer and celebrity chef Martha Hubbard. More than two dozen of Hubbard’s images are served up “postcard style” at SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming Street, in her exhibit “Postcards from the End of the Road”- on display until August 2. Hubbard’s exhibit features a glimpse at the Key West she loves: “the old houses, rusty fences, old trees, and the always-different sunsets,” she says.  Her works—printed on watercolor paper to [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #228, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
Key West Zonta Club Seeks Applicants For Martina Thurmond Scholarship

Scholarship Program Awards Women Advancing Their Careers The Zonta Club of Key West has opened the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,500 award will be provided to a woman at least 30 years of age enrolled as a new or existing student at Florida Keys Community College, for use to re-enter the workforce, advance her current career or make a career change. Applications must be received by July 28, 2017, and are now available on the club’s website. The scholarship’s namesake, [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
National Night Out – Mark your Calendars and Have Some Fun!

On Tuesday, August 1st, the Sheriff’s Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys. The goal of National Night Out is to bring the community together to discuss how we can all [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Baubles and Tchotchkes

Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Are your shelves filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming “Key West Collects” exhibit, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum in December. Keys residents who have their own unusual or impressive collections to loan should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305.295.6616 x112. The last “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in December 2013, included objects [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
<Monroe /> COMPUTE$ Awards $38,300 To Students In Monroe County

“During the school year ending June 30, 2017, <Monroe /> COMPUTE$ awarded $38,300 in prizes to 130 Monroe County students,” philanthropists John Padget and Jacob Dekker announced today. The prizes were earned by students who passed the national exams for industry certificates in information technology and computer science. Dr. Jerry Caputo, head of career and technical education in the Monroe County School District, said “Over 100 students in Keys middle and high schools earned their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificate.”  They had to demonstrate proficiency on three Microsoft internet-based tests:   Word, PowerPoint, [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #228, News No Responses »
Jul 212017
Human Services Advisory Board Recommends 26 Non-Profits For BOCC Funding

In 1991, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners created the Human Services Advisory Board (HSAB). The HSAB reviews applications from not-for-profit organizations that provide needed health and social services for the citizens of Monroe County and then makes funding recommendations to the County Commission. In the Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget, HSAB has recommended 26 non-profit agencies in the Keys receive a combined funding of $2 million – the same amount that was allocated this fiscal year for HSAB. The Board of County Commissioners [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #228, News No Responses »
Jul 212017
Cozumel Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Happy kids watch on this morning as Key West City officials cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished Cozumel Park on 19th Terrace in New Town. The park features basketball court, slides, a covered pavilion, and a splash pad perfect for cooling off from the summer head. In addition, it features a playing field named in the honor of Jonathan Wells, the 14-year old son of a Key West Firefighter who died in 2015 in a tragic accident. Wells loved baseball and was a member [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #228, News No Responses »
Jul 212017
The Virginius Affair: Key West Art & Historical Society to Host Presentation and Reception of Rare Naval Painting

On Friday, July 28, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to a champagne reception and presentation of “The Virginius Affair,” the only known painting that depicts an unprecedented show of naval force that helped postpone war between the United States and Spain in early 1874.  As part of the champagne reception, Florida Keys historian Tom Hambright will offer brief observations about this extraordinary painting by I.H.F. Düksen that evening in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. “The [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
John Dancho Named Civilian Employee First Half 2017

During an awards ceremony Thursday at the Grand Key Resort, Key West Police Chief Donie Lee named Telecommunicator John Dancho as Civilian Employee of the First Half, 2017. Dancho has served the Key West Police Department in Communications with dedication and professionalism for 19 years. He is part of the critical team that serves as a vital link between the community and the department. During his tenure he has served as shift supervisor and trainer. “Over the years, John has demonstrated unique initiative in research that — [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #228 No Responses »
Jul 212017
Vessel Turn-In Pilot Program Deadline Approaches

Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will accept applications July 26 through Aug. 18 for its new Vessel Turn-in Program (VTIP). The federally funded pilot program is for vessel owners who cannot afford to properly dispose of end-of-life boats that are anchored in Florida Keys waters. A VTIP Disposal Event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Key Haven Boat Ramp Facility, mile marker 5 on U.S. 1. The VTIP pilot program provides an opportunity for vessel [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #228, Water World 1 Response »
Jul 212017
37th Annual Hemingway Days Opening Event, Author Ted Geltner at Custom House Museum, Key West

Luke Geltner, 9, keeps his father, Ted Geltner (left), company during a book signing reception Tuesday evening, July 18, following the author’s presentation, “Hemingway & Harry’s Way” at the Custom House Museum in Key West, Florida. Geltner, whose “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews,” was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2016, shared insights and anecdotes about Harry Crews’ devotion to Hemingway, first as an aspiring writer, later as a teacher of the craft, and foremost as a risk-taking [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 212017
OIRF Preserves Historic Architecture

Old Island Restoration Foundation President, Kelly Friend, presented a check for $8,400.00 to Pastor Denise McLeod of Trinity Presbyterian Church 717 Simonton St. This grant was for upgrading of the electrical in the manse.  Clergy housing allows the ministers to be freed holding other jobs in order to afford living in our high rent city and concentrate on the congregation’s needs. OIRF earns funds to support historic preservation through their annual Home Tour series.  Homes are currently being sought for next season.  Show-worthy houses can be nominated [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #228, News, Special Event No Responses »