by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. What everyone knew was that Osman Torres Huete was going to be deported. His family had posted the $1000 cash bail for his release, but at any time during the next two days Border Patrol was going to pluck Osman out of the county jail on Stock Island and send him back to Honduras. However, when, against all odds, Mr. Torres Huete’s immigration lawyer, Reggie Smith, arrived at the jail on July 8th to challenge her client’s “unlawful detention” an embarrassing situation [continue reading…]
Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers and Monroe County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson are attending the 2017 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference with a mission to get the organization to adopt a resolution that supports responsible reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. The resolution, drafted by Monroe County, calls for reauthorization that prioritizes affordability, accessibility and sustainability as part of the national platform of NACo. The organization represents more than 3,000 counties across the United States.
by Thomas L. Knapp……. In Italian comic theater, Scaramouche is a clown, the boastful poltroon whose antics frequently bring him to grief. Presumably new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s name is related to that tradition. His personality seems tailored to it as well: He’s off to a running start with the boast that he’s going to put a stop to White House leaks. How? “I’ll fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it. You’re either going to stop leaking or you’re going to [continue reading…]
Groping Superintendent Gets Bonus and Lateral Transfer despite Raft of Violations Washington, DC — A national park superintendent repeatedly touched a female employee against her wishes, routinely made inappropriate comments, violated a number of rules relating to safety, alcohol, and gratuities, and failed a polygraph, according to an Interior Office of Inspector General (IG) Report of Investigation posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Despite these multiple violations and a referral for criminal prosecution, the superintendent received a cash bonus and was transferred [continue reading…]
National Park and Refuge HQ and Regional Offices Smaller Than Under Bush Washington, DC — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly said he wants to fill growing staff shortfalls in national parks and refuges by moving employees from headquarters and regional offices to “front line” field positions. But figures obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) indicate that there are not enough bodies in these agencies’ rear echelons to fill the gaps. PEER looked at staffing in the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. [continue reading…]
WOTUS Repeal Cost-Benefit Study Premised on Wetlands Having Zero Value Washington, DC — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has rigged the cost-benefit study justifying the repeal of an Obama clean water protection in order to reverse the overwhelming weight of evidence that the benefits outweighed its costs, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Pruitt and his political team decided not merely to lower the value of wetlands; they decided that wetlands have no quantifiable value at all and thus there is [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. At Full Metal Trivia Tuesday night at Mary Ellen’s, one of the questions that came up was “how many vaginas does a koala have?” Given that most mammals have one and not having a clue as to the answer, we guessed two. One spare is enough, right? Wrong. The answer was three. So, why does a koala and its compatriot marsupials have three vaginas? Short answer: because they can or, more correctly, because they do. Apparently, the tri-vage is not the only [continue reading…]
The Key West Police Department invites the community to come meet our officers and special units during National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30 until 7:30 at Bayview Park. The KWPD is joining law enforcement and first responding agencies nationwide in this annual event to increase awareness about our work in the community. There will be horses, dogs, special teams and more at this great family event. There will be an exciting array of displays and equipment used by the police, firefighters, and our military partners. [continue reading…]
All proceeds from this PBA-sponsored event go directly to help with Emily’s expenses. The Key West Police Benevolent Association will be holding a car wash charity fundraiser to support first grader Emily Gomez in her fight against cancer. The event is Sunday, July 30th from 10-4 at the Garrison Bight Marina at the corner of North Roosevelt and Palm Avenue. Emily is a 1st grader at Poinciana Elementary who was recently diagnosed with cancer. She will need to make routine trips to Miami Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy [continue reading…]
Big Pine man faces drug charges A Big Pine Key man was arrested on outstanding drug related warrants Monday night. 33 year old Daniel Stokes is accused of selling illegal narcotics to an undercover operative three times, once in February and twice in May. In February, he sold cocaine; in May, he sold Oxycodone and Xanax. All the sales took place on Big Pine Key. Stokes was picked up just after 10 p.m. on Avenue G, Big Pine Key. He faces multiple counts of sale of illegal drugs and [continue reading…]
For Fiscal Year 2018, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners certified the proposed aggregate millage rate to the Property Appraiser at 3.4149 at the Special Budget meeting Tuesday at the Harvey Government Center. This rate goes out on property tax bills (TRIM). This rate can go down but it cannot go up when the final budget is adopted in September. This is 3.1 percent less than last year’s aggregate millage rate. It also is 3.84 percent above the rolled-back millage rate, which is the [continue reading…]
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster deploys from Key West on Thursday for a 10-day mission in the waters of the Florida Keys, Marquesas and Dry Tortugas. The 187-foot vessel, one of the most operationally diverse platforms in the NOAA fleet, will survey fish aggregations and capture seafloor images as scientists focus on the connection between the network of marine reserves within the NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
BIG PINE KEY, FL – Monroe County Mayor George Neugent, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and County senior management staff recently toured the vacant, state-owned Big Pine Key Road Prison to explore possible County uses for the 10-acre site. The prison opened in the 1950s and once had housed inmates who had committed violent crimes. In recent decades, the facility on Key Deer Boulevard has been a minimum-security facility, home to 60 or so inmates who worked on road crews that maintained the Overseas Highway. In [continue reading…]
Andrew Bulla, a Florida Keys man who discovered a regional treasure while shopping for vintage car parts on eBay, has placed his find into the hands of the Key West Art & Historical Society in a gesture to foster its cultural and historical preservation. The one-of-a-kind, mint-condition cigar label progressive proof book created for and signed in 1897 by Eduardo Hidalgo Gato, founder of the E. H. Gato Cigar Factory, has been digitized for online viewing in the future, and is now on display in [continue reading…]
Letter to the Editor From Eugene E Nanay Jr. ……. Every year the residents of Monroe County are faced with this Dilemma; Do we want the 5–8 Million DOLLARS those LOUD, Noisy, Rude, Nasty, drunken bikers spend down here on their Annual four (4) day pilgrimage to the southernmost city??? Or do we continue the Yearly two(2) day MASSACRE of our local Saltwater Cockroaches, while Destroying our Reef, despoiling the Environment, leaving their garbage and trash, while contributing minimally to the local economy. The Bikers [continue reading…]
THE KEY WEST THEATER’S CONCERT LINEUP CONTINUES TO GROW FOR 2017/18 SEASON The Zombies, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Colin Young Band and Get The Led Out announced and on sale Wednesday, July 26th at 12pm Rams Head Productions has been pulling out all the stops to bring the best national entertainment to the Key West Theater and there are no signs of it slowing down. Just added to the current lineup are: The Zombies, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Colin Young, and Get The Led Out. “This is [continue reading…]
Fantasy Fest and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts are seeking original artwork for the 2017 Fantasy Fest Poster contest. Submit your most creative, eye-catching interpretation of the 2017 theme Time Travel Unravels for a chance to have your work showcased on the official 2017 Fantasy Fest poster and t-shirt. Along with the Time Travel Unravels theme, the winning artwork will reflect the culture, character and flavor of Key West. Photography, cubism, graphic design, watercolors and cartoons have all been used over the past 37 years. The winning [continue reading…]
Marine Deputy James Hager shows off a 7.5 pound lobster caught by Knee Deep Charters today. Deputy James Hager (pictured) and Sgt. Trevor Wirth are out on the water patrolling on Wednesday and they stopped to check catch on the vessel, operating near Geiger Key. “I think this one is legal!!!” wrote Becky Herrin, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, when she shared the photo with the press.
Beginning Thursday Aug. 3, SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will host local artist Garth Holtkamp’s newest offerings for the entire month of August. The show, entitled “Technicolor Tropic,” will feature contemporary architecture and stylized landscape paintings that exemplify the vibrant colors and unique architectural styles of Key West. To celebrate Garth’s newest pieces, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. onAug. 3. Garth is a self-taught painter native to Key West, making him a true [continue reading…]
Food and arts & crafts vendors are invited to apply to participate in the Fantasy Fest Street Fair, Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. The arts & crafts Street Fair is Friday only. Food vendors may apply for both days but Saturday vending spots are limited. Street Fair booths regularly sell out. Apply soon to get yours. On Friday, the Street Fair is an exuberant street party along Duval St. featuring a mix of the best food and artisans Key West has to offer as well as visiting vendors [continue reading…]