Jul 282017
Immigrant's Unlawful Detention: Who's at Fault?

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…]

Jul 282017
Monroe County Pushes for Resolution Supporting Responsible National Flood Insurance Program

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.

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
Send in the Clown: Scaramucci versus the Leakers

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #229, Thomas L. Knapp 9 Responses »
Jul 282017
On Sex Harassment National Park Service Still Doesn't Get It

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
Interior Not Top-Heavy Enough To Relieve Field

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
Pruitt's Massive Wetlands Shell Game

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
Clueless in Key West

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #229, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 282017
National Night Out Key West

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
Car Wash for Emily

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #229, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Jul 282017
Sheriff's Crime Report

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
Monroe County BOCC Certifies Aggregate Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster Deploys from Key West

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.

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
Monroe County Officials Tour State's Vacant Big Pine Key Road Prison for Potential County Use

  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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 282017
Florida Keys Man Discovers Rare Gato Cigar Progressive Proof Book, Now on Exhibit at Custom House Museum

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #229, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 282017
The Zombies, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Colin Young, Get the Led Out

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
Submit Your Artwork for the Fantasy Fest Poster Contest

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
"I Think This One is Legal!!!"

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.

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
SALT Gallery Hosts Garth Holtkamp’s “Technicolor Tropic”: Opening Reception August 3

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #229, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
Vendors Wanted for 2017 Fantasy Fest Street Fair

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…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #229, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 282017
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 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
Summer Smackdown: An Island-Wide Artistic Challenge

  Come sign up for an island-wide artistic challenge that calls for you to create original material around a specific theme in whatever artistic medium you want; visual arts (photography, film, sculpture, painting) or performing arts (short play, music, standup comedy, variety act, film). All are welcome! Kick-off and sign ups will take place at 512 Eaton Street on August 6th at 6pm. Final works will be shown at the Key West Theater August 23rd-26th to a ticketed audience.  For more information, please email juliet@thekeywesttheater.com

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #229, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
Aftercare Tuition Scholarships Funded by United Way of the Florida Keys

Marathon, FL- Due to the need for after school care for Marathon families, Marathon Lutheran School is excited to now offer tuition scholarships. Children in grades K through 5 can get transportation from Switlik Elementary School to Marathon Lutheran School (across from San Pablo and behind the Napa Auto Parts Building) where they will receive homework help, outside playtime, craft and cooking opportunities, nature study activities, and lots of loving care. The After school program at Marathon Lutheran School is open until 5:30 PM Monday [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
KWAHS Roller Coaster ArtCamp!

  Collbie Turner, 9, investigates the playful qualities of gravity, inertia, structure, and form using a marble and a roller coaster crafted from paper towel tubes during instructor Seana Cameron’s Roller Coaster ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello on Tuesday. Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! is held every summer at Fort East Martello, featuring themed weeks with auxiliary activities and excursions that include field trips to local museums, nearby beaches and gardens—all highlighting the abundant history and cultural assets of our islands while encouraging [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

West Texas Singer-Songwriter Cliff Cody Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. July 31 – Aug 6. “Chasin Whiskey,” Cody’s first recorded cut was recognized as a highlight of Julie Roberts’ album “Men and Mascara” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Since first playing the Key West Songwriters Festival, Cody has become a favorite and regular performer in the Keys. His soulful voice and story telling style of writing has helped [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #229, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
Fort East Martello Receives 2 Million-Dollar Grant for Renovations: ADA Upgrades Complete

The 155 year-old Civil War fort on South Roosevelt Blvd. is getting some much-needed repairs, renovations, and upgrades this summer, thanks to 2 million-dollars in grant funding for various projects from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and the Board of County Commissioners Bricks and Mortar grants. Renovation projects on the Key West Art & Historical Society stewarded museum include roof repairs, brick repointing, a new parking lot for the Pines Park, and ADA upgrades— the latter recently completed by Barracuda Builders of Key West. [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #229, News, Special Event 1 Response »