Aug 182017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, Sunday August 20th

by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Arida Wright, Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Citizens Insurance Rate Hearing

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), will testify at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) rate hearing before the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) on August 23, 2017, vigorously opposing any further increases in windstorm insurance rates by Citizens for Monroe County. This is the eighth consecutive year that FIRM appeared and testified against further rate increases. In past years, no consumer organizations other than FIRM testified. The rate hearing will be held at 4:00 pm at Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus and can [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
@YesYoureRacist Crowdsources Social Preferencing

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The Twitter account @YesYoureRacist went up in 2012, but jumped from about 65,000 followers to more than 350,000 in the days following Virginia’s “Battle of Charlottesville.” After an army of  white nationalists rioted to “Unite the Right,” murdering one and injuring dozens, @YesYoureRacist admin Logan Smith swung into action to identify, then “name and shame,” the attendees. He’s getting lots of help. As photos of the thugs go up, the leads come in. At least one of the Charlottesville marchers is looking [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #232, Thomas L. Knapp 10 Responses »
Aug 182017
The Lower Keys Have Gained a Voice / New Group Formed

If you live in the Lower Keys on the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf, or the Saddle Bunch Keys here’s some very good news for you: THE LOWER KEYS ALLIANCE, INC The Lower Keys Alliance, Inc., has been formed to give additional voice to the wishes and concerns of residents of the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, and the Saddle Bunch Keys. The goal of the Lower Keys Alliance is to focus on issues affecting the [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Aug 182017
Magnificence & Beauty With A Purpose...

by John Donnellly……. Seeking medical services for wounds they incurred in combat has brought many veterans to the desk of Xenia Leonteva, a staff assistant for our county’s extraordinary Veterans Service Officer Gary Johnson. Ms. Leonteva’s brilliant handling of their concerns, is representative of her commitment and dedication to serve Monroe County’s veterans and their families. I’ve come to understand that Ms. Leonteva has volunteered to create, organize and participate in a truly spectacular event that will assist and benefit the clients served by our [continue reading…]

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Aug 182017
"Happiness Destination Syndrome"

by John Donnelly……. The pulsating life force within all creation reverberates on a continuum at set frequencies. These varying modulations present a vibration that’s delusively manifested in the material world as distinct “solid forms”. This illusion reinforced by our sensory experiences is a compelling optical deception exerting a powerful influence over our lives. This hoax once complete and accepted, sets in motion an alluring and farcical force purporting to be “Reality”. It births every manner of ignorance and misrepresentation. Thus, a precedent setting pattern for [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #232, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Aug 182017
A Good Book

by Kirby Congdon……. This past Sunday, August 13th (2017) Eric Bennett, in the New York Times Book Review, considers The World Broke in Two. Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein. The breakage suggested in the title refers to the end of rewriting the work of historic writers, translating it into contemporary language, and reconciling their own personal crises with their own creative lives. Mr. Bennett’s remarks end with this strange conclusion: The homage Goldstein [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #232, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 182017
Body Worn Cameras for Key Colony Beach Police Department

The Sheriff’s Office purchased five body worn cameras for the Key Colony Beach Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office Information Systems Division also assisted with hands on training for the devices. “We are happy to help our law enforcement partners with this important piece of equipment,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Key Colony PD works closely with the Sheriff’s Office and our partnership is a benefit to both our agencies and to the public we all serve.”  

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Aug 182017
Sanctuary Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for 13 seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for members and alternates representing the following seats: citizen-at-large/Middle Keys, citizen-at-large/Upper Keys, conservation and environment, diving/Lower Keys, fishing/charter flats fishing guide (member only), fishing/commercial marine-tropical, and South Florida ecosystem restoration. Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
Key West World Culture Dance Series Continues with Bachata

Swing your hips, slide your feet, and use your obliques in ways you’ve never used them before with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West, featuring the world-popular Dominica dance style Bachata. Part of the six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, the sensual Bachata will be taught on Monday, September 4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. Like salsa, merengue, cha cha [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
Public Invited to Visit Historic Stairs from the Film "The Rose Tattoo"

Dennis Beaver, founder and curator of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave., Key West, stands on a section of stairway used in the film, “The Rose Tattoo,” salvaged from the former Glynn Archer Elementary School, now Key West City Hall. In January, Beaver, a history buff and Williams enthusiast whose personal collection of the great American playwright’s memorabilia originally launched the Key West exhibit, discovered that the stairs, site of a romantic exchange between characters Rosa and Jack, played by Marisa Pavan and Ben [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
Students Experience Outer Space Adventures at Key West Art & Historical Society Mission Control ArtCamp!

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Mission Control ArtCamp!, which ran August 7-11, 2017,  challenged campers to create an atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. This interstellar adventure propelled the students to a new world and helped them understand what is necessary for human habitation. Camp activities included exploring our galaxy, creating one’s own galaxy, growing space crystals and experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. Key West [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Experts Share Ideas at Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop

If you are thinking of building a float for the 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade – and you should be! – reserve a space now for the Parade Design Workshop August 27 at The Studios of Key West. The Design Workshop puts you in a room with imaginative yet practical experts—parade and float designers who have hit the pinnacle of crowd pleasing and won awards in the past! This year’s panelists include Marky Pierson, Bob and Sue D’Antonio, Rochelle Eannarino and Sugar Kirk. Marky Pierson is [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Monroe County Fire Rescues Responds to Boat Fire and Truck Crash into a Tom Thumb

It was a busy couple of hours last night for Monroe County Fire Rescue in the Lower Keys. At 9:02 p.m. Wednesday, MCFR was dispatched to a boat fire at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Marina. When firefighters arrived, the approximately 35-foot catamaran was fully engulfed. MCFR firefighters from the Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key and Sugarloaf stations and Battalion Chief 1 assisted the NAS Key West Boca Chica fire department to extinguish the fire. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the putting out small [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
Key West Art & Historical Society offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving. The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
Lane Closures Begin Sunday for Garrison Bight Bridge Repair Project

REPAIR PROJECT FOR GARRISON BIGHT BRIDGE BEGINS SUNDAY NIGHT IN KEY WEST; EXPECT LANE CLOSURES Monroe County’s repair project for the 177-foot Garrison Bight Bridge in Key West will begin Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at 9 p.m. The work to replace the joints on the bridge deck and repave a portion of Palm Avenue will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., until the project is complete. The road work is expected to take about three weeks, but the contractor has until Sept. 30. During the first phase, beginning Aug. 20, [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
Refunds Available for Unused Discounted Tickets for Card Sound Bridge Toll

NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new All-Electronic Tolling System on Card Sound Road in North Key Largo will begin Sept. 1, 2017. The collection of tolls by tollbooth attendants will end at midnight, Aug. 31, 2017. Once the toll closes, unused discounted toll tickets can be returned to the point of purchase for a refund. Or unused tickets can be mailed to the Clerk of Court for a refund. The address: Clerk of the Court, P.O. Box 1980, Attn: Charlie Bradford, Key West, FL 33041. Please mail [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 182017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Erica Sunshine Lee at Hog’s Breath Saloon Erica Sunshine Lee, singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist, will appear at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, Aug. 21 – 27, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Lee has been called at the “hardest working woman in country music” and she credits her upbringing in rural Georgia for her work ethic. In 2014, the Georgia Country Music Awards named Lee “Female Artist of the Year.” Lee has four albums and toured not only in the US, but also in Australia and New Zealand. [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #232, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
Pool Safety: Keep Your Eyes on the Kids

Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1–4. In an effort to help reduce drowning among Florida’s children, the Florida Keys Health StartCoalition, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, would like to encourage everyone with a pool to participate in our new drowning prevention efforts.  Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes it takes for a parent to assist another child or search for a forgotten item. Do you have all [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #232, News, Public Notice No Responses »