Aug 252017

See comments from Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers about the issues brought up in this documentary by clicking here. [Commissioner Carruthers was traveling and unable to participate in a video interview.] See the acceptance letter and application for the inclusion of the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach [including the area of the Little Dog Park] in the National Register of Historic Places by clicking here. See the Higgs Beach Park Master Redevelopment Plan by clicking here.     Below is a follow-up comment from Corey [continue reading…]

Aug 252017
Monroe County's TDC and 11 Other Florida TDC's Accused of Deliberately "Hiding From Transparency"

***BREAKING NEWS*** Tallahassee, FL—Today, Speaker Richard Corcoran sent letters to 12 local tourism development councils who have severed ties with Visit Florida. Corcoran accuses the TDC’s of doing so, “under the false presumption that such an action would shield them from legislative oversight.” Upon sending the letter Speaker Corcoran said, “Let me be painstakingly clear, if you spend one dime of taxpayer money you will do it in a transparent and accountable way. These TDCs are sadly mistaken if they think Florida’s families don’t deserve to [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #233, News 1 Response »
Aug 252017
Ocean Walk Apartment Complex Sells for $101.5 Million

Passco Companies, a privately-held California based real estate company that specializes in the investment, acquisition, development and management of commercial properties throughout the U.S., has acquired Ocean Walk Apartments, a 297-unit multifamily community in the Monroe County of Key West, Florida for $101.5 million, the largest single-asset transaction in the firm’s history.

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 252017
Commissioner Kaufman To Hold Community Forum on Need for Field Space for Youth Sports and Recreation

Key West City Commissioner Sam Kaufman, District 2, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the Poinciana Elementary School cafeteria to discuss the need for more field space in Key West for youth sports. The status and proposals concerning Little Hamaca Park/Hawks Missile Site will be a topic for community members to address as well. Members of the City of Key West staff and leaders of various youth sports organizations are expected to attend. A Facebook event has been created.

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice 9 Responses »
Aug 252017
Charlottesville Haters: Test Case for the Internet as Public Square

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In a recent column, I celebrated the phenomenon of “Social Preferencing” and the boost Charlottesville gave to an online, crowdsourced, social media version of it, “@YesYoureRacist,” which makes it easy for everyone to “ostracize a Nazi.” That column received quite a bit of pushback from readers with a darker view of the situation, pointing to the likelihood of shattered innocent lives (due to mistaken identity or intentional fraud) and predicting an era in which unpopular views are suppressed by the digital [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #233, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Aug 252017
Wartime Economies Rock...

by John Donnelly……. The euphemisms of counter-terrorism have morphed into quaint mellifluous slogans, concealing the savagery and  barbarity of their murderous content. The dispositional matrix (America’s kill list), extraordinary rendition (Kidnapping & imprisonment without due process), enhanced interrogation (torture), black sites (disavowed torture chambers) and targeted killings (assassinations); have become widely accepted as appropriate terms and methods for use in combating  terrorism. These practices have been described as “legal and justifiable conduct” by our government. Accommodating and consenting to engage in unrestricted violent behavior  because  [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #233, John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Aug 252017
Trump's Assault on the EPA - In Case You Missed It

Trump rolling back safeguards affecting water, air and pesticides EPA’s Scott Pruitt is rolling back a rule that limits how much toxic waste power plants can release into water, threatening drinking water supplies with chromium, lead, and mercury contamination. New documents show that Scott Pruitt’s EPA obeyed industry requests to reverse a proposed ban on a pesticide linked to autism and ADHD. Citing “unnecessary regulatory burdens,” the Trump EPA is delaying action on lead contamination in drinking water like that which threatened Chicago in 2015. The Trump Administration is planning rolling back greenhouse gas [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Environment, Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 252017
Environmental Defense Fund [EDF] State of Risk Report, Florida

State of Risk: Florida, a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), catalogues far-reaching and grave threats to air, water and land, and to the people and economy of Florida if President Trump’s proposed 30 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget is enacted this fall. Such cuts would move the agency funding radically backward to its lowest level since the mid-1970s. The report provides an extensive overview of the EPA’s footprint in Florida and examines how the proposed cutback plans threaten public health as well as [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 252017
Labor Day Service To Honor the Civilians and Veterans Who Perished in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

Islamorada Hurricane Monument Monday, September 4th 9:00 am The service will include the invocation, presentation of colors, recognition of special guest,singing of the national anthem, guest speakers, history of the hurricane and monument, theplacing of the memorial wreath and the benediction. We encourage everyone to attend in honorof those who perished. For more information please contact Barbara at 305-393-0940 We thank Centennial Bank for sponsoring the wreath, and all our guest speakers and volunteers.

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #233, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
Monroe County To Survey Lower Keys Neighborhoods That Repeatedly Flood

MONROE COUNTY TO SURVEY LOWER KEYS NEIGHBORHOODS THAT REPEATEDLY FLOOD TO EXPLORE MITIGATION SOLUTIONS AND EARN FLOOD INSURANCE DISCOUNTS Beginning this week, Monroe County staff and their contractors will survey Lower Keys neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. The County has completed surveying Upper Keys neighborhoods. 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 [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 252017
Femi Returns to Key West

by Arida Wright……. Marilyn Kay Femi Manners, a/k/a “Femi” returns to Key West bringing her unique style of teaching traditional West African dance at the Coffee Mill. She is well known here being featured at Mallory Square Sunset performances, Coffee Butler and the Key West Junkanoos, dancer for cruise ships arrival on city dock, Fantasy Fest parade, Caribbean Queen Junkanoos weddings, Conch Republic Kickoff parades, parties and memorials. Last year I was so impressed when she taught a traditional African head wrapping class and hosted [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Arida Wright, Bahama Village, Issue #233 No Responses »
Aug 252017
Andreas Franke at 7 Artists

Steve Panariello of Key West and Vienna, Austria, based photographer Andreas Franke (right) meet up at 7 Artists & Friends gallery on Friday, August 18, during a showing of Franke’s signature works – complex creations which involve production of studio images portraying people engaged in everyday activities, composited with photographs taken on submerged ships. The merged images are then mounted on the ships themselves, forming a temporary underwater art gallery and accumulating sea encrustation before retrieval some months later for land-based exhibitions. Franke’s first such [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #233, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
Free Duval Loop to Launch

Want to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking? Why not park your car and leave it, then hop on the free Duval Loop! Key West Transit will launch the much-awaited free bus service to the downtown corridor on Thursday, August 31st for the Labor Day weekend. This free hop-on hop-off bus service runs from the City’s Park and Ride on Grinnell Street, along Caroline Street, up the length of Whitehead, then returns down the length of Simonton to Fleming. Funded by last year’s one-dollar increase [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Aug 252017
A Boy’s Dream Comes True

The Mountains Shall Depart by Robert E. Holzhei has been published by Book Baby & Smith Publishing Companies that distribute throughout the United States and Europe. Writing was a lifelong dream for Holzhei and the words kept nudging at him. The first story was written at Cedarville, Michigan, and was published. “Two authors had an influence as my writing style developed. The book begins being told from the perspective of a young boy growing up in the mid 1940’s, much like To Kill a Mockingbird [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #233, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
Monroe County Tourist Development Council Supports Preservation and Enhancements of Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum, one of the most highly visited historic locations in Key West, is getting much-needed renovations to its admission area thanks to $70,000 in funding from a Monroe County Tourist Development Council’s brick and mortar grant and in-kind contributions from Monroe County’s Project Management Department. The project, which started July 5 of this year, will run through early October— without impacting the museum’s operations and allowing them to remain open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. “The Society wants to ensure a positive [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #233, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Aug 252017
Donavon Frankenreiter - Sept. 3 at the Key West Theater

Donavon Frankenreiter Sun, September 3, 2017 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm TICKETS Donavon Frankenreiter’s new album, “The Heart,” officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter’s second decade as a solo recording artist. It’s been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He’s raising a family and nurturing two creative careers-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he’s still learning what makes [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #233, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
Marathon Community Theatre Auditions for the New Season

Marathon, FL  – Auditions for the 2017-2018 season at Marathon Community Theatre (MCT), located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon, are scheduled as follows: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 beginning at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the first show, Leading Ladies, a comedy written by Ken Ludwig. Auditions for the remaining three main-stage productions, Noises Off, South Pacific and Making God Laugh, will be held on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17. Dance and vocal auditions for South Pacific begin at [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #233, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
This Fall’s Fort Adventures for Toddlers & Parents to Begin at Fort East Martello

How does a play date at a 150-year-old fort sound?  Registration is now open for this fall’s Parent & Me classes at Fort East Martello, an education program offered by Key West Art & Historical Society that celebrates hands-on, inquiry-based learning while inviting children and parents to explore the Fort and its artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibits. “The idea behind providing a weekly Parent & Me class at Fort East Martello is to offer parents and toddlers alternative options for social interaction and provide a [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #233, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers In-Depth Look at “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” Exhibit During Curator-Led Tour

On Wednesday, September 6 from 10am -11am, Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special curator-led tour of The Society’s renovated Custom House Museum exhibit “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway.” The permanent exhibit celebrates an important part of Florida Keys history and the incredible engineering feat that joined mainland Florida to Key West— an overseas train they said couldn’t be done. Convertito will guide guests through a detailed look at some of the historic and unique treasures currently occupying the [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #233, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
Autism Society of the Keys Offers Free Monthly Workshops

The Autism Society of the Keys (ASK) invites you to join us for free workshops in Key West, Tavernier and Marathon. The upcoming Key West meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 2713 Flagler Avenue. The next Tavernier meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 156 Pueblo Street near mile marker 90. Workshops are designed to inform participants of resources available to your child and family and [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 252017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Charleston’s Ronnie Johnson back at the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St. are proud to welcome back Ronnie Johnson from Charleston. Johnson will be on the outdoor stage, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 Country singer, songwriter and guitarist Ronnie Johnson is on that road to notoriety.  For over three decades, the Valdosta, Georgia native has been wowing audiences with his mix of original and cover songs.  Ronnie’s resume is seasoned with gigs and jam sessions that would make other [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #233, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
Making Recycling Even Easier!

Never miss your waste collection day again! Key West has launched its new “My schedule” tool and “What goes where” search tool. Visit Key West’s website to stay connected about waste and recycling collection programs. In the web app, you’ll find the garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection schedule specific to your house address. You can sign up to receive notifications to remind you of your collection day, so you’ll never forget again! Visit our website and search your home address in our “My Schedule” tool. You [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 252017
Martha Verge duPont

Our beloved Martha Anne Caroline Verge du Pont (Muffin) passed away peacefully in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, surrounded by her children. She was born in Long Beach California to Martha Anne Caroline Verge (Bready) and William Earnest Verge. Her father was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, veteran of WWII and had along career in the Navy, reaching the rank of Rear Admiral. Consequently, Muffin was a self-described “Navy Brat” who moved frequently, as military families do. She spent some of [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #233, News, Public Notice No Responses »