Sep 292017
Hurricane Grants for Artists + Small Works Call

Good news! Our friends at the Florida Keys Council of the Arts have opened their Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund for Monroe County Artists and Arts Organizations directly affected by Hurricane Irma. Please click HERE to complete their simple application. CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Deadline extended to October 6 to enter Lemonade Stand Gallery’s Annual Juried Small Works Exhibit. The rules are simple – nothing more than 10” in any direction – but the possibilities are endless. Lemonade Stand Gallery has attracted artists from around the world for this juried [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:36 am Issue #236, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 292017
Radical Rollback of Clean Water Protections

Repeal And Replace Waters of U.S. Safeguards Rooted In ‘Alternative Facts’ Washington, DC — The Trump effort to slash the scope of Clean Water Act protections is unprecedented, underhanded, and unsupported by a factual record, according to public comments filed Wednesday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The net result of his plan would jeopardize the drinking water sources for one in three American, weaken flood control, and degrade aquatic habitats. Wednesday was the public comment deadline for Step 1 of a two-step plan [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:21 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017

by Kirby Congdon……. Cricket Carried in the spin of earth’s dogged days, allowed to see the space of time in an eon’s length, I heard a cricket sing to entice a mate. That brave thread like the spread of a spider’s web, made the starlight ring as even silence sang among neurons engaged in errands quickly sent to the inside depths of my singing head. Kirby Congdon

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Sep 292017
Injured Cyclist Dies

A Key West bicyclist who was critically injured on North Roosevelt Blvd Sunday morning has died. John C. Potter, 81, was pedaling across the crosswalk at Key Plaza when the crash occurred. He was flown to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. Potter crossed from the Home Depot side of North Roosevelt. As he came through the center island of the crosswalk, a Chevy pickup in the outbound lane slowed and crossed into the crosswalk. Potter’s bicycle struck the truck, driven by Modesto Mendoza Lopez, 52, also [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:07 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017
Marathon Community Theatre Auditions for the New Season

Marathon, FL – Marathon Community Theatre, like nearly every other business and resident in the Florida Keys, took a major hit from Hurricane Irma. The 2017-2018 season will be modified until repairs can be made to the building. At this time, MCT plans to present a Christmas Variety Show in December which will serve not only as a welcome relief from the devastation but also as a fundraiser to help MCT make necessary repairs to the building. In addition, a spring musical, title yet to [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:03 am Issue #236, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 292017
Best Practices for Removal of Vessels

MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are conducting assessments of damaged and sunken vessels in the areas most affected by Hurricane Irma. These assessments assist in providing an overarching image to the unified command of the effects of the storm, allowing for the effective placement of assets, expediting the response [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:00 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017
Monroe County Students to Receive Free Meals in School After Hurricane Irma

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Students in Monroe County Schools will return to schools after Hurricane Irma able to receive free breakfast and free lunch. All of traditional schools and some charter schools will be able to receive meals through October 20th. Students at the following schools who already offer reduced or free meal plans will be able to receive breakfast and lunch for free, regardless of eligibility: Key Largo School Coral Shores High School Plantation Key School Treasure Village Montessori School Marathon Middle High School Stanley [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 4:42 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017
Monroe County Substantial Damage Assessment and Floodplain Regulations

MONROE COUNTY, FL – As Hurricane Irma survivors in Monroe County continue rebuilding their lives, property owners will face many challenges. The County is focused on public safety as its foremost mission. Recovery and rebuilding the community will focus on making homes and businesses more resilient. Newer Structures built to current code and elevated were far less damaged by Hurricane IRMA. County Inspection teams are currently accessing properties that have “substantial damage,” as defined by the National Flood Insurance Program. It’s common to think substantial damage [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 4:37 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Update 9/30/17: Man arrested for stabbing another man on Stock Island A 77 year old Stock Island man went to jail Friday for stabbing another man at a trailer on 5th Avenue, Stock Island. When Lt. Donnie Catala and Deputies John Allen and Wendy Negron arrived at 3:30 p.m. the suspect and victim were still on the scene. The 66 year old male victim was bleeding from cuts to his hand and chest. The suspect, Manuel Garcia, was sitting at a table at the front [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 4:28 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017
Naples Soap Company Closes Store in Key West

NAPLES, Fla. – Upon further assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Naples Soap Company has announced that it will permanently close its store in Key West, Florida. Naples Soap Company’s Key West location was opened in 2012, located at 128 Duval St. in the heart of downtown Key West. “We have been a member of our beloved Key West community for five years, and it is with a heavy heart that we close our Key West location,” said Deanna Wallin, founder and chief innovation officer [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 4:21 am Issue #236, News, Special Event No Responses »