Oct 132017
Four County Commissioners Fined for Sixteen Ethics Violations

by Rick Boettger……. All four admitted violating their sworn financial reporting requirements for the years 2012-2015. David Rice was fined $1,500 for each year; Heather Carruthers and Danny Kolhage, $1,250; and Sylvia Murphy, $1,000 for a total of $19,000 in fines, levied by the Florida Commission on Ethics. In addition, all hired lawyers to meet with the Commission’s investigator and, as I will discuss next week, help them prepare their amended Form 6X’s for all four years, 2012—2015. That was likely more expensive than the [continue reading…]

Oct 132017
Irma Preliminary Damage Assessment: 675 Destroyed and 583 Major Damage

Monroe County has completed a Preliminary Damage Assessment of residential structures in unincorporated Monroe County due to Hurricane Irma. The Preliminary Damage Assessment results estimate the following: 3,884 unaffected structures; 10,009 affected structures (this can include just landscaping damage); 2,739 minor affected structures; 583 majorly affected structures; and 675 destroyed structures These preliminary damage assessments were done visually from the street. The information is provided to FEMA to help the federal agency implement FEMA Individual Assistance to the community. These figures do NOT include assessments [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Key Colony Beach Officer Injured During Traffic Stop, Fires Gun at Suspect

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident involving a Key Colony Beach police officer who discharged his firearm after having his hand caught in the door of a vehicle during a traffic stop. (There were no injuries as a result of the firearm being discharged.) The KCB Officer, Charles Griffith, was acting as a backup officer on a traffic stop conducted by Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Hernandez just before 7 a.m. at the 61 mile marker of the highway on Duck Key. Deputy Hernandez initially stopped the [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Monroe County Requirements for Putting RV or Travel Trailer Next to Your Uninhabitable Home

Due to State of Emergency of Hurricane Irma, temporary emergency housing can be utilized for temporary occupancy by residents displaced by the storm. Temporary emergency housing means recreational vehicles (RV or Travel trailer) used for temporary occupancy in response to the hurricane. Temporary emergency housing (RV or Travel Trailer) may be placed on a parcel for temporary occupancy by residents of the same parcel who have been displaced by the storm, subject to the following conditions:

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Monroe County To Host Hurricane Irma Recovery Community Meeting

Monroe County will host a community meeting to provide information and answer questions about the recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma, which struck the Florida Keys one month ago. Hurricane Irma Recovery Community Meeting Friday, Oct. 13 4 p.m. Keys Community Church, 30300 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key Monroe County Mayor George Neugent; Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson; Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley; Erin Muir, Rep. Holly Raschein aide; Kent Nelson, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Deputy Director of Utility Operations; Julie Cheon, FKAA public information officer; [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Take a Knee. Take a Seat. Take a Chill Pill.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” US president Donald Trump thundered from the stage of a September campaign rally, “when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Many seem to agree that professional football games are no place for political statements. Well, at least they agree now. I don’t recall a peep from them for nearly a decade of the US government [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #238, Thomas L. Knapp 6 Responses »
Oct 132017
Mea Wherewithal

by Kim Pederson……. First, the “good news” for women: feeling guilty is not a sign of guilt but a sign of innocence, victimhood even. So says Devorah Baum in her Guardian article “Why do we feel so guilty all the time?” The bad news? Females must figure out how to forgive themselves for wrongs they have not committed to release their “money blocks and live a first-class life.” That last bit is Baum quoting from Denise Duffield-Thomas’ self-help tome Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! DDT believes guilt is “one of [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #238, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Oct 132017
Gay Murders

by Kirby Congdon……. The front page of The New York Times for Friday, September 29, 2017, had this headline: Bullying Seen as Prelude to Classroom Stabbing, with the subtitle, Death in Bronx School Defies Drop in Crime. A reader might have assumed we were pretty well beyond this kind of behavior, but I guess the Bronx cheer of razzing someone with your tongue belongs where it came from. During the Great Depression there is this poem, “Geographical Reflection” by Ogden Nash from his book, Hard Lines [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #238, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Oct 132017
Wildlife Officials: Now More Than Ever -- Please Don't Feed The Key Deer

First, Do No Harm: Keeping Wildlife Wild and Healthy; Public Urged Not to Feed Key Deer VERO BEACH, Fla. – The old doctors’ adage “First, do no harm” also applies to wildlife, in this case Key deer. Legitimately trying to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, well-meaning people have been providing a variety of food products (corn, dog/cat food, etc.) for Key deer and other wildlife. But feeding them could do more harm than good. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) strongly urges [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe Hosts Free Insurance Claims Forums

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), with the support of Monroe County, is hosting a series of free forums October 13-15 called “Navigating Post-Irma Insurance Claims.” Representatives from FIRM, the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Consumer Services, FEMA, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., and the Monroe County Bar Association will be on hand to explain processes and policyholder rights and responsibilities and to answer questions from the audience. Representatives from the offices of Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Senator Anitere Flores, and Representative Holly Raschein will [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
History of Sex Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series at the Tropic Cinema

Key West’s 10-day long extravaganza of exuberant and sensual Fantasy Fest parties and parades create the foundation for Key West Art & Historical Society’s adult-only Distinguished Speaker Series presentation on the History of Sex- an illuminating journey through centuries of human eroticism on Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30PM – 7:00PM, offered by psychologist, sexologist and sex therapist Dr. Pamela Stephenson Connolly at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.  A 5:30PM champagne reception will precede the presentation. “Key West is not the only society that openly and ritually celebrates sexual fun and [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
KWPD Launches New On-line Service

In a continuing effort to serve the community, the Key West Police Department is launching a new online service. The new police-to-citizens portal, or P2C allows the public to access current crime and traffic information, report incidents and stay up to date with urgent bulletins. By clicking on p2c.cityofkeywest-fl.gov, citizens can avail themselves of round the clock service from the Key West Police Department. The site lets you search for public safety incidents and arrests, submit incident reports, obtain copies of crash reports and register a [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman arrested for drunk driving after fleeing deputies A Marathon woman, driving while intoxicated, refused to stop for deputies. They had to spike her tires in order to stop her as she fled northbound on U.S. One. At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to McDonald’s restaurant in Marathon to reports of a woman driving recklessly who was possibly intoxicated. When they arrived, they saw 60 year old Janice Hastings in her 2005 Cadillac in the drive thru of the restaurant. She was blocking traffic and her [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Special Burning Permitted for Bahia Honda State Park and Debris Management Sites

“NO OPEN BURNING” BAN REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR MONROE COUNTY, BUT SPECIAL BURNING PERMITTED FOR BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK & DEBRIS MANAGEMENT SITES MONROE COUNTY, FL – The “No Open Burning Ban” instituted by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 19, 2017 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma remains in effect. However, due to special circumstances, “Open Burning” is being permitted to occur within the jurisdiction and authority of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Bahia Honda State Park. The park [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
More than 160,000 Cubic Yards of Hurricane Debris Removed in Unincorporated Monroe County

Progress continues for the free collection of hurricane debris in unincorporated Monroe County and in the municipalities of Layton and Key Colony Beach, which contracted with the County to provide its hurricane debris removal. As of Friday, Oct. 6, more than 160,000 combined cubic yards of hurricane debris, including vegetative and construction, have been collected in neighborhoods and along U.S. 1. Monroe County’s debris contractor AshBritt Environmental has been handling Key Largo to Tavernier and Mile Marker 15 to Stock Island. AshBritt-contracted crews have removed [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 132017
Grassroots Keys Team Provides Hurricane Irma Relief with Beautiful Edibles

On September 26, Sugarloaf Key resident Margit Bisztray posted a call on Facebook for supplies and volunteers to help make and deliver meals around Big Pine Key and surrounding areas, saying “…when your house has no roof, a can of corn is not much good.” She was immediately contacted by Stock Island resident and fellow pro-foodie Layla Barr, and before the two could spell “food is love,” they found themselves organizing a slew of donations and a dedicated team of volunteers who alternately prep and [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #238, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 132017
Update on Monroe County's Parks, Boat Rams and Museums Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Most of Monroe County’s parks, boat ramps and museums from Key Largo to Key West suffered damage due to Hurricane Irma. Most remain closed to the public. Here is an update: KEY WEST Higgs Beach: It will reopen Saturday, Oct. 7.  The restrooms will close at sunset until further notice. Higgs Beach’s Reynolds Street Pier will remain closed to the public. Parts of the pier were destroyed by the storm and will need to be rebuilt. The storm caused mounds of sand to be pushed onto [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 132017
Marc House Pumpkin Patch

It was a busy morning at the Marc House, Key West Pumpkin Patch as all ages swarmed thru the stacks of thousands of pumpkins. A group of Senior Citizens from Bayshore Manor came by to pick some pumpkins, learn some recipes and pumpkin handcraft. They were followed by a busload of kindergarteners, and 1stgraders from Poinciana Elementary School, along with a group of little ones from Key West Pre-School Coop. The kids and their teachers picked out their pumpkins, got some Halloween tattoos and stickers and were treated [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
Call to Artists for Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction

The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc. announces a Call to Artists for the 2018 Fine Art Auction, to take place on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Studios of Key West. The submission period for artwork opens on Sunday October 1st and closes on November 10th.  To submit an online application and an accompanying photo(s) via the online entry form, go to www.mckeefund.org.  Artists will be notified of acceptance no later than December 1st. Due to space and time limitations, we are only [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #238, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 132017
There’s No Place Like Home:  Key West Burlesque Kicks Off Season with “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody”

Fans of the famous ruby slippers are invited to kick off the season by following the yellow brick road to Key West’s Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, for “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody” which kicks off at 8:00pm Friday, October 20th  and runs for eight evening performances featuring a hit-list of favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, amazing aerial acrobats, and all your favorite Oz icons, right down to a sparkling red pair of larger-than-life shoes. The post-hurricane Irma show [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #238, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
Serving to Preserve, Key West Art & Historical Society Collaborates with Charities to Support Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts

In the spirit of community and in alignment with their mission of preservation, Key West Art & Historical Society has joined Star of the Sea Foundation and Habitat for Humanity to help support ongoing hurricane Irma recovery efforts throughout the Keys. Specifically, The Society will host and donate proceeds from events they hold throughout the year to aide in the partnering organization’s charity efforts, including the upcoming “Brick House Funk Party” benefit on Thursday, October 26th, and their annual “Back in Time” fundraiser taking place on Wednesday, November [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #238, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 132017
Half-Price Memberships for the Month of October at the Key West Theater 

The Key West Theater is excited to offer new membership packages for 2017/18 season. If purchased by October 31st, you will receive a fifty percent discount on a variety of memberships with regular pricing beginning at $50. Discounted tickets, 48-hour ticket pre-sales, and exclusive invites are just a few perks of membership. This season, in addition to the ongoing lineup of reputable touring music acts, will feature three main stage theatrical plays, a series of local musical productions, as well as plays, musicals, and variety shows [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #238, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
Custom House Museum to be Official Gateway and Hub for Fantasy Fest 2017

The grounds of the iconic Custom House Museum at 218 Front Street will be transformed into the official “Gateway to the Fantasy Zone” for this year’s “Time Travel Unravels” Fantasy Fest during six days of celebration starting Monday, October 23 through Saturday, October 28 with a special Fantasy Fest Royal Retrospective exhibit opening October 16, in advance of the Gateway events. “The museum’s location, its connection to the Keys arts community, and the historic significance of the landmark building makes the Custom House a perfect Gateway [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
Fantasy Fest Revelries to Launch from The Studios of Key West

Key West’s citywide explosion of Fantasy Fest revelries are set to launch this year from The Studios of Key West, with special opening events taking place from 6-8pm, Thursday, October 19, and running through October 26 on two floors of the landmark Art Deco building at 533 Eaton Street. Celebrating this year’s “Time Travel Unravels” theme, the ground floor Sanger Gallery presents a pop-up Fantasy Fest Parade Lab – part production shop, part exhibition space – where the festival’s exciting 38-year history of costumed marches, glamorous balls, street fairs, [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
Sugarloaf Showdown to Lure Anglers to Lower Keys Nov. 2-4

SUGARLOAF KEY, Florida Keys — Anglers are to pit their skills against the Lower Florida Keys’ wiliest in-water inhabitants during the fourth annual Sugarloaf Showdown, a fundraising fishing tournament scheduled Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4. Presented by the Lower Keys Guides Association, the tournament raises money for the Florida Keys Guides Trust Foundation, which provides funds to assist fishing guides who are recovering from an illness or injury. Organizers say benefiting the foundation is more important than ever this year, following Hurricane Irma’s unwelcome Sept. 10 arrival in the [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #238, News, Special Event No Responses »