Oct 202017
COMMISSIONERS' ETHICS VIOLATIONS: Misreporting Totaled $15.36 Million

by Rick Boettger……. It’s official: the Florida Commission on Ethics affirmed the 16 ethics violations committed by Commissioners Sylvia Murphy, Danny Kolhage, David Rice, and Heather Carruthers at their meeting in Tallahassee today [Friday morning, Oct. 20]. The total fines were even higher than I reported last week, because they imposed a violation for a year for which I did not even file a complaint—in all, it came to $20,000 for the four. The amount of their errors was astounding, far more than I estimated [continue reading…]

Oct 202017
Key Deer Population Makes it Through Another Major Incident

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) completed post Irma Key deer index surveys in their core habitats on Big Pine and No Name Keys.  Driving survey work following procedures used since 1968 began immediately upon the return of refuge staff from mandatory evacuation and continued for several weeks.  “These Key deer and the natural habitat they depend on are pretty resilient.  First they made it through the New World screwworm infestation last year and now through the direct hit of a category four hurricane. [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 202017
Drunk Man Leaves Behind Wallet at Burglary Scene

A drunk man from Big Pine Key burglarized a bulldozer overnight, leaving behind his wallet which deputies used to identify and charge him. The owner of the bull dozer is a company called Unlimited Debris. A representative of that company met with Deputy Ken Fricke Thursday morning just before 9 a.m. after he discovered someone had entered and damaged the bull dozer overnight. He said he found the windshield broken as well as both the right and left hand mirrors. He told the deputy whoever had been [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 202017
Fantasy Fest Guidelines

Key West’s biggest party of the year is right around the corner. While you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your costume, it’s good to remember a few crucial pointers. Public nudity: is absolutely prohibited in Key West. Male and female genitalia must not be exposed. Female breasts cannot be exposed. Breasts painted with body paint will only be considered as covered when in the Fantasy Zone. Body paint cannot be applied in public; it must be applied in an enclosed area, out of the public [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the 2016 election) abroad, calling out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as “a tool of Russian intelligence …. a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator” in an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show “Four Corners.” Clinton’s evidenceless accusations don’t seem to  carry much weight with Assange himself. He doesn’t find her “a credible person.” [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #239, Thomas L. Knapp 11 Responses »
Oct 202017
United Way of the Florida Keys Provides Nearly $400,000 to Support Hurricane Irma Relief

Due to the generous contributions of friends and supporters around the nation, UWFK is currently investing $397,700 in direct aid for hurricane recovery efforts throughout Monroe County. In the weeks immediately following the storm, UWFK has distributed over $20,000 in direct aid in the form of store gift cards and cleaning supplies and tools. $52,700 in emergency “mini-grants” were also disbursed to eight local, established partner nonprofits directly serving individuals and families impacted by the storm. Additionally, $45,000 was dedicated towards hotel rooms to assist [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Private Communities with Private Roads Need to Request Hurricane Debris Removal Through A Fema-Required Process

Do you live on a private road in Monroe County? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not allow Monroe County or FDOT contractors to remove hurricane debris from private roads in the County. However, there are exceptions if a private community requests debris removal from its private roads and signs a right of entry, hold harmless and indemnification form. Only one person with signing authority from each private community should make the request. To receive the form – and for information about the process [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Out of Time

by Kim Pederson……. This year’s Fantasy Fest theme in Key West is “Time Travel Unravels.” The FF website defines the TTU theme as “Past…future…present let your mind wander! This year’s Fantasy Fest theme…takes your imagination to anywhere in the space-time continuum (STC)…. You can set your [costume] time machine to go where your whim and imagination takes you.” In other words, do whatever the frack you want. It’s nice to see this all-encompassing sentiment, even if it does come wrapped in a blatantly hyped-up sales [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #239, Kim Pederson 4 Responses »
Oct 202017
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 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
New Literary Magazine, Call for Submissions

  Decimos (We Say), A literary collection of the Florida Keys is requesting submissions. Elegant Publications Company (EPCO) is excited to announce the development of a new publishing project: Decimos (We Say). This monthly literary magazine representing the work of the Florida Keys, is now accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction on our website decimos.org or directly via email at contact@decimos.org. Submissions must be 1-5 pages in a word document attachment. This collection will provide local authors and readers a fresh platform for original fiction, poetry and [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Key West Burlesque Season Kicks off Friday with “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody”

Fans of the famous ruby slippers are invited to follow 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. Audiences will delight to a dazzling 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. Despite losing three weeks of rehearsal, costume and [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #239, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Re-Opens

Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS) announced this week it has reopened the domestic violence emergency shelter in the Lower Keys. The shelter had been closed prior to Hurricane Irma for important ADA upgrades. We’d like to thank all the vendors who helped to make the improvements to the shelter including adding a wheel chair ramp outside as well as a beautiful new wheel chair accessible bathroom and shower. The 24-hour shelter is fully staffed and ready to accept survivors of domestic abuse and their children. [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 202017
Key West Film Festival to Showcase Cinema Nov. 15-19

Movie aficionados can enjoy more than 30 films from genres including narrative features, documentaries, foreign language, and LGBTQ- and Florida-focused themes during the sixth annual Key West Film Festival. Launching the 2017 festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 15-19, is the acclaimed film, “The Shape of Water,” starring actress Octavia Spencer in director Guillermo del Toro’s first offering to be produced in English. The movie is a romantic “creature feature” with an amphibious being and set in Cold War–era America. The closing film, “Last Flag [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
Haunted History: Robert the Doll Returns to the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

The world’s most famous and intriguing haunted doll will be taken out of his secured, glass display case at Fort East Martello Museum for another ride up the Keys to the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at MM 82 in Islamorada (on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost) for a “Haunted Halloween” presentation on Thursday, October 26th by author, ghosthunter, and paranormal researcher David L. Sloan. Doors open at 5:00pm with Sloan’s presentation starting at 6:00pm. “Who better than David Sloan to tell the story of what [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
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. Gateway revelers can avail themselves of a special information tent with a festival concierge featuring info on all things Fantasy Fest.  The hub will feature alternating DJ’s, streamed and live music, vendors offering souvenir and artisan goodies, a giant 12’ x 16’ [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
Monroe County to Host Two "Debris Free" Trick or Treat Events on Halloween

MARATHON, FL – Monroe County’s Parks and Beaches is hosting two “Debris Free” Trick or Treat events on Halloween, Oct. 31. The public is invited to both events, which run from 5 to 7 p.m. Candy will be handed out to kids big and small. The Halloween events will be at: Baypoint Park (behind Baby’s Coffee at MM 15, Saddlebunch Key) Murray Nelson Government Center’s Park (102050 Overseas Highway in Key Largo)   ~~~~~~~~~ keysrecovery.org * facebook.com/MonroeCountyFLBOCC/ *@monroecounty  

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Donated LEGOS Go to Kids

Monroe County Sheriff’s School Resource Sergeant Eric Mixon worked with Sugarloaf School Counselor Rebecca Palomino to match these LEGO sets, donated by LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, with the children who needed them most at the school. Sugarloaf School is located in one of the most damaged parts of Monroe County and the children attending the school come from families most affected by Hurricane Irma.

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Church Announcements

Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church 702 Whitehead St. KW GOOMBAY SALE Friday 10/20/17 4:30 -7:30 Saturday 10/21/17 11am – 7pm Meats: BBQ or fried leg quarters/BBQ Ribs/Fish CHOICE OF 3 SIDES: Shrimp fried rice, Peas & Rice, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Black Beans, Macaroni and Cheese CONCH FRITTERS/SODA/WATER Halloween Train Ride Tuesday, October 31 at 6pm-9pm Boarding time:5:45 Donation: $8.00 Hosted by: Darlene Bennett FUN & TREATS AS YOU RIDE

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
Holiday Parade Applications Available

Parade season has officially begun! First Fantasy Fest, and the Veteran’s Day Parade, then it’s time to plan your float for the upcoming Key West Holiday Parade! Floats can be of any length, but must be maneuverable and no more than 15 feet wide and 12 feet high. Each entry requires monitors. A monitor’s meeting will be held in late November. Entry forms must be received by Monday, November 20th. The parade takes place on Saturday, December 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m. at the corner of White Street [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
Key West Art & Historical Society Waives Parent & Me Fees to Help Support Families Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Following hurricane Irma, Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Fort Adventure” Parent & Me classes at Fort East Martello will remain on schedule from 10:00AM to 11:30AM Thursdays, with the fee waived until January to better support families in the community. “While we all struggle to return to life before hurricane Irma, families with young children in particular are looking for a sense of normalcy and structure,” says Society Director of Education Adele Williams. “So, while the Society has had to cut back on some of our [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
Ambassadors Academy Graduation

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 28th class during the recent City Commission meeting. Twenty-one enthusiastic citizens participated in the 14-week class. They join the more than 500 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens. During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl congratulated Class 28. Four current city leaders — Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, Margaret Romero and Sam Kauffman [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #239, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 202017
MCSD Superintendent Meeting with United Teachers Monroe Yields New Calendar Modifications

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – A meeting this week between Superintendent Mark Porter and United Teachers Monroe Representative Holly Hummell-Gorman resulted in some final adjustments to the 2017-2018 instructional calendar.  These adjustments are in accordance with the previously stated School Board priorities.  Specifically, the agreed upon modifications will not impact Fall, Winter or Spring Breaks and will not change the end of the school year or any graduation dates. The modifications to the calendar accounts for 7.5 makeup days for students. Early release days for professional development [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #239, News, Public Notice No Responses »