Dec 012017
The Cause of Sylvia Murphy's Ethics Violations: “An Expensive Weirdness” [and George Neugent Steps in It Again]   

by Rick Boettger……. Commissioner Sylvia Murphy was Least Worst in Show among the four county commissioners hit with $20,000 in fines by the Florida Commission on Ethics this year. She was only off a total of $1,109,000 on her financial reporting, with merely ten additional errors of form. If she had been in this alone, I’m sure she’d have been fined only the $350 or $500 per year as is common for this level of Form 6 misadventure.  [Using the “total assessed value” instead of [continue reading…]

Dec 012017
Animal Control Update – RFP Failure

by Margaret Blank……. Ugh.  The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is just so buffoonish and incompetent.  It’s very, very annoying to me.  I’m so glad they’ve all been nabbed for ethics violations.  It’s so well deserved. The county advertised a Request for Proposal (RFP) to run the Marathon animal shelter.  They placed ads only in local newspapers. The Key West Citizen, the county’s propaganda arm. The Keynoter/Reporter, Murphy’s mouthpiece. Only one bidder responded, the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA).  They are [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #245, Margaret Blank 2 Responses »
Dec 012017
And Now, A Prairie Home Sexual Harassment Complaint

by Thomas L. Knapp……. America is in the middle of an agonizing reappraisal of sexual conduct. What constitutes sexual harassment or assault? Where is the line that separates acceptable, or merely rude, actions from unacceptable, and possibly criminal or civilly actionable, behavior? If you feel like this process has been dragging on for a year, you’re not alone. But as I write this, it’s actually been less than two months since the New York Times brought movie magnate Harvey Weinstein low with its story on [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #245, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Dec 012017
James O'Keefe versus the Cardinal Rule of "Gotcha" Journalism

by Thomas L. Knapp……. James O’Keefe is famous — or at least notorious — for running sting operations in which he uses actors to trick organizations he opposes into behaving badly on (hidden) camera. The Washington Post didn’t fall for his latest ringer, a woman falsely claiming that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore got her pregnant, then procured an abortion for her, when she was a teenager. Writing at The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf takes O’Keefe and his Project Veritas conservative media operation to task for [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #245, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Dec 012017
Hanging Around

Hanging Around I haunt the old place, like any fool, chin up, head high, charming, debonair as I watch my glass of ginger-ale grow warm, and then go stale. I catch my breath at your silhouette when I forget that I can’t as yet. So I pretend in front of friends: no one’s aware this is the end of our affair. Only fools could think I cared. Kirby Congdon

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #245, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Dec 012017
An Unheard Voice from Beyond

by Kim Pederson……. As with any calendar day chronicled on Wikipedia, November 26 sports a long list of distinctive events that happened on this date, beginning with the imprisonment of Asturian queen Adosinda in 783 and ending with the launch of the Mars rover Curiosity in 2011. Out of all these moments in time, the one that caught my eye was this from 1977: “An unidentified hijacker named Vrillon, claiming to be a representative of the ‘Ashtar Galactic Command,’ takes over Britain’s Southern Television for six minutes, [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #245 No Responses »
Dec 012017
Independent Bakers' Association: "Rep. Carlos Curbelo is Deep in the Pockets of the Fanjul Sugar Cartel"

Dear Editor, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26) is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels!  Curbelo has done nothing to reform the badly outdated U.S. Sugar Program.  Why? It is really quite simple, Congressman Curbelo received well over $45,400 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2015. The Sugar Program is a Soviet style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports.  This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #245, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Dec 012017
PEER: "Many Floridians Unknowingly Drink Contaminated Water"

No Notice to Residents at Thousands of Sites Polluted by Leaking Petroleum Tanks Tallahassee — Florida is plagued by a stain of stealth pollution seeping from thousands of leaking petroleum tanks fouling both surface and groundwater, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The resultant risks to human health are aggravated by gaping holes in public notice requirements, as most affected residents do not know they live atop or next to contaminated sites. Today, Florida has more than 19,000 contaminated sites registered in the [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
Hurricane Debris Dumping Now Illegal Along U.S. 1 in the Keys

It is now illegal to dump hurricane debris anywhere along U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys. Illegal dumping is a felony. Law enforcement will actively enforce any illegal hurricane debris dumping along U.S. 1. The Florida Department of Transportation, which maintains U.S. 1, will conduct one final pass to collect the hurricane debris that already has been placed in the U.S. 1 right of way. At this time, County residents can bring their hurricane debris to any County transfer station for free disposal.

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
Keep In Touch With FEMA

Fact Sheet Irma Survivors Should Stay in Touch with FEMA If you registered for disaster assistance following Hurricane Irma, stay in touch with FEMA. Missing or outdated information, such as phone numbers or addresses, can delay help. The easiest way to update your application, check your status or provide missing information is to create an account at to: update your current mailing address or phone number; receive information on the status of your home inspection; find out if FEMA needs more information about your [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
Mobile Homes and Manufactured Units Repair, Replacement and Elevation Information for Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY COMPLETED REGULATIONS ANALYSIS FOR REPAIR, REPLACEMENT AND ELEVATION OF IRMA AFFECTED MOBILE AND MANUFACTURED HOMES MONROE COUNTY, FL – In the County, mobile and manufactured homes suffered some of the worst damage from Hurricane Irma because the units were built to different standards than the current building code and because many have existed for decades and were not elevated. And, because manufactured and mobile homes typically are a less resilient housing type, regulations that govern them are set up to discourage their replacement in [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
Crews Continue to Mitigate Pollution Threats from Vessels Displaced by Hurricane Irma

  MIAMI – Cleanup efforts and removal operations of displaced vessels are progressing throughout Florida waterways eleven weeks after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys. The Unified Command for the response—officially titled Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF-10) Florida—consists of leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Currently, 1,968 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Approximately 170 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Dec 012017
Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Respond to Vessel Fire in Tarpon Basin Near Key Largo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to a vessel fire Thursday in Tarpon Basin in Key Largo. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center received a call from Coast Guard Station Islamorada at approximately 6 a.m. stating they received a report of a vessel fire in Tarpon Basin. The station self-launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew to respond. The station SPC—LE crew arrived on scene and assisted in putting out the fire on a 50-foot houseboat using the wash from [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Dec 012017
It Looks Like the Monroe County Taxpayers Are Getting Screwed Again

by Eugene Nanay [Dr. Geno]……. Just saw that our Stalwart County Commission is going to get on their knees and go BEGGING for money to pay the state to continue paying FDOT for Highway cleanup. Instead of all the bowing and scraping those crooks should just tell the State to take the moneys out of 2.7 MILLION dollars The Taxpayers of Monroe County GAVE to FDOT to repair their falling down bridge to pigeon Key.  NOTE ! That money was from a fund the voters [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #245, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »