Dec 152017
Review of Arlo Haskell's New book, "The Jews of Key West (1823-1969)"

Review by Malcolm Robert Willison ……. Arlo Haskell, the annual Key West Literary Seminar’s executive director, has just published a fascinating work of historical reconstruction. His interestingly-organized book, well-designed and -illustrated by David Janik, covers much of the previously by-passed, almost-lost history of Key West’s Jewish population, from the town’s founding through its post-war boom. Haskell is not a professional historian but an accomplished writer, poet, and administrator. His straightforward prose is highly readable without sacrificing careful and wide-ranging research and 14 pages of careful citation [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #247, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
FKSPCA Tax Returns...

by Margaret Blank……. The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA) just received a humongous windfall from the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) courtesy of the taxpayers.  Since these folks are so eager to dig around in our pockets, I think it’s only fair to dig around in theirs, too. Courtesy of, here are FKSPCA’s tax returns for 2013, 2014 and 2015.  A while back, I took a look at their 2013 tax return as compared to SHARK and HACC, the two other animal shelter operators in the Keys [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #247 3 Responses »
Dec 152017
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Burglary Suspect [surv. video]

Sheriff’s Detective Rosary Ponce is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the suspect in a vehicle burglary which took place in Marathon Tuesday night. Deputies working night shift spotted a man riding his bike with no lights near 47th Street at 1:30 a.m. They attempted to stop him, but he dropped the bike and fled on foot. He left behind a sweatshirt. In the pockets of the sweatshirt deputies found a camera, company gas card, keys and a vehicle registration which came back to a Ford truck belonging to Keys [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
Here Comes the Next "Defense" Shakedown

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Today with the signing of this defense bill,” US president Donald Trump said as he affixed his signature to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, “we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might.” Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly aping Ronald Reagan and hoping it brings in the re-election votes? Or perhaps something else entirely?

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #247, Thomas L. Knapp 9 Responses »
Dec 152017
Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling ... Oh, Wait

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with  Sergey I. Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the United States. The charges, and Flynn’s plea, were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of “Russian meddling” in the 2016 US presidential election. Finally! Hard evidence! The Trump campaign really did work with the Russians to fix the election and deprive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of her pre-ordained [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #247, Thomas L. Knapp 11 Responses »
Dec 152017
Getting a Head of Ourselves

by Kim Pederson……. In his story “Second Person, Present Tense” (published in the November Clarkesworld), Daryl Gregory starts with two quotations. One of these is from standup comic Emo Phillips: “I used to think the brain was the most important organ in the body, until I realized who was telling me that.” Its presence there becomes clear as you read on in the text. Briefly, narrator Terry was a girl named Therese who overdosed on Zen, a drug described as “a kind of arty, designer escape [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #247, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 152017
Monroe County Emergency Management to Host A Series of Public Meetings Regarding Hurricane Irma

Monroe County Emergency Management will be hosting a series of six public meetings at the start of 2018 regarding Hurricane Irma. These meetings are designed to hear from you, the community. We want your feedback in what went right and what went wrong before, during and after Hurricane Irma. We also want to hear from you about what can be done better for future storms. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is the schedule: Monday, Jan. 8: Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017

Monroe County’s oldest Trauma Star – of its three-helicopter ambulance fleet – was en route to Coral Shores High School for a trauma transport when it caught fire during landing at about 7 a.m. Friday. There were no injuries. The patient on board was transported by ground ambulance to nearby Mariners Hospital, which is about a mile away. The patient was air lifted from there by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and transported to a mainland hospital. The fire caused substantial damage to the 35-year-old aircraft, which had just [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #247, News 4 Responses »
Dec 152017
Pruitt Refuses to Reveal His Climate Science

His Lawyers Call Lawsuit for Studies Discounting Human Role “a Trap”     Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to even search for, let alone produce, records Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a “primary contributor” to climate change, according to legal filings in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  U.S. Justice Department lawyers representing EPA contend the PEER suit is “a trap” and would require “an endless [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
Highlights from this Week's Monroe County Board of County Commissioners Meeting in Key Largo

KEY LARGO, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo for their last monthly meeting of 2017. Here are some of the highlights: Approved Post-Irma Workforce Housing Plan: The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve a post-Irma workforce housing plan that requests funding and support from the State of Florida. The goal is to secure land, funding and regulatory incentives to develop 300 to 400 new units of affordable and workforce housing for [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 152017
Longest Night Homeless Memorial Service

Key West Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Sam Kaufman proclaimed Dec. 21st National Homeless Persons Memorial Day during the December City Commission meeting. For the past 18 years, the community has gathered to remember those men, women and children who have died homeless in Monroe County with this proclamation designating the longest night of the year in their honor. At 3 p.m. on December 21st, the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and Monroe County social services will coordinate a prayer service at the Key West [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #247, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 152017
Monroe County Debris Removal Update

MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE DEBRIS CONTRACTOR BEGINS FINAL PASS ON DUCK KEY AND CONTINUES TO AGGRESSIVELY COLLECT ON COUNTY ROADS BETWEEN MM 16 and 40 MONROE COUNTY, FL – Today, Monroe County’s hurricane debris contractor DRC Environmental Services began the final pass for Duck Key, Conch Key and the City of Layton. Crews are staring on Duck Key and moving to the other areas. The delay in the final pass in these areas was due to the difficulty of securing a nearby temporary debris management site. The [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 152017
Sheriff’s Office Remembers Deputy Robin Tanner, Killed December 13, 2007

This week, the Sheriff’s Office is remembering Deputy Robin Tanner who was killed in the line of duty on December 13th, 2007. Deputy Tanner was killed at 7 a.m. in a single vehicle automobile accident as she was on her way to a medical call. She was responding to a report of a woman not breathing in the vicinity of 119th Street in Marathon. The accident took place near 90th Street. Deputy Tanner was assigned to the Marathon area as a patrol officer. She was 47 years [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #247, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 152017
Elevating Your Home: What You Need to Know and Do

If you are a Florida homeowner rebuilding after Hurricane Irma you may have to elevate your home to meet community floodplain management regulations. Communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) require all homes being substantially improved, or homes that have sustained substantial damage, to be built or elevated to or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Substantial Improvement is a term used by NFIP and refers to the reconstruction or improvement of a structure that has been substantially damaged. Substantial damage is also a term [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »