Dec 222017
Florida Keys SPCA Responds to Margaret Blank's Piece Questioning Agency's Tax Returns

To the editor, Key West The Newspaper: Had Margaret Blank bothered to contact the Florida Keys SPCA (FKSPCA) before writing her inaccurate article that was a mixed bag of topics about our tax returns, conflating the cost of our new shelter at our Key West campus with our recently increased contract for animal control in Marathon, and the identities of professionals we have retained to design and build the Key West shelter, we would have been pleased to have given her the information she claims [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:46 pm Issue #248, Letter to the Editor 7 Responses »
Dec 222017
I Will Miss The Pelicans

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: The powers that be are in the process of converting the old railroad bridge at Spanish Harbor Channel to a fishing platform.  That entails installing metal railings from one end of the bridge to the other.  I expect it will make a great fishing location. Unfortunately, the old bridge was a popular roosting spot for large numbers of pelicans and other water birds.  The new railings disrupt the roosting areas.  I will miss the pelicans, much like I miss the [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:07 pm Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #248, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Dec 222017
FEMA Trailers

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: What has become of the 80 FEMA trailers that were to be placed on the property of the old Road Prison on Big Pine Key?  We still have homeless people in our community living in hotels or, worse yet, tents and severely damaged homes.  The FEMA trailers are sorely needed, not just these 80 but many more. Larry Murray

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 pm Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #248, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Dec 222017
MamaOcean Went to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Meeting

by Douglas Hattendorf……. Naja, Last week there was the bi-monthly meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the main topics were of corals dying, garbage and lobster trap debris. As it should be in me own opinion. The trap debris or whole traps in 5ft of water with 50ft of rope won’t be taken care of until June so as a prior trapper and commercial diver I couldn’t agree with that. So I said we were starting tomorrow and none disagreed. mamaOcean was representing as a [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 pm Issue #248, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 222017
‘Tis The Season, a Poem by Arida Wright

by Arida Wright © 2017……. ‘Tis The Season Jesus is the reason For the season But once again Santa takes center stage So songs of Silent Night Are used to sell diamonds On Black Friday Cyber Monday So much emphasis on shopping When many of us Would rather spend our time worshipping, Focusing Singing songs of praises, celebrating Arms raised I do not understand All the emphasis On a man who is a fictional character And a real Jesus Is the reason for the season [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 pm Arida Wright, Issue #248 1 Response »
Dec 222017
Community News by Arida Wright

by Arida Wright……. A landmark vote was passed at the BVRAC (Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee) meeting held December 7, 2017 at City Hall. The BVRAC was established in 2008 by the City Commission. Their duties are to recommend to the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) projects within Bahama Village best suited for the use of redevelopment trust funds and to review applications from individuals and organizations eligible to receive TIF (Tax Increment Finances) funds.

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 pm ~ Column ~, Arida Wright, Bahama Village, Issue #248, News No Responses »
Dec 222017
Detectives Ask for Help Identifying Stolen Vehicle Suspects

Sheriff’s detectives in the Middle Keys are investigating the theft of a car from a Conch Key residence in the early morning hours Wednesday. The owner of the purple 2017 Kia Sorento said he returned home from work at 9 p.m., parking his car in his driveway on Conch Avenue. He left the car unlocked with the key fob inside. He went inside the house and went he went back outside at 1 a.m. his car was gone. He reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Office and a notice [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
US Foreign Aid: Bad for America, Bad for the World

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Ahead of a vote in the United Nations’ General Assembly on a resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,  president Donald Trump and UN ambassador Nikki Haley threatened states voting for the resolution with the loss of US financial aid. “We’re watching those votes” said Trump. “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #248, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Dec 222017
Trump's "National Security Strategy" is the Opposite of National Security

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The Goldwater-Nichols Act requires the president to submit a “National Security Strategy” report each year. Every president since Ronald Reagan has failed to comply with the law in one or more years of his administration, but on December 17 Donald Trump issued his report. Unfortunately, Trump’s offering is of a piece with his prior displays of economic illiteracy and foreign policy jingoism. It’s a dog’s breakfast of policy pronouncements that couldn’t be more opposed to real “national security” if that had [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #248, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Dec 222017
Monroe County Secures 25 Percent Flood Insurance Discounts for Policyholders in Unincorporated M.C.

MONROE COUNTY, FL – As of Oct. 1, 2017, residents and business owners in Unincorporated Monroe County became eligible for federal flood insurance discounts up to 25 percent. These discounts will result in more than $5.1 million in annual savings to the County’s 15,000 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders – an average of $350 per policy. The discounts are an increase from the 20 percent most policyholders experienced in 2016. All the discounts are due to the County’s active participation in the Community Rating System (CRS). This voluntary incentive program rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
Down for the Count

by Kim Pederson……. Last night, as I was shaking out fiber capsules from a plastic bottle, about to take them as part of my seemingly endless pursuit of regularity, I looked at my palm and saw five caps resting there preingestate. Yes, I thought, five capsules is the amount I want. But then I thought, how do I know there are five and how do I even know what five is? The obvious answer is that someone taught me how to count and to recognize [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #248, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 222017
EPA Urged to Close Dirty Water Public Notice Loophole

Schools, Day-Care, Nursing Homes Lack Warning on Unsafe Drinking Water Washington, DC — When schoolchildren, the infirm, and the disabled are exposed to dangerously contaminated drinking water, parents and guardians should be notified, according to a rulemaking petition filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and a coalition of groups.  The petition presses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close this public health gap. EPA’s current public notice regulations do not require public water systems or facilities like schools and nursing homes [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
PEER: "Scott's Pledge to Restore Florida Springs Was a Scam"

Tallahassee — Governor Rick Scott’s highly touted effort to clean up Florida’s prized freshwater springs from petroleum contamination turns out to be a mirage, according to an analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The overwhelming majority of  this program’s funding went to projects not affecting springs or to cleanups with the least environmental impact, leaving the more seriously polluted springs unaddressed. Florida has at least 1,000 springs – far more than any other state – representing perhaps the largest concentration of freshwater springs [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 222017
This is a Really Big Deal.

It’s now or never. We have less than 10 days left to reach our goal of collecting one million signatures to make sure the Voter Restoration Amendment is on the November 2018 ballot. Download, print and sign the Voter Restoration Amendment petition. Just last week, we heard of and read stories about the thousands of returning citizens in Alabama who voted for the first time after having their voting rights restored. Having the ability to vote allows returning citizens to become full members of their [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #248, News, Public Notice No Responses »