Dec 292017
The Children of Hurricanes

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. According to a recent report by FEMA, nearly a thousand residents impacted by Hurricane Irma are still homeless and living in hotels in the Keys at the edge of this new year. Others are staying in tents in yards or at a friend’s home. Many of them lived in trailer homes now blown away or condemned. Others were liveaboard boaters whose homes were sunk or destroyed by the storm. Their fate is uncertain. This is the inspirational story of a [continue reading…]

Dec 292017
FKSPCA – Jane Fails the Taxpayers

by Margaret Blank……. The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA) was recently awarded a $425,000 contract to run the Marathon animal shelter under very suspicious circumstances.  I wrote a few posts about it.  Here’s my initial reaction.  Here’s a post that runs through the many questions generated by the situation.  And here’s one that prompted a response from the FKSPCA. FKSPCA President, Jane Dawkins clearly resents the questions that the shady Request for Proposal (RFP) process quite naturally generates.  Rather than attempting to clarify the situation, [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #249, Margaret Blank 9 Responses »
Dec 292017
Hurricane Debris Collection Resumes in Lower Keys, Duck Key, Conch Key and Layton Following Holiday Break

Hurricane debris collection resumed Wednesday on County roads in the Mile Marker 16 to 40 area in the Lower Keys after a short holiday break for the workers. County public works continues to also collect hurricane debris on private roads and take it to the nearest County right of way for collection by the debris contractor. No County roads in these areas have received a final collection pass.  If you now have debris in County rights of way or private roads, it will get picked up. Crews [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 292017
FEMA Trailers

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: Where are all the FEMA trailers?  At one point, the community was promised that there would be 80 FEMA trailers on the property of the old Road Prison.  It was touted as an ideal location as it would be easy to make the necessary electric and water connections.  Now, I cannot find anyone who will admit to ever having made such a promise. I have communicated with a number of people at the county and none of them have any [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #249, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 292017
Pick Up Your Cones!

The City of Key West wants to remind residents aware that they cannot block off parts of the public right of way for private parking. Now that season is getting into full swing, City officials have received complaints that some residents are posting signs or even using cones and barricades to reserve parking spaces along the city streets. The right of way is public property, and cannot be marked with private “No Parking,” “No Trespassing,” or other signs. Nor can this area be blocked with [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Dec 292017
New Year’s Eve Shuttle

Why stress about parking and traffic to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year when you can ride the shuttle? Let Key West Transit’s Safe Ride do the driving! The shuttle begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 31st and runs continuously until 1:45 a.m. Fare is just $2 per trip on the local route and $4 per trip for the Lower Keys Shuttle. The shuttles cover Key West and Stock Island, as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle between Marathon and Key West. The downtown drop off and pickup point [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 292017

by Kirby Congdon……. Oratorio Endeavoring to be “remembered forever” is to be a bore, or whatever, when that eternal measurement of time for oracles may be clever but it’s hardly more than a handy rhyme to remind the dead, or whoever, of some war at one time or another.

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #249, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Dec 292017
For Those Who Need More Holidays

by Kim Pederson……. The other night at Full Metal Trivia at Mary Ellen’s, several of the questions were about Festivus, including on what date does Festivus occur? We didn’t know the date, or any of the other answers for that matter. As it turns out, Festivus is today, December 23. The holiday, or perhaps anti-holiday is a better term, is a secular one created by the father of a Seinfeld writer as “an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.” If you celebrate [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #249, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Dec 292017
Artist Marta White to Exhibit at The Studios of Key West: Special Preview Party on January 4

On Thursday, January 4, The Studios of Key West invites the public to celebrate artist Marta White in a retrospective exhibition of nearly forty years of her mixed media work in the XOJ Gallery, with a special opening reception on from 6:00pm -8:00pm. Though White has exhibited in galleries in Key West and in New York, including the Southampton Museum, the upcoming exhibit is White’s first solo show and offers an astounding display of just a small fragment of her life’s work. More than 70 pieces [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #249, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
Undying Love the Musical Sneak Peak

Undying Love | A Key West Musical from Wonderdog Studios on Vimeo. For a sneak peak of the official Undying Love the Musical trailer click the image above. Need a last minute holiday gift? How about tickets to see a true Key West story of a passion that defied death put to music on stage at The Studios Key West theater? Book, Lyrics and Music by Ben Harrison Director: Richard Grusin Musical Director: Larry Baeder Starring Amber Good & Jamie Callahan Opening Night: Wed Feb 14 at 8pm Shows [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #249, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
Florida Keys Seafood Festival January 13 & 14

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association (FKCFA) invite locals and visitors to come and enjoy the freshest seafood caught, prepared and served by local fisherman and their families. The event is held at Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive, on Saturday, January 13 from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. The savory seafood menu features fresh Fried Fish baskets or platters with slaw and black beans & rice, Fried clams basket, Grilled Spiny Lobster Platters, Sampler Platters with fish, stone crab, conch [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
A Forgotten Era Remembered: Key West Art & Historical Society Presents “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” Exhibit at Custom House Museum

On Friday, January 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society kicks off the new exhibit, “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” putting the spotlight on a relatively unaccounted for era of creativity that helped launch some of the island’s most celebrated artists. The Custom House Museum exhibit in the Bryan Gallery features historic and contemporary works from artists that rented space between 1974-1986 in the decommissioned naval warehouses, machine-shops, and residential facilities for use as studios after the U.S. Navy abandoned their base on the present-day Truman [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
“The Flagler You Don’t Know”

Henry Flagler, one of Florida’s best-known historical figures, is to be the subject of the next Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series event, presented by John Blades, Executive Director Emeritus of Palm Beach’s Flagler Museum. Blades will share insights regarding a number of misconceptions surrounding Flagler and his development of Florida in his presentation, “The Flagler You Don’t Know,” January 11 starting at 6:00pm at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do 1 Response »
Dec 292017
Book Sale Friends of Key West Library, Jan. 6

Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their first book sale of 2018 on Saturday, January 6, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. This sale features plenty of books: art, biography, cookbooks, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. Children’s and coffee-table books are at super low prices. The Southernmost Boys and Girls Club will be offering home-baked goods at the sale. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »