Jan 202018
 
City's Deregulation of Transient Licenses Will Reduce Residential Housing

OP/ED by Arnaud and Naja Girard…….. Hurricane Irma has left hundreds of people homeless in the Florida Keys. We wanted to know how the local government was handling the housing crisis. Officials seem genuinely concerned. They hold meetings and workshops on workforce housing issues. But clearly the problem predates the storm. Locals believe that, in recent years, too many residential units have been allowed to be transformed into vacation rentals. In this context we were surprised to learn that this week the City Commission voted [continue reading…]

Jan 202018
 
The Worst Thing About Federal Government "Shutdowns"

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The second worst thing about federal government “shutdowns” is that they’re almost entirely meaningless theatrical productions — tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing — from beginning to end. The worst thing about such “shutdowns” is that they end, usually in a way that undoes most of what little good they accomplished in the first place. I’m writing this on the first (and for all I know, the last) morning of the latest such “shutdown.” It comes [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Column ~, Editorial, Issue #252, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Is the School Board Turning Over a New Leaf?

by Rick Boettger……. The District made a positive move last week in their legal wrangling with Kathy Reitzel in her whistle-blowing case against them.  They admitted she was a whistle-blower. To recap: Kathy was head of finances for the School District when Monique Acevedo stole over $400,000.  Kathy turned over evidence to board chairman Andy Griffith. The district used this evidence and Kathy’s extended testimony to send Monique to prison and get her husband Randy fired from his job as superintendent.

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #252, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Jan 202018
 
MONROE COUNTY TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING FOR HOMEOWNERS NAVIGATING REBUILDING/PERMITTING PROCESS FOR HOMES DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA

BIG PINE KEY, FL – Was your home destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma and you need help navigating the rebuilding and repair process in Monroe County? Monroe County will host a public meeting to explain County processes, provide information and answer your individual questions.

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #252, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Bill Hunter Announces Run for Monroe County Commissioner, District Two

Sugarloaf Key resident Bill Hunter has filed to run for Monroe County Commissioner, District Two, which runs from the Seven Mile Bridge to Boca Chica Key and includes a small portion of Marathon. “I am running for county commission to represent all of the Florida Keys from the perspective of someone who lives, works and strives to protect the character of island communities within the Lower Keys. This local perspective is vitally important as the county recovers from Hurricane Irma,” Hunter said. Hunter, a Republican, [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #252, News 2 Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Florida City Police Officers Turn In Fellow Officer for Fraudulently Misrepresenting the Facts...

FLORIDA CITY, Fla – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Ken David Armenteros, 37, a corporal of the Florida City Police Department, for two counts of official misconduct. Armenteros, who was off-duty on the afternoon of Monday, September 13, 2016, and on his personal motorcycle, requested emergency back-up via the Miami-Dade Police Department’s 911 Center after a confrontation outside a known “drug house” in Florida City with a man who was later arrested by responding Florida City police officers. A criminal complaint including allegations made [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #252, News No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Slow Down and Tune in With Yoga at The Studios of Key West Taught by Cricket Desmarais

Enrich your health and lifestyle, advance your personal yoga practice, or simply slow down to create space and calm with Cricket Desmarais at The Studios of Key West on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 10:00am, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, and February 23. The five-week series of classes are a great introduction to those new to yoga or for those looking to deepen their practice. Students will learn to connect with their breath and experience micro-movement, with a slow, steady build towards strength, balance, and flexibility— with an emphasis [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #252, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Bedazzled Southernmost Shimmies of Key West belly dancers to take the stage at The Studios of Key West

Shimmy your way over to The Studios of Key West on Sunday, February 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm for “Romance and Belly Dance,” a fundraiser performance presented by the Southernmost Shimmies of Key West to benefit the island’s public May Sands Montessori school. Led by Judith Sahirah, the show features 20 bedazzled dancers from across the nation performing both traditional and modern styles of belly dance inspired by the theme of love. “Through our performances, we will share love in all of its manifestations,” says Sahirah, who teaches the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Key West Burlesque’s “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” at Key West Theater

Elevate your romance or blast away your post-Valentine’s Day blues with your favorite burlesque performers as Key West Burlesque and guest stars present “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. The dazzling extravaganza incorporates the love of all things Key West in a follies-style storyline of high energy, humor, and glamour that takes the crowd inside the lives and loves of the Southernmost city. “The show is jam-packed with love and over-the-top, excellent performances,” says [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:17 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Library Book Sale

Friends of the Key West Library monthly book sale is on Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Lots of art, biography, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. CDs will be 4 for $1.00, cookbooks half price. Baked goods supplied by KWHS’s Keys to be the Change Club. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment.  Future sales are on first Saturdays, March and April.  Also, [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #252, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Third Crooks Annual Second Line Set to Party and March Down Duval Street

On Sunday, January 28th, The Crooks Annual Second Line will celebrate its third annual party and procession to celebrate the lives of musicians, community leaders, and friends loved and lost. The three-tiered event begins with a Hog’s Breath Saloon parking lot party at noon, parades down Duval at 2:00pm, and culminates with a Jazz Jam tribute at The Green Parrot from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The Hog’s Breath Saloon party at noon will be emceed by Bahama Village Music Program Board President Larry Baeder, featuring music, a Bloody Mary bar sponsored by Bombora Vodka [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #252, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge's Photography Contest, Submissions Due March 1, 2018

USFWS is seeking submissions for its annual photography contest.  This free, fun event helps showcase our incredible natural resources here in the Florida Keys. USFWS keeps photographs on display at the Refuge Visitor Center until June 30th. Visitors love them! Attached is the Photo Contest Regulations.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. This year an additional submission category has been added specific to Key deer so we have four categories–Landscape, General Nature, Key deer and Birds.

Jan 202018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Writers to Enter Works in this Year’s Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Contests

Keys poets and writers are invited to submit works for this year’s Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story writing contests – components of the annual Key West celebration of the great American writer and island resident’s birthday. Poets are invited to submit a 30-line or less poem about Williams’ life in Key West. Writers may submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words, to include some reference to Williams’ life in Key West. Winners will be selected by blind-judging via a panel of professional, published [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #252, Literature No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Latin Jazz Takes Center Stage at Key West Theater

Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass join together to perform an exciting evening of classic Latin Jazz replete with horns, flutes, congas, timbales, and even floorspace for dancing on January 20th at the Key West Theater. “I always thought we should do a night of Latin Jazz here in Key West.,” says event coproducer Ralph De Palma, who is thrilled to bring together Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass for this unique, exciting evening of music. “Those horns are going to light the place up and the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:11 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Sail into historic exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society, Hindu Charters and archaeologist Corey Malcom, Ph.D.

On Saturday, January 27, launching at 10:00am, noted archaeologist and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum curator Corey Malcom, Ph.D., will lead the first of a series of three historically illuminating 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79’ wooden sailing schooner Hindu can enjoy mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages and salt spray as Dr. Malcom shares the historic back-story and personal insights on the day’s topic, “The Historic Seaport, Key West Bight.” The other two [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #252 No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Events Kick Off on February 28

A series of events spotlighting Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to the Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, kicks off Friday, February 28, with a limited-ticket party at the Whitehead Street home of Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt. Featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, tickets are $90 for Key West Art & Historical Society members and $100 for non-members. Beaver, a Williams’ aficionado, over time acquired a significant collection of memorabilia and materials by and [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #252, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Curry Mansion Portrait by Stephen LaPierre: Pre-Irma Art

In this 2010 oil painting, Key West artist, Stephen LaPierre, captured Edith Amsterdam’s beloved Curry Mansion, along with her ’67 four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. A Key West icon, Mrs. Amsterdam died in February of 2016, at the beginning of her 93rd year. That once-in-a-lifetime Continental of hers had been put to rest a few years earlier. And when Irma blew through town this past September, the category four hurricane took down Mrs. Amsterdam’s huge and gorgeous sacred fig tree, out front on Caroline. Thankfully, Stephen [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #252, Special Event 1 Response »
Jan 202018
 

Nationally-known comedian Gene Merola is coming to Key West and the Florida Keys Democrats are hosting him on February 1st, from 6:00- 10:00 PM, at the Side Bar, 504 Angela Street. Andy Griffith, local comedian and politician, is the opening act and will add a Key West tone to the evening’s entertainment. Whether opening for performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Hall & Oates, and Paula Poundstone or taking his own shows to many of the major cruise lines, Mr. Merola brings high energy and comedy that features audience [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #252, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Magnolia Band

B.O’s Fishwagon Caroline & William Sts. Key West, FL Thursday 1/25    6 – 9 PM Key West Bite 920 Caroline St. Key West FL Saturday 1/27    7 – 9 PM Magnolia Band, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of classic country, Cajun, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixture Steve Gibson on mandolin and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:01 am Issue #252, Music, What To Do No Responses »