Feb 242018
In Loving Memory of Mary McNulty Powell

Mary McNulty Powell, Island Lady and Great Friend to many, asked to have her ashes placed in the Gulf water of the Keys which she so loved. An educated social worker and counselor starting in Mass., (where her grieving sister and family still reside), her father a sea captain, Mary found her place in Key West in the 70’s. She transversed the island starting at Sloppys, where she met Trish and Kathy and other lifelong friends, and moved on to work for FKCC, Monroe County [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #253, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 272018
What is Eating up Key West’s Residential Housing Stock?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Key West suffers from an unprecedented housing crisis yet transient rental units seem to metastasize through Key West’s residential neighborhoods at an ever-accelerating rate. Last year we uncovered a disturbing legal process: The City of Key West had discreetly passed a law creating amnesty for people who illegally rent long-term residences to tourists. Instead of the 60 days in jail plus fines contemplated by the city code, property owners who can show they’ve broken the law since April 1, 2010 [continue reading…]

Jan 272018
Key West's Literary Seminar: "Each day my mind expanded into the possibilities of what I could become if I continued to practice my craft."

by Arida Wright……. The 36th Annual Key West Literary Seminar was held here Jan. 11-14, 2018. I was blessed to attend the Writers’ Workshop held Jan. 15-19, 2018 through a scholarship a writer friend helped me apply for. The experience was totally transforming. Their theme this year was Writers of the Caribbean and according to the President, Diane Shelby, “They paid tribute to the rich literary tradition of our Caribbean neighbors and kin.” This event sold out in twenty minutes last year. Before I moved to [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 1:05 am Arida Wright, Issue #253 No Responses »
Jan 272018
No, I Don't Really Care Much About Donald Trump's Sex Life. Here's Why.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In October of 2016, a Wall Street Journal article claims, Donald Trump’s lawyer paid $130,000 to buy the silence of Stephanie Clifford, better known to viewers of adult films, at any rate as “Stormy Daniels.” Daniels, it’s alleged, was set to tell the story of a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump on Good Morning America and in Slate. Now-president Trump and Daniels deny (through the attorney) both the encounter and the alleged payoff, but as I write this In Touch magazine [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #253, Thomas L. Knapp 13 Responses »
Jan 272018
Veterans in Politics: It's Not About Honor

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The Atlantic‘s Ronald Brownstein reports that a new political organization, With Honor, “has launched a major effort to elect to the House more recent military veterans who commit to working across party lines. … a bipartisan core of House Members who are inclined to seek common ground, whatever their personal views.” The idea that veterans are particularly well-suited for political office — in part because of  “their experience working in diverse teams that pursue common goals under great stress,” as Brownstein [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #253, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Jan 272018
John David Baird Presents: "For Love of Art Song" -- Sunday February 4th

For Love of Art Song by John David Baird – Tenor Performing at the 300 seat Sanctuary Saint Pauls Episcopal Church 401 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040 Sun, February 4, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM EST Hear some of the most beautiful and classic Art Song by Master composers of the past. John David Baird, tenor formerly of the METropolitan Opera will sing French and Italian pieces by Reynaldo Hahn (Venezia series), Ernest Chausson (Le temps des lilas), Claude Debussy (Beau soir) and [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #253, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
The Numbers Don't Lie

by Jerry Dykhuisen……. Dear Editor: Having been raised in Chicago, I figured that I had witnessed government corruption raised to a fine art. After living here for a couple of decades, I must admit, however, that the Windy City has nothing on the powers that be in Monroe County.  With a school superintendent who steals nearly a half million dollars and does no jail time, a principal (who just happens to be the son of a previous superintendent) has tens of thousands of dollars disappear on [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #253, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Jan 272018
"The Uniqueness Is Gone"

Dear Editor: My name is Brian Smith and I just wanted to say that I really respect your relentless pursuit of the truth. I too believe that the rules should apply to everybody. I recently moved back to Key West after 20 years up north, and I’m very surprised at the dramatic change Key West has taken. It’s nothing like what I remember. It used to be such a magical place, completely different from another city in America. Now the uniqueness is gone, and we have CVS and Starbucks on every corner. The city government has clearly helped a handful of people take complete control [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #253, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jan 272018
Affordable Second Homes

by Joe Messer……. Dear Editor, Over the last 15 years extreme development has taken place in Key West and Marathon via hotels, resorts, restaurants and tourist service businesses. Add to that the elimination of downstairs enclosures and housing for employees has become a significant issue. Affordable housing projects have been continually promoted as the solution. If correct, why is the issue now worse than ever? It is time for Monroe County, Key West and Marathon to do some serious investigation before approving any more affordable [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #253, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jan 272018
Hurricane Debris Collection and Transfer Stations Update

REMINDER: MONROE COUNTY’S THREE TRANSFER STATIONS STILL ACCEPTING RESIDENTIAL HURRICANE DEBRIS FOR FREE FROM RESIDENTS; CONTRACTORS PAY REGULAR $123.50/TON MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County residents still can bring their own residential hurricane debris to one of the County’s three transfer stations for free disposal. This will continue for a few more weeks. For contractors and landscapers, the fee for disposal at County transfer stations always has been $123.50 per ton. The last day to put eligible hurricane debris on County and private roads in the [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #253, News, Public Notice No Responses »