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
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…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #253, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
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 »
Jan 272018
So You're Thinking About Running

A Workshop on Winning Campaigns Saturday, February 10, 2018 “So You’re Thinking About Running” Hometown’s Winning Campaigns Workshop Dear Incumbents, Candidates, Those Considering a Run for Elected Office and Campaign Leaders, Hometown! — Key West’s and Monroe County’s voting community’s signature resource for candidate and election information is sponsoring a Workshop for those running, considering a run or interested in campaign management for elected office on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Starting at 8:30 am at the Marriott Beachside, the half-day workshop (optional lunch) offers a [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #253, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 272018
The Monster Under the Bed

by Kim Pederson……. In the opening moments of “Listen,” the fourth episode of Season 8 of the revived Doctor Who series, the Doctor, alone and killing time, asks himself and answers this question: “Why do we talk out loud even when we know we’re alone? Conjecture – because we know we’re not.” The Doctor further conjectures that there are entities with the perfect ability to hide, except when they don’t want to hide, and that those creatures might be the ones we envision living under our beds, [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #253, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jan 272018
Paintings by Jill Caldwell at Salt Island Provisions Through January 31

by M. R. Willison……. To introduce the new year, the SALT Island Provision’s energetic new owners, Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson, have a compelling range of compelling paintings by an often-exhibited and once-full-time Key West resident. Massachusetts-born and -educated Jill Caldwell now spends springs and summers in Rockport, Maine, which explain her dramatic shift in colors, from Key West aqueous to her much more northerly-tinted recent work, curated by Ms. Richardson. On her preferred square canvases, in a wide range of sizes (and thus prices) [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Art, Issue #253, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Tickets Available for 2018 Anne McKee Fine Art Auction

    Tickets are now available for the 2018 Anne McKee Annual Fine Art Auction which will occur on Friday, February 9th.  The auction will take place for the second year at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January 26th until [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Art, Issue #253, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Key West’s ‘Remembering Lenny’ to Highlight Leonard Bernstein Centennial

“West Side Story” composer Leonard Bernstein’s “Key West–side story” is to be spotlighted for music lovers during “Remembering Lenny” and other offerings exploring the American musical icon’s work and the ways the island city influenced it. Spearheaded by Key West’s Impromptu Classical Concerts organization, the events celebrate the centennial of Bernstein’s 1918 birth. According to Impromptu Concerts’ George Korn, Bernstein’s first published piece of music, “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano,” was written during his initial visit to Key West in 1941. He also began a [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #253, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Call to Female Artists: Florida Keys Women’s Art Exhibition Revived at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society revives its popular juried art exhibition, “From a Woman’s Hand,” and invites Florida Keys women to apply.  The March 16 – July 15 exhibit in the Custom House Museum’s Bumpus Gallery will feature nearly 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, textiles, and ceramics, with a special opening reception on March 16. Drawn entirely from the Florida Keys community, the exhibit illuminates the remarkable achievements of women artists, addressing the gender imbalance in the art world.  Arts community leaders Jane Grannis, Martha Resk, Betty [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Art, Issue #253, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Call for Entries: Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges & Friends Group Announce Outdoor Fest’s Photo Contest and Exhibit

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group Florida Keys Wildlife Society announce the third annual photography contest as part of the Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th Outdoor Fest, an event created to help people recognize the refuges as safe havens for the creatures who live in them while also educating them on how to enjoy the areas in wildlife-friendly ways. The free-entry contest is open to any amateur photographer in “Landscape,” “Birds,” “Key deer,” and “Other Nature/Wildlife” [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Jan 21, 1st Anniversary "Power to the Polls" a Success!

“Power to the Polls,” Women’s Day of Action Resounding Success for Women’s March Florida (Miami, Fla. – Jan. 25, 2018) On January 21, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the largest political protest in recent U.S. history, Women’s March Florida led a “Power to the Polls” rally in Miami, Fla., that focused on expanding voter access, ending voter suppression, and highlighting important issues for the 2018 midterms elections, all crucial steps towards meaningful change. Thanks to the 5,500 people who attended the Miami rally, including over [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #253, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 272018
Habitat Hammers Back!

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys is preparing to expand its hurricane recovery response.  Through the Habitat Hammers Back initiative, the local affiliate is working closely with Habitat International to assist homeowners in need. Debbie Swift Batty, Board President stated, “We’re in a unique position to assist homeowners in the Lower Keys repair their homes with skilled construction staff and volunteers and we’ve received many generous donations for hurricane home repairs.” Habitat recovery efforts include repair of damaged homes by replacing [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #253, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 272018
Discover “The Bahamas-Keys Connection” at at Old City Hall During Key West Art & Historical Society’s Special Distinguished Speaker Series Panel Discussion

Discover “The Bahamas-Keys Connection” at Old City Hall during Key West Art & Historical Society’s special Distinguished Speaker Series panel discussion On Thursday, February 8, at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents The Bahamas – Keys Connection,” a special Distinguished Speaker Series discussion with expert panelists Monroe County Historian Tom Hambright, Deputy Consul General of the Bahamas Sandra Carey, and Florida Keys History & Discovery Center Curator Brad Bertelli, moderated by Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at Old City Hall, 510 Green Street. “The [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Key West Art & Historical Society and Sharon Wells to Offer Architectural Landmarks and Historical Preservation Walking Tour

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Historic Walking Tours with local historian, artist and long-time Society board member Sharon Wells continues on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, with a tour focused on architectural landmarks and historical preservation. A leader in America’s historic preservation movement since the 1960s, Key West has three National Register Historic Districts, with more than 3,000 historic sites, a majestic lighthouse and Civil War forts.  Wells’ tour will begin at the Marquesa Hotel at 600 Fleming Street, and will address [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Key West Art & Historical Society to Offer Free Lunchtime Lecture on Fort Zachary Taylor’s Path to a National Landmark

Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Edward England for “From junkyard to National Landmark: Celebrating 50 years of Howard England’s Legacy at Fort Zachary Taylor,” a free lunchtime lecture held on Tuesday, February 6, at 12:00 p.m. in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum. The lecture presents England’s father Howard England’s eight-and-a-half year odyssey of exploration and discovery as Curator in Charge at Fort Zachary Taylor. Edward England, a former Air Force engineer/program manager, is a native Key [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Hog's Breath Entertainment

AFTERNOON SCHEDULE AT THE HOG’S BREATH   Zack Seemiller, Jan. 29, 1 – 5 pm,  Joel Nelson, Jan, 30 – Feb. 1, 1 – 5 pm Dan Harvey At the Hog’s Breath The Dan Harvey will be stopping by the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s outdoor stage Jan. 20 – Feb.4,  5:30 – 9:30 pm. Dan Harvey’s high energy show, keep audience members on their feet and a drink in their hand, so expect an exciting week of music at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. With more than a 1,000 song set list, [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #253, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Spotlight On Key West Burlesque’s Evil Hate Monkey: A High Dose of Potassium that You'll Love a Bunch

Nothing quite says “I love you” like an Evil Hate Monkey, one of Key West Burlesque’s guest star performers for “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. Set to classic love songs, the dazzling extravaganza is sure to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys, incorporating 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 [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #253, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Connecting People with Nature: Third Annual Outdoor Fest to Showcase Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

Get an up-close take on the great outdoors with the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge system celebration Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th, with the third annual Outdoor Fest hosted by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group Florida Keys Wildlife Society, featuring a week of family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities. “The National Wildlife Refuge System is part of America’s network of amazing public lands,” says Ranger and Outreach Coordinator Kristie Killam. “We’re really [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Key West Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament Marks 25 years

Local students and charities will be the winners of the 25th Annual Key West Sunrise Rotary Golf Classic. Registration is open for the Feb. 25 tournament at the Key West Golf Club. Proceeds fund college scholarships and worthy local causes. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place in each flight as well as closest to the pin, longest drive, straightest drive and longest putt. Sinking a hole-in-one on any par 3 wins ­­­­­$5,000. And four players will earn the opportunity to win a million dollars in [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
Jazz in Key West

-The Jazz Cats- Popular music from the 1920’s-50’s will transport you back to old Hollywood with authentic renditions from The Great American Songbook. This live jazz duo performs standards informed by the greats of yesteryear, such as Frank Sinatra, Louie Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more. With a rotation of world-class guest performers, every show finds something new within this timeless & cherished music of American history. For more info go to www.Mixdeity.com or call 305-570-3000. [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #253, Music, What To Do No Responses »