Feb 112018
Gun at HOB / Who's in Charge?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. “No, I don’t believe it was a toy,“ says our source [Let’s call her “B”], “It was the real thing and when the other kids reported that this student had brought a gun to HOB middle school, the student responded by sending a Snapchat photo to one of them: him with a gun and the message, ‘[I’m] gonna bust a cap in yah head.’” More recently he reportedly said (paraphrasing): ‘This ain’t over. I’m gonna shoot yah.’ Did this really [continue reading…]

Feb 112018
"Affordable Housing": Are the Wolves at the Gate?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. On January 30, 2018 the Monroe County School Board voted to vacate the parcels of land it owns on Trumbo Road. Their goal is to assist with the workforce housing crisis. One of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the Keys, the 6 acres of waterfront property in downtown Key West, could be transferred, for free, to developers. Under a proposal put forward by Key West’s multi-millionaire, John Padget, developers would then build 480 “affordable” studios and one-bedroom [continue reading…]

Feb 112018
The Unbearable Dumbness of FDOT*

*with apologies to Milan Kundera, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” by Rick Boettger……. FDOT has done so many stupid things in Key West, it is almost easier to believe they hate and are intentionally harming us than that they could be so incompetent. The deaths at the N. Roosevelt crosswalks are the worst, but the stupidity of their unwanted installation is merely in line with the sharrows, hundreds of useless signs, misplaced stoplights at the Y, four lights for three lanes, one-waying of the Boulevard [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am * Featured Story *, Issue #255, Rick Boettger 1 Response »
Feb 112018
A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here's Why.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang on February 9. The North is contributing athletes to a bi-national team with the South, and also sending a delegation that includes its head of state (Kim Yong Nam) and the first ever official visitor to the South from its ruling dynasty (Kim Yo Jong, sister of Kim Jong Un). The [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #255, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 112018
The Nunes Memo Only Partially "Vindicates" Trump, but it Fully Indicts the FBI and the FISA Court

by Thomas Knapp…… On February 2, US president Donald Trump approved public release of a memo from the US House Intelligence Committee concerning FBI malfeasance  in its applications for warrants to surveil Carter Page, a former member of his campaign team. The following day, Trump triumphantly tweeted that the memo “totally vindicates” him in the ongoing “Russiagate” probe. It doesn’t really do that — proving a negative is always difficult — but it does add a great deal of credibility to his charge that the probe [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #255, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 112018
Hotel Stays Extended for Eligible Hurricane Irma Survivors

ORLANDO, Fla. –Florida Hurricane Irma survivors receiving Transitional Sheltering Assistance may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for other places to live. Hotel stays for eligible survivors have been extended from Sunday, Feb. 11 through Saturday, March 10 with a checkout date of Sunday, March 11. An interim review may determine some participants will be ineligible beyond Saturday, Feb. 24. FEMA automatically notifies eligible applicants. Participants must be registered with FEMA and be eligible for disaster assistance. FEMA has extended the TSA program five times [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #255, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 112018
Civil War Reenactor Addresses 650 HOB Students - "African-Americans in the Naval Forces"

Visiting law professor, practicing criminal attorney, historian and Civil War reenactor Bernard Siler addressed some 650 5th-8th grade students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School in Key West on Monday. The lecture, titled “African-Americans in the Naval Forces,” sponsored by Key West Art Historical Society, Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, focused on the experience of thousands of African-Americans who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Siler, who has been featured as an expert in documentaries about the military [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Distracted Driving

by Donald J. Lee Jr., Chief of Police……. Passage of House Bill 33 Can Help Save Lives Yesterday, eight people lost their lives. Eight sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were taken from their families and friends. Today, another eight were killed. Tomorrow, eight more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight is the number of people who are killed each day in the U.S. due to distracted driving. Since being appointed Chief of Police for the Key West Police Department more than [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #255, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
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by Kirby Congdon…….   Gnat Avoiding my crass hand’s sweep, in random sallies within the world of my room, an insect darts, adoit, among the motes of dust that float, glow or drift about in ninety-three-million-mile rays of streaming silence. Such lives, in their abandon, define their space and what it’s all about, though chartless, in the far, rootless reaches of the absolute.  

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Column ~, Issue #255, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Feb 112018
So Why Aren’t I Rich Yet?

by Kim Pederson……. There must be someone or something I can blame for my failure to reach the 1% (or the 5% or the 10%, etc., etc.). It can’t be me. I want to be wealthy as much as the next person (feel free to insert your own definition of “wealthy”—I have mine). As evidence for this, President Trump has kindly informed us that all Americans are dreamers, as in we all want the American Dream to come true. Just to ensure we are on [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #255, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 112018
Coral Shore High School Home to Monroe County Schools 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

Monroe County School officials are pleased to announce Coral Shores High School Teacher Beth Rosenow as the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year. District officials chose Ms. Rosenow out of 11 teachers to represent as the district’s Teacher of the Year nomination for the Florida Department of Education’s state recognition. She has taught for the past 18 years, serving for six, going on seven of those years in Monroe County Schools at Key Largo School and Coral Shores High School. Ms. Rosenow began her teaching career in 1999 [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #255, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 112018
Pucker Up - the Second Flash-Mob “Kiss-In” at the Custom House Museum Happens on Valentine’s Day

Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and visitors to a flash-mob style, mass Kiss-In event on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, starting at 5:00pm, in front of the 25-foot-tall Seward Johnson ‘Embracing Peace’ sculpture at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The goal is to fill the street in front of the Museum with a crowd of couples emulating Johnson’s sculpture which was inspired by an iconic photo of a sailor and nurse celebrating the end of World War II in Times Square, New [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Explore “Porter and the Pirates” with Key West Art & Historical Society, Hindu Charters and Cori Convertito, Ph.D.

On Saturday, February 24, maritime historian and Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will lead the second in a series of three historically illuminating 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by The Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79’ wooden sailing schooner Hindu, which launches from Key West Bight Marina, can enjoy mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages and salt spray as Convertito shares the historic back-story and personal insights on the day’s topic, “Porter and the Pirates.” A member of [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Friends of the Marathon Library Speaker Series, Feb 12th

The Friends of the Marathon Library Speaker Series welcomes Keys writer Michael Haskins to its February 12th meeting. Haskins is an ex-journalist and spent a few years as the City of Key West’s public information officer, before turning to writing fulltime. He has been a resident of the Keys for twenty-plus years. Originally from Boston, Haskins has lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and Tijuana, Mexico before moving to the Florida Keys. His nine-book series features journalist Mick Murphy and an array of Keys [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Stephen Kitsakos To Speak at Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 19

On Monday, Feb. 19, The Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Stephen Kitsakos, a writer, director, performing arts administrator, and professor of theater arts, as the next speaker in their lecture series. Talks are presented at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. His lecture begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Kitsakos’s work explores the connection between the healing power of the performing arts and the use of sacred texts to inspire [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #255, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Key West Burlesque’s Latest Extravaganza Hits the Key West Theater Stage February 16 and 17

Elevate your romance or blast away your post-Valentine’s Day blues with your favorite Key West Burlesque performers and visiting guest stars as they perform “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue,” set for Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue,” stars nationally and internationally acclaimed performers, including Kitten N’ Lou, whose combination of burlesque, drag, dance, and theater make for a performance that has been called “brilliantly deranged” (Time Out New York) and “genius” (The Huffington Post); the hilarious, banana-throwing Evil Hate [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #255, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Artist Valerie Hoh to Present Latest Creations in Wearable Art and Sculpture

Nothing Ho-hum about it: Valerie Hoh to present latest creations in wearable art and sculpture at The Gardens Hotel, one day only. Valerie Hoh, former proprietor of the eclectic Pandemonium gallery on Duval Street, returns to Key West for a showing of unique, hand-crafted fashion art clothing, accessories and sculpture, to be displayed in the lobby of The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street,Sunday, February 18, from noon to 7:00pm. Hoh, who is also recognized for her colorful house number tiles that adorn properties throughout Key West, [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #255, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Calling All Youth Annual Black History Festival

Cornish Memorial Ame Zion Church 702 Whitehead St Key West, Florida 33040 (305) 294-2350 Calling All Youth Annual Black History Festival Key West, FL, Saturday, February 24, 2018 12pm – 4pm Inviting Choirs, Poets, Praise Dancers It takes a village FREE 25th Annual Banquet Black History Program Key West, FL, Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3pm Donation $10.00 Parade of Kings and Queens Please wear your African Attire Inviting Choirs, Poets, Praise Dancers If you would like more information about these events, please call Arida [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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The 8th Annual Key West Authors’ Book Fair, presented by Seastory Press, is coming up again on Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 3pm, local authors interested in signing up kind find us at seastorypress.com, on Facebook, or contact us directly at seastorypress@gmail.com. This year’s event is being held during Old Island Days, on February 24. We are all looking forward to cooler weather and even better attendance, with more “seasonal” residents and visitors. We are expecting some popular regional authors who have not been able to participate in past years’ April [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Jay Barnes to Offer Riveting Hurricane History

Florida has been struck by hurricanes more than any other state throughout the centuries. On Thursday, February 22, at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series guest, hurricane historian Jay Barnes, will reveal riveting accounts and historical data of Florida’s stormy past in his presentation “Florida’s Hurricane History” at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. Barnes will draw from his book of the same name, offering meteorological research as well as news reports, ship logs, historical journals and photographs to tell Florida’s hurricane history, spotlighting 400 years of storms [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Gayla Morgan Performs with Western Wind on Feb. 11

Key West singer Gayla Morgan will take the stage with a cappella song stylists Western Wind at an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. The concert is the third of the 2018 Impromptu Concert season, which is celebrating the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor to Key West. Morgan, a soprano, began her career in composing and arranging by drawing on her experience as a professional violinist, to create string charts for several [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #255, Music, What To Do No Responses »
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Cultural Events and Artistic Competitions Highlight Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration

In celebration of Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, Key West Art & Historical Society presents a series of arts and cultural events, launching February 28 and running through early April, sure to please Williams enthusiasts. On Friday, February 28, Tennessee Williams Exhibit (now Museum) founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt will open their Whitehead Street home for a celebration kick-off party with an open bar, hors-d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Tickets are $90 for [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Peter Vey, Run Away to Paradise, Feb. 17

The idea for “Run Away to Paradise”,  the upcoming exhibition at the Gallery on Greene, came from a poet. Elizabeth Bishop, who wrote in Florida ”The palm trees clatter in the stiff breeze like the bills of the pelicans. The tropical rain comes down to freshen the tide-looped strings of fading shells.” This is the Florida and Florida Keys from which at an early age Peter Vey visited and was attracted to visually and through it’s poetry.  It was the profound beauty and idyllic weather.  Peter, born [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am Art, Issue #255, What To Do No Responses »
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Third Annual Key West Food Truck Festival, Saturday, March 10

Key West Art & Historical Society presents “Food Trucks in Paradise 2018.” From noon to 8:00pm on Saturday, March 10, the Fort East Martello Museum parade grounds at 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd will be transformed into a family-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts. Key West Food Truck Fest founder and co-producer Clint Steckly will park his ever-tasty Triano’s Taco food truck on site along with Beach Bites and many other mobile-vendor faves.  Performers [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Go Native: Landscape Choices that Support Wildlife and Weather the Storm

If your back yard took a beating and you’re ready for restoration, now’s your chance to step into stewardship of Florida Keys wildlife heritage. This year’s Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th Outdoor Fest celebration hosted by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group Florida Keys Wildlife Society offers get-your-hands dirty gardening workshops and pollinator garden lessons that educate the importance of replacing invasive exotic plants with natives, and free native plant and tree giveaways during the Saturday Wildlife Fairs in Big Pine [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »