Feb 172017
 
Ocean's Edge: A Play in Four Acts

by Conch S. Fritter …….. County Commissioners appeared lost this Wednesday in the intricacies of their own laws. But for those who had followed the growing controversy over Pritam Singh’s Ocean’s Edge (175-room) Hotel the meeting looked like the last of the county’s many renditions of The Emperor’s New Clothes. The actors are real pros and they’ve played the part many times.

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #206, News 4 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key Largo woman charged with fraud A Key Largo woman was arrested after she was caught stealing and using another woman’s credit card information. The suspect, 39 year old Michele Moser, works at a Key Largo restaurant that takes on line orders. The victim told Deputy Dave Campbell she placed an order at that restaurant and soon after, someone used her credit card to order pizza for delivery. She contacted the pizza restaurant and was given the address where the pizza was delivered. It was [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Key West Crime Drops

Crime in Key West has been dropping continuously over the past few years, and it dropped by 18 percent in 2016. The Key West Police Department’s end of year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows an overall drop in both violent and non-violent crime. The most dramatic drop was a 37 percent decrease in violent crime over the previous year. Non-violent crime dropped by 15.5 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
War Letters

From a collection of war-time letters. Germany. Nurnberg, 1945 Dear Mother: What a day! I got up early and got some stuff ready to send home, which I hope to do tomorrow, after it has been censored. Later on in the morning I was put on a detail to help evacuate a four-story apartment house.  The tenants seemed to accept it quite calmly. Within five minutes dozens of go-carts and wagons appeared from nowhere, like a too-realistic play. Some filled up one little wagon load [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #206, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Federal Employee Free Speech Tied in Knots

Ethical Quagmires Line Narrow Path of Federal Workers’ Ability to Speak Out Washington, DC — Federal employees concerned about Trump White House actions face legal constraints on their freedom to protest, according to ethics warnings posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Some restrictions are clear but others are subject to interpretation. The biggest limitation is that government workers have no – as in zero – First Amendment free speech rights when acting in their official role. That is because the government owns [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Adoption by Shepherd Care Seeks Families and Sponsors for Colombian Orphans

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Adoption by Shepherd Care, an adoption services provider with over 30 years of experience helping birth parents, adoptive parents, and children in need domestically and internationally, is gearing up for its annual summer hosting program for Colombian orphans. This summer’s hosting program will take place from June 28 – July 12 and includes nearly a dozen children from Colombia between the ages of 10 and 14. With each year that passes the chances of finding a permanent home in a loving family [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Monroe County MCTV Channel 76 on Comcast Now Broadcasts Digital

Monroe County’s Information Technology department has converted MCTV Channel 76 on Comcast to digital broadcasting. This is one of the first steps in the planned transition to full HD digital. With this conversion, MCTV on Comcast has much higher quality and more consistent video – and clearer audio, too. The improvement in audio and video will continue as MCTV fine-tunes the conversion. The improvement also is in all parts of the broadcast, from the rebroadcast of existing content and public service announcements to live broadcasts. [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Habitat for Humanity Schedules Homebuyer Program Meetings

Habitat for Humanity has scheduled community meetings to share information about their Homeownership Program. Community members are invited to attend to get information about the new homes Habitat is building on Big Coppitt in 2017,  find out what is needed to qualify to purchase a Habitat Home, and learn about the Homeowner Selection Process.  Application packages will be available. Meetings are scheduled as follows: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30 PM at Bethel AME Church, 223 Truman Ave., Key West; Saturday, February 25th, 10:00 AM at Unity [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Habitat For Humanity's Big Pine Restore Closing / Difficulties Finding New Location

The Big Pine Habitat ReStore will suspend operations as of February 28, 2017. Due to safety concerns pertaining to the building, the ReStore closed in mid-January. The ReStore staff continued operating on a reduced scale while the staff and Board of Directors continued to closely evaluate all relocation options. The search included buying, renting or building a retail space from Marathon to Key West.  Habitat was unable to locate an alternative space that could operate profitably. “We are sad and frustrated that we have been [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am News 1 Response »
Feb 172017
 
Art Teacher Danielle Gould Commended

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Basilica School of Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea art teacher Danielle Gould for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. The commendation notes that she inspires students to be better citizens and to become the decision makers of the future. “Her continued support in her classroom motivates her students to be involved and participate in afterschool projects like the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest,” reads the commendation. “The environment in Key West [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Know Your Fisherman Month

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed February as Know Your Fisherman Month, acknowledging the vital role that our local fishermen play in our economy and our lives. “The Florida Keys commercial fishermen provide our community and our tourist economy with local, fresh, sustainably-caught seafood,” reads the proclamation, and “Key West’s reputation has been built as the seafood capital of the world.” On February 22nd, Keys commercial fishermen, restaurant chefs and community members will come together at the Three Hands Fish Market at Ibis Bay to launch [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Fran Ford Honored

Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Clayton Lopez joined together to recognize the tireless environmental efforts of Fran Ford. Ford, a long-time Key West resident, has dedicated years of hard work to environmental education and preservation. She was instrumental in founding the Florida Keys Audubon Society and the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust. She has been active for many years with the Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council, the Key West Garden Club and the Botanical Garden Society. “Mrs. Ford has had [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Mayor Commends Zeman

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Montessori Children’s School art teacher Sally Zeman for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Her student Finn Hickey entered the City’s Recycled Robot Art Contest in November, and his entry was one of the winners. The commendation notes that Ms. Zeman, through efforts like the art contest, “motivates her students to be involved and participate in afterschool projects like the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest.” They learn about the key link between [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Mayor Commends Poinciana Art Teacher

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Poinciana Elementary School art teacher Elizabeth Liz for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Her student, Amiah Marston, participated in the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest in November and was one of the winners. Ms. Liz’s dedication inspired Marston and her classmates to take part if the afterschool project. Ms. Liz’s continued support in her classroom motivates her students to be involved and participate in important lessons about our limited resources and [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Art Teacher Holtkamp Commended by Mayor

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Horace O’Bryant School art teacher Katie Holtkamp for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Ms. Holtkamp is a dedicated teacher who inspires her students, urging them to be forward-thinking citizens. Her students recently took part in the City’s Recycled Robot Art Contest. Her student Julia Nurkiewicz created one of the winning pieces. “The environment in Key West is very important to our way of life and so are the arts,” reads the commendation, “which is [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #206, News No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Free Zonta Journey to Success Career Advancement Workshop

Key West Zonta Club Again Presents “Journey To Success” Workshop Provides Business Skills to Help Women Begin and Advance In Careers The Zonta Club of Key West again presents “Journey to Success” a workshop designed for women and high school students searching for employment or currently working in Key West and the Lower Keys who are ready to enhance their career skills. It will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street in [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
February Cemetery Stoll

The February Cemetery Stroll at the Historic Key West Cemetery will take place on Saturday, February 25th. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling (305) 304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are the Otto Plot, the USS Maine Memorial, the Martires de Cuba Memorial, and the Figueredo [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Detectives Need Help Identifying Suspect in Theft at Key West Airport

Sheriff’s detectives are looking for help to identify a man they want to talk to in connection with a vehicle theft at the Key West airport. The vehicle, a blue 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, was parked at the airport the morning of January 27th. The owner / driver of the vehicle parked in the one hour parking lot and left the keys inside. The driver arranged for the jeep to be picked up later in the morning. When two men showed up at 9:15 a.m. [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:21 am Issue #205, News No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key West man charged with burglary A Key West man was arrested Thursday night, charged with burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s house. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 10:45 p.m. to report her ex-boyfriend was outside her house, pounding on the doors and windows trying to get in. She said she’d locked herself inside with her kids because she was afraid of him. When Deputies Alexandra Davis and Denise Dery arrived at the house on Sugarloaf Boulevard, they found a silver colored truck parked outside; the [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
KWPD Crime Report

Stock Island man arrested for burglary A Stock Island man was arrested and charged with breaking into a Sugarloaf Key residence and stealing jewelry. Deputy Freddy Rodriguez responded to a home on Flying Fish Lane, Sugarloaf Key on February 2nd to a report of a burglary. The residents of the home left around 11 a.m. and returned home at 3 p.m. to find someone had broken in. Approximately $6,000 worth of jewelry was taken from inside. It appears the suspect broke in through a window [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Woman Kidnaps Ex's New Lover, Makes Her Strip Nude and Threatens to Kill Her

First published on Feb 4, 2017 An Islamorada woman was arrested today for kidnapping her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. During the attack, she threatened the woman with a knife, gagging her and tying a rope around her neck. The incident took place January 27th. 51 year old Laura Bauler reportedly entered the victim’s residence on Parker Drive without permission. The victim was in bed at 11:45 p.m. when Bauler allegedly forced her out of bed at knifepoint. The victim states Bauler then tied a kitchen towel [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am News 2 Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Crime Rate Down Again in 2016

Preliminary numbers compiled by the Sheriff’s Office show a continuing decrease in crime of 15.6% for 2016 in Monroe County. These numbers are being reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE compiles all such statistics for the state of Florida each year. This decrease is for all areas of Monroe County excluding the city of Key West. The Key West Police Department submits their own similar report to FDLE. The Sheriff’s Office saw burglary go down by 12.4%; larceny crimes, which include theft, [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
An Opinion

by Kirby Congdon……. What motivates people to deliberately abuse another person, as in gang rape, or group denial of a victim’s identity, or for a president to enjoy, as he does, a bullying personality? We cannot understand such negativity because we don’t want to. It comes too close to our own need to dominate and to be superior. It originates in the thrill of being powerful, to control by diminishing a victim’s ability to retaliate. It is the foundation and the purpose of our society’s [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #205, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
United Way of The Florida Keys Offers Free Tax Preparation

  Marathon, FL – United Way of the Florida Keys is offering FREE tax preparation for families with limited incomes who live in Monroe County. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is designed to assist qualified taxpayers with completion of their annual tax returns and to ensure that limited income families receive every available benefit. Tax preparers are IRS-certified and prepared to complete simple tax returns. Returns will include Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credits and Dependent Care Credit. There is absolutely [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Generous Donation to the KWPD Mounted Unit

The Key West Police Mounted Unit this morning accepted $2000 worth of specialty tack and equipment donated through the fundraising efforts of Key West businesswoman Jane Gardner. Officers Matt Johnson and Mike Wolf presented her with a plaque in appreciation of her support. Paco got in on the celebration with a taste of a carrot-topped cupcake!

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Women in White

The Women in White held a peaceful vigil on the corner of northeast of Eaton St. and Simonton St. in Key West, Fl on Tuesday, February 7th 2017 from 10 AM- 12 noon. The group will be holding a weekly vigil in support of the Resistance. It is a friendly and approachable vigil. The group wears white as a symbol of solidarity with the suffragettes who successfully stood for our right to vote. We vote on Tuesdays. We stand on Tuesdays. However, you may bring [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
KWHS Marching Conchs to Include Actual Conch Shells

Look for the KWHS Marching Conchs to include actual conch shells in future pregame performances! Five musical grade conch shells were donated to the KWHS Band on February 3rd 2017 with the help of Shep Shaw, grandfather of clarinet player, Thatcher Flowers. Shep was enjoying watching the KWHS Marching Conchs perform last Fall when he first suggested a conch shell addition to the show. The Flowers contacted band director, Gary Hernandez, to inquire about the idea of conch shell blowing with the Key West High [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Fitch Honored by State as Crossing Guard of the Year

Key West children and their grateful parents filled the commission chamber last night to witness the commendation of one of the City’s favorite guardians of public safety. Martha Fitch, a Key West crossing guard for over four decades, was named the Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation. Fitch has been in Key West since 1955. After retiring after serving over 25 years with the County Clerk, she started work as a crossing guard in 2000. The crossing guard [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Driver of the 4th Quarter

Key West Transit has named Edward Garcia the Driver of the Quarter for the final quarter of 2016. Garcia has been driving the city routes as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle. He’s been with the City for one year. “Edward has already proven to be a valuable and dependable employee to the City,” said Transit Director Norman Whitaker. “Edward is well liked by the passengers and his co-workers.”

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »