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F.E.B. Corporation Argues Against Offshore Island Moratorium / BOCC Remains Steadfast

Attorney Barton Smith, clarified his relationship with Roger Bernstien’s F.E.B. Corporation on Wednesday.  On behalf of the would-be developer of Wisteria Island, Smith attempted to convince the Board of County Commissioners to change their minds about establishing a moratorium on new offshore island development. The Commission, in a unanimous decision, moved forward with steps to enact the moratorium despite Smith’s arguments that the moratorium was not needed. See related articles:   David Wolkowski:  “God Wasn’t On Duty One Day” Last Minute…

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Cannabis Freedom Riders Arrive in Key West

by JD Adler Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA On a cool, cloudy, January 16, I caught up with the Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA as they pulled into Boyd’s Camp Ground on Stock Island. This was not their first ride across Florida, or even America for that matter. They’ve crossed 24 states since 2006 promoting their mission, some multiple times; including Florida in support of the referendum on Amendment 2 in 2014. After the long bicycle ride from Tallahassee; Kenneth and Shirley Locke,…

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COMMISSIONER CARRUTHERS HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING [RESCHEDULED FOR FEB 5TH]

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers (District 3) has rescheduled her Town Hall Meeting in order to accommodate the Key West City Commission’s Special Meeting. Carruthers’ Town Hall Meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Harvey Government Center located in the Historic Truman School at 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West. More information regarding the rescheduled Town Hall meeting will be forwarded next week. If more than one member of any local government…

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School District Partners With COMPUTE$

The Monroe County School District participated in the Hour of Code which is a global movement to reach tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. The Hour of Code is a one hour introduction to computer science where the basic components of coding are introduced.

Monroe County School District 2013-2014 High School Grades Released

The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 preliminary high school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. In 2013-2014, three out of four Monroe County high schools received a “B” rating and one high school received a “C.” Coral Shores High School, Key West High School, and Marathon Middle-High School each achieved a “B” distinction, while Key West Collegiate High School was rated a “C”.

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Equality Florida Launches TransAction Florida, Aimed at Supporting Transgender Equality

Seizing on the growing momentum for transgender equality nationwide and across the state, Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida, a statewide initiative created to increase awareness and to educate and promote complete equality for the transgender community. This month Florida hit the tipping point, with 50% of the population currently protected from gender identity and expression discrimination via local policies. The announcement also coincides with the introduction of a statewide bill in Tallahassee that would add gender identity and sexual…

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Purple Heart Trail Designation Ceremony Held December 15, 2014

The following tribute was read aloud by John Donnelly during the Purple Heart Trail Dedication Ceremoney on December 15, 2014 at MM 106: We thank each of you for making time to attend this ceremony. We are honored by your presence… Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Don Fannelli have done a spectacular job in providing us with security, on such short notice. We are appreciative for all of the deputies assigned to this detail. Our State Representative Holly Raschien and her…

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8th Annual Gingerbread Making Party at The Oldest House, December 20th

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Old Island Restoration Foundation and Key West Collegiate Academy will host the eighth annual community gingerbread house making party in the garden of The Oldest House at 322 Duval Street in Key West. Kids of all ages are invited to attend this fun and free event. Each person attending is encouraged to bring edible items for house building and decorations, like gumdrops, candy canes or cookies to share….

Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

Pet Pictures with Santa this Friday

This Friday, December 19, 5:30-8 pm, bring the critters and the kids for Pet Pictures with Santa, at the Historic Seaport Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Sponsored by All Animal Clinic, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies and treats including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards for free nail trims and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys. Island 107 FM will…

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Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key Dec 27th

The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key. The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade…

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NOWHERE TO RUN:  NEW VIDEO DEVASTATING TO KWPD CREDIBILITY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HOMELESS IN KEY WEST: OLD MAN CHAPMAN, CAPTAIN TILLY, AND PETER PAN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LAST DAY AT CHAPMAN’S HOUSE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MONROE COUNTY’S SECRET ROADMAP TO RESEGREGATION ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ALL BLUE PAPER COVERAGE ON THE DEATH-IN-CUSTODY OF CHARLES EIMERS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ALL BLUE PAPER COVERAGE ON THE CATASTROPHIC TASING OF MATTHEW SHAWN MURPHY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Big Pine Winn-Dixie Is First National Chain To Partner With “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

  Big Pine Key Grocery Hosts a Special Event With Significant Environmental Benefits To Help Reduce The Impact Of Single Use Plastic Bags Big Pine Key, FL, December 9, 2014 ~ Winn-Dixie will partner with nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” program by holding a reusable bag giveaway and sale event on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10am – 2pm at the store on Big Pine Key. Green Living and Energy Education (GLEE) volunteers will set…

Miami VA Leadership hosting Veteran Town Hall in Key West

Veterans and their family members are invited to a Miami VA Healthcare System Veteran Town Hall meeting designed to answer questions about VA services and solicit suggestions from Veterans. The Veteran Town Hall is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at The Harvey Government Center, BOCC Meeting Room, at 1200 Truman Avenue in Key West. This meeting is open to the public. Congressional staffs, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and other community partners are encouraged to attend as well….

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OIRF Supports Maintaining Historic Sites

Old Island earns funds for grants to support preservation of Key West cultural history and maintain the Oldest House through their annual series of House Tours; the first of four monthly tours is scheduled for December 27th and 28th. The deadline for the next round of grants will be announced shortly. Information on the House Tours and the grant program will be found on www.oirf.org.

“Purple Heart Trail” Signs To Be Unveiled December 15th

Honorable & Distinguished Guests… State Rep. Holly Raschein’s “Purple Heart Trail” Bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. A section of US 1 running from Mile Marker 106 to Florida City will be designated as the “Purple Heart Trail”. Beautifully crafted highway signs running North and South on US 1 will depict this designation. At presents these signs are masked. On Monday (December 15) at 5:30 PM on or about MM 106 Northbound–US 1, a brief dedication…

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