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 »
Feb 042018
 
Over-Development To Begin

by John Donnelly……. Monroe County Commissioners, County Administrator Roman Gastesi & Planning Director Mayte Santamaria are on the verge of executing a plan that will end life as we know it in our beloved island homes, neighborhoods and communities. My message to them is as follows: I’m at the Miami VA and unable to attend this important meeting. I adamantly oppose and will do all within my power to resist these specious, fallacious and unconstitutional changes under consideration that will destroy our way of life [continue reading…]

Feb 042018
 
The Desecration at Gettysburg

by LTC William D. Hewitt……. Dear Editor, When Americans join the military, they surrender their rights, even unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In return they have certain expectations. Their service will be used in vital efforts regarding national security. Should they be a casualty the nation would, as Abraham Lincoln said, “Care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” For those who gave their last full measure of devotion their remains would be [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #254, Letter to the Editor 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 »
Dec 292017
 
FEMA Trailers

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: Where are all the FEMA trailers?  At one point, the community was promised that there would be 80 FEMA trailers on the property of the old Road Prison.  It was touted as an ideal location as it would be easy to make the necessary electric and water connections.  Now, I cannot find anyone who will admit to ever having made such a promise. I have communicated with a number of people at the county and none of them have any [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #249, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Florida Keys SPCA Responds to Margaret Blank's Piece Questioning Agency's Tax Returns

To the editor, Key West The Newspaper: Had Margaret Blank bothered to contact the Florida Keys SPCA (FKSPCA) before writing her inaccurate article that was a mixed bag of topics about our tax returns, conflating the cost of our new shelter at our Key West campus with our recently increased contract for animal control in Marathon, and the identities of professionals we have retained to design and build the Key West shelter, we would have been pleased to have given her the information she claims [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:46 pm Issue #248, Letter to the Editor 7 Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Affordable Housing

by Walter LaGraves……. Dear Editor: It is a very good thing that more and more folks in our lower Keys are irate about the affordable housing situation.   Hurricane Irma brought this Gordian problem into stark focus. One can only hope that in the ’18 election cycle that in the field of BOCC candidates there will be one or more candidates who have the courage to tackle this mess. On Big Pine Key alone there are at least 50 rental units that advertise vacation rental [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:45 pm Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 222017
 
I Will Miss The Pelicans

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: The powers that be are in the process of converting the old railroad bridge at Spanish Harbor Channel to a fishing platform.  That entails installing metal railings from one end of the bridge to the other.  I expect it will make a great fishing location. Unfortunately, the old bridge was a popular roosting spot for large numbers of pelicans and other water birds.  The new railings disrupt the roosting areas.  I will miss the pelicans, much like I miss the [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:07 pm Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #248, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
FEMA Trailers

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: What has become of the 80 FEMA trailers that were to be placed on the property of the old Road Prison on Big Pine Key?  We still have homeless people in our community living in hotels or, worse yet, tents and severely damaged homes.  The FEMA trailers are sorely needed, not just these 80 but many more. Larry Murray

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 pm Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #248, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Monroe County has Created a Sub Class of Taxpayers that is Being Discriminated Against

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr……. Dear Editor, Several years ago Monroe County advised the taxpayers that ALL the residents of the CRWS would be charged a fee of $4200. For connecting to the MANDATED Sewer system. Don’t forget I said ALL the residents. County ordinance chapter 20 States AII residents connection points SHALL BE PLACED IN THE ROW AT THE PROPERTY LINE. After a telephone  conversation with an assistant county attorney I was left with the impression that their ordnance ONLY APPLIES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am issue #246, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Dec 012017
 
Independent Bakers' Association: "Rep. Carlos Curbelo is Deep in the Pockets of the Fanjul Sugar Cartel"

Dear Editor, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26) is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels!  Curbelo has done nothing to reform the badly outdated U.S. Sugar Program.  Why? It is really quite simple, Congressman Curbelo received well over $45,400 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2015. The Sugar Program is a Soviet style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports.  This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #245, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Dec 012017
 
It Looks Like the Monroe County Taxpayers Are Getting Screwed Again

by Eugene Nanay [Dr. Geno]……. Just saw that our Stalwart County Commission is going to get on their knees and go BEGGING for money to pay the state to continue paying FDOT for Highway cleanup. Instead of all the bowing and scraping those crooks should just tell the State to take the moneys out of 2.7 MILLION dollars The Taxpayers of Monroe County GAVE to FDOT to repair their falling down bridge to pigeon Key.  NOTE ! That money was from a fund the voters [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #245, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 242017
 
Davidson: "A joint meeting of the affordable/workforce housing committee and the school board should be convened immediately."

by Captain Ed Davidson……. Some elements in the Schools Administration are unenthusiastic about providing Affordable Workforce Housing directly, and are broadly unknowledgeable of the issues as well — and were starting off half-cocked with practically no awareness of the vast amount of professional-grade work the county-wide Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (on which I had served for more than a year as the School Board designee) had already accomplished. So I decided to pay them a visit Tuesday afternoon [November 14th] when housing issues were workshopped: “For the [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #244, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Abnormally High Tides Since Spring Solstice / What about you?

by Dr. Larry Murray……. The king tides are abundantly clear in the canal behind our home on Big Pine Key. However, that is nothing new. We have had exceptional high tides all summer, at least since the Spring Solstice. I do not know what is going on, but it concerns me. There is no indication that the tide in my canal is going to return to “normal”, 3-6″ lower than the current state of affairs. I wonder how many others are having a comparable experience.

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #242, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 272017
 
Evacuation vs. Debris Removal

by Dr. Larry Murray……. When the new county Emergency Management Director took office last year, I called to tell him that the county spent way too much time and energy planning hurricane evacuation and not enough was spent on post-hurricane problems, most prominently debris removal.  Looks like my “prediction” has come true. Monroe County should long ago have designated sites for storing mountains of hurricane debris.  Using the School District property at Marathon Manor is a disaster.  The soil will be contaminated with who knows what [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #240, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Sep 292017
 
Hurricane Irma Local Assessment and Concerns

by Joseph Hopp, Big Pine Key resident……. HOTELS, HOTELS, HOTELS For years the hospitality industry has been lobbying against any vacation rentals but their own; the very people who invited the hotels into the Keys; hotels that, from mile marker to mile marker charge $200 to $1,200 a night year round. They lobbied against one of the first B & B’s on the islands, I know personally because my parents had one of the very early Bed & Breakfasts in the Florida Keys. The properties [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:47 am Issue #236, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Dilemma?

Letter to the Editor From Eugene E Nanay Jr. ……. Every year the residents of Monroe County are faced with this Dilemma; Do we want the 5–8 Million DOLLARS those LOUD, Noisy, Rude, Nasty, drunken bikers spend down here on their Annual four (4) day pilgrimage to the southernmost city??? Or do we continue the Yearly two(2) day MASSACRE of our local Saltwater Cockroaches, while Destroying our Reef, despoiling the Environment, leaving their garbage and trash, while contributing minimally to the local economy. The Bikers [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #229, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Academics vs. Sports at Keys High Schools

by Larry Murray……. Dear Editor, If you are interested in obtaining insight to the mindset of the typical Keys high school student, I urge you to read the “Prep Sports: Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight”.  This is a daily feature on the sports page of the Key West Citizen. The Citizen has published this feature for a number of years and I find the comments very insightful. I urge you to pay particular attention to the responses to two questions: “Regarding the sports you play [continue reading…]

Jun 302017
 
Former Sheriffs: Loss of Health Insurance Benefits for County Retirees Will Have "Far-reaching Consequences"

by Paul Ross……. To Citizens and Friends: Recently the Board of County Commissioners held a ‘special’ meeting in where some decisions were made that will affect all of us in one way or another. To say the least I have served 31 years to MONROE COUNTY I started this career when I was 19 years old. NOW I am being told that my insurance will be going up upon retirement to outrageous portions. (Basically making the rates so high you cannot afford them.) Further, YOU [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #225, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jun 302017
 
Kudos to the Board

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Hey Hey!  There’s some good governance going on.  You may have missed it, but last week the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority voted to term limit themselves.  They voted unanimously to limit membership on the board to three four year terms.  That is good news and good governance. The entire board deserves kudos, but the prime mover was Board Chairperson, Phil Goodman.   Mr. Goodman, in his previous term on the board, had pushed for [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #225, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Exposed: FDEP- Rubber Stamp for The FKAA.

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Dear Editor, Ever since The GOV. gave Big Sugar and Big Agriculture a Get Home Free pass, Blamed the Florida Keys the Polluter of South Florida, and Issued a MANDATE–Every parcel of property SHALL BE connected to a public sewer system it started. Every time the FKAA issued a permit to do anything with the MANDATED public sewer system The FDEP broke out Their Rubber Stamp. It didn’t make any difference whatsoever, A FORGED ArmyCorps of Engineers analysis, A Permit [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #223, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
May 192017
 
Term Limits

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Term limits are on the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority board meeting next Tuesday. The meeting will be at 10:30 AM in their Stock Island offices/boardroom. The Bug Board is considering term limiting themselves. It’s hard to think of a more courageous or worthwhile endeavor on the part of any elected public officials. The effort is being lead by Board Chair, Phil Goodman. Mr. Goodman attempted to put term limits in place a number of years ago, but long term [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #219, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
May 122017
 
Expanding Lower Duval Zoning to a Single Property Owner on Greene Street Sets Bad Precedent

by Gregory M Lloyd……. Dear Editor, On May 16th, the City Commission will hear the first reading for the expansion of lower Duval Street Zoning (HRCC-1, Historic Residential Commercial Core) to include the Mel Fisher Museums located at 200 Greene Street between Front and Whitehead Streets. The Mel Fisher Museum is at the cultural heart of our City, surrounded by Truman Little White House, Audubon House, Customs House, Historic Clinton Square with the Aquarium and Shipwreckers Museum and a mere stones throw from there is [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #218, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
May 122017
 
Warning!

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Editor, Lately there has been stories about alligator attacks in Florida–small boy eaten by Gator at Disney resort, golfer’s arm bitten off by Gator when reaching for ball in water hazard, 10 year old girl opens Gators jaws to escape. It appears that Alligators are the # 1 Hazard in Florida. But hold your horses— Since 1948 there has been 388 attacks and 24(as in twenty four) deaths by Alligators. That’s 24 deaths in 69 years, that’s terrible. Now let’s [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #218, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
May 122017
 
Financial Class Discrimination in Monroe County

by Eugene Nanay…… Editor, Back in 2008 or whenever The Gov. proclaimed all properties in the Keys Shall be connected to a Public Sewer System or whatever. So? How many properties are we talking about here? Well, from the Office of the Tax Appraisers Office I was provided with the following–51,307 Residential Units and 17,472 Businesses with physical addresses. From the Office of the Tax Collector, there were 53,001 Trim Notices sent out last November. Now in the Counties plan for The Lower Keys, the [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #218, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Two Shopping Centers

by B. Vigilant……. Key West and Marathon have both Winn Dixie and Publix grocery stores. Should Big Pine Key also have two? The County is once again being asked if a Publix can replace the Big Pine Key flea market. This raises two questions: 1- Does this area ‘need’ a second grocery store? 2- How will the required commercial floor space be obtained? Shoppers will ultimately answer the ‘need’ question based on individual opinions about parking, checkout lines, products and service. The County will answer [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #216, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »