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  Curbelo has done nothing to reform the badly outdated U.S. Sugar Program.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 »
Apr 282017
 
8 Years is Enough

by Walter Lagraves……. We’ve got to give Phil Goodman of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority (Bug Board) huge kudos for strongly advocating term limiting the Bug Board. He’s the Chairman. Term limits are a principle that he has previously championed. Back then it was defeated by long term Bug Board incumbents. Term limits are a principle whose time has come here in Monroe County. The reasons for it are legion, not just for the Bug Board, but for all of our elected policy making [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #216, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Where Is the Funding Coming From?

Editor: The School Board has voted unanimously to purchase a piece of land on Stock Island for $3.25 million to locate its new transportation center. There was no discussion as to why this piece of land as opposed to any other is so important as to pay above the appraised value. The land also contains a building about which there was no discussion as to its condition and usability. More importantly, the School District plans to do its due diligence regarding the property after the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #215, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 212017
 
Term Limits

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Our Florida Mosquito Control Authority is considering term limiting themselves. I salute them. However a board member seems to be set on setting the term limits so high that the entire purpose of term limiting would be nullified. A member is suggesting that terms be limited to a total of 16 years…16 years. That is just too darned long. The President of the United States is limited to 8 years in office. That’s enough. In Florida our Governor is limited [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #215, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
More School Taxes, Less Accountability

by Capt Ed Davidson, former School Board member……. Dear Editor, After attending more than 400 School Board meetings over the years, some unfortunate tendencies have become both clear, and chronic. Worst of these is the School District bureaucracy’s tendency to become self-justifying and lacking in transparency during periods when there was no Taxpayer Watchdog on the Board with the grit to worry more about getting it right, than getting along; about going to the mat instead of going with the flow – and such compliant, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Term Limits

Dear Editor: Well folks, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority met last Tuesday. The issue of term limits was discussed. It appears that most of the Commissioners are in favor of term limiting the board. To quote Martha Stewart, “that is a very good thing”. But it looks like some commissioners seem to be in favor of term limits of 12 to 16 years. It looks like your input has made a difference. Dear Friends: term limits are a “very good thing” but such a [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
An Open Letter to State Representative Holly Raschein

Dear Ms Rashein, Please inform the people who you represent why the State of Florida continues to Discriminate against the CHILDREN going to school at the Big Pine school??? All up and down SR-5 there are Marked School Zones. Even Religious schools. Some of these school zones actually have Traffic lights and uniformed officers monitoring the intersection. However not on Big Pine Key. What the State has chosen to Protect our children on this Widened portion is SR-5 is four (4) removable traffic cones with small [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Foreign Beef

ATTENTION SHOPPERS!!! Have you noticed lately the Unbelievable prices advertised in the Local Flyers??? Porterhouse $5.99/lb, New York Strip, $4.99, T-Bone $5.99, Rib Eyes $5.99. USDA INSPECTED. I’ve been Cooking since I was 6 years old and I haven’t seen prices this low in 10-15years. There must be a gimmick, so I did some calling and found out that this advertised beef is NOT American Beef. It was born, grew up in either Australia or Mexico, then shipped here, inspected by the USDA inspector and [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
It’s Show Time!

Dear Editor, Term limits may actually be coming to Monroe County. On Tuesday the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board is scheduled to have a discussion on the issue. Look, good governance demands term limits, we need them. Long term incumbency tends to jade public officials. Far too often they become more concerned with their relationships with each other and their relationships with their contributors. Especially deep pocket contributors who have special interests. Some will argue that incumbency brings experience and knowledge to the job, but [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #213, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 072017
 
Men with Cajones

Dear Editor, Three Presidents had the Cajones to deal with their Illegal Aliens. They took that step to ensure JOBS for Americans Hubert Hoover deported ALL Illegal Aliens Harry Truman deported Two(2) Million Illegal Aliens Dwight Eisenhower deported Thirteen(13) Million MEXICANS. IF those presidents could do it why can’t Our President do something similar ?? If people come into our country illegally they are CRIMINALS. These Criminals are costing Taxpayers like You and me over thirty(30)BILLION Dollars a year. Couldn’t our Tax money be put [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #213, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 312017
 
Make US 1 Safer

Dear Editor, What can be done or who can we put pressure on to make US1 safer? Just recently there was yet ANOTHER head on crash where multiple people were air lifted. At certain areas on US1 there are “rumble” bumps that are either embedded into the white line or grooves that have been carved into the road. GREAT!!! But that does not solve the head on problem because BOTH of these warning systems are on the outside to warn against a driver running off [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #212, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 312017
 
"Tom Walker LIED"

Dear Editor, When Tom Walker “claimed” that the CRWS would be processing 964,000 gal. in raw sewage per day using the 40%/25% estimated agricultural usage he was so full of CACA his breath smelled. I CHALLENGE Tom Walker to come up with Any DOCUMENTATION of agricultural usage to substantiate Tom Wakers WILD ASS GUESS. I personally use 0(ZERO) gallons of FKAA water to irrigate my crops as I lived on a cistern supplied water for 9 (nine) years before Hurricane Georges and then I got [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #212, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Term Limits

  by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Term limits. How do you feel about term limiting elected officials? If you’re like three out of four of other Americans, you are in favor of term limits. Term limiting elected officials is becoming the new norm. Here in Florida our state legislators and our governor are term limited. In many Florida counties, cities, and municipalities the voters have decided that elected county and local board members must be term limited. A number of years ago certain board members of [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #211, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Katherine Norris: "GOP Bill Trades Affordable Health Care for Millionaire Tax Breaks"

March 21, 2017 by Katherine Norris……. Dear Editor: The Republican healthcare repeal bill is exactly the kind of typical Reverse-Robin-Hood giveaway to the rich that we have come to expect from GOP lawmakers. The bill shifts nearly a trillion dollars in federal funding from the middle class and working families to wealthy people and health care corporations through tax breaks.

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #210, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Open Letter To The School Board

by Dr. Larry Murray……. I have repeatedly raised the issue of MCSD having appropriate policies for the processing of Public Records Requests. After several conversations, it occurs to me that I may have been using the wrong term and thus confusing matters. Yes, MCSD does have very general policies regarding Public Records. What it does not have are WRITTEN PROCEDURES for processing Public Records Requests. There is nothing that identifies to whom a request should be sent and who is responsible for both the processing [continue reading…]

Mar 032017
 
Many Questions about Purchase of Fish House on Stock Island

An Open Letter to the County Mayor and County Commissioners Dear County Commissioners: Before you buy the fish house on Stock Island what is your business plan? Some Questions: 1. Will the docks and land be “free” to the fishermen? 2. If not then what will be the charge per square foot of land and or the dock space assigned to each boat? 3. Will taxes be assessed and paid for by the users or tenants. 4. Will the “sales tax” revenues being used to [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Key West - Welcoming City?

by M.J. Taylor……. At least 10 US cities have reaffirmed their status as Sanctuary Cities in recent weeks, despite being in Trump’s crosshairs – and Key West, while not officially a Sanctuary City, reaffirmed its motto, One Human Family in early December. One city commissioners, Jimmy Weekley, would like to see the city declare itself a “Welcoming City” if not a Sanctuary City, per se. Key West police officers already have a “hands off” policy when it comes to immigrant status. It is not routine [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Captain Ed's Public Comment on Spin Doctor Hire

by Capt Ed Davidson, Chairman, Fl Keys Citizens Coalition, former SclBd Dist 3……. Draft notes of School Board mtg Public Comment Tue 28 Feb by Capt Ed Like many other expensive new positions added to the School District payroll by the Porter Administration (more than a few in the $100,000 range), the long-sought-after Spin Doctor is going to be paid a lot of tax payers’ money to perform duties that were formerly part of Mark Porter’s original job description, but have now become part of his [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »