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…]
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…]
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…]
by Bill Hunter……. Dear Editor, The jury’s out on adequate parking but the developer certainly gets ‘Landscaper of the Year Award.’ A gravel parking lot is now beautiful residences. The occupants are not our children or workforce. These residences house tourists. A consequence of redevelopment is the loss of the working part of a waterfront marina leaving a 175 room tourist hotel and the condominium slips created long ago.
by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Mr Knapp’s recent comments denigrating the necessity of a comprehensive investigation into the issue of voter fraud are simply wrong and wrong headed. Contrary to Mr. Knapp’s claim that voter fraud is “rare”, it is not. The reality is that there is sufficient anecdotal and real evidence that voter fraud is a mechanism often used by political operatives that rises to the level of requiring investigation. It is the quality and quantity of that evidence that gives rise to sufficient [continue reading…]
Mayor & Commissioners, The Truman Waterfront Park is a very sensitive issue with the residents of this community. We don’t need all these controversy’s about the Amphitheater. It is very simple when the property was turned over to the City of Key West it was for the enjoyment of our residents. I know in your hearts that you know that an Amphitheater is NOT NEEDED, nor wanted. Please one of you that voted in the affirmative can bring this back before the City Commission, please [continue reading…]
Mayor and Commissioners, I just want to say that I was on the Commission when we acquired the Navy property at the Truman Waterfront and I believe Commissioner Weekley was also on the Commission at that specific time. When we obtained the property there was no doubt it was very clear to the entire Commission that this was the last piece of waterfront property on the island for the residents of our Community. The intent was to turn this property into a VERY NICE passive [continue reading…]
by Dump The Pumps……. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is in violation of a settlement agreement it signed last year to end litigation requiring a deep well for Cudjoe Regional and restricting use of the shallow wells only for backup, according to new litigation filed last Monday. Don DeMaria and Mike Laudicina, the two commercial fishermen who sued FKAA in 2015 to require the deep well, now allege that FKAA and the Department of Environmental Protection are intentionally violating the settlement agreement. “It’s another welch by Zeulch,” said DeMaria. [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, As a yearly visitor to Key West, I understand the Conch Republic’s distance from worries of the Mainland. Still, I am shocked by the absence of any evidence of protest of the tainted election of an incoming bigot, homophobic, misogynist as President of the US (including all of Florida). What gives, Key West? Mindy Brown
by Sheldon Davidson……. Key West email and letter writers, hostile to the proposal of Commissioner Jimmy Weekley to have our city become a sanctuary city, have accused major American cities, such as, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, of breaking federal law for protecting and failing to pursue undocumented immigrants. The principal argument advanced has been that sanctuary cities, a term undefined in law, are required by federal law to actively assist federal agents in arresting and deporting such aliens.
by B. Vigilant……. Dear Editor, How to build a brand new hotel while there is a County moratorium on new hotel rooms: Start with one of the oldest working marinas, one with a public boat ramp and ample off street trailer parking, a tackle shop and ships store, rental slips and racks, storage units for marina occupants, inboard and outboard repair businesses, work racks, boat and yacht rental businesses. Add 79 Affordable Housing ROGOs, the ones that are supposed to build new workforce housing throughout [continue reading…]
by Margaret Blank……. Dear Editor, Monroe County Administrator, Roman Gastesi, wrote a letter to the editor touting all the county’s accomplishments this past year. Unfortunately, Gastesi steadfastly refuses to address – or even acknowledge – the county’s many troubling, and very serious ongoing failures. This fundamental dishonesty undermines what is supposed to be a positive message and continues to erode trust in county government. Since Danny Kolhage joined the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in 2012, long-term debt has sky-rocketed. Despite his posturing as “fiscally [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, As we are about to ring in the New Year, Monroe County’s Board of County Commissioners and our County government staff are proud of what was done to enhance the lives of our citizens and visitors this past year. Below are the some of our top accomplishments for 2016. 1. Passage of the 2016 Florida Keys Stewardship Act: The County’s legislative team worked together with State Rep. Holly Raschein, Sen. Anitere Flores and the Key’s municipalities to pass this new state legislation. It [continue reading…]
Dear Editor: Mere words are unable to describe the brilliance, magnitude and unyielding compassion possessed within the personhood of Norman Higgins. His uncompromising love and ability to forgive, under all circumstances, were qualities he was never without. Mr. Higgins is a far better man than I. To a certain extent we were cut from the same cloth. Born and raised in big cities, he from Chicago, myself from New York City; we both enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served combat tours in [continue reading…]
To: Roman Gastesi, Monroe County Administrator Dear Sir: The other day I received a letter from your general contractor for The CRWS , Mr. Kurt Zuelch, informing me that per Monroe County ordinance number 01–72002, it was mandated that I connect to your public sewer system by December 12, 2016 (enclosed). The letter goes on to explain the financial aspects of this mandate.
by Walter LaGraves……. Dear Editor: Thank God and Greyhound it’s gone…the election season is gone. Nonetheless we should give much thought to the wind that is sweeping our nation. It heralds a fundamental sea change in American governance. It’s clear that America is fed up with politics as usual, recently the Democrats have suffered crushing defeat after crushing defeat. The tsunami of change has impacted local, county, state, and federal governance. Recent national polling reveals that nearly 75% of likely voters support term limits for [continue reading…]
by Larry Murray……. Andy: In today’s Keynoter, you are quoted with regard to the proposed Collegiate Middle School: “How can we be sure that this will not result in one more white-flight school?” Very interesting comment that is likely to have the community talking and then some. When you say “ONE MORE white-flight school” (emphasis added), I assume you are referencing Poinciana School, Montessori Charter School and Sigsbee Charter School as existing “white-flight” schools. Correct? Or, are you referencing other schools? You cannot be identifying [continue reading…]
by Larry Murray……. We are all familiar with the profitability of Advanced Placement courses for students. That is their main purpose. First of all, students receive a higher level of instruction in AP classes than is ordinarily the case. Because of the additional training given to TEACHERS, the quality of instruction is much higher. Equally important is the fact that students who score a 3 or higher on a 5 point scale are usually given college credit for the class. The net is that they [continue reading…]
by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: A recent Facebook video put up by NEVER AGAIN FOUNDATION LLC (slick name isn’t it!) featured a Mr. Smith damning the use of GMM to protect the public against Zika is worth checking out. Just for the record, Never Again Foundation LLC is a brand new group dedicated to halting the use of GMM in protecting you and I from Zika and other diseases. Smith immediately began misleading the viewer by stating that he was “down here testifying.” I don’t think [continue reading…]
Public Comment by Captain Ed Davidson, Monroe County School Board, District 3……. Board comments at last evening’s school board meeting raise some serious, cautionary concerns about impending potential violations of Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law. When the issue of extending Superintendent Porter’s contract was raised, Andy Griffith stated that he wanted to vote on it at the very next meeting, though Chairman John Dick responded that the board had not yet publicly discussed the issues involved. This pressure to immediately extend the existing superintendent [continue reading…]
by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. An Open Letter to President Elect Trump: Sir, you ran on a platform of LAW and Order. It was the people’s hope that elected you, myself included, that you were the New Hope. You would stop Americas slide down the drain, you would begin the repairs to the Constitution that eight years of attacks and the prospect of four more of the same might bring. Now it appears that you’re just another sleazy politician. Here’s a person in the most sensitive [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, On behalf of the Office of the State Attorney I wish to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences on the unexpected passing of Chief Assistant State Attorney Manny Madruga. Our wish is that we honor his memory by acknowledging his great accomplishments. Manny was a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He was first hired by State Attorney Kirk Zuelch in 1990 straight out of Law School. While at the State Attorney Office Manny distinguished himself by prosecuting some [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, by John Gerace……. An Excerpt from an upcoming true to life novel……… Oliver found himself riding on the 200 Mile per hour electro-magnetic monorail that went from Atlanta down to Key West………. As the 200 m.p.h. train crossed the East coast of Big Pine he heard a voice come over the intercom……. ‘ Ladys and Gentlemen………out your right window is the Island of Big Pine’ Once upon a time it was home to the now extinct Key Deer… and yes there used to [continue reading…]
by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, As of today there are more than 1177 reported cases of Zika in Florida. There are no 8 known cases n our Keys community. The other day “Never Again”, probably the loudest anti-GMM voice on Facebook, served up yet another lie pie. It was a noxious pastry chock full of falsehoods and seasoned with mendacity. Never Again has no respect for your intelligence. They believe you to be sufficiently inane to not check them for truth. They claimed that Oxitec was [continue reading…]