Jan 052018
 
Free Legal Help for Low-Income Individuals Denied by FEMA and/or Insurers

The non-profit organization, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., is reaching out to low-income Florida Keys Hurricane Irma survivors with an offer of free legal services. Eligible Florida Keys residents who were denied benefits from FEMA will be helped with preparing and processing appeals and those not satisfied with how their property insurance company has met its obligations may be helped with those issues. The deadline to appeal a FEMA decision is 60 days from the date of the letter. Therefore, if residents were wholesale [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #250 1 Response »
Jan 052018
 
Hotel Stays Extended Through Feb. 10 for Eligible Hurricane Irma Survivors  

Over 400 Florida Keys families, who lost their homes due to Hurricane Irma, are still residing in hotels. FEMA announced this week that the deadline has been once again extended for those individuals and families who are eligible to receive Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) and who meet the criteria for the deadline extension.  Residents eligible for the TSA program may receive an extension (from the current January 7th deadline to February 10, 2018) to continue their stay in FEMA paid hotels, while they look for [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #250 No Responses »
Jan 052018
 
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Burglary Suspect

  Sheriff’s Detective Lance Hernandez is asking for the public’s help identifying a burglary suspect whose image was captured on surveillance cameras at a Key Largo business. The owner of GG Millworks on Atlantic Drive in Key Largo called the Sheriff’s Office on December 26th to report someone broke into his business. He said he came to work the morning of the 26th after a few days off. He found a number of items missing from inside. He also found a window on a work truck broken and one [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #250, News No Responses »
Jan 052018
 
Marathon Man Arrested for Sexual Battery

The victim told detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit she was sitting in front of K-Mart in Marathon at 2 p.m. on January 3rd when the suspect, 53 year old Julio Melendez, pulled up in his gold colored GMC pickup truck. She said she decided to go for a ride with him and that after they got cigarettes and alcohol they went back to his travel trailer where they had consensual sex. During their encounter, she states, she became unwilling to continue having sex with him and [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #250, News 1 Response »
Jan 052018
 
Fire and Fury: A Tale of Two Trump Lawsuits

by Thomas L. Knapp….. Two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, a former contestant on his reality TV Show, The Apprentice, sued him for defamation. At issue was his public response to her allegations of unwanted kisses and forceful gropes. He had caller her a “liar” and claimed she was motivated by greed and/or politics. Now the shoe’s on the other foot: Trump is threatening to sue publisher Henry Holt and Co. if they release a new book, Fire and [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am Thomas L. Knapp 20 Responses »
Jan 052018
 
Bad Poems and How They Get That Way

by Kirby Congdon…….. Webster’s Dictionary defines a poem as “a style more imaginative than ordinary speech.” This could be anything from street talk dialect to a royal decree or a definition in contracts, politics, news or in the dialogue of conversation. Almost any use of language can be enhanced for here is where the root of poetry takes hold. Its form may take on a graceful and intelligent tone when the speaker is familiar with his medium. A writer may indeed be imaginative with a [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:04 am ~ Column ~, Art, Issue #250, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Jan 052018
 
Author Teju Cole to Headline Friends of the Library Speaker Series

Monday, January 15, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome author and critic, Teju Cole, to the podium at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. The talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating is at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #250, Special Events 1 Response »
Jan 052018
 
Historic Key West Cemetery Stroll, January 27, 2018

The first Cemetery Stroll to be offered at the Historic Key West Cemetery this season will take place on January 27, 2018. 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 those of the Los Martires de Cuba, the Figueredo plot, the Benjamin Albury family restoration, the Otto [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #250, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
The Children of Hurricanes

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. According to a recent report by FEMA, nearly a thousand residents impacted by Hurricane Irma are still homeless and living in hotels in the Keys at the edge of this new year. Others are staying in tents in yards or at a friend’s home. Many of them lived in trailer homes now blown away or condemned. Others were liveaboard boaters whose homes were sunk or destroyed by the storm. Their fate is uncertain. This is the inspirational story of a [continue reading…]

Dec 292017
 
FKSPCA – Jane Fails the Taxpayers

by Margaret Blank……. The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA) was recently awarded a $425,000 contract to run the Marathon animal shelter under very suspicious circumstances.  I wrote a few posts about it.  Here’s my initial reaction.  Here’s a post that runs through the many questions generated by the situation.  And here’s one that prompted a response from the FKSPCA. FKSPCA President, Jane Dawkins clearly resents the questions that the shady Request for Proposal (RFP) process quite naturally generates.  Rather than attempting to clarify the situation, [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #249, Margaret Blank 9 Responses »
Dec 292017
 
Hurricane Debris Collection Resumes in Lower Keys, Duck Key, Conch Key and Layton Following Holiday Break

Hurricane debris collection resumed Wednesday on County roads in the Mile Marker 16 to 40 area in the Lower Keys after a short holiday break for the workers. County public works continues to also collect hurricane debris on private roads and take it to the nearest County right of way for collection by the debris contractor. No County roads in these areas have received a final collection pass.  If you now have debris in County rights of way or private roads, it will get picked up. Crews [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice No 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 292017
 
Pick Up Your Cones!

The City of Key West wants to remind residents aware that they cannot block off parts of the public right of way for private parking. Now that season is getting into full swing, City officials have received complaints that some residents are posting signs or even using cones and barricades to reserve parking spaces along the city streets. The right of way is public property, and cannot be marked with private “No Parking,” “No Trespassing,” or other signs. Nor can this area be blocked with [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #249, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »