Nov 032017
 
ETHICS VIOLATIONS: A Closer Look at Commissioner David Rice's Financial Reporting...

by Rick Boettger……. The big picture last week was that, of the four Monroe County Commissioners who got $20,000 in fines for 16 ethics charges, David Rice made $4,561,558 in self-admitted financial errors, and by my count 228 errors of form on his four Form 6’s from 2012–2015.  The biggest chunk of that was under-reporting the value of his real estate and his brokerage accounts by around $850k each, and his car and boat to the tune of over $400k (around $100k each year for [continue reading…]

Nov 032017
 
Don’t Miss Out on Important Disaster Recovery Assistance Deadlines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reaching out to remind you of important dates and deadlines as you proceed with your recovery from Hurricane Irma. Do not miss out on assistance that may be available to you because of a missed deadline. Some deadlines may be extended, but do not wait. The following information is current as of Nov. 2.   Request for Public Assistance (RPA): Sunday, Nov. 5

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:44 am Issue #241, News No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
BEING A WOMAN IS ANNOYING ENOUGH WITHOUT YOUR HELP

by Rebecca Rankin….. All right, I admit it. Jennifer Appel and Natasha “Tasha” Fuiava pushed all my buttons. I’m a little pissed. I’ve been fascinated by their story, I’ve read every article I could get my eyes on and listened to all the interviews and press conferences I could get my ears on. This article is my opportunity to stand in front of these women and, in a voice low enough not to be perceived as threatening yet firm enough to be clearly and definitively [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:43 am ~ Artists ~, Editorial, Issue #241, Rebecca Rankin No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Sorry, Republicans: If You're Not Cutting Spending, You're Not Cutting Taxes

by Thomas L. Knapp…….. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on November 2. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Republican “tax reform” theatrics have worn thin over  many months of waiting, but I still prefer a more theatrical title. “A tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing” rings true. Four centuries later, Shakespeare’s MacBeth is a better description of the matter than any [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:42 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #241, Thomas L. Knapp 4 Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Faith-Based, Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations May Be Eligible for FEMA Disaster Grants

Faith-based organizations, in addition to other community, volunteer, and nonprofit organizations in Florida communities may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants for reimbursement of costs incurred following Hurricane Irma. As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program.  Community, volunteer, faith-based, and private nonprofit organizations conducting critical and essential services of a governmental nature with state or IRS tax-exempt status that sustained disaster damage may [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:41 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Encryption: Christopher Wray's "Huge, Huge Problem" is an Age-Old Inconvenience

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Less than three months into his tenure as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray wants you to know that the Trump administration’s policy on encryption is business as usual: Keep trying to break it, keep pretending it’s a new obstacle, keep thumping the rail and demanding unrealistic limitations on it. In an October 22 speech to the International Associations of Chiefs of Police, Wray complained that in the first 11 months of 2017, his agents found themselves unable [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:40 am Issue #241, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Superbugs Have a New Foe

MIAMI (Nov. 1, 2017) — The National Institutes of Health awarded FIU researchers nearly $2 million study on how targeting bacterial DNA can be used to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs. If successful, the one-of-a-kind work of Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) researchers Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh and Fenfei Leng could lead to new treatments for people infected with bacteria that don’t respond to current antibiotics. Tse-Dinh, BSI’s director, received a four-year $1.3 million grant to advance her research studying how an enzyme might be targeted to interrupt the process used by bacteria to grow – specifically, [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:39 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Public Meetings for Information About FEMA's STEP Housing Program

Monroe County is hosting three informational public meetings regarding FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. STEP is a rapid repair program which enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irma to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for this livable area of the home. The meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations: Monday, Nov. 6: Monroe County’s Marathon Government [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:38 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Crews Continue to Mitigate Pollution Threats from Vessels Displaced by Hurricane Irma

MIAMI – Cleanup efforts and removal operations of displaced vessels are progressing throughout Florida waterways seven weeks after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys. The Unified Command for the response—officially titled Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida—consists of leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Currently, 1,492 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Nearly 230 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are prioritizing [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Pruitt's EPA Strategic Plan is a Cynical Joke

Plan Makes a Mockery of EPA Mission; Goals Undercut by Pruitt’s Actions   Washington, DC — Scott Pruitt’s proposed five-year plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is so bad that it is laugh-out-loud funny, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The group is asking Pruitt to withdraw the plan and come back with something that passes the straight-face test. The public comment period on Pruitt’s Draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for EPA ends today.  PEER points out that: Its [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:25 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Disaster Fraud: Filing False FEMA Claims Costly to Deserving Survivors

Those who intentionally claim false losses with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are taking money away from those who truly need assistance and stand in danger of being charged with a felony. FEMA must ensure that taxpayer dollars go only to people who incurred legitimate losses and the agency takes disbursement of necessary funds to the proper parties very seriously. Those who are caught trying to make fraudulent claims can be charged with a felony and, if convicted, face a maximum 30-year prison term [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Hotel Stays Extended Through Dec. 2 for Eligible Irma Survivors

ORLANDO, Fla. – Eligible Hurricane Irma survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has extended the checkout date from Nov. 5 to Dec. 3. Participants in the program will receive a phone call telling them whether they are eligible for the extension and what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Build Back Stronger and Safer After Irma

ORLANDO, Fla. – As you rebuild after Hurricane Irma, take steps to make your home more resilient to future disasters. The first step is to obtain any necessary permits and follow all local building codes when rebuilding or making repairs. Contact your local code officials before beginning any construction to ensure you will meet all local building requirements. There are resources available to help you build back stronger and safer after a disaster. Next to insurance, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Fema Assistance Provided/Available for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Monroe County

Monroe County has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Keys’ residents impacted by Hurricane Irma receive assistance for housing and other recovery needs. While much public attention has been focused on FEMA’s travel trailers for temporary housing, these trailers are primarily a last resort when more desirable housing options are not possible for individuals and families. Here is a fact sheet regarding assistance provided to Monroe County residents: Since Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, FEMA already has provided $44 million in [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Nothing Is Our Own But…

by Kim Pederson……. In Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan, the soldiers on Mars, who are training to invade earth because it’s warmer there and has breathable air, are controlled remotely via an antenna implanted in their brains. Even the officers are manipulated, along with thousands of men, by several hundred individuals who comprise the “real commanders,” men with ranks below sergeant sprinkled among the robotic troops. The latter march smartly from place to place, kept in perfect rhythm by the sound of a snare drum [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #241, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Detectives Work to Identify Recovered Property

Sheriff’s detectives in the Lower Keys recovered a trailer full property at a wooded campsite on Big Pine Key. The trailer was found there after three men staying at the campsite were arrested for a home burglary on Shark Key October 22nd. Inside the trailer, detectives found over 150 items they believe to be stolen. So far they have identified items stolen from the Shark Key burglary, two burglaries on Sugarloaf Key, one on West Starfish Lane and one on Cobia Court; and two burglaries [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Holiday Weight Control Challenge

The holidays are just around the corner and the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is challenging Keys residents to make healthy choices through the holiday season by joining a free Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Many Americans who gain weight during the holidays never manage to lose the extra pounds. With the “Maintain, Don’t Gain!” challenge, participants are provided tips, tricks and ideas on how to keep weight under control during the holidays. The 7-week challenge runs November 13 -December 31. Anyone who signs up [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Two Months Post Irma Preschools Receive Needed Support

  IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IRMA, SAVE THE CHILDREN PROVIDES GRANT TO EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF MIAMI-DADE/MONROE TO SUPPORT IMPACTED CHILDCARE PROVIDERS Organizations will Work Together to Restore Early Learning Programs Serving Low-Income Families in the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade Area Miami, FL. – As the South Florida community continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, child care programs, a crucial support for working parents, are still struggling to re-open or operate at full capacity. Several early learning programs in the Middle Keys, hit especially hard by the [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Florida Keys Continues to Experience King Tides Higher than NOAA's Prediction

  Monroe County continues to  experience higher than predicted King tides, running about .5  to .75 foot above the original prediction from National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Vaca Key tide gauge.  Other areas of the County may be experiencing even higher differentials.        

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 032017
 
Savor Key Largo Flavors During Annual Cook-Off

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys – Top honors in four culinary categories are up for grabs in the 36th annual Key Largo Cook-Off scheduled Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100. Since 1981, amateurs, professionals and junior chefs have gathered to show off their culinary chops and prepare soups and chowders, appetizers, entrees, desserts, sides and salads to be judged by a jury of their peers. Divisions include professional haute cuisine, just good cookin’, amateur and junior (younger than 16). The tasteful cooking show [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #241, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting:  Wed. Nov. 8th

Looking for a new adventure?  Need a break from hurricane cleanups?  We invite you to attend the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photography Club meeting.  We welcome everyone, from beginners wanting to learn, to experienced photographers who want to share their expertise.   Together we’ll explore the natural areas of the Florida Keys looking for great photography opportunities and stories to share. Bring 3-5 photos to share.  Learn about our upcoming field trips and photo classes.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8th 6:30-8:00 P.M. at the National [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #241, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 McKee Fine Art Auction, February 9, 2018

  The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Art, Issue #241, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Organizations Merge: Key West Art & Historical Society and Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Keep the Legacy Alive

After a year of meetings between their respective boards, the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, its board, and membership will merge with Key West Art & Historical Society, making the Exhibit The Society’s fourth museum, and uniting the two organizations and their growing memberships of passionate Key West arts and history supporters. “Since working with The Society in 2011 to launch the first Tennessee Williams birthday celebration and with the continued growth and expansion of the Exhibit, our board of directors thought that a merger [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #241, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
KWBGS - Kayak Landing & Plant Sale

It’s Alive! It’s not a zombie!  Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is steadily reviving from Irma’s blow.  The Kayak Landing on College Road is open daily from 10-4.  Take the opportunity to paddle along the mangroves until the upland sections of our nature conservation site and historic gardens are ready for visitors. The Nursery will be the next to reopen with the return of our monthly Native Plant Sales on Saturday, November 11th, 10am – 1pm.  Replant your garden with hardy natives that weathered the storm just fine! Key West [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #241, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Paul Nelson Band at the Green Parrot on November 23

Paul Nelson is recognized as one of today’s most talented guitarists and live performers. Nelson not only has the distinction of being the hand-picked guitar protégé, bandmate and producer to legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recording alongside an endless who’s who list of top artists including Eric Clapton, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #241, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
High School Variety Show at the Key West Theater

  Key West Theater High School Variety Show 7pm, Friday, November 10 On November 10th at the Key West theater, members of the student-run Drama Club from Key West High School will perform a variety show for all ages, packed with musical numbers, original songs and scenes, and even stand-up comedy. The High School Variety Show is a fundraiser for the high school musical, which will also be performed at Key West Theater this spring. “There are some really talented students in the Drama Club,” says Key West Theater Artistic Director [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #241, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
ZONTA ABC (Awaress of Brest Cancer) Race this Saturday

The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its Annual ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) 5K Walk/Run starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 4th at Salute Restaurant on Higgs Beach, with registration beginning at 7:00 AM. The event raises money to cover mammograms and other diagnostic and preventive measures for women in the Lower Keys. The money raised from this event goes to providing important preventive services for women who otherwise cannot afford them. This event saves women’s lives here in the Keys. Zonta has been able to provide over 3,000 [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #241, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Weekly Drawing Sessions at Fort East Martello Museum

Select your medium of choice and join Annamarie Giordano in Life Drawing sessions at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays beginning November 7 and running through December 11, 2017. Her three-hour workshops, featuring nude models in short and long poses, are open to all levels of artists. “Life Drawing is the art of drawing the human figure and bringing it to life,” says Giordano. “Every pose is a new challenge and adventure in learning perspective, angle, and light. Regular practice sharpens your drawing skills of observation and your abilities [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Art, Issue #241, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
“Back In Time” Sock Hop Fundraiser Helps Preserve Florida Keys History at the Custom House Museum

As the Florida Keys continue to recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma, Key West’s 126-year-old Custom House hosts their annual “Back In Time” fundraiser on Wednesday, November 29 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, an event that will support the building’s ongoing preservation needs and address current disrepair, raise funds to help support Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane-recovery efforts, and toast Scotti Merrill Preservation Award recipient Tom Hambright, one of the best historians and collection-keepers of Key West history. The second annual “Back In Time” fundraiser is an opportunity for [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #241, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra at the Key West Theater, November 8th

Flamenco Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra takes the stage at the Key West Theater  With 5 Grammys, and multi-platinum icing spread over nearly 40 albums, Ottmar Liebert has survived and thrived as a solo instrumental artist, one of the toughest gigs in music. His global success can be attributed to a myriad of things – his creative vision, his determination, and a strong sense of melody. Born in Cologne, Germany, he began playing guitar at 11. Before the age of 19, Liebert had intended [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #241, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
South Florida Symphony Orchestra - Celebrating the Great American Songbook

CELEBRATING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK POPS CONCERT I LAUNCHES 2017-2018 POPS CONCERT SERIES NOVEMBER 15, 2017 Celebrate the Great American Songbook with the South Florida Symphony and the magnificent voices of seven returning popular vocalists under the superlative baton of Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso in this first of two Pops Concerts marking the 20th anniversary season. Continuing the highly popular and successful Songbook series, the ambitious program combines brilliant complex and lush timeless melodies with sophisticated intelligent and accessible lyrics. Classic beloved songs from [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #241, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

West Texas Singer-Songwriter Cliff Cody Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 – 12. “Chasin Whiskey,” Cody’s first recorded cut was recognized as a highlight of Julie Roberts’ album “Men and Mascara” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Since first playing the Key West Songwriters Festival, Cody has become a favorite and regular performer in the Keys. His soulful voice and story telling style of writing has helped him [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #241, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 272017
 
County Commissioners' Ethical Problems Get Worse

Taxpayers to Pay Up to $50k to Help Them Fill Out Simple Form by Rick Boettger……. News break—I just received a copy of Mark Herron’s contract from an attorney in County Attorney Bob Schillinger’s office.  Herron will get $300/hour plus expenses to vet not only the Commissioners’ but their “employees,” whoever that includes, but “. . .do not exceed $49,999.99.”  They say this is authorized by Section 2-58(b)(3) of the county code.  I, and if necessary my Harvard lawyer, will take a close look at [continue reading…]