Good Morning Florida Keys Interviews Musical Family, The Doerfels

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Good Morning Florida Keys interviews the fantastic family band, The Doerfels. This highly sought after band from upstate New York began touring in 2004 and performs over 250 shows a year. Now based in Key West, you can can catch them performing at popular spots Sloppy Joes, Green Parrot, Schooner Wharf, Sunset Pier and Blue Heaven. — with Jenna Stauffer and Leo Martinez.

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Clarification: The Challenge to Cudjoe Regional Shallow Injection Well Permit

Concerning your Guest Editorial by Harry Powell:

Thank you very much for your guest editorial in The Blue Paper about the problems with shallow sewage wells at Cudjoe Regional. I think it’s really important to make these issues public, so I appreciate very much the time you’ve spent to do that.

But you’ve overlooked a very important fact.

The two property owners groups you mentioned are not the only challengers to the shallow wells at Cudjoe Regional, so the fact that they are now working with DigDeepCudjoe to try to convince FKAA to settle the legal challenge in exchange for some water quality studies – which are already required by FDEP anyway – instead of the deep well required by Florida law, does not mean that settlement is going to happen. Continue reading

Monroe County School District 2013-2014 High School Grades Released

mc-school-logoThe Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 preliminary high school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education.

In 2013-2014, three out of four Monroe County high schools received a “B” rating and one high school received a “C.” Coral Shores High School, Key West High School, and Marathon Middle-High School each achieved a “B” distinction, while Key West Collegiate High School was rated a “C”. Continue reading

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar
Friday, December 19 thru Wednesday, December 24
Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings
ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS

DANCE

THURSDAY thru SUNDAY
Nutcracker Key West 2014, 7:30 PM and 2 PM (SUNDAY)
Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 295-7676. keystix.com Continue reading

Purple Heart Trail Designation Ceremony Held December 15, 2014

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The following tribute was read aloud by John Donnelly during the Purple Heart Trail Dedication Ceremoney on December 15, 2014 at MM 106:

We thank each of you for making time to attend this ceremony. We are honored by your presence…

Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Don Fannelli have done a spectacular job in providing us with security, on such short notice. We are appreciative for all of the deputies assigned to this detail.

Our State Representative Holly Raschien and her superb team of Kate DeLoach and Erin Muir have done extraordinary work for their constituents. It took 10 years of battling the State of Florida, before they decided to create a Purple Heart License plate. A tag that funded domiciliary and nursing home care for veterans. Veterans helping veterans at no cost to the taxpayer. It should not have been so difficult. Continue reading

Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key Dec 27th

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The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.

The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies in the tropical backyard garden. Bring a friend and enjoy a day filled with insights and delights.

“The Intuitive Arts Fair welcomes in the New Year and is an annual event for the community. Start 2015 with fresh insight, inspiration, intention and imagination at the Intuitive Arts Fair” said Rev. Marney Brown, one of the Fair’s organizers and owner of Good Food Conspiracy.

Admission is free. For more information call Rev. Marney Brown, at 305- 872-9119.

Inside Sector Key West

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USCG Sector Key West

On a 70 degree, blue sky, December day in Key West, I found myself on the west end of the island, outside the guarded, metal gates of the United States Coast Guard Group, Sector Key West. A young, round male in wrinkled blues, held the gate house secure against the food delivery guy and me.

On the nose of 1 PM, my escort arrived. Lt. j.g. Peter Bermont, the USCG’s spokesperson in Key West, and my affable government handler for this interview. He provided me with a tour of the Station and the Cutters, while keeping me out of the secured areas I most wanted to see with a smile and joke. We briefly discussed the mission and activities of the USCG in the Key West Sector, while meandering about the base, getting a view of the ships and buildings. A majority of their focus appears to be on life saving activities, either of Cuban refugees on makeshift rafts, or Search and Rescue in local waters. Enforcement of environmental laws regarding fishing and polluting being the next most significant consumer of time and effort.

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Guest Editorial: Cudjoe Regional Sewer Design / A Look Behind The Curtain

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CUDJOE REGIONAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM, WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?

Here is another piece of the puzzle on how the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) came to be so very badly designed that those of us who are paying attention actually consider it to be an endangerment to our National Marine Sanctuary, and far from an improvement to existing treatment and disposal. The information herein was not easily obtained. Continue reading

Monroe County School District Announces Sunshine State Scholar Winner

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Superintendent of Schools Mark T. Porter has announced that Seth Landry from Marathon High School will represent the Monroe County School District at the Sunshine State Scholars Program in February 2015. Each year the local high schools nominate a junior who is distinguished in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to be their representative as the District Sunshine State Scholar. One outstanding student represents each high school, and the three nominees were Natalia Gonzalez from Coral Shores High School, Kevin Coward from Key West High School, and Seth Landry from Marathon High School. Continue reading

Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key / December 27th!

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The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.

The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors.  The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies in the tropical backyard garden. Bring a friend and enjoy a day filled with insights and delights.

“The Intuitive Arts Fair welcomes in the New Year and is an annual event for the community. Start 2015 with fresh insight, inspiration, intention and imagination at the Intuitive Arts Fair” said Rev. Marney Brown, one of the Fair’s organizers and owner of Good Food Conspiracy.

Admission is free. For more information call Rev. Marney Brown, at 305- 872-9119.

GUEST EDITORIAL: The Real Story Behind the Resistance to Deep Well Wastewater Disposal

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As a member of Dump the Pumps and worrying that the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System [CRWS] is deeply flawed, I have been privy to documents and people associated with the group and some people you might want to call “whistleblowers” who are FKAA employees or contractors. Here’s some of what I have gleaned from these sources:

~~Harry Powel

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The Cudjoe Regional Wastewater treatment plant currently under construction at the Cudjoe landfill has been challenged for its intended use of shallow injection wells for effluent disposal​. There are a couple of property owner associations that fund the Dig Deep Cudjoe group that was formed to fight for deep well disposal of the partially treated wastewater​. Rumor suggests that they may believe that FKAA is looking for a way to say to the County, “The science says we need a deep well.” Hence their optimism arising from FKAA’s offer to do a baseline study and 5 year monitoring near the Cudjoe treatment plant. That way ​FKAA can save face and begin deep well design and construction as if they are being environmentally responsible. Ha!

The motives and agenda of FKAA may be very different than what the POAs imagine. There may be still more trickery and deceit involved, as many have come to expect from FKAA.​ Consider the following…​ Continue reading

Southernmost Car Club Holds Its Monthly SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Sunday, November 16th, Noon to 4pm in the evening when its cool.This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50,  and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 305- 942-1758.

November is National Home Care Month

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Home health care is highly skilled and professional health care, but it provides so much more than what patients & families normally receive from our traditional health care system. Our professional staff meet patients and their caregivers in their home. There is an intimacy and connection that rarely occurs in other settings. Home health care seeks to support someone in maintaining their independence, achieve recovery, and/or optimal functioning from sudden or chronic disease. Home health care can also provide compassionate support for someone facing a life-threatening illness. It strives to alleviate fear and suffering, in whatever forms that may be, in order to free the patient and their loved ones to do the things they want or need to do during the time they have left. And we are there to provide support and assistance to patients and their caregivers.  If you or someone you love is facing a limited life expectancy or recovering from surgery, injury or illness, ask your physician about a home health referral. We will work with your physician to develop an individualized plan of care to promote optimal functioning and well-being. Continue reading

New Education Specialist to pilot outreach program for Key West Art & Historical Society

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A young girl visit Key West’s Custom House, part of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Credit: Todd Feit

This month, Key West Art & Historical Society will welcome a new staff member to manage their educational programming and outreach for their Custom House Museum, Fort East Martello Museum and The Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters.

With a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Arts from the University of Oklahoma, Kristi Robinson’s first job will be to strengthen the relationship between the Society, Monroe County schools and other local arts organizations, redefining the organization’s role as a leader in arts and history education throughout the region.  Specifically, she plans to accomplish this through educational outreach into the classrooms, leading group tours to the museums, curriculum development and special events at the Custom House Museum’s soon to be unveiled Research & Learning Center. Continue reading

Money is Available for a Top Notch Sewer System / Enough is Enough…

We are Monroe County. We are the people. Many of us have served the visitors, tourists and winter residents one way or another over the years. Without us there is nothing. We pay the taxes, we bring in the money. We are the reason the money is available for a top notch Central Sewer System. The money is not for other projects. How dare these arrogant people assume that a dozen or so should benefit and the rest of us pay the price as they break the law, break peoples spirits and destroy the environment and everything we have worked so hard for. It is time to get the people who don’t care about what we want out of here. It is time to get the people working on their own agenda out of here. Those of you who have payed attention have a good idea what is going on. Remember this when you vote. Enough is enough…………………….

Susan Marburger,

Summerland Key

Emergency Helo Fare to Miami: $66,000 or Free…

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“First I said I didn’t want to take the helo,” says Ellen Engleson, who had arrived at Lower Keys Medical Center with a broken femur, “I was concerned about the cost.”   She was right.  After being heliported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Ellen received a bill for $ 59,000 from LifeNet, a for-profit medical emergency helicopter service.

She has since learned that the hospital in Key West could have made the choice to send her for free, in the County’s Trauma Star medical transport helicopter. Continue reading