Housing instability has slowly been emerging as a stronger predictor of suicide than income, employment, or education. People at risk for suicide are more likely to be renters, according to Summer DeBastiani, PhD(c), MPH, RN, from the University of Miami(1). Especially after Irma destroyed up to 25% of the housing in the Florida Keys, particularly low income housing, assessing the mental health of residents experiencing housing instability is more important than ever. Recognizing this, United Way of the Florida Keys is helping provide mental health [continue reading…]
A Workshop on Winning Campaigns Saturday, February 10, 2018 “So You’re Thinking About Running” Hometown’s Winning Campaigns Workshop Dear Incumbents, Candidates, Those Considering a Run for Elected Office and Campaign Leaders, Hometown! — Key West’s and Monroe County’s voting community’s signature resource for candidate and election information is sponsoring a Workshop for those running, considering a run or interested in campaign management for elected office on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Starting at 8:30 am at the Marriott Beachside, the half-day workshop (optional lunch) offers a [continue reading…]
by Rick Boettger……. The District made a positive move last week in their legal wrangling with Kathy Reitzel in her whistle-blowing case against them. They admitted she was a whistle-blower. To recap: Kathy was head of finances for the School District when Monique Acevedo stole over $400,000. Kathy turned over evidence to board chairman Andy Griffith. The district used this evidence and Kathy’s extended testimony to send Monique to prison and get her husband Randy fired from his job as superintendent.
Sugarloaf Key resident Bill Hunter has filed to run for Monroe County Commissioner, District Two, which runs from the Seven Mile Bridge to Boca Chica Key and includes a small portion of Marathon. “I am running for county commission to represent all of the Florida Keys from the perspective of someone who lives, works and strives to protect the character of island communities within the Lower Keys. This local perspective is vitally important as the county recovers from Hurricane Irma,” Hunter said. Hunter, a Republican, [continue reading…]
USFWS is seeking submissions for its annual photography contest. This free, fun event helps showcase our incredible natural resources here in the Florida Keys. USFWS keeps photographs on display at the Refuge Visitor Center until June 30th. Visitors love them! Attached is the Photo Contest Regulations. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. This year an additional submission category has been added specific to Key deer so we have four categories–Landscape, General Nature, Key deer and Birds.
To support area families with young children in exploring the wealth of learning opportunities provided by the island’s museums, Key West Art & Historical Society has partnered with other area museums to present an expanded new season of “Museums & Me” early childhood education sessions, led by early childhood educator Natalie Robinson. Children aged 0-6 and their parents can enjoy social interaction with music and play in a stimulating learning environment on the first and third Saturday of each month through May, with first Saturday’s held on the grounds [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Wildlife Society, the friends group to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges, kicks off this season’s Full Moon Kayak excursions on Monday, January 29th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, departing Big Pine Kayak Adventures on Bogey Road on Big Pine Key. The 2-hour paddle traverses through Big Pine’s National Key Deer Refuge, one of four wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys and home to the Refuges’ Visitor Center, the Key Deer Bookstore, and the endangered Key deer. “Kayaking in the refuge is [continue reading…]
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…]
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…]
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…]