Nov 242017
ETHICS VIOLATIONS / “It's all Danny's fault if we lose.”

They lost. And he was off by over $2 million plus 333 other errors. by Rick Boettger……. Commissioner Danny Kolhage’s share of the $15+ million in reporting errors made by the most recently cited four county commissioners rung up with $20,000 in fines by the Florida Commission on Ethics was “only” $2,254,648, putting him a distant third to Heather Carruthers’ $7.4 million and David Rice’s $4.5 million.  But Kolhage was easily in 1st Place in errors of form, omitting 24 addresses and 309 entries on [continue reading…]

Nov 242017
Davidson: "A joint meeting of the affordable/workforce housing committee and the school board should be convened immediately."

by Captain Ed Davidson……. Some elements in the Schools Administration are unenthusiastic about providing Affordable Workforce Housing directly, and are broadly unknowledgeable of the issues as well — and were starting off half-cocked with practically no awareness of the vast amount of professional-grade work the county-wide Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (on which I had served for more than a year as the School Board designee) had already accomplished. So I decided to pay them a visit Tuesday afternoon [November 14th] when housing issues were workshopped: “For the [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #244, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 242017
New Book Explores Key West's Jewish History

Sand Paper Press announces the release of Arlo Haskell’s new book, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823-1969).  Leading scholars praise The Jews of Key West as a groundbreaking addition to regional and Jewish histories. Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert D. Richardson says, “Haskell’s new book uncovers in fascinating and vivid detail the story of the immense impact the Jewish community has had on the basic culture of Key West.” Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, an expert on American Jewish history, praises Haskell’s “deep research and [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
For Sir Robert Antoni

For Sir Robert Antoni Troubles recovered are victories won as any struggle provides the hope of continuing on. We were there when “there” was then as here and now, our names remain, when all is done, beyond the gloomy stare of judgment’s sun. The trampled weed, the fallen tree, let us feel survival’s thrill as we finish all the odds and ends we had begun and still engage in what we share: a single chance at life’s deep need to give or get, not just [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Nov 242017
The Key West Poetry Guild is Proud to Present Our Ongoing Open Mic Series

1st Sunday, Every Month, 7pm December 3, Open Mic Featuring the work of Arida Wright Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
"Mandy / A Trans Woman's Journey to Key West"

by Sheri Double Dee, Strange Brew Radio……. Life is a series of changes….. sometimes you know what direction you are heading and at other times you must go with what is in your heart. Mandy Murray tells her story of change, in her own words, something that many are afraid to bring to light. As a straight woman I have the same fears as Mandy and I was able to relate to her anxieties of being a woman. How do I dress, does it look [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244 No Responses »
Nov 242017
Today is the Last Day to Register for FEMA Assistance After Hurricane Irma in Florida  

You have until 11:59 tonight, Friday, Nov. 24 to register with FEMA if you have damage caused by Hurricane Irma—in Florida—between Sept. 4 and Oct. 18, 2017.   How to register: Online at Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Help is available in many languages. Helpline numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Information is available in ASL at: Download [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #244, News No Responses »
Nov 242017
FEMA Has Provided Nearly $53 Million to Monroe County Irma Survivors

Monroe County homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma have received nearly $53 million in assistance for housing and other recovery needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Here is a fact sheet regarding assistance provided to Monroe County residents: Since Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, FEMA already has provided $52.9 million in grants to Monroe County homeowners and renters for uninsured damage to their primary residence and serious losses related to Hurricane Irma. About 15,700 Monroe County households have received FEMA grants, which [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #244, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 242017
Fatal Scooter Crash Wednesday

A 32-year old New Hampshire woman was killed Wednesday night when a scooter she was riding skidded and fell into the path of an oncoming truck on North Roosevelt Blvd. The crash occurred November 22 at 5:25 p.m. when a group of three scooters made a right turn out of the Marriott Beachside. The last scooter was driven by Casey McCormack, 32.  Lindsey A. Degon was his passenger. As McCormack made the turn into the roadway, he lost control of the scooter and he and Degon fell [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #244, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 242017
Things I've Found to be Thankful for in 2017

by Thomas L. Knapp……. It’s that time of year, and like most of you I’m planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I’m also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I’ve found some. Here are a few that aren’t about family, spiral cut ham and so forth: I’m not thankful that Donald Trump is president of the United States, but I am thankful that he hasn’t blown up [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #244, Thomas L. Knapp 4 Responses »
Nov 242017
How to Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On November 15, US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced  one of the shortest bills in the histories of their two parliamentary bodies. Shorn of the obligatory “be it enacted, blah, blah, blah” boilerplate, the bill’s content comes to 14 words: “It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first.” It’s a short bill and it’s a good bill, but it could be made both shorter and better by eliminating the [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #244, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Nov 242017
Marine Corps Spirit & Resolve

by John Donnelly……. Words are insufficient in describing the debt of gratitude I harbor for those who gathered to celebrate this year’s 242nd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. With the passing of my long time Marine Brother and partner, Norm Higgins, along with the destruction associated with Hurricane Irma, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to provide our Marines, their families and the citizens of Monroe County with what has become a “bedrock event”. At first, I doubted my [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #244, John Donnelly No Responses »
Nov 242017
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 ten 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, 1,879 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. Approximately 180 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. Responders are prioritizing [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #244, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 242017
As If Things Aren’t Bad Enough

by Kim Pederson……. I read recently that the Totten Glacier (TG) in Antarctica may not be long for this world. Described in a Verge article by Alessandra Potenza as “a sort of canary in the coal mine,” the TG, located in East Antarctica, “contains so much ice it could raise sea levels by at least 11 feet if it all melted—and research now shows the ice is retreating because of warmer-than-usual waters brought by strong winds.” (If you need a climate-change chill, these animated maps from The New York Times demonstrate [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #244, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Nov 242017
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  KWNOW gathers on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West.   For more information, or to join, email:

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #244, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 242017
Florida Keys Celtic Festival Returns to Marathon Jan. 5-7

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Celtic rock and traditional music await attendees at the fifth annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 5-7, 2018, at the Marathon Community Park, mile marker (MM) 49. A return of the Scottish band Albannach headlines a diverse musical lineup for the family-friendly event. Also to be featured are The Screaming Orphans, an encore performance from West of Galway and a live acoustic performance by Marcille Wallis & Friends. A free-admission “Kilts in the Keys” celebration kicks off the weekend, featuring [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #244, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
Key West Burlesque’s “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” at Key West Theater

Slip into your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque’s outrageously cheeky production of “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” on Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. This naughty holiday 2-act reverie, set to a combination of big band versions of various Nutcracker suites and classic holiday songs, features eight of your favorite local performers, four international burlesque superstars, and a bevy of sweet “drinks” in the land of libations. “To say that I’ve been in love with the Nutcracker [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #244, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
South Florida Symphony to Mark 20th Anniversary with Hemingway Concert in Key West

Classical music aficionados can celebrate the South Florida Symphony’s 20th anniversary season by joining the landmark orchestra in Key West for a concert and soiree inspired by Ernest Hemingway, the island city’s most famous literary resident. The concert, titled “Mozart Meets Hemingway & Siudy Flamenco” pairs the critically acclaimed symphony with GRAMMY Award–winning cellist Zuill Bailey and the Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater. The unique evening of music, dance and creative collaboration is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Glynn Archer Performing Arts Center at 2100 [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #244, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
Cruise into the Fabulous 50’s at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Second Annual “Back In Time” Fundraising Bash

Pull out your stylin’ 50’s threads and cruise over to Key West Art & Historical Society’s second annual “Back in Time” fundraising party, Wednesday, November 29 from 5pm – 10pm at the Custom House Museum and Margaritaville Resort. This year’s gala celebrates the Custom House’s 126th anniversary in fabulous 50’s style with event proceeds to support the ongoing preservation needs of Key West’s architectural crown jewel, while also raising funds to support Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane recovery efforts. The bash warms up from 5pm-6:30 pm on the veranda of the [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #244, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
There’s No Place Like Cayo Hueso for the Holidays

Visions of winter holiday delights traditionally involve frosty white landscapes and warm crackling fires, but few U.S. destinations can boast a solid month of festivities and holiday merry-making to compare with the annual Key West Holiday Fest. The island-wide Keys-centric celebration kicked off on Wednesday, November 22 with the lighting of the Key West Harbor “Walk of Lights” and continues through December 31, with highlights including (but not limited to): Wednesday, November 22 through New Year’s Eve, Key West Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Seaport: Revel in [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #244, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
Lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Key West Historic Seaport on Wednesday, Nov 22

Wednesday’s ceremonial lighting of the Seaport’s Christmas trees, palm trees, ships, shops, restaurants and watering holes, which extend from Lazy Way Lane at the Green Street Plaza to the Ferry Terminal at Grinnell Street, marks the beginning of Key West Holiday Fest, an annual island-wide celebration presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council that continues through December 31. Other Fest highlights include fabulously romantic Holiday Historic Inn Tours, the annual Schooner Wharf Lighted Boat Parade and an [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #244, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 182017
Man Dead, Woman Injured in Possible Robbery on Stock Island

From Monroe County Sheriff’s Office: UPDATE: Tuesday November 21, 2017 Detectives release homicide victim’s identity Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives say they have notified the next of kin for the man who was stabbed to death on Stock Island Friday night. The victim is identified as 59 year old Mathew Bonnett of 5650 Laurel Avenue on Stock Island. Bonnett was a neighbor of the robbery victims and was on the scene apparently attempting to help his neighbors when he was stabbed to death just after 8 p.m. at 5700 Laurel Avenue on Stock Island. [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** No Responses »