Feb 052016

bag of money

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…….

Donald Roberts lives in Peary Court with his mom Ruby.   They rent one of the 48 deed restricted “affordable” units. Their situation is puzzling. With a combined annual income of under $55,850, they qualify for “low-income affordable workforce housing.” Their rent should be $1,571/month, yet they pay around $2,400/month. At that price, their 2-bedroom deed restricted affordable unit at Peary Court is pretty much market rate.

So what happened to the hard fought victory that nearly four years ago “saved” 30% of Peary Court units for affordable workforce housing? Continue reading »

Feb 052016
Who Owns Peary Court?

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. A burning question was finally asked on Wednesday (2/3/2016) in a Key West Citizen Editorial—“Who is White Street Partners?” Well, that’s the wrong question if you’re after Peary Court’s current owners. Peary Court Holdings, LP (a Delaware limited partnership)– registered in Florida as a “foreign partnership”– is Peary Court’s owner […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:28 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #152, Martha Huggins 22 Responses »
Feb 052016
Update: Convicted Felons and Civil Rights

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Several weeks ago, we published a story about Key West Assistant City Manager Greg Veliz’ criminal record. He is a convicted felon, having spent three years in the penitentiary back in the early 1990s on major drug charges. He and his partner in crime were caught bringing in cocaine by the […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:26 am Issue #152 No Responses »
Feb 052016
Who Knew What and When Did They Know It?

An Open Letter To The School Board Gentlemen: We are all anxiously looking forward to Superintendent Mark Porter’s report at next Tuesday’s Board meeting regarding the missing $20,000 in the daycare operation at HOB School. This is Superintendent Porter’s third try at determining what went wrong and who was responsible. They say that three times […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:22 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #152, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 052016
Harrison Gallery 30th Anniversary Celebration

Harrison Gallery 30th Anniversary Celebration Walk on White : Thursday, February 18th 6-9pm Harrison Gallery : 825 White Street In 1986, Harrison Gallery and Music was opened by sculptor Helen Harrison and her husband, Ben, a writer and musician. Over the past thirty years it has evolved into Harrison Gallery, a Key West institution that […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:17 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
"Unaffordable Housing"---The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

by John Donnelly……. Bamboozled, hoodwinked and indoctrinated for many years by government and developers into believing an inauthentic maxim has damaged our fragile aquatic ecosystem, while allowing the introduction of virulent toxins into our communities. Widespread fraud and deception by government officials are nothing new to the citizens of Monroe County. Research has produced evidence […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #152, John Donnelly 1 Response »
Feb 052016
FKOC Awards Samuel J. Kaufman

The Florida Keys Outreach (FKOC) has announced long time homeless advocate Samuel J. Kaufman as the 2016 recipient of the 10th annual Edward Capt’n Kidd Humanitarian Award to be presented April 2nd, 2016 during the Friends Of FKOC’s “A Toast to FKOC” celebrating FKOC’s 25th anniversary! The celebration will be hosted by Carolyn Sullivan and […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:14 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Monroe County Democrats to Host Affordable Housing Forum

The Monroe County Democratic Party is hosting a public forum to address the affordable housing crisis in Key West. The forum is non-partisan, and will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040. The general public and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend Panelists will include local experts […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Lenepe Park, PA

by Kirby Congdon……. At Lenepe Park they had a real roller coaster but I liked the merry-go-round best. My horse even gallopped. It was in slow motion but I held on tight. Later I heard that the Lenepes were a tribe of American Indians. “Where are the Indians?” I wanted to know. “They’re dead,” I […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #152, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Feb 052016
In Dubious Praise of a Litmus Test

by Kim Pederson……. With the finish of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 presidential race is finally off and running after much pawing, prancing, whinnying, and mucking about in the paddock prior to the start. It struck me in watching the candidates (all of them) post-Iowa that it’s nearly impossible to make any kind of value […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #152, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Feb 052016

by Jerome Grapel……. Oh no, not him again. Is this all there is to talk about in the world’s only Stupid Power? Whatever happened to Brittany Spears? If only Michael Jackson were still alive. Can’t we go back to those good old days when the title of this essay only pertained to card games? Please, […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #152 6 Responses »
Feb 052016
Philosophical Acceptance

  by Ray Jason……. As I sail deeper into my Middle Years, my ship of self seems to be entering the Sea of Paradox. On the one hand, I am comfortable with the inescapable termination of my physical self. But on the other hand, I am troubled by the possibility that my work – my […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Island Voices, Issue #152 1 Response »
Feb 052016
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Fork Q*** (Click here for previous chapter)  Nothing counts … unless you’re counting. It was time for Trout Bender to leave the small Florida farming town of Pooheepka. Pop. 627. Trout walked slowly toward town where he […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #152, Literature No Responses »
Feb 052016
Peter and Will Anderson Trio in Concert at SKW - February 6

Studios of Key West  ~ 533 Eaton Street Saturday, February 6 Curtain Time: 8PM Buy Tickets Called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), twins Peter and Will Anderson play “anything that swings,” with a style that’s fresh, creative, and in the moment. Their talents have been called upon by an impressive roster of greats, […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #152, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Impromptu Classical Concerts at St. Paul's Church Featuring The Eroica Trio - February 14th

What happens when an internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble – The Eroica Trio – fly in for a concert only to find there is no piano at the concert venue upon their arrival. The Trio – Erika Nickrenz (piano), Sara Parkins (violin) and Sara Sant’Ambrogio (cello) – will perform on Sunday, February 14th at St. Paul’s […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #152, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Attorney Nathan E. Eden Recognized

Nathan E. Eden Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2015 AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Florida For Client Satisfaction The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Florida’s Personal Injury Attorney Nathan E. Eden as 2015 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Christina's Courage 5k Race

The Christina’s Courageous 5K Challenge, a yearly event which benefits Christina’s Courage Rape and Child Abuse Center, takes place Saturday, February 13th. Come on out and join the fun! Christina’s Courage is a non-profit crisis assistance center which provides a safe, sensitive and secure place for law enforcement to take the victims of Rape and […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
OIRF - House Tours

House Tour – Febuary 12th & 13th, 2016 10pm-4pm “Grunts, Grace and Glamour” : Like the tides that surround it, through two centuries faith and fortune have ebbed and flowed in Key West. Each change left its mark on our houses and the land around us. The February Old Island Restoration Foundation House Tour traces […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Go Wild in the Florida Keys: Outdoor Fest Offers Four Days of Fun in Four Wildlife Refuges

For anyone wanting an up-close take on the great outdoors, a celebration of the National Wildlife Refuge system in the Florida Keys is just around the subtropical bend. US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR (Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges) announce their first annual Outdoor Fest—four […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
KWAHS Installation Reception this Friday, Feb. 5

On Friday, February 5 from 5:30PM-7:00PM, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to “I AM in Your Dream,” a reception for the exhibition inspired by artist Vera Vasek’s “Which Way Is Up” workshop in the Society’s adolescent and adult education program, “Outside The Lines.” The reception will take place at Fort East […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Join AIDS Help on February 19th For Their 30th Anniversary!

After three decades of illness and devastating loss to the Florida Keys, the 30th anniversary of AIDS Help is not one Executive Director Scott Pridgen takes lightly. “As we prepare to recognize our 30 years at the Harry S. Truman Little White House on February 19th, we are very cognizant that there’s still no cure…there’s […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Wesley House Valentine's Day Gala

33rd Annual Wesley House Valentine’s Day Gala Sunday, February 14th, 2016 Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street 6:30-9:30pm VIP Admission: $125 General Admission: $55 in Advance This Valentine’s Day, Feel the Love in the Air at Wesley House’s 33 rd Annual Valentine’s Day Gala. The performance area will boast some of Key West’s most talented performing […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #152, Special Events No Responses »
Feb 052016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 thru WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Michael Norviel and Christine Cordone Art Show, 5 PM Art@830 Gallery, 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595. art830.com Carol Tedesco and Deborah Goldman, Layers Opening Reception, 6 PM KEPart Studio – Gallery, […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #152, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Fri Feb 5 Opening Reception for Wayne Lind-Featured Artist Exhibit at the Key West Art Center

Wayne Lind: Featured Artist Exhibit at the Key West Art Center Opening Reception Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 – 7 pm New work by Key West artist Wayne Lind will be the subject of Key West Art Center Gallery’s Featured Artist Show running February 5 – 17th. The public is invited to the Opening Reception […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #152, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Key West Art & Historical Society to Present the Film “Whisky Galore” at the Custom House Museum

The Key West Art & Historical Society will present “Whisky Galore!” (released in the US as “Tight Little Island”) at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 18 in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The 1949 film is a lighthearted and exaggerated comedy directed by Alexander Mackendrick, starring Basil […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #152, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
KWHS Presents Monthly Lunchtime Lecture Series: Bars, Brews & Blues: Carousing in Key West Exhibit Case Study First in Line

Key West Art & Historical Society presents the first of three monthly Lunchtime Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Custom House Museum on 281 Front Street. The Series will offer attendees a behind the scene’s perspective of The Society’s curatorial department, Curator Cori Convertito’s unique approach to collections management, and how […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Christine Fifer to Address Key West Art Center Membership

Friday, February 12, 2016 Member Meeting 3:30 pm, Fifer’s presentation 4:00 pm Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., Key West Local painter Christine Fifer will address the membership of the Key West Art Center at their monthly meeting on Friday, February 12th. Christine says she “tends to paint very realistically, and in enamel, because […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
“LAYERS” Pre-Valentine’s Day Artist Meet & Greet at KEPart Studio-Gallery February 13

Kevin Peterson, proprietor of KEPart Studio-Gallery, welcomes the public to a pre-Valentine’s Day artist meet & greet with visual artist Deborah Goldman and photographer Carol Tedesco, Saturday morning, February 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The artists, whose show is titled “LAYERS,” will discuss some of the ins and outs of creating their “LAYERS” […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #152, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Exhibit and Opening Reception Friday Feb 5th! at the Gato

Fauna, Fiber & Fruits Arts Council Exhibition and Opening Reception at the Gato – Opening Reception: Friday, February 5th at 5:00 pm. Florida Keys Council of the Arts announces its open season exhibit hosted in the Historic Gato building. Join the artists for an opening reception this Friday, February 5th from 5 – 7 pm. […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #152, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Explorers Spruce Up School

School Resource Officer Advisors and their Explorer Posts 904, 905 and 906 got together and spruced up the paint in the parking areas around Plantation Key School in Islamorada this past weekend. Fueled by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and power rings (also known as donuts) they all had a great time and performed a wonderful service […]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #152, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 052016
Duck Key Cleanup

This past weekend, a community cleanup effort on Duck Key was responsible for the removal of 1,180 pounds of trash. Here is the dedicated group that gave their Saturday morning to the effort including many members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Duck Key Property Owner’s Association.

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #152, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 042016
MCSD Selects Janene Sawyer 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year

  Ms. Sawyer currently serves as the Senior Office Manager for the Maintenance Department working out of the Key West Maintenance office. She is a graduate of Key West High School and has worked with the District since 1990 . Janene’s office is enhanced by her dedication and keen attention to detail. Ms. Sawyer’s extensive knowledge in the […]

 February 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 022016
Possible Old Military Device Found Near Knight’s Key

  Something which appears to be an old a military device of some sort was located on Knight’s Key in Marathon today. A man called the Sheriff’s Office at 9:45 a.m. to report finding something he said looked like a “torpedo” in shallow water offshore of Knight’s Key. Sheriff’s deputies evacuated campsites around the location […]

 February 2, 2016  Posted by at 6:09 pm News, Water World No Responses »
Jan 292016
PEARY COURT PURCHASE / Banks: Thanks, But No Thanks…

BANKING INDUSTRY: ‘THANKS, BUT NO THANKS…’ In preparation for the March 15th referendum on the purchase of Peary Court, the City sent out requests for bids to various banks. The City retained PFM, Inc [Public Financial Management] to help collect those proposals that would provide information on how the City would finance the 55 Million dollar purchase. However, […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 11:00 am ** BREAKING NEWS ** 20 Responses »
Jan 292016
Me and Mel

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Anyone who might want to make a list of the most famous people who have ever lived in Key West would have to include treasure salvor Mel Fisher fairly high on the list. Even I had heard of him when I sailed into Key West on my sailboat for the first […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #151 No Responses »
Jan 292016
UPDATE: Two More Counterfeit Bills Passed

UPDATE January 29 4:56 pm: Two more counterfeit bills reported Two more Key Largo salons have reported receiving counterfeit $100 bills under similar circumstances, bringing the total so far to four of the fake bills passed in the Key Largo area this week. In all four cases a man fitting a similar description has entered […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #151, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
“Capitalist Animal Farm: Beware, Technocrats!”

by Martha K. Huggins……. Set-Up: Results of Interactive Journalism This play about Stock Island’s landfill and its chemicals springs from last week’s contributions to my, “Let’s Write a Play: Scripting the Economics, Science, and Politics of Death: “Fifteen Shameful Lethal Acts,” in the Blue Paper (1/22/2016). Jerome Grapel, Alex Symington, and John Donnelly pointed out […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:15 am Island Voices, Issue #151, Martha Huggins 17 Responses »
Jan 292016
District V Community Meeting

District V Commissioner Margaret Romero is convening a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. The meeting will be held at the Casa Marina Resort on Reynolds St. Topics on the agenda include an update on the new City Hall, as well as a discussion of the upcoming referendum on the Peary Court […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:13 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Elizabeth Campbell Named Montessori Teacher of the Year!

Elizabeth Campbell, Mangrove Classroom Toddler Montessori Guide, has been nominated by her peers as teacher of the year. Elizabeth is originally from New Jersey but has called Key West her second home her whole life as a grandchild to Edward and Shirley Block. Elizabeth received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #151, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 292016
Lower Keys Alcohol Coalition Checks

On January 21, 2016, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys. Eight businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Five of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during our investigation. The clerks who sold the alcohol were issued a Notice to Appear […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:11 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 292016
Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

by John Donnelly……. Dr. Kelly McGonigal is an award-winning health psychologist teaching at Stanford University. Dr. McGonigal states: “It took evolution millions of years to deliver a prefrontal cortex capable of everything we humans need.” However, once born, is our value, worth and promise enduringly set in stone; before we even get out the gate […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #151, John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Jan 292016
Old Mystic

by Kirby Congdon……. After the natives had built the stone walls for us to designate the legalities of the disorganized map of nature, the gravel tills, the knolls, and the ledges that the glacier had left in the debris of the land with its hills and gullies which the melt-down of centuries had left, we […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #151, Kirby Congdon 2 Responses »
Jan 292016
Article II, Section 1

by Kim Pederson……. Many Americans may still operate under the mistaken impression that we elect our presidents. We do not. The US Electoral College does. I was reminded of this while reading Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States, which describes how our president and vice president are to be elected. […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #151, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Jan 292016
Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Bill Moves One Step Closer to Passage

FLORIDA KEYS ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BILL MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO PASSAGE IN STATE LEGISLATURE The Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Bill – designed to protect and preserve the island chain and ensure it continues to be an economic driver for the state – is one step closer to passage. The Florida House budget subcommittee this week […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #151, News, Public Notice No Responses »