Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

 
Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

Here we are, another celebration of Columbus Day has passed, and every year it gets just a little bit more embarrassing, bordering on surreal. We citizens of the United States are slowly waking up to the reality that the Americas were heavily populated by natives and doing just fine without European “civilization”. The fact that [more…]

Ten Questions About The Charles Eimers Autopsy Report

 
Ten Questions About The Charles Eimers Autopsy Report

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all believe that Charles Eimers’ death was just an accident – somehow the 61-year-old tourist was simply a ‘walking heart attack’ and when police tried to arrest him he stressed out and his heart gave up. We have a few questions about the final autopsy report: 1.  What [more…]

DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS?

 
DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS?

It is becoming very alarming how few rental properties there are, and how high priced they are. Landlords are becoming very unreliable, houses are going into foreclosure in high amounts. I know my landlord defaulted on 10 in the last two months. I know of at least 3-4 more that friends live in houses facing [more…]

Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

 
Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.  We will try to look past the anti-homeless rhetoric burning through local media and show you what is really happening on the Keys housing front. In future articles we will bring you points of [more…]

Mike DADDY BONES Tolbert’s Has A Great Idea! [Oh boy!]

 

How many think this is great IDEA! Gov’t thinks tasers are an awesome tool! Commissioner Yaniz thinks we need more fields for kids soccer. Everybody agrees boys and girls club needs new building! SO I suggest we auction off a chance to TASE Mayor Cates and Tony Yaniz! With all money going to project for [more…]

Mike DADDY BONES Tolbert's Has A Great Idea! [Oh boy!]

 

How many think this is great IDEA! Gov’t thinks tasers are an awesome tool! Commissioner Yaniz thinks we need more fields for kids soccer. Everybody agrees boys and girls club needs new building! SO I suggest we auction off a chance to TASE Mayor Cates and Tony Yaniz! With all money going to project for [more…]

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

 
PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS  A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations. The workshop includes [more…]

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

 
PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS  A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations. The workshop includes [more…]

‘It Started With a Drill’

 
'It Started With a Drill'

  I learned early on what little is accomplished waiting for someone to do something for you, or even to help you. Consider this one of the gleaming pros to not having your parents around, and I do stress one. Now that I’m a mother myself, I can’t imagine my children grocery shopping for the [more…]

'It Started With a Drill'

 
'It Started With a Drill'

  I learned early on what little is accomplished waiting for someone to do something for you, or even to help you. Consider this one of the gleaming pros to not having your parents around, and I do stress one. Now that I’m a mother myself, I can’t imagine my children grocery shopping for the [more…]

LAW FOR SALE

 
LAW FOR SALE

There it was, a 100’ long wooden dock, all ready for the sport fishing boats belonging to the owners of the eight new mansions nestled between the palm trees and the tropical flowers. The only problem was, no boats could get to the dock!  There was simply not enough water covering the seagrass bed surrounding [more…]

Wisteria Island: The King of Spain and Roger Bernstein

 
Wisteria Island:  The King of Spain and Roger Bernstein

Finally, some movement in the Wisteria Island lawsuit.  It’s a hundred thousand dollar legal adaptation of I own it No, I own it No, I own it The controversy turns around what has become known as the “Navy’s claim.”  A 2010 attempt to build a large hotel complex, with private homes and a marina on [more…]

Immediate Fallout Due To Controversial Vote On New Waste Management Contract

 

David Lybrand, a founding member of the City of Key West’s five-year old Sustainability Advisory Board steps down in reaction to the City Commission’s controversial decision to disregard City staff’s and the advisory board’s recommendations when awarding a new solid waste contract.  Below is his resignation letter tendered to Commissioner Teri Johnston and the City [more…]

CBS Morning Show Probes Key West In-Custody Death

 
CBS Morning Show Probes Key West In-Custody Death

The death of Charles Eimers while in the hands of Key West police officers is now getting national attention.   CBS investigators were in town this week researching the circumstances surrounding the death of Eimers, the apparent cover-up involving near cremation of the body before autopsy, destruction of evidence, lying to emergency medical personnel, and finally [more…]

Should Judges be Elected Or Appointed?

 
Should Judges be Elected Or Appointed?

In Florida, appeals judges and state Supreme Court judges are appointed by the governor from lists provided by a nominating committee. Circuit and County Court Judges are elected by the people. All you need to run for judge is a law degree. Some say that a judge is simply an attorney who has gotten a [more…]

THE EIMERS CASE: WITNESS INTIMIDATION?

 
THE EIMERS CASE:  WITNESS INTIMIDATION?

There is now reason to believe that two plainclothes officers:  KWPD Detective Todd Stevens and another unknown officer, posing as FDLE investigators, deliberately intimidated eyewitnesses who were present during the violent arrest last November of 61-year-old Charles Eimers. Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the story of the tragically fatal Thanksgiving [more…]

IS THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE A PATTERN WITHIN THE KWPD?

 
IS THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE A PATTERN WITHIN THE KWPD?

Alleged use of excessive force by Key West cops has been the talk of the island since retired General Motors worker Charles Eimers, 61, died after a rough arrest last Thanksgiving Day on South Beach. But its not like this is the first time that “excessive force” and other police wrong-doing has been the topic [more…]