May 222015
 
EVERY LITTLE SECRET...

by Colby Fisher……. Guest Columnist Colby Fisher dives deep into official records and comes out with a fist full of cronyism. Here’s the real story behind FKAA’s hiring of convicted felon Randy Acevedo… The official story that Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) told the public and press was they hired Randy Acevedo because he was [more…]

May 222015
 
March Against Monsanto Without Leaving Your House

By Michael Welber… A large number of people all over the country will take to the streets on Saturday to express their displeasure about what the mega-corporation Monsanto is doing to farms, consumers, and, quite literally, the world. Whether Monsanto gives a rat’s rectum about these marches is open to question but they certainly didn’t [more…]

May 222015
 
Dinner Party

By Alex Symington…. I went to a dinner party at an old friend’s house this week held in honor of some other old friends that had left Key West ten years ago and returned for a visit. I would describe those in attendance as a lively liberal minded, educated people from different countries, backgrounds, sexual [more…]

May 222015
 
Local Musician Releases Keys Inspired CD

Composer / arranger/ songwriter and Grammy member Glenn Finnan currently divides his time between the Philadelphia area and Key West, with the hopes of soon calling Key West his permanent home. Glenn first came to Key West in 2012 to play clarinet with the South Florida Symphony. He fell in love with the city at [more…]

May 222015
 
Guest Column: Key West Photojournalist in Haiti, Part 3

by Jeane LaRance… I ended my last column talking about how I would teach documentary photography to the young people in LaVallée, so they could visually document their culture for future generations. Till then, the only information I had about Haitian culture was what other people told me, or what outsiders wrote. I couldn’t build [more…]

May 222015
 
March Against Monsanto, Marathon, Key West, and Worldwide, Saturday

WORLDWIDE – On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked [more…]

May 222015
 
Public Invited to Grand Opening of Simonton St. Fire Station #2

The Key West Fire Department wants to invite the community for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Station #2 at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28th at 616 Simonton Street. Chief David Fraga, city and state officials will be taking this opportunity to thank everyone who made this new station a reality. Following the ceremony, [more…]

May 222015
 
Confusion Over Student Final Grades

The Florida Department of Education announced Monday that the delay caused by the required validation study of the new Florida Standards Assessments end-of-course tests (FSA EOCs) in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II effectively releases districts from the requirement that these scores constitute 30 percent of the course grade for students in these classes. This [more…]

May 222015
 
City Donates $20,000 to FIRM

Key West City Manager Jim Scholl on Thursday presented the Board of Directors of FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) a check for $20,000 in support of FIRM’s efforts to reduce windstorm and flood insurance rates in Key West and Monroe County. The contribution was authorized by the City Commission in February, in a resolution [more…]

May 222015
 
Generations of Bethels Honored

Key West Mayor pro tem Mark Rossi, along with the entire City Commission, honored former Commissioner Harry Bethel for his dedication to public service, and honoring the fact that his great grandfather and great great grandfather also served the City of Key West. Commissioner Bethel served on the commission from 1991 to 2007, and 13 [more…]

May 222015
 
Maritime Day Proclaimed!

In recognition of the vital role that our merchants and seamen play in Key West’s history, culture and economy, Mayor Craig Cates proclaimed May 22nd Maritime Day during this week’s City Commission meeting. In times of war and peace, the American Merchant Marine has been dedicated to the orderly flow of goods and materials to [more…]

May 222015
 
Call For Vendors, Mel Fisher Day Street Festival and Concert

Call for Vendors: Mel Fisher Days’ Street Festival and Free Concert on Duval Florida Keys, Key West– This year’s Mel Fisher Days Rockin’ Block Party and street festival will take place Saturday, July 11, on the 200 and 300 blocks of Duval Street in Key West. Event organizers are calling for retail Vendors for this event. This [more…]

May 222015
 
Gay Pride CrossWalk Unveiling June 10-14

Visitors can celebrate equality, applaud the unveiling of a permanent rainbow crosswalk on Key West’s iconic Duval Street  and attend the final rounds of a nationally renowned cocktail competition at Key West Pride 2015. Set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 10-14, the festival salutes diversity on America’s only subtropical island internationally known as a top [more…]

May 152015
 
FROM KEY WEST HIGH TO ART SCHOOL IN INDIA [FULL VIDEO]

by Naja and Arnaud Girard………………………………………… We got lot’s of calls from readers last week who were eager to see the rest of our story about Key West High senior Clementine Girard’s search for an art college in India. [For those of you who saw Part I last week – this is the full length version.  You [more…]

May 152015
 
Keys United Way Supports Nonprofits Building Stronger Community

United Way of the Florida Keys has continued to implement its vision of supporting families in the Florida Keys, according to the agency’s 2014 Annual Report released today. A total of $353,895 was raised in last year’s United Way charitable campaign. “Most of these donations were payroll deductions from generous Keys residents,” said Kate Bauer-Jones, [more…]

May 152015
 
The Greens - Key West Grown; Sprouting Up Around Town This Week!

Hank Williams, George Gershwin, Celtic jigs and Steve LaPierre’s Tropical Swing are just a few of The Greens’ musical pieces spicing up the town this week. Enjoy Key West’s newest sound with vocalist and musical virtuoso, Gary Mackey, former fiddle player with Dolly Parton’s Nashville band, Rob Cook, the popular Duval Street “washboard- tie guy” [more…]

May 082015
 
Baltimore

by Alex Symington… Will Baltimore be the spark that finally ignites compassion and understanding of what black Americans have to contend with every single day of their lives? Will their story of daily fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones finally be heard? Listening to activists like Deray McKesson eloquently explain [more…]

May 082015
 
Book Review: The Sea Gypsy Philosopher by Ray Jason

  Introduction to THE SEA GYPSY PHILOSOPHER by Dmitry Orlov,  Publisher My friend Ray calls himself a philosopher, but he is more accurately described as an artist. As you’ll discover, he has achieved remarkable artistry in juggling knives, torches and bowling balls; I hope that you’ll also enjoy Ray’s gifts as a prose artist and [more…]