Mar 272015
A Gringo's Peek Into a Cubano Rodeo

by Bill Klipp… After paying 10 Cuban pesos (about 35 cents USD) no one seemed to notice us 3 Gringos as we passed under the arched entryway to Havana’s Rancho Boyeros fairgrounds. It’s was a blazing hot sunny day in mid-March and time for the week long FIAGROP 2015 18th International Agricultural Fair and Rodeo. […]

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Mar 272015
Portraits of Cigar Workers in Havana Cuba

by Perry Frantzman… Forty years ago, Perry was drawn into photography using his 35 mm SLR. He started out with black and white processing his own photos in his parents basement dark room. What started out as a hobby has developed into a passion for learning more and more about the art of photography, digital […]

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Mar 272015
Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer featuring Gallery on Greene

Good Morning Florida Keys host Jenna Stauffer interviews the artists currently displaying work at the Gallery on Greene. Gallery on Greene celebrates life at sea level:  ‘Tropical Elevation’     When you live – and paint — at sea level, the view is always changing. From hazy skies, heavy with afternoon humidity, to soothing seascapes surrounding the […]

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Mar 272015
Bahama Village History Tour Saturday

Celebrate our biking community this weekend with a Bahama Village History Tour, led by City Commissioner Clayton Lopez with Monroe County Historian Tom Hambright and Bruce Neff, whose efforts are bringing a series of historical markers to Key West. Just meet the group Saturday, March 28th at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the […]

Mar 272015
This Week in Key West Arts

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, March 26th thru Wednesday, April 1st  Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS FRIDAY Christine Black, Featured Artist Show and Reception, 5 PM Key West Art Center, 301 Front St. 305-294-1241. WEDNESDAY Tell it to My Face Closing Reception, 6 PM FKCC Library Gallery, 5901 […]

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Mar 272015
TSKW Artist Studio Tours Comes to Stock Island

The Studios of Key West ventures off the rock to Stock Island, “the Brooklyn of Key West,” for their annual Artist Studio Tours on Saturday March 28 from 12-4pm . Sculptor Cindy Wynn’s phantasmagorical metal shop anchors the Tour, with optional transportation to and from the Tour stops made easy by Old Town Trolley. Tickets are $20 […]

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Mar 272015
Love Lane Gang- Live Music in Key West

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle […]

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Mar 272015
Higher Manatee Count Simply Means We Have More to Protect

by Katie Tripp, Ph.D. Director of Science & Conservation Save the Manatee Club   Florida’s manatees are at a crossroads.  Well, actually, the agencies that protect manatees are at a crossroads, and manatees themselves are in the cross hairs.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is busy working behind closed doors deciding whether or […]

Mar 272015
Solar Choice 2016 Florida Ballot Initiative

Calling it vitally important to the development of clean energy resources in Florida, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its “strong support” in endorsing the Floridians for Solar Choice 2016 ballot initiative.  This is a grassroots citizens’ effort to allow more homes and businesses to generate electricity by harnessing the power of the […]

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Mar 272015
Music Together in the Keys, New Term Starts 4/7/15

Expand your baby’s brain Music Together in the Keys’ new 10-week term starts April 7. The fun music education classes, for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them, are part of an international program based on cutting-edge child development research. Registered Music Together educators teach sophisticated musical concepts under the guise of fun; […]

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Mar 272015
Free Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, Saturday

The City of Key West and Waste Management want to remind the community that Saturday is the monthly free hazardous waste and e-waste drop off for Key West residents. Everything from old paint to pesticides can be dropped off free of charge at Indigenous Park on Saturday, April 4th from 8 a.m. until noon. Drop offs […]

Mar 272015
Wright Commended on 20 years Service

City Manager Jim Scholl this month presented a gold watch to Facility Maintenance Supervisor Brett Wright in recognition of his 20 years of dedicated service to the City of Key West. Wright was hired in 1994 as an instrumentation and control technician at the former waste-to-energy plant on Stock Island. When it closed, he transferred […]

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Mar 202015
Cudjoe Shallow Wells Need Deeper Look

by JD Adler… Environmental attorneys Caron Balkany and Christopher Byrd have issued a 60 day notice of intent to sue the government on behalf of local fisherman Mike Laudicina, due to failure to acquire proper review for the shallow well injection of municipal sewage in the Cudjoe Key area. They have issued a press release stating […]

Mar 202015
US Law Enforcement Kills with Impunity-- Especially When the Victim is Black,  Part 1:

Genocide of African-Americans by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D., Tulane University Emerita… The respected investigative journalism organization, ProPublica,[i] recently concluded, using the FBI’s woefully incomplete statistics on “justifiable” civilian killings by law enforcement (see Huggins, The Blue Paper #102), that between 2010 and 2012, “young black males…were at a far greater risk of being shot dead […]

Mar 202015
Guest Column: On Human Trafficking

by Reverend Dr. Magby…. I am Rev Dr Gwendolyn D. Magby. For nearly 13 years it has been my privilege to pastor Trinity Presbyterian Church, “The Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart and the Friendliest Church This Side of Heaven,” located at 717 Simonton Street, I am also the […]

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Mar 202015
Genesis of the Keys Coalition

by Tim Gratz, Program Policy Chair, Keys Coalition… It really all began eight years ago this month. That is when the movie “Amazing Grace” was released. “Amazing Grace” has a brief scene with John Newton, the former slave-trader who wrote the lyrics to what became the popular hymn “Amazing Grace” but the film really tells […]

Mar 202015
A Red Tag for Noah

 by Michael Alan… The earliest record of a code enforcement action was in the book of Genesis: “Good morning, Mr. Noah, do you have a permit for that?”  I myself am building a boat in my backyard, just like Noah. Naturally, there were certain problems to consider. How I would get it out to the […]

Mar 202015
Fractured Department--Free Falling In Disrepair...

by John Donnelly… The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has a significant number of ineffective leaders, compromised supervisors and rogue agents being recycled within their ranks. A plethora of documents and investigative reports have surfaced, attesting to this fact. A local (Key West) FDLE special agent is alleged to have violated her own “Ethical […]

Mar 202015
Letter to Editor: Ethics and Science

Editor:   The Key West Citizen ran an editorial on Sunday (3/8) that makes an appeal to science as the reason to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven and, eventually, the Lower Keys to prevent a dengue fever outbreak. While most reasonable people applaud the advances science has made in our society, including profoundly […]