Apr 292016
 
Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles to Appear for 2 weeks in Key West!

On June 17th – June 29th eight times Grammy elected and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Australian blues artist Michael Charles will claim the stage at Chicagos and embrace you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty one years and thirty two releases of his original music. Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers.   As [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #164, Music No Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Key West’s Black Community Fighting for Survival

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Even though the debate at City Hall this week was not officially about race, it shed an unflattering light on Key West’s cultural divide in ways that no journalist could express better than the passionate speakers did on Tuesday night. You’re just going to have to listen for yourself and be amazed. But before you click on the video, we need to make you privy to a few basic facts and to the one little secret that no one “in the know” that night [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
 
BLOOD ON DUVAL: Update on Duval Street Shooting

On Wednesday Judge Wayne Miller opted to allow alleged Duval Street shooter, Derek Michael David, 34, to return to freedom back in his home state of Louisiana. Miller did however increase his bail by $100,000 to $582,500 and set specific conditions on David’s right to remain free pending trial. The shooting happened on March 21st at about 1:25 a.m. in the area of Rick’s Bar.  Surveillance video from the bar [see below] shows David dragging his visibly intoxicated wife, Jodie Marie David, down Charles Street and apparently knocking her to the ground. [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:22 am * Featured Story *, News 2 Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Affordable Rental Nightmare

by Cindy Cody……. I have just realized that I never need to go to Disneyland ever again. If you want the wildest ride in your life do what I just did. I listed a nice clean 2-bedroom mobile home with a big yard cheap on Craig’s List. That’s when it started. I am looking for a long-term renter that takes care of the yard and let’s me know if something needs fixing. It’s 24 hours later and I am tearing out my hair on the [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
 
As You Kill Me, So It Is Done Unto Thyself...

  by John Donnelly……. Recent cries by some to expedite the killing of cats, illustrates a callousness and depravity not often found in a civilized society. The justification proffered for slaughtering these sentimental creatures is riddled with flaws  and inaccuracies. These animals are not responsible for any of the complications attributed to their species. They are not, nor have they ever been ‘the problem’. Citizens abandoning and discarding their pets as garbage into the wild are the problem. Rather than emphasizing an ‘accelerated killing program’ [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:56 am ~ Column ~, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Apr 082016
 
With a Rebel Yell: Remembering Artist Stanley Papio

There’s a kinetic parade coming to town on May 14th that celebrates creativity, innovation, and a Florida Keys man well ahead of his time: Stanley Papio, a folk artist with a clever sense of satire and a tenacity that continues to reverberate 34 years after his passing. “Barefoot” Stanley Papio arrived in Key Largo in 1949, when the upper Keys were little more than an isolated stretch of highway on U.S. 1. He contentedly lived at Mile Marker 101 for many years, using his welding [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:48 am Art, Issue #161, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 062016
 
KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REOPENS AFTER MINOR CRASH

ALL 11 ABOARD SEAPLANE WERE UNINJURED Key West International Airport reopened at 7:33 p.m. Wednesday after temporarily being closed for about 90 minutes due to a seaplane that became disabled on runway 9 after its right float broke apart during landing. All 11 people on board (a pilot and 10 passengers) walked away, all declining medical treatment. “It’s the best thing we could hope for, no injuries,” said T.J. Henderson, Assistant Director of Airports.

 April 6, 2016  Posted by at 7:37 pm News 3 Responses »
Apr 062016
 
Suspect Caught After Toy Gun Stick-Up

Key West Police recovered nearly $4,800 in stolen prescription drugs Tuesday night after a Key West man allegedly robbed a local pharmacy at “gunpoint”. At 7:35 p.m. police responded to a call at the CVS at Overseas Market. When officers arrived, the victim told them a man had pointed a gun at her as she worked behind the pharmacy counter, demanding she hand over the schedule II narcotics. The suspect filled a backpack with the drugs and fled the store, running through a nearby Chinese [continue reading…]

 April 6, 2016  Posted by at 3:38 pm News 2 Responses »
Apr 012016
 
Key West and Brazil: Democracy and Police Accountability

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D……… Living and conducting research in Brazil over a number of years during its 21-year military dictatorship taught me the importance of police accountability. Sometimes when police showed up at a residence they were following government orders; sometimes they were acting alone. In either case their objective was to scare people into submission, by merely paying an unannounced visit, or by trashing a family’s possessions, or through violence against them. The victims of such police over-reach had absolutely no recourse: very [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Martha Huggins 12 Responses »
Apr 012016
 
Homeless Medical Log Date, 1 April 2016 (I wish This Were an April Fools Joke, But it’s Not)

FIRST DO NO HARM by Sloan Bashinsky……. Sitting in the waiting room shortly before my homeless lady Kari’s surgery yesterday morning, at Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island, I closed my eyes like I might journey in other realms, and immediately was overwhelmed with huge emotion, love and silent love tears, filling the entire hospital, it felt like to me – how I feel about Kari. Then, she was wheeled out of the surgery prep room on a gurney. I leaned down and kissed [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices 1 Response »
Mar 182016
 
Harry Bethel Puts Local Hospital on the Hot Seat...

An Open Letter to the Lower Keys Hospital District Board and To all Elected State, County, City and Public Agency Officials. Dear Mr. Levin and District Board Members, I am a Conch and a resident of Key West. I have served on the boards of many Keys Institutions and have served as a Key West City Commissioner. There are 4 generations of Bethels living in Key West as I write this letter. By virtue of my standing in the community I come into contact with [continue reading…]

Mar 182016
 
Polynesian Sailing Ship Hōkūleʻa Will Dock in Key West!

Globe Trekking Canoe To Land in Key West on Wednesday Renowned artist and conservationist Wyland has been added as a guest crew member aboard the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s globe-trekking voyaging canoe, the Hōkūle`a (Ho ku lay a), as it continues on the next leg of its journey from Cuba to Key West Bight Marina. Depending on ocean conditions, the vessel is expected to arrive on Wednesday or Thursday morning. The canoe, along with its sister vessel, the Hikianalia, is traveling over 60,000 nautical miles around [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #158, News, Water World No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
Volunteers Needed for Taste of Key West 2016

The April 18th ‘Taste of Key West 2016’, to benefit AIDS Help, is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions, according to Executive Director Scott Pridgen. “Staging ‘Taste of Key West’ would be unthinkable without our corps of volunteers, who man sales and information booths, direct a seamless flow of hungry, thirsty patrons and even drop by food booths to see if they need anything,” says Pridgen. “In a town where second jobs are common and free time precious, the greatest gift you can offer [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Dining, Island Voices, Issue #158, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar  THURSDAY, MARCH 17 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

  Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Tennessee Williams Gallery – Opening Reception, 5:30 PM New permanent exhibit/installation of Tennessee William’s paintings, 2nd floor of the Custom House Museum. Key West Art & Historical Society, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. kwahs.org The Key West Plein Air Painters – Armory Show, 6 PM Key West subjects painted in the open air by some of Key West’s finest artists. The Armory, 600 White St. Walk on [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #158, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
Sister Season Fund Needs Help

Sister Season Fund needs help. “Islands in the Sun,” the 4th annual Southernmost Fashion Show to benefit the local charity, will be held Sunday, April 3 at the Southernmost Mansion and SSF Vice President Julie Hanson, chair of the show, is asking for help. Sister Season Fund is the charity that pays rent and utilities for locals in the hospitality and entertainment industries when they temporarily are unable to work through no fault of their own. Hanson has announced that 20 local models will showcase [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am News No Responses »
Mar 142016
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: PEARY COURT / VOTE NO - THE CHOICE IS OBVIOUS

by Christine Russel……. PEARY COURT:  VOTE NO – THE CHOICE IS OBVIOUS SO THE CITY WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT “AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE HOUSING?” CHOICE A:  VOTE YES: BUY PEARY COURT:  157 UNITS FACT:  Peary Court’s 157 2-bedroom / 1 bathroom units will cost $350,000 each. 157 units that will rent for $2400 a month – affordable for workers who earn the highest salaries. Result: Empty the Land Authority account of 10 Million. Risky 30-year mortgage FOR the remaining balance on $55 MILLION purchase price. If all [continue reading…]

 March 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:07 pm News 5 Responses »
Mar 132016
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FANTASY FEST / JUST SAY "NO" TO BUSINESS AS USUAL

It is past time for the other City Commissioners to join Margaret Romero and just say “NO” to “business as usual” in Key West. Buried near the bottom of the upcoming City Commission Meeting on March 16, 2016, is the innocuous sounding agenda Item #14, which calls for a one year extension of the agreement between the City and the TDA (Tourist Development Association). If adopted this would extend the Fantasy Fest contract for another year, putting the taxpayers on the hook for another subsidy [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2016  Posted by at 1:09 pm Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 112016
 
FDA PUBLISHES PRELIMINARY FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON OXITEC’S OX513A MOSQUITO

Key West, FL, March 11, 2016: Today, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) published in the Federal Register a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on Oxitec’s OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is in agreement with the conclusions of Oxitec’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The draft EA and preliminary FONSI will be available for public review and comment beginning Monday, March 14, 2016. After a 30-day public comment period, the FDA will review the comments as part of their evaluation [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 2:23 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** 3 Responses »
Mar 112016
 
Peary Court Purchase:  Speculators Win; Key West Loses

Commentary by Dr. Martha K. Huggins……. Key West, an island seven miles long with 7.4 square miles of land mass, is saddled with almost $107 million dollars of long-term debt.   City Commissioners have asked voters to approve yet another $55 million dollars in debt. Their appeal is couched in humanitarian concern for low-paid workers who need “affordable” housing, Ironically, such workers are often employees of the very City Commissioners who want KW government to subsidize housing for their exploited employees. Key West needs affordable housing, [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am News 14 Responses »
Mar 112016
 
Commissioner Romero Shares More Information about Peary Court Property

by City Commissioner Margaret Romero……. This note is to update you on recent information I obtained after meetings with Management teams at Keys Energy and Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority regarding Peary Court and the City’s possible exposures and unknown costs. KEYS ENERGY Easement for transmission poles along Palm Ave which sit inside the Peary Court perimeter have yet to be transferred from the current owners to Keys Energy. o   KEYS has an agreement for the owners to do this – but the owners have yet [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Island Voices, Issue #157 2 Responses »
Mar 112016
 
PEARY COURT: It's Just Another Development

by Harry Powell, It’s just another development for Pete’s sake, so nothing special or what we really need. It’s not a “good deal. ” Commissioner Romero is correct. The resolution earmarking “profits to an affordable housing trust fund” is clearly a marketing ploy to convince the voters that “this is a good deal.” Some City officials are asking us to worship this sacred cow of Peary Court “in the name of affordable housing.” It’s not what we need to buy. There is likely going to [continue reading…]

Mar 052016
 
School Board Member Davidson: Vote Yes  / Don't Punish Striving Students and Dedicated Teachers

by Captain Ed Davidson……. There are a number of highly significant, precedent-setting, and historically impactful policy-level issues arising from the HOB daycare mis-funding/cover-up scandal that the School Board should discuss forthrightly after having had the time to carefully review the results of the thorough composite investigations that have now occurred — discussions that were not possible at the last meeting when the ink was still wet on investigative reports that had been delivered to the Board (and the public) at literally the last minute.

 March 5, 2016  Posted by at 9:56 pm ~ Opinion ~, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Mar 042016
 
OPINION: Vote "No" on Peary Court Purchase

by Diane Beruldsen……. I attended recent  affordable housing workshops and felt there were many people who were not getting listened to. The meetings scaled over concerns that the group being protected (those who can afford to pay $2400/month in rent) were the wrong group to protect. For this reason, I wanted to hear the opinions of people in the streets of City of Key West. I set out Sunday, February 28th on bicycle, into Key West and approached anyone I came across to ask if they had an [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am ~ Opinion ~, Island Voices, Issue #156 21 Responses »
Mar 042016
 
Homeless Log Date: 3 March 2016, Key West Asteroid

by Sloan Bashinsky……. During this past Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, City Attorney Shawn Smith advised the mayor and city commissioners that the U.S. Department of Justice had determined there was no prosecutable offense in the Charles Eimers death in police custody case, which the blue paper broke and continued vigorously investigating and reporting through and past the city settling, on advice of defense counsel, with Eimer’s estate for $900,000, which was $100,000 under the city’s insurance policy limits. Arnaud Girard’s first of many “cartoons” [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices, Issue #156 1 Response »