Feb 132015
 
Monroe County School District Awards

Coral Shores High School Teacher selected as Monroe County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Mr. Wellington “Todd”Gideon, Science Teacher at Coral Shores High School was chosen as Monroe County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year for his immeasurable contributions to the lives of hundreds of students and families. A former student wrote […]

Jan 302015
 
GUEST EDITORIAL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION IS A BETTER OPTION

by Catherine Vogel, State Attorney… The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida seems inevitable. Last year the ballot initiative to amend the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana failed by a slim margin. Any amendment to the Florida Constitution requires passage by 60%. The initiative garnered 57.6% of the vote. Here in Monroe County, the […]

Jan 302015
 
An Open Letter to US Fish & Wildlife Services Regarding Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

January 23, 2015 To: Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Cynthia_Dohner@fws.gov CC: Ashleigh Blackford, Branch Lead, Planning and Resource Conservation –East, Ashleigh_Blackford@fws.gov; Nancy Finley, Refuge Manager, Nancy_Finley@fws.gov; Brian Powell, USFW Biologist, Brian_Powell@fws.gov; Larry Williams, State Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office, Larry_Williams@fws.gov From: Caron Balkany, Balkany@aol.com Re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant […]

Jan 302015
 
COMMISSIONER CARRUTHERS HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING FEB 5TH

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers (District 3) will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, February 5, 2015. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will begin with a 2015 State of the County discussion and will be followed by a Question and Answer format, leading to discussions on current topics of interest […]

Jan 302015
 
Congratulations to State Attorney's Office Employee of the Quarter: Anna Hubicki

On behalf of the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office, State Attorney Catherine Vogel presented Anna Hubicki with the designation of “Employee of the Quarter” for her outstanding work in the Misdemeanor Divisions. Anna is an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in Key West. This award is certainly well deserved; Anna was victorious […]

Jan 162015
 
Last Minute Moratorium Saves Offshore Islands From Deregulation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard The elephant was back in the room during last Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Its name is Wisteria Island, but everyone pretended they were innocently debating the issue of restrictive development on offshore islands without ever mentioning the $100 Million + aspirations that Roger Bernstein has for the famous desert island in […]

Dec 122014
 
Inside Sector Key West

USCG Sector Key West On a 70 degree, blue sky, December day in Key West, I found myself on the west end of the island, outside the guarded, metal gates of the United States Coast Guard Group, Sector Key West. A young, round male in wrinkled blues, held the gate house secure against the food […]

Dec 122014
 
Guest Editorial: Cudjoe Regional Sewer Design / A Look Behind The Curtain

CUDJOE REGIONAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM, WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? Here is another piece of the puzzle on how the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) came to be so very badly designed that those of us who are paying attention actually consider it to be an endangerment to our National Marine Sanctuary, and far from an improvement to […]

FOL Book Sale Saturday

 
FOL Book Sale Saturday

Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their first book sale of the season on Saturday, December 6, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. This first sale is bursting with books. Art, biography, food, history, hobbies/pets, mysteries, nature/geography are overflowing categories. Children’s and coffee-table […]

AUDIT: County Administrator and Three County Commissioners / Misuse of County Purchasing Cards

 
AUDIT:  County Administrator and Three County Commissioners / Misuse of County Purchasing Cards

Sometimes top County officials buy stolen County iphones.  And sometimes, after they get caught with the iphones and the scapegoat has gone off to jail, they take County issued credit cards and pay for personal items and entertainment and … well, they get caught again. Let us explain. Monroe County issues Purchasing Cards [P-Cards] to […]

Relocation Should Be a Part of DCF Reunification Plans For Struggling Families

 

Dear Editor, The Key West Citizen newspaper front page headline on July 25, 2014, “Shelter No Longer A Crash Pad,” reported Randi Cohen Brown, executive director of the homeless nonprofit, stating, “This is Key West: Jobs are not plentiful. Housing is very expensive. This is not going to work for you.” As house parents for […]

Join In With GreenKeys! Help Create A More Sustainable Florida Keys

 
Join In With GreenKeys!  Help Create A More Sustainable Florida Keys

GreenKeys! is using Mindmixer as an outreach and engagement tool. Feedback from the community is critical to the success of the effort.  Their website will include survey questions and other information allowing you to provide your opinions on how GreenKeys! should prioritize strategies and recommendations in the planning process.  Help spread the word about GreenKeys! […]

Welber on Welber: Special Interest Trumps Climate Action

 
Welber on Welber: Special Interest Trumps Climate Action

“I’m very proud of that,” Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent said after looking through the climate assessment last week. “I’m very proud to be part of an initiation in a region that contains millions of people.” – Neugent commenting on praise for four-county compact that produced the Southeast Regional Action Plan Blue Paper We want […]

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 […]

Meet Mayor Murphy at LWV Fifth Tuesday Social, April 29th

 
Meet Mayor Murphy at LWV Fifth Tuesday Social, April 29th

Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy will be guest of honor at the April 29 Fifth Tuesday social hosted by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters at the Pasta Garden in Duval Square from 5 until 7 p.m. The meet and greet event continues the League’s practice of holding  an informal gathering in any month […]

Open letter to the County Commissioners

 

Dear Commissioners, Thank you very much for your service to the residents of Monroe County.  We have been full-time residents for over 30 years, and have enjoyed it.  In all those years, we never had a complaint. There is, however, an issue that we feel should be addressed.  It affects us, and it affects many […]

SOME BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT OFFSHORE ISLANDS

 
SOME BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT OFFSHORE ISLANDS

Sore throats, red eyes, Old Town storeowners worried about the smell of smoke on their garments, sailboats evacuated… One way or another a lot of people were affected last week by the fire raging on Wisteria Island.  The Key West Fire Department had given up the fight on Monday and the fire continued on, burning […]

COMPETITIVE BIDDING WORKS!

 

An Open Letter to the County Commission and Administrator. Competitive bidding works!  I recently upgraded my x-ray equipment to digital and spent the better part of a month negotiating individually with four different vendors trying to get the best price.  After all that time I only managed to get the price down $ 500 along […]

Local Attorney Discovers He Is Fighting A Prosecutor Paid By A Private Company

 

So, private corporations are adding privately funded prosecutors to the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office.  Really?  Do we have Monroe County prosecutors whose salaries are paid by private companies?  “Indirectly, yes, and that deal is unconstitutional,” says local defense attorney Jiulio Margalli. Margalli is referring to an agreement, entered into last December, by which the […]