Oct 262016
Sheriff's Deputies Seek Help: Two Men Wanted in Separate Lower Keys Theft Cases

Key West Man Wanted in Connection with Stolen Truck, Cement Pumping Machine A Key West man is wanted on outstanding warrants accusing him of stealing a work truck and a cement pumping machine from a construction company on Big Coppitt Key. On October 15th, Detective David Cruz responded to Bella Construction on Big Coppitt Key. The owner wanted to report a work truck stolen from the property. Attached to the hitch of the truck was a cement pumping machine. The truck had been recovered earlier in [continue reading…]

 October 26, 2016  Posted by at 6:20 pm News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 242016

MARATHON – Monroe County’s newly acquired Trauma Star helicopter, a 2002 Sikorsky S-76 C+, received its final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and went into service Monday morning, Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief James Callahan said. “Fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office have been working together for more than a month to get through the FAA inspections and make sure the helicopter is up and ready to fly,” Callahan said. “Our flight crews and medical personnel are all trained and we are excited about [continue reading…]

 October 24, 2016  Posted by at 1:51 pm News No Responses »
Oct 212016
​Volunteers Sought / National Key Deer Refuge Has Initiated Treatment of Screw Worm Infested Key Deer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with wildlife veterinarians to evaluate and select treatments to prevent healthy Key deer from becoming infested by screwworm, and to treat deer in the early stages of infestation. Treatments administered to Key deer by Refuge staff and partners on Cudjoe and Sugarloaf Keys began on October 19th, and continued on Big Pine and No Name Keys as of October 20th. Doramectin, an antiparasitic in the avermectin drug family, will be administered periodically via oral dose and subcutaneous injection. This drug will [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Screwworm Scourge Spreads to Six Additional Florida Keys

Following the first announcement on Oct. 3, 2016 of the confirmation of New World screwworms in Big Pine Key, Florida, the United States Department of Agriculture and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that the screwworm has also been detected on the keys listed below, which are all west of Big Pine and No Name keys and in close proximity. Additional detections are not unexpected, as enhanced surveillance efforts are underway.

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Oct 212016
Sheriff Says Trauma Star Shows Fiscal Success

The Sheriff’s Trauma Star program has had a successful year, with money collected in the past fiscal year exceeding the costs of the program by $200,000. This number takes into consideration the money spent to fund both the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and Monroe County Fire Rescue costs of operation. “We are very happy to be able to tell taxpayers in Monroe County that Trauma Star is paying for itself and then some,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “The excess money collected, over and above our [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Last Stand: Vote NO on GM Mosquito Trial

Dear Editor, Last Stand recommends citizens vote NO on the non-binding polls about using genetically modified mosquitoes in an effectiveness trial in Monroe County that appear at the end of the November 8th ballot. Three prior trials have shown significant reduction in Ae.aegypti mosquitoes that can transmit disease to humans. But that is all those trials measured. The introduction of these mosquitoes into the United States will not allow Monroe County or the FDA to learn anything from the Oxitec experiment about the impacts to [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #189, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 212016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Woman charged with stolen motorcycle, fleeing police An 18 year old Homestead woman was arrested after she fled from a Sheriff’s deputy on a stolen motorcycle. Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was southbound in his marked patrol truck in Marathon at 6:10 p.m. on Friday October 14th, when the incident took place. He saw two motorcycles approach him from behind at a high rate of speed and pass him at the 50 mile marker of the highway. There were two people on each motorcycle; one of the [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Guest Column: Truman Waterfront Update

by Ben Volpian……. Occasionally when I run into someone I know, instead of commenting on the weather or other small talk, they will ask me how are things going at the Truman Waterfront Park. My reply varies, but sometimes I will say something like, “Well, that’s a good question, and if you have a couple of hours I’ll go over it with you.” I’m just kidding around with them and they know it because we both know that the question, “how are things going,” is just [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #189 No Responses »
Oct 212016
Mosquitoes / Zika: Not Amused

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Yesterday, for the first time, the Feds urged that every pregnant woman who has spent time in Miami Dade be tested for Zika. 30 new known cases of Zika per week are being reported by the Florida Department of Health. On 10/19 there were 1044 known cases. 1044. On 10/12 there were 1014 known cases. It’s estimated that 80% of Zika victims are asymptomatic. You decide how many cases go unreported. Here in Monroe County the annual birth rate is about [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #189, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 212016

The Everglades Foundation will take to the road on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, for a 12-day, 20-city bus tour to urge the President, Congress, and Florida’s elected leaders to move forward with the 16-year–old plan to restore the Everglades, protect Florida’s water and save Florida tourism. “The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is now 16 years old — old enough to get a drivers’ license – but we still don’t have a critical project – the EAA Reservoir,” observed Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg in announcing [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Environment, News, Water World No Responses »
Oct 212016
Why Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Should Read "The Great Gatsby"

by Kim Pederson……. More years ago than I like to admit, I was a graduate student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I was also a teaching assistant and, since I was in the English Department, our assignments were to teach first-year English classes. At times in those courses, I would ask students to read aloud from whatever piece of fiction or nonfiction we were studying. At times, I was shocked to see some of them read very haltingly, even sounding out unfamiliar words [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #189, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Krik? Krak! An Evening of Haitian Culture & Music - Nov 4

  FRI NOV 4, 7PM BUY TICKETS Tickets are now on sale for Krik? Krak! an evening of Haitian music, stories, food and dance, presented at The Studios of Key West on Friday, November 4 at 7pm. It features Miami’s prominent Haitian gospel band Revelation Mizik, as well as Key West’s own 15-piece Haitian supergroup L’Orchestre les Christophiles, and paintings by Jean-Paul Willy. Tickets are $30, $25 mbrs., and include a delicious Haitian dinner catered by Mo’s Restaurant. The name Krik? Krak! derives from a [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #189, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Keys Firm Working with FKCC Acquires National Diving Program Certification

  SWC, a local engineering, planning and environmental science firm, has created an official dive program that has received certification by the American Association of Underwater Scientists (AAUS). “This has been a long-term commitment of SWC, to develop a program that addresses diver safety during work activities that meets federal OSHA standards and addresses requirements of many federal and State agencies,” said Sandy Walters, SWC president. “We worked together with Florida Keys Community College to certify our Dive Safety Officer Shawn Martin as an AAUS [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Oct 212016
Book Review: The Contemporary Art Gallery, Display, Power and Privilege

Book Review by Kirby Congdon……. An advance copy of Darren Jones’ compendium, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Display, Power and Privilege, arrived here at Baker’s Lane a few days ago. This is a reference book instigated about five years ago as a project by David Carrier, an authority in the art world. It will appear in publishing circles on November 1st, 2016. The information took several years to compile with verbal descriptions enhanced with 32 photographs. Cambridge Publishing Company specializes in art books and asked to [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #189, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Oct 212016
Fantasy Fest Around the Corner

Key West’s biggest party of the year is right around the corner. While you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your costume, it’s good to remember a few crucial pointers. Public nudity: is absolutely prohibited in Key West. Male and female genitalia must not be exposed. Female breasts cannot be exposed. Breasts painted with body paint will only be considered as covered when in the Fantasy Zone. Body paint cannot be applied in public; it must be applied in an enclosed area, out of the [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
FIRM to Debut New Website at FIRMKeys.org

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is pleased to announce its completely updated website (FIRMKeys.org). With a fresh look and feel, new interactive content, and enhanced navigation, the site is designed to work equally well on smartphones, tablets, and traditional computers. FIRMKey.org will be live on Monday, October 24, 2016. Users of the site’s Ask FIRM forum are able to submit questions and get answers from FIRM’s experts on windstorm and flood insurance coverage in Monroe County, and under Call to Action, track FIRM’s efforts [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #189, News No Responses »
Oct 212016
LAST CALL: Painter Sally Stryker Exhibits a Water Dance on Canvas at SALT Gallery

LAST CALL: Painter Sally Stryker Exhibits a Water Dance on Canvas at SALT Gallery—Sally Stryker’s painting “Mangroves” and nearly a dozen other impressionistic oil on canvas paintings can be seen during her exhibit at SALT Gallery throughout the remainder of October. “Water is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me,” she says. “I love its combination of chaos and order.” Stryker has exhibited world-wide, capturing seascapes with a uniquely bold and meditative quality. Her background in modern dance is apparent with movement that fuses itself [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #189, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Weekly Life Drawing Sessions at the Museums

WEEKLY LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS AT THE MUSEUMS: Select your museum and medium of choice and join Key West Art & Historical Society for an evening of life drawing as they host weekly, 3-hour sessions with Annamarie Giordano, featuring nude models in short and long poses. Sessions run Tuesdays, November 8th though December 13th from 11:00AM to 2:00PM at Fort East Martello Museum and one Wednesday night session on November 9th from 5:00PM to 7:00 PM at the Custom House Museum. Sessions are $20 for members [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #189, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Commitment to Youth: Season Programming for Children and “Museums for Youth” Scholarships Program Announced

Key West Art and Historical Society’s commitment to youth programming— educational initiatives that aim to inspire a greater sense of place and historical understanding about our island home— is now underscored by the announcement of this season’s offerings and the efforts The Society continues to make to provide scholarship opportunities and low-cost registration fees. In the last two years, educational programming at Key West Art & Historical Society has more than quadrupled, offering unique and exciting workshops, classes, exhibitions, and lectures that invite the youth [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #189, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Rolling Parade on Duval Sets Stage for Fantasy Fest

Next stop, Havana, Cuba. Don’t miss your chance to see an extraordinary showcase of exotic, rare and incredibly desirable cars as the newly relaunched Cannonball Run car rally stops briefly in Key West. On Friday, Oct. 21, a fantastic array of nearly 60 cars, including a Porsche Turbo, Ferrari FR and Pagani will participate in a rolling parade up Duval Street. The rolling parade starts at Truman and Duval at 3 PM, making its way down Duval to Front St. Spectators are invited to congregate [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #189, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Key West’s Jerilyn Barack appears at the Little Room Jazz Club

Jerilyn Barack along with Michael Thomas on Piano will be presenting an evening of great music on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at the Little Room Jazz Club, 812 Duval Street from 8:30 – 11:30 PM. Dr. Shirley Freeman, former past Mayor of Monroe County, will be appearing as a very special guest. More information available on Facebook or contact Jerilyn Barack at 305-294-2686

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #189, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Give Mother Nature a Helping Hand

On Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30am to 12:30pm, help make Indigenous Park more inviting to migrating birds and other creatures. Volunteers will be trained to identify and remove invasive exotic plants that do not nurture wild fauna. Arrive on time at the Wild Bird Center (1801 White Street) for light refreshments and instruction; dress to get down and dirty – closed shoes, long-sleeved pants and shirts. Gloves, bug spray, sunscreen and cheap sunglasses are optional. Participants will be rewarded with lunch – and the satisfaction of [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #189, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Cuda & Fradley Play the afternoon gig Key West’s own honkytonk piano man, Barry Cuda, and the island’s premiere trumpeter Key Fradley return the Hot’s Breath early afternoon stage Oct. 28 & 29, 1 – 4 pm, to entertain the lunch crowd and prepare all for the Hog’s happy hour. Dan Harvey The Dan Harvey will be stopping by the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s outdoor stage Oct. 24 – 30, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Dan Harvey’s high energy show, keep audience members on their feet and [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #189, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 212016
Flu Vaccines

Cooler weather and shorter days mark the transition from summer to fall and it’s also a sign that flu season is here. It is critical that all Floridians do their part to prevent getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others by getting the flu vaccine as early as possible. Flu strains change from year to year so it is important to get the flu shot this year even if you got one last year. The annual flu vaccine is safe and remains the most effective [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

Do you have expired or unwanted medications? The Key West Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA will participate in a Prescription Drug Take Back to get these prescriptions safely out of your home. On Saturday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can bring these unwanted medications to the Key West Police Department at 1604 North Roosevelt Blvd. for safe disposal. Officers will be stationed in the front lobby to accept the medications free of charge with no questions asked. This is [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Removing Derelict Vessels

Marine Deputy James Hager has been spending much of his time cleaning up the waters of the Lower Keys, marking derelict vessels for removal and cleaning up sunken dinghies and other debris in the water. Here he is tagging a sunken houseboat offshore of Shark Key this past week. Deputy Hager located the owner and issued him a notice to appear in court. Due to Deputy Hager’s diligent efforts, the owner is now removing the vessel at no expense to taxpayers. Deputy Hager has taken [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 212016
Lights On After School

Key West Mayor Craig Cates proclaimed October 20th Lights On After School Day during the City Commission meeting Tuesday. Dan Dombrowski, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Florida Keys accepted the proclamation, along with a group of non-profit care providers whose efforts seek to keep our children safe. Dombrowski invited the community to come to Bayview Park on Thursday at 4 to help celebrate the importance of after school programs. There will be food and bounce houses for a great family [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Pink Badges Against Breast Cancer

Key West Police Lt. Areaka Jewell and Officer Steve Torrence last night presented the entire City Commission and City Manager Jim Scholl with special pink badges in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Officer Torrence gave a special shout out to Historic Tours of America and Island Dental for sponsoring this awareness campaign. He also thanked all of the officers who are not only wearing the badge in support of the campaign, but have donated to the cause. All of the money raised in [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Animal Farm IS OPEN Sunday

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is open to the public this Sunday, October 23rd from 1 – 3 p.m. Please join us and visit with the animals. The farm is free of charge; donations are welcome. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm has over 150 animals, most of which were abandoned, abused or otherwise surrendered by their owners. The animals at the farm include farm animals like pigs, goats, a steer, horses, a donkey, turkeys and rabbits. The farm also has a number of [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
Annual Swim Around Key West Donates $4,000 to Key West High School Cross Country Team

The 40th Annual Swim Around Key West recently donated $4,000 to the Key West High School Cross Country Team. More than 170 swimmers participated in the 12.5-mile event on June 4, 2016. A portion of their entry fees supports the donation to the Key West student runners. The historic, round-the-island event is the longest-running sporting event in the Florida Keys, founded in 1977. The 41st Annual Swim Around Key West will be held on June 28, 2017, with a start and finish at Smathers Beach. [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #189, News, Special Event No Responses »