Aug 282015
 
Approach of Erika Puts Readiness Plans in Motion

Tips from Waste Management on pre- and post-storm preparation After a severe tropical storm or hurricane, garbage and recycling collection and debris removal are vital to beginning local recovery and revitalization. To prepare prior to advancing storms, all residents and businesses should take actions to secure their garbage cans and other recycling and trash containers [more…]

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 [more…]

Well Done, David Lybrand.

 

Dear Editor, We were in attendance at the Key West City Commission meeting at Old City Hall on 5/20, for reasons unrelated to this letter. We listened as the Commission read a proclamation honoring and celebrating David Lybrand for his dedicatedvolunteer service on the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board.  We all know why Mr. Lybrand resigned [more…]

Sacred Cows and Hypocrisy at City Hall

 
Sacred Cows and Hypocrisy at City Hall

When Key West city commissioners voted to override staff recommendations and choose a higher bid for trash pickup, people in the audience were stunned. But no one was more stunned than Jody Smith Williams. Smith Williams played a central role in getting the city to hire Kessler Consulting. Their job was to study how trash [more…]

Immediate Fallout Due To Controversial Vote On New Waste Management Contract

 

David Lybrand, a founding member of the City of Key West’s five-year old Sustainability Advisory Board steps down in reaction to the City Commission’s controversial decision to disregard City staff’s and the advisory board’s recommendations when awarding a new solid waste contract.  Below is his resignation letter tendered to Commissioner Teri Johnston and the City [more…]

GREEN Reactor: GREEN Reactions

 
GREEN Reactor: GREEN Reactions

Over my years of writing for various Key West newspapers, from time to time I have found that I could not restrain myself from responding to anonymous blabbermouths (like me, sometimes) who post their  (usually anonymous) thoughts to local forums like the Voice, local Facebook pages, website comment sections, etc. Thoughts they express with such [more…]