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Issue #3 — Friday, March 29, 2013

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Balfour Beatty’s Tax Loophole Unconstitutional?

ISSUE 3 COMIC FOR WEB

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…….

Lawyers are poised to challenge a tax loophole, sought by Balfour Beatty/Southeast Housing in the Senate this week, as discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Under the proposed legislation not only would Balfour Beatty (a giant British conglomerate) not pay future property taxes in Monroe County, but the company would also be pardoned for the $ 11.3 Million in local property taxes it failed to pay since 2007. (more…)

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Court Rules Privatized Military Housing Industry Must Pay Property Taxes

As Balfour Beatty prepares to go before Monroe County Circuit Court over its property tax exemption claim, another circuit court has ruled that the privatized military housing industry must pay property taxes.

On Monday April 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse, Balfour Beatty’s attorneys will try to convince Judge David Audlin that the British company doesn’t really own the 890 rental units it holds title to in Key West. (more…)

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Who Owns Our Keys Legislators?

We have probably all had our sneaking suspicions that money flows indirectly into the campaign war chests of just about every politician, and we accept it as a sad reality.  But with the advent of the latest “Internet Cafe” scandal that has led to the resignation of Florida’s Lt. Governor, we thought we’d take a closer look at some local campaign finance reports…and see where that money actually came from.  Let’s cut through the “smokescreen,” …so to speak.

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GREEN Reactor: KING of the ROAD

Listening to “citizen input” at the Key West Sustainability Advisory Board’s workshop on bicycling this week, I was presented with the idea that Key West should be a town were automobiles take a back seat to the island’s bicycles. Interesting concept.  It’s not entirely new, since there are other bicycle-centric communities out there.  David Lybrand, aka GREEN ReactorSome are also islands, most without road access from the mainland. Others are small subsets of larger towns.  Up to now, millions of Key West tourists each year (with cars being the most popular way to get here) have obscured this vision from me, but I believe it deserves a closer look.

Bicycling has always been my main transportation (more…)

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Is Sustainability Possible in the Keys?

There’s been a good deal of discussion lately about what people are calling “sustainability.” Five or six years ago, all the environmental chatter centered on “being green” but as that term has lost any real meaning, many in the environmental movement have moved to emphasizing becoming sustainable.

Key West has launched a sustainability advisory committee and hired a sustainability coordinator, filling it with former GLEE president Alison Higgins. Rhonda Haag works as the county’s sustainability program manager. And Marathon received a large grant to develop a Sustainability and Climate Plan, which was prepared by an outside vendor.

But the question becomes: can the Keys actually become sustainable? Or is all of this just more talk? (more…)

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FEATURED ARTIST JUSTIN ALSEDEK

 

JUSTIN ALSEDEK

Presenting Featured Artist Justin Alsedek (more…)

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Don’t Allow Dredging of Seagrass Meadows

Open Letter To South Florida Water Management District:

I am writing in regards to the ERP permit application 080610-13 to dredge an entrance channel to Walker’s Island. I am vehemently opposed to such a proposition. The area surrounding Walker’s Island is a seagrass meadow, rich in biodiversity, and its waters are within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) which prohibits dredging.

US Fish and Wildlife states that “from the 1920s to the 1960s, Florida’s coastal zone underwent tremendous alterations as a result of the lack of proper management of its explosive population increase…Channels were dredged through seagrasses to provide navigational access to and from waterfront properties…Such rampant dredge and fill activities resulted in the destruction of seagrass beds throughout South Florida”.[1]  (more…)

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Don't Allow Dredging of Seagrass Meadows

Open Letter To South Florida Water Management District:

I am writing in regards to the ERP permit application 080610-13 to dredge an entrance channel to Walker’s Island. I am vehemently opposed to such a proposition. The area surrounding Walker’s Island is a seagrass meadow, rich in biodiversity, and its waters are within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) which prohibits dredging.

US Fish and Wildlife states that “from the 1920s to the 1960s, Florida’s coastal zone underwent tremendous alterations as a result of the lack of proper management of its explosive population increase…Channels were dredged through seagrasses to provide navigational access to and from waterfront properties…Such rampant dredge and fill activities resulted in the destruction of seagrass beds throughout South Florida”.[1]  (more…)

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Water Conservation Efforts Require Decoupling of Rates From Sales Volumes

Editor,

Congratulations on your launch of The Blue Paper and thank you for Michael Welber’s article about the water supply implications of the state’s failure to restrain development in the Keys. I’d like to elaborate on one of the fundamental obstacles to reducing demand for utility water and a solution.

American’s consumption of water is by far the highest in the world. Estimates vary, but the average American consumes 100 gallons of water per day (GPD), while it’s 35 GPD for southeast Queensland, Australia, and the U.S. rate structure perpetuates our profligacy. (more…)

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