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Issue #35 — Friday, November 8, 2013

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BASE COMMANDERS CRIED FOUL! The Sale of Peary Court, A Look Behind the Scenes

by Arnaud and Naja Girard…..

Balfour Beatty, the giant military housing contractor, will soon play its last card in the game of not paying Monroe County $ 11.5 Million in back property taxes.  On November 20th in Key West Balfour’s attorneys will try to convince Judge David Audlin that Florida and federal law exempt private military housing contractors from paying property taxes.

Whatever the Court decides it will have far reaching consequences for military bases all over Florida and across the nation.

In Monroe County, the school district will be the biggest winner if Balfour is forced to pay property taxes.  Indeed 80% of local school funding comes from property taxes.  Funding has been so low in recent years that last year’s budget cuts were in the neighborhood of $ 6.2 Million. (more…)

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TWENTY YEARS LATER: WAS HARRY POWELL RIGHT?
Peary Court park, circa 1990

Peary Court park, circa 1990

by Dennis Reeves Cooper…….

NOTE: For years, the large piece of undeveloped Navy property at White Street and Palm Avenue was used as a park by Key Westers. So when the Navy announced that the property, known as Peary Court, was to be developed for military housing, many locals protested. They argued that the Navy really didn’t need any more housing in Key West and, in fact, was in the process of reducing its presence in here. But it was a hard argument to win. The Navy owned the property and that was that. And construction began in 1993. But former City Commissioner Harry Powell apparently felt stronger about the issue than other protesters. On January 13, 1994, Powell showed up at the construction site and barricaded himself inside of a construction trailer with explosives strapped around his chest. He said he would give himself up if he received assurances that the decision to develop Peary Court would be reviewed by top brass in Washington. Finally, after an all-day standoff, somebody promised Harry that the already-underway development would be reviewed. He was arrested, tried and spent nearly a year in prison.

From the beginning, however, there was the question, “Was Harry Powell right?” Below is a re-publication of a page one commentary published in Key West The Newspaper on February 25, 1994. The author is former City Commissioner George Halloran. More recently, the question may have been answered more definitively when the Navy signed an agreement with a private company to lease units at Peary Court to civilians.

ONE THOUSAND HARRY POWELLS!

by George Halloran

It is 3:30 in the morning and this thing has taken me from a sound sleep to a computer rage. “Wait until morning,” said the body. “No! Get your lazy ass out of bed now” said the brain, “while it is still legal in Key West to say the words PEARY COURT.” The dream had been of Harry Powell, and now I realize there should be one hundred Harry Powells. One thousand! The streets of Key West should be full of us, marching, chanting, shouting about the biggest display of waste and deceit in a decade. Every journalist in the city should be making this a career. We are literally inside of a huge government coverup, every bit as slimy as Warergate, just as outrageous as a $ 200 hammer or a $ 5000 toilet. As scary as Uncle Sam feeding LSD and nuclear waste to unwitting human guinea pigs. (more…)

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HARRY POWELL: "It's just sad."

Harry Power Issue 35

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HARRY POWELL: “It’s just sad.”

Harry Power Issue 35

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Simonton Street Trailer Park: A Unique Perspective

I am writing as I have a unique perspective on the Simonton Street trailer park. I have a masters degree and spent a 30 year career working with the homeless and the mentally ill for the state of South Carolina. I also lived at the trailer park for three 6 month periods with my wife, a retired registered nurse. For half of that time, to fill my days and earn extra cash, I was employed as the park’s handyman. As such I saw the inside of every trailer.

The trailers are, and have been, in deplorable condition. This was due to the absolute neglect by the previous owner, the Archdiocese of Miami (henceforth the Church) and its local representative, St. Marys Star of the Sea. What Joe Cleghorn purchased was beyond renovation. From the first day I rented I knew the park would eventually be developed. Joe Cleghorn is a developer- that is what he does, it should not be a surprise. I personally do not like the modus operandi of developers- destroy the old, create the new, make the money, and get out. But no one should be shocked when a developer develops a property. (more…)

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GREEN Reactor: ObamaScare

We’re past Halloween, but judging by the on-going Obamacare fright-fest, you’d never know it.  And it’s not only the standard Teapublican-beholden claptrap from Faux News. ObamaScare Catch CNN or other network coverage — even the late-night comedians – and you’d be hard-pressed not to conclude that Obamacare had become ObamaScare.  So much so that all more serious issues of trashing the economy and ruining our country’s debt rating – issues that are still on the table with a short fuse, have totally dropped off the radar.

Which is exactly the point…  After their abject failure to tie Obamacare to the budget and the credit ceiling, the Teapublicans were bestowed with a mighty gift to keep their drive alive.  On a silver platter they were served a plate of maximum distraction for the masses.  The Obamacare people had committed the most visible of sins.  They invited the masses to take a ride on their vehicle – their portal website – a vehicle that even non-technical observers THINK they can speak authoritatively about.  And that vehicle was defective.  The horror!

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BOOM OR BUST? New Event Proposed for Key West

City officials were surprised by the application from the International Noise Exposition Professional Team for Key West to become a stop on their international competitive noise circuit beginning in 2014.  Planned for mid-March, 2014, the Key West Noise Exposition would bring competitors from around the world for a week long series of noise events.

The application indicated that, based on attendance at similar competitions held in 2013, Key West can expect between 20-25,000 in-city visitors, with as many as additional 20,000 within 50 miles of the island city. “We can certainly guarantee 100% occupancy in all hotels and inns in town,” sponsor Jack Wooddimple explained. “This is the kind of event that generates its own publicity so no TDC money would be needed. Worldwide there is a large fan base ready to attend.”

A Noise Exposition is a series of contests between various noise producing “creations” in different categories: mechanical, internal combustion, external combustion/explosion, electronic amplification, and personal performance.  The winners from each of the categories compete against each other in the Grand Finale for overall prizes in three areas: total noise, annoyance, and people’s choice. (more…)

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Why Not Russell Brand?

There has been a vast unexpected emotional reaction to comedian/actor Russell Brand’s interview-gone-viral with the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman. If you haven’t seen it, you must, if only to see how it makes you feel. Mr. Paxman fired a first salvo at Mr. Brand by asking why he deserved to be guest editor of the political magazine, NewStatesman, with, “What authority do you have?”  Mr. Brand pointed out that “qualifying” as someone worthy to contribute to the political dialogue is an erroneous state of mind and responded: “Well, I don’t get my ‘authority’ from this pre-existing paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”

Where is it written that only certain individuals must be properly sanctioned to speak in public on the critical issues that affect humanity at large? I think when we are subjected to outrageous and ridiculous blitherings on a daily basis uttered by the likes of elected officials such as Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz, the bar has been lowered sufficiently to allow someone like Brand the leeway to offer his thoughts. He is a public figure, like it or not, so he is in a fine position to be asked for his views and articulate them and he does it so well. (more…)

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Next Steps on Climate Change: Infrastructure Adaptation

Monroe County Commissioners will soon make some bell weather decisions that signal their approach to climate change. The County has joined compacts, attended conferences, hired sustainability coordinators, established committees, and developed plans which embark on the “process.” Eventually, the process moves from planning to action.

Action includes mitigation (reducing the causes of climate change) and adaptation (preparation for the effects). Mitigation efforts began years ago by obtaining grants to purchase hybrid cars, replace light bulbs, retrofit old buildings and replace air conditioning systems. These popular projects reduce ongoing expense and use “other people’s money,” for funding. The county will soon decide if it wants to further reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by ending the practice of burning Monroe County’s yard waste. This may cost a couple of bucks thus not be as popular. However, if atmospheric carbon dioxide is accelerating global warming, then our low elevation county will soon have the opportunity to end a major portion of its contribution.

Unlike mitigation which often yields immediate pay back, adaptation can be expensive and has a longer return on investment. The next step for adaptation in the Keys is openly discussing the possible effects of sea level rise. We don’t know when it will happen or exactly how much we will see, but we can determine where it will first occur. Initially an annoyance to those who realize the damage salt water does to vehicles; deeper puddles will begin to alter travel plans. Not convinced sea level will rise? Then think about adaptation as preparation for hurricane storm surge.

As the umbrella governing entity, Monroe County will soon decide if they want to take the next “adaptation step” by providing a forum for all municipalities and business leaders to identify the parts of their infrastructure that should be evaluated for exposure to sea level rise and the long term cost of doing nothing verses the expense of adaptation.

Will you please take a look at this month’s high tides, think about how you feel about climate change and let county commissioners know how you would like them to proceed? Thanks!

Bill Hunter

Sugarloaf Key

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KIDS REACT TO GAY MARRIAGE

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"Soul Drawings"


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“Soul Drawings”


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KEY WEST'S RUSTY HODGDON JUST PUBLISHED HIS FOURTH NOVEL!

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A monstrous storm forms in Burkina Faso in Africa as the Harmatten, the dry  winds from the Sahara, collide with the heat of the savannah. The mass of disrupted air works its brief destruction there, then moves on to grow into a menacing, catastrophic hurricane near the Cape Verde Islands. Few escape its wrath, including the small band of Hurricane Hunters who are forced to land on the tiny volcanic island of Fogo.

The storm, now Hurricane Daemon,  marches westward, only to spin off it’s progeny, a tropical storm called Eepa. Daemon proceeds to devastate Miami Beach, then Key West; Eepa moves northward to Bermuda. Some of the characters ultimately come to wonder if the storm is following them in retribution for past sins. Of course it isn’t . . . or is it?

The Eye explores the nature of guilt and the paranoia that feeds from it in this psycho-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Eye is Available on Amazon.com

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Biography

Rusty is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. After graduating with a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law, he practiced law for over twenty years in the Boston area, first as a Public Defender, then with his own firm. He left the practice of law and moved to Key West Florida to pursue his passion to write creative fiction. Rusty is a member of the Key West Writers Guild, and also the winner of the 2012 Key West Mystery Fest Short Story contest. All comments are welcome. Write to him at:   RUSTY.THE.WRITER@GMAIL.COM

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KEY WEST’S RUSTY HODGDON JUST PUBLISHED HIS FOURTH NOVEL!

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A monstrous storm forms in Burkina Faso in Africa as the Harmatten, the dry  winds from the Sahara, collide with the heat of the savannah. The mass of disrupted air works its brief destruction there, then moves on to grow into a menacing, catastrophic hurricane near the Cape Verde Islands. Few escape its wrath, including the small band of Hurricane Hunters who are forced to land on the tiny volcanic island of Fogo.

The storm, now Hurricane Daemon,  marches westward, only to spin off it’s progeny, a tropical storm called Eepa. Daemon proceeds to devastate Miami Beach, then Key West; Eepa moves northward to Bermuda. Some of the characters ultimately come to wonder if the storm is following them in retribution for past sins. Of course it isn’t . . . or is it?

The Eye explores the nature of guilt and the paranoia that feeds from it in this psycho-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Eye is Available on Amazon.com

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Biography

Rusty is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. After graduating with a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law, he practiced law for over twenty years in the Boston area, first as a Public Defender, then with his own firm. He left the practice of law and moved to Key West Florida to pursue his passion to write creative fiction. Rusty is a member of the Key West Writers Guild, and also the winner of the 2012 Key West Mystery Fest Short Story contest. All comments are welcome. Write to him at:   RUSTY.THE.WRITER@GMAIL.COM

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Women’s Journal Writing Group Forming: 5-Week Session
Susan Wadii-Ells  Photo by Johnnie White

Susan Wadii-Ells Photo by Johnnie White

Want to organize your jumbled thoughts?  Is it time to figure out your feelings about your mother? Do you need a peaceful place to write your  experiences and connections that have created your life thus far?

The Journal Writing Group is a place where women can safely write down their lives, letting  thoughts  tumble out of their bellies, leaving their critics, their monkey minds behind.

Beginning the week of November 11, the group will meet for five 90- minute  sessions,  Wednesdays from 6-7:30 pm

Led by Key West writer, Susan Wadia-Ells, a long time journalist, (more…)

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LOVE LANE GANG!

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The Love Lane Gang plays music that spans generations, as well as embodies them. The emphasis is on swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, and tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles and The Kinks, all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras. Offbeat instrumentation like mandolin, accordion, ukulele, washboard, and a kazoo horn section add to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creating a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances. But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

When and Where: (more…)

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Key West International Latin Arts Festival to Feature Music and Dance, Workshops, Poetry and Art
Roxana Garber and Oscar Caballero, professional Argentine tango and folkloric dancers and teachers, perform “La Galopera” accompanied by Valerie Carr, Christián Monzón and InnerNacionalSound at last year's Key West International Latin Arts Festival concert. The two will return to perform and teach workshops again at this year's event, set for November 9 and 10 in Key West, Florida.

Roxana Garber and Oscar Caballero, professional Argentine tango and folkloric dancers and teachers, perform “La Galopera” accompanied by Valerie Carr, Christián Monzón and InnerNacionalSound at last year’s Key West International Latin Arts Festival concert. The two will return to perform and teach workshops again at this year’s event, set for November 9 and 10 in Key West, Florida.

NOVEMBER 9TH AND 10TH

Experience the2nd Annual Key West International Latin Arts Festival ¡Esperando Nacer! 2013, Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, and become immersed in the soul, color and passion of traditional Latin American cultural arts. Produced and presented by ValnChz Productions, and sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute is the main venue for a two-day festival that celebrates the unique artistic folk traditions of countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.

Festival events include folkloric dance and percussion workshops, Latin American artist’s exhibits, poetry readings and a spectacular ¡Esperando Nacer! (I am Waiting to be Born)theatrical concert to be opened with an introduction by Congressman Joe Garcia of the 26th District of Florida and featuring InnerNacionalSound’s Christian Monzón and Valerie Carr, renowned Miami-based Tango Times dance luminaries Roxana Garber and Oscar Caballero, and an outstanding line-up of local and visiting musicians, folk dancers, thrilling Capoeira performers and interactive surprises. Main event concert tickets are available now at KeysTix.com. View a full schedule of events, workshops and locations at keywestlatinartsfest.org.

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Montessori Children’s School 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run on Sunday

5K-runnerMontessori Children’s School of Key West will host its first 5K run/walk on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 8 a.m. The scenic measured course will begin and finish at Higgs Beach and run along the Atlantic Ocean. A half-mile kids “fun run” will follow at 9 a.m.

Registration is $ 25 for adults and $ 15 for children 10 and under. Pre-registration is available on active.com or on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Montessori Children’s School, 1221 Varela St. Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Higgs Beach.

The first 200 5K registrants will receive specially-designed t-shirts. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winner and top 3 male and female in each 5-year age group. All children in the fun run will receive participant awards.

To donate or register, visit www.montessorikeywest.com.

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Montessori Children’s School 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run on Sunday

5K-runnerMontessori Children’s School of Key West will host its first 5K run/walk on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 8 a.m. The scenic measured course will begin and finish at Higgs Beach and run along the Atlantic Ocean. A half-mile kids “fun run” will follow at 9 a.m.

Registration is $ 25 for adults and $ 15 for children 10 and under. Pre-registration is available on active.com or on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Montessori Children’s School, 1221 Varela St. Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Higgs Beach.

The first 200 5K registrants will receive specially-designed t-shirts. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winner and top 3 male and female in each 5-year age group. All children in the fun run will receive participant awards.

To donate or register, visit www.montessorikeywest.com.

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FIRST AMENDMENT RALLY

First Amendment Rally

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Call to Artists for the 2nd Annual Key West ChalkFest
Brilliantly colored mythical creatures appear to emerge from a fissure in the earth in Key West artist Rick Worth's 2012 ChalkFest creation. Photo by Carol Tedesco

Brilliantly colored mythical creatures appear to emerge from a fissure in the earth in Key West artist Rick Worth’s 2012 ChalkFest creation.
Photo by Carol Tedesco

The Key West Art in Public Places Board announces a call to artists for the 2nd Annual Key West ChalkFest, to take place November 21-24. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories; prizes. A link to the event submission form is available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com. A Key West Pet Friendly Event!

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Vendors Wanted for Holiday Bazaar at St. Peter’s Church

Vendors are wanted for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s First Annual Holiday Bazaar to be held at the Church on Saturday, November 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We are looking for vendors to sell artisan, home-made seasonal and holiday arts and crafts, baked goods, stocking stuffer items, etc.  Registration is $ 25.00/space.   Registration forms are available at the Church’s Thrift Shop at 800 Center St in Key West; by email stpeterskw@bellsouth.net or by calling Marcia Sweeting-Somersall at (305) 294-8051 or Gary Schott (305)292-3130.  Deadline for registration and payment is Sunday, November 24, 2013.

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