Issue #90 — Friday, November 28, 2014
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL ON SOUTH BEACH FOR CHARLES EIMERS
A hundred or so Key Westers gathered on Thanksgiving night on South Beach for the anniversary of Charles Eimers’ death. Tourist for a day, Mr. Eimers met with a controversial death on November 28th of last year within 24 hours of his arrival in Key West.
“I myself am just not ready emotionally to attend,” wrote Joshua Eimers, Charles’ youngest son. Instead, the family sent a wooden cross and a heartfelt message which was read aloud by Rick Boettger.
As a member of Dump the Pumps and worrying that the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System [CRWS] is deeply flawed, I have been privy to documents and people associated with the group and some people you might want to call “whistleblowers” who are FKAA employees or contractors. Here’s some of what I have gleaned from these sources:
The Cudjoe Regional Wastewater treatment plant currently under construction at the Cudjoe landfill has been challenged for its intended use of shallow injection wells for effluent disposal. There are a couple of property owner associations that fund the Dig Deep Cudjoe group that was formed to fight for deep well disposal of the partially treated wastewater. Rumor suggests that they may believe that FKAA is looking for a way to say to the County, “The science says we need a deep well.” Hence their optimism arising from FKAA’s offer to do a baseline study and 5 year monitoring near the Cudjoe treatment plant. That way FKAA can save face and begin deep well design and construction as if they are being environmentally responsible. Ha!
The motives and agenda of FKAA may be very different than what the POAs imagine. There may be still more trickery and deceit involved, as many have come to expect from FKAA. Consider the following…
Sponsored by the Art in Public Places Board of the City of Key West in order “to enhance and maintain the character and identity of our island community through the aesthetic of public art” the third annual Chalk Festival took place this November 19-23, 2014. Key West the Newspaper (The Blue Paper) stopped by on the 23rd to see the completed works, speak to the artists and learn the results of the competition.
Both the local artists and the visiting professionals created stunning works to decorate our community and tantalize our minds. Michael Shields and the entire AIPP Board should be commended for organizing such a positive, creative event in our community. Please watch the attached video to see the work of our local and visiting artists.
Once in a while the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day email comes up with something surprising. Today the “word” was “Job’s comforter.” The term describes “a person who discourages or depresses while seemingly giving comfort and consolation.” The MW people offer this example to illustrate: “Danny, a reliable Job’s comforter, assured Shane that the girl who’d broken his heart had always been out of his league.”