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Letters To The Editor

Extend Temporary Protected Status for area Haitians

I am a longtime (25 years) restaurant(s) owner in Key West, Florida, (Blue Heaven and Salute), and over the years I have employed hundreds of people. We keep a staff of 150 people year-round and we stay busy.  I want you to know that the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) six month renewal is very disruptive,[…]

Foundation aims to help restore city cemetery

We are writing in response to the Key West Citizen editorial of June 18, 2017, which drew attention to the historic Key West City Cemetery. Most citizens who have been here for a long time will remember how the cemetery fell into disrepair in the 1990s and will recognize how the condition of the cemetery[…]

Lawyer replies to reader’s letter

The following is in response to the letter written by Janet Sneath, which was published on June 11 in The Citizen: After reviewing Ms. Sneath’s letter from June 11, 2017, we would like to make the following the comments:  First, yes Mr. Barlow will need 24/7 physical care for the remainder of his life. This[…]

City should help preserve historic Cable Hut

In 2010, after soliciting proposals to lease vacant buildings on Mallory Square, the city chose Tropical Soup Company’s proposal to build a new, two-story restaurant on the site of an historic Cable Hut. That proposal foundered in 2013, when the City Commission wisely rejected a height variance. Sadly, the long-neglected Cable Hut continued to deteriorate[…]

Body cam footage raises concerns

As Monroe County residents and constituents, we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Office regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning. As[…]

Offended by lawyer’s comments on accident

When I was a medical social worker in the early 1970s, I worked with young people who had quadriplegia, some from the same type of diving accident that Mr. Barlow [had] when he [dove] into shallow water at the Galleon Resort. My heart goes out to him; he will need every penny of his settlement[…]

Challenges closure of yellowtail snapper fishery

Thanks to the NOAA bureaucracy and a submissive Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen organization, the yellowtail snapper fishery is now shut down for its most productive months of June and July.  Several years ago, I served on a stock assessment panel for yellowtail, and even with the unlimited commercial fishing effort of the time, the stock[…]

Body cam footage raises concerns

As Monroe County residents and constituents, we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Office regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning. As[…]

Questions law enforcement stance on immigration

In March, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched its “Freedom City” initiative to help local governments be clear about the constitutional boundary that makes immigration issues — including enforcement of regulations — solely the responsibility of the federal government. When that boundary is violated, when people perceive local law enforcement as arms of the[…]

Public speaks loud, clear on transportation

I am always amazed how several people can listen to a person speak and come away with a different understanding of what was said.  Of course, everyone gets the gist — but it’s the nuances that are lost. And sometimes it’s the nuance that matters. The main message from Thursday’s parking garage forum was deafening[…]

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