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The Green Plague

There’s one subject upon which almost every resident of the Florida Keys would agree: Iguanas are bad news. We’re all familiar with the most annoying behaviors of this invasive species. They consume flowering gardens, fruit and vegetables at breakneck speeds. They carry and spread dangerous bacteria. They poop in the most inconvenient places. For now,[…]

Don’t pave our paradise

In last week’s public workshop sponsored by City Commissioner Sam Kaufman, the community sent an overwhelming message that it does not want to “pave paradise and put up a parking (garage),” especially not on the waterfront of the Historic Key West Bight. With only one local businessman speaking in favor of a Greene Street garage[…]

Governor urged to sign education bill

The Florida Legislature recently passed a sweeping education bill, House Bill 7069. The bill has started a bit of a firestorm in the world of education with charter schools being pitted against traditional government schools. Both sides have engaged in massive campaigns to get Gov. Rick Scott to either sign or veto the bill. The[…]

Give generously, but do so wisely

Americans are a generous, giving people as judged by our level of philanthropy when compared to that of citizens in other nations. Nowhere is that more true than in Key West where we support several theaters, art museums and many agencies providing food, aid and healthcare for children, the elderly and the homeless. Nevertheless, one[…]

Will transportation revolution leave Key West behind?

One of the most common complaints in our small tourist town is vehicular traffic congestion and lack of adequate parking, especially in Old Town. During busy season, vehicles flood our streets and leave frustrated locals and tourists scrambling for the few available parking spaces, often driving around aimlessly creating more traffic congestion.   The traffic[…]

Dysfunction junction in Tallahassee

The Florida Legislature is a study in contrasts this session, spending an inordinate amount of time doing, well, really odd things. Recently, they decided not to reinforce their own ethics rules pertaining to lobbying, gifts, and the like because they apparently don’t like having their options after leaving office limited. State officials already regulate themselves,[…]

Dysfunction junction in Tallahassee

The Florida Legislature is a study in contrasts this session, spending an inordinate amount of time doing, well, really odd things. Recently, they decided not to reinforce their own ethics rules pertaining to lobbying, gifts, and the like because they apparently don’t like having their options after leaving office limited. State officials already regulate themselves,[…]