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Lower Keys needs county’s attention

It’s been almost two months since Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys. Recovery started moments after the storm had passed and today, in some parts of our community, one can hardly tell a storm even hit. Tragically, travel Big Pine to Big Coppitt and one would think the storm hit a week ago.[…]

Irma’s impact on housing could be felt for years

Six weeks ago, Hurricane Irma blew through our island chain, leaving in its wake thousands of damaged or destroyed homes and shattering the lives of many of our friends and neighbors. Irma released her most destructive wrath on the Lower Keys, where many families who support our community and our tourist-based economy reside. Being priced[…]

How quickly they forget

All government officials in Key West and Monroe County should have to climb into their vehicles every morning just north of Key Haven and drive into the city between 7:30-8:30 a.m. And then turn around and drive on N. Roosevelt Blvd. to turn right onto U.S. 1 at the Triangle.  Maybe then they would recall[…]

Trump not letting media turn Puerto Rico into his ‘Katrina’

President Donald Trump punched back hard against the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who accused him of insufficient concern about her island. In doing so, Trump shows that he learned from President George W. Bush’s mistakes. Bush 43 seemed to expect a certain level of fairness and civility from the media. When, for example,[…]

Storm reveals true character

Adversity does not build character — it reveals it. This is nowhere truer than here in the Florida Keys. Those in various aspects of government and first responders certainly did an incredible job, but the citizens of Monroe County also deserve to be recognized. Hurricane Irma has changed the Keys forever and many challenges are[…]