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Cruise ship dumping big contributor to the Florida Keys’ water woes

It’s happened once again. Carnival Cruise line, who frequents our port in Key West with regularity, has been fined $20 million, plus probation, for illegally dumping environmentally damaging oil and waste into our oceans. In the latest incident, on Jan. 2, the Carnival Elation spilled some 5,600 gallons of gray[…]

Surviving Keys’ ‘Hell Week’ … for now

The term “Hell Week” means different things to different people in the Keys. For the seven years I’ve lived in the Keys, I’d scoffed at the term as either an exaggeration or perhaps just some personal stories that morphed into a county-wide indictment over time. After all, how bad could[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To Vivian Tapia-Smith, a Key West woman who has been charged with embezzling more than $250,000 from her former employer, Sears. Tapia-Smith not only faces a felony charge of grand theft and organized fraud regarding her theft from Sears, she was also charged earlier this month — as the[…]