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Take responsibility for Indian Key Fill, please

Anyone making the trek from the Middle and Lower Keys to the mainland understands how treacherous certain parts of U.S. 1 can be, even on a good day. Add in the never-ending stream of day-tripping visitors that summertime brings, and the danger ratchets up. Indian Key Fill, the 2.2-mile stretch between Upper and Lower Matecumbe[…]

As we enter a new hurricane season, consider us lucky

Hurricane season starts today and while the headline for this column may seem odd, read on and understand why it’s not. Last week the Florida Keys Lodging Association and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council organized their annual “Hurricane Preparedness Workshop for the Tourism Industry,” staged at Marathon City Hall. For the past 17 years,[…]

Let’s temper new wave legislation

Key West City Commissioners voted this week to ban Roundup within the Key West city limits. Several cities, counties, states and countries throughout the world have taken steps to either restrict or ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer is a World Health Organization agency[…]

New education legislation threatens core values

Every time I think that the state Legislature has gone too far, they go even further. So, I choose once again — during National Teacher Appreciation Month — to point out the bigger picture challenges to our bedrock democracy system of public education. Throughout history, the marriage of church and state has caused horrible ills[…]

Planning has eluded City of Key West

With barely two months left before the end of Key West City Manager Jim Scholl’s contract, it’s perplexing that suddenly we have a very tight window to determine his future or his replacement. Apparently, there hasn’t been much discussion to this point about the situation or a firm plan in place to address it. There[…]

High times are on the horizon here

Whether or not you’re ready for the tidal wave that’s descending on both the state and the Keys, be prepared for the transformational experience that will ensue. We’re talking about the influx of medical marijuana retail shops and doctors authorized to prescribe the so-called “wonder” drug. The surge of medical marijuana into our community will[…]