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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the City of Key West and Monroe County for at least taking proactive approaches toward enforcing social distancing and face covering rules, including fines, even though attempts to enforce will be difficult, at best. The harsh truth is that these rules are being consistently ignored, mostly by visitors[…]

24-hour hurricane evacuation clearance time is law

In response to a recent lawsuit, Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Van Wyk issued a Recommended Order that will significantly increase the danger to residents of the Florida Keys during future hurricane evacuations. The judge authorized Marathon, Islamorada and Key West to build 900 new homes. Because of the scope of[…]

Now is the time for all of us to do better together

We, of the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Key West, summoned by our diverse spiritual and religious traditions to affirm a vision of justice and equality and call out systems of oppression and racism take this opportunity to cry out in unison: “Now is the time!” For too long in[…]

Cruise ship compromise a smart approach

The petition drive to limit the number and size of cruise ships and their passengers into Key West now has the signatures necessary to place three referendums before voters on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Key West Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships said more than 2,500 signatures were gathered[…]

The Florida Keys have arrived at an uncomfortable crossroads

When the pandemic arrived, we intoned, almost in unison, “We’re all in this together.” It became a rallying cry, a manifesto for how we would crush the curve and keep our residents safe. Few would have imagined then that, three months later, the sentiment would be replaced by a polarizing[…]

Working together on our reopening

COVID-19 presents the most significant threat that the City of Key West has faced in modern times. For disasters like hurricanes, we have the luxury to plan and the ability to rebuild. However, in the absence of a federal cohesive plan and reliable testing, keeping our community safe and building[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the many Florida Keys nonprofit arts organizations working hard to keep their locked-down audiences entertained and educated. Tropic Cinema has an online curated art house film series, The Studios of Key West is running live Zoom workshops on writing and painting, and the Waterfront Playhouse streams live plays[…]

When fear meets desperation, we must all weigh choices

Suddenly, it feels like we are approaching an inevitable crossroads in the Florida Keys. It’s as if we’re a volcano about to erupt. When the dust settles, our landscape could be changed forever. As there are two sides to every coin, there are two distinct perspectives on how this community[…]

Irma funding for commercial fisherman

There has been some misinformation and some frustration about the disbursement of Hurricane Irma funding slated to assist those in the commercial and charter fishing industries. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received $44.5 million in Hurricane Irma relief grant funds from NOAA Fisheries in June 2019 and began[…]