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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[…]

The beaches are open (well, sort of)

In the 1975 thriller, “Jaws,” there is an iconic scene where Chief Brody (played by Roy Scheider) attempts to convince Amity Mayor Larry Vaughn to close the beach due to the threat of a Great White Shark. Mayor Vaughn’s foolhardy decision to order the beach to remain open despite overwhelming[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To FDOT (so far) for the relative smoothness and lack of impact on traffic since the Cow Key Channel Bridge construction project started. Sure, there are significantly fewer vehicles on the roadways now than normal with the stay-at-home guidelines, but we’ll take what we can get, even if it’s[…]

Negative consequence for positive action

Many of us can reflect on important influencers in our early lives, those who helped shape who we are today, whether it be parents, other family members, friends or co-workers. Thirty years ago, I attended a three-day business workshop conducted by coaching expert and author Ferdinand F. Fournies. A brilliant,[…]

Now is not the time for any of us to let up

The number of new coronavirus cases in the Florida Keys may have leveled off a bit in recent days, but the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County and county officials do not plan to ease restrictions any time soon. That deserves a “golf clap.” For those unfamiliar, a golf[…]

Flexibility in reopening Keys

“The new norm.” “We’re all in this together.” “Reopen the economy.” These are all phrases being used to describe our collective future. There are many in our community who would like to see that future now. It is understandable to manifest the insecurity, not knowing what the future will look[…]

Just get to that next step

Through a series of strange events many years ago, my mother, who is not a filmmaker, produced a jazz documentary with Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba called “A Night in Havana.” As a result, they became good friends. In 1993, after Dizzy passed away, several people in his inner circle began[…]