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Letters To The Editor

Mayor shares coronavirus discussion

Of the many ways that you can arrive in Key West, I continue to receive a great deal of concern regarding the cruise ship passengers disembarking in Key West. To that point, we met with U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Adam Chamie this morning and I want to share our discussion[…]

County shares coronavirus concerns

At Monroe County, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community and our employees. We continue to closely monitor the impacts of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and with more cases appearing closer to home and concern growing daily throughout the Florida Keys, we want to[…]

Supports accepting ROGOs

Keeping local control of local resources should be one of the priorities of county government. That’s why I voted for accepting the 300 affordable housing ROGOs offered to Monroe County from the State of Florida. The shortage of affordable housing in the Keys is one of the top issues affecting[…]

Screening for the Coronavirus

There is broad public concern, nationally and locally, about the rapidly expanding coronavirus disease. In part, this concern was caused by inept, inaccurate and what appeared to be self-serving political announcements. In spite of the rapidly spreading and unchecked worldwide disease (in 60 countries just since Jan. 15), the facts[…]

Shocked by diesel plant plans

Thanks for the article on the status of the Diesel Plant project in Truman Annex. Somehow its status had fallen aside and I was shocked to learn the plans. Having a passion for the separation of state and private sector resources with well-intended efforts to advance our community, the subject[…]

Chamber backs flexible funding

The Key West Chamber of Commerce supports the March 17 school ballot initiative that will once again (for a fourth time) allow the district to move funds from a capital projects budget-line to one that provides flexibility in the use of those dollars — most notably for paying teachers. You[…]

Who’s monitoring mainland spills?

It was reported in the Key West Citizen on Feb. 20 that the State of Florida is fining the city of Fort Lauderdale $1.8 million for a series of massive sewage spills that have sent toxic sewage onto streets and into waterways since December. Officials said “212 million gallons of[…]

Supports need for Strategic Plan

If you were responsible for leading a group traveling through unknown territory, over a long period, you’d probably want to have the best maps and plans possible. Key West’s smart decision to use experts to help develop and implement a Strategic Plan, based on the community’s needs and wants, is[…]

Accepting 300 ROGOs is wrong

Notwithstanding my record of advocacy for affordability in the Keys, I strongly believe the BOCC’s 3-2 vote to begin the process to accept 300 ROGOs for affordable housing was wrong. We have spent the past few weeks working to convince legislative leaders that the 24-hour evacuation constraint is essential to[…]

Traffic study update needed

I hear good things about the new Intergovernmental Transportation Committee led by County Commissioner David Rice. I hope the committee’s review of the U.S. 1 Arterial Traffic Time and Delay Study (TTDS) helps shed light on Stock Island and Lower Keys traffic. Initiated 26 years ago, this study measures the[…]