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Letters To The Editor

Park fee violates public trust

The water access fee being charged by Everglades National Park to recreationally fish Florida Bay, about a one-minute boat run from our neighborhood ramp and literally our backyard waters, is an outrage. This is a huge infringement to our freedom to navigate, recreate or fish in open waters. The ENP[…]

International Day of Peace, an Invitation of Daily Practice

Each year, International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” The UN set goals to address poverty, hunger,[…]

Sanctuary continues on path

I’ve been watching the [Florida Keys National] Marine Sanctuary since it was started. I haven’t seen any improvement in the reef, water quality or any other metric. What I have seen is an increase in the size of the Sanctuary, growth in the enforcement arm, increases in the number of[…]

Questions Code’s power

I am writing to object to the expansion of Code officers’ powers and directives. Last [Key West City Commission] meeting, at the end of the meeting, when no one was there but the mayor and staff, Commissioner Weekley queried, “is Code still compliant-driven?” This was during commissioners comments. Then, he[…]

Affordable workforce housing isn’t

First came Hurricane Irma, and then came the developers. After Hurricane Irma, in Big Pine Key, lots of trailer housing in the Avenues section were destroyed or heavily damaged. Many of these homes were owned by the owner, who had no insurance. Their owners spent their own money to fix[…]