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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Monroe County Fire Department and the “topping off” ceremony held last week at the station grounds on Cudjoe Key. A topping off celebrates the completion of the roof structure or the highest point on the building. This new station, with an expected completion date before the end[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Gov. Ron DeSantis for proposing a minimum wage raise for Florida teachers to $47,500 annually. It’s a good start, but the entire wage scale needs to increase for all teachers. Additionally, this move has minimal positive effect on Monroe county teachers, for example, because the cost of living[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Key West City Manager Greg Veliz, who took over the position from the retiring Jim Scholl on Oct. 1. The city’s new top administrator has a full plate in front of him, from the Mall on Duval to code enforcement to the city’s budget. Best of luck. Jeers:[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Big Pine Key students who banded together to raise more than $1,000 for Bahamas relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian. It’s a valuable lesson learned, as many of the children involved lost their own homes when Hurricane Irma struck the Keys in September 2017. Jeers: To the company[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Monroe County Commission for modifying the way it handles public comment at its monthly commission meetings. Commissioners agreed to make sounding board items time approximate and allow people to speak more than once every six months about a specific topic. The decision ensures residents will continue to[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To The College of the Florida Keys, which announced this week that it stood ready to accept students and those who were planning to become students at the University of the Bahamas who have been displaced by Hurricane Dorian.” Jeers: For the new flood maps that could result in[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Hurricane Dorian for missing the Keys and most of the rest of Florida, but … Jeers: To Hurricane Dorian for the havoc it wreaked on the Bahamas, as well as damage caused throughout the East Coast. Cheers: To local groups, in true Keys fashion, for quickly organizing relief[…]

Celebrate National Literacy Month

September is National Literacy Month, and while there are many questionable monthly designations, this is not one of them. There may be no better time than now to re-instill the value of reading and writing. Our society is declining in terms of literacy, critical thinking and constructive dialogue. This is[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Key West City Commission for taking a small step back and examining ways to enforce laws on the books related to littering. The city is rightfully empowering Code enforcement officers to be proactive instead of reactive, and for empowering police, code, and parking enforcement to enforce litter[…]