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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Keys Energy Services, which has temporarily suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment, given the financial difficulty due to illness, quarantine or a disruption of work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This commitment to serving and working with customers during this unprecedented situation is a noble step from[…]

Random Coronavirus Observations: First in a Limited Series (hopefully)

The Coronavirus outbreak remained ‘offshore’ of the Florida Keys until Thursday, when the first presumptive case of coronavirus was confirmed. A 72-year-old person in the Keys has tested positive for the virus, and it’s a travel-related case from the U.K. The Centers for Disease Control had not yet confirmed the[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the decision to allow the Marathon Seafood Festival to take place last weekend while events and gatherings up and down the Keys were being cancelled or postponed. Also, is it merely coincidence that the Marathon Community Park, the site of the festival, was ordered shut down at 5[…]

Has it become a case of damned if we do, doomed if we don’t?

The coronavirus discussion has squarely placed the Florida Keys, and Key West in particular, in a “between a rock and a hard place” situation as it relates to the potential for an outbreak, given the heightened attention to the subject that grows seemingly by the hour. Welcome to the new[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the Florida Legislature which voted a bill through removing local authority, or “home rule.” Admittedly, not all decisions are worthy of home rule but in this case, the Legislature ruling on the local sunscreen bans seems even a bit trivial, even for them. Local rule has a place[…]

The coronavirus ‘infodemic’ has arrived on our shores

The phrase “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” is a quotation from the classic 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” spoken at different points in the movie first by Strother Martin and later by Paul Newman. How prophetic that a phrase uttered more than 50 years ago, which has[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Florida Fish and Wildlife officer Bobby Dube, who rescued a mother and daughter being pushed out to sea by the current and wind last Friday. Dube launched a boat from land, responding to a 911 call from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of two females in distress on[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To veteran educator and Key West High School graduate Christina McPherson, who was selected this week to be the next principal of Key West High School. By all accounts, McPherson is eminently qualified and emerged from a pool of well-rounded candidates for the job. Our educators and shapers of[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To Brandon Joseph Mims, the accused Key West graffiti vandal who was long sought after by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Mims is known for spray-painting the name “Cyne” all over the Lower Keys and Key West for the last several years, including Naval Air Station Key West, and[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the Key West City Commissioners for believing we need yet one more traffic study to either reveal nothing or exactly what we already suspect regarding the impact of scooters and all e-bikes within the city limits. The commission voted Wednesday to place a six-month moratorium on issuing new[…]