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Flu season is upon us in the US

It’s easy to dismiss reports that this is flu season, because after all, the flu is boring, getting a flu shot is a hassle and since I haven’t had the flu, why bother? In reality, the flu killed almost 80,000 people in the United States last year and this year is shaping up as a[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the Key West International Airport, the Chamber, and the airlines for really expanding the number of nonstop destinations out of Key West. You can now fly direct to a half-dozen major cities from Key West, making air travel a much easier and more pleasant experience. Thank you. Cheers: to the City Commission for[…]

ALICE report shows there’s still work to do

ALICE is an acronym for people in our community who are “Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed.” These households are those that earn more than the federal poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living in our county. Traditional measures of poverty do not capture the magnitude of people who are struggling financially — and that’s[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority for staying out of the tower issue this week. The board was asked to support the group that would like to build a tall cell tower near Blimp Road. Other agencies, including Keys Energy Services, are apparently backing the initiative, but we question why? The Monroe County Sheriff’s[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the American Red Cross on 25 years of service to the community, and for its recognition of the numerous volunteers who selflessly donate their time and talent to organizations. This year’s recipient of the Florence Spottswood Humanitarian of the Year award is Tom Callahan of the SOS Foundation. Callahan donates his services to[…]

Brain drain a coming economic crisis in Keys

Whether you were born in the Florida Keys or have moved here recently, you are almost certainly part of the common refrain that dubs our region as unique. One of a kind. Inimitable. There’s not much debating that. The Keys are like no other place in terms of its odd archipelagic geography, its strong connections[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the Key West City Commission for debating the sun screen issue and elevating our reef’s health to a priority. We urge you to listen to both sides, examine the science, and also to consider other ways in addition to the ban that could be utilized to minimize the impact of thousands of visitors[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, Reef Relief and others for bringing the sunscreen issue to the Key West City Commission for review. The proposed ordinance will prohibit the sale of any products with the two chemicals that scientific reviews have found to be harmful to coral reefs. It will not impact those using sunscreen, and[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to the City of Key West for adopting an ordinance to help curtail the unscrupulous business practices of cosmetic shops on Duval Street. By using a state law that prohibits anyone without a cosmetology license from applying anything directly onto a person’s face or neck, at least one aspect of their abusive tactics to[…]

A look ahead to 2019, and hopes for future

As years go, 2018 was the “breather” we so desperately needed after Hurricane Irma leveled us in 2017. To have an entire hurricane season wash past us without any stress was welcome. For that matter, almost any year where we get to skirt hurricane preparedness or aftermath is what we hope for. Not every year[…]