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Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To Monroe County, which ordered an independent study to examine county salaries. If the County Commission implements the findings and recommendations, it could result in a sizable tax increase for citizens and generous salary increases for some of the county’s highest paid employees. Those employees already earn more than $100,000 a year plus benefits[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To those parents who have kept current with recommended vaccination protocols for their children. They are not only protecting their own families, but also their children’s classmates and their families. Parents who are using a religious exemption as an excuse to not vaccinate their children are enhancing the risk associated with this dangerous disease.[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the Key West City Commission, regarding the selection process for a replacement for City Manager Jim Scholl. A position of such importance to the community should have been open to a nationwide search, and a process should already have been in place to ensure the best, most qualified person was selected for the[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Royal Poinciana trees in the Middle and Upper Keys. Some were damaged during Hurricane Irma and remained in a healing phase last year. But they have made a glorious comeback this year with lavish, thick red blossoms and make the drive through the Florida Keys extra special. Cheers: To Mayor Teri Johnston[…]

Dog owners must be responsible, considerate

We love our dogs. We spoil them, we photograph them, we even enter them in parades. There’s no denying our unadulterated affection for our furry friends. Not only that, but Key West and rest of the Keys are famous for our dog-friendly atmosphere, probably due to our large number of outdoor bars and restaurants and[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Gov. Ron DeSantis, who in a surprise move, vetoed a bill that would have prevented cities and counties from passing plastic straw bans, his first veto following the Legislative session. HB 771 would have barred any local government from adopting or enforcing a ban on plastic straws until July 2024. This was a[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Key West City Commission and mayor for extending the contract of City Manager Jim Scholl through Oct. 1. With the city’s budget due at that time, it is wise to have a proven professional at the helm of the process. Cheers: To the United States Postal Service carriers, who not only deliver[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the 86 men and women who received degrees and certificates Friday night as Florida Keys Community College held its 59th graduation ceremony. These young people are headed toward their future with a sound foundation. Congratulations! Cheers: To Principal Amber Acevedo and Assistant Principal Dave Perkins, who earlier this week held a meeting with[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To whomever is allowing boats to serve as Airbnb rentals off the curve on South Roosevelt Boulevard. Many of these boats have no electricity or toilets and may not even be seaworthy, which makes them unsuitable as a vacation rental. Not to mention they pose a danger to the environment. Law enforcement and rescue[…]

Home rule is necessary for the future of Monroe County

Just a few short weeks ago, Keys elected and business leaders were relishing in their March 19 visit to the state capital for Florida Keys Day, an event that included making Gov. Rick DeSantis an honorary Conch. And while their eyes may have been on that day’s prize — the opportunity to lobby for an[…]