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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Wisteria Island debate that has been concluded after almost 60 years of ownership haggling. But even though a federal court ruled the federal government owns Wisteria Island in Key West Harbor, there are many who remain concerned about what government agency will now actually manage the property.[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Monroe County School Superintendent Mark Porter, who officially stepped into retirement this week after eight very productive years. Porter has operated steadily and professionally for the Monroe County school system and did so following the extreme tumult that preceded him with the Randy and Monique Acevedo scandal that[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the hundreds of boaters who camp out regularly but were particularly plentiful last weekend at the sandbar near the Postcard Inn in Islamorada. Clearly, personal entertainment is more important to those people than social distancing. As long as that behavior continues, we are doomed to be fighting the[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay for illustrating how our public officials should conduct themselves when confronted with departmental infractions and holding those who break the law accountable, especially when it involves policing their own. Ramsay was quick to call out (and terminate) one Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the shocking, surprising decision to reopen schools. Here’s why: While COVID-19 cases consistently rise, mask wearing continues to be inconsistent, and if adults are not following the rules, how do we expect their children to do so? Plus, the Monroe County School District must contend with massive amounts[…]

Safer, cleaner ships for a sustainable economy

Last week’s Key West Chamber of Commerce membership meeting was dedicated to “the future of cruising.” Unfortunately, chamber leadership seems to have missed the boat. The cruise ship industry has been rocked by COVID-19. But cruise lines aren’t victims. They are intimately connected to this global pandemic that has infected[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: And a tip of the hat to our Key West Sears store that, sadly, is closing. Amazon, too much corporate debt and innovative retailing were factors that Sears was unable to compete with on a national level, but Keys families shopped at our local store happily for Craftsman tools,[…]

We have all the ingredients for a perfect storm

As a nation, we are fighting several dumpster fires right now — the pandemic, unemployment, economic distress, social unrest and, of course, politics. The Keys have been spared social unrest, thankfully, but we’re still fighting unemployment, a return to business normalcy and the potential effects the virus will have on[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit detective Vince Weiner and the FDLE for solving a nearly 30-year-old Florida Keys homicide case known as the “Valentine Jane Doe Homicide” which occurred in a wooded area off U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 35. With the help of new DNA[…]