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    Six weeks ago, Hurricane Irma blew through our island chain, leaving in its wake thousands of damaged or destroyed homes and shattering the lives of many of our friends and neighbors. Irma released her most destructive wrath on the Lower Keys, where many families who support our community and our tourist-based economy reside. Being priced[...]

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    It’s been almost two months since Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys. Recovery started moments after the storm had passed and today, in some parts of our community, one can hardly tell a storm even hit. Tragically, travel Big Pine to Big Coppitt and one would think the storm hit a week ago.[...]

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    “The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we may get to keep the planet,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas, journalist-turned-Everglades crusader, was fond of saying several decades ago.  One wonders what grade the late Ms. Douglas might assign us today if she were to observe Florida Bay, the once gin-clear estuary of her beloved “River[...]

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    Congratulations to the Monroe County Planning Commission for approving a 208-unit affordable housing project on Rockland Key, which received vocal support from local business owners as well as Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Key West Mayor Craig Cates. It was encouraging to see the appointed Planning Commission not buckle to the NIMBYism that has[...]

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    The Marvel film “Black Panther” is currently enjoying a strong run at Key West’s Tropic Theatre. The film has an all-black cast, save two white actors, and is based on the powerful comic superhero, Black Panther, created by the legendary team of Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby, back in 1966. The movie has[...]

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  • 03/02/18--21:00: Demand term limits
  • If there was a method to automatically replace members of the Board of County Commissioners or the School Board, would you? Actually, you can – through term limits.  A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms an elected official may serve in a particular elected office. Every few years, we[...]

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    On Tuesday, March 13, Key West voters will cast the final ballots on whether or not to allow the city to raise the height limit to 40 feet for its affordable housing plans on College Road. The referendum comes at a time when the lack of affordable housing has reached a crisis level. Even before[...]

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    Leave our time alone — that’s the message of the Florida legislature to Congress. Just as everyone is preparing to “change time” again this weekend, turning our clocks back one hour, both the state House and Senate have passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which would keep the state in perpetual daylight savings time. An antiquated[...]