Opinion: affordable housing is under attack in Florida

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This is your wake-up call, Florida, and we need your help to save affordable housing. Last week, Senate President Wilton Simpson and Speaker of the House Chris...

LETTER: BILL PENALIZES LEGAL LIVEABOARDS IN KEY WEST & THE FLORIDA KEYS

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The bills currently before our state legislators, House Bill 639 and Senate Bill 1086, which would require anchored boats in Monroe County to move five miles every...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CRUISE SHIP PROPONENT USED TO BE ‘ONE OF THE GOOD...

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I won’t take up too much of your ink on the curious claims made by Ed Swift in his recent letter. He says he has no financial...

LETTER TO EDITOR: CRUISE SHIP OPPONENTS MISLED KEY WEST VOTERS

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Last week, Arlo Haskell, treasurer of Safer Cleaner Ships, wrote a letter about the state legislative bills that would void Key West's vote for “Safer, Cleaner Ships.” ...

WILD THINGS: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PAINTED BUNTINGS

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The name bunting comes from a Scottish word that basically means plump. That seems judgmental. If they are plump, they are pleasingly plump, and no one talks...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: LEGISLATION WOULD NOT GIVE THE STATE CONTROL OF OUR PORT

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As a native Key Wester, and local ships’ agent, I want to share why Senate Bill 426 and House Bill 267 are a vital protection for Florida’s...

There really is good music out there!

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After the seventh installment of Songs I Never Want To Hear Again, perhaps it’s time to give props to some of the really good music being made...

KEEPIN’ IT SIMPLE AT SEA

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I hail out of the port of Marathon, Florida, but about the time I see holiday stuff in the stores I start thinking of Junkanoo and coconut...

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER EXPLAINS SCHOOL SCHEDULE & PARENT SURVEY

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(Editor’s Note: The following submission comes from Monroe County school board member Sue Woltanski.) Get informed. Choose wisely. On March 29, parents of 6-12th grade students in Monroe County...

WILD THINGS: THE SUBTLE GENIUS OF SWALLOW-TAILED KITES

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The kite shot out from nowhere, just above the road, doing something of a bootlegger turn, its face angled one way, its body sliding another. Its wings were...