2010 (MMX) was a common year that began on a Friday and ended on a Friday and for Monroe County, the 363 days in between will be remembered as “The year we played Dodgeball.”

We dodged a state-mandated deadline to have sewers installed, didn’t even get a sprinkle from what was predicted to be “an active hurricane season,” and now we all know what kind of effect the “Loop Current” has on the Florida Keys.

When the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded on April 20, more than 200 billion gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped three months later.

During the crisis, Monroe County faced the ultimate doomsday scenario – destruction of the precious coral reef.

Fortunately for us, the oil never made it into the Loop Current and even though the loss of business revenue may never be fully calculated, BP has already paid out more than $64 million in claims.

The crisis proved how valuable our natural resources are to us and should serve as a wakeup call to those fighting central sewer systems. 

Other notable events of the year included installation of top administrators for Marathon and the Key West Navy Base, as the Village of Islamorada tossed yet another administrator out the door. At the polls, 30% of seats in Monroe County were won by newcomers and future School Superintendents will be selected by the school board instead of the general public. 

On to the fun stuff…
A dude in Tavernier was trapped by a buffalo head and less than a month later the poor guy’s house caught on fire.

Many notable locals found their way onto the pages of the crime blotter and although the Weekly never highlights the lowlights – we do find this stuff hilarious when no one is seriously injured.

We remind everyone to be careful this upcoming year, just because you are a big shot doesn’t mean you are immune to trouble and idle threats only will only lead to further speculation – and jokes.

South Florida made national news in another sort of bizarre way this year. Strange in the same lines as the “hanging chad” incident of the 2000 election, but this event involved only one 25 year old knucklehead.

Lebron James scorned his hometown to “take his talents to South Beach.”

While attending St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, James was a three-time “Mr. Dodgeball” for the entire state of Ohio. He now resides on Biscayne Bay.

If you are uber-talented, I guess South Beach would be extremely attractive, but I prefer the Florida Keys. Sure, we have our crazies down here and all that water seems to be as conducive to breeding insanity as mosquitoes, but life is meant to be interesting.

Happy New Year!


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