When we think of our community, we visualize a pristine lifestyle outlined by miles and miles of gorgeous coastline, picturesque scenery and a degree of quirkiness not found in other parts of the state, much less the country.
Of the three seats up for election on the board of commissioners of the Key Largo Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District, only one is contested. The race is between Frank Conklin and Dan Powers. Both are former firefighters.
The contest for Seat 5 on the Islamorada Village Council pits Councilman Mike Forster against Jill Zima Borski. Borski is a local writer who served on the council from 2008 to 2010, before terms went from two to four years.
August has been designated as Child Support Awareness Month, proclaimed by then-President Clinton in 1995, and while there are all kinds of obscure and frivolous designations out there today, this is not one of them.
There’s been considerable unrest in recent weeks surrounding problems at Lower Keys Medical Center that led to Chief Executive Officer Nikki Will’s sudden resignation July 15 and Community Health Systems, its Tennessee parent company, sending a team of executives to Key West to address fixes.
The Florida Keys have water problems, make no mistake about that. Perhaps not to the extent the Treasure Coast has been having with algae blooms — which are eating into tourism — but the prevailing sentiment is that the Keys are closer, not further away, from larger problems.
If everything’s done under the sun in the Monroe County School District, what is the pressing need for a spokesperson, as proposed by Superintendent Mark Porter and the majority of the five-member School Board?
Monroe County State Attorney Catherine Vogel is seeking re-election to a second four-year term, so it’s natural she, like other candidates in other campaigns, wants to reach as many potential voters as possible. But one way she apparently went about it is obtaining the names and addresses of more than 500 of this year’s Keys high-school graduates.
Some 20 years ago, the state Department of Transportation tried to transfer ownership of the old Seven Mile Bridge to Monroe County, and with it all the costs of repairs and maintenance for eternity. The County Commission’s decision to reject the offer turns out to be correct.
Biscayne Bay terrorism training, Miami Dade SWAT and federal agents on the Biscayne Lady vessel. This is a drill. Reporter, Keynoter and Flkeysnews.com are the only media on the boat. Video by David Goodhue, July 6, 2016.