08 August 2023

Doing a (dis)service to the community - Weekly briefing - 8 August 2023

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(Dis) serving the community. Despite its mission to serve the community Sunbeam Christian School was closed by its pastor with little notice. He fired nine teachers for their refusal to commit to living a "Biblical lifestyle." (Keys Weekly)
Labor market trouble in schools and elsewhere
Lofts project in trouble. A significant gap in affordability would make the Lofts project home ownership units out of reach for most income levels. (Keys Weekly)  

Psych out? Maybe. College Board announced that Florida schools should no longer offer AP Psychology. The latest tussle came over a section in the course that addresses gender and sexual orientation. (New York Times)
Tax increase sustained. Finance Director asked city commissioners to keep the increased rate the same to help combat increases in personnel costs for the city. (Citizen)

Bike lanes on South Roosevelt? Chris Hamilton argues that it's not too late to add the protected bike lanes that City Commissioners voted for. But City’s Engineering said it would cost the City some money and was too risky because of FDOT deadlines. (Car Free Cities)

Air safety rules waived. Ron DeSantis’ Key West anti-migrant missions raised pilot safety concerns. (NBC News)

Hot water. Florida corals are in hotter water than first thought. (Florida Keys News)
Hot air. More scorching heat was forecast for the Keys. The weather service issued a heat advisory Sunday, saying it could feel as hot as 112 degrees. (Florida Keys News)

Two months ahead of schedule. FKAA crews reached the halfway mark on its Islamorada water main replacement project, but traffic impacts aren't expected to lessen until March 2024. (Keys Weekly)

Surviving the Overseas HighwayLinda Cunningham said to stick to the speed limit or the flow of traffic along with other practical advice. (Key West Island News)

She likes them. Nancy Klingener recommended podcasts, video, and most importantly, books

It's hard out there. Mark Hedden enlightened us about short-tailed hawks. (Keys Weekly)

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Key West Colors - CJ Groth

Previously in Key West Voices

Tourism; tourist behaving badly. 
Coral in hot water. Our hopper of links to include here is rife with stories about hot water and peril for our coral.
Sudden closure. In Keys WeeklyMandy Miles detailed the causes and consequences of the sudden closure of Sunbeam Christian School, "...due to staffing issues.” 
COVID rising? The Orlando Sentinel warned that COVID is coming back. Although reported testing levels are low, the positivity rate has jumped to 17.4% from 11% a month ago, according to state health data.

Academics flee. The Guardian detailed how Florida universities are hit by brain drain as a result of DeSantis policies. 

Want a Florida Keys job that pays $61,000 to $97,000? Florida Keys News told us how Monroe County Schools face steep challenges in recruiting teachers, and have turned to social media. Yes, the challenges are about affordable housing and other costs of living.   

Officials deeply troubled. Funding issues now threaten to eliminate the 28 home ownership units in The Lofts proposal, along with 98 rental apartments, according to Keys Weekly

New area code. WGCU advised its listeners of the new 'overlay' area code 645 in Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys beginning 4 August. 

Politics a drag? Florida Politics said that a Key West drag show performer is challenging a two-term incumbent for his seat in the state House. 

Life used to be simple. John Bartus remembered an earlier time in Keys Weekly.  

Love and laundry. In Keys WeeklyMandy Miles appreciated the group of volunteers from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church that helps people pay for their laundry

House sparrows. Mark Hedden observed that sparrows have a thing for sans serif fonts in his Keys Weekly column.  

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