01 August 2023

Get real - Weekly briefing - 1 August 2023

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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 Weekly, Mandy 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 Weekly, Mandy 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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Bette Zirkelbach / The Turtle Hospital

Previously in Key West Voices

Hog's Breath sold. Keys Weekly confirmed the rumor that Hog's Breath Saloon was sold to giant timeshare operator Westgate Resorts, According to a press release, “Westgate Resorts recognizes the unique cultural significance of the venue and is committed to preserving its authentic spirit while enhancing the overall guest experience.” 

Cruise ships Amerster-damned. The European capital will stop cruise ships from docking in the city center as part of a campaign to curb pollution and reduce the flow of tourists, according to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Apparently, Tallahassee's preemption reach isn't global. 

Still hot. Keys Weekly also confirmed that it's never before been this hot in July. The New York Times reported on our hot water

Hunting for a parking spaceChris Hamilton advocated for fewer free downtown parking spaces.  

Too small to count. In Key West Island NewsLinda Cunningham called our local entities an ill-fitting patchwork of grudges, laments and “not in my town” ideologies that need to work together. 

Tallahassee went a-courtin'. Mandy Miles fretted in Keys Weekly that Monroe County could lose its local court system.    

Likely unconstitutional. The Citizen reported that a federal judge said that his order blocking a Florida law targeting drag shows doesn’t just apply to the restaurant that brought the lawsuit challenging it but to other venues in the state.

Campaign troubles? The two GOP presidential candidates from Florida each had a bad week. 
Tour de France. Mark Hedden wrote about birds, but mostly the riders at the Tour de France

No August meeting. The next Key West City Commission meeting won't be until 14 September.  

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