04 September 2023

Mourning Jimmy, joyfully; KWV goes on hiatus - Weekly briefing - 04 September 2023

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Our Community

Keys favorite son and international icon Jimmy Buffet died 1 September at 76 in his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, from a rare form of skin cancer. (Facebook, USA Today).  

In other news...

Keep an eye out: new storm brewing? The National Hurricane Center is closely watching the development of a potential tropical storm in the mid-Atlantic that may be on track for us. (Weather.com)

Idalia's impact in the Keys was mostly confined to storm surge and tidal flooding. The hurricane made landfall Wednesday in Keaton Beach, Florida, as a powerful Category 3 storm
Even more passengers for constrained EYW. United Airlines announced additional routes and larger planes to begin service at Key West International Airport beginning in November, well before the expansion project there is set to be completed. (Keys Weekly)
Court consolidation opposed. Local political and law enforcement leaders spoke out against the plan to consolidate Florida's circuit court districts. (Keys Weekly)
Former police chief challenges proposed deputy chief job. Former KWPD chief Donie Lee stated his professional opinion that a proposed new position is not needed. (Keys Weekly)

Small pond. Mark Hedden met his target of ten unique bird species at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden's Desbiens Pond  (Keys Weekly)

Our Eyes

Previously in Key West Voices

Jacksonville shooting. A 52-year-old woman who was born and raised in Key West was one of three Black people fatally shot Saturday at a Dollar General Store in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white man on a racist rampage. The shooter killed himself at the scene. (Keys Weekly)
Brown water. Summerland and Cudjoe residents shared photos and water quality concerns for large stretches of Niles and Bow channels. (Citizen)

Court consolidation.
Failing grade. The Keys again received a failing grade for the carrying capacity on U.S. 1, which could result in a prohibition on new commercial development. Coupled with the recent FKAA water main line breaks and reduced water pressure into the Florida Keys, Last Stand said that the travel study is another example that the chain of islands has reached its carrying capacity. (Citizen)
  • Water rate increase? The City of Key West included a notice in monthly water bills advising rate-payers of a proposed 3% increase in water rates. This follows a reduction in system-wide water pressure necessitated following a series of water main breaks earlier this year. A public hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall on 7 September. (Not yet officially posted)
A FIRM no. Thanks in part to lobbying by Monroe County advocate Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), the state blocked Citizens' latest property insurance rate increase. (Citizen)

Rick Worth recovering. Well-known and widely-appreciated Key West artist Rick Worth was recovering from a 13 August stroke. Locals raised money to help him out. (Keys Weekly)

Drag queen running for House District 120. Michael Travis, who performs as “Erika Rose” in Key West, filed to challenge Republican incumbent, Rep. Jim Mooney in Monroe County’s House District 120. (Florida Politics)

Confiscated. Florida prison confiscated a copy of the Key West Citizen because in included a feature that "may be used to create coded messages indecipherable by staff.”

Compelling census data. Linda Cunningham gleaned compelling facts about the Keys from U.S. Census data and lamented the trends they revealed. (Key West Island News)

Bee careful. A swarm of angry bees was unleashed after a bad decision by a resident near the Triangle intersection. Nearby hotels were evacuated. (Keys Weekly)

Driveway moments. Mark Hedden wrote about panic-inducing white-crowned pigeons. (Keys Weekly)