2019 February

Friday, February 15, 2019

Letters to the editor with pictures since 0202. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.

[High Density] Dear Monroe County Commissioners,  Re: Goal 109. Please do not increase current workforce housing density to 18 units per acre! Do not change the County’s Comprehensive Plan to increase density in the Lower Keys, and everywhere else in the county, to 27 or 37.5 units per acre for workforce housing.  The new suggestion ignores the recommendation of the Planning Commission to limit the new 50% workforce density bonus to Stock Island and Rockland Key – near where the work is.
~The Cudjoe Wastewater Treatment Plant was never designed to handle thousands more sewage hook-ups.  Our environment will be poisoned with sewage spills.
~The additional traffic congestion as workers housed in the rural island communities make their way to and from the employment centers in Key West, will be a nightmare.
~During hurricane evacuation, our only highway out will be clogged with thousands more vehicles.
~Lots of affordable projects are being built or proposed without this density bonus, such as the 265 units on Rockland Key and 88 units, plus commercial, on Sugarloaf Key.Density bonuses are not needed, and they are contrary to the Comprehensive Plan for the rural island communities.
~Cindy Dresow, Cudjoe Key
Why do underwear and socks come in resealable bags, but potato chips and cereal don’t?
The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) will hold its monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday, February 17th, Noon – 3PM. This free event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes.  Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, Lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it is cool and on wheels, it will be there!

Located at MM 17, Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.

Prizes, good food and cold beverages are available.  The Club’s sound system will provide 50’s and 60’s music.  Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of shows and events.  Join Sunday and get a Club shirt and sticker.  For more information, contact Dick Moody 305-942-1758.

After a year and a half I feel that many of the missing street signs should have been replaced by now.
[“Faded tattoos”] Modern tattoo ink has been improved from what was used years ago.  That being said, although the inks are better, they will still blur over time.  Lines will not be quite as sharp, detail will fade and yes, a tat on a 20-something will be blurry eventually.  That pretty peacock you put on your arm at 25 will look like a washed-out chicken at 40.





On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC, are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. Link

A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.  ~William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well (Act 3, Scene 6)
Is Key West ready for a pedestrian-only zone on Duval Street? We’ll find out today. Link


[Mobile Home For Sale In Marathon] 2 bedroom 2 bath. Community is 55+ Galway Bay. Lot #F25. 1361 Overseas Hwy Marathon, FL 33050-2057. If you are in the neighborhood, you are welcome to drive by the home.
Pets allowed. Potential buyers must be approved by park.
Lot rent is $7781/mo. Available immediately. Asking $10,000. I am a motivated seller and look forward to hearing from you. Elaine (609) 576-4505 or David (856) 261-7187

[“Goal 109”] It was not passed but watch it like a hawk! The developers will not give up on this potential goldmine.  It will be repackaged and back up for approval under another name. This is not just happening in the Keys. This affordable housing scam is going on all over the country. And even if approved very little winds up being affordable.

[Marriage] I have learned that when a man marries he loses his bachelors degree and his wife gets her masters degree.

[Christianity] It is truly amazing how modern-day Americans interrupt Christianity and it’s main source, the King James Bible. Are you really a Christian because you may have professed it at some point? Do you live and follow the teachings of Christ? A real Christian does. It’s in the book.

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

[Fat Tiger] Pot-smoking tipster finds overweight female tiger in abandoned Houston home. Link



VFW Post 10211 presents the Sons & Daughters of Italy with a “Freedom Eagle Sculpture” thanking them for their kind & generous support of the New Upper Keys VFW Post 10211″. Pictured in photograph Left to Right: Gregory Bianchini, John Donnelly, Dennis Caltagirone and Dennis Ward.

[Crooks] Do not hire Kingdom Builders, Inc. of Tallahassee, dba Kingdom Builders Inc, out of Key West. Robert Young Fernandez, Jr, & Stephen Paul Humphrey are crooked. They take 50% construction deposits on signed contracts, then after they have your money, they send in Stephen Humpfry to write up a different contract price. Mine went from $8,800 to $14,400. When I rejected this phony increase, I asked for my deposit back. That was 1/24/19. They will not take your calls, they ignore text messages and emails, and do not respond to letters. Beware of these low lifes when looking for a contractor. I found them on Home Advisor and am now trying to lose them!
[“God selected Trump”] Using God as a defense is the last refuge for those who can’t defend themselves against rational argument.


[Snail Mail] Why is it that I can order an item from Amazon and get it the next day but a letter mailed from Big Pine to Key West takes 8 days?

Adult social painting class in Marathon. Video



[Winn Dixie] Weekly ad. Link

[Coconuts Liquor Store] Question regarding the Coconuts Liquor Store and Bar ad. It says “Always Open” but the hours are 8am-4am. I looked for something to bring out for an early morning fishing trip but it was closed.


[Rip-offs] Why are doctors and dentists allowed to charge you much more than they get from an insurance company if you don’t have insurance? Seems like you should be paying the same amount. Is it only proctologists that do this or all medical practitioners?

Dear Illegal immigrants, Please regard this as fair warning and good advice. Consider moving you family to California as soon as possible because that state will protect you, care for you, feed you, educate you and provide really good free health care. Here in Florida we can no longer provide these services to you and the reporting of your illegal status by good honest Americans may catch up with you.
The federal government’s sweeping new National Climate Assessment is more than just a dire warning about current and future global warming effects across the United States. It’s also the most detailed guide yet to all the ways the country will have to adapt. Link





Clinton at a party some years ago.

[The Last Fighter Pilot of WWII] He flew the last mission. The interview takes place on Iwo Jima. How many of the few surviving WWII veterans kept themselves and their uniform in such good condition for over 70 years and can still proudly wear it? He has some surprises and a great take on the philosophy of life. Video
Yard and garage sales rule #1: don’t sell anything that you will not throw out after the sale. #2 cash only. #3 never shake hands with the riff raff that buys your junk. #4 don’t both cleaning anything. #5 post a sign, “bathroom not accessible”. #6 try to have a group sale at a neighbor’s house who you hate.




Keys postcard from the early 1970’s.

Restricted living standard should be in effect in paradise. If you cannot afford to live here, don’t! Space is very limited and the high costs of living and taxes are meant to drive out the low renters so the rich and privileged can live in peace and quiet. I love gated communities of 1/2 to 1 acre for each property. It’s the way it should be.
Full moon kayak excursion coming up this Sunday Feb 17th from 5 to 7 pm. Paddle with us Sunday for a fun, easy going evening paddle along the mangrove shoreline of No Name Key.  Watch the sun set in the west as the full moon rises in the east. Sponsored by Big Pine Kayak Adventures, proceeds benefit local wildlife through the Florida Keys Wildlife Society, the official friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. The $25 donation includes kayak, gear and experienced guide. Please call Captain Bill 305-872-7474 for reservations.  Plan to bring a flashlight, drinking water, and arrive ½ hour before launch time. If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer, please call Nancy 305-731-6362.


[Climate Change] Snow in Hawaii? Potent storm slams Hawaii with 191-mph winds, 60-foot waves and rare snow on Maui. A powerful storm hit Hawaii over the weekend, bringing dangerous surf conditions, several inches of snow, and a 191-mph wind gust. Video

[“Online dating”] Quickie dating service in Reno is the best. All “dates” are only $29.95 + tax.