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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Former State Attorney, Dennis Ward, recently represented two commercial fishermen accused of having a buoy that was illegible. Ward challenged the regulation and the charges were dropped.

[“El Salvador Beach House For sale”] Another guy had a great time on vacation and got laid so he moved there and then found what it was really like. Want to buy a house in Costa Rica? I’ll make you a good deal.

niles-ch-br00Niles Channel digging for the sewer pipe. Yes, it is just amazing what machinery run by really

smart people can do. They started digging the 5″ pilot hole from both sides at the same time and met some 60-70 feet below the ocean floor of the channel. I repeat,the 5″ holes met way down under the ground in

the middle of the channel! Does that guy know how to engineer or what? Now they can start digging the big hole for that really large pipe that will be pulled (and pushed, I imagine) thru the tunnel. All I can say is, hats off! 

Illegal rentals are certainly a problem and Code enforcement has a difficult job sorting thru the complaints. Some management or real estate companies knowingly rent properties that do not meet Code. Good information such as license plate numbers often help inspectors in building a case. The management companies seem to be more concerned with who called in the complaint than correcting the illegal activity. How about those ethics? Another poor score for realtors



February 21, 1878. The first telephone book was issued in New Haven, Conn

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I wouldn’t join the Shriners because I wouldn’t wear the silly hat or ride thier silly little cars in parades.

[“Ray Nagin and ‘Chocolate City’”] The poster’s comment about Ray serving time in a “chocolate prison” was only as racist as Ray’s pronouncement in a Martin Luther King Day celebration on January 16, 2006 (following hurricane Katrina). Mayor Nagin stated: “We as black people, it’s time, it’s time for us to come together. It’s time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. And I don’t care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.”

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Orchid-Show21[Orchid Show] Key West Orchid Society invites you to show your blooming orchid(s) at “Orchid Dreams” the big show on February 28—March 1 & 2 at the West Martello Gardens, White Street and the ocean.

Bring your blooming plants to the West Martello on Monday and Tuesday, February 24 & 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM each day and they will be tagged and exhibited for the show. Be part of the show! You do not have to be a member of the Society. As a thank you you’ll receive free admission to the show. Events

[“Chocolate” prison] Means fudge packers. Nothing racists just perverts.
[“The United States of Two Americas”]  Good things come to those who work their ass off.

computer monitor head clipboard

The next meeting of our computer club is coming up this Saturday, February 22, 10 am at the senior center. Hope to see you there. It’s free. Events 

[“I changed the lower unit on my outboard, and the rotation, now boat pulls hard to right”]  Check the position of the trim tab on the lower unit (not the trim and tilt unit).  If the tab is mis-adjusted the boat will steer right or left depending on how it’s set.  It should be an easy one nut adjustment.  Center it to the long axis of the boat (bow to stern).  If the boat is pulling to the right the tab is turned too far.  If you are unfamiliar with this take it to a boat mechanic.  If that’s the problem it’s a 5 minute fix.
no grinder pumps elephant
Concerning the now lack of a national politics section on the C.T I. will have to say that yes it was a daunting task to try to bring a bit of insight and meaning to many of the great unwashed on these rocky coral parcels jutting out into the sea, yet great minds are needed to accomplish great tasks, or as that fellow lurking in the woods behind Winn Dixie has stated “There are none so blind as those that refuse to see’ so in our absence F.T.R. please carry on shouldering the mighty load you have been left with.

[PCs vs. Macs] A poem: Who cares?
My computer does this, yours doesn’t: who cares?
My tablet does this, yours doesn’t: who cares?
My phone does this, yours doesn’t: who cares?
My TV box does this, yours doesn’t: who cares?
Who cares? who cares? who cares? who cares?

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On this date in 1995 Steve Fossett became the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean solo in a balloon.

The only candidate for Neugent’s commission seat is Danny Coll. I didn’t like anything on Mr Coll’s platform the last time he ran so it looks like it’s going to be a choice between bad choice Neugent and bad platform Coll. I wish someone like me would run. 
Deer FDOT and Layne (sewer contractors), please post “shoulder closed” signs for West/South bound traffic on Niles Channel Bridge. I have observed numerous cyclists (the skinny tire, spandex variety, who don’t use the bike trail) and ignore the “shoulder work” signs. They will be forced out into traffic, especially on the west end of the bridge. This could be a really serious accident, if the west-bound car swerves into east-bound traffic to avoid the cyclist. 

sea oats beach


Isn’t about time that someone planted some actual sea oats on “Sea Oats Beach” along US1 in Islamorada? 

[“You not cute or funny – just a racist”] I assume you mean “You’re”. But I guess it’s okay for Nagin to vow to make New Orleans a “chocolate city” after the hurricane.
[National Politics] Some of you are one trick ponies and need your fix of national politics so go to the extremist website of your choosing and have a ball complaining (nothing will change, don’t kid yourself) and leave the rest of us to enjoy our grinder pumps and Macs. All you one trick ponies need to get a life because nothing you’veever said or done has changed anything one bit.
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The guests on the Funyet caught 2 pretty cool Barrel fish in 650 feet of water this week on spinning gear. Thhy also managed a Snowey grouper and a half dozen tile fish. If fishing by IGFA regulations each of the Barrel fish might have been contenders for world records. 

To yesterday’s poster asking when we can get rid of George Neugent, it’s this November. Presently I know of only one other individual running for the position and that is Danny Coll. Whoever runs, qualified or not, they’re getting my vote because the time has come for us Lower Keys residents to rid ourselves of George.
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Nira Tocco has a new listing at 1575 Lantana Lane in Eden Pines on Big Pine Key. See the new video

Back in the day, prison was referred to as “Chocolateville” “Mud Land”  “Chocolate Hotel”  “Hershey Land” and about 1,000 others due to the alleged stories of male on male rape, also known as sodomy, thus (as I’m sure you can figure out) the reference to “chocolate”. It had nothing to do with racism. (Ed: I didn’t think so, that’s why I let it pass the stink test, than thought I might have been wrong because of some complaints.)


[“Changed the lower unit on my outboard, now boat pulls hard to right”] It sounds like the trim tab is out of line. That’s the upside down ‘fin’ just above the propellor that keeps the boat going straight. There’s an adjustment nut above it, usually with some sort of protective rubber over it.

Geeze, FTR, we get it already. Crist and Scott are both crooks of different feathers. One hangs out with crooks and the other one hires them to work for him. We know this.

isaksen-flood-roof 4.23.13 
Hey, you who are talking trash about Macs. Apple stock is $500 per share.  Shut up! 


Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Jacqueline Gavinhas been elected to serve on the Good Health Clinic’s board of directors for a three year term.

Having worked as a nurse for 25 years, Gavin has been employed at Mariners Hospital since 2011. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh’s bachelor’s program in nursing, and earned her master’s degree in nursing from Barry University, graduating summa cum laude.

“I have lived in the Upper Keys for 13 years, have children that have grown up here, and look forward to positively impacting the members of our community who receive services at the Good Health Clinic,” she said 

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Yard sale Saturday, February 22nd, 8 a.m. 1817 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, Tropical Bay Estates (toward Old Wooden Bridge). Classified Ads > Yard Sale


[“Two Americas-One rich, One poor”] In the Book of Proverbs, here is what the Bible says:
Proverbs chapter 10 (TEV) 5 A sensible person gathers the crops when they are ready; it is a disgrace to sleep through the time of harvest.
Proverbs chapter 18 (NLT) 9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.
Proverbs chapter 10 (TEV) 4 Being lazy will make you poor, but hard work will make you rich.
Proverbs chapter 24 (TEV) 30 I walked through the fields and vineyards of a lazy, stupid person. 31 They were full of thorn bushes and overgrown with weeds. The stone wall around them had fallen down. 32 I looked at this, thought about it, and learned a lesson from it: 33 Go ahead and take your nap; go ahead and sleep. Fold your hands and rest awhile, 34 but while you are asleep, poverty will attack you like an armed robber.


Table for one. Woof! Video

[Joke Friday] A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money. The old guy fingered his expensive wool vest and said, “Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I’d accumulated a fortune of $9.80. Then my wife’s father died and left us two million dollars.” 
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Come to the Big Pine Key Flea Market this week end. Rich has finally trained the shark not to bite so you can touch him now! While at his booth in the back of the Market you can also pick up some great buys on new and reconditioned rods and reels. He has what you need for fishing the Keys! 

I agree with the poster who said he reads the CT to find out what’s happening locally, not national politics. I would go one step further and ask that people that know the answers to some questions that posters ask, make an effort to answer them.

I’ve asked about flood insurance rates on ground level houses, swimming in clean looking canals, and whether we will be required to remove our septic tanks or could keep them as a possible backup (no pun intended) system and never read any replies.

Just trying to keep it local, people. (macs vs pcs? I don’t get it) 


[Priorities] If someone got the County and the State to waste millions and millions of dollars to re-build that old falling down 7 mile bridge Pigeon Key driveway then surely the immediate needs of hundreds of permanent taxpaying residents who will be saddled with that grinder pump contraption in their yards should take precedence over some tourist attraction.

fishing pulls on boat

[Spun fishing line turned into muscle] Apparently if one twists fishing line into tight coils with a electric drill and heats it, it remembers that shape. When uncoiled and heat is re-applied, it will coil back up with 100 times more lifting strength than similar matched human muscle. Link

[“Two Americas-one rich one poor”] I don’t know what people mean with posts that show a rich couple on one side and a piece of filth living under a bridge on the other as if it’s our fault. I feel bad for the guy under the bridge but I don’t feel guilty. Everything happens for a reason but sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and you make bad decisions.
The poster stated that “all the locals want is local happenings”  I would like to remind him of a famous truism spoken by a very popular politician once stating that “all politics is local.”

crab-shrimpTGIF from Springers Bar and Grill. The weekend is on the horizon, time for the 3 f’s, food, fun, and friends. What better place then with us. We have some amazing specials and some awesome entertainment. Today on the menu is crab stuffed shrimp. A treat from the sea. 
We also have, for a limited time smoked salmon dip with chips and a smoked salmon appetizer with crostini. It’s made fresh in our kitchen. Get yours today before it swims upstream.
Then tonight and every Friday night we have karaoke starting at 7:00. So tune up those pipes and come out and sing a few for the crowd. 
Keep the party going into Saturday with another great special, blackened mahi with tropical salsa and black beans and rice. It’s island faire at its best. Saturday night on the entertainment schedule is a band new to Springers. Let us present to you Kush, a rock band with a Pink Floyd feel. They’re sure to bring back some musical memories and keep the groove going through out the night. 

Weekends, always something special at Springers, definitely a step above.

[“Shoot ’em Up Wednesdays”] Who are the Gun Nuts? It seems to me this poster is a bit off the target him/her self!
[“Replaced lower unit on my outboard – now boat pulls one way”] Did you try to turn the steering wheel the other way? (sorry, I couldn’t resist)
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[Captain Doom and Gloom] “Two Americas” Those pictures should be reversed so the Rich are on the Right and the Useless are on the Left where they belong! 

[“Locals want to know what is happening right here in our own neighborhood”] And this is the Keys’ problem, you locals don’t give a damn about anything but getting smashed or high or rich off the turistas! Then you gripe about the high taxes and no jobs.
from the right

Those who disdain things political are missing a great deal and are doing themselves and our nation a real disservice. The ebb and flow of politics is fascinating and it directly affects our current lives and our future.

For example, Rasmussen has just completed several polls that are real eye openers, perhaps I should say eye poppers.

tea-party21Some people, Republican and Democrat, deride the Tea Party, its beliefs, its priorities, and its members.  Frankly, in some circles it is very stylish to bash the Tea Party. Rasmussen’s new poll reveals that the Tea Party naysayers are on the wrong path. Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party. Yep, according to Rasmussen, 42% of likely voters think the president’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. But just as many (42%) say their views come closest to those of the average Tea Party member instead.  It’s amazing, but only sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. The Tea Party is a serious and growing force to be reckoned with by Democrats and Republicans.

It is truly disconcerting that only about 30% of likely voters think that our nation is on the “right track”. That finding certainly reflects a disastrous lack of leadership from the Obama administration, and perhaps worse, a refusal to negotiate in good faith with the Republicans. Another disturbing fact is that about 50% of us are convinced that we still are in a recession. Deer Friends, please recall that the recession has been over for 5 years. With Democrat management of our economy, we are enduring the slowest and most anemic recovery since FTR’s time.

Part 2) During Crist’s tenure as Governor of our state, we hemorrhaged jobs and money. Not so with Rick Scott’s governorship. Our unemployment rate shames the federal rate. New business are coming to Florida daily. For example Creative Foam Medical Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Foam Corporation, will open a manufacturing facility in Ocala. The new project will create 20 jobs and make a capital investment of $2 million. Existing businesses are expanding:  Last Thursday, Governor Rick Scott announced that Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) an Orlando headquartered corporation, will continue to expand its presence at U.S. Ambulance Corporation in Winter Park. The expansion will create 126 new jobs, in addition to 473 retained jobs, and create a capital investment in excess of $2 million. Perhaps best of all, Last Friday, Governor Scott announced that according to preliminary estimates just  released by VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – 94.7 million visitors came to Florida in 2013, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2012.  This represents a record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 91.5 million in 2012.  The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was also a record high, with 1,088,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry – up 2.9 percent from 2012.

Those are all very good things.

Part 3) There is a very interesting article that is worth your time. It’s entitled: “Charlie Crist looks the liar in Jim Greer trial” Link

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