As Monroe County moves forward on what may eventually be a $100 million project to restore water quality in residential canals, those in charge of the project have begun to ask the questions we feared would be the eventual answer.
During Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners were asked if homeowner financial participation should be part of the decision matrix for selecting which canals would be done, or in what order.
And that opens the door to a risk of further gentrification of the Keys.
We’re glad you asked, “how?”
I have been having some serious nightmares in recent days.
It’s summer and school is out of session. That means my wife has this undying itch to get the kids to an amusement park before the summer is over.
My itch is to sleep later in the morning.
Guess which one gets scratched first?
As we approach the halfway point of 2013, we just left behind Foster Parent Appreciation Month, a time to thank those who provide a safe haven for the youth of our community who, for whatever reason, need someplace to go in the short term.
Ok. I get it that we’re in hurricane season, and with that comes the realization that we’re also in rainy season.
But does that mean it has to rain every day?
At presstime it had rained at least once a day for the past 11 days. And the weather gurus were predicting at least another four days of the wet stuff pouring down on our heads.
If your roof is going to leak, it probably did so sometime in the last 10 days.
Consequently, I have discovered a leak in the shed roof.
The Big Pine and Lower Keys Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, is moving the annual Independence Day celebration to Big Pine Key this year.
The July 4 celebration and fireworks will be staged this year at the Big Pine Community Park.
We welcome everyone to enjoy the new venue with us. And hope you’ll join us in thanking Monroe County for allowing us to use this venue for a community event.
The move doesn’t come without its challenges.
Another hurricane season is rapidly barreling its way toward us. Seems like just a few months ago that Wilma came to call, but there has actually been closer to eight years between that event and the new season.
But, another season rolls around, and it’s time to start preparing for whatever may come.
That means another trip through the hurricane cabinet.
Well, it’s not actually a cabinet, it’s more of a disjointed series of hidey holes where we try and keep hurricane supplies from year to year.
Monroe County’s space planning consultant has delivered its initial draft report on future needs of all phases of county government for operational space.
And as expected, the report calls for tearing down some old, dilapidated buildings and replacing them with more modern, more efficient, structures.
I’m really beginning to wonder if it’s possible for someone to get half a driver’s license.
I know it’s not, but if the driver has half a brain, why should they get a whole driver’s license?
This comes to mind after the last couple of weeks as I’ve watched folks just seem to only half finish the job of driving.
Let me explain.
Last week during a trip to the shopping center on Big Pine, I wanted to turn up the aisle from the grocery store side to a parking space about halfway up.
There’s that pesky half again.
As we roll into the last long weekend before the summer heat belts us again, we wish a warm welcome to the visitors who will pay us a call, and well wishes to our friends and neighbors who will take flight from here to spend the holiday with others.
But as the Keys’ economy chugs along with the influx of tourist dollars let us not forget why this is a holiday.
Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who came before us who worked tirelessly to make this nation what it is today.
The addition of a seven-year-old to our family has resulted in some serious adjustments to our lifestyle in the last four years.
Before he came to live with us just over three years ago (we adopted our grandson two years ago), we could get up when we wanted—within reason—get ready for work, put in a quality day, go grab a bite to eat somewhere, even at home, and still be home in plenty of time to wind down from the day, get a good night’s sleep and be back at it the next day.
Now, it’s rush to the after-school care, pick up the rug rat, rush home, do dinner, homework, bath, snack, bedtime, fall into the bed, maybe get a good night’s sleep and get back at it the next day.
But that’s typical of parents everywhere.
What our new addition has also done is make it harder to do some of the routine things around the house.