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.
While county commissioners Wednesday will debate whether to take the final step that will solidify the presence of commercial power on No Name Key, there are other facets of the proposed change to a land use ordinance that need a look, as well.
It appears the three votes necessary to end the long-running battle over electrification of No Name Key are available. For some that will be a sad day, for others a joyous one as the way will finally be paved for the eventual gentrification of one of the quirkiest islands in this quirky island chain.
Gentlemen, this is not the yearly reminder that Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you didn’t remember that one, you’re already lost for the year, so the next major significant other holiday that rolls around on Sunday matters not to you.
Sunday is Mother’s Day.
When we think of Mother’s Day, we all probably think of our Mothers, or the person who played that role in our lives.
But the times they have changed.
Mother’s Day today, thanks to Madison Avenue, means any female that can claim ownership to anything she must take care of.
Now that the state Legislative session has ended, maybe, possibly, for now at least, it’s plain to see that only ideology drives our current majority.
There is little common sense amongst our majority leadership else why do we find such frivolous items even on the table?
I’ve lived in lots of places in this country east of the Mississippi River. I don’t count the years I spent in Southern California as a wee lad because my memory is really fuzzy about my pre-six years. And I’ve lived in foreign countries as well as visited many others.
In all that time, I’ve seen some really strange things being carried in, on or behind vehicles of all kinds.
The conversation has finally begun as a school year readies to draw to a close and now it’s time for our elected officials to more forcefully ask the state Department of Transportation to take another look at installing a school zone marker on Big Pine in front of the Big Pine Academy.
We all thought that something along those lines would be done when the state spent mega-millions to widen US 1 through the island. The school was there, it was growing, and if pedestrian safety is a top priority, this was a no brainer.
Apparently it wasn’t such an easy thing to discern.
Though the times have been very few and far between, I have seen the occasion where slapping or kicking a machine actually does some good.
Most of the time, the kicker usually walks away with a war wound of some kind and the machine still sits idly by doing absolutely nothing, which is generally the reason given for someone slapping or kicking the machine in the first place.
I did have one occasion where assaulting a machine actually worked in the past few years. I had a recalcitrant computer that didn’t want to do anything it was asked.
My computer-geek son told me to smack it to reseat whatever part had stopped working temporarily.
So I did. It worked.
Thus was I surprised to find a fellow human being the other day attempting all manner of assault on a simple vending machine.