Key Deer deaths from human-related causes are at all time highs on Big Pine Key. And there is so much we can do about that.
More than 150 endangered Key Deer were killed in 2012 by collisions with vehicles on the streets of Big Pine Key. If you believe the census handed out by the National Key Deer Refuge, that means 20 percent or more of the entire herd on Big Pine and No Name Key were killed just last year.
While we’re sure that the number of deer exceeds the estimates we’re given, that still a large number of the diminutive animals that die by our hands every year.
And the number of deer killed by collisions has trended upward for the last five or six years.
The reasons given for that are many.
While I was busy trying to catch up on my mile-long honey-do list last weekend, our seven-year-old asked me about helping him build a boat.
Immediately what flashed through my mind was some kind of skiff he and his buddies could take out hunting bugs later in life…but then I shook the cobwebs out and realized he was looking for anything that would float in the water fountain, or the pool, or the remaining rain puddles.
I couldn’t help him at that particular time, but I will get around to it this weekend. (I’ll just have to ignore the honey-do list for a while and hope I don’t get caught).
And now that I have come to my senses and realize what kind of boat he was asking about, I can make some better plans.
It appears likely that the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will get the heave ho from Key West on digs the district rents for $1 per year on College Road in Stock Island.
But instead of looking at innovative ways to save taxpayer dollars and turn a problem into a good solution, the board is arguing about how much money it must set aside to build a new building, on land it must buy.
In the latest tug-o-war on Big Pine Key between humans and other species (not that some humans don’t seem to be part of another species), I’m concerned that I will be one of the ultimate losers.
This time of year we are routinely inundated with mosquitoes. In the 10 years we have lived out in the middle of the National Key Deer Refuge, we have battled our share of mosquitoes. The problem is, of course, always worse in the summer time, which, naturally, coincides with our rainy season.
And this year, the problem seems to be the worst it’s been in that decade.
In less than a week, the Florida Keys will be inundated with visitors with just one thought on their collective minds. Those visitors will be seeking our prize crustacean, the spiny lobster.
Estimates are that as many as 30,000 people could travel to the Keys this year for the two-day lobster mini-season July 24 and 25, a number that will provide a much-needed shot in the arm for local businesses that are always strapped after the seasonal visitors and tourists head home when the weather turns warmer in northern climates.
Local artist and general all-around character Connie Powers submitted a letter to the editor this week that sort of falls right in line with something I have been advocating for several years.
Connie, who I must say is extremely active for her youngish demeanor, wants to know if maybe we could consider becoming the iguana trapping capital of the world.
Now there’s an idea I can get behind.
If you regularly access your home computer to say, check your weekly lottery numbers or enter a sweepstakes, you could be at risk of violating Florida’s newest, improperly thought-out law.
And with that violation could come a storm of law enforcement seeking to confiscate your equipment and any ill-gotten gains you may have derived as a result of that illegal activity.
Okay so where do I start?
If I were a paranoid person, I would surely be convinced that the world as a whole is out to get me.
And if this is some kind of karma, at least I wish karma would tell me what the whole deal is about because I sure as heck don’t have a clue.
It started three weeks ago when our pool pump broke down. I found I couldn’t buy a similar replacement locally so I had to order it off the internet. I don’t like doing that. I prefer to keep my money locally whenever I can.
Now is not the time for our county leadership to move slowly on figuring out which roads to pave with their future infrastructure sales tax money.
And we say that because our sewer contractors aren’t moving slowly in tearing up those streets.
Right now the contractors are working on gravity pipe areas and in those locations, they are generally running the primary collection pipe right down the middle of the street.
I know that our elected officials are busy folks and often don’t have time to do everything they want to in short state legislative sessions.
But there is one thing that would seem to me to be important somewhere along the line and that is to go through some of the old, old, old, old, really old laws still on the books and get rid of them if they’re no longer appropriate.
Being the quirky human being that I am, I find great amusement in sometimes just browsing around the internet for strange, weird, and usually really stupid laws that are still on the books.