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Heard yesterday from an old Wisconsin amigo, whom I met in the early 1980s, after his job moved him to Birmingham, Alabama for a while – my home town. He took the photo of us early last year on my place on Little Torch Key, he’s on the left. I sold it later last year and moved back down to Key West.
Key West and the Keys in general are DAMN FORTUNATE to have you fighting for the environment!!!
Hi, Mark – how is your frozen self up there next door to the big frozen lake doing underneath all that global warning, er, warming? Not my line, more or less was recently in Citizens Voice in the Key West Citizen.
Maybe three nights ago in a dream, I heard, “Last Stand is running for Mayor of Key West.” There is a non-profit down here called Last Stand, which for a long time has advocated and even litigated against anything adverse to the Florida Keys environment. Some years ago, Last Stand seemed to go through a metamorphosis into being a bunch of weenies, socially politically correct weenies, as far as I could tell. I wrote about that a few times already.
During a City Commission meeting about a month ago, Last Stands current President spoke curing city comments at the first reading of the new city ordinance, which would require a super majority on vote (5 out of 7 – 6 commissioners and 1 mayor) to override the nearly 74% referendum vote last fall against a “study” on whether the channel should be widened so bigger cruise ships than those already calling on Key West (they are huge) could get into Key West. The Last Stand president asked if perhaps the city could look into exercising some control over cruise ships calling on Key West, which might not be injuring the local environment?
When my time came to speak, I said I was going to speak for Last Stand … I covered a liturgy of cruises ship insults to the environment, and during closing citizen comments at the end of that commission meeting I threw more coals on that weenie roast.
When I awoke from hearing “Last Stand is running for Mayor of Key West,” I understood that referred back to my saying I was going to speak for Last Stand in that city commission meeting. That was the only possible meaning, given Last Stand, being a non-profit organization, does not and cannot run for public office, nor, to keep its federal tax exempt income status, can Last Stand endorse and campaign for (or against) candidates for public office.
Tomorrow, probably in the afternoon, after all the publishing is out of the way, I will go to the Supervisor of Elections Office in Key West and file to enter the mayor’s race this year. All because of that dream and a number of other dreams of late, and more dreams back a ways in time, telling me I would enter the mayor’s race this year, and I would go at it differently than in the previous three attempts.
Hope all okay up your way, no help for living next door to Siberia but move to a warmer clime.
A miserable winter here in Wisconsin for sure. Snow is easy and fun, but extreme bitter cold day after day after day is not… At one point, Lake Michigan was 82% iced over. We’re talking over 18,000 square miles of lake surface frozen! We had a warm-up to 40 last week, but the polar vortex is dipping down again and we’ll be headed below zero again this week. Global warming my arse, we’re entering an Ice Age here…
The silver lining is that ski hills and resorts catering to snowmobilers are having absolute banner years. And the annual sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago was excellent with great water clarity, thanks to the 30” ice thickness and heavy snow cover;) I don’t know the biggest fish taken this year, but probably somewhere in the 150# range. Caviar anyone?
If you can’t beat it, embrace it… I just hope the ice melts by the 4th of July!
I wrote back:
Maybe I should get a real estate broker’s license and start advertising in Wisconsin frost-free living in the Florida Keys, for now. That’s lot of fucking ice, Lake Michigan 82 percent iced over. I imagine Lake Superior and Lake Huron and Erie and Ontario a bit solidified, too. Maybe the sturgeon should get unionized, go on strike for lower bag limits during deep freeze conditions, or maybe they should get themselves some RPGs and shoot back :-).
Down Key West way, two recent Facebook threads started by Gweko Phlocker, of Key West:
You’d have thunk the idea would have been a smash hit. You’d have overlooked just how many Puritans there were in the city, some of them were elected officials. One of them owned strip clubs on Duval Street. Another spent a great deal of time in city bars. County Commissioner George Neugent linked a nude beach to a whorehouse, when I proposed at a county commission meeting converting the unused part of Higgs Beach in front of the West Martello into a clothing-optional beach.
I myself had no interest in getting naked on a beach. I had done that on Maui on different beaches there. I promoted it because it would be a serious money-maker for Key West, and it was completely in keeping with Key West’s reputation and ambiance.
Guaranteed to be different :-), guaranteed to make city commission meetings lively :-), guaranteed to draw attention to Key West, where people accused of being weirdos someplace else can come mingle with real weirdos :-).
This ain’t entirely me, but you get the point.
Campaign ad designed by Sandy Downs in 2009, which, on her dime, she ran several weeks in Key West the Newspaper, when it was owned and published by Dennis Reeves Cooper. It became the front of a collector’s campaign T-shirt. Aphrodite above was the back of the T-shirt. The fig leaf was given to me by County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy,
who said at a candidate forum in 2008, as I recall, that back when she was a spring chicken, she sometimes went to the nude beach on Grassy Key, no longer there (the nude beach).
Sandy Downs also designed and ran this add on her dime in Key West the Newspaper, in 2009:
and this ad:
Bill Verge also reminded me that in 2003, I suggested KW police be dressed like pirates, to fit into Key West’s rich pirate history and draw in more tourists. Back then, I was living in a Florida Keys Outreach Coalition shelter. Bill and Father Steve Braddock
asked me to run for mayor that year, as someone who could speak to homeless issues, and since I didn’t have any money, they gave me the filing fee.
Funny how things happen and come back around, and around.
Right after thanking me at Camille’s for getting him elected without a runoff in 2009, Mayor Cates asked me to be on his Mayor’s Homeless Advisory Committee, because I knew so much about homelessness. I said sure. I never heard another word from him about it. He did the much the same thing to Steve Braddock, I later learned from Steve. Instead of using the two people in Key West who actually knew the homeless terrain in Key West, Mayor Cates sought the advice of people in the Keys and on the mainland who would tell him what he wanted to hear, which he knew Steve and I would not do.
breakfast at Harpoon Harry’s, home away from home