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John Donnelly (photo) of Key Largo replied to yesterday’s Bermuda Triangle West: Key Weird’s homeless quandary, noise ordinance and mayor’s race post at www.goodomorningkeywest.com. I think I recall reading in something John wrote in the past that he was in the Marines and was in military police/law enforcement. He frequently has letters to the editor and is a regular contributor to Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – which blew the Charles Eimers’ story wide open.
Magnificent edition on your website 3/21/14). Beautifully constructed and well-written. The stream of posts and comments were superb.
Thanks, John, hope you are thinking seriously about running this year for the Key Largo district School Board seat. The School District sorely needs a School Board member who thinks like you do about teaching, getting next to and looking out for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual welfare of school school children. Sorely lacking currently. Sloan
John has this Charles Eimers letter to the editor in today’s Key West Citizen - www.keysnews.com:
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Eimers’ death deserves independent investigation
The wheels of justice grind slowly. Rushing to judgment often brings about a self-fulfilled and inaccurate outcome. Bias and prejudice, along with a predetermined perspective of guilt and innocence, have wrongfully sentenced many individuals to death.
Conditioned and inflamed “mind-sets” frequently give way under the weight of emotional appeal.
Having died in the custody of the Key West Police Department, Charles Eimers’ death deserves parallel and independent investigations. Requesting the Justice Department to generate its own investigation will further the due process interests regarding this tragedy.
Key West is a small city. There is not the scope and separation to clear and liberate one’s mind of the political influences and pressures, to arrive at a particular outcome.
Why combine familiarity, partisanship and homage into the mix of an already difficult investigation? It’s not the wise nor prudent action to take. Only after a valid, accurate and complete investigation is done will we be able to determine the how and why of Eimers’ death, and if appropriate, assign culpability.
This investigation will be viewed by millions. It behooves the authors of said investigation to be “spot on” with everything they touch.
Strong, bold and courageous leadership are required to supervise and train our heavily armed police departments. Flaccid and feeble political appointees are never up to the task.
A competent leader will have their hands on the pulse of the department. They will know what is going on and in what direction their department is heading. They will know the personalities, temperaments and skills of their officers. For in the final analysis, they are responsible for the conduct of the men and women under their command. Rogue police officers have engaged in murderous conduct. Do the names Arthur McDuffie and Janet Reno ring a bell? Corrupt, weak and complicit leadership has opened the door for this type of insanity to take hold. Some state attorneys have been duplicitous in these crimes. These miscreants have desecrated and dishonored the names of those “officers” who gave their “last full measure of devotion.”
Charles Emiers was suspected by the KWPD of living in his PT cruiser (being homeless). But for that, the KWPD officers would have treated Eimers very differently. But for that, Eimbers would not have died in Key West on Thanksgiving Day, the day after he arrived hoping to start his retirement years here. He had money, a pension, and he was not living in his PT Cruiser.
This email thread below, part of which appeared in yesterday’s Bermuda Triangle West: Key Weird’s homeless quandary, noise ordinance and mayor’s race post at this website, ended up wading deep into the relationship between Key West Mayor Craig Cates and the city’s homeless people.
For many years, of all elected city officials, Cates easily was the most vocal about getting homeless people out of Key West, out of sight, out of sound. Perhaps you will see why toward the end of this email thread started by Key West’s Gary Ek, alias Gwecko Phlocker:
NOTHING But Bullshit is published in that paper we call the Key West Citizen – they got the dates wrong for the meetings, they call a SOUND ORDINANCE a Noise Ordinance – MUSIC is NOT NOISE!
So what are we ordinancing ?
the mayor lost it, by the way I was There, If the “Paper” wants to feature the main part of the story as Commissioner Anthony J. Yaniz and the current Mayor Craig Cates for Mayor ‘going at it’ over ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’ then so be it, although incorrect – UNFORTUNATELY They missed the story where- 80 or so Residents, Musicians, Bar Owners and City Officials all sat down and had a conversation for 5 hours. we are beginning to see the size of the problem. |
And we will do it again.
~By the Way i didnt read that piece of crap. so, this is just what i hear from people that do.
BY CURTIS SELTZER
SOME PEOPLE HAVE A BLAST AT THEIR HIGH-SCHOOL REUNIONS, WHILE OTHERS REFUSE TO ATTEND. I LIKE ‘EM.
At my 50th this weekend in Pittsburgh, we looked older. Some of us looked old. Several now use canes. I heard a lot of talk about cancer and hearts, along with the usual wear-and-tear stories about knees and backs.
Whatever sexual, semi-sexual or pseudo-sexual vibes might have been slinking around at earlier gatherings were not in evidence this time. Or maybe my vibesight is not as good as it once was.
More than one person observed that we looked like our grandparents.
One, however, didn’t. One stood out. [...full article]
[The full article contain's a video of local TV journalist Jenna Stauffer's interview with Frisbee Dave.]
From a North Carolina developer yesterday, who used to vacation frequently in Key West:
BASH – Wow…!!! The Bumsteins burnt down Christmas Tree Island. Wondering what the US Navy has to say about the attack on their island? Really a bad situation for those souls on the island and those souls anchored adjacent to the island. But now that the deed has been done, how about a real homeless facility on the island, with morning and evening water taxi service by Cates and the Conch Train guy. If you can, please post a picture of the de-nude burnt island. I always like Christmas Tree Island, and thought the campers and live aboards added to the fabric of KW. It was always interesting to see the young folks come ashore next to the Hyatt on Front Street, in dingys that would barely stay afloat. Most of the young folks were cleaned up and dressed for work in the eating and drinking establishments along Duvall, Front Street and the harbor area over around the Tower Bar, Turtle Kraals and Half-shell. I always wondered how they were able to get so spiffed up, living the way they were. I guess dipping in the ocean did the job.
I have been following with interest the ongoing spat over the homeless facility. Some one needs to get Yantis and Cates by the ear and sit them down with you so they can hear the truth and also pick up some excellent ideas.
I will do the land plan for the Outer Mole Navy property for $250K, and make certain that the Bahama Village gets full use and benefit of their 6.6 acres. The way the elected officials have handled that gift borders on being criminal neglect.
Further to the issue of Peery Court. My development soul craves that opportunity, but the way the dis-barred attorney and his employers are approaching that wonderful opportunity is what gives all developers a bad name. The local residents need to stand up for their rights. Quit dealing with those that are stealing.
I hope people that vote in KW are paying attention. You have been and are on the right side of every major issue that comes up in KW. The community needs a Mayor like you. In addition to being as smart as a whip, you are colorful. KW needs a smart colorful Mayor, for a colorful Town. KW better get its act together… the opening of Cuba is not too far down the road.
Regards, and All The Best, Ron Kennerly
Hi, Ron –
The blue paper report left me feeling the flares which set fire to the island were fired by one disgruntled side of a squatters or locals squabble. I didn’t see anything to implicate the Bernsteins in what I read, although in the past I had heard of them using other people to do their dirty work out there. And, I had heard of aircraft flying over the island after Hurricane Wilma, I think was the timing, dropping whatever color agent, if not orange, chafe, and then most of the Australian pines died.
I was talking to my banker friend this morning, who made his debut in today’s Bermuda Triangle West: Key Weird’s homeless quandary, noise ordinance and mayor’s race post, about the possibility of using flares, or RPGs, or maybe a drone to sink a cruise ship in the channel and turn it into a reef, now that we know nobody seems to be responsible for policing and removing derelict vessels. Besides improving close-by diving and fishing, that ought to stop further cruise ship entries into Key West’s piers, as well.
Mud Dawg Mike at Daddy Bones yummy BBQ told me yesterday evening, as we watched MMA men and women beating each other up on the TV there, men beating up men, women beating up women, that there was some joke, or maybe it wasn’t a joke, he said, of passengers on cruise ships off the coast of Africa being armed with AK 47s and other nice toys, repelling pirates trying to take over their cruise ships. Reminded me of the movie “Captain Phillips” – if his crew had been armed with AK-47s instead of lateral water exhausts, maybe that movie would have ended before it got started good.
I’m headed up to Regal Center in a bit to see “Divergent”, which arrived today; I been seeing the previews for a few weeks and feeling kinda mutant divergent-ed myself, maybe it will feel like a long overdue intergalactic reunion. Dang, if A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ain’t captured me good. How I never got around to reading it before now might remain one of the greatest mysteries of my stranded on Earth life, so far.
I gave Mayor Cates and City Commissioner Yaniz many invitations to sit down with me and they didn’t accept, so I had to take to attending city commission meetings and telling them in plain view and hearing before live audiences and TV audiences what I would have told them face to face. They gonna be getting more of that as time flies past, or strolls, or crawls.
Given you are a developer yourself, and given all the time you and the Princess spent in Key West when she was still alive in the human sense, she still lives in your heart and you in hers, I wonder if you can allow what you would do, if you were King of Key West, on Truman Waterfront, including the outer mole pier, and at Peary Court?
P.S. During the 2008 county commission race, I started saying County Commissioner Cuban-American Key West Conch Charles “Sonny” McCoy should be relieved of that duty and made Key West’s ambassador to Havana. He once had slalomed nonstop to Havana behind a runabout filled with pretty damsels urging him on by flashing their boobs. He still is remembered in Havana. He was an architect who had designed buildings in the Caribbean. He was a natural Key West ambassador to Havana.
Stay tuned …
Divergents in the future-earth movie are rare people who don’t think and react to dangerous situations like normal people, and therefore are dangerous and must all be killed to protect normal people, whose ancestors had caused all the problems in the first place, which led to the movie being conceived and filmed. Might be a knock-off of “The Hunger Games,” and most likely, given the divergent ending, there will be divergent sequels.
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