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Last night’s City Commission meeting because a barn-burner over the golden parachute City Manager Bob Vitas gave Assistant City Manager David Fernandez. As reported in today’s Citizen – www.keysnews.com. I added the photos, my comments below the article.

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Bob Vitas, left photo. Shawn Smith on left in right photo

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Add to FacebookAdd to Twitter
City attorney: Vitas told a ‘bald-faced’ lie
4 commissioners want $114K utilities director deal killed, brought back
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff

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gfilosa@keysnews.com

City Attorney Shawn Smith on Tuesday accused City Manager Bob Vitas of making a “bald-faced false statement” in explaining last week’s decision to create a $114,000 deal for a new utilities director without first consulting the legal department.

While Vitas said he followed the city charter’s directive that gives him the authority to hire and fire staff members, Smith said local law requires all contracts to go before him for a review.

“It’s common sense,” Smith said.

Vitas last Wednesday named Assistant City Manager David Fernandez,

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a 28-year city employee, the city’s utilities director. This was Vitas’ solution to losing Utilities Manager Jay Gewin, who is leaving July 3 and earned $61,000 a year.

Fernandez agreed to retire, start drawing his pension, and then take the six-figure job, which Vitas had upgraded from Gewin’s manager title to a director.

Under scrutiny by city commissioners Tuesday night over the hire, Vitas said Key West policies are a jumble of inconsistencies.

Then Smith told him off.

“To hear [you say] it’s vague and ambiguous — that is a bald-faced, false statement to this committee,” Smith said. “It is crystal clear all agreements come through the city attorney’s office.”

Smith, the Key West-bred, business suit-clad attorney who city commissioners can’t say enough good things about, broke from his typical soft-spoken and old city hall demeanor when Vitas defended his right to broker any personnel contract.

No vote was taken Tuesday, but four commissioners agreed with the city attorney, saying they want the Fernandez contract killed.

Commissioner Tony Yaniz went further.

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“We now have the ammunition in our hands to terminate Mr. Vitas’ contract,” Yaniz said at the meeting’s end.

Vitas’ contract is up next July.

Mayor Craig Cates

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said he has told Vitas and Smith they must work together on the city’s business.

“I think Shawn’s door has been open,” Cates said. “I’m concerned, Bob, you’re not working with him.”

Others said the Fernandez contract is a blow to city staff.

“The morale has been terrible in this city, and I think this has made it worse,” said Commissioner Billy Wardlow. “I think this was all orchestrated a long time ago.”

Commissioner Jimmy Weekley

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said the right procedures were not followed in the Fernandez deal.

“What I’m upset about is the contract did not come before the city commission,” Weekley said. “We did not have the chance to review the contract.”

Only Commissioner Teri Johnston

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sided with Vitas, saying the commission has no authority to dictate hiring and firing the city manager’s staff.

“We have micromanaged this gentleman to this point,” Johnston said of Vitas, citing his 30 years of prior city management experience. “I would say this is Bob’s call.”

Commissioner Clayton Lopez

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called Johnston’s logic “poppycock,” saying he is appalled at the $114,000 salary at a time when he has been calling for fair wages across the board at city hall.

“It’s a slap in the face to every employee at city hall,” said Yaniz, “and now Shawn Smith is going to leave?”

In a bombshell announcement earlier in the evening, Smith told commissioners he isn’t certain whether he wants to continue as the city’s top attorney after his contract expires in December.

“As of late, I’ve watched the city spiral downward and it’s troubling and it hurts,” Smith said, his voice breaking. “Given the present state of things, I am not all that inclined to do so. It’s a decision I’m going to make with my family.”

While Vitas said he researched prior contracts struck by former city managers and followed suit, he acknowledged the local laws.

“We don’t have consistent policies,” Vitas said. “There is no consistency because the policies themselves don’t address all of the issues. They lack clarity and they lack being concise.”

Not true, Smith responded, urging commissioners to phone a former assistant city manager who recently resigned after six years to the dismay of staff and city leaders.

“Call Mark Finigan and ask him how the process works,” Smith said, “because you know you’ll get a straight answer.”

The political clash over whether Vitas ignored two city laws that require all contracts to have a review by the legal team before they are approved and anything over $20,000 must win commission approval escalated at Old City Hall during Tuesday’s meeting.

Fernandez told The Citizen he wrote the first draft of his contract last month and gave it to Vitas.

Vitas said the position was upgraded and that only Fernandez has the expertise to run the department and oversee its multimillion dollar stormwater system.

“My decision was to bring someone on board with 28 years with the city, someone who has built that utility and worked there longer than he has served as assistant city manager,” Vitas said.

Tuesday marked the first time the public — whether on local access television, Internet streaming and in person at 510 Greene St. — had a chance to see the troubled relationship between the two highest-paid Key West officials, who both serve at the pleasure of the commission.

But Vitas, who arrived in 2012 from Lake Zurich, Ill., hasn’t received the level of admiration — and high approval ratings — from the commission like Smith has.

“Shawn is the most important person in the city,” Wardlow said Tuesday. “He protects us. He’s the one that has to go to battle.”

gfilosa@keysnews.com

During citizen comments at a city commission meeting several months ago, mi amiga Christine Russell

Christine RussellChristine Russell

foretold Shawn Smith resigning because of the way things were going in City Hall.

A contract this size and important, of course the city attorney should have reviewed it to insure it passed legal muster.

Beyond that, Jay Gewin was given a wonderful farewell at the beginning of the commission meeting, with two standing ovations in the audience and by city staff and the mayor and city commissioners. Apparently they all felt Gewin had the expertise to run the utility department and oversee its multimillion dollar stormwater system. For doing which he was paid a little more than half of what Fernandez will be paid.

Beyond that, what kept gnawing at me, as I sat in the audience, was it sure looked and sounded like Vitas and Fernandez had sat down privately and hatched a scheme for Fernandez to retire and get a nice pension, and then be rehired and get a considerably bigger salary than Gewin was getting, which golden parachute simply could not pass the smell test.

Word had it that Fernandez might be in difficulty, it was said he was seriously vindictive and had done other things he ought not to have done. But what I’m wondering right now, as I write this, is did Fernandez have something on Vitas, and the golden parachute was payoff for Fernandez’ silence?

Not all that long ago, the Citizen reported allegations of Vitas having groped a woman on or near Duval Street, and that made its way to the city commission and nothing decisive was done about it.

Beyond all of that, what kept running through my thoughts, as I sat in the audience last night, is this sort of thing happens a lot down here. Long-standing well-paid government employees retire, get a big pension, and then they are hired by the same or another government at a big salary. I never have liked that.

I kept thinking last night, if Fernandez wished to take over the utility department, he simply should have been moved over there and be paid what he was being paid as an assistant city manager. That would have been harder to argue against. The double-dip, however, went off the reservation, out of bounds, beyond the pale.

Citizens didn’t get to comment on that cluster last night, because it was not an action item. The way it was left, Shawn Smith was going to advise the commission on the legality of Fernandez’ contract, and a special city commission meeting was to be scheduled in the near future to consider voiding Fernandez’ contract. This ex-lawyer isn’t sure that legally can be done. If the city charter gives the city manager the right to hire and fire his employees, maybe the city charter trumps a city resolution, which becomes a city ordinance, requiring all contracts to be run by the city attorney and the city commission.

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A different cluster was raised during closing citizen comments at last night’s commission meeting, when four Angela Street/Meadows neighborhood residents, and myself, told the mayor and city commissioners, Mark Rossi was absent, that they need to take control of City Planner Don Craig and Historical Architectural Review Board (HARC) Chairman Michael Miller integrating Angela Street and the Meadows crossing street into the new Peary Court development.

As the four residents spoke, I watched some of the commissioners talking among themselves, laughing, not listening to the speakers. Those commissioners sat to Mayor Cates’ left on the dais. They listened when I spoke, maybe because I said I had heard five of them, individually, at five different meetings in an Angela Street home, say they opposed integrating Angela Street and the Meadows crossing streets into Peary Court. I said the one commissioner present last night who had not made that commitment was Clayton Lopez. I said the other commissioner who had not made that commitment was Mark Rossi.

I told them, if they wait until it all finally comes to them, they will be looking at how much staff time and taxpayer money was expended, and how much of the developer’s time and money was expended, and they will be remembering the promises they made to the Angela Street and Meadows homeowners, and they will have a cluster matching the David Fernandez cluster.

I invited Jimmy Weekley to put Peary Court on the next city commission agenda for discussion only. I said that had been recommended by Tony Yaniz and Teri Johnston, when they met individually with Angela and Meadows homeowners.

During his closing commissioner comments, Jimmy Weekley asked Shawn Smith if that could be done? Shawn said, yes, but all the facts should be known, before it was done. Jimmy asked if HARC appeals had to go to a special magistrate? Could HARC appeals go to the city commission instead? Shawn said, there might be legal precedent for the city commission hearing HARC appeals.

The facts are not in dispute. Michael Miller and HARC have expressly stated at HARC meetings, that they require Angela Street and the Meadows crossing streets to be integrated into the new Peary Court. Don Craig, the City Planner, has said the same thing at HARC meetings. Last night, Don Craig told the commission that both HARC and City Planning can require Angela Street and the Meadows crossing streets be integrated into the new Peary Court development. Don Craig also told the commission that they can choose not to go along with his and HARC’s recommendations.

The facts are not in dispute. Jimmy Weekley needs to put integrating Angela Street and the Meadows crossing streets into the new Peary Court development on the next city commission meeting agenda for discussion.

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Moving judicially, so to speak, this in the Citizen today did not take me completely by surprise:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 
Judge falls asleep
Slaton: I was on Ambien
BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
alinhardt@keysnews.com

Circuit Judge Tegan Slaton was on the sleep-inducing drug Ambien last Thursday morning when he fell asleep on the bench, causing another judge to step in to hear a child relocation hearing in family court, Slaton said Tuesday.

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Slaton addressed speculation in the legal community that he has a drinking problem, a rumor he flatly denied.

“Absolutely not,” Slaton said when asked if he was an alcoholic and had been drinking that day or any other day that he is on the bench. “I’m able to function because I am sober on the bench.”

When asked if he has ever drank before or on the bench, Slaton responded: “Good God, no.”

Slaton said has gastrointestinal and insomnia medical issues, but he stopped short of offering further specifics, citing privacy laws.

Those medical issues had been keeping him awake at night, so one of his three doctors prescribed the popular sleep drug Ambien. Slaton stressed he told his doctors that he cannot take Ambien after the incident Thursday.

“Of course not,” Slaton said when asked if he was still taking the drug.

Ambien is sometimes controversial in that the Food and Drug Administration called last year for dosages to be cut after people reported being drowsy in the mornings and getting into car crashes, according to a New York Times report.

Two sources in court the morning of the incident told The Citizen — on the condition that they not be named — that Slaton appeared groggy, his complexion was of a yellowish pale, and that he appeared to fall asleep early into the proceedings.

Bailiffs helped Slaton to and from the bench that morning, the sources said.

County Judge Wayne Miller then took over and presided over the case, according to court minutes.

Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, the supervisory judge who assigns dockets, spoke to Slaton after the incident.

“I was told the same,” Garcia said, referring to Slaton’s statements about taking Ambien. “I have no reason to question that.”

Slaton had been hearing some of the felony criminal cases, including much of the family law docket, when Garcia reassigned him to only family cases as per a May 30 order that goes into effect July 1, according to court records. Other Keys judges also saw changes in the docket. All the changes are due to the recent retirement of former circuit Judge David Audlin, Garcia said.

There was speculation in the legal community that Slaton was removed from the criminal docket because of the rumors of his drinking, a point that Garcia quashed Tuesday.

“When Judge Audlin retired, we did the best we could on new reassignments based on judge experience,” Garcia said. “In a small circuit such as ours, we try our best to get everything covered. The only reason we moved Tegan was because of Audlin’s retirement.”

Slaton is currently running for re-election. He faces Key West probate lawyer Bonnie Helms and Upper Keys attorney Jack Bridges. Both Helms and Bridges declined to comment on last week’s incident, stating it would be inappropriate.

Complaints against sitting judges are filed with the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission in Tallahassee. The committee operates much like a criminal grand jury in that the proceedings are private, but the indictment and trial of a person are public, said Executive Director Michael Schneider.

There have been no complaints against Slaton that have risen to the public disciplinary level, but whether or not anyone has filed a complaint that fell short of that mark is not public record, as per the state constitution and the Florida Supreme Court.

Slaton said that when he was a private attorney years ago, he used to drink with many other lawyers on Fridays after work.

“I created that monster — that Tegan drinks — at the corner tavern 20 years ago,” Slaton said, referring to the Green Parrot Bar that’s near the courthouse. “I’ve been honest about that.”

Slaton missed 13 days of work in November and December 2012 due to his medical issues, he said.

“I’m good at this job,” Slaton said when asked whether he should run for re-election if he’s having medical problems. “When it becomes an issue, I fight. My health issues are neither debilitating nor life-threatening.”

His message to voters: “Ask any attorney in Monroe County about me. Ask anyone in law enforcement about me. Ask anyone in our three courthouses about me. Ask anyone on the mosquito board. Ask any of our county commissioners. They all know me. I’m confident they’ll have 99 percent positive things to say about me.”

alinhardt@keysnews.com

Being an ex-lawyer and all, and having clerked for a U.S. District Judge and all, and having known a number of state court judges and all, this is pure B.S.: Slaton said [he] has gastrointestinal and insomnia medical issues, but he stopped short of offering further specifics, citing privacy laws.

The “defendant” doesn’t get to cite privacy laws, when he is a judge and his competency as a judge is under challenge, either by a state judicial qualifications commission, or by the litigants who come before him, or by the voters he is asking to reelect him, which is the case this year.

The last time I saw Tegan was during Hometown! PAC’s Call to Candidates at Salute Ristorante on Higgs Beach this past April 21. I did not recognize him when he brusquely pushed me aside so he could take a photograph of other people. When, after the event was over, Tegan came to the table where I was sitting with other people. He carried on a while, and when someone called him by name, I was shocked  to learn who he was. Shocked, because he looked like hell. His skin was yellow. His face was distorted. He seemed intoxicated.

After Tegan left, I was told by someone sitting at the table that the word was Tegan had cirrhosis of the liver and was dying. I said that needed to be gotten to the bottom of and made public. Why, I was asked? Because, I said, Tegan is a sitting judge, handling lots of rough cases, including family court and criminal cases, and because he running for reelection, and if he is an alcoholic, and is dying from it, that bears on this qualifications to be a judge. Oh, that would not be a nice thing to make public, I was told. Oh, not making it public would not be nice, I said. (I didn’t say denial is hard for many alcoholics and their enabler-protectors to overcome.)

To Todd German, Hometown PAC’s Chairman, sitting to my left, I said something like, “You and Hometown have an affirmative duty to grill Tegan about his “condition” at Hometown’s candidate forums. So does the Citizen. I should not be the one who does it.” Todd was on the Citizen Editorial Board.

Having reported that today, I do not say I know is wrong with Tegan. I reported what I was told and what I observed first-hand and concluded. And, what the Citizen reported this morning. Just my opinion: the best thing is for Tegan to take a leave of absence from judging, get treated for whatever is wrong with him, and if he recovers, seek to return to judging with the approval of the state judicial qualifications commission.

This stinger is in KONK Life today - www.keysnews.com, I added the photo.

LTTE GARBAGE … A DIRTY BUSINESS!
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KONK LIFE EDITOR RM — TUE, JUN 17 2014
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Garbage … A dirty business!

BY TERI JOHNSTON

Teri Johnston

Key West City Commissioner

Many of you, including me, were stunned when the Commission on May 6 ignored the recommendations of our City Staff, our independent Solid Waste Consulting firm, Kessler Consulting, and our Commission appointed Sustainability Board by voting to award Waste Management a 7-year $53,775,211 contract for the City of Key West.

Credit needs to go to Greg Sullivan and his team who filled Old City Hall with ardent supporters to represent Waste Management. However, it was not the reputation of Waste Management that was to be debated or voted on by your elected officials. Our job was to award the contract to either Advanced Disposal or Waste Management for solid waste collection and processing that would provide our Community with efficient service at the best value. Seems straight forward.

Advanced Disposal’s bid submission represented an average of 26% savings for our commercial customers. Our business community is paying some of the highest commercial rates in South Florida.

This 26% savings from Advanced was inaccurately portrayed during public comment as a savings associated with only 42 compactors. The facts are that both Kessler and City Staff conducted an extensive analysis of 1,918 current commercial collections using both Waste Management’s and Advanced Disposal’s actual pricing. 1,825 of these commercial collections would save money with the Advanced bid while 93 current commercial collections would save money with Waste Management’s pricing, but let’s not let the facts cloud a good spin.

The Chamber of Commerce, representing over 650 community business members, endorsed the Waste Management bid which virtually eliminated the 26% average potential savings to their membership. This endorsement included:

Return to a 2-1-1 residential pick up schedule representing a $3,686,756 (7) year increase over our staff/consultant recommendation.

2. Waste Management operation of our transfer station at a (7) year increase to taxpayers of approximately $2,100,000 above our current operational budget.

I would hope that the Chamber representative would have the good graces to skip their annual appearance at our budget session this year to chastise our “wasteful” spending of city taxpayer monies. Seems a touch hypocritical.

It is our obligation as your elected officials to solicit competitive bids for this city to assure that you, our tax and rate payers, are receiving quality services at the most competitive pricing. After all, we’re spending your money!

Relinquishing our Transfer Station was the most baffling move although in retrospect it was the only option that would make it appear that Waste Management was low bidder. Operation of our Transfer station is a budgeted line item for the City. We currently run our facility (excluding the scale house) for an annual cost of $550,292. Our Invitation to Bid stated that you “may” wish to bid on this option. Kessler Consulting recommended that we privatize our transfer station only if it made good business sense to do so. Waste Management submitted a bid of $853,464 to run our Transfer Station — a $303,000 annual increase over our current operational costs. Does that seem like a common sense move to you?

With our vote on May 6 we have created a monopoly for Waste Management in Key West, impacting our future bargaining strength? After this vote, Waste Management now controls the following contracts with the City of Key West:

Curbside collection contract originally signed on 1/1/2000 now extended to 1/1/2022 with (2) 4-year extensions available beyond 2022. Approximate value of this contact is $3,182,000 annually.

Transfer station management (part of curbside collection contract) to be signed on 1/1/2015 for 7 years with (2) 4-year extensions available. Approximate value of this contract is $853,464 annually.

Haul out and disposal contract originally signed in 2004 for 7 years with (1) 7-year extension and (1) 6-year extension. Approximate value of this contract is $3,708,232 annually.

Unlike the County, we have one vendor!

Over the past (7) years this Commission has taken a number of steps towards becoming a sustainable community with the support of dedicated staff and many environmentally conscience citizens. Our Solid Waste Master Plan provides us with a glide path to move towards a zero waste community. The one positive aspect of this contract is our yard waste disposition but on the whole we have taken a giant leap backwards.

This vote was unconscionable. Are we working for the citizens of Key West or for Waste Management? We saved Waste Management but threw you under the bus to the tune of $14,000,000.

You have a voice. Please use it.

This information is a matter of public record and is accessible via Legistar at www.keywestcity.com or through city staff.

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For me, the real problem was putting the contract out for the lowest bidder. Price never should be the sole criteria for something as important at the city’s garbage, waste and recycling pickup. What was the city commission thinking, putting that out for the lowest bid? That’s what turned it into the circus it became, when the city commissioners and mayor realized what they had done had come home to bite their hind ends.

Furthermore, the bid had too many moving parts, which made it hard for me, sitting there in the audience that night, determine if I was looking at apples vs. apples, or apples vs. oranges.

Then, there was the disclosure during the hassle that Advanced’s bid was based on using humongous waste haulers on narrow city streets, which humongous waste haulers used automated arms and pickers, and only one driver, to pick up waste containers and empty them into the humongous waste hauler. The automation and only one employee were more efficient and thus cheaper to operate, than the two or three man waste haulers Waste Management uses in Key West.

However, it also came out during the hassle that the humongous waste haulers could not work all the narrow streets in Old Town, and since they only worked one side of a street at a time, they would have to make two passes on 2-way streets, and could not even work both sides of 1-way streets. So, Advanced would have to use the waste hauler trucks with two to three men, like Waste Management was using, which would increase Advanced’s cost, for which increase Advanced would seek reimbursement from the city.

It also came out during the hassle that Advanced’s bit actually was not firm, but would be negotiated with the city if the commission voted to go with Advanced.

(Just in the past few days, I have seen traffic gridlocked on Old Town through and crossing two-way and one-way streets, due to Waste Management’s “small” garbage haulers stopping every few yards to pick up garbage in containers on sidewalks next to those streets.)

It also came out during the hassle, which Advanced’s people did not dispute, that Advanced had incurred a great deal of debt and had not made money for several years. The citizen speaker who brought that out said, that, alone, was reason not to give the bid to Advanced.

I thought going back to twice a week garbage pickup was bonkers, because of the extra cost, and because of the apparent disincentive that would have on recycling waste.

If I were King, I would make recycling mandatory. And, I would enforce it by Waste Management writing citations on properties where waste was not separated for recycling, and leaving a copy of the citation on the property, and turning in the orginal to city code enforcement for collection. The fines to be liens against the offending properties.

Or, just for yucks, Waste Management simply bypasses properties where waste is not separated for recycling, and the neighbors work it out the old-fashioned way: fists, rocks, knives, swords, pistols, muskets.

I’m still of the view that fish waste can be taken to the nearest body of salt water with a good tidal current and be tossed in there for the crabs and other sea scavengers to take care of.

I’m also still of the view that yard waste should be composted locally, and reused locally, instead of being hauled to the mainland. And the city’s treated wastewater should be reused for irrigation. And the city needs to come into the 21st Century and let property owners solarize their properties and sell excess electricity back to the electric company. And the city needs to require ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION and ALL NEW REDEVELOPMENT to be solar to the maximum extent possible. AND the city needs to turn Truman Waterfront into community vegetable and fruit gardens and affordable housing.

So far, I am not impressed with what the city has done to go “green”. What the city has done, in the main, is mix up going green in the Mother Nature sense, with going green in the Wall Street Banker sense.

Another thing the city has done, which certainly affects recycling, and would drive a Wall Street Banker bonkers, is the city has ignored its massive termite problem. I have been told by local building contractors, that all new construction down here is infested by termites before a certificate of occupancy is issued. The city, so far, has been stingy, to even totally resistant, to letting new construction be made of wood look somewhat alike materials, which termites will not turn into rotted wood and sawdust.

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Moving deeper into sin city, letter to the editor in Sunday’s Citizen:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I have supported the Keys Coalition (against sex trafficking) since its founding in September 2011, and following my friend Connie Gilbert, I am honored to have been elected the new chair of Keys Coalition.

We have good news to report. Since its inception, one of the coalition’s goals was to encourage legislation to criminalize the advertising of minors for sex on the Internet (primarily on a site called Backpage). On May 20, Congress passed the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act (SAVE), which would do just that. It also passed four other bills addressed at domestic sex trafficking. Our congressman supported all five bills. We are glad that Congress recognizes the importance of this issue.

However, upon our inception, early criticism stated that sex trafficking just does not happen here. We were offended for we know sex trafficking can happen anywhere.

The coalition critics were wrong. In 2012, two minor girls from the Upper Keys (one only 14) were lured to Broward County where they were sold for sex by two different pimps. Fortunately, they were soon rescued by a brave Ft. Lauderdale police officer who told us the details at our January 2013 rally.

And recently, Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Martinez spoke to a meeting in Marathon and told us of a 16-year-old Key West girl who was lured into prostitution by a Miami pimp who was marketing adult prostitutes through a Key West strip club. The pimp met the 16 year old in the strip club, where she was dancing nude.

These incidents surely shock the conscience of all of us.

It is the coalition’s opinion that even one more victim is one too many, and that we must do all we can to prevent another of our children from being victimized.

We will soon share with our county commissioners a proposal to keep minors out of the strip clubs.

Remember, the absence of evidence is not necessarily the evidence of absence!

Write us at keyscoalition@live.com.

Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn D. Magby

Key West

Actually, what I, and others, wanted way back in Keys Coalition’s beginning, was to be given specific examples of child-sex trafficking in the Florida Keys. Keys Coalition put out misinformation about that, and finally, years later, was able to back fill two cases of child sex trafficking in the Keys.

Long before that, I was getting onto Keys Coalition’s Chairwoman Connie Gilbert and her right-hand man Tim Gratz

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Connie Gilbert and Tim Gratz

about the ongoing sex magnet in their own back yard – Duval Street. I asked, begged, cajoled, lampooned and outright ridiculed Connie and Tim, who are friends of mine, for not wading physically into those sex dens and talking with the girls and patrons and cops who all make it happen; and then going before the city commission with their results and spilling those beans. One of the commissioners, Mark Rossi, owns Duval Street sex dens.

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Mark Rossi

Instead, Connie and Tim went federal on the US mainland, and then global. They went after all forms of slavery, everywhere. Anything, but go after the sex trade in their own city. While, one member of Keys Coalition, actually walked the talk.

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Gyvel Berkley put her body and life at risk, by going into Duval Street sex dens, and into Miami area sex dens, doing just what Tim and Connie would not do; and getting herself thrown out of those sex dens.

I look forward to seeing Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn D. Magby follow Jesus’, er, Gyvel’s courageous lead. I will send Magby a copy of this post today, since she asked for it at the end of her letter to the editor.

Ciao maim,

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About Sloan

Darn, that would take a while. Try the autobiographical pages in the header. Ditto for header menu pages at www.goodmorningbirmingham.com. Hatched and raised there, eventually I ran away from home. Here's a short list: Born 1942; male; single; accused of all sorts of imaginable and unimaginable things, perhaps some true. Live on Key West of Weird asteroid. Publish something most days on this website, been at that since July 2007. That's heaps of catch-up reading, probably not recommended.
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