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In today’s online edition of KONK Life - www.konknews.com
Sloan Bashinsky is featured poet Sunday
SPECIAL TO KONK LIFE
Sloan Bashinsky, a candidate for mayor of Key West, will be the featured poet at Sunday’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild at Blue Heaven, the corner of Thomas and Petronia Streets.
Bashinsky, a longtime member of the organization, describes himself as, “I am a visionary, a mystic, a poet, an artist, a novelist, a journalist, a former practicing lawyer, with a masters degree in tax law on top of the regular J.D. law degree, and a former business executive.”
Bashinsky reports that he is “on the lam from Birmingham (Ala.), my hometown. Maybe on the lam from other places and events, too. Except for a 40th birthday poem for a law partner and an 80th birthday poem for the U.S. District for whom I had clerked after graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in early 1986 , I had no inkling I might be a poet. Years later, the inkling became ink, and then became lots of ink. I never knew when a new poem was going to sit me down and write itself through me. Ker plop, onto my writing journal usually, sometimes onto my computer monitor screen. The poetry went through several intense phases, reams of verse, often really emotional. Now new poems only come every now and then. The emotion is still there, but usually not as intense. Right now, I have no clue what verses I will recite, or read…”
C.S. Gilbert will serve as moderator of the session
Also down in the southernmost ward for the politically insane, a burp in today’s Citizen’s Voice - www.keysnews.com
“David Fernandez sat with his attorney in the audience at Monday’s special [city commission] meeting. I suppose we are going to hear that he is suing the city with some lame excuse. I expect the city to stand up to such a suit. I am tired of the city rolling over and paying everyone off. They have developed a reputation.”
Nashville J wrote yesterday re now ex-Assistant Key West City Manager David Ferandez’ voided new employment contract as the city’s new utility department director, which got trashed out a bit in yesterday’s various Key West of Paradise happy as pigs in shit outings post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com.
Maybe you covered this and I missed it – but – if Fernandez’s contract is null and void because it was not run by the City’s Legal Department – THEN – all contracts that were not run by the City’s Legal Department must ALSO be null and void don’t you think?? Maybe there are no other contracts that were not approved by the City’s Legal Department but how will we know unless a total review of ALL CONTRACTS signed by Vitas are checked and verified that they were approved??? Maybe that will keep them busy for a few months trying to figure that out.
Happy Independence Day !
I would use that argument, if I were David Fernandez’ lawyer – “selective voiding of employment contracts, just one, actually, David Fernandez’” :-). I imagine, however, the City Commission and City Attorney Shawn Smith could review all employment contracts not yet reviewed by Shawn and approved by the City Commission and pass on and approve them after the fact, all except for Fernandez’ employment contract. Also is the argument, by not timely objecting, and by paying all those employees under contract, the city ratified those contracts regardless of their not being passed on by Shawn Smith and the City Commission. It’s all a deep pile of doo doo, which I’m glad I didn’t have a hand in dumping on the public in so-called paradise
My position would be that IF every contract was not reviewed and approved by the City then there is in fact no law, rule or regulation. All contracts, fines, penalties ,rules, laws, that anyone who was not properly hired – all actions by those employees are null and void since they were not legally hired and therefore not legally able to act on the City’s behalf. . Now that would throw a cat amongst the pigeons ! Will be interesting to see how it plays out before a judge if it gets that far!
Well, now, that’s another kettle of fish altogether, and some enterprising energetic ambulance chaser might make the city really uncomfortable running his/her siren full bore down that road. What a class action lawsuit that might be. You missed your calling.
More cheer from Nashville J follows this crappy intermission.
Before dawn’s early light today, my dream maker took a big shine to this pooping on Mother Nature and the people in paradise article and readers comments thereto in yesterday’s issue of Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com
Some may try painting Dump The Pumps, Inc as being “against sewers”; that the group is simply trying to be disruptive and aims to bring all sewer construction to a stop.
Wrong! We all want a good system and good water quality, as promised when we passed the one cent infrastructure sales tax.
Anyone that has attended the various meetings, followed the chatter, asked questions, donated money, signed the petitions knows that the fight is simple. A substandard sewer system, mandated by politicians rather than engineers, putting grinder pumps in our yards, threatening our nearshore waters, is the fight. Do not forget the original system, designed by engineers, was a gravity system. It was not until the politicians got involved that we saw sewer money diverted to pet projects and a cheapened system thrust upon us.
The FKAA tells us they prefer gravity, ‘It always works, and it has no moving parts.’ Further, they said, ‘Get us the money from the BOCC, and we will install gravity.’
On January 31, 2014, the BOCC “drew a line in the sand” — that is a quote. Thankfully, Commissioner Danny Kohlhage successfully added the conversion of some of the denser subdivisions to that BOCC agenda item approval, and thereby reduced the count of residential grinders by nearly 40%. That still left over 60% of the original grinder count as intrusions, property takings and added expenses of up to several thousand dollars for those homeowners. Their decision was final. There would be no further discussion or negotiations regarding grinder vs gravity. Those who were still pegged for grinders were told they were “losers” — that is also a quote [by Commissioner George Neugent]. In essence they told us to pick up our marbles and go home. We picked up our marbles, went home, and decided to go to a higher authority — court.
Since this is the only avenue the county left us, we are using the legal system. Forced into this arena, the group attacked on all fronts. Our first challenge to DEP and FKAA, an action under F.S. 403.412, was met with what appeared to be a serious listen to our concerns. Of course, they wanted an additional 30 days to examine our allegations. After wasting two months of our time, DEP blew us off with one sentence, translated to mean, ‘Don’t bother us.’
Next, we challenged seven permit notices throughout the Lower Keys. We did it properly. If the challenge is timely and proper there is no permit until a further ruling. DEP then had an obligation to submit the petitions challenging the permits to the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) within 15 days. They did not. After several weeks, we filed a Writ of Mandamus in Circuit Court to force DEP to do what the law says they should do. They immediately sent the petitions to DOAH. We now have a judge appointed and a hearing set for later in September.
FKAA has maximized the use of an oddball sole-sourced pump and designed a system dependent upon its continued use. If that does not smell funny, what does? The fact that they hid these details and even the quantity of individual grinders further intensifies that effect. The DEP design requirements that were violated and listed in the DTPI lawsuit and now in the permit protests were intended to protect public health and the environment. That DEP allowed these violations to exist is serious. Recently discovered information confirms that the system will not adequately work. The stubborn insistence on continuing construction, with a strong emphasis on completing the residential grinder areas first is further evidence of something suspicious. With the trail of deception perpetrated on property owners by our elected and appointed officials, maybe the pressurized system should be stopped. Even at this late date, an independent third party review would probably be wise.
FKAA knows they will not be finished by 2015, or even hook up Big Pine, a National Wildlife Refuge, until 2016. Wouldn’t it be wise to cease construction until after the hearing? There’s a lot at stake. September isn’t that far away.
Credibility for FKAA does not exist. See below.
- In the fall of 2012, FKAA, in printed material and public meetings, preaches that only about 600 grinders will be necessary in remote areas of the Lower Keys and that more dense neighborhoods will be on gravity. We all think we are getting gravity. At about the same time, they have already gone out to contractors to bid the project with 2800 residential grinders.
- We continue to ask why the permits from DEP to FKAA are advertised in a Broward County newspaper. Last week an executive with FKAA told a Key West newspaper that this was an oversight by the contractor. Propaganda. See if you can find one notice of permits for FKAA in any local Monroe County news outlet for this system. Do they not want you to know what they are doing?
- The chief engineer of FKAA even tried to subvert the permitting notice in an email to DEP. Another oversight perhaps? In recent weeks, the engineer with FKAA sent an email to DEP suggesting the next permit for Big Pine Key not be advertised (noticed) in a public forum because Dump the Pumps, Inc. would probably be looking for it and would challenge the notice with a petition negating the permit.
- There has been little or no consultation with NOAA or U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and there is a Federal “nexus” since some of this money came from the EPA – a NEPA requirement for Environmental Assessment.
Sad as it is, I have told many people that this is a civics lesson that is not taught in schools. Dump the Pumps, Inc., is doing things by the book. The organization’s attorney is engaged and filing legal stuff. DEP blows us off, a county commissioner and the executive director of FKAA go on a local public radio station and say they have the go-ahead from DEP to continue working. Apparently, DEP does not have to answer to the same laws as the rest of us — we are not through with this one.
There are ample incidents of sewage backups into homes and a number of other communities have replaced this type of system. There are alternatives. Every FKAA customer may see added expense regardless of where they live. Even if all was above board and the system would function properly, the extra expense of operating and maintenance could drive up all FKAA sewer customer’s rates. Basically, we will pay for most of the system over and over again, since its life expectancy is only 25 years – if you believe that.
The attack is broad and may appear as though we are fighting sewers in the Keys. This is not true. Everyone in the County should be protesting this. Our fight is against a politically designed inferior central sewer system which includes the intrusion of grinders on private property, a taking of private property, and disregard for the environment- the main reason we all are trying to put in a sewer system. Our fight is simply to ask them to do this right and do it right the first time.
Click here to find out more about Dump The Pumps, Inc.
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And this related article:
Last Stand announced on Wednesday that it is strongly opposed to disposal of treated sewage into shallow wells at the as yet unfinished Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In letters to DEP, FKAA and each Monroe County Commissioner, the Keyswide environmental group cited state regulations, insufficient treatment and danger to sealife as reasons why the plant should be required to pump its waste 2,500-3,000 feet below the surface into the Boulder Zone.
“DEP requires sewage plants that have the potential to treat one million gallons a day to use deep well disposal,” said Naja Girard, president of Last Stand, a watch-dog group which has operated in the Keys for over 25 years. “Deep wells receive the partially treated waste water and retain it below solid barriers, while shallow wells allow the fresh water to rise to the surface and move into the nearshore waters,” she added.
Florida Administrative Code sets tough maximum standards for nitrogen and phosphorus that “will not be met by the Cudjoe Plant,” Girard stated. “This is a very strict, special rule for Florida Outstanding Waters like the Florida Keys, and FKAA’s published numbers are far above the limits the law imposes,” she said.
Girard said Last Stand will “help any way we can” to encourage County Commissioners to find the $6-$8 million dollars needed for the deep well. “Taxpayers voted to pay an extra one-cent infrastructure sales tax for exactly this kind of expenditure,” she explained, “and now is the time to do it, before the plant even begins to treat sewage.”
Last Stand contends the deep well technology is required, and if the Cudjoe plant is allowed to go into operation sometime in early 2015 using only shallow wells, the cost for a deep well would be even greater when the estimated 10,000 residential units are finally hooked up and the million-gallon-a-day threshold is surpassed.
The letter to DEP asks the agency to notify Last Stand directly should they decide to allow shallow wells instead of the deep well system, so that Last Stand may join other concerned Keys groups in challenging DEP’s action.
“We strongly support the DIG DEEP CUDJOE coalition (www.digdeepcudjoe.com), formed specifically to ensure that Lower Keys waste water will go deep and not into our nearshore waters,” Girard said. “If enough of us contact our County Commissioners and the FKAA, we can all work together to accomplish the right thing for the environment.”
Deep well injection systems are already in place in Key West and Key Largo, while smaller shallow injection well plants operate on Stock Island, Marathon and at some businesses and private residences.
Last Stand has been organized to promote, preserve, and protect the quality of life in the city of Key West, the Florida Keys and their environs, with particular emphasis on the natural environment. To learn more about Last Stand visit keyslaststand.org/.
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Ever jubilant Nashville J also sent yesterday:
Maybe homeless lady beat by California HP
I know the big brave cop must have been proud afterward, bragged it up to his fellow cops and friends. Good break for him somebody filmed it. After it goes viral, the cop will be a national celebrity. Maybe go on a TV tour, make big bucks in speakers fees.
blue paper “cartoon” on KWPD apprehension of suspected homeless man Charles Eimers – get to the bystander’s video by clicking on this link:
In today’s Citizen’s voice:
“Thanks to the Key West Police Department for getting the crazy driver off of Roosevelt Boulevard by the airport this week. They had passed us on the right side in the bike lane and then went through the intersection to pass us again. This cancels the frustration of the parking ticket we had received 20 minutes earlier, even with a paid receipt in the window.”
“Since the police lied about [suspected homeless man] Charles Eimers running from his car and resisting arrest, why does everyone believe the police when they say Eimers was pulled over on North Roosevelt and then fled?”
I’ve watched a good bit of the World Cup in Brazil. It’s been refreshing to see attention drawn to something at which America does not excel – international football, called soccer in America. I had no idea there were so many international football fans in Key West – Brazilian fans, Colombian fans, Chilean fans, Argentine fans, Costa Rican fans, Mexican fans. I was not able to get into Jack Flats Sports Bar when those teams were playing. I knew America was not ready for that level of international football when I saw the American team has a German coach. Nothing against that coach, but if there is no American coach good enough to field a soccer team capable of beating Germany, which beat America the other day, or tiny Belgium, which earlier beat America, then America is not ready to compete at that level.
As for the Key West mayor’s race, I’m working on getting the angels who told me to run, if I knew what was good for me, committed for my own good.
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sloan Bashinsky, for Mayor of Key West, aka “southernmost the nut house”
Hometown PAC’s Meet the Candidates beauty pageant at Studios of Key West, mi amigo inmate Todd German, Hometown’s Chairman performing as master of ceremonies