Key West play dates and going green ($$$) without insulting Mother Nature

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In a nap dream yesterday, someone I didn’t recognize asked me if I knew Naja Girard was playing with me?

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I awoke, wondering what that was about? Naja and hubby Arnaud publish Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper, which puts mucho heat on the city and county government, developers and the other usual suspects, and gives local artists and musicians lots of exposure.

Last night in a dream, I got slammed for ignoring the feminine; I awoke thrilled, feeling like the world had been yanked out from under me.

In the next dream, my younger daughter Alice, the eye surgeon,

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came and sang me a love song about a woman I am in love with, but on waking I be danged if I know who the woman is. I then think maybe that’s a continuation of getting right with the feminine again, in what I will post today to www.goodmorningkeywest.com.

In a third dream, Key West City Commissioner Teri Johnson

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takes me through a village showing me different ways to get to the same restaurant. I wake up, think that has to do with what I’m going to publish today, and it has to be something the feminine likes, if I know what’s good for me.

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The stage set, some of the players identified in dreams, some not, let’s continue.

Tom Milone, of Key West, corrected parts of what I reported in yesterday’s truth, or consequences – Key West and way beyond post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:

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Hi Sloan,

I would just like to clarify a couple of things you wrote about in today’s post.

I ran for the commission three times. The last two were against Jimmy Weekley. The first time was against Bill Verge, who was elected, and Tom Oosterhoudt. I never ran against Mark Rossi.

The art festival in Buffalo, NY is produced by an all volunteer not-for-profit which does not receive any government funding.

Thomas C. (Tom) Milone

I replied:

Oh, Gwad! Re your city commission races. I know Todd German ran against Mark Rossi. Jeepers Creepers!

Tom, I thought you said the Buffalo art festival received local government funding, another apology.

I still think KW should subsidize Goombay

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under the same rationale the elected city officials use to justify subsidizing the power boat races for bringing in all that alleged million$$$, and Historic Tours of America and the Duval Street Businesses re bringing cruise ship passengers in from the outer mole pier.

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Speaking of the devil, this mini-cruise missile below didn’t show up on my radar until I read about it in today’s Citizen – www.keysnew.com – I added pics and interjected thoughts in italics:

Key West Escape

Thursday, July 10, 2014Decrease text sizeIncrease text sizeAdd to FacebookAdd to Twitter
New ‘mini’ cruise ship wants in
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
gfilosa@keysnews.com
Gwen Filosa
A Marco Island businessman wants to launch “mini” cruise ship tours to Key West, docking the vessel built to hold 90 passengers four nights a week at the historic seaport.

The Key West Escape is a 177-foot-long vessel outfitted with 40 cabins. It sleeps 80 but has room for an additional 10 passengers who would have to rent hotel rooms or stay with friends, said company president Jeff McDonald.

McDonald pitched the small cruise ship line in person Wednesday at Old City Hall, promising a lucrative infusion to the city’s economy, particularly for restaurants.

“There’s no free food,” McDonald told the Bight Management Board on Wednesday evening at Old City Hall. “We’re encouraging people who want to go in town and eat while they’re here. People can enjoy Key West on a nice three-day adventure.”

McDonald proposed two cruises a week from Marco Island, one docking Friday and leaving at 10 a.m. Sunday and the other arriving Monday afternoon and leaving Wednesday morning to make the 84-nautical-mile trip back.

The cruises could change, McDonald said, depending on how well the overnight trips do.

“We’ve got to get it up and running,” he said.

The Bight board only discussed the proposal, which asks for a 5 to 10-year contract and offers to pay the city a $5-per-head disembarkment fee, along with all utility bills for the ship and a 10-cent per gallon fuel surcharge.

Fuel brought down from the mainland, a really “green” maneuver Mother Nature will love.

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I imagine the mega-yacht also will want to buy Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority water from the city, like the sea monsters do. Aqueduct water also is brought down from the mainland as part of Key West going “green”. Here’s what Key West really means when it talks about going green:

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McDonald first approached city staff several months ago with the idea.

“We’re always looking for additional revenue,” said Doug Bradshaw, the city’s port director. “We’re hearing people want smaller cruise ships, more ’boutique’ cruise ships. We thought it was worth listening to.”

One of Key West’s most skeptical critic of the cruise ship industry said Wednesday he welcomes the idea of a the much smaller vessel carrying tourists to the island for overnight stays.

Jolly Benson

Jolly Benson

“They’re not going to be chewing up the channel and filling our streets,” said Jolly Benson, chairman of the Key West Committee for Responsible Tourism, a political action group which last year led the effort that killed a referendum to order a federal study on the impacts of dredging the local harbour to better accommodate the larger cruise ships from lines like Carnival.

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Various cruise ships deliver some 5,000 tourists to the Old Town streets on a single day, but the industry’s newest vessels carry 4,300 passengers while measuring 1,110 feet in length and 127 feet wide.

And, they will tear up the channel bottom even more, if they ever are allowed into Key West.

Business leaders last year campaigned for an Army Corps of Engineers study on what would happen to Key West if the channel were widened, via dredging, to create a larger front door for the newest ships.

Voters on Oct. 1 turned out in droves to beat down the ballot question, 74 to 26 percent, with turnout at 41 percent.

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Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – impression of voters slaughtering the bigger cruise ship referendum, after the blue paper had plastered this impression all over Key West, on the heels of the President of the Key West Chamber of Commerce saying at the Chamber’s forum on bringing in bigger cruise ships, that the dirtiest worst possible cruise ships are calling on Key West (and had been since the first cruise ship called on Key West decades before).

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It remains my view that the 74-26 slam dunk was a statement against these ocean and reef killing sea monsters calling on Key West at all, and it remains my position that Key West needs to ban them from Key West, period, the end.

Board members asked city staff to bring back a more detailed proposal and took no votes.

City commissioners would have the final say on the cruise line contract.

In a June 30 letter to city staff, Key West Escape offered to pay a dockage rate of $30 per foot, per month for use of the Ferry Terminal at the Key West Historic Seaport, with yearly increases pursuant to any rise in the Consumer Price Index.

“In theory it sounds great,” said board member Jimmy Lane. “People overnight in the bight eating dinner and spending money.”

Board member Jeremy Ashby added, “Using our fuel, too.”

But the board’s Harry Bowman said there several big unanswered questions, such as whether the cruise ship would pay the bed tax and whether it would take business away from existing charters.

Chris Belland, CEO of Historic Tours of America and Yankee Freedom III, said the Ferry Terminal might not have room for such a venture.

“I don’t know how you’d jockey these boats around to make this work,” Belland said. “We’re concerned about having overnight guests. We have a security issue with our boat.”

Sounds like a competition issue to me, something HTA never has cared to have in Key West. Mother Nature never has liked cruise ships. It really ain’t smart to piss her off.

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gfilosa@keysnews.com

I had two play dates yesterday, the first began with this email:

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Hi Sloan,

Congratulations on your campaign for Key West Mayor!

I am interested in talking to you about advertising your candidacy in KONK Life.
Our publication is distributed weekly and reaches approximately 25,000 people each week.

We have been covering the candidates and campaigns for the upcoming election and will continue to do so, as we are committed to providing as much information as possible to Monroe County voters.

We’d love to help you get your message to the voters via advertising in KONK Life.

Please contact me for details.

Susan Kent
Advertising Account Executive
KONK Life
www.konknet.com

I replied:

Hi, Sue – thanks for inquiring.

Traditionally, I don’t advertise in that way, it goes against my sense of how campaigns should be run.

So far, over the years, the only money I spent campaigning, besides cost of getting my carcass and mouth to candidate forums when same required using my car to get there, was campaign t-shirts in the 2009 mayoral, and a few campaign t-shirts in this year’s mayoral. Plus, the pro-rated annual cost, which is minimal, for domain name and internet hosting of www.goodmorningkeywest.com.

I did answer KONK Life’s questions to candidates, which I heard from Judge Mark Jones was published in KONK Life’s paper edition soon after I sent in the answers; but I don’t recall seeing my answers and your questions published in KONK Life online, although I have seen other candidates’ and your questions published online. I wonder if I missed the online KONK LIfe issue when my answers to your questions were published?

Here’s a link for that in a post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Sloan

I sort of got carried away, maybe it was a mini-Rapture.

Overall, I view “vote for me” campaign posters, mailers, robo calls, newspaper ads and radio ads as garish and environmentally unsound and overall gauche, not to mention hugely imposing and egotistical, not to further mention entirely misleading by leaving out what every voter really ought to know about the wannabe elected official.

It has long been my view, obtained by running for office 8 times now in the Florida Keys – 3 times already as mayor of Key West, plus this time now, 3 times for county commission, and 1 time for school board – that it should be illegal, actually, a capital offense, for anyone to actively seek election to public office. Voter-initiated grassroots write-in campaigns should be the only way people are elected to public office.

Well, that’s not how it happens, of course, so I make do the best I can, in keeping with my philosophy stated above.

Meanwhile, Sue, you might, or might not, wish to read what I wrote a while back to a damsel holding herself out as Aubrey, who emailed from the mainland wanting to get me elected by her GET YOU ELECTED FOR SURE PR Firm. Here is a link to a www.goodmorningkeywest.com post, which contains what she sent to me and what I sent back to her.

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Sloan

I confess to nearly wetting my pants while writing back to Aubrey, who never answered, other than by sending me the same offer for me to pay her company to get me elected, followed by my sending her what I had already sent her, followed by her sending me the same offer again, to the end result that I concluded Aubrey must be a computer virtual. That, or she was so mesmerized by the drawings of my campaign harem, er, boosters, majorettes and cheerleaders, including the damsel below, that she, Aubrey, went went catatonic.

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Anyway, I know KONK Life, being local and therefore supposedly politically neutral in the mayor and other races this year, cannot accept the fun and exciting invitation I sent to Aubrey Virtual Catatonic. Even so, I think it covers the rest of the Sloan ain’t a politician, no way in hell, waterfront pretty well. Damsel below.
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Give Guy de Boer a big kiss for me :-), or at least a big hug :-)

Sloan

Sue wrote:

Thanks for your reply, Sloan.

I don’t know if your comments were published; I’d suggest contacting Ralph Morrow, the editor, to find out.

Thanks!

Then came a play date from Ginger, of Jupiter, Florida:

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Did you enter the Hemmingway look alike contest. Saw picture in paper/no names.

I replied:

They rejected my entry photo, said it was too modest.

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There also was the wee matter of my going into witness protection last fall.

Sloan at HH

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And there was the further wee problem that I can’t drink booze and the bad guy in Hemingway’s novels does not drink and I just don’t have the heart to mess with the old seaman like that, when he ain’t here personally to defend his own honor.

Ernest Hemingway

Nor do I, nor this particular muse-booster below, care even a little twit to spend even 5 seconds around a legion of boozed up eager to win the annual Viagra-sponsored Hemingway beauty contest candidates, who probably can’t write their way into a wet paper bag drunk or sober, much less out of one.

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Dang, Ginger, I’m in such a good mood today.

Thanks!

:-)

P.S. If the geniuses in City Hall designate the upper half of Smathers Beach a nude beach,

Smathers Beach

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it would end up looking like a small Haulover Beach just above Miami,

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and it won’t cost the city a dime, because the naturists will look after the beach, and police it, and keep it peaceful and law-abiding. Just think of all those nature lovers staying in Key West hotels, motels, lodges, guest houses, and eating in Key West restaurants, and drinking in Key West bars, and buying art in Key West galleries, and visiting Key West museums, and going fishing, jet-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottom-boating, sunset-cruising, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera – talking about going green!!!

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and not one insult to Mother Nature :-)

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Sloan Bashinsky
keysmyhome@hotmail.com

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sloan Bashinsky, for Mayor of Key West, aka “southernmost the nut house”

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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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