Sunday, August 19, 2018

It's time Key West's lower Duval Street is a pedestrian mall from sundown to closing time, and the Key West Citizen Editorial Board wants Key West to effectively have 3 county commissioners?

My good Key West friend Tom Milone, left, who ran for the Key West City Commission and the local Electric Board a few times, vacationed this past week in Montreal, Canada. We spoke a while on the telephone one evening about my idea to close lower Duval Street in Key West, from Southard to Green Streets, at sundown through closing time, every day, and let street vendors, artists, performers, etc., ply their wares and Duval Street Restaurants put tables and chairs out on the sidewalk, but not on the street. 
My idea for that originated with my living 8 years in Boulder, Colorado, which had turned several blocks of its Pearl Street into a permanent pedestrian mall, which the businesses on Pearl Street loved. The crowd below is watching a street performer one evening before sundown on Pearl Street Mall.
Tom Milone told me that some time ago, Montreal had turned part of its St. Catherine Street into a pedestrian mall during the warm months. Tom sent two photos, which he said he took last year - 10 city blocks.
For years, Key West people have bitched in local newspapers, and candidates have bitched at candidate forums, about cleaning up lower Duval Street - its dirty t--shirt shops and aggressive cosmetic scam shops and cruise ship penny-pinching passenger hordes, and its loud Harley Davidsons and hot-rod cars and trucks. 

Yet what has any City Commission done? Zip.  

What has any mayor candidate, other than myself, proposed to transform lower Duval Street? 

During the 2007 mayor's race, I pushed for making lower Duval pedestrian. I pushed for it again during the 2009, 2014 and 2016 mayor races. I am pushing for it again. It needs to be done, regardless of who is mayor. But if I get elected, I will not shut up about it.

Pedestrian-ing lower Duval from sundown to closing time will be a heap better for the city and its residents and guests, than lower Duval being a Harley and hot-rod strip.

Pedestrian-ing lower Duval from sundown to closing time will be a heap better for the city and its residents and guests, than the so-called private enterprise "pocket park" the City Commission, with Mayor Cates back from a 2-month vacation, recently approved without having a clue what the actual lease to the private developer will look like. 

Pedestrian-ing lower Duval from sundown until closing time will be a heap better for the city and its residents and visitors, than that humongous expensive fancy dog park on Truman Waterfront, where maybe 1,000 units of actually affordable Housing Authority rental housing could have been built instead.
From the recent Citizen Editorial on local races for public office:

Filling current Mayor Craig Cates’ shoes will be especially difficult, as he has developed a valuable skill set as a statesman, thoughtfully approaching issues and democratically leading the commission. As an ambassador for the City of Key West, he will be sorely missed, as none of the candidates seem to have the same level of commitment or passion for the community that he demonstrates. 

During Hometown's mayor candidate forum, Citizen Editor Kay Harris asked each of the mayor candidates to rate Mayor Cates' performance. The audience booed and Hometown's Chair and event moderator Todd  German, who is my good friend, said that was not a fair question. 

Kay looked like she had been tased. 

I said it was a great question. 

A mayor candidate answered Kay's question. 

Todd again tried to stop it. 

I said, You can't stop it after one candidate answered the question. 

Todd surrendered.

In the main, the other candidates, except for Margaret Romero, deferred to Cates. Romero said, if she is elected, she will not curtail discussion on the dais like Cates often did to Romero, who does her homework and asks lots of pesky questions. 

When my time came, I said Cates brought dignity to city commission meetings, for the most part. I could think of, but did not say, when Cates had done the opposite, in my opinion. I said, during Cates' 5 terms in office, he did not build a new homeless shelter; he built a new city hall that cost a great deal more than anyone thought it would cost, and I told him ahead of time that was going to happen; he didn't build one stick of new affordable housing; the city helped build an $18 million homeless animal shelter, but did not build a new shelter for homeless people; the city built a $50 million dog park on Truman Waterfront, instead of actually affordable rental housing. ($50 million was too high - that was the original estimate; the actual cost to date is maybe $20 million, with more to be built there.)
I wrote a letter to editor yesterday, regarding this in yesterday's Key West citizen - r(ichard) tamborrino is The Citizen's Publisher:

SLOAN BASHINSKY 
Sloan Bashinsky is also running for the Key West mayor’s seat, but Bashinsky did not submit any answers to The Citizen questionnaire.

From: sloan bashinsky <sloanbashinsky@yahoo.com>
To: Kay Harris <kharris@keysnews.com>; rtamborrino@keysnews.com <rtamborrino@keysnews.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3:07:11 PM EDT
Subject: letter to the editor re Citizen not receiving my answers to candidate questionnaire

My recollection is, I was at a family reunion in Colorado, when I received Mandy Miles' emailed questions to the mayor candidates. I right away spent a while typing a draft of my answers, which I saved in my email account and put aside to sleep on. I must have then got busy with family stuff and forgot to email my answers to Mandy - inexcusable on my part.

Sloan Bashinsky


FYI to The Citizen: 

When a friend suggested today that I now email my answers to the Citizen, I said I can't, because my answers are in my outlook email account that got hacked concurrent with the nice email Richard Tamborrino, Kay Harris, Sheriff Rick Ramsay and State Attorney Dennis Ward recently received from Judith E. Haney, accusing me of mass criminality. 

According Tim at the Computer Doctor store in Key West, MicroSoft said thousands of spam emails were sent out from my email account and MicroSoft suspended my account. It's still suspended and I'm waiting on MicroSoft to respond to the information their AI asked me to provide.

I had thought for months that my email account had been hacked and information from it had given the hacker access to a good mainland friend of mine. He told me about about a month ago that copies of his and my considerable email correspondence were emailed to his employer, who fired him because he and I had written a lot about our respective experiences with angels, demons, etc.
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The context of my relationship with the Florida Keys, especially what is known as "the lower Keys", which begins below Seven Mile Bridge and runs down through Big Coppitt Key, a Key West suburb, is provided in Jody Robert Ford's and my discussions in the past three posts at this blog.

A dream last night pointed me back to the District 2 County Commission seat part of something in yesterday' Citizen. The dream was: District 2 county commission candidate Michelle Coldiron, whom I have only seen and spoken to at candidate forums and don't otherwise know, came onto me sexually in several positions. Historically, when a woman comes onto me sexually in my dreams, it's about whatever she represents or is involved in, in which I also am involved. It is not about her and me having sex in waking time. It's a METAPHOR.

Key West Citizen Editorial Board Candidate Recommendations

For the first time in at least a decade, The Key West Citizen’s Editorial Board members are making recommendations for candidates in the Key West Mayoral and City Commission races, and the Republican candidates running for Monroe County Commission. Note: Not all editorial board members were able to participate, as Ann Reynolds was unable to attend the interviews and Todd German recused himself due to his involvement with Hometown.

Our recommendations are based on personal interviews and research on the candidate’s platforms and fundraising efforts, and the board was impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by these individuals.

It’s not always clear what a candidate’s motivation is for running for office, and it appears that some candidates may have gotten caught up in the excitement of running versus the reality of actually winning and having to spend copious hours serving the community. Others seem more prepared to devote the time and energy required to be a successful representative. Public service is not for everyone, and The Citizen feels that our recommendations are balanced and fair, and will assist voters in making their choices either in early voting this week or on Primary Day, Aug. 28.


Monroe County Commission District IV 

The winner of the Republican primary will face lone Democratic opponent Thomas Ryan in the November general election. The Citizen will make a subsequent recommendation, but at this time, the race is focused on the three candidates vying for the Republican nomination: Michele Coldiron, Debbie Halama and Charles Weitzel. Tommy Ryan, who is a Democrat, and other Big Pine Key residents rolled up their sleeves and removed tons and tons of Hurricane debris from Big Pine canals and elsewhere without any help from the county government. It was a shame Ryan was not allowed to participate as a candidate at Hometown!'s candidate forum, because he was not on the Republican primary ballot. 

The District 4 seat has not been open for two decades and the person who occupies this seat will have a strong hand in shaping the future of Monroe County. Historically, two of the five commission seats have been occupied by Marathon residents, leaving a wide swath of the Lower Keys feeling under-represented and ignored. In addition, the potential “swapping” of seats, with current Commissioner George Neugent and current Marathon Mayor Coldiron each running for the other’s position, was received by our editorial board with a degree of skepticism. Word on the "coconut telegraph" is Neugent and Coldiron made a deal to run for each other's seat and to support each other. Coldiron bought a home in the small part of Marathon, which lies in District 2, so she could file to run for District 2. She and her husband own 14 other homes in Marathon. They had lived in one of those homes, which was in District 4. From the ARRP candidate forum audience in Key West, I got all of that out of Coldiron, but not easily. Coldiron said the reason she moved into District 2 was because she loves the Florida Keys so much and wants to do all she can to help them. In the bigger scheme, it looks to me that a sliver of Marathon was gerrymandered into District 3, so Marathon could have 2 county commissioners (Districts 2 and 4), like Key West (Districts 1 and 3). Similar thinking led to Marathon High School being built as big as Key West High School, even though Marathon only needed a high school about half as big. Much of Marathon High School today is used for other things than a high school.

The three candidates have unique perspectives and experience to potentially bring to the dais, but some concerns arose from our interviews. 

Halama is vibrant and enthusiastic, and she raises some thoughtful and disturbing questions about issues that have been overlooked in the Lower Keys. However, her negative outlook and lack of general knowledge about countywide issues do not lend themselves to being a strong commission member. Halama's negative outlook is rooted in the way 4 (or 5?)-term county commissioner George Neugent, and the other county commissioners, threw the lower keys in the ditch for a l-o-n-g time. During his last two 4-year terms, King George mocked his lower Keys constituents. According to Big Pine residents, King George seldom was in his county commission office on Big Pine. He played golf in Marathon, using a comped Sombrero Country Club membership he did not disclose in his campaign financial reports. After Hurricane Irma, Big Pine looked like Hiroshima after the A-bomb. Down US 1 Neighbor Little Torch Key and the keys below were hammered, as well. The hardest hit keys were in District 2, below Seven Mile Bridge.  Yet they were the last keys the county government started cleaning up. As will be seen by the time you finish reading this "de facto" edit of the Editorial Board's District 2 candidate review, Debbie Halama is the ONLY Republican District 2 candidate who lives and works and raises her children in the lower Keys. 

As a CPA, Weitzel has an impressive grasp of the county’s budget and the ability to question decisions from a financial perspective that currently only Commissioner Danny Kohlage is apt to address. He has taken the time to develop plans for issues, such as affordable housing, but still has a learning curve when it comes to the limitations of those who govern. Weitzel said at the Hometown! candidate forum, that he lives on Big Coppitt Key, which is a Key West suburb. Weitzel said his accounting office is on Stock Island, which is in county commission District 3, which is a Key West county commission district. Weitzel said, if elected, he will move the District 2 county commission office from Big Pine Key into his accounting office on Stock Island. Meaning, if Weitzel's constituents want to see him, they have to drive all the way down to Stock Island, the oceanside of which lies in the county, and the gulf side of which lies in the city limits of Key West. If Wentzel wins, Key West effectively will have 3 county commissioners.  

Coldiron has raised the most money of any candidate by far, but a large percentage is from out-of-town and out-of-state contributors. It’s somewhat concerning that those outside our community might have a stronger voice in local decisions. She also struggled to identify any actions taken by the current commissioner in the last 20 years, either good or bad. The lack of specific examples or plans left the Editorial Board with the impression that she is more interested in running for the office than actually serving. I heard from someone up around Big Pine that Coldiron has taken to hanging out at Looe Key Tiki Bar on Ramrod Key in the evenings, to try to get votes. The Tiki Bar is where the common folk hang out in that neck of the woods. I hung out there a lot in the evenings, when I lived on Little Torch Key. I can't imagine high-fashion Coldiron, with her up-east psychology degree, hanging out at the Tiki Bar, unless she has an ulterior motive.

Due to his strong financial background, his deeper knowledge of county issues and his commitment to serving, The Citizen is recommending Charles “Chuck” Weitzel for the seat. Bizarre. If Weitzel was committed to serving the people of the lower keys, he would have said, if elected, he would keep the District 2 county commission office where it is, on Big Pine Key. Weitzel don't look all that different to me from Michelle Coldiron. She's a Marathon city girl. Weitzel is a Key West city boy. Saying it again, if Weitzel is elected, Key West will effectively have 3 county commissioners. Debbie Halaman is a Big Pine Key country girl. The only lower keys county commission candidate in the Republican District 2 primary. Ten years ago, I lobbied The Citizen and Hometown! Key West to stop endorsing candidates for public office, because I had observed, if The Citizen and Hometown!'s endorsed candidates won and then messed up, The Citizen and Hometown! did not call them out.

 Elsewhere in the local political derby

Link to local lunatic party candidate's 3-minute blow up the bubbas routine: 


The mayor candidates part of Hometown!'s July 23 candidate forum. Compare the lunatic's answers to the panelists' questions, to the sane candidate's answers.


July 23, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: TThe Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West To help all voters learn about the candidates and races...
www.youtube.com

At Monday’s candidate forum, Sloan Bashinsky, a candidate for mayor of Key West, was speaking to the audience when he was “interrupted” by a phone call – from God himself. “Hello, what, God?” Bashinsky said into his flip phone as the crowd laughed. He and “God” then discussed the City of Key West’s recent plans not to fund non-profits for children 
thebluepaper.com
political advertisement created by unwitting co-conspirators, Sloan Bashinsky and God

sloanbashinsky@yahoo.com

https://www.paypal.me/sloanbashinsk

In case anyone wonders if I'm making money on this blog, the last time I recall receiving a Pay Pal donation was the fall of 2017

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Key West Citizen weighs in on mayor's and other city races, as Florida Keys residents keep wondering what candidates can do for them instead of for Mother Nature

today features the questions Mandy Miles, for The Citizen, emailed to the various mayor candidates, and the candidates' replies, which is a heap of reading, and I leave for you to open keysnews.com and pay the daily fee to read it all about the other six mayor candidates and candidates in other races.

As for me, there is this:

SLOAN BASHINSKY 
Sloan Bashinsky is also running for the Key West mayor’s seat, but Bashinsky did not submit any answers to The Citizen questionnaire.

My recollection is I was at the family reunion in Colorado, when I received Mandy's emailed questions to the mayor candidates. As with several of sets of prior emailed mayor candidate questions I had received from other places, I right away spent a while typing a draft of my answers, which I saved and put aside to sleep on. Perhaps I got busy with family stuff and forgot to email my answers to Mandy. If so, that was inexcusable. When a friend suggested this morning that I now email my answers to the Citizen, I said I can't, because my answers are in the email account that got hacked the other day, and I still cannot get into that account.
Also in today's Citizen, which also is a heap and I leave for you to open keysnews.com and pay the small fee to see all of it:

Key West Citizen Editorial Board Candidate Recommendations

For the first time in at least a decade, The Key West Citizen’s Editorial Board members are making recommendations for candidates in the Key West Mayoral and City Commission races, and the Republican candidates running for Monroe County Commission. Note: Not all editorial board members were able to participate, as Ann Reynolds was unable to attend the interviews and Todd German recused himself due to his involvement with Hometown.

Our recommendations are based on personal interviews and research on the candidate’s platforms and fundraising efforts, and the board was impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by these individuals.

It’s not always clear what a candidate’s motivation is for running for office, and it appears that some candidates may have gotten caught up in the excitement of running versus the reality of actually winning and having to spend copious hours serving the community. Others seem more prepared to devote the time and energy required to be a successful representative. Public service is not for everyone, and The Citizen feels that our recommendations are balanced and fair, and will assist voters in making their choices either in early voting this week or on Primary Day, Aug. 28

Key West Mayor.

Filling current Mayor Craig Cates’ shoes will be especially difficult, as he has developed a valuable skill set as a statesman, thoughtfully approaching issues and democratically leading the commission. As an ambassador for the City of Key West, he will be sorely missed, as none of the candidates seem to have the same level of commitment or passion for the community that he demonstrates.

With seven candidates in the race, the possibility of one candidate being able to win the requisite 50 percent plus one vote in the primary is uncertain. If not, the race will continue as a run-off in the November general election, and as such, The Citizen is reluctant to single out one candidate for recommendation at this time.

We admire Sloan Bashinsky’s tenacity in seeking higher office, and both Carie Noda and Bill Foley for embarking on their campaigns. It is not easy to run for office and The Citizen encourages them to continue their involvement in community and nonprofit organizations.

George Bellenger is affable and passionate about environmental issues, but lacks depth elsewhere. His laid-back approach to campaigning and the issues may be due to his lack of experience in any government or organizational capacity. Although he has raised the second-highest amount of campaign contributions and stands to make a strong showing at the polls, his lack of knowledge and experience on the tough issues do not favor him at this time.

The three top candidates in the mayoral race, based on The Citizen’s interviews, are Teri Johnston, Margaret Romero and Randy Becker.

As a former commissioner, Johnston has the background, the demeanor and the knowledge to be a successful city leader. Her stated objectives, including cleaning up Duval Street, working on quality-of-life issues for residents, and for creating a plan and a vision for the city, makes her the front-runner. As she has raised the most in campaign contributions, she apparently has a strong base of support in the community as well. We also appreciated her more-measured stance toward tackling the affordable housing issue.

Romero enjoys a large measure of popularity in her district and she has a strong command of the issues, but she has not yet demonstrated the ability to build consensus or be a strong leader, both essential skills for a mayor. She does have good ideas on incentivizing rental units, but her objections to a vast array of local projects and “no” votes over the last two years cannot be ignored. While Romero’s perspective as a commissioner will be missed, she has not yet demonstrated sufficient leadership skills necessary to excel as mayor.

Becker is a strong candidate, and he has taken the time to attend meetings, be involved in local organizations and become informed on essential issues. He was the only candidate to sit through two entire days of city budget reviews. However, his interests and concerns appear widespread and not focused, with more ideas than potential solutions.

I enjoyed reading the Editorial Board's candid  introduction, and what the Board opined about all the seven mayor candidates, especially the four front-runners (Becker, Bellenger, Johnston and Romero). However, if the Editorial Board did not endorse Teri Johnston, then the sun did not come up in the east this morning. Having mastered doublespeak, the Editorial Board members, who participated in framing and writing that editorial, should run for public office next year.😎

Elsewhere in the ship of fools political derby, The Key West Citizen Editorial Board and I like these two city commission candidates about the same:
Key West City Commission District V

The two candidates in the City Commission District 5 race, running for the seat currently occupied by Margaret Romero, are Mary Lou Hoover and Wally Moore.

Hoover’s professional background is in contracting and she has done a lot of work locally for nonprofits and for the Girls Night Out organization. She appears knowledgeable on city issues and is very engaging and articulate in expressing her opinions about the issues.

Moore is a proud Conch who raised his family in the house he grew up in. His professional background includes working for many years at the Naval Air Station, and his perspective on local issues and the quality of life on the island are refreshing and somewhat sobering.

As both candidates bring a thoughtful and fresh perspective to the issues facing Key West, The Citizen feels that the city would be well served by either candidate.

However:
Voting is the Most important thing you can do for your Community ... District 5 Moore or Hoover Who do you Like for The Job and Why ?
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Kim Arencibia I agree 100%. As a Mother of a future CONCH I had to vote for Wally Moore! being that Mary Lou sat in my house and told me she could not stand the words Cuzzy Bubba that those words made her sick! She is not for MY district. We MUST keep our CONCH values . We have to for our KIDS!

Tony Beltranena Wally Moore. Lifelong resident. Knows the needs of the residents and how to get Key West back to Key West. Was a major force in recovery after Irma. When people left, he stayed in his hometown.

Sloan Bashinsky I dunno, looks to me the Conchs taking back Key West will require hiring the US Navy to keep out the cruise ships and the tourist hordes. After a few decades of that, and several big hurricanes, the local ocean waters might be more full of fish and the nearly-dead reef might be somewhat recovered?
During the recent Pirate Radio mayor candidate debate, when asked what we thought was most important to do for the people of Key West, I said what I think it most important is what the people can do for Mother Nature, since we are the visitors here, the invasive species. As the debate proceeded, I gave several examples of how we have destroyed Mother Nature, and what we might do about that.

Related, is the 3rd installment in a capitalism v. Mother Nature conversation reported in the day before yesterday and yesterday's posts at this blog. I was not surprised when my part of the 3rd installment went deep into karma and angel doings.

Well, I have found that the angels, rarely share their plans with us or interfere in earthly matters or the vulgar concerns of man. But, everyone's experience is different, I guess.

The Key are where they are entires through the acts of man; greed, sloth, vanity, pride. Those sins are not exclusive to capitalism. You'll find the same in every civilization yet founded by man.

I don't think the Keys are overbuilt. But, I do believe they're poorly planned and managed. They may be overmanaged; which is a state of being brought on by the constant intrusion of the well-meaning state into the lives and property of its citizens. Surely, you can attest to the abuses and ignorances abetted by the City and the County. There are too many regulations, fees, committees, bureaucrats, and petty functionaries on the public payroll hoping to do good while merely "doing".

But, the cure would probably kill the patient. A clean slate is impossible. We can't start over. KW is driven by the tourist economy. It's a company town; the same as DC is a Federal Industry Town, LA is an Entertainment Industry Town.

I'm still concerned about your views on private property. Is it your position that the state has the right seize private property without due process? Tell me again how that is just?
  1. Sorry, Jody - but I don't recall ever saying the state has the right to seize private property, but in some cases the state can take private property by eminent domain by paying the property owner for the property. That usually involves a tussle over the value of the property taken. There are plenty of takings stories in the Florida Keys.

    The fact is, because the local county and city governments were giving developers whatever they asked for, and because the Keys and the waters around them are environmentally fragile, the Florida Legislature took designated the Keys an area of critical concern, and limited the number of new building permits which could be issued by local municipalities in the Keys.

    I first started getting to know the Keys in 1956, when I stayed with my family at the then quaint Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo, and fished the flats for the first time and I was moonstruck. I would come to the Keys many times thereafter to fish the flats. My father buying a home on Lower Matecumbe Key, on the ocean side, made that easy for me to do.

    The Keys and the surrounding waters and the flats fishing today are a pale reflection of what I knew back "in the old days". Because of the invasive species. People. Mostly, white people.

    I cannot help it that you seem to not have the exquisite "pleasure" of being captured and turned every which a way but loose by supernatural beings. But since I have had that "pleasure", and still have it, I see and hear and sense and feel things very differently than when I was so-called "normal".

    I was TOLD in early January 1987, "Go to Big Pine Key, go as soon as possible, this is important." I then dreamed of being at the Denver airport buying a ticket to Big Pine, and my father and his brother, who both loved Islamorada, were at the next ticket counter over buying tickets to Islamorada.

    I once had caught a bit tarpon in Bogie Channel, in March 1966, just above the remains of the old wooden bridge, fishing with Birmingham business contemporaries of my father. I figured the dream was about going on my own course and leaving the course of my father and his brother, who, as far as I was concerned when I was a boy, was the greatest fisherman in the world. I had introduced him to fishing in Islamorada, and he quit fishing on Andros Island and did his saltwater fishing in Islamorada.

    Anyway, I fiddled and did not buy the airplane ticket to Miami. Then I slipped and fell on black ice at night on the road in front of my home in Boulder, and nearly was knocked out and lay in the middle of that road. After dragging myself up, I walked home and told my wife about it, and she asked, did you buy that ticket to Miami, yet? Ho, but I will tomorrow, and I did.

    This is going to take too long to tell in the characters allowed for a comment at this blog, so stop here and resume in a new comment.
  2. So, I make it to Big Pine in a rental car I picked up at the Miami airport. I spend a week wondering why I'm on Big Pine. I read in the Keynoter that local chambers of commerce and business people want US 1 widened into the Keys, so more people will come here and spend money. I think that's dang hokey.

    On the 7th day of that trip, 7 is the mark of God on an event, I had learned, and would keep learning, I wandered back out to the Old Wooden Bridge Fish Camp, where the Birmingham fishermen had stayed in 1966 and I caught that big tarpon. Then, I walked out to the center of the bridge. There were pelicans everywhere. In the air, on the water, on the bridge railings.

    I turned and faced the Atlantic Ocean, away from where I had caught and released the big tarpon above the charred remains of the old wooden bridge - those remains are long since gone now. Something HUGE grabbed me. I could barely breath. My heart felt like it had leaped out of my body. I burst into uncontrolled tears and convulsions. Rivers of snot poured out of my nose.

    I heard PLAIN AS DAY, but not with my ears: BECAUSE YOU LOVE THIS PLACE SO MUCH, YOU WILL BE USED TO TRY TO PROTECT IT. Then I started to calm down. I walked back to the fish camp and got into the rental car and drove around.

    That night over dinner on Big Pine, this fell out of me:

    Behold, the pelican!
    Slow, clumsy, ugly afoot,
    But in the air,
    A great fisher indeed!
    And in times of want
    plucks out its own breatmeat
    to feed its young.

    Young was my middle name. My son who died of crip death in 1967, would have been called Young, instead of Sloan. I already knew that in the Holy Grail tradition, the pelican is the Christ bird because it, perhaps only metaphorically, plucks out its own breast meat to feed its young.

    The next morning over breakfast I read the new Keynoter edition. An article about a moratorium on building on Big Pine had been passed. Three US agencies, as I recall, the EPA, the US Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Land Management, had ruled the Keys were too environmentally fragile to widen US 1.

    The article quoted the same chambers of commerce and Keys business people as saying, Oh, they had not wanted to widen US 1 to bring in more people to spend money. They wanted the road widened to make it easier to evacuate the Keys before a hurricane and ot save lives.

    Thus was born the very unfortunate wedding between regulating building rights and hurricane evacuation and protecting the fragile environment in the Florida Keys.

    I going to take another break, before getting to the punch line, which I doubt anyone I know in the Florida Keys will accept.
  3. So back to the Snafu Pictures interview, during which I told the journalist Hurricane Irma had been steered to Key West by African shamen pissed off at the city for putting a dog park on top of African slave remains. But the homeless, alcoholic seer Kari Dangler was in Key West, stranded and vulnerable, she told me that she saw at dawn one morning two huge hands and arms come down through the clouds and nuge Irma eastward, and that is the course Irma then took and Key West was spared her dirty side and only got a love tap relative to what happened east of Key West, and Big Pine got hit the hardest.

    The Snafu journalist asked me, So why did Big Pine get hit so hard? I paused, thought, Oh shit. I told him, okay, I will tell you, but it's going to take a while. I told him what I wrote in the first two parts of my comment to you.

    Then, I told him, It's like this.

    When I finally was located by the angels on Little Torch Key in 2006, just below Big Pine, and I ran for county commissioner, and was attacked on the bigpinekey.com Coconut Telegraph public forum, and I was not elected, and when I lived on Little Torch again in 2010, and the same thing happened, well, the die was cast by the voters and the Coconut Telegraph readers. Well the die was cast. The die was cast again when the County Commission blew off me and a heap of lower Keys residents and installed a heap of E-1 grinder pumps, instead of gravity sewer collection in the new Cudjoe Key Regional Sewer District. We told them that widespread use of grinder pumps would be disastrous if another Hurricane Wilma level storm came and flooded those islands and knocked out the power and the grinder pumps quit working.

    Hurricane Irma came. The islands were flooded. The power was knocked out. Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, which had built and was operating Cudjoe Regional Sewer District for the County, turned off the drinking water to discourage all those residents with grinder pumps to not use their toilets.

    I say again. Hurricane Wilma, which flooded the lower Keys and Big Pine in 2005, did not get anyone's attention. Nor did Hurricane Irma in 2017, which was a stronger hurricane. Will the next messenger from Mother Nature be Cat 5?

    Meanwhile, the City of Key West should have given Kari dangler a stipend and a free apartment for the rest of her days, but instead, its police harass, arrest and jail her, for sport, it looks like to me.

    I think the city's karma for that ain't gonna be pretty, either.
Link to local lunatic party candidate's 3-minute blow up the bubbas routine: 


The mayor candidates part of Hometown!'s July 23 candidate forum. Compare the lunatic's answers to the panelists' questions, to the sane candidate's answers.


July 23, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: TThe Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West To help all voters learn about the candidates and races...
www.youtube.com

At Monday’s candidate forum, Sloan Bashinsky, a candidate for mayor of Key West, was speaking to the audience when he was “interrupted” by a phone call – from God himself. “Hello, what, God?” Bashinsky said into his flip phone as the crowd laughed. He and “God” then discussed the City of Key West’s recent plans not to fund non-profits for children 
thebluepaper.com

political advertisement created by unwitting co-conspirators, Sloan Bashinsky and God

sloanbashinsky@yahoo.com

https://www.paypal.me/sloanbashinsk

In case anyone wonders if I'm making money on this blog, the last time I recall receiving a Pay Pal donation was the fall of 2017