Long-time member of The Resistance, journalist, columnists, announced District 2 county commission candidate Rick Boettger, a long-time Key West resident (below District 2), emailed me yesterday:
Are you okay, Sloan?
I gave you some well-deserved recognition in my answer to Jim in Key West.
I saw that, Rick, thanks, much appreciated. I submitted a comment responding to JiminKeyWest and you, which I now see was cleared from moderation. I included all of your Danny Kolhage article and the reader comments in my post today.
I was on airplanes and in airplane terminals much of yesterday. Got back to Key West about 4:30 p.m., from Birmingham via Atlanta. Went out to dinner with Kari and then back at my apartment I went online and saw your email and started responding, then a street performer buddy who loves to play chess called and we played from about 8:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Denny's in the Winn-Dixie shopping center.
As I was working on today's post early yesterday morning now, I looked at the Supervisor of Elections Voting Districts Map. The tiny part of District 2 in Marathon looks like it was clearly gerrymandered to give Marathon 2 county commission seats like Key West with much larger area population has.
Reminded me of when Marathon clamored for a high school the size of Key West's and got it, although about half as many students, much of Marathon's high school is used for lower grades, school board meetings, and other things.
I think District 2 should begin below 7 Mile Bridge, and I think that's a serious campaign issue.
I think Big Coppitt is a suburb of Key West and the Navy Base, and is not in the heart, by any means, of District 2. Almost as removed from the heart of District 2 as is the tiny District 2 land in Marathon.
I think you living in Key West, registered to vote in Key West, and running for the District 2 seat, likely will lose you votes next year, regardless of what the state or county election laws, or the Supervisor of Elections, say. I think it will be tongue-waged pro and con on the local blogs and social media and Facebook. And on bigpinekey.com's Coconut Telegraph public forum, which a lot of people in the lower Keys read.
Even so, if the voters truly are fed up with the Gang of 5, as I called the county commissioners in my post yesterday now, you might just pull it off if it's just you and Neugent head to head.
Thanks for the info and perspective, Sloan.
I did not get your daily email. This happened with the Blue Paper a few months ago. Check to see if you have the same glitch.
Thanks, don't know why you did not receive the email blast containing yesterday's post. Will fix that.
Heard this morning that Bill Hunter, I think he lives on Lower Sugarloaf Key, is going to file to run against Neugent. [5-term District 2 incumbent] Bill attends county commission meetings regularly, has for years. He is acutely familiar with what concerns people in the lower Keys. I don't know if Bill is Republican like George Neugent, or Democrat, or Independent. If he is not Independent, if you file as Independent, then that puts you into the general election no matter what.
My first email to Rick played off the last 4 reader comments under his latest exquisite county commissioners serial skewering - http://thebluepaper.com/ethics-violations-its-all-dannys-fault-if-we-lose/ - in this past every Friday online edition of Key West the Newspaper:
Moving downward (westerly):
In today's Citizen's Voice:
“To the running man in the red hat- we all love you dearly, but please stop walking right in front of cars at the N. Roosevelt crosswalks to stop traffic for the bikers and walkers! I have seen you now at least two times step directly into the lane in front of a speeding car!! You are going to get hurt one day, which would be a huge loss. If drivers can’t see the blinking lights, they’re not going to see you, and until the city finally fixes this huge mess that DOT created, you are risking your life and others. Please stop!”
Oh, drivers see the orange blinking lights, and they see people trying to cross at the crosswalks. Some drivers stop. Many drivers do not stop. Key West's mayor and city commissioners all know this, because I told it to them many times during citizen comments at city commission meetings, when the crosswalks were discussed. The city's "solution" all along has been to try to persuade the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to remove the crosswalk across from K-Mart on North Roosevelt Blvd, and to replace the orange flashing lights at the remaining crosswalks with red flashing lights, and to build a bridge crosswalk at the top of the key. Many times I told the mayor and city commissioners: if they put a KWPD cruiser on North Roosevelt Blvd, running a continuous loop, writing tickets for speeding, running through crosswalks, etc., that will slow traffic down and make it safer for people using the crosswalks, and put more money into the city's bank account. I can tell you for a fact that the mayor and city commissioners have zero interest in doing that, or in doing anything themselves, to make the crosswalks safer.
Also in today's Key West Citizen:
Another rate hike for the working class