Sloan ---knock on my door --I will give you a free book
you will love it ---believe me -----5 star rating on Amazon
just your meat ---most of Key west Corruption----
the critics from the NY times say my writing -----borders on Poetic
even though its Polemic --a Jeremiad
"INSULT TO OUR PLANET and THE FLORIDA KEYS"
on Amazon or the bookstores --has 500 pictures
you know I have and always have an affection for you---literary -----regards Jerry
I don't give it out free --only to a very few very special people.
you are one !!
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For anyone not familiar with Jerry's and my extensive email back and forths, we met in the fall of 2013 after a friend told me about Jerry and his wife being no lovers of cruise ships. Turned out they didn't love jet skis and power boats, either.
Jerry told me that he used to love to dive in the waters around Key West, but after getting violently ill diving at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, he gave up diving. Jerry still is an avid fisherman.
Jerry and I share a deep love for the Florida Keys and have mutual disrespect for what human beings are doing to Mother Nature.
I, and perhaps Jerry, too, would relish keelhauling local real estate developers and their lawyers and captured elected officials. (That's metaphor, folks.)
Next today is a letter to the editor in today's Key West Citizen from a poet who is THE reason why the Key West Poetry Guild has not missed holding a first Sunday of the month meeting for decades:
Lower Matecumbe canal filled with sandMore about the Key West Poetry Guild:
Robert Frost, Key West's first poet laureate
The general public is always welcome at Guild monthly meetings. Recite your own original poetry, or just sit there and listen to darn good poets who tend not to be particularly politically correct.
The Guild meets tomorrow night in the Key West Library auditorium. 7 p.m.
If Allen Meece is at the Poetry Guild meeting, which I expect he will be, I will suggest that he pass this along to the poor rich folks on Lower Matecumbe Key:
Regarding the open air insane asylum 13-candidate mayor's race (no shit, 13 candidates)
Donation disparity [not qualifications] defines racesYep, money defines candidate qualifications.
When top money getter Teri Johnston was a dang good city commissioner, she took me to lunch at Salute Ristorante on Higgs Beach and picked my brains about homeless people and their issues and the city's homeless shelter. I supposed that was in response to my having several times offered during citizen comments to advise the mayor and commissioners about those matters.
As far as I know, Teri's claim to fame since serving two stellar 4-year terms on the city commission, starting 2008, was she went onto the board directors of Southern Homeless Assistance League (SHAL), despite my having told her that SHAL was something to steer clear of.
Since 2011, as I recall, SHAL's main function has been being paid to run the city's homeless shelter known as KOTS.
During Teri's tenure on SHAL's board of directors, she and her lapdog John Miller, who was SHAL's executive director, tried to persuade the Key West City Commission to let SHAL and Teri's construction company build the new KOTS using a no-bid contract. The construction loan, guaranteed by the city government, since SHAL was living hand to mouth, was to be for more than the cost of constructing the new KOTS. Also to be funded out of the loan proceeds were other SHAL operations. Once the new KOTS was built, the construction loan would be converted to a permanent mortgage loan to be paid off by SHAL with money it earned, the lion's share of which was what the city paid SHAL to run KOTS. The city government was to guarantee the permanent mortgage loan.
While Teri and Miller were up to that, Mike Tolbert was managing KOTS.
If you have followed my reporting and commenting on Tolbert, then you know Mike says homeless women are grown adults and fair game for men having sex with them.
You know Mike hates homeless people who are not earning enough money to get themselves off the homeless roles.
You know that, after being fired by John Miller last year, Mike went into business getting homeless people day labor jobs, for which Mike was paid a good wage, six figures, he wrote to me.
Try as I might, I have not been able to get Mike to say what he gets paid per day laborer, and by whom. What I have heard is, Mike get's paid a few bucks per day laborer by the employers, and the employers give Mike money to pay the day laborers and Mike takes a big slice of that before giving it to them.
Mike turned homeless people into business inventory. Perhaps he learned that working for SHAL, for which homeless people are business inventory.
Although SHAL holds forth that the mission is to end homelessness, if there were no homeless people, SHAL would cease to exist and Mike would have no business inventory.
I can't help but wonder if that's why Mike, John Miller and SHAL banned me from KOTS for life, I suppose with Teri Johnston's okay, after I published that long-term homeless addicts would be better of dead, than continuing to live the way they do. Mike, Miller and SHAL claimed I had threatened to kill homeless people, so I could not be allowed to stay nights at KOTS.
Yet maybe a week ago, Mike told me in an email that the reason he banned me from KOTS for life was because he knew I was a Trustfarian and I was faking being poor and could get money anytime I wanted to get it from my father's estate. In fact, my father's estate had steadfastly declined to help me out financially, until something happened just before Hurricane Irma arrived in Key West last September and my father's estate offered to loan me a monthly sum against my future inheritance from my father's estate, to be repaid if and when I received the inheritance.
I hear repeatedly from Mike that I have no job, I am worthless, I contribute nothing to Key West and the Florida Keys. If Mike was put into my skin for just 5 minutes, he would have an entirely different view of work, if he did not go crazy and kill himself, or just die from the shock.
I told several friends lately, when they asked me about Mike's vendetta against me, that I take his attacks as high compliments, about like being praised by Jesus.
If you have followed by reporting on Mike Tolbert, then you know he strongly supported me during the 2014 mayor's race, during which my campaign slogan, dreamed up by local often drunk poet "Mad Jack", was:
"Sloan for Mayor, He Confounds the Empire"
Mike Tolbert pushed me to run for mayor in 2016, while I was homeless and sleeping nights at KOTS and not working for money.
The 2016 mayor's race culminated in this photo at Hometown!'s candidate forum.
The chicken was incumbent Mayor Craig Cates, below, who had won the mayor's race primary without a runoff by getting over 50 percent of the votes cast, and then he faced write-in candidate me in the general election.
A buddy of Cates then tried to persuade me to pull out of the race so Cates could be declared the winner, and when I did not pull out, Cates announced he would not participate in any more candidate forums.
Right after thanking me for getting him elected without a runoof, Cates asked me if I would be on his Mayor's Homeless Advisory Committee, because I knew so much about homelessness? He said he hoped I would do it. I said I would be glad to do it.
Shortly after that, Cates' daughter ran over and a homeless man on North Roosevelt Blvd. The homeless man soon died. That was reported in the Key West Citizen.
I much later was told by Mike Tolbert that Cates' daughter was given a traffic citation for failure to yield. The dead homeless man's family asked that Cates' daughter pay the funeral expenses. The Cates family declined. The family sued for the funeral expenses.
Even later, Craig Cates told me that his daughter was working for her employer when the accident happened, and it was her employer's insurance company that declined to pay the dead homeless man's funeral expenses, which resulted in the lawsuit.
I published all of that and opined if it had been my daughter, I would have jumped at paying the dead homeless man's funeral expenses.
After Cates asked me in 2009 to be on his Mayor's Homeless Advisory Committee, I never heard another word from him about it. He formed the committee and stacked it with people who had no real experience with homeless people and homeless shelters. People, I supposed, who told Cates what he wanted to hear.
During Cates' first campaign, in 2009, he said, if he won, he would only serve one term. The mayor term is 2 years. Cates ran four more times and won each primary without a runoff.
Word around town is Cates will run for county commission in 2020.
Here is my candidate statement on the Supervisor of Elections Office:
Also in today's Key West Citizen,
a real sho nuff affordable housing gobbledygook swallowed hook, line and sinker by Mayor Cates and the City Commission, against which I and other members of the Key West Institute for Common Sense and Decency fought tooth and nail, fang and claw.